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POI Sumatra Orangutan Fundraiser - April 2018 - SOLD OUT

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Travel Type : Small group of interested people - Age limit 14 years - 2 spots left
Expedition Grade : Moderate to Difficult ( jungle trekking and camping involved)
Activities : Orangutan & wildlife viewing, reforestation program, bird watching and more
Accommodation : Local hotels, reforestation hut & camping
Transport : Private cars & minibus 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 Orangutan Information Centre with their work in regenerating areas of threatened rainforest.
Trip Duration (days) : Nine (9) days - 9 to 17 April 2018
Price : AUD $3,330 ex Jakarta (twin share) plus $1,000 secured fundraising component - Single supplement $285
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Travel Type :
Small group of interested people - Age limit 14 years - 2 spots left

Expedition Grade :
Moderate to Difficult ( jungle trekking and camping involved)

Activities :
Orangutan & wildlife viewing, reforestation program, bird watching and more

Accommodation :
Local hotels, reforestation hut & camping

Transport :
Private cars & minibus 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 Orangutan Information Centre with their work in regenerating areas of threatened rainforest.

Trip Duration (days) :
Nine (9) days - 9 to 17 April 2018

Price :
AUD $3,330 ex Jakarta (twin share) plus $1,000 secured fundraising component - Single supplement $285

EXPEDITION OVERVIEW
You will be joining this unique and exciting tour to Sumatra with 3 special guest hosts and orangutan heroes, Leif Cocks (The Orangutan Project), Panut Hadisiswoyo (Orangutan Information Centre) and Lorinda Jane (Palm Oil Investigations). Our destination for this trip is the jungles of North Sumatra and the Leuser Ecosystem, to see the orangutan in its natural environment and also visit the Orangutan Information Centre's (OIC) reforestation project. On this 9 day POI led tour, beginning and ending in Jakarta, you will be visiting pristine rainforests, go trekking with elephants, and be educated about all things orangutan, in the jungles of Gunung Leuser National Park, North Sumatra. You will spend time viewing wild and ex-captive orangutans who wander freely in their natural surroundings. You will go back in time, to a place in the jungle where one of the first orangutan research camps was established in 1971 and see where some of first field research of the red ape was done.

ORANGUTAN INFORMATION CENTRE
A very special part of your tour will be visiting OIC's centre and be hosted by award winning conservationist Panut Hadisiswoyo. OIC was founded in 2001 by Panut Hadisiswoyo with the assistance of the Sumatran Orangutan Society (SOS) and they have worked closely with us ever since. As our partner organisation, SOS continues to support us in programme development, fundraising, delivery and monitoring. Our focus is working in the front line to save the lives of Sumatran orangutan from life-threatening situation and sustain their survival by working with local communities living alongside orangutan habitat. Together with local communities, we have planted more than one million trees to restore degraded orangutan habitat in Gunung Leuser National Park, part of the Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra UNESCO World Heritage Site. Furthermore, we are working on the ground to address the problem of human conflicts with the critically endangered Sumatran orangutan (Pongo abelii) in agricultural landscapes adjacent to the Gunung Leuser National Park (GLNP).

About OIC's Cinta Raja Reforestation Project
This restoration project began in April 2017. This restoration site was ex-oil illegal palm plantation owned by the local people. Begun by getting information due to the illegal expansion of palm oil plantation into the GLNP  of Leuser Ecosystem, GLNP authority supported by OIC patrol team conducted the investigation and proceeded to arrest 6 people in November 2016. From the expanding investigation, it is known that there were about 15 local people owning the 100 hectares of illegal palm oil plantation inside the area of GLNP of Leuser Ecosystem. The process continued by chopping down palm oil trees, as the main crops planted on the land. During 22-28 February 2017, the cutting process was conducted by the GLNP. On the operation, about 11,250 trees on the 100 hectares land were cut smoothly without any issues.  Next, follow project is the restoration project that is trusted on the hand of Orangutan Information Centre. The work was initiated by the construction of work cabin and seedling production. At this stage, the tree planting process has been ongoing.

