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Yoga For Nature Orangutan Tour - November 2018

Travel Type : Small group of like minded people - Age limit 14
Expedition Grade : Easy to moderate
Activities : Orangutan & wildlife viewing, reforestation program, bird watching and 3 day Yoga retreat
Accommodation : Local hotels, river lodges, river boat (klotok) and Yoga retreat
Transport : River boat (klotok), private cars 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) : Ten (10) days: 11th - 20th November 2018
Price : AUD $3,910 ex Jakarta (twin share) plus $1,000 secured fundraising component - Single supplement $695
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Travel Type :
Small group of like minded people - Age limit 14

Expedition Grade :
Easy to moderate

Activities :
Orangutan & wildlife viewing, reforestation program, bird watching and 3 day Yoga retreat

Accommodation :
Local hotels, river lodges, river boat (klotok) and Yoga retreat

Transport :
River boat (klotok), private cars 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) :
Ten (10) days: 11th - 20th November 2018

Price :
AUD $3,910 ex Jakarta (twin share) plus $1,000 secured fundraising component - Single supplement $695

You will be joining this unique and exciting tour to Borneo & Bali with 2 special guests hosts Leif Cocks (The Orangutan Project) and Phil Dickenson (Yoga For Nature). Our destination for this trip is the jungles of Central Kalimantan (Borneo), to see the orangutan in its natural environment. This special fundraising tour will take you to the Tanjung Puting National Park, which is found in central Kalimantan. Tanjung Puting National Park is a unique place in itself and is home to rare and interesting species including the proboscis monkey and the false gavial, a strange looking crocodile. But it is the orangutan that most people come here to visit. It's sheer beauty and passive demeanour endears one of our closest relatives to our hearts. We will see both reintroduced and wild orangutans as well as a host of other wildlife. We may come across Tom the dominant male at the famous Camp Leakey. Along the way Phil will guide you through your daily yoga practice in the jungle.

After visiting this wonderful animals natural environment, we will head to to Bali and to the beautiful mountain area of Ubud to start your 3 day Yoga retreat. 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.

During your time in the park you will be living aboard our river boat known as a klotok, with one night at the Rimba Eco-Lodge. The klotok is well equipped with basic amenities, and one night you will sleep on deck on comfortable mattresses with mosquito nets. Our crew will cook up delicious meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The klotoks come fully equipped with safety features including life vests and a first aid kit. When not walking through the jungle, we can relax on deck watching the wildlife, read a book, practice yoga or just laze the day away.

You will be joined on this tour by two people who we believe will make this expedition very special and a most memorable and rewarding experience for all our guests.

Phil Dickenson is the founder of Yoga For Nature, a global Yoga community that inspires a deeper connection with nature by sharing inspirational stories. A Yoga teacher and long time advocate for social and environmental causes, Phil worked professionally as a television producer in the U.S.,U.K., Australia and Asia but in 2015 decided it was time to direct his skill and love of Yoga towards his passion for conservation and nature. Yoga For Nature was launched in early 2016 and in the space of a year has told important stories for more than twenty NGO’s, they have partnered with the highly respected social activist group Off The Mat Into The World and inspired hundreds of thousands of Yogis to help protect our planet.

Phil talks about this fundraising tour. "This is important because it’s the first time Yoga For Nature and The Orangutan Project have combined to host a tour and it will give our guests a unique opportunity to explore the interconnectedness of this place we call home. On a personal level, i’m fascinated by Orangutans, so i’m really proud that Yoga For Nature is able to help Leif and The Orangutan Project share their story with the world. This tour is going to be so much fun and it’s also going to be life-changing for me and everyone else that comes along."

Leif Cocks, i
The Orangutan Project was established in 1998 by founder and world-renowned orangutan expert, Leif Cocks, as a result of his almost 30 year career working with orangutans. Leif is a passionate campaigner for orangutans and has been the President of The Orangutan Project since its inception. Leif’s years in the field have earned him respect within the conservation field. He has been a key player in developing conservation plans for orangutans and influencing positive change for orangutan protection and survival. This respect has given The Orangutan Project world standing in conservation, and allows Leif to successfully negotiate conservation agreements with the Indonesian Ministry of Forestry and other government officials.

