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Wild Education Orangutan Ecotour - Central Borneo

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Travel Type : School groups - ages 12yrs +
Expedition Grade : Easy to moderate in parts (jungle trekking involved)
Activities : Orangutan & wildlife conservation, local culture, tree planting, environmental awareness.
Accommodation : Local hotels, river boat (klotok) & jungle lodges
Transport : River boat (klotok), private vehicles 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) : Eight (8) days
Price : AUD$3,390 ex Sydney (twin/triple share)
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Travel Type :
School groups - ages 12yrs +

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

Activities :
Orangutan & wildlife conservation, local culture, tree planting, environmental awareness.

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

Transport :
River boat (klotok), private vehicles 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) :
Eight (8) days

Price :
AUD$3,390 ex Sydney (twin/triple share)

 

EXPEDITION OVERVIEW
Tanjung Puting is the largest and most diverse example of extensive coastal tropical heath and peat swamp forest, which used to cover much of the southern parts of Borneo. The orangutans of Tanjung Puting have been made famous through the long-term efforts of orangutan research and conservation programs, based at the Camp Leakey research station. Tanjung Puting is one of the most species rich areas of the world, home to the interesting looking proboscis monkey and a seemingly endless variety of endemic wildlife.

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.

Students will be taken to the locals towns of Pangkalan Bun & Kumai, then to Tanjung Puting National Park, all located in Central Kalimantan. Tanjung Puting National Park is a unique place in itself. It is not only home to the orangutan, but also the proboscis monkey, long tail macques and the false gavial crocodile.

Your home whilst in the National Park for 4 days/3 nights will be spent on our klotoks (riverboats). The klotoks are well equipped with a shower and sit down toilet and at night you will sleep on the deck on mattresses and overhanging mosquito nets. Our great cooks will prepare you delicious meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The klotoks come fully equipped including life vests on board and a first aid kit. When we are not walking through the Kalimantan jungle, we can relax on deck watching the wildlife and reflect upon the information you have been given about environment and wildlife conservation. We encourage students take control of their own learning by asking questions and discuss information throughout the duration of the tour.

Throughout your tour Orangutan Odysseys guides will escort your school group throughout the entire stay together with being transported in private vehicles between destinations.

If your school is interested in providing your students with an unforgettable nature based experience, and a and a better understanding of the ecology, politics, society and culture of not only Indonesia but the entire planet, then the Central Borneo Orangutan Education Tour is perfect for your school. 

Wisdom Orangutan Odysseys

Your special guest host Roxy Rogan
Driven by the urge of helping our environment, Roxy Rogan founded WILD Education, a conservation education business dedicated to reconnecting people with nature and educating them on how to protect and contribute positively to our environment. Former research assistant with African Impact, motivational speaker and explorer, Roxy is passionate about all things wild. Determined to raise awareness about environmental threats in a creative and engaging manner, WILD produced the short form documentary, ‘Person Of The Forest’ which follows Roxy into the Bornean jungle as she discovers the Orangutans and their threats.

Conservation education is a vital component in helping our environment thrive and the first steps to solving so many world problems, Roxy aims to achieve this through educating, empowering and helping others explore the natural world. You too will get to experience the same trip as shown in the documentary Person Of The Forest! This experience is once in a lifetime opportunity to explore nature whilst helping protect the incredible people of the forest.Come away with us!

EXPEDITION GOALS
Orangutan Odysseys is dedicated to supporting the work done by The Orangutan Project (TOP). By participating in this expedition, your school will be required to raise a target of AU$3,000 which will help support conservation projects throughout Indonesia. Further information on school fundraising methods will be sent to you once bookings are confirmed. By participating in this expedition your school will be helping with the long-term survival of the orangutan species. Each student will also receive an adoption of an orangutanas part of his or her adventure.

HIGHLIGHTS
  • Visit pristine rainforest in search of the amazing orangutan (both wild and reintroduced).
  • Jungle trek and overnight jungle stay, including a jungle night walk.
  • Cruise down the rivers through the jungle on klotoks (river boats) to see long tail macaque, proboscis monkeys, monitor lizards, gibbons, crocodiles and more.
  • Exclusive access to your host founder of WILD Education, Roxy Rogan.
  • Visit the Pesalat Reforestation program and understand how deforestation is affecting the area and how reforestation can rehabilitate the environment and local wildlife.
  • Plant trees
  • Visit a local village to experience the local culture, including traditional food, dancing and music
    Visit a school and participate in classroom activities with the local students.
  • Part of your expedition cost is directly donated to save the orangutans and their habitat.
ITINERARY - (8 days)

