Leif Cocks East Borneo COP Tour - February 2020

Travel type
Small group of interested people - Age limit 12 years
Expedition grade
Moderate to Difficult (some jungle trekking involved)
Eight (8) days with optional 3 day extension Days
Hotels & dayak village home stay
$3150.00 (AUD)

AUD$3,150 ex Jakarta (twin share). Also participants in this expedition are required to fundraise a minimum of AUD$1,000. Single supplement $250. Excludes Derawan Island extension POA


On this eight day fundraising tour, beginning and ending in Jakarta, you will be visiting rainforests, trekking into the jungles of Kutai National Park, travelling up rivers on motorised canoes, driving through the lanscapes of East Borneo and experiencing the traditional dayak culture. You will go back in time to a places in the jungle where orangutans have lived freely for generations and see where now COP are working to save orangutans and protect the jungles.

You will also be priviledged to spend time in a unique orangutan rescue centre where COP's team are working incredibly hard so orangutans can be prepared for reintroduction back into the forests. This is where you will see the real difference being made by COP.

After East Kalimantan, guests have the option to spend 3 days on a tropical island of the coact of Berau. For the rest we head back to Jakarta. For those that want further adventures, we are offering action packed extensions to Krakatoa or Lombok, or 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.

COP's outstanding work to save orangutans !

An Introduction to COP.
The Centre for Orangutan Protection was founded in 2007, and works to counter crimes that threaten orangutan and their natural habitats. As part of this mandate, we investigate, document, expose, and if necessary, readily confront any persons or groups who threaten to disrupt the lives of orangutan or local communities living nearby.COP are at the forefront of saving critically endangered wild animals, and strive to create a second chance for orangutan to thrive, whether this be in their natural environments or in captivity. COP operates several rapid-response teams that work to rehabilitate orangutan into Labanan, East Kalimantan. We work wherever orangutan are in need of assistance, whether this be from the cruelties of the illegal animal trade, circus performances, or low-standard zoos.

Your special guest hosts. You will be joined on this tour by 2 remarkable men. Hardi (COP founder) & Leif (TOP founder) who will travel with you throughout the journey and give you their personal views about orangutans and how their organisations are helping to save them and allow them to released back into the jungle.

COP Founder - Hardi Baktiantoro
From 2005-2006, COP founder Hardi Baktiantoro worked as an assistant to Lone Droscher Nielsen at the Nyarumenteng Orangutan Reintroduction Centre/ BOSF Nyarumenteng. During this year, at least 256 orangutan were saved from concession areas reserved for palm oil plantations. This figure does not include the orangutan that died before reaching the reintroduction centre. Moved by his experiences at Nyarumenteng, Hardi was compelled to make a stand against the palm oil companies committing these atrocities in forest areas. From the onset, he sought to expose their actions, alerting people around the world to what was truly happening on the ground. To do this, Hardi invited his two friends, Wahyuni, a videographer, and Hery, a photographer, to join his cause. During the early stages, COP also received significant assistance from Sri Hastutik, an accountant, and Nurhalik, a teacher. Eventually, COP employed these two figures as founding members. To strengthen the organisation and ensure its continual growth, COP's founders then invited several other staff to become founding members. COP is the first, and remains the only orangutan conservation organisation to originate from Indonesia.

TOP Founder - 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. 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 orangutans home.

Leif Talks Orangutan Tours
Hi, I have now completed several Leif Cocks 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 graspthe 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? Whynot see what is really going on, connect with the most intelligent fellow beings ontheplanet,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 $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.

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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8 days (10-17 February 2020)

Day 1 - 10 Feb: Arrive Jakarta.
Today you will arrive in Jakarta and be transferred you to your hotel for overnight accommodation at the FM7 Hotel located near the airport. Tonight our group will meet and hold a tour briefing.