A small population biologist and curator by trade; Leif has several academic qualifications, including a Masters of Science studying orangutans. He lectures at universities, is a seasoned public speaker, supervises university students and has published several papers on orangutans in peer-reviewed journals. Leif is also the author of the books – Orangutans and their Battle for Survival and Orangutans: My Cousins My Friends.
In respect to his professional, animal, human and financial management skills, Leif has been the longest standing Australasian Species Management Program Committee Member; a Quarantine-Approved Assessor; Zoo Husbandry Adviser; Zoo Accreditation Officer; UN GRASP in-country point of contact, an International Species Coordinator, International Studbook Keeper and Chair of a World Aquarium and Zoo Association global conservation program.

Leif Talks Tours
"Hi, I have now completed several Leif Cocks Orangutan Odysseys Eco-tours. On each one we all had a great time, learnt all about the orangutans habitat, made new friends and most importantly raised awareness & much needed funds to help save this endangered spieces. In the complex world of conservation and animal behaviour, it is difficult to fully grasp the realities of what we see on just a short tour. That is why I feel that the members on this tour, being able to discuss the deeper insights of conservation and behaviour, may have enjoyed the trip so much more. The more you know about something the more interesting it gets! With any holiday a lot of time is wasted through getting from one place to the other, however time can fly when you have the opportunity to discuss what you have just seen and what you are about to see in a holistic and in-depth context. It would be great to have you onboard!"

Our goal is to provide our guests with a unique experience while observing wild and semi-wild orangutans in their natural habitat. We will provide you with a safe platform to observe other wildlife that Borneo has to offer including proboscis 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 surroundings. Our joint efforts with The Orangutan Project continues to support conservation programs in Borneo and Sumatra. Each guest's fare includes the cost of adopting an orangutan.

As part of the tour, each guest must raise $1,000 that will be donated to The Orangutan Project (TOP). This amount is in addition to the trip fare. Once a guest has registered and booked online, they will be issued with their own personal fundraising page. Funds deposited here, go directly to TOP and receipts are immediately issued. Please note: If guests choose not to fundraise they have the option to make the donation payment themselves by using their fundraising page. The fundraising component is compulsory, as part of the tour and is due 10 days prior to departure.

  • Visit Tanjung Puting National Park and the famous Camp Leakey
  • See both reintroduced and wild orangutans in their natural environment
  • Get to trek through the jungle and plant a tree
  • Sleep aboard and travel through the jungle on our river klotok (boat)
  • Exclusive acces to your hosts Leif Cocks and Phil Dickenson
  • Practice your yoga aboard your boat and in the jungle surrounds
  • Travel up jungle rivers to witness proboscis, ebony and grey macaque monkeys
  • Help save the orangutans from extinction
  • Join a 3 day yoga retreat in Bali

ITINERARY: 11-20 November 2018 (10 days)

Day 1 - 11 Nov: Arrive in Jakarta
Today you will be met at the airport by the FM7 Hotel personnel who will provide your hotel transfer to your overnight accommodation in Bali. This evening our group will meet to discuss our tour departure plans tomorrow.

Day 2 - 12 Nov: Jakarta to Borneo (Pangkalan Bun)
An early morning flight from Bali via Jakarta or Surabaya to Pangkalan Bun in Borneo. On arrival you will be met by your Orangutan Odyssey guide and taken to your hotel. You can take a late afternoon scenic river cruise to see the incredible sights and sounds of the local town and its people. Overnight at the Swiss Belinn Hotel (B,L)

Day 3 - 13 Nov: Pangkalan Bun - Camp Leakey - Crocodile Lake
An early start today will have you traveling in our own klotok boats up the Sekonyer river to Camp Leakey, the oldest camp set up for the orphaned orangutans. Arrive at Camp Leakey, take a short trek in the surrounding area and meet some of the resident orangutans and their caretakers prior to visiting the museum. Head back to the klotok for lunch, where you will likely see orangutans. Later you head back to the camp for the afternoon orangutan feeding time. At the end of the day you will be given a tour of the surrounding forest area, then cruise down Camp Leakey River to your overnight location at Crocodile Lake. While here, you will most likely see other wildlife of Borneo such as macaques & proboscis monkeys. Overnight on the klotok. (B,L,D)

