Bukit Bangkirai is one of the tourist destinations in East Kalimantan that you must be visit. About a two hour’s drive north of Balikpapan city central. Bukit is actually a park within the rain forest, featuring log cottages for overnight stays, a small restaurant, restrooms, several [overgrown] jungle treks, a questionably maintained swimming pool and, for those who linger until five in the afternoon or so, the lure of viewing East Kalimantan famous Hornbills that frequent the area around dusk.
Bukit Bangkirai (Hill of Bangkirai) located in Samboja District, Kutai Regency, East Kalimantan situated between the trans Balikpapan – Samarinda, precisely at KM38. Here you can enjoy outbound of tropical rain forest which is became the one of lungs of the world today. Bukit Bangkirai is a natural tourism area which is managed by PT. INHUTANI Balikpapan.
Bukit Bangkirai can be reached by traveling overland for 1.5 hours from the city of Balikpapan. In this area there is a canopy bridge along 64 m were hanged connect 5 Bangkirai tree at a height of 30 m. This canopy bridge is the first in Indonesia, both in Asia and the eighth in the world. Its construction was made by cooperation among the United States and Indonesia government.
This Canopy Bridge is undertaken by American contractors who are members of the CCA (Canopy Construction Association ) as six field executive with three people as local power assisted. In addition to its construction are also use by Bangkirai woods and Galvanized nail were made in America. The age of this canopy bridge completion can be expected to last for 15-20 years according to age and durability of materials.
Besides enjoying the beautiful of rain forest from the height of canopy bridge, you can enjoy various types of trees and vegetation with a round track that has been provided by the park management. And after enjoying Bangkirai Hill National Park , you can buy something at the souvenir shop to bring back home.