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Sumatra Orangutan Education Tour

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Travel Type : School groups - ages 12yrs +
Expedition Grade : Easy to moderate in parts (jungle trekking involved)
Activities : Orangutan viewing, elephant treks, bird & wildlife watching, tube rafting and much more!
Accommodation : Local hotels, lodges and camping
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 in regenerating areas of rainforest to allow the orangutans and other animals to reinhabit.
Trip Duration (days) : Nine (9)
Price : AUD$2,390 ex Jakarta / Kuala Lumpur (twin share)
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Travel Type :
School groups - ages 12yrs +

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

Activities :
Orangutan viewing, elephant treks, bird & wildlife watching, tube rafting and much more!

Accommodation :
Local hotels, lodges and camping

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 in regenerating areas of rainforest to allow the orangutans and other animals to reinhabit.

Trip Duration (days) :
Nine (9)

Price :
AUD$2,390 ex Jakarta / 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:

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

We will travel to the Reforestation Center at Halaban north of Medan, onto to Tangkahan for an elephant ride and visit, then hike through the Gunung Leuser National Park for 2 days to see orangutans in the wild. The park's 1 million hectares houses the largest population of Sumatran orangutans, approximately 80% of the entire wild population of 7000. Gunung Leuser is also home to an enormous population of other wildlife including the thomas leaf monkey, pig-tailed macaques, long-tailed macaques, gibbons, lizards, turtles, hornbills and more.  This part of the trip concludes with tubing back down the Bahorok river towards Bukit Lawang, where we will participate in classroom activities with a local Indonesian school. On arrival back to Medan, we dine with one of the staff members from the Batu Mbelin Orangutan Quarantine Centre, who will talk to the students about what is happening at the centre why school fundraising is so important for orangutan conservation. 

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 Indonesia but the entire planet, then the Sumatra Orangutan Education Tour is perfect for you!

PROJECT FUNDRAISING OBJECTIVES
By participating in this expedition your school will be helping to raise funds (a target of AUS$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.

HIGHLIGHTS 

  • Visiting the Halaban Reforestation Program to learn how deforestation impacts the local area
  • Elephants bathing & trekking
  • Trek through beautiful primary forest and see thomas leaf monkeys, pig tail and long tail macaque, monitor lizards, gibbons, wild peacocks and more.
  • Visiting an orangutan feeding station
  • Overnight camping in the Gunung Leuser National Park
  • School visit in Bukit Lawang 
  • Tubing down the Bohorok river through pristine rainforest
  • Every student's fare includes the cost for one orangutan adoption
  • The expediton includes for the school sponsoring 1,000 hectares of rainforest

ITINERARY - 9 Days

Day 1: Arrive in Jakarta / Kuala Lumpur
Today you will depart your home country. Once you arrive at the airport, you will be met by an OO representative and then be transferred to your local hotel. This evening you will meet your Orangutan Odysseys Expedition guide for the tour briefing.

Day 2: Early morning flight to Medan
An early morning departure to Medan. On arrival at Medan airport, we shall meet up with our local guide and transprrtation. From there you will be transferred by private vehicles to the reforestation centre at Halaban, about a 4 hour drive north of the airport. Here, over 500 hectares of reclaimed forest has been re-vegetated with plants that are important to the survival of the orangutan. After a tour of the facilities students will have the opportunity to get involved in some forest regeneration by planting some native vegetation. Overnight stay in a small cottage research centre on the grounds. (B, L, D)

Day 3: Halaban – Tangkahan
This morning we shall complete our visit at the centre with a short walk and planitng a few more trees. Then we travel by private vehicle to small village of Tangkahan. Tangkahan is oocated on the eadge of the national park and is famous for its elephant safaris and wonderful jungle scenery. On the way we will pass through palm oil plantations and students will be taught about the consequences of deforestation and monoculture plantations. After checking in to your accommodation, we will visit a nearby Elephant Rangers Station. There, the elephants were previously used for jungle patrols to protect the local rainforests from illegal logging and poaching. After assisting in bathing and feeding the elephants we will trek on elephant back through the jungle. The elephant trek will conclude near our accommodation and if time permits, we will go for river walk down stream to a beautiful waterfall. (B, L, D)

Day 4: Tangkahan – Bukit Lawang
This morning we will travel by vehicle to Bukit Lawang. Once there, we will check into our accommodation and take a walk around the local village. Afterwards, we make our way to the National Park where we will hopefully catch a glimpse of some of the local orangutans at the afternoon feeding station. In the evening you will meet your guide and discuss the plan for the following days trekking. (B, L, D)

Day 5: Gunung Leuser National ParkToday 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 monkeys, pig-tail macaques, long-tail macaques, gibbons, lizards, turtles, hornbills and more. We will set up our jungle close to a stream. Overnight stay in tents. (B, L, D)

Day 6: Gunung Leuser National Park - Bukit Lawang
Today we will awake to the sounds of the jungle. We will continue ona short jungle trek and later that morning we will tube back down the Bohorok river back towards Bukit Lawang. Once we check back in to our accomodation in Bukit Lawang, we shall enjoy lunch overlooking the river. This afternoon will be at leisure with time to go shopping for a souvenir and a look around the village (B, L, D)

Day 7: Bukit Lawang School Visit
Today will spent getting to understand more about the local education systems with visits to two local schools. Here both students and teachers will be asked to interact by attending a school lesson and assisting in some teaching. The students can the particapte in variuos activites and learn the differences about that exist between their cultures, famiiles, faiths and much more. There will also be tiem later in the day for some after school activities like a game if sport or perhaps a swim. Later that day at dinner we will discuss what as learnt during these visits. (B,L,D)

Day 8: Bukit Lawang – Medan - Orangutan presentation
In the morning, students time for a final swim in the river before our 4 hour journey to Medan and check in to our hotel. This afternoon there will be a sometime to relax or use the pool. Tonight, we will meet with one of the staff members of the SOCP's Orangutan Quarantine Centre over dinner. They will spend some time talking to the students on the purpose of the quarantine centre, and why the fundraising that the students did is so important for orangutan conservation. Overnight stay in hotel or guesthouse in Medan (B, L, D) 

Day 9 : Medan – Jakarta/Kuala Lumpur – Home
Transfer to the airport for departure back to Australia via Jakarta/KL/Singapore. Tour ends (B)

INCLUSIONS
  • Domestic airfares (International flights can be provided and included on request)
  • Accommodation in Jakarta/Kuala Lumpur/Sumatra (twin share)
  • Orangutan Odysseys expedition leader
  • Meals as noted in the itinerary
  • Tips to local guides
  • National Park fees (including personal camera  & Ranger’s fee)
  • Elephant trekking
  • Camping & rafting equipment
  • Airport transfers
  • Experienced local guide
  • Sponsorship of 1000ha of rainforest for one year, on behalf of the school
  • Adoption of an orphaned orangutan for each student
  • Orangutan Odysseys T-shirt
EXCLUSIONS
  • Airport departure tax (Rupiah 150,000 = USD$17)
  • Visa on arrival (USD$25)
  • International airfares (Please contact us for a quote)
  • Travel Insurance (Group quotes can be provided at the time of booking)

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 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 Health & 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 humor 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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