Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Stunning Tropical Forests in Kalimantan

The island of Borneo is still famous for its pristine forests. As with the Kutai Kartanegara region which has a large tropical forest. A visit to Kutai Kartanegara will feel more complete if you stop by the natural attractions of Bangkirai Hill. Here, visitors can see a unique view of the Bangkirai tree. In addition, there are many other interesting activities that can be done in this tourist spot. Bangkirai Hill is an ecotourism vehicle that deserves to be tested by adventurous tourists. Bangkirai Hill is a beautiful wet tropical forest conservation area in Samboja District, Kutai Kartanegara Regency.

The area managed by PT Inhutani I is about 58 kilometers from Balikpapan. Here, visitors can try tracking activities through the dense forest and see various types of flora and fauna typical of tropical forests or challenge the adrenaline on the towering canopy bridge.

Bangkirai Hill is a natural tourism area managed by PT. Inhutani I Unit I Balikpapan. This tourist area is located in Samboja District, Kutai Kartanegara Regency, East Kalimantan. Bangkirai Hill can be reached by road for 1.5 hours from Balikpapan City.

This tour offers the charm of an unspoiled tropical rain forest, which is equipped with tourist facilities and infrastructure such as restaurants, lamin for meetings, swimming pools, as well as cottages and jungle cabins.

The main attraction of this tourist area is the canopy bridge called the Tajuk Bridge. You can cross the 64 meter long bridge at a height of 30 meters to see various clusters of trees and beautiful views. This bridge made in the United States connects 5 large Bangkirai trees. The main attraction of this bridge is the beauty of the Dipterocarpaceae Stand which is a feature of the tropical rain forest. This canopy bridge is the first in Indonesia, the second in Asia and the eighth in the world. The construction is made in the United States.

Brief history, researchers from the United States have conducted site and tree surveys as well as the environment, so the first phase of construction was carried out in January 1998 and the second phase was completed in February 1998 where the bridge was completed in approximately 1 month. carried out by American contractors who are members of the CCA (Canopy Construction Association) as many as six field implementers with the assistance of three local workers. In addition to wood in its construction, stainless steel or Galvanized from America is also used.

The age of this canopy bridge from completion is estimated to be able to last for 15-20 years according to the age and durability of the material. If you want to travel to this Canopy bridge you will go through a path by entering a dense forest where there are shady trees.

This tourist area has an area of ​​​​about 1,500 hectares which is overgrown by trees typical of tropical rain forests, especially Bangkirai trees. This tree has a height of about 40 to 50 meters, with a diameter of about 2.3 meters. The bangkirai tree here is indeed tall and big, because it has lived for more than 150 years.

The uniqueness of the Bangkirai tree compared to other trees is that there are buttresses or a kind of root that appears at the base of the tree. The presence of strong and large buttresses makes this tree look more beautiful.

In addition to the bangkirai tree or a tree known by the Latin name Shorea laevis, there are other hard trees such as keruing, red meranti and ironwood. Not only that, this tour also has a wealth of flora and fauna, making it very suitable for tourists who want to get to know nature more closely. There are about 24 types of orchid species, ranging from black orchids, tiger orchids, to dancing orchids. You can also find unique fauna such as gibbon gibbons and red langurs.

If you are on vacation in Kalimantan, don't miss this tourist destination.


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