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Central Borneo Orangutan Education Tour

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Travel Type : School groups - ages 12yrs +
Expedition Grade : Easy to moderate in parts (jungle trekking involved)
Activities : Orangutan & wildlife conservation, local culture, tree planting, environmental awareness.
Accommodation : Local hotels, river boat (klotok) & jungle lodges
Transport : River boat (klotok), private vehicles and on foot.
Giving Back : You will be supporting The Orangutan Project (TOP) in their work protecting orangutans and the environment as well as other vital environmental research. You will also be helping friends of the national park in regenerating areas of cleared rainforest.
Trip Duration (days) : Eight (8) days
Price : AUD$2390 ex Bali / Jakarta (twin share)
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Travel Type :
School groups - ages 12yrs +

Expedition Grade :
Easy to moderate in parts (jungle trekking involved)

Activities :
Orangutan & wildlife conservation, local culture, tree planting, environmental awareness.

Accommodation :
Local hotels, river boat (klotok) & jungle lodges

Transport :
River boat (klotok), private vehicles and on foot.

Giving Back :
You will be supporting The Orangutan Project (TOP) in their work protecting orangutans and the environment as well as other vital environmental research. You will also be helping friends of the national park in regenerating areas of cleared rainforest.

Trip Duration (days) :
Eight (8) days

Price :
AUD$2390 ex Bali / Jakarta (twin share)

EXPEDITION OVERVIEW
Tanjung Puting is the largest and most diverse example of extensive coastal tropical heath and peat swamp forest, which used to cover much of the southern parts of Borneo. The orangutans of Tanjung Puting have been made famous through the long-term efforts of orangutan research and conservation programs, based at the Camp Leakey research station. Tanjung Puting is one of the most species rich areas of the world, home to the interesting looking proboscis monkey and a seemingly endless variety of endemic wildlife.

This specially crafted expedition is tailored for education groups by focusing on 4 important aspects:

  • Highlighting the relationship between humanity, the environment and competition between the earth’s finite resources.
  • Community projects where students get involved by replanting in a once pristine environment. All plants are specifically chosen to encourage animals back into the area.
  • Developing an understanding of the importance of wildlife conservation.
  • Experiencing a new culture and learning about the Indonesian way of life.

Students will be taken to the locals towns of Pangkalan Bun & Kumai, then to Tanjung Puting National Park, all located in Central Kalimantan. Tanjung Puting National Park is a unique place in itself. It is not only home to the orangutan, but also the proboscis monkey, long tail macques and the false gavial crocodile.

Your home whilst in the National Park for 4 days/3 nights will be spent on our klotoks (riverboats). As well there will be one night homestay at the longe village and one night sleeping in the jungle camp. The klotoks are well equipped with a shower and sit down toilet and at night you will sleep on the deck on mattresses and overhanging mosquito nets. Our captain and crew will cook delicious meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The klotoks come fully equipped including life vests on board and a first aid kit. When we are not walking through the Kalimantan jungle, we can relax on deck watching the wildlife and reflect upon the information you have been given about environment and wildlife conservation. We encourage students take control of their own learning by asking questions and discuss information throughout the duration of the tour. The trip will conclude with a talk from one of the representative from the orangutan rescue centre near Pangkalan Bun. The centre looks after approximately 350 orphaned orangutans for the purpose of rehabilitating them back into their natural habitat.

Throughout your tour an Orangutan Odysseys guide will escort your school group throughout the entire stay together with being transported in private vehicles between destinations.

If your school is interested in providing your students with an unforgettable nature based experience, and a and a better understanding of the ecology, politics, society and culture of not only Indonesia but the entire planet, then the Central Borneo Orangutan Education Tour is perfect for your school. 

