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Palangkaraya Orangutan Fundraiser

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Travel Type : Small group of up to 12 guests - Ages 13 years +
Expedition Grade : Easy to Moderate (difficult in short sections)
Activities : Orangutan viewing, wildlife viewing, reforestation program, bird watching and more
Accommodation : Hotel, Luxury river boat and longhouse
Transport : River boat, car 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) : Eleven (11)
Price : AUD$3,500 ex Bali / Jakarta (twin share)

Travel Type :
Small group of up to 12 guests - Ages 13 years +

Expedition Grade :
Easy to Moderate (difficult in short sections)

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

Accommodation :
Hotel, Luxury river boat and longhouse

Transport :
River boat, car 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) :
Eleven (11)

Price :
AUD$3,500 ex Bali / Jakarta (twin share)

EXPEDITION OVERVIEW
There really is nothing like giving back. In this specially crafted expedition you will visit the habitat of the great orangutan and at the same time help protect the environment for generations to come. Since 2009 Orangutan Odysseys has raised in excess of $100,000 for The Orangutan Project. In 2012 and beyond, Orangutan Odysseys will continue sponsoring orphaned orangutans, protecting more rainforest through the Safeguard program (a jungle patrol system that prevents poachers and illegal loggers), and providing cash donations.

We have cleverly combined both a relaxing wildlife "observation" trip with an expedition into the heart of Borneo that also incorporates visiting research centres for orangutans, gibbons and or species. We will float up the Rungan River in luxury and sleep in a traditional Dayak Longhouse in Malahoi.

This Fundraising Expedition will not only provide funds for OUTROP, but we will have access to their researchers, who will impart their immense knowledge of the environment, threats to the ecosystem and what we can do to help. Our 11 day Palangkaraya & Sabangua Forest expedition will take you to the largest town Central Kalimantan.

This expedition provides you the opportunity of traveling up rivers, visiting the famous orangutan care centre and quarantine station to gain an education centres at Nyaru Menteng. You will visit and stay overnight  & see the excellent work being done at the Sabangau Forest research facility. There you will be given talks by the resident experts. his expedition will give you an excellent insight into all facets of life in Palangkaraya and gain a deeper understanding of the plight of the orangutan due to deforestation. We believe this 11 day adventure provides it all, a trip that you are certain never to forget.

PROJECT FUNDRAISING OBJECTIVES (Fundraising trips only)
Participants in this expedition are expected to help raise funds (a target of AUS$1000 per participant) by getting friends, family and colleagues to adopt orphaned Orangutans as well as help protect the habitat of this endangered species through on the ground foot patrols that prevent poaching and illegal logging. Details of how to achieve this goal and further info will be sent once you have booked. Participants in this expedition will be contributing to the survival of the orangutans and their habitat by adopting an orphaned orangutan and sponsoring 100 hectares of rainforest under the Safeguard Program.

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EXPEDITION GOALS
Our goal is to provide our guests with a unique experience, to observe wild and semi-wild orangutans in theit 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 in Sumatra. Each guest's fare includes the cost of adopting an Orangutan and Sponsoring 100 hectares of rainforest for 1 year.

HIGHLIGHTS
  • Travel along the Rungan River aboard the luxurious Rahai'i' Pangun.
  • Observe amazing wildlife including orangutan, proboscis monkeys, hornbills, red langurs and brahmini kites.
  • Visit the orangutan rehabilitation centre at Nyaru Menteng where we will learn and understand the work they are doing to protect the orangutan.
  • Visit Dayak painted bonehouses
  • Escorted around the OUTROP research centre at Sabangau and get an insight into orangutan, gibbon and other animal research.

ITINERARY
Day 1 : Arrive Bali / Jakarta
We will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel for overnight stay.