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

Lorinda Jane, is founder and president of Palm Oil Investigations (POI) which she formed on the 27th March 2013 with the aim of highlighting the palm oil crisis to consumers and in turn regulating supply.  With close to 200,000 dedicated facebook followers, Lorinda thought it would be the perfect time to embark on an expedition through Borneo and give the opportunity for 10 others to join.  By teaming up with Leif Cocks, Lorinda believes that this would be an amazing educational opportunity for anyone who comes along, not only to learn about the amazing orangutans but also to understand how palm oil is impacting their existence. Lorinda and her team at POI have been passionate campaigners for the species impacted by the deforestation for palm oil and pleased that all proceeds from the tour will go to the vital conservation efforts on the ground.  

Lorinda says. "This tour is important because it gives a combined knowledge of all aspects of the industry and the opportunity to get to know us on a more personal level and understand what drives us. It will not only highlight the beauty of the endangered orangutan, but also show why we work so hard to save what remains. This tour will be a life changing experience those that join us "

Leif Cocks, is the founder of The Orangutan Project (TOP) and has been the President since its inception. He has worked hands on with and for orangutans for more than 25 years, including being instrumental in the most successful breeding colony of orangutans in the world, orangutan rescues and the successful reintroduction of numerous orangutans including the first two ever successful zoo-born reintroductions.
 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. It has also allowed The Orangutan Project to attract major sponsors. With Leif on the tour, you will garner a full understanding of what you are seeing as this adventure of a lifetime takes you deep into the orangutan’s home.

Leif Talks Tours
"Hi, I have now completed many Leif Cocks Orangutan Odysseys ecotours. 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!"

Panut Hadisiswoyo, Whitely Award Winner. Panut is working tirelessly with the future in mind. For the past 15 years, he has led the Orangutan Information Centre, a group he founded in his native Sumatra, Indonesia, to help save the critically endangered species there, particularly in the precious Leuser Ecosystem. One of the biggest tropical lowland rainforests in Asia, Leuser is home not only to orangutans but also to critically endangered rhinos, tigers, and elephants. Oil palm development has encroached on their habitat, and Panut is building a cadre of committed local supporters to restore degraded forests and protect what remains.

After Sumatra, we head back to Jakarta. For those that want an adventure on the way back, we will be offering action packed extensions to Krakatoa, Java or Borobudur Temple in Jogjakarta or perhaps to see Komodo dragons in Flores. 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.

EXPEDITION GOALS
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 Sumatra has to offer including thomas leaf 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.

YOUR 'SECURED' FUNDRAISING TARGET OF $1,000
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. All funds raised on this tour will be given to OIC. 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 $1,000 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. Any participant that has not reached the minimum of $1,000.00 prior to the departure of the trip, will not be able to travel.

HIGHLIGHTS
  • Spend time with your hosts (Leif, Lorinda & Panut) and be educated about all things orangutan & rainforest.
  • Visit the amazing reforestation project being run by OIC that has planted more than 1,000,000 trees & enjoyed an overnight at their campsite.
  • See the orangutans in their natural rainforest habitat
  • Trek and camp in the magnificent Gunung Leuser National Park
  • Walk through rivers and jungles with the elephants
  • Travel into jungles to witness wildlife including siamangs, gibbons, leaf and macaque monkeys, hornbills and more
  • See the people of Sumatra and their way of life
  • Help save the orangutans from extinction

ITINERARY - 9 to 17 April 2018

Day 1 - 9 April: 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 April: Jakarta - Medan – OIC’s Cinta Raja Restoration Site
An early morning departure to Medan in Sumatra. We will greeted at the airport by our local team and our transport and commence the 4 to 5 hour drive to OIC’s newest reforestation project at Cinta Raja which is run by the Orangutan Information Centre. Here over 100 hectares of reclaimed forest is being replanted. Illegally planted Palm oil trees have been uprooted and the land is re-vegetated with endemic plants as well as plants that are important to the survival of the orangutan. You will be shown around the grounds, the replanting sites and the spoken to about the progress that is being made and also be given the opportunity to do some planting and work yourself. Panut will do a presentation tonight about OIC’s work. Overnight at the reforestation centre basic hut (see photos). We supply you with mosquito nets and a sleeping mattress. (B,L,D)
 
Day 3 - 11 April: Cinta Raja Site - Jungle camp
Today we shall learn more about the OIC’s restoration site and assist with some work around the area including cutting down a palm oil tree amd planting a new tree to help regrow the forest. After lunch we shall trek through to the primary rainforest and look for wildlife ahead of finding our camping spot by a waterfall, relaxing with a swim and preparing for a night in the jungle. (B,L,D)
 
Day 4 - 12 April: Cinta Raja - Tangkahan
This morning wake early to the sounds of the jungle and take coffee and breakfast then trek back from the jungle to the OIC base camp before saying goodbye and heading off to Tangkahan (about 1 hours drive). Tangkahan is famous for its elephants and wonderful jungle scenery. Afternoon you will go for a river walk and then tube down stream to a waterfall. You will then walk back to your jungle lodge for dinner and overnight at the Mega Inn. (B,L,D).

