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Travel Type : Small group of up to 12 guests - Ages 13 years +
Expedition Grade : Moderate to difficult in parts (jungle trekking involved)
Activities : Orangutan viewing & professional education, wildlife viewing, reforestation program, river cruising, bird watching and more.
Accommodation : Local hotels, jungle lodges & tents
Transport : Private vehicles 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) : 9 days (9 - 17 October 2017)
Price : Price $3,350 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 :
Moderate to difficult in parts (jungle trekking involved)

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

Accommodation :
Local hotels, jungle lodges & tents

Transport :
Private vehicles 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) :
9 days (9 - 17 October 2017)

Price :
Price $3,350 plus $1,000 secured fundraising ex Jakarta (twin share)

Come and see orangutans the only way they should be seen, in the natural jungles of Sumatra and make a personal difference by contributing to organizations helping to save the great red ape from extinction.

Orangutan Odysseys is raising money for The Orangutan Project and supporting other Orangutan NGO's in their quest to save the orangutans and the rainforests. There really is nothing like giving back and on this specially crafted expedition, you will visit the jungle habitat of the orangutan and help protect their environment for generations to come.

Led by Leif Cocks, president of The Orangutan Project, you will be guided through jungles, on an exclusive expedition led by a man who knows orangutans and this location like few others in the world.

This is an adventure like nowhere else in the world ! 

On this nine day Orangutan Odysseys tour, beginning and ending in Jakarta, you will visit pristine rainforests, trek into the jungles of Leuser Ecosystem in Northern Sumatra and spend time viewing wild orangutans who wander freely in their natural surroundings along with a host of other wildlife.

You will get to meet Rudi Putra, award winnning conservationist and biologist by training, and his team. Rudi Putra leads communities in dismantling illegal palm oil plantations that are causing massive deforestation in northern Sumatra’s Leuser Ecosystem, protecting the habitat of the critically endangered Sumatran rhino. He is also an expert researcher and tracker, leading rhino protection teams on field expeditions to track down poachers in the Leuser Ecosystem.  

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.

Leif Talks Orangutan Tours
Hi, I have now completed several Leif Cocks Orangutan Odysseys Eco-tours. On each one we have 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, that have been 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 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.

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 "

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 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 book – Orangutans and their Battle for Survival.

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.

With Leif along, you will garner a full and unusual understanding of what you are seeing, as this adventure of a lifetime takes you deep into the orangutan’s home.

Participants in this expedition will raise funds (a minimum target of $1,000 AUD per participant) by getting friends, family and colleagues to fundraise via your own customised fundraising page, especially designed to direct these monies straight to The Orangutan Project. Details of how to achieve this goal and further info 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. (These costs are included in your trip fare).

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.


  • Spend time with and be personally educated by orangutan expert Leif Cocks
  • Meet Rudi Putra award winnning conservationist
  • See the orangutans in their natural rainforest habitat
  • Trek through the magnificent Leuser Ecosystem
  • Visit a real conservation project saving the orangutans habitat
  • Travel into jungles to witness orangutan, siamangs, gibbons, leaf and macaque monkeys
  • See the people of Sumatra and their way of life
  • Help save the orangutans from extinction

ITINERARY - 9 days (9 to 17 October 2017)

