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Leif Cocks Central Kalimantan Explorer - Nov 2018.

Travel Type : Small group of up to 12 guests - Ages 13 years +
Expedition Grade : Easy to moderate in parts (short jungle trekking involved)
Activities : Orangutan viewing & professional education, wildlife viewing, reforestation program, river cruising, bird watching and more.
Accommodation : Local hotels, river boat (klotok) & jungle lodges
Transport : River boats (klotok), car and on foot.
Giving Back : You will be supporting The Orangutan Project (TOP) in their work protecting orangutans and their environment as well as other vital environmental research.
Trip Duration (days) : 8 days (12 to 19 November 2018)
Price : Price $3,440 plus $1,000 secured fundraising ex Jakarta (twin share)
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Travel Type :
Small group of up to 12 guests - Ages 13 years +

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

Activities :
Orangutan viewing & professional education, wildlife viewing, reforestation program, river cruising, bird watching and more.

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

Transport :
River boats (klotok), car and on foot.

Giving Back :
You will be supporting The Orangutan Project (TOP) in their work protecting orangutans and their environment as well as other vital environmental research.

Trip Duration (days) :
8 days (12 to 19 November 2018)

Price :
Price $3,440 plus $1,000 secured fundraising ex Jakarta (twin share)

Our destination for this trip is the jungles of Central Kalimantan (Borneo) to see the orangutan in its natural environment. In Tanjung Puting National Park we may come across Tom, the dominant male at the famous Camp Leakey research station. We will see both reintroduced and wild orangutans as well as a host of other rain forest animals. The Tanjung Puting National Park 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 demeanor endears one of our closest relatives to our hearts.

We then travel to Palangkaraya (capital of Central Borneo) where we will first visit the pre-release islands for the orangutans which are operated by BOSF. We will travel along the river, watch the orangutans and explore small inlets by canoe. Here we will also get a taste of the Dayak culture with a visit to a local village. After that we travel to the Katingan River for an overnight stay in the WWF camp inside the Sabangau National Park. This large area of mostly peat swamp will allow us to trek and search for wild orangutans. The last afternoon we travel by river boat to see some of the local villages and enjoy sunset over a beautiful lake.

This expedition will give you an excellent insight into all facets of life in Borneo and gain a deeper understanding of the plight of the orangutan due to deforestation. You will gain a greater understanding of Borneo life and the life of an orangutan in Borneo on this trip as it combines two of the islands most important orangutan populations. From luxury boats to small dugout canoes, from wide rivers to deep forests and from small river towns to traditional Dayak villages, this 8 day adventure provides it all. 

After Borneo, we head back to Jakarta. For those that want an adventure on the way back, we will be offering an action packed extension to Krakatau and Java or perhaps to see Komodo dragons. 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.

About your expert host Leif Cocks
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 includes the first ever successful reintroduction of the zoo-born orangutan. This respect has given The Orangutan Project world standing in conservation.

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 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 (2002) and, Amazon best seller, Orangutans My Cousins, My Friends (2016) - A journey to understand and save the person of the forest.

Leif is currently: a Technical Advisor for PT Alama Bukit Tigapuluh (a company leasing and protecting rainforest), President of International Elephant Project, President of International Tiger Project, and Vice President of Orang Utan Republik Foundation and on the Advisor Board for Forest, Nature and Environment of Aceh.

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 species. 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 on board!

Leif says "Want an enjoyable holiday, but want it to be something more? Why not, see what is really going on, connect with the most intelligent fellow beings on the planet, meet the people working at the coal face and become part of the solution"

Participants in this expedition will raise funds (a minimum target of $1000 AUD per participant) by getting friends, family and colleagues to fundraise via your own customized fundraising page, especially designed to direct these monies straight to The Orangutan Project. Details of how to achieve this goal and further information will be sent once you have booked. Participants in this expedition will also be contributing to the survival of the orangutans and their habitat by adopting an orphaned orangutan (costs included in your trips fare) .

Power Orangutan Odysseys

Our goal is to provide our guests with a unique experience, to observe wild and semi-wild orangutans in their natural habitat. We will provide you with a safe platform to observe other wildlife Borneo has to offer including proboscis nose 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 surrounds. Further, Orangutan Odysseys has partnered up with The Orangutan Project which supports conservation programs in Borneo and Sumatra.

