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Hiking in the Wild Forests of Kalimantan in Borneo

Far away from civilization, these wondering trails can take you into the middle of serenity in the Indonesian part of the Borneo Island

Best time: July–September | November–December

Hiking in the Wild Forests of Kalimantan
Hiking in the Wild Forests of Kalimantan

Because of abundant rainfall and warm temperatures throughout the year, both quite normal in Kalimantan, the evolution of nature has taken an interesting path with numerous endemic species present here. Even though some forests of Kalimantan are threatened today, many are still under state protection and are nicely managed in order to attract eco-tourists to help save the existing biodiversity.

That is why a number of forests are well-equipped with trails, which allow you to spend from several hours up to several weeks exploring these forests. There are two periods that are the most suitable for such an adventure. From July through September the weather is relatively dry, so mammals and birds tend to be more active and loud. You'll have a better chance to spot orangutans, Proboscis monkeys, hornbills, and many others in their natural habitat. In November and December, the rain isn't that hard either, so you can enjoy lots of fruits and freshly harvested honey.

Pay special attention to Margomulyo Mangrove Forest, which is quite small but allows for a smooth relaxing walk along a wooden trail or a boat ride under the crown of mangrove trees.

Also, Kutai National Park has really well-developed infrastructure. Its area is more than 2,000 square kilometres and you may even find clouded leopards, crocodiles, macaques, and lots of colorful birds.

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When is the best time to visit Kalimantan for hiking?

One can go for hiking in Kalimantan from July to September or November to December, as the weather is dry, and mammals and birds tend to be more active. The ideal time for hiking in this region is when there's less rain, and you can spot endemic species during the trail. One can find fresh honey and fruits during November and December, making it an ideal time for hiking. With a good possibility of spotting rare species, hiking can be done with ease and comfort. Show more

Where is the Margomulyo Mangrove Forest located?

Margomulyo Mangrove Forest is in Kalimantan, the Indonesian part of the Borneo Island. To get a unique experience with nature, one can take a walk along the wooden trail or a boat ride through the mangrove trees. Its location makes it an ideal site for those who want to enjoy some peace and tranquillity far from civilization. The boat ride and wooden trail take you on a trip deep into the jungle where the sounds and sights of the jungle can be an unforgettable experience. Show more

What is the weather like in Kalimantan throughout the year?

Kalimantan's climate is humid with abundant rainfall throughout the year, given that it experiences a tropical climate with high rainfall and warm temperatures. It experiences the dry season between July through September and another even milder dry season from November to December. Even with rainfall all year round, the ideal time for visiting Kalimantan is during the dry season. It's more comfortable hiking, and one can explore the region's rare species without encountering the rain during the trail. Show more

What kind of animals can be seen while hiking in Kutai National Park?

Hiking in Kutai National Park can be an opportunity to spot many endemic species deep in the forest. The park is home to some of the rare species like the clouded leopard, orangutans, and crocodiles. Other animals like Proboscis monkeys, macaques, hornbills, and many species of birds can also be found in the park while hiking. With over 2000 square kilometres coverage, the park houses a unique environment where one can hike and spot many rare species present in the forest. Show more

Are there any other well-equipped forests for hiking in Kalimantan?

Kalimantan, as an island, has plenty of deep forests that are good for hiking, but a few stand out. Forests like Gunung Palung National Park, Tangkiling Hill Nature Park, Bontang Kuala Recreation Park, and Kayan Mentarang National Park offer a well-managed trail system for hiking and are rich in biodiversity. Besides, they provide a unique opportunity to connect with nature and explore endemic species while hiking deep inside the forest. These forests further provide a unique experience to the hikers exploring the vast island of Kalimantan. Show more

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