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Jodie Ellens Kalimantan Orangutans - Nov 2107

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Travel Type : Small group of up to 12 guests - Ages 13 years +
Expedition Grade : Easy to moderate in parts
Activities : Orangutan viewing, wildlife viewing, reforestation program, bird watching and more
Accommodation : Local hotels, river boat (klotok) & jungle lodge
Transport : River boat (klotok) and on foot.
Giving Back : You will be supporting The Orangutan Project (TOP) in their work protecting orangutans and their 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)
Price : AUD$2,650 plus $500 Secured Fundraising Target ex Bali (twin share)
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Travel Type :
Small group of up to 12 guests - Ages 13 years +

Expedition Grade :
Easy to moderate in parts

Activities :
Orangutan viewing, wildlife viewing, reforestation program, bird watching and more

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

Transport :
River boat (klotok) and on foot.

Giving Back :
You will be supporting The Orangutan Project (TOP) in their work protecting orangutans and their 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)

Price :
AUD$2,650 plus $500 Secured Fundraising Target ex Bali (twin share)

EXPEDITION OVERVIEW
Our destination for this trip is the jungles of Central Kalimantan (Borneo) to see the orangutan in its natural environment. We may come across Tom, the dominant male at the famous Camp Leakey feeding station. We will see both reintroduced and wild orangutans as well as a host of other rain forest animals. The Tanjung Puting National Park is home to rare and interesting species including the proboscis monkey and the false gavial, a strange looking crocodile. But, it is the orangutan that most people come here to visit. It's sheer beauty and passive demeanor endears one of our closest relatives to our hearts. After visiting this wonderful animal's natural environment, we will spend a day touring around the area of Pangkalan Bun where Jodie lived for several years. She will take you to some of her favorite places and show you why it’s a one of her favourite oplaces to visit. Through this expedition we will be raising funds to support the orangutans survival and each participant will be adopting an orangutan as well as replanting trees to ensure the future of their habitat. 

Jodie Ellen
Growing up I was one of those kids that knew exactly what I wanted to do and that was work with Great Apes. After I finished my Zoology degree in NSW, I moved to Queensland in 2003 to work at Australia Zoo and also began fundraising for The Orangutan Project. In 2006 I was fortunate enough to move to Kalimantan Borneo in conjunction with The Orangutan Project and AusAid to work as the Animal Care Coordinator at an orangutan rehabilitation centre which housed over 350 orangutans. My job involved everything from husbandry, nutrition, quarantine and enrichment but  I really found a calling in working to rehabilitate some of the orangutan orphans that were considered more difficult and helping them learn the skills to return to the wild. For the last 7 years I have been back in Australia working at the Adelaide Zoo as the primary orangutan keeper. During that time I spent almost 5 years at the SA State Representative for The Orangutan Project. After seeing how they work on the front line of conservation, I knew this was an organisation I was proud to stay involved with.

Jodie talks about her tour. "Having lived near Pangkalanbun and Tanjung Puting National Park, I am really excited to have a opportunity to show off one of my favourite parts of the planet. TPNP is a rare gem, a gorgeous forest ecosystem and home to so many beautiful and endangered species. I have worked with orangutans since 2006 and been enamoured with them for much longer than that. I invite you to join me on this fabulous tour and see if I can help you fall in love with orangutans as much as I do.

"PROJECT FUNDRAISING OBJECTIVES
Included in the tour cost, participants in this expedition will have raised $500 AUD to help The Orangutan Project’s important work (Tax deductible receipt available on request). Participants in this expedition will also be contributing to the survival of the orangutans and their habitat by adopting an orphaned orangutan (costs included in your trips fare) .

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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 Borneo has to offer including proboscis nose monkeys, gibbons and more. We will also provide you with comprehensive information about the destination you are in so that you are fully informed of your surroundings. Further, Orangutan Odysseys has partnered up with The Orangutan Project which supports conservation programs in both Borneo and Sumatra.

HIGHLIGHTS
  • Be escorted on this tour by Jodie Ellen
  • Visit Tanjung puting National Park & the famous Camp Leakey
  • See both introduced and wild orangutans in their natural environment
  • A guided trip around Pangkalan Bun and areas with Jodie
  • Sleep aboard and travel through the jungle on our river klotok (boat)
  • Trek through the jungle and plant a tree
  • Travel up jungle rivers to witness proboscis, ebony and grey macaque monkeys
  • Help save the orangutans from extinction

ITINERARY - 5th to 12th November 2017

Day 1 - 5 Nov: Arrive in Bali
You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel for your overnight stay. Here you will meet Jodie who will brief you regarding onward flight arrangements tomorrow and confirm all arrangements for the next day.

