Count­ing on the Katin­gan

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BOARD THE RUHUI RAHAYU TO VEN­TURE through the jun­gle wa­ter­ways of Se­ban­gau Na­tional Park in Cen­tral Kal­i­man­tan, an area fa­mous for be­ing the refuge of the largest re­main­ing pop­u­la­tion of wild orang­utans in In­done­sian Bor­neo. Se­cret Re­treats takes you deep into the is­land by fol­low­ing the nat­u­ral bound­ary of the park, the Katin­gan River, to ex­pe­ri­ence tra­di­tional cul­ture with the jun­gle tribes along with trekking to see the orang­utans. Your boat takes you to Ja­han­jang vil­lage where you visit the site of a WWF re­search cen­tre. Then, a wildlife spot­ting ex­pe­di­tion at night of­fers a chance at spy­ing the elu­sive clouded leopard. Cam­era traps are set dur­ing the walk for view­ing the next day to check for ev­i­dence of this ‘ghost’ leopard. More com­monly sighted, along the Klaru River, are pro­boscis mon­keys, birds and other wet­land wildlife. There are sev­eral ini­tia­tives targeted at pro­tect­ing and re­ha­bil­i­tat­ing the for­est and you learn about the Katin­gan Project dur­ing your stay. This five-day jour­ney is priced at US$1,250 per pers on, wit h pri­vate lodges avai lable through­out. Visit se­cret-journeys.com/bor­neo­jun­gle-cruise to book.

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