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EXPEDITION GOALS
Orangutan Odysseys is dedicated to supporting the work done by The Orangutan Project (TOP). By participating in this expedition, your school will be required to raise a target of AU$5,000 which will help support conservation projects throughout Indonesia. Further information on school fundraising methods will be sent to you once bookings are confirmed. By participating in this expedition your school will be helping with the long-term survival of the orangutan species. Each student will also receive an adoption of an orangutanas part of his or her adventure.

HIGHLIGHTS
  • Visit pristine rainforest in search of the amazing orangutan (both wild and reintroduced).
  • Jungle trek and overnight jungle stay, including a jungle night walk.
  • Cruise down the rivers through the jungle on klotoks (river boats) to see long tail macaque, proboscis monkeys, monitor lizards, gibbons, crocodiles and more.
  • Visit the Pesalat Reforestation program and understand how deforestation is affecting the area and how reforestation can rehabilitate the environment and local wildlife. Plant treess
  • Receive a talk and presentation from the local orangutan rescue centre.
  • Visit a village for overnight stay to experience the local culture, including traditional food, dancing and music.
  • Visit a school and participate in classroom activities with the local students. 
  • Part of your expedition cost is directly donated to save the orangutans and their habitat. 

ITINERARY - (8 days)

Day 1: Arrive in Bali/Jakarta
Today you shall arrive in Indonesia where our representative shall meet you at the airport and arrrange transfers to a local hotel. This evening you will meet your Orangutan Odysseys Expedition guide for the tour briefing.(D)

Day 2: Pangkalan Bun, Borneo
Early morning flight to Pangkalan Bun. You will be greeted at the airport by the Orangutan Odysseys local guide and transferred to your accommodation. Later that day, we will take a walking tour around the town to experience the fascinating people and their culture. This will include a trip to athe local markets and a ‘cruise’ along the Arut river. Overnight stay at your hotel (B, L, D)

Day 3: Pangkalan Bun - Camp Leakey – Crocodile Lake
An early start to make our way to the harbour town, Kumai, where we will board our klotoks and cruise up the Sekonyer river to Camp Leakey, the oldest orangutan research camp. Once at Camp Leakey, we will have lunch on the boat, where we are likely to see orangutans nearby. After lunch we take a short trek in the surrounding jungle and explore the museum. We will then head up to the afternoon feeding platform to see some of the local orangutans. After enjoying the feeding time, we head back to the boat and cruise down the Camp Leakey River to Crocodile Lake where we will spend the night on the klotok. On the way, we will hopefully see other wildlife such as gibbons & proboscis monkeys. We provide mattresses, pillows and mosquito nets for all students. (B, L, D)

Day 4: Crocodile Lake – Pondok Tanggui –Tanjung Harapan Village & Feeding Station
This morning you will be woken by the sounds of the surrounding jungle. We then make our was to Pondok Tanggui (station #2) for the morning feeding time. After lunch, we head down the river to Tanjung Harapan Village, where we will be introduced to the local community and be taken to the local school, which will be the site of our overnight accomodation. Later that afternoon we will head back to the klotoks and be taken to Tanjung Harapan Station (feeding station #1) to observe the orangutans during their afternoon feeding session. Afterwards we shall cruise along the river banks observing troupes of Probosic monkeys. Overnight stay in the local village. (B, L, D)

Day 5: Tanjung Harapan – Jungle Trek & Camp
Early morning start will see our day at school begin and the students and teachers will take partipate in the lessons and intereact with the local students. We will also be shown the daily work and tasks done by the local villagers. This is a very different and unique way of life that we will expereince during our stay here.  After lunch with the head back to the klotoks and be taken up river for our jungle walk and camp. Heer we will walk through the jungels and learn more about the local flora and fauna before returning to setup our camp site for the night. After dinner we shall head out for a short night trek to listen to the sounds of the jungles (B, L, D).

