Counting on the Katingan
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.