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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 hosts Leif Cocks (The Orangutan Project) and Phil Dickenson (Yoga For Nature).Orangutans are the most intelligent being that share our planet. In many ways they are smarter than humans and represent a more noble form of ourselves. On this trip Phil and Leif will take you to see the orangutan in its natural environment, while taking you through a philosophical journey of human evolution, ultimately leading to our own personal development.

This special fundraising tour will take you to the Tanjung Puting National Park in Central Kalimantan, 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 gentile demeanour endears one of our closest relatives to our hearts. Along the way Leif will give nightly talks and during the day act as a field guide, while Phil will guide you through your daily yoga practice in the jungle.

After immersing ourselves in the natural environment, we will head to Bali and to the beautiful the luxury of a 3 day Yoga mountain retreat to consolidate our journey into self-discovery. If you are interested in unique 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 (Vegan options available) 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 a Yoga teacher, activist and the founder of Yoga For NatureTM a registered charity that advocates for the Environment, Human and Animal Rights. Formerly a TV producer for well over a decade, Phil was in charge of multimillion dollar entertainment shows in Australia, Asia, Europe, and the U.S., but once he committed more time to his Yoga practice he felt a growing responsibility to tell stories that inspire social change.

In early 2015, Phil returned to Australia after finishing his last TV job in South Africa and began a whole new chapter of his life, embarking on a year of social & environmental research and logging over 1000 volunteer hours on humanitarian and conservation projects.

With a deeper understanding of the issues, Yoga For Nature was launched in February 2016 and now inspires a growing number of Yogis to achieve sustainability and peace through effective partnerships, the teaching of Yoga and the promotion of advocacy and action

Phil talks about this fundraising tour. "The tour offers guests an amazing window for self-enquiry and a chance to learn about the interconnectedness of this place we call home. As a Yoga teacher, an activist and the founder of a Non Profit, I’m excited for this opportunity to work alongside Leif and The Orangutan Project to help protect forests and these precious species. 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, 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 also founded and head the International Elephant Project, International Tiger Project and Wildlife Asia.

Leif has several academic qualifications, including a Masters of Science studying orangutans. Leif 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 and Orangutans: My Cousins My Friends (Please let us know if you want to add a personally signed copy of the book to your trip). 

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 both animal and human 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. Most of all the trip can become a personal journey of discovery. It would be great to have you on-board!"

Our goal is to provide our guests with a unique experience while observing 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 that will help make the fund-raising much more easier and transparent. 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 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 talks from Leif Cocks and Phil Dickenson
  • Daily yoga classes aboard your boat 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 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 - Tanjung Harapan - Rimba Lodge
Leave early and head back down river for a day seeing wildlife from the comfort of the boat. Overnight at Rimba Lodge. (B,L,D)

Day 5 - 15 Nov: Rimba Lodge - Pesalat Reforestation - Pangkalan Bun
Back on the river viewing more wildlife and then 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 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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