- Come face-to-face with orangutans in Tanjung Puting National Park
- Join experts from the Orangutan Foundation and gain an insight into conservation projects
- Take river journeys through dense jungle, spotting proboscis monkeys and monitor lizards
- Visit the renowned Camp Leakey and gain exclusive access to orangutan release sites
Travel with Steppes, in exclusive co-operation with the Orangutan Foundation UK, deep into the lush rainforests of Indonesian Borneo. This foundation has been instrumental in fighting for habitat preservation, raising awareness and rehabilitating ex-captive orphans; thereby ensuring the future of Asia's only great ape.
Come face-to-face with the orangutans in their fragile natural environment and spend time at the three feeding sites, including Dr Galdikas' famous Camp Leakey. These are frequented by ex-captive orangutans living in the wild, allowing for some incredibly close encounters. Whilst deep in the rainforest of Tanjung Puting, journey along the rivers and spot the fascinating wildlife that lives here. Hope to catch a glimpse of proboscis monkeys, monitor lizards and kingfishers.
Through the expertise of the Orangutan Foundation, understand the importance of the forest and the role of local communities in securing the orangutans' future. Have the chance to visit areas in the region which are only accessible through this unique partnership; escape the crowds and witness these magnificent creatures in the wildest parts of Indonesian Borneo.
WHY SHOULD I JOIN THIS GROUP TOUR?
This trip offers exclusive access to areas of Tanjung Puting Naitonal Park – areas that remain completely off-limits to normal visitors. These include the feeding zones, where phenomenal encounters with orangutans are a daily occurrence.
This exclusive access is largely thanks to the influence of Ashley Leiman, and the Orangutan Foundation. The group tour will be joined by either Ashley or a member of the Orangutan Foundation who will not only brings a wealth of knowledge and experience, but will provide the group with a behind-the-scenes insight into orangutan conservation.
WHAT IS THE ACCOMMODATION LIKE?
The FM7 hotel is simply an airport hotel – modern and convenient. The majority of the trip is spent staying at Rimba Lodge, in Tanjung Puting National Park. Clean and comfortable, this remote property features private bathrooms and air conditioning.
However, accommodation choices are limited within the park and, although this is the best available option, it is a little rough around the edges. Whilst employing local staff to run the lodge is a positive approach, it means that service is friendly and genuine, rather than polished.
DO I NEED TO BE FIT TO ENJOY THIS TOUR?
Not particularly. Walking is generally over flat terrain, occasionally made more difficult by stray tree roots or loose leaf litter. Walks will last between 20 minutes and an hour, but the humidity can make this more challenging than usual. Due to this, being able to cope with the heat and humidity is more important than being fit.
WHAT KIND OF CONSERVATION PROJECTS DOES THE ORANGUTAN FOUNDATION RUN?
This trip helps support the Orangutan Foundation’s vital habitat protection which includes running guard posts and forest patrols in Tanjung Putting National Park and the Lamandau Wildlife Reserve. Outside of protected areas money goes to supporing the Orangutan Foundation’s Rescue and Release Programme.
HOW CLOSE CAN I GET TO ORANGUTANS?
Within a few metres. At the feeding areas, the orangutans come very close to human visitors – there are no fences or barriers to separate animals from humans. They are relatively unafraid of people, whom they have become comfortable with, and are far more afraid of the resident alpha male – whose appearance will send them fleeing into the trees.
For a detailed itinerary or to book your place on this tour, please contact us.