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Sarawak Orangutan Educational Tour

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Travel Type : School groups - ages 12yrs +
Expedition Grade : Easy to moderate in parts (some trekking involved)
Activities : Orangutans, bird & wildlife watching, trekking, swimming and much more!
Accommodation : Good quality local hotels and jungle lodges. Twin share basis.
Transport : Tour bus, private vehicle 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) : Nine (9) days
Price : AUD$1,990 per student ex Kuala Lumpur (twin share)

Travel Type :
School groups - ages 12yrs +

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

Activities :
Orangutans, bird & wildlife watching, trekking, swimming and much more!

Accommodation :
Good quality local hotels and jungle lodges. Twin share basis.

Transport :
Tour bus, private vehicle 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) :
Nine (9) days

Price :
AUD$1,990 per student ex Kuala Lumpur (twin share)

EXPEDITION OVERVIEW
There really is nothing like giving back. In this specially crafted expedition you will visit the habitat of the great orangutan and at the same time help protect the environment for generations to come.

Since 2009 Orangutan Odysseys has raised in excess of $250,000 for The Orangutan Project and in 2013 and beyond, Orangutan Odysseys will continue sponsoring orphaned orangutans, protecting more rainforest through the Safeguard program (a jungle patrol system that prevents poachers and illegal loggers), and providing cash donations.

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

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

We will travel to rehabilitation facilities currently just outside of Kuching and meet with the experts who will educate us further about the problems that orangutans are facing, along with what is happening to the rainforests. Later we shall travel to Bako National Park where we will stay and experience life in the jungle, trek and look for wildlife.

During the expedition, your school group will be escorted by a trained Orangutan Odysseys guide and facilitator at all times and you will be transported in private vehicles between destinations. If your school is interested in providing your students with an unforgettable nature based experience, with them coming away with a better understanding of the ecology, politics, society and culture of not only Malaysia but the entire planet, then the Sarawak Orangutan Education Tour is perfect for your school!!

PROJECT FUNDRAISING OBJECTIVES
By participating in this expedition your school can help to raise funds (a target of AUD$5,000 per school) by getting friends, family and colleagues to adopt orphaned Orangutans as well as help protect the habitat of this endangered species through on the ground foot patrols that prevent poaching and illegal logging. Details of how to achieve this goal and further info will be sent once you have booked. Participants in this expedition will be contributing to the survival of the orangutans and their habitat by adopting an orphaned orangutan and each school will be sponsoring 1000 hectares of rainforest under the Safeguard Program.

MATANG WILDLIFE CENTER
Matang Wildlife Centre is located in Sarawak, the largest state in Malaysia, on the island of Borneo. More specifically, it’s located in Kubah National Park, Sarawak’s main centre for wildlife rehabilitation. Matang Wildlife Centre is responsible for rescuing and rehabilitating orangutans and other animals, and releasing them back into the wild.

SEMENGGOH WILDLIFE CENTRE
The Semenggoh Wildlife Centre, also located in Sarawak, rehabilitates wild animals kept previously as pets, as well as injured and orphaned animals, and then releases them back into the wild. They have successfully cared for over 1,000 endangered animals and are most recognized for their work rehabilitating orangutans. Due to their success, the number of animals released back into the wild significantly increased putting the forest at maximum capacity. Therefore, plans to rehabilitate orangutans were transferred to the Matang Wildlife Centre. As a result, Semenggoh changed its focus to studying orangutan biology and behaviour. It has also become a safe-haven to dozens of semi-wild orangutans who were graduates of the rehabilitation programme, as well as home to numerous baby orangutans born in the wild to rehabilitated mothers.

BAKO NATIONAL PARK
The Park established in 1957, is the oldest national park in Sarawak, eastern Malaysia, on the island of Borneo. It covers an area of 27.27 square kilometres (10.53 sq mi) at the tip of the Muara Tebas peninsula at the mouth of the Bako and Kuching Rivers. It is approximately 40 kilometres (25 mi) by road from Kuching. Bako is one of the smallest national parks in Sarawak. However, it features multiple biomes (including rainforest), abundant wildlife, jungle streams and waterfalls, secluded beaches, and trekking trails. A network of 16 marked walking trails of different lengths allows visitors access.

This is an excellent park for spotting of Borneo’s endemic wildlife, including the endangered proboscis monkey. There are many opportunities for trekking, including night walks, though there are also beautiful beaches for a more relaxing option.

