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Orangutan and River Jungle Tour with Gary Shapiro

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Travel Type : Small group of 10 to 12. 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, river boat (klotok) & jungle lodge
Transport : River boat (klotok), car 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 : $3,995 = $2,995 fare (inclusive of a $145 donation to TOP) plus $1,000 in donations to the OURF ex Jakarta/ Bali (twin share)
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Travel Type :
Small group of 10 to 12. 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, river boat (klotok) & jungle lodge

Transport :
River boat (klotok), car 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 :
$3,995 = $2,995 fare (inclusive of a $145 donation to TOP) plus $1,000 in donations to the OURF ex Jakarta/ Bali (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 upriver in a small, exclusive expedition hosted by a man who know orangutans and this location like few others in the world.

In this eight-day Orangutan Odysseys' tour, beginning and ending in Bali, and traveling upriver by boat to the jungle of Tanjung Puting National Park, in Kalimantan, southern Borneo, you will spend time with ex-captive orangutans who wander freely and are accustomed to being close to human beings. You will go back in time to a place in the jungle where one of the first orangutan research camps was established in 1971 to conduct some of the first field research on the red ape. On this tour we usually see a range of wild animals, such as macaques, proboscis monkeys, the false gavial (a strange-looking crocodile) and exotic winged species like the bird of paradise and the electric-blue kingfisher.  Your meals on the boat will be prepared in authentic Indonesian style by an Indonesian cook. You will sleep on the boat under stars not visible from the northern hemisphere, with the forest night lit by fireflies and luminous plants.

Your host is Dr. Gary Shapiro, an orangutan scientist who did pioneering research in the late 1970s teaching orangutans in Tanjung Puting National Park to communicate with sign language. He also conducted an ecological study of the Sekonyer River in 1986. Gary will take you back in time to those early days of field research in this location and introduce you to some of the orangutans who remain from that period, some still using the sign language he taught them. Gary now works from his Los Angeles base and travels extensively in Indonesia, with a home in Bali. 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 unusual understanding of what you are seeing, as this adventure of a lifetime takes you upriver by a kind of boat called a klotok, where you will eat and sleep in the jungle for three nights.

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 I have known personally for over three decades. 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 Borneo, we return to Bali. For those who want to stay longer and experience more of Indonesia’s charm, we can organize some 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.

ITINERARY - 8 days
Day 1 - 4th Jul
y :
Arrive in Bali / Jakarta
We will meet you at the airport and transfer you to our hotel for overnight stay. Trip briefing at hotel.

Day 2 - 5th July : Fly to Pangkalan Bun, Central Kalimantan via Jakarta
Fly from Bali in the early morning via Jakarta to Pangkalan Bun. In the afternoon we take the town river boat ride (motorized canoe) and walking tour. Overnight at Swiss Belinn Hotel in Pangkalan Bun. (B)

Day 3 - 6th July : Pangkalan Bun – Pondok Tanggui – Camp Leakey
An early morning start today will have us travelling in our Orangutan Odyssey klotok boats up the Sekonyer River to our first stop at orangutan Feeding Station #2, Pondok Tanggui. From there it's back on the river up to Camp Leakey, one of the oldest orangutan science camps and facility for orphaned orangutans, where we are likely to see orangutans near the boat. We arrive in time for the afternoon orangutan feeding session and a tour of the rainforest. We will likely see other wildlife of Borneo here, such as long-tailed macaques, gibbons and proboscis monkeys. Overnight on the klotok. We provide a mattress, pillow and mosquito net. (B,L,D)

Day 4 - 7th July : Camp Leakey - Crocodile Lake
In the early morning you will be awakened by the sounds of gibbons and jungle “music.” We spend another full day at Camp Leakey where we will take a short trek around the camp, see the facilities, and learn more about the history of the camp. Then back to the boat for lunch. We will have a second opportunity to see the afternoon orangutan feeding. Then it's back to the klotok and a short cruise down to Crocodile Lake, where we will spend the night. Overnight on the klotok. (B,L,D)

Day 5 - 8th July : Crocodile Lake - Pesalat Plantation - Tanjung Harapan - Rimba Lodge
After being awakened by the sounds of the jungle we will cruise back down the Sekonyer River to Pesalat Plantation. Here we plant some trees to help regenerate the forest and support the Friends of the National Parks Foundation (FNPF). An optional short jungle trek can also be arranged. Then we head off to check into Rimba Eco Lodge and after lunch to travel by river to Tanjung
Harapan station for the afternoon feeding of orangutans. Overnight at Rimba Lodge. (B,L,D)

Day 6 - 9th July : Rimba Lodge - Pondok Tanggui – Tanjung Harapan Village – Fireflies
After breakfast at the lodge we are back on the river traveling up to Pondok Tanggui for morning feeding. After lunch we have a rest and the option of a walk through the Tanjung Harpan village to meet some of the local people and maybe take a canoe ride. From there we will return to the boat and, depending on time, have an orangutan viewing at Tanjung Harapan feeding station. Later that afternoon we will take the boat down the river to a mangrove of nipa palms, where we will have dinner among millions of glittering fireflies. This is an amazing sight that you will not forget. On the way we will watch proboscis monkeys playing along the river banks. Then it's back to Kumai by klotok and overnight at Swiss BelInn Hotel in Pangkalan Bun. (B,L,D)

Day 7 - 10th July : Pangkalan Bun - Jakarta - Bali
This morning there is some time for a tour of Pangkalan Bun, see the markets, maybe visit the Yellow Palace before checking out and flying back to Bali. (B) Transfer to your hotel in Bali. (B)

Day 8 - 11th July : Depart for home or trip extension
Day at leisure prior to departing for home or extending your stay. (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 to other parts of Indonesia
click here

INCLUSIONS
  • Accommodations in Bali & Pangkalan Bun (twin share - single supplement available)
  • Local tours including klotoks and guides
  • Meals as noted in the intinerary (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)
  • Donations of $1,000 to the Orang Utan Republik Foundation. Raised and collected prior to departure
  • 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

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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