Wildlife Group Tour

Indonesian Borneo Group Tour - Orangutan Conservation

Go behind the scenes of Orangutan Conservation with the Orangutan Foundation

11 days

from £3,395pp
  • 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.



Departing on:
  • 2nd June 2018

For a detailed itinerary or to book your place on this tour, please contact us.

DEPART UKARRIVE UKPrice Excluding Flights (£)Flight cost fromSingle SupplementTour LecturerStatus 
2nd Jun 2018 12th Jun 2018 £ 3,395 £ 850 £ 675 Available
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what is included

  • Accommodation based on twin-share basis
  • All activities as detailed in the itinerary
  • Contribution to Orangutan Foundation
  • Domestic economy flights
  • Gratuities for local guide, driver and porters
  • Meals as indicated
  • Park fees
  • Services of guides and rangers
  • Transportation throughout

what is excluded

  • Alcoholic and soft drinks
  • All items of a personal nature
  • Departure taxes
  • International flights
  • Meals other than those shown
  • Travel Insurance (mandatory)
  • Visa and associated fees

PLEASE NOTE THE ABOVE FLIGHT COST IS A SUGGESTED FROM PRICE. FLIGHT COSTS WILL BE CONFIRMED AT TIME OF BOOKING. ALL FLIGHTS ARE ATOL PROTECTED.

Itinerary at a glance

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Day 1

Fly London to Dubai

Day 2

Fly Dubai to Jakarta


Welcome Dinner
Sit down for a welcome dinner and get to know the rest of the group. (Included in the cost of the trip.)

Jakarta is a growing and dynamic city and the capital of Indonesia. Often overlooked and used only as a stop en route to other islands but there are some worthwile sites and high standard hotels that can make a few days in Jakarta worthwhile.


You will be staying at FM7 Resort Hotel

Day 3

Fly Jakarta to Pangkalan Bun

Travel by Boat to Tanjung Puting National Park


Leave Pangkalan Bun and drive to the small port of Kumai, before boarding a local boat and setting off along the Sekonyer River. Travel to the national park of Tanjung Puting, which is around two and a half hours away. Pass through lush tropical rainforest, looking for wild orangutans and proboscis monkeys en route.


Located on the southern edge of Indonesian Borneo, Tanjung Puting National Park is a vast area of jungle that incorporates dry forests, swamps and coastal mangroves. Famous for its orangutan population and associated conservation efforts, the park rose to prominence thanks to the stellar work of Dr Galdikas, one of Louis Leakey's remarkable 'Trimates'.

Despite the park's protected status and the work of numerous NGOs, this fragile ecosystem remains under threat from the loss of natural habitats. Packed with wildlife, the park's most renowned spectacles are its magnificent orangutans, which number almost 6000, and its peculiar proboscis monkeys, which are increasingly rare.


Lunch at a local restaurant and dinner also included


You will be staying at Rimba Lodge

Day 4

Morning stroll followed by visit to Orangutan feeding site
Take a relaxed walk to the nearby Tanjung Harapan feeding site, which will help with acclimatisation to the heat and humidity. Enjoy a forest walk, accompanied by a guide, allowing time to get a feel for the new surroundings.
After lunch, return to Tanjung Harapan for the chance to view the orangutans feeding.


You will be staying at Rimba Lodge

Day 5

Half Day Visit to Pondok Tanggui
Visit Pondok Tanggui, one of the park's other feeding sites, before setting out on foot to explore the surrounding forests.


Half Day Trip to Camp Leakey
Head upstream on the beautiful Sekonyer River to the legendary Camp Leakey, the research site established by Dr Birute Galdikas. On arrival, expect to be greeted by a number of ex-captive and rehabilitated orang-utans.

Although facilities at Camp Leakey are basic, this is one of the best places to see Asia's only great ape. Named after the famous primatologist Dr Louis Leakey, this ground-breaking research site has grown from a couple of huts into a group of permanent structures.


You will be staying at Rimba Lodge

Day 6

Travel from Tanjung Puting National Park to Pangkalan Bun


Leave Tanjung Puting and travel by boat to the small port of Kumai, which is approximately two and a half hours away. Drive on to Pangkalan Bun, a short distance away.


