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Sebangau National Park

Sebangau National Park is one of the natural parks on the island of Borneo, Indonesia, between the Sebangau River, Katingan River, Kahayan River and Kaki River in Katingan Regency, Pulang Pisau Regency and Palangka Raya City in Central Kalimantan. This national park established by the Indonesian government on October 19, 2004 has an area of 5,687 square kilometers (2,196 sq mi).

Sebangau National Park is an ecosystem built from at least four major rivers in Central Kalimantan. The Sebangau River is 198.515 kilometers long and 200 meters wide, Katingan River is 297,192 kilometers long and 500 meters wide, while the Kahayan River is over 600 kilometers long.

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Travelers have two options to visit Sebagau National Park is tracking in peat forests during the dry season where from July to October when the water recedes, while the river cruise enters the forest during the rainy season from December to February when the water rents most of the forest.

The Katingan River comes from hilly and mineral-rich areas, while the Sebangau River originates from peat swamp forest. The national park area in the south is the river tidal system of the Katingan, Sebangau, Kahayan and Kaki rivers where the peat surface is acidic at an average pH of 3.6.

This national park is home to 809 plant species, 35 species of mammals, 182 species of birds, and 54 species of snakes. The types of flora that grow in the peat swamp area are very specific and have high economic value for wood such as gums, rattan, medicines and so forth.

Plants belong to 128 families of which 16 species have not been identified which are dominated by Rubiaceae, Myrtaceae, Euphorbiaceae, Moraceae, Fabaceae, Cluasiacea, Cypera-ceae, Annonaceae and Lauraceae. At least more than 223 plant species are used as medicinal plants.

High commercial timber includes ramin (Gonystylus bancanus), Javanese meranti (Shorea pauciflora, Shorea tysmanniana, and Shorea uluginosa), jelutung (Dyera lowii), nyatoh (Palaquium spp), bintangur (Calophyllum spp), kapur naga (Calophyllum macrocarpum) and others.

Fauna is very specific including orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus), bekantan (Nasalis larvatus), owa (Hylobates agilis), beruk (Macaca nemestrina), kelasi (Presbytis rubicunda), sun bear (Helarctos malayanus), tiger branch (Neofelis nebulosa), forest cat (Felis bengalensis), stone cat (Felis marmorata), flat head cat (Felis planiceps), binturong (Arctitis binturong), tree weaser (Arctogalidia trivirgata), bajing (Exilisciurus axilis) and squirrel (Tupaia picta).

Some birds include snake pest (Anhinga melanogaster), sea cangak (Ardea sumatrana), red cangak (A. purpurea), black hawk (Ictinaetus malayensis), pergam (Ducula bicolor), white horn (Aceros comatus), mountain horn (A. undulatus), ivory horn (Buceros vigil), rhino horn (Buceros rhinoceros), cedars (Ciconia stormi), julang (Aceros corrugatos), tongtong heron (Leptoptilus javanicus), layang api (Hirundo rustica), layang bulu (H. tahitica), and baliang (horn bill).

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Location: Katingan Regency, Pulang Pisau Regency and Palangka Raya City in Central Kalimantan.

Reach access: All flights to Tjilik Riwut Airport in Palangkaraya City. Then use the car or boat to various spots in the Sebangau National Park area including Koran River in Palangkaraya City, Pungualas in Katingan, and Resort Mangkok in Pulang Pisau.

Official site: https://www.tnsebangau.com

Contact: Kantor Balai Taman Nasional Sebangau
Jl. Mahir Mahar Km 1,2, Palangka Raya,
Kalimantan Tengah, Kode Pos: 73111
Email: [email protected] dan [email protected]

Advice: The best time for tracking is July - October when the dry season, while for the river cruise is December - February when the rainy season.

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