Day 1: Arrive in Jakarta

Today you shall arrive in Indonesia where our representative shall meet you at the airport and arrange transfers to a local hotel. This evening you will meet your Orangutan Odysseys Expedition guide for the tour briefing.(D)

Day 2: Pangkalan Bun, Borneo

Early morning flight to Pangkalan Bun. You will be greeted at the airport by the Orangutan Odysseys local guide and transferred to your accommodation. Later that day, we will take a walking tour around the town to experience the fascinating people and their culture. This will include a trip to the local markets and a ‘cruise’ along the Arut river. Overnight stay at local hotel (B, L, D)

Day 3: Pangkalan Bun - Camp Leakey – Crocodile Lake - Overnight Klotok

An early start to make our way to the harbour town, Kumai, where we will board our klotoks and cruise up the Sekonyer river to Camp Leakey, the oldest orangutan research camp. Along the way we will look out for wildlife like orangutans, monkeys, crocodiles and birds.  Once at Camp Leakey, we will have lunch on the boat, where we hopefully will see orangutans nearby. After lunch we take a short trek in the surrounding jungle and explore the museum. We will then head up to the afternoon feeding platform to see some of the local orangutans. After enjoying the feeding time, we head back to the boat and cruise down the Camp Leakey River to Crocodile Lake where we will spend the night on the klotok. On the way, we will look out for see other wildlife such as gibbons & proboscis monkeys. We provide mattresses, pillows and mosquito nets for all students. (B, L, D)

Day 4: Crocodile Lake – Pondok Tanggui –Tanjung Harapan Village & Feeding Station -  Rimba Lodge

This morning you will be woken by the sounds of the surrounding jungle. We then make our way to Pondok Tanggui (station #2) for the morning orangutan feeding time. After lunch along the river, we head down the river to Tanjung Harapan Village, where we will be introduced to the local community to see their village and way of life. Later that afternoon we will head back to the klotoks and be taken to Tanjung Harapan Station (feeding station #1) to observe the orangutans during their afternoon feeding session. Afterwards we shall cruise along the river banks observing troops of Proboscis monkeys. Overnight stay at Rimba Lodge. (B, L, D)

Day 5: Tanjung Harapan – Pondok Tangui-  Jungle Trek - Pesalat Reforestaton - Overnight on Klotok
Early morning start will see us travel back up river to Pondok Tanggui and see the orangutan feeding one more time. From there we shall set off on our jungle trek to experience what life is like in the rainforest and see the flora and fauna . We shall have lunch along the way. Out trek will reach Pesalat reforestation site where we shall see the work being done to help repair the jungle for the orangutans . We shall also plant some trees to help regenerate the forest.. Afterwards it’s back to the klotok looking for wildlife and overnight along the river. (B, L, D).

Day 6:  Rimba Lodge - Tanjung Harapan School - Kumai - Pangkalan Bun

In the morning after waking to the sounds of the jungle we will head back to tanjung Hararpan Village and visit the local school to learn about their programmes. We return to have lunch on the klotok where our time in the National Park will conclude. After lunch we will return to the port of Kumai and be transferred to our hotel for overnight accommodation. (B,,L, D)

Day 7: Pangkalan Bun – School Visit - Palm Oil Plantations -

This morning we will visit another loca school before heading for a drive through areas of once pristine forest, now a monoculture of palm oil. You will learn about the effects of deforestation on wildlife, the environment and indigenous communities. We shall have lunch along the way. During the afternoon you shall be taken to see a traditional Dayak village / longhouse and learn more about this ancient culture. Later returning to your hotel accommodation for final overnight stay. (B, L, D)

Day 8 : Pangkalan Bun - Jakarta

This morning we will complete our stay at Pangkalan Bun and head for the airport for our connecting flights back to Jakarta. Transfer to the airport for departure back to your home country. (B)

INCLUSIONS
  • International return airfares Sydney - Jakarta - Sydney
  • Guest host Roxy Rogan (WILD Education) will accompany you for the entire trip
  • Domestic return airfares from JakartaAirport transfers
  • Accommodation in Jakarta for Day 1 (twin share)
  • Accommodation on board the klotok (river boat)
  • Accommodation at Rimba Lodge (1night - twin share)
  • Experienced Orangutan Odysseys local english speaking tour guides
  • Meals, as noted throughout the itinerary
  • National Park fees (including personal camera & Ranger’s fee)
  • Tips to local guides
  • Sponsorship of 1000ha of rainforest for one year, on behalf of the school.
  • One deluxe orangutan adoption for the school
  • WILD Education Eco-Tour T-shirt

EXCLUSIONS

  • Costs for teacher to accompany group
  • Visa on arrival * Free for Australians and many countries.
  • Travel insurance

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 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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