  • Visit Tanjung Puting National Park and the famous Camp Leakey
  • Visit BOSF orangutan pre-release islands in Palangkaraya
  • Trek the Sabangau National Park in search of wild orangutans
  • See both reintroduced and wild orangutans in their natural environment
  • Trek through the jungle and plant a tree
  • Sleep aboard and travel on jungle rivers on 2 different river boats
  • Travel up jungle rivers to witness proboscis, ebony and grey macaque monkeys
  • Help save the orangutans from extinction
  • Be escorted and educated by the TOP's Founder and President, Leif Cocks
ITINERARY - 12 to 19 November 2018

Day 1 - 12 Nov: Arrive in Jakarta
You will be met at the airport and transferred to your Jakarta hotel (FM7) for an overnight stay. This evening the group will meet for a tour briefing and details about tomorrows flights.

Day 2 - 13 Nov: Jakarta to Pangkalan Bun - Tanjung Puting National Park
This morning you will fly from Jakarta to the Central Borneo town of Pangkalan Bun. On arrival, you will be met at the airport by our local OO team and guide and be taken to the port of Kumai, where you will board our klotok (river boat) and start your journey up the Sekonyer River into the National Park. Later that day you will visit feeding station #1 and see your first orangutans. Afterwards, you will get back aboard our klotok and travel along the river looking for probosics monkeys and otehr wildlife. Overnight at Rimba Lodge. (B,L,D)

Day 3 - 14 Nov: Rimba Lodge - Camp Leakey - Crocodile Lake
An early start today sees you back on the klotoks and headed up the Sekonyer River to Camp Leakey, on of the oldest research camps set up for the orphaned orangutans. On arrival at Camp Leakey, you will have lunch aboard the klotok before you start the short trek in the surrounding area to visit the information centre. You are likely to see orangutans (or have them see you) near the boat.  After enjoying afternoon feeding time of the orangutans and being given a tour of the surrounding forest area, its back to the boat and cruising down the Camp Leakey River to Crocodile Lake where you will spend the night. You will most likely see other wildlife of Borneo such as gibbons & proboscis monkey. Overnight on the klotok - we provide a mattress, pillow, blanket and mosquito net. (B,L,D)

Day 4 - 15 Nov: Crocodile Lake - River Cruise - Kumai - Palangkaraya
An early morning start sees us cruising back down river in search of orangutans and wildlife. Then, it's off to Pesalat Plantation, where you get to plant some trees to help regenerate the forest. From there, you will be back on our klotok and continue travelling down river all the way through to Kumai Harbour enjoying lunch along the way. The we meet head to the airport to meet our afternoon flight to Palangkaraya. In Palangkaraya we meet our local guide and travel to the Rungan Sari resort for overnight stay (B,L,D)

Day 5 - 16 Nov: Palangkaraya River - Orangutan Islands - Dayak Culture
This morning we will walk down to the local village by the riverside and board our riverboat for a cruise along the river. Here we will go past the orangutan islands and search for birdlife and more. We will use some smaller motorized canoes to explore some of the narrower waterways and later  sytop by a local dayak village to get an understanding about the dayak culture. Afternoon we return to Rungan Sari Resort. (B,L)

Day 6 - 17 Nov: Katingan River - WWF Jungle Camp
An early morning start has has travelling by mini bus to the Kitingan Rver where we will get on motorised canoes and travel up the the WWF camp site which sits on the edge of a small black water stream. Then we will start our trekking through the peat swapms in search of wild orangutans. Later we return to camp for overnight. We sleep in tents inside the hut and provide mattress, pillows and blankets. (B,L,D)

Day 7 - 18 Nov: WWF Jungle Camp - River Cruise Katingan River
This morning we have another chance for trekking into the jungle before return for lunch and then transferring to our beautiful river boat for a cruise up to a local village and enjoy sunset with a cold beer beside the lake. Then back to the oat for dinner and overnight. (B,L,D)

Day 8 - 19 Nov: Katingan River - Palangkaraya - Jakarta
This morning we leave the boat and take the bus back through to Palangkaraya airport and link up with your return flight to Jakarta and your late evening return flights home. Please note that no overnight accommodation is included for this night. If this is required, please let our office know and we can assist with arrangements OR you can continue with your Indonesian adventure. (B)

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

  • Domestic return airfares
  • Special guest host Leif Cocks
  • Orangutan Odysseys guides
  • Accommodation in Jakarta / Pangkalan Bun / Palangkaraya (twin share - single supplement available)
  • Accommodation on board our riverboats
  • Meals as noted in the itinerary (B,L,D)
  • National park fees
  • Airport transfers
  • Boat Captain and assistants
  • Experienced local guides
  • Donation included for one orangutan adoption 
  • Orangutan Odysseys t-shirt and water bottle
  • Ranger and local guide fees, boat mooring fees
  • International airfares
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal expenses and alcohol

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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