Day 5 - 13 April: Tangkahan - Bukit Lawang
This morning you will head off to a nearby elephant rangers station. There, elephants which were once used to help rangers monitor the nearby jungle, now offer elephant experiences. After helping the rangers feed and bathe the elephants, you will take a walk beside (no riding permitted) these most beautiful creatures. After the elephant trek you will return to the jungle lodge and to check out prior to leaving for the 4WD drive to Bukit Lawang where you will take a short jungle walk and explore the town before returning to your overnight accommodation at the wonderful Eco Lodge. (B,L,D)

Day 6 - 14 April: Bukit Lawang - Leuser Eco System
Today you start your 2 day trek into the Leuser Eco System. You will head into the hills on the other side of the Bohorok River. On the trek you will see orangutans, thomas leaf monkey, pigtail macaque, longtail macaque, gibbons, lizards, turtles, hornbills and more. Your camp site will be close to a stream or on the Bohorok River. Overnight in tents. (B, L, D)

Day 7 - 15 April: Leuser Ecosystem - Bukit Lawang
Today you will awake to the sounds of the jungle. After breakfast you will continue your trek deeper into the Gunung Leuser National Park, away from the more frequented locations of day trekkers. It is hoped you will see more orangutans, mothers with babies and possibly a male. Your guides will point out various plants that are used in traditional medicine as well as poisonous plants that cannot be consumed safely by humans. After lunch and more jungle trekking and head back towards Bukit Lawang sometime after lunch by river tubing back down the Bohorok river. Once in Bukit Lawang you will check back into the Eco Lodge (B,L,D)

Day 8 - 16 April: - Medan – Jakarta
This morning after a leisurely breakfast and maybe a swim in the river and say goodbye to Bukit Lawang and head to back to the airport. Along the way we will take a drive tour around Medan city for a chance to see Indonesia's 3rd largest city. From there  we head to the airport for our return flights to Jakarta.  On arrival in Jakarta we shall be transferred to our hotel for the final nights accommodation at the FM7 hotel (B,L)

Day 9 - 17 April: Jakarta - Home.
Today you will connect with your return flights home or continue with your travels in Indon
esia.(B)

TRIP EXTENSIONS
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.

INCLUSIONS
  • Guest hosts Lorinda Jane (POI Founder) & Leif Cocks (President, The Orangutan Project) accompany you for the entire tour
  • Guest host Panut Hadisiswoyo (OIC) accompany you for part of the tour.
  • Domestic airfares in Indonesia
  • Accommodations in Jakarta, Bukit Lawang, Tangkahan (twin share - single supplement available)
  • Accommodation at OIC's rehabilitation centre (Research hut & camping)
  • All meals as noted in the itinerary (B,L,D)
  • National park fees
  • Airport transfers
  • Experienced local guides
  • Donation included for one deluxe orangutan adoption
  • Orangutan Odysseys t-shirt & Water botttle
  • Ranger and local guide fees
EXCLUSIONS
  • International airfares
  • Travel Insurance

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. 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!

This restoration project began in April 2017. This restoration site was ex-oil illegal palm plantation owned by the local people. Begun by getting information due to the illegal expansion of palm oil plantation into the GLNP  of Leuser Ecosystem, GLNP authority supported by OIC patrol team conducted the investigation and proceeded to arrest 6 people in November 2016. From the expanding investigation, it is known that there were about 15 local people owning the 100 hectares of illegal palm oil plantation inside the area of GLNP of Leuser Ecosystem. The process continued by chopping down palm oil trees, as the main crops planted on the land. During 22-28 February 2017, the cutting process was conducted by the GLNP. On the operation, about 11,250 trees on the 100 hectares land were cut smoothly without any issues.  Next, follow project is the restoration project that is trusted on the hand of Orangutan Information Centre. The work was initiated by the construction of work cabin and seedling production. At this stage, the tree planting process has been ongoing.

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