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Gary Shapiro's Sumatra Tour 2014

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Travel Type : Small group of up to 12 guests. Children 12 years +
Expedition Grade : Easy to medium in parts
Activities : Orangutan viewing & professional education, wildlife viewing, reforestation program, river cruising, bird watching and more.
Accommodation : Local hotels, lodges and tents
Transport : Private vehicles and on foot.
Giving Back : You will be supporting two non-profit foundations in their work protecting orangutans as an endangered species and rainforest habitat in Indonesia, the Orang Utan Republik Foundation (OURF) and The Orangutan Project (TOP)
Trip Duration (days) : Eight (8) days
Price : $2,950 fare plus $1,000 secured fundraising ex Jakarta (twin share)
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Travel Type :
Small group of up to 12 guests. Children 12 years +

Expedition Grade :
Easy to medium in parts

Activities :
Orangutan viewing & professional education, wildlife viewing, reforestation program, river cruising, bird watching and more.

Accommodation :
Local hotels, lodges and tents

Transport :
Private vehicles and on foot.

Giving Back :
You will be supporting two non-profit foundations in their work protecting orangutans as an endangered species and rainforest habitat in Indonesia, the Orang Utan Republik Foundation (OURF) and The Orangutan Project (TOP)

Trip Duration (days) :
Eight (8) days

Price :
$2,950 fare plus $1,000 secured fundraising ex Jakarta (twin share)

EXPEDITION OVERVIEW
Come and experience the intimacy of orangutans and the jungle the way they should be experienced and make a personal difference by contributing to organizations helping to save the red ape from extinction. This is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure you can have nowhere else in the world, hosted by Dr Gary Shapiro, a scientist and orangutan conservationist. Under the auspices of the Australian-based Orangutan Odysseys, raising funds for The Orangutan Project and the Orang Utan Republik Foundation, you will be guided in a small, exclusive expedition hosted by a man who know orangutans very well and whose organization, OURF, is actively working in Sumatra to save wild orangutans and habitat in the region.

The backdrop to this expedition is the Gunung Leuser National Park (GLNP), one of the most famous parks in Asia for travelers and scientists. Its massive size of over 1 million hectares is home to 4 of Asia's great mammals, the sumatran tiger, orangutan, rhino and elephant. It has over 80 mountain peaks, 360 rivers and runs from sea level to over 3400m asl. Gunung Leuser is also home to an enormous population of other wildlife including the Thomas leaf monkey, pigtail macaque, longtail macaque, gibbons, lizards, turtles, hornbills and more. We will bathe elephants, raft rivers and observe wildlife in their natural settings. Your home on this trip will be a mix of both basic guest houses, hotels and tents. You will be escorted from one destination to the next by experienced Orangutan Odysseys local guides.

First we will travel to the Tangkahan to see elephants, and then later trek through the Gunung Leuser National Park for 2 days to see the orangutan in the wild. Afterwards we shall visit the projects being supported by Gary and his OURF team around Bukit Lawang. Finally we will then try a bit of whitewater rafting before returning to Medan.

Your host is Dr. Gary Shapiro, an orangutan scientist who did pioneering research in the late 1970s teaching orangutans in Borneo's Tanjung Puting National Park to communicate with sign language. He also conducted an ecological study of the Sekonyer River in 1986. Gary co-founded the Orangutan Foundation International in the 1980’s and served as vice president until 2004. That same year, he and his Indonesian wife, Inggriani, created the non-profit Orang Utan Republik Education Initiative (later Orang Utan Repubik Foundation) to address the underlying causes of the species’ dilemma: lack of education, indifference, and fear. As president of OURF, Gary creates and oversees programs in Indonesia that enroll Indonesians in a long-term process of saving the species from extinction. He is the president of the non-profit Orang Utan Republik Foundation, working in Indonesia to help save orangutans from extinction. With Gary you will get a full and unique understanding of what you are seeing, as this adventure of a lifetime takes you into the forest where you will get to expereince the magnificence of the jungle including sleeping one night out in tents.

Gary says: "If we are going to save orangutans, we need to first, understand and then care about them. Come with me on a unique tour where we will look into the eyes of orangutans and learn about their world. Through those special encounters come a profound understanding of our common connection and their distinct personalities. Our journey will bring to life the amazingly biodiverse rain forest habitat, the orangutan's vital role in it, and perhaps our own personal transformation towards becoming a more caring human being."

After Sumatra, we return to Jakarta. For those who want to stay longer and experience more of Indonesia’s charm, we can organize some trip options that will intrigue you. If you are the sort of person interested in adventure and making a contribution to preserving the rainforest and a species of great ape, then this is your expedition. Part of the purpose of this trip is to raise awareness about the plight of orangutans and to raise funds for conservation. This tour follows current practices of ethical treatment of primates and eco-tourism guidelines.

EXPEDITION GOALS
Our goal is to provide our guests with a unique experience, to observe wild and semi-wild orangutans in their natural habitat. We will provide you with a safe platform to observe other wildlife Sumatra has to offer including orangutans, elephant, leaf monkeys, gibbons and more. We will also provide you with detailed information about the destination you are in so that you are fully informed of your surrounds.

Further, Orangutan Odysseys has partnered up with The Orangutan Project which supports conservation programs in Borneo and Sumatra. Each guest's fare includes the cost of adopting an orangutan and sponsoring 100 hectares of rainforest for 1 year.