Day 1 - 9 Oct: Arrive Jakarta.
We will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel for overnight accommodation at the FM7 Hotel located near the airport. Tonight we shall hold a tour briefing in the hotel.
Day 2 - 10 Oct: Medan – Berestagi
An early morning departure to Medan in Sumatra. Today we start early morning and travel through to the beautiful mountain town of Berestagi. Here we will visit the local markets and look around the town. Lunch will be taken in Medan. Berastagi is a hill town with a temperate climate and that is powered by thermal power from nearby volcanoes (Mt. Sibayak & Mt. Sinabung). Overnight at our hotel (B,L,D)
Day 3 - 11 Oct: Berestagi - Ketambe - FKL Research Camp 
After checking out early morning we will start the long drive to Ketambe in the province of Aceh, arriving there at approximately 2pm with lunch at a local restaurant along the way. On arrival we head directly to the FKL research camp and meet with Rudi and his team. Afternoon time to explore around the camp and after dinner Rudi will and give you a presentation wth details on the FKL work in the Leuser Ecosystem. Overnight at FKL lodge camp. Beds, blanket, pillows provided. (B,L,D)
Day 4 - 12 Oct: FKL Research Camp 
This morning we trek into the jungle with Rudi and his team looking for wildlife and learning more about how they working to save these areas for the orangutans. We will return to the the centre for Lunch and take some rest. Afternoon we will take another walk around the research camp looking for some more wildlife and stop by the waterfall for a refreshing dip. Later we return to camp for our final night at FKL. (B,L,D)
Day 5 - 13 Oct: Gunung Leuser National Park 
Today you will start your trekking adventure into the jungle. After an early breakfast we leave FKL and cross to river to start our jungle trekking into the National Park. This amazing ecosystem will provide us with viewings of orangutans, Thomas Leaf monkeys, gibbons, macaques, hornbills and more. Wildlife viewing all day. Plus stop at river for swimming and may find a hot water spa. More viewings of wild orangutans, hopefully a dominant male, gibbons may also be spotted and most certainly heard. Overnight camping tents in the National Park. Camping equipment including mattress supplied. B,L,D)
Day 6 - 14 Oct: Ketembe – Berestagi.
Early morning we will awake to the amazing sounds of the jungle, take breakfast and then make our way out of the jungle looking for wildlife along the way. Once out from the jungle we will meet our bus and travel an hour or so south to meet with the FKL team once again where we will visit their reforestation site. Here you will have an exciting drive by 4wd up the mountain side to reach the refroestation site. Here we will learn about the work being done to remove illegally planted palm oil trees and how they are regenerating the forests. From here we continue our travels south, once again stopping off in Berestagi as our half-way stop. Overnight at local Brestagi hotel (B,L,).
Day 7 - 15 Oct: Berestagi – Lake Toba.
After breakfast we will drive to Lake Toba. Lake Toba is the site of the biggest eruption recored in history and plays a significant role with the orangutans. Along the way we travel the beautiful route through the Karo highlands via pineapple, clove and ginger plantations. Stops during the trip at the tribal kings' house of the Simalungun Batak in Pematang Purba and at the Sipiso Piso falls. Over night. Arrive around noon you will arrive in Parapat from where you cross Lake Toba to the island of Samosir. The bus goes with us. 2 overnight stays in hotel
Toledo Inn or Tabo Cottages on Samosir island, your hotel is situated right at the lake side. (B,L)
Day 8 - 16 Oct: Lake Toba.
Samosir - tour to Tomok, Ambarita and Simanindo. On this magnificent island, you can visit the typical Toba Batak villages: Tomok with its kings' tombs, Ambarita with its megalith execution tables and in Simanindo you can see traditional Batak dances. There is also the option of some kayaking on the lake. Overnight at Lake Toba (B,L)
Day 9 - 17 Oct: Lake Toba - Silangit Airport – Jakarta - Home.
Early morning departure we head to Silangit airport for our flight back to Jakarta. Here you will connect with your evening return flight home or continue with your travel. Tour ends (B)


After Sumatra, we head back to Jakarta. For those that want an adventure on the way back, we are offering action packed extensions to Krakatoa or Lombok,  or Java or perhaps to see Komodo dragons. 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.

  • Return domestic airfares from Jakarta
  • Accommodation in Jakarta on Day 1 (Twin Share)
  • Accommodations Ketambe (FKL station) & Lake Toba
  • Meals as outlined in Itinerary (B,L,D)
  • All National park fees including camera fees
  • All transfers in all locations
  • Professional local guides through the expedition
  • Donation included for one deluxe Orangutan Adoption with TOP for twelve months
  • Orangutan Odysseys t-shirt
  • Ranger and local guide fees + porters
  • Access to the FKL restoration site and accommodation in the Jungle Lodge
  • All tips to trek guides and porters (Excludes tip to OO Guide)
  • Tent and camping equipment
  • International airfares
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips

The purpose of this trip is to create awareness of the threat of extinction facing orangutans because of the destruction of their rainforest habitat and to raise funds to help orangutans. The trip host, Leif Cocks is generously donating time and expertise to help make this a most unique trip and a special experience for all our guests. Each participant of the trip will adopt an orangutan via the TOP for twelve months as part of the expedition fees, along with raising a minimum of $1,000 in donations.

Donations – Can you help more? We believe that generosity flows best when it comes from the heart according to what you feel is fair. We hope that the unique experience of this trip will persuade you to make a further donation to the non-profit organisation The Orangutan Project (TOP) so they can continue to support the Indonesian NGO’s for the excellent work they do in helping orangutans and orangutan habitat. You may even feel encouraged to organise fundraising in your community. Your contribution will help preserve land for orangutans, build support among Indonesians to save the red ape and support orphanages for young orangutans whose mothers have been killed. Please help us fight for the survival of orangutans however you can. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.

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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