HIGHLIGHTS
  • Visit pristine rainforest in search of the amazing wild orangutan.
  • Visit the Wildlife Reserves at Matang & Semmengoh to see rehabilitated orangutans
  • Visit the Bako National Park and understand how deforestation is affecting the area and how reforestation is possible.
  • Trek through beautiful primary forest and see orang-utan, thomas leaf monkeys, pig tail and long tail macaque, monitor lizards, gibbons, wild peacocks and more.
  • Part of your expedition cost is directly donated to save these wonderful creatures.
  • Tour of cosmopolitan Kuala Lumpur.
  • Visit and interact with local schools to see how students learn in Malaysian/Indonesian.
  • Experience and get involved in the Malay/Indonesian culture.
  • Visit Markets
ITINERARY - 10 DAYS

Day 1: Kuala Lumpur - Kuching
Departing your home country, you will fly to the town of Kuching in Malaysian Borneo via Kuala Lumpur. On arrival in Kuching we will transfer to Basaga Lodge, a comfortable and stylish guest house, to meet Orangutan Odysseys team team expedition team.  We will make the most of the hot shower, air conditioning and swimming pool before departing tomorrow to more simple amenities! (D)

Day 2: Kuching City  to Matang Wildlife Centre
Explore Kuching City and the Natural History Museum in the morning with a city tour. Take lunch in the city and transfer to Matang Wildlife Centre in the afternoon. Have a tour of this rescue and rehabilitation centre by expert staff, and receive a presentation in the evening on the subject of orangutan conservation. Overnight at Matang (B,L,D)

Day 3:  Matang Wildlife Centre - Local school meeting
Today will consist  of work at Matang Wildlife Centre. While we get a tour of the centre and see the orangutans and other animals, there will be no direct work or handling with the animals available, but students will contribute to meaningful tasks that benefit the centre such as tre planting, enrichment or maintenance work. Later today we will head to meet and spend time during the afternoon/evening with the children of the local Kampung village, engaging in educational activities and learning more about their way of life and culture. Overnight at Matang (B,L,D)

Day 4: Matang - Semmenggoh Rehabilitation Centre
Today we visit Semenggoh Rehabilitation Centre only a short drive from away. Afterwards we will travel to Kubah National Park where you will enjoy a picnic lunch, before trekking to a beautiful waterfall and finally walking through the jungle back to Matang. You will have a BBQ this evening with the centre’s staff. Overnight Matang (B,L,D)

Day 5: Matang - Bako National Park
This morning we will leave Matang and be transferred to Bako National Park in the morning and spend two nights here. This is an excellent park for spotting of Borneo’s endemic wildlife, including the endangered proboscis monkey. There are many opportunities for trekking, including night walks, though there are also beautiful beaches for a more relaxing option. Overnight in lodge (B,L,D)

Day 6: Bako National Park
Today we shall spend another full day in the national park exploring more walking trails, discovering new information about the local flore and fauna located through this area. Plus there will be some time for a swim and relaxation. Overnight in lodge (B,L,D)

Day 7: Bako - Kuching
This morning we pack up and head out of the park back to Kuching. Here we will spend the next two days and nights back at the Basaga Guesthouse with departure flights booked for day 9. Activities for these final days could include a trip to Sarawak Cultural Village, a local cooking class, Kayaking trips, boat trips with the chance to spot the Irrawady river dolphin or a trip to see the Raflesia (dependent on the flower’s emergence) (B,L,D)

Day 8: Kuching
Today is our final day where we will continue with the activities as outlined in Day 8. We will finish the evening with a big celebration dinner and reflect on all the new things that we have learned during our time here. (B,L,D)

Day 9: Kuching - Home Country - Tour ends
This morning we transfer your group back to the airport to link up with our return fights home. (B)

INCLUSIONS
  • Accommodation in all locations in Sarawak (twin share)
  • Accommodation in Bako National Park
  • Meals as noted in the itinerary (B,L,D)
  • Tips (excludes tip to Orangutan Odysseys local guides)
  • National park fees
  • Airport transfers
  • Orangutan Odysseys facilitator
  • Experienced local guides
  • Orangutan Odysseys t-shirt
  • All tours as outlined in Itinerary
  • Each student receives an orangutan adoption
  • The school receives a sponsorship for 1,000 hectares of rainforest
EXCLUSIONS
  • International airfares (please contact us for a quote)
  • Travel Insurance (please contact us for a group quote)
  • Airport departure tax - not applicable out of Malaysia
  • Visa on arrival - No visa required into Malaysia

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 humour 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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