Day 6:  Jungle Camp - Pesalat reforestation - Kumai
In the morning after an early breakfast we proceed to the Pesalat plantation projecyt where the students will learn about reforestation works being done in this area, and will get to plant their own tree which help in regenerating the forest. You will be given GPS coordinates to locate the trees that were planted by your school. We retiurn to have lunch on the klotok form where our time in the National Park will conclude. After lunch we wil return to the port of Kumai and be transferred to our hotel for overnight accomodation (B, L, D).

Day 5 : Rimba Lodge - Pondok Tanggui – Pesalat – Tanjung Harapan – Fireflires - Early morning start sees us back up to PondokTanggui for morning feeding again after which we shall proceed to the Pesalat Reforestation area where we get to plant some trees to help regenerate the forest. You will be given GPS coordinates to locate the trees that you planted. From there we will be back on the boat and depending on time we will get another final orangutan viewing at Tarjan Harapan station and a tour of the local village. Later that afternoon we will take the boat down the river to a mangrove of Nipah Palms, where we will see millions of fireflies. On the way we will watch proboscis monkey along the river banks. Then it's back to Kumai by klotok and overnight at Swiss Belinn Hotel in Pangkalan Bun (B,L,D) - See more at: http://www.orangutanodysseys.com/EXPEDITIONS/INDONESIA/Expeditions/Detail/Tanjung%20Puting%20Orangutan%20Fundraiser&xpdkey=OOTP002#sthash.Fu7RK9gW.dp

Day 7: Pangkalan Bun – Dayak House - Palm Oil Plantations - Orangutan Presenation
This morning you will be driven through areas of once pristine forest, now a monoculture of palm oil. You will learn about the effects of deforestation on wildlife, the environment and indigenous communities. We shall have lunch along the way. During the afternoon you shall be taken to see a traditional Dayak village / longhuse and learn more about this ancient culture. Later returning to your hotel accommodation for final overnight stay. (B, L, D)

Day 8 : Pangkalan Bun - Bali
This morning we will complete our stay at Pangkalan Bun and head for the airport for our connecting flights back to Bali / Jakarta. Transfer to the airport for departure back to your home country. (B)

INCLUSIONS
  • All domestic return airfares from Bali/Jakarta (twin share)
  • Airport transfers
  • Accommodation in Bali/Jakarta for Day 1
  • Accommodation on board the klotok
  • Experienced Orangutan Odysseys tour guides
  • Meals, as noted throughout the itinerary
  • National Park fees (including personal camera & Ranger’s fee)
  • Tips to local guides
  • Camping equipment 
  • Orangutan Odysseys T-shirt
  • Sponsorship of 1000ha of rainforest for one year, on behalf of the school
  • Adoption of an orphaned orangutan for each student   
EXCLUSIONS
  • Airport tax
  • International airfares
  • Visa on arrival
  • Travel insurance

NATIONAL CURRICULUM LINKS
At Orangutan Odysseys, we not only want this expedition to be an adventure of a lifetime, but also a valuable educational experience. Orangutan Odyssey's school expeditions are designed to integrate with the National Schools Curriculum to provide your school with the most valuable educational experience. 

RISK MANGEMENT POLICY 
Safety of the students and teachers is our number priority. We have developed a set of Risk Management Policies and a Health and Safety Protocols to ensure the health & safety of all participants. 
 
WHAT TO EXPECT
You are embarking on an adventure to places and amongst people whose lives are very different from your own. Many aspects of life in Indonesia will seem unusual. Remember that these are often the same aspects that make an area an exotic and attractive destination. In addition to the personal physical challenges you may face, travel conditions can present unexpected obstacles, such as rough and bumpy roads and changeable weather. To prepare for this, “pack” a flexible and relaxed attitude. Bring a spirit of adventure and inquiry, a healthy sense of humor and a willingness to encounter the unexpected and you will find your trip to Indonesia the adventure of a lifetime!
 
TRAVEL DATES
Educational tours depart on dates agreed upon between the schools and Orangutan Odysseys. Please fill out the form below for further information, or email education@orangutanodysseys.com
 

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