Day 2 - 11 Feb:Jakarta - Balikpapan - Samarinda
This morning we fly from Jakarta to Balikpapan. On arrival in Balikpapan we shall meet our local transport and then travel by mini-bus to the town of Samarinda (approx 3 hour's drive). Afternoon we shall take a town tour and see the "mighty" Mahakam River. Overnight Samarinda hotel. (B,L)

Day 3 - 12 Feb: Samarinda- Sangata
Today we head on the drive from Samarinda to Sangata (about 5 to 6 hours). Along the way we will stop at the equator monument. We will having lunch at Bontang Koala along the way  Late afternoon after checking into our hotel we will take a river trip where we hope to see the proboscis monkey and sometime maybe some crocodiles. Overnight Sangata Hotel. (B,L)

Day 4 - 13 Feb: Kutai National Park - Jungle Lodge
An early morning start our jungle trek to search wildlife including orangutans with a forestry ranger. You can enjoy the forest by walking under the high trees. Lunch will serve in the camp. After lunch at 3:00pm walk again into the forest to see more wild lifeOrangutan and in the afternoon you can see Orangutan activity how to make nest for sleeping on the tree. Return to the camp, dinner and in the evening you may have short night trek to explore to hopefully see Tarantullaand other nocturnal animals. Overnight in your jungle research camp. We will provide mattress, pillow and mosquito nets. (B,L,D)

Day 5 - 14 Feb: Kutai - Merasa Village
Today we leave our jungle camp in Kutai and drive through to Berau (6-7 hours). Along the way we can stop at Bukit Pelangi Hills and see the biggest coal mining in Indonesia. We will also see many palm oil plantations. We will stop for lunch at Wahau (Miau Baru). Here we will see the traditional Dayak long house and perhaps even see some wildlife. From here we arrive in Merasa Village, a traditional Dayak village,and get to experience the Dayak culture which starts with a Welcoming Ceremony. The village chief will be there and you will see traditional dancing and be introduced to the way of life of the traditional people. And later check into your village homestay accommodation for overnight. Mattress, plioows, blanket and mosquito nets provided. (B,L,D)

Day 6 - 15 Feb:  COP Orangutan Islands - Merasa Village Home Stay
In the morning after breakfast we will head down to the river in motorised canoes own river on boats to see the COP Orangutan islands which allows a place for orangutans to prepare for their release back to the wild. We will join COP post monitoring team and learn about the orangutans and watch them being feed. Maybe even time for a swim and coconut. Then back to the vilage for lunch. Later we will get back onot our boats and head up river to see the white cliffs and also the old tomb of Dayak set in cave on the side of the cliffs, visit the original place of where the Dayak once lived, birdwatching and a visit a waterfall. Then we will return Merasa village and get to experience more of the Dayak culture. You may be asked to join in some of the activities and spend time with the local people and spend time walking around their village. Later in the day guests will be join with the local people to learn how to make some traditional food from Merasa village œLemang. This is a nice time to communicate with local people while waiting for the Lemang to be ready. Dinner and overnight home stayat the village. (B,L,D)

Day 7 - 16 Feb:- Merasa Village - COP Borneo - Berau
Today you will be given a special visit to COP's Orangutan Centre. You will be taken to see the process for rehabilitation & release of orangutan and given a presentation about the rehabilitation & rescue work being done by COP. Later we will enjoy lunch at the centre and time to chat with some of the wonderful people working there. After lunch time to return to town. Final night stay and dinner back at the Berauhotel. (B,L) 

Day 8 - 17 Feb: Berau - Balikpapan - Jakarta
This morning you will transfer to the airport and start our travels back to Jakarta (via Balikpapan) to connect with your evening flights home or continue your travel in Indonesia. Tour ends.

OR, Continue to Derawan Island, diving and snorkelling 3 days/2 nights extension (POA)

Day 8 to 10: 17 to 19 February: Derawan or Maratua Islands- Berauhotel
Today you will leave the hotel and travel to the beautiful island resort at either Derewanor Maratua Islands to enjoy 2 1/2 days of snorkelling, diving, swimming and relaxing before returning to Berau for a final nights accommodation.

Day 11 - 20 February: Berau - Balikpapan - Jakarta
This morning you will start our journey back to Jakarta (via Balikpapan) to connect with your evening flights home or continue your travel in Indonesia. Tour ends.

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.





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 hosts, Hardi & Leif are generously donating their time and expertise to help make this a most unique trip and a special experience for all our guests.Orangutan Odysseys has raised over $800,000 since 2009 to help support the orangutans survival. Each participant of the trip will adopt an orangutan (included in trip fare) and agree to raising a minimum of $1,000 in donations for COP. Your participation in this event WILL make a difference.

How else you can help?Bring along some urgently needed equipment
The following items are needed by the COP quarantine centre and can probably be purchased on line or through your local veterinary surgery. All are small, light and easily packed in a suitcase and needed at the quarantine centre. You will be able to present any small items to the centre at the time of our visit.