Largely used an entry point into the surrounding jungle, the small city of Pangkalan Bun is rarely a destination in its own right. With few attractions or places to stay, the city is best known for its nearby airport and the wildlife-rich forests that it offers access to. In particular, the elusive orang-utans of Tanjung Puting are only a short boat ride away.


Half Day Trip to Visit Yayorin
Meet the Orangutan Foundation's local partners, Yayorin. A grass roots conservation NGO, Yayorin works alongside local communities in order to protect orangutans. Located in an environmental education centre called Kampung Konservasi (meaning Conservation Village), the charity aims to educate local people and promote conservation as beneficial to communities.


You will be staying at Grand Kecubung Hotel

Day 7

Travel from Pangkalan Bun to Tanjung Puting via Lamandau River Wildlife Reserve


Leave Pangkalan Bun and travel along the Arut River to the Lamandau River Wildlife Reserve, stopping en route to visit the sustainable livelihood programme at the village Putri. Continue on to Camp Gemini, a release site for reintroduced orangutans.

Closed to the public, these sites can only be visited through the Orangutan Foundation and this trip offers exclusive access. Observe the orangutans in their natural environment in privacy; appreciate these wonderful creatures and the beauty of the forest.

Afterwards, continue by boat to Tanjung Puting


Visit Lamandau and Camp Gemini
This morning travel along the Arut River to the Lamandau River Wildlife Reserve, stopping off en route in Tanjung Putri village to see a sustainable livelihood programme. Continue into the reserve to Camp Gemini - a release site for reintroduced orangutans. This site is not open to the public and so Steppes has negotiated exclusive access to the region through the Orangutan Foundation. In doing so it means that the orangutans and their environment can be observed in privacy - a unique opportunity to appreciate these wonderful creatures and the beauty of the forest. Return by boat to Rimba Lodge for the night.


You will be staying at Rimba Lodge

Day 8

Flexible morning
It makes good sense to have a morning left open so an excursion can be organised according to the mood of the group. Your tour leader may organise a forest walk or there may be an opportunity to visit an orangutan feeding site.


Half Day Visit to Tanjung Harapan Feeding Site
Spend some time visiting the Tanjung Harapan feeding site again.


You will be staying at Rimba Lodge

Day 9

Half Day Trip to the Tropical Research Station
Briefly return to the feeding site for a chance to see the orangutans, before heading to the Pondok Ambung Tropical Forest Research Station. Run by the Orangutan Foundation in co-operation with the national park, this scientific research outpost was originally set up in order to study the park's native proboscis monkeys. Nowadays, its excellent facilities are utilised by various visiting researchers, studying a variety of flora and fauna.


Farewell Meal and Night Walk
After a farewell meal on the jetty, set out for a night walk through the forest.


You will be staying at Rimba Lodge

Day 10

Travel from Tanjung Puting National Park to Pangkalan Bun


Leave Tanjung Puting and travel by boat to the small port of Kumai, which is approximately two and a half hours away. Drive on to Pangkalan Bun, a short distance away.

Fly Pangkalan Bun to Jakarta


You will be staying at FM7 Resort Hotel

Day 11

Fly Jakarta to Dubai

Fly Dubai to London

Accommodation

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Rimba Lodge

Rimba Lodge

A simple lodge built from natural materials on the banks of the Sekonyer River, Rimba Lodge offers basic, clean and comfortable accommodation with small en suite bathrooms....

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Tour expert

Ashley Leiman

Ashley Leiman
Ashley founded the Orangutan Foundation UK in 1990 and Ashley’s involvement in conservation began over 25 years ago. One of the leading figures in orangutan conservation, Ashley has made numerous radio and television appearances and authored a number of scientific papers. Spending up to a third of the year in the field (most usually Indonesian Borneo) her in-depth knowledge and passion for this region will inspire you long after you return home – which is why many of our past clients are still active members of the Orangutan Foundation UK.
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Group Size:

Min 6 / Max 10

Tour Expert:

Ashley Leiman

Departure Date (S):

  • 2nd June 2018
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