Day 2 - 6 Nov: Fly to Pangkalan Bun
An early morning flight(s) from Bali to Pangkalan Bun in Borneo. On arrival you will be met by your Orangutan Odyssey guide and taken to your hotel. You can take a late afternoon scenic river cruise to see the incredible sights and sounds of the local town and its people. Overnight at the Swiss Belinn Hotel (B,L)

Day 3 - 7 Nov: Pangkalan Bun - Camp Leakey - Crocodile Lake - An early start today will have you traveling in our own klotok boats up the Sekonyer River to Camp Leakey, the oldest camp set up for the orphaned orangutans. Arrive at Camp Leakey, take a short trek in the surrounding area and meet some of the resident orangutans and their caretake prior to visiting the museum. Head back to the klotok for lunch where you are likely to see orangutans (or have them see us) near the boat. later, you head back to the camp for the afternoon orangutang feeding time. After enjoying the orangutan feeding time, you will be given a tour of the surrounding forest area, then cruise down the Camp Leakey River to your overnight location at Crocodile Lake. While here, you will most likely will see other wildlife of Borneo such as gibbons & proboscis monkey. Overnight on the klotok. We provide a mattress, pillow and mosquito net. (B,L,D)

Day 4 - 8 Nov: Crocodile Lake - Pondok Tanggui - Tanjung Harapan - Rimba Lodge - Leave early and head back to Pondok Tanggui for morning orangutan feeding. Check in to Rimba Lodge before visiting Tanjung Harapan station for afternoon orangutan feeding. Stay overnight at Rimba Lodge. (B,L,D)

Day 5 - 9 Nov: Rimba Lodge - Pondok Tanggui – Pesalat – Tanjung Harapan – Pangkalan Bun
An early morning start takes you back to Pondok Tanggui for morning orangutan feeding, then you will travel up river to Pesalat Plantation where you will plant some trees to help regenerate the forest. After lunch you will take a tour of the local village. Later that afternoon you will travel down river, stopping along the way to watch the proboscis monkeys on the riverbanks. As dusk falls we will travel back to Kumai harbour enjoying a dinner along the river as we go and hopefully find some fireflies along the way.  Overnight in your Pangkalan Bun hotel. (B,L,D)

Day 6 - 10 Nov: Jodie’s day tour - Pangkalan Bun – Keluang Bay – Kubu
Today you will be taken on a tour of the local coast area. You will travel across to Keluang Bay, a popular picnic area for the locals and see the turtle conservation work. Lunch will be at the seafood restaurant built over the water. After lunch you will head to the Bay of Bogan on the edge of the Java Sea and see the local fishing villages and beaches. (B,L)

Day 7 - 11 Nov: Pangkalan Bun -  Bali - Today you will head back to the airport for your return flights to Bali. On arrival in Bali you will be met for your hotel transfer for overnight stay. Final nights dinner in Bali (B)

Day 8 - 12 Nov: Depart for Home OR Continue your holiday.
Tour ends and guests can continue with further travel in Indonesia or meet return international flights home. (B)

TRIP EXTENSIONS
Why not think about seeing more amazing locations in Indonesia after your orangutan expedition? For more details about some of the exciting trip extensions on offer to other parts of Indonesia click here.

INCLUSIONS
  • Domestic return airfares (Bali - Borneo - Bali)
  • Special Guest host Jodie Ellen (Adelaide Zoo)
  • Accommodation in Bali & Pangkalan Bun (twin share - single supplement available)
  • Accommodation on board our boat (klotok)
  • Meals as noted in the itinerary (B,L,D)
  • National park fees
  • Airport transfers
  • Captain and assistants
  • Experienced local english speaking guides
  • Ranger and local guide fees, boat mooring fees
  • Donation included for one deluxe orangutan adoption
  • Orangutan Odysseys t-shirt & water bottle
EXCLUSIONS
  • International airfares
  • Travel Insurance

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 humour and a willingness to encounter the unexpected and you will find your trip to Indonesia the adventure of a lifetime!

Having lived near Pangkalanbun and Tanjung Puting National Park, I am really excited to have a opportunity to show off one of my favourite parts of the planet. TPNP is a rare gem, a gorgeous forest ecosystem and home to so many beautiful and endangered species. I have worked with orangutans since 2006 and been enamoured with them for much longer than that. I invite you to join me on this fabulous tour and see if I can help you fall in love with orangutans as much as I do.

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