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OVAID Sumatra Fundraising Oct 2017 - 5 places left

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Travel Type : Small group of up to 10 guests - Ages 13 years +
Expedition Grade : Moderate to diffcult in parts (jungle trekking involved)
Activities : Orangutan viewing & professional education, wildlife viewing, reforestation program, river cruising, bird watching and more.
Accommodation : Local hotels, jungle lodges & tents
Transport : Private vehicles and on foot.
Giving Back : You will be supporting OVAID in their work saving orangutans in providing vital veterinary equipment & supplies. You will also be helping in supporting the work being done by The Orangutan Project (TOP), Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme (SOCP) & Orangutan Information Centre in Sumatra (OIC).
Trip Duration (days) : 8 days (21 - 28 October 2017)
Price : Price AUD$3,290 plus $1,500 secured fundraising ex Jakarta (twin share)
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Travel Type :
Small group of up to 10 guests - Ages 13 years +

Expedition Grade :
Moderate to diffcult in parts (jungle trekking involved)

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

Accommodation :
Local hotels, jungle lodges & tents

Transport :
Private vehicles and on foot.

Giving Back :
You will be supporting OVAID in their work saving orangutans in providing vital veterinary equipment & supplies. You will also be helping in supporting the work being done by The Orangutan Project (TOP), Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme (SOCP) & Orangutan Information Centre in Sumatra (OIC).

Trip Duration (days) :
8 days (21 - 28 October 2017)

Price :
Price AUD$3,290 plus $1,500 secured fundraising ex Jakarta (twin share)

EXPEDITION OVERVIEW
Come see orangutans the only way they should be seen, in the jungles of Sumatra and make a personal difference by contributing to a unique organisation helping to save the great red ape from extinction.

Orangutan Odysseys has been raising money for The Orangutan Project and supporting NGO's like OVAID in their quest to save the orangutans

There really is nothing like giving back and on this specially crafted expedition, you will visit the jungle habitat of the orangutan and help protect them for generations to come. 

Join your special guests hosts Nigel & Sara Hicks (OVAID founders) who will travel with you throughout the journey and give you their personal views about orangutans and how their organisation is helping to save them and allow them to released back into the jungle.

Meet Nigel and Ovaid ! 

On this eight day fundraising tour, beginning and ending in Jakarta, you will be visiting pristine rainforests, be trekking (walking beside) with elephants into the jungles of Gunung Leuser National Park, in Northern Sumatra and spend time viewing wild and ex-captive orangutans who wander freely in their natural surroundings. You will go back in time, to a place in the jungle where one of the first orangutan research camps was established in 1971 and see where some of first field research of the red ape was done.

You will also spend time along the way in a unique orangutan hospital and rescue centre where veterinarians are breaking new ground on medical treatment of the red ape and where orangutans are prepared for reintroduction back into the forests. This is where you will see the real difference being made by OVAID.

After Sumatra, we head back to Jakarta. For those that want an adventure on the way back, we will be offering action packed extensions to Krakatoa or Lombok, or Java or perhaps to see Komodo dragons. If you are interested in adventure and giving back to the world at the same time, then you have got to be part of this expedition.

An Introduction to Ovaid.
Vet Nigel Hicks and his wife Sara Fell Hicks have been working with orangutan in Borneo since 2009. Through their experiences they recognised a need for the provision of veterinary equipment, medicines and practical veterinary mentoring to orangutan rescue groups and rehabilitation centres in Indonesia and Malaysia. Initially through friends they raised funds to enable them to buy equipment which they personally took out to Indonesia. It soon became obvious that a more formal structure was needed and in early 2014 Orangutan Veterinary Aid (OVAID) was established.
 
The charity supports vets working at the front line of orangutan rescue whether this is from illegal pet homes, human orangutan conflict or the illegal wildlife trade. These vets and their teams are often working in difficult, demanding and dangerous conditions with minimal equipment.

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 Thomas Leaf 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 surrounds.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Travel with OVAID founders Nigel & Sara Hicks
  • Visit the reforestation project being run by OIC
  • See the orangutans in their natural rainforest habitat
  • Walk with elephants through rivers and jungles
  • Trek through the magnificent Gunung Leuser National Park
  • Visit the Orangutan Care Centre & Quarantine in Batu Mbelin run by SOCP (closed to the public).
  • Travel into jungles to witness orangutan, siamangs, gibbons, leaf and macaque monkeys
  • See the people of Sumatra and their way of life
  • Help save the orangutans

ITINERARY - 8 days (21 to 28 October 2017)

Day 1: 21 October: 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: 22 October: Jakarta - Medan – Halaban Reforestation Site
An early morning departure to Medan in Sumatra. We will greeted at the airport by our local team and our transport and commence the 4 hour drive to Halaban’s reforestation project which is run by the Orangutan Information Centre. Here over 500 hectares of reclaimed forest is being replanted. Illegally planted Palm oil trees have been uprooted and the land is re-vegetated with endemic plants as well as plants that are important to the survival of the orangutan. You will be shown around the grounds, the replanting sites and the spoken to about the progress that is being made and also be given the opportunity to do some planting and work yourself. Plus receive a presentation that night. Overnight at the reforestation centre basic huts. We supply you with mosquito nets and a sleeping mattress. (B,L,D)

Day 3: 23 October: Halaban - Tangkahan
In the early morning we shall continue with some planting works, learning more about the OIC’s project, taking a trek and helping at the centre before saying goodbye and heading off to Tangkahan. Tangkahan is famous for its elephant safaris and wonderful jungle scenery. Afternoon you will go for a river walk and then tube down stream to a beautiful waterfall. You will then walk back to your jungle lodge for dinner. (B,L,D).