Day 4 - 14 Nov: Crocodile Lake - Pondok Tanggui - Tanjung Harapan - Rimba Lodge
Leave early and head back down river to Pondok Tanggui for morning orangutan feeding. Check in to Rimba Lodge before visiting Tanjung Harapan station for afternoon orangutan feeding. Stay overnight at Rimba Lodge. (B,L,D)

Day 5 - 15 Nov: Rimba Lodge - Pondok Tanggui - Pesalat Reforestation
An early morning start takes you back to Pondok Tanggui for morning orangutan feeding, then you will travel up river to Pesalat Plantation where you will plant some trees to help regenerate the forest. After lunch you will take a tour of the local village. Later that afternoon you will travel down river, stopping along the way to watch the proboscis monkeys on the riverbanks. As dusk falls we will travel back to Kumai harbour enjoying a dinner along the river as we go.  Overnight in your Pangkalan Bun hotel. (B,L,D)

Day 6 - 16 Nov: Pangkalan Bun - Bali
This morning you start you travel back to Bali with flights via Jakarta. On arrival in Bali you will be met by your bus transfer onto Ubud and the wonderful Bagus Jati Spa Resort (Bagus Jati website here) (B,D)

Day 7 to 9 - 17 to 19 Nov: Ubud, Bali Yoga Retreat
Today you wake in the mountains of Bali to begin your 3 day/3 night Yoga retreat in the beautiful surrounds of the Bagus Jati Resort. You will relax in the beautiful hotel location resting in a forest valley and surrounded by rice fields and undertake daily programmes as prepared by Phil. Endulge yourself in the retreats facilites or take a tour around the area during your spare time.  (B,D daily)

More about your Yoga retreat.
Located near the 4 mountains of Bali and a significant energy vortex, you'll wake-up to the sounds of nature and begin your day practicing Yoga. Classes are suitable for beginner through to advanced students and may include pranayama (breathing exercises) and meditation.
The Bagus Jati shalla faces a beautiful forested escarpment which can also be enjoyed from the horizon pool and Ayurvedic spa. During the day, guests will have plenty of time to relax and read a book, choose from numerous wellness treatments and enjoy first class food.
In the late afternoon we will return to the beautiful shalla for a second Yoga class tailored as much as possible to the needs of individual students. This will be followed by some traditional Balinese teas and an informal sharing of our life experiences in the context of Yoga philosophy.

Day 10 - 20 Nov: Ubud - Airport
Today, around midday, you will pack and depart from the Ubud and head to the airport for you connecintg flights back home. (B)

Why not think about seeing more amazing locations in Indonesia after your orangutan expedition? For details about our exciting trip extensions to other parts of Indonesia click here.

  • Guests hosts Phil Dickenson (Yoga For Natue Founder) & Leif Cocks (President, The Orangutan Project) accompany you for the entire tour
  • Domestic airfares in Indonesia
  • Accommodations in Jakarta, Bali, Pangkalan Bun & Ubud (twin share - single supplement available)
  • Accommodation on board our river boat (klotok)
  • All meals as noted in the itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • National park fees
  • Airport transfers
  • Boat Captain and assistants
  • Experienced local guides
  • Donation included for one delux orangutan adoption
  • Orangutan Odysseys t-shirt & water bottle
  • Ranger and local guide fees, boat mooring fees
  • Yoga retreat inclusions
    • 4 night stay + daily b'fast. - Daily Dinner (including 1 x Farewell special dinner ).
    • Balinese blessing at Hotel temple as opening ceremony. -
    • 1 hours Balinese massage.
    • Free joining daily retreat activities according to schedule.
    • Free use of health and well-being facilities ( Pool, Gym, Hot Jacuzzi, and Herbal steam bath in Spa pavilion.)
    • Welcome Drink & Chilled Towel upon arrival.
    • A Plate of tropical fruit (Daily replaced ).
    • Complimentary 2 bottle of mineral water per day per room & bring your own container for free refills.
    • Free scheduled transport to Ubud area.
    • Free Inter Connection (Wi-Fi ) at guest at villa and public area.
  • International airfares
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses (extar drinks, alcohol)
  • Tipping

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 humour and a willingness to encounter the unexpected and you will find your trip to Indonesia the adventure of a lifetime!

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