Day 2 : Depart Bali / Jakarta and fly to Palangkaraya
Meet at Palangkaraya Airport and transfer to your boat, the Rahai'i Pangun, in Palangkaraya harbour to start your journey. Cruise past the stilted and floating houses of the provincial capital and continue upriver along the jungle lined river, passing villages and orangutan islands. In the early evening, take a canoe through the shimmering black water lakes. Keep an eye out for proboscis monkeys, hornbills, red langurs and brahmini kites. Return to the Rahai'i Pangun for dinner and a quiet dinner in the midst of the jungle. (L,D)

Day 3 : Marang - Kanarakan
The Rahai'i Pangun moves up the Rungan River, passing the village of Tangkiling and the orangutan release island of Pulau Kaja, to Kanarakan village. Walk through the village with a local host to see how people live and work in these isolated communities.(B,L,D)

Day 4 : Kanarakan - Tangkiling
The boat makes its way down stream, again passing the orangutan island and making its way to Palas Island. Transfer by canoe to Tangkiling Hill to see the village Patahu at the sacred Batu Banama rock, and then to climb the hill for a view of the vast, flat flood plains and catch the sunset. Return to the boat for dinner and quiet mooring on the river (B,L,D)

Day 5 : Tangkiling - Bukit Rawa
Today, relax and the enjoy the trip to Bukit Rawi, arriving mid afternoon. Walk through this historic town and learn about the Dayak ancestral bone houses, or Sandungs, and the Tiwah or funeral ceremony. Option to visit the nearby village of Sigi to see uniquely carved sandungs. Dinner on board, and later enjoy an evening of traditional entertainment. (B,L,D)

Day 6 : Palangkaraya - Nyaru Menteng - Malahoi Longhouse
Early morning cruise to Palangkaraya, enjoy breakfast on the way. Today you will be given a special visit to Nyaru Menteng, the world famous orangutan care centre and quarantine (open weekends only). At the visitor information centre where you will see the rehabilitated orangutans ready for release. After a traditional grilled fish lunch in the nearby Rungan Sari Resort, we transfer direct to Tumbang Malahoi by car (approx 5 hours by 4WD vehicle). On arrival, a welcome ceremony will be performed before settling into your room at the longhouse and resting. Join the family of the longhouse for dinner, and later talk with the elders about the history of this longhouse and everyday life here, the culture and traditions. Simple accommodation in the Longhouse (B,L,D)

Day 7 : Malahoi Longhouse - Palangkaraya
After breakfast, a local guide will take you trekking in the forest near the longhouse to see ironwood or rubber tree plantation area. See how to take latex from the trees and listen to the Dayak agricultural philosophy. After lunch together at the longhouse with the family, depart to Palangkaraya and check in to Hotel Aquarius. (B,L,D)

Day 8 : Palangkaraya - Sabangau Forest
Dawn start to Kering Bangkirai and canoe transfer to OUTROP research Site. On arrival, a researcher will lead a guided-tour through the Sebangau jungle to the orangutans followed by a tour of the forest. Sightings of these wild orangutans cannot be guaranteed by most likely. Forest projects run by Pak Suwido will explained to the visitors. Overnight at the research centre. (B,L,D)

Day 9 : Sabangau Forest - Palangkaraya
Very early start today into the forest with you expert guides to start tracking the wild orangutans and gibbons. Here you will help them record sightings and details about what you have seen. This is tough day walking through the jungle areas including swamps, but possibly one of the most rewarding and exciting days you will get to experience. (B,L)

Day 10 : Palangkaraya - Bali or Jakarta
Transfer to flight to either Bali or Jakarta. Overnight hotel. (B)

Day 11 : Bali or Jakarta - Home
Transfer to airport for next destination. (B)

TRIP EXTENSIONS
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.

INCLUSIONS
  • Domestic airfares
  • Orangutan Odysseys guide
  • Accommodation in Bali or Jakarta (twin share - single supplement available)
  • Accommodation Palangkaraya, Malahoi and on Rahai'i' Pangun
  • Meals as noted in the intinerary (B,L,D)
  • Tips (excludes tip to Orangutan Odysseys guide)
  • Nationalpark fees
  • Tent and Camping Equipment
  • Airport transfers
  • Experienced local guide
  • Donation included for one orangutan adoption and sponsoring 100 hectares of rainforest
  • Orangutan Odysseys t-shirt
EXCLUSIONS
  • Airport departure tax (Rupiah 150,000 = USD$17)
  • Visa on arrival (USD$25)
  • 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 humor and a willingness to encounter the unexpected and you will find your trip to Indonesia the adventure of a lifetime!

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