Day 4: 24 October: Tangkahan - Bukit Lawang
This morning you will head off to a nearby elephant rangers station. There, elephants which used to help rangers monitor the nearby jungle, now offer elephant experiences. After helping the rangers feed and bathe the elephants, you will take a walk beside (no riding permitted) these most beautiful creatures. After the elephant trek you will return to the jungle lodge and to check out prior to leaving for the 4WD drive to Bukit Lawang where you will take a short jungle walk and explore the town before returning to your overnight accommodation at the wonderful Eco Lodge. (B,L,D)

Day 5: 25 Oct: Bukit Lawang - Leuser Eco System
Today you start your 2 day trek into the Leuser Eco System. You will head into the hills on the other side of the Bohorok River. On the trek you will see orangutans, thomas leaf monkey, pigtail macaque, longtail macaque, gibbons, lizards, turtles, hornbills and more. Your camp site will be close to a stream or on the Bohorok River. Overnight in tents. (B, L, D)

Day 6: 26 Oct: Leuser Ecosystem - Bukit Lawang
Today you will awake to the sounds of the jungle. After breakfast you will continue your trek deeper into the Gunung Leuser National Park, away from the more frequented locations of day trekkers. It is hoped you will see more orangutans, mothers with babies and possibly a male. Your guides will point out various plants that are used in traditional medicine as well as poisonous plants that cannot be consumed safely by humans. Later continue your jungle trek and head back towards Bukit Lawang sometime after lunch by river tubing back down the Bohorok river. Once in Bukit Lawang you will check back into the Eco Lodge (B,L)

Day 7: 27 October - Bukit Lawang – Orangtan Care Centre - Medan.
After breakfast we will drive to the SOCP's Batu Mbelin Quarantine Center. The Centre manages orangutans that have been rescued. These orangutans are usually young orphans after their mothers have been killed during logging and land clearing for monocultures such as palm oil. The quarantine station at Batu Mbelin is well-equipped, staffed by experienced personnel, and operate to the highest standards. The orangutans are eventually released in the Bukit Tigapuluh National Park or Janto, areas providing ideal lowland rainforest habitat that previously had no existing wild orangutan population. At present there are approximately 60 orangutans that are cared for before their ultimate release into the wild. One of the driving forces behind the centers creation and the head of the Centre, Ian Singleton, will show us around the facilities, explaining how it works, the interaction between people and the environment, the palm oil industry and much more. This is a privilege few people get to talk with one of the pre-eminent experts on Sumatran orangutans as well as see this facility and what it does to help. From there we will head to Medan and check into the Deli River Hotel for the final nights celebration dinner. (B, L,D)

Day 8: 28 October - Medan – Jakarta - Home.
This morning we head to the airport for our morning flight back to Jakarta. Here you will connect with your return flight home or continue with your travel. Tour ends (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
  • Return domestic airfares from Jakarta
  • Accommodation in Jakarta on Day 1
  • Accommodations Tangkahan, Bukit Lawang and Medan
  • Meals as outlined in Itinerary. (B,L,D)
  • All National park fees including camera fees
  • All transfers in all locations
  • Professional local Guides through the expedition
  • Donation included for One Orangutan Adoption
  • Orangutan Odysseys t-shirt
  • Ranger and local guide fees + porters
  • Access fee/donation for entry to Halaban & Batu Mbelin Rescue Centre
  • All tips to elephant guides, trek guides and porters.
  • Tent and camping equipment
EXCLUSIONS
  • International Airfares
  • Travel Insurance

DONATIONS, FEES AND COST
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 hosts, Nigel & Sara are generously donating their time and expertise to help make this a most unique trip and a special experience for all our guests.  Orangutan Odysseys has raised over $700,000 since 2009 to help support the orangutan’s survival. Each participant of the trip will adopt an orangutan (included in trip fare) and agree to raising a minimum of $1,500 in donations for OVAID. Your participation in this event WILL make a difference.

How you money will be spent
All of the money raised will be completely utilised by OVAID to supply much needed equipment and medicines to orang-utan rescue groups in Sumatra and Kalimantan and to support the further training of Indonesian vets. First priority will be a new top of the range autoclave for sterilising instruments, much needed by the veterinary clinic at Batu Mbelin. It is hoped that the machine will be available for the group to personally present to the veterinary team during your visit to the quarantine centre.

How else you can help - Bring along some equipment
The following items are needed by the Batu Mbelin quarantine centre and can probably be purchased on line or through your local veterinary surgery. All are small, light and easily packed in a suitcase and needed at the quarantine centre. You will be able to present any small items to the centre at the time of our visit.

  • Micropore tape 2.5cm width
  • Non -sterile 10cm x 10cm gauze swabs
  • Vicryl suture material 2/0 or 3/0 with reverse cutting needle
  • PDS suture material 2/0 and 3/0 with reverse cutting needle
  • Small 50ml baby bottles (Not the larger normal size baby bottles as the centre has a surplus of these)
  • Digital thermometers
  • Microscope slides & cover slips
  • Sterile surgical dressings
  • Probiotics in powder form
  • Disposable sterile surgical gowns
  • Towels

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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