ITINERARY - 20 to 27 September 2014 (8 days)

Day 1: 20 September: Arrive Jakarta.  
We will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel for overnight accommodation at the FM7 Hotel located near the airport.  Tonight we shall hold a tour briefing in the hotel.
 
Day 2: 21 September : Medan – Tangkahan  
An early morning departure to Medan in Sumatra. We will greeted at the airport by our local team and be transported to head off to the small village of Tangkahan. On arrival around lunchtime you will cross the river by raft transport and check into our local guest house at the Mega Inn. Then we will head off to a nearby Elephant Rangers Station. There elephants are used to help Rangers monitor the nearby jungle and also offer elephant treks. After helping the Rangers bathe the elephants we will take a walk with these beautiful creatures through the jungle area. The Elephant trek will terminate at the Mega Inn for lunch. After we will go for a river walk and then tube downstream to a beautiful waterfall. It’s then back to the Mega Inn where we have dinner and our overnight stay. (B, L, D)
 
Day 3: 22 September : Tangkahan – Bukit Lawang
Today we start early morning and travel by 4 wheel drive through to Bukit Lawang. Here we will check into the Eco Lodge and then begin for our ½ day jungle trek and head back towards Bukit Lawang, finishing up at the feeding station before lunch via a white water tube ride down the Bohorok river. Once back in Bukit Lawang we will may have some free time to wander around town and maybe have a swim in the Bohorok River.. (B,L,D)
 
Day 4:  23 September : Bukit Lawang - Overnight Jungle
Today we start our 2 day trek into the Gunung Leuser National Park. We will head into the hills on the other side of the Bohorok River. On the trek we will see orangutans, thomas leaf monkey, pigtail macaque, longtail macaque, gibbons, lizards, turtles, hornbills and more. Our camp site will be close to a stream or on the Bohorok River, Overnight in tents. (B, L, D)

Day 5:  24 September : Bukit Lawang - Jungle - Tubing - OURF Projects
This morning we shall head back to town by tubing down the Bohorok River. Once back at the hotel we shall head and spend the day looking at the OURF work being done in this area and  planting some trees to help regenerate the forests (B, L, D)

Day 6:  25 September : Wampu River Rafting
This morning shall be picked up by our local rafting team and drive out to our drop off point on the Wampu River. We will see the local villages and stop at the town of Bohorok along the way. We shall then raft down through mostly gentle rapids through canyons and beautiful jungle. We will stop at some hot springs and later by a waterfall and lunch along the way. We finish back within a 2 minute drive to our hotel. We shall enjoy a dinner and final night in Bukit Lawang (B, L, D)

Day 7:  26 September : Bukit Lawang - Medan
Today after breakfast (maybe an early morning trek) we shall take the 4  to 5 hours drive back to Medan and arrive at the Deli River hotel where we enjoy a relax, swim and final night’s celebration dinner. (B,L,D)
 
Day 8: 27 October - Medan – Jakarta - Tour ends.
This morning we head to the airport for our flight back to Jakarta. Here you will connect with your return flight home or continue with your adventure travel. Tour ends  (B)

TRIP EXTENSIONS
Why not think about seeing more amazing locations in Indonesia after your orangutan expeditio. Maybe a tour to Lake Toba or trip to see Krakatao volcano. For more details about some of the exciting trip extensions to other parts of Indonesia just email us oo@rangutanodysseys.com

INCLUSIONS
  • Accommodations in Jakarta & Medan (twin share - single supplement available)
  • Local tours including transport and guides
  • Meals as noted in the itinerary (B,L,D)
  • Domestic flights 
  • Airport transfers
  • National park fees (including personal camera fees), ranger and local guide fees, boat mooring fees
  • Experienced guides (Australian & Indonesian)
  • Donation of $145 to the Orangutan Project for adopting one orangutan and sponsoring a section of rainforest for one year. 
  • Orangutan Odysseys t-shirt
EXCLUSIONS
  • Airport departure tax (Rupiah 150,000 = USD$17)
  • Visa on arrival (USD$25)
  • International airfares
  • Travel Insurance

DONATIONS, FEES AND COSTS
The purpose of this trip is to create awareness of the threat of extinction facing orangutans because of the destruction of their rainforest habitat and to raise funds to help orangutans. The trip host Gary Shapiro will have parts of his travel costs paid by Orangutan Odysseys and is taking no fee. He is donating his time and expertise to help make this a special experience for our guests as well as raising funds for the Orang Utan Republik Foundation. Orangutan Odysseys has now raised over $250,000 to save the orangutans and their rainforests.We hope that the unique experience of this trip will convince you of the value of your donations (included in our tour fare) to the non-profit organizations The Orangutan Project (TOP) and Orang Utan Republik Foundation (OURF) for the excellent work they do in helping to save orangutans and orangutan habitat. We would also suggest that you consider organizing fundraising in your community to benefit orangutans and the rainforest. Your contribution will help preserve land for orangutans, build support and educate Indonesians to save the red ape, and support various rescue centres for young orangutans whose mothers have been killed. Please help us fight for the survival of orangutans however you can. Your generosity is greatly appreciated

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EXPEDITION GRADES
This expedition is considered easy to moderate as the Kalimantan component has only several short walks involved in it. However, please note this region has high levels of heat and humidity and we recommend that guests consult their family doctor prior to departure for health issues relating to these conditions.

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. While boat expeditions are considered easy, no trek is easy, even those rated "easy or moderate". 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!

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