Leif Cocks Central Borneo Orangutans - March 2020

Travel type
Small group of up to 12 guests - Ages 13 years +
Expedition grade
Easy to moderate in parts (short jungle trekking involved)
Duration
9 Days
Accomodation
Hotel, Klotok and Luxury river boat
FROM
$3750.00 (AUD)

ex Jakarta (Twin Share) Plus AUD$1,000 secured fundraising component

$480.00

Single supplement available

EXPEDITION OVERVIEW

There really is nothing like giving back. In this specially crafted expedition, you will visit the habitat of the great orangutan and help protect the environment for generations to come. Since 2009 Orangutan Odysseys has raised in excess of $1,000,000 for The Orangutan Project. 

The Central Borneo adventure combines the unique experience of visting the Tanjung Puting National Park, travelling to Palangkaraya to travel up the Rungan river aboard a "luxury" river boat including visiting the orangutan islands and visitors centre at Nyaru Menteng.

This expedition will give you an excellent insight into all facets of life in Borneo to gain a deeper understanding of the plight of the orangutan due to deforestation. You will garner a greater understanding of life in Borneo and the life of an orangutan in Borneo; this unique tour combines a visit to two of the islands most important orangutan populations. From luxury boats to small dugout canoes, from wide rivers to deep forests and from small river towns to traditional Dayak villages, this adventure provides it all.

Your expert host, Leif Cocks, founder of The Orangtan Project. You will be joined on this tour by Leif, who will travel with you throughout the journey and give you his personal views about orangutans and how The Orangutan Project are helping to save the orangutan and allow them to released back into the jungle.

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 orangutan's habitat, made new friends and most importantly raised awareness and 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 behaviour, may enjoy 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 on board!
 
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"

EXPEDITION GOALS
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 the wildlife Borneo, 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.

Furthermore, 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 for one year.

Tour Food - Vegetarian and Vegan based
All included meals provided during this tour will be vegetarian (with a vegan option). Guests will have the option of non-vegetarian meals during breakfast at hotels and for meals (some dinners) not included in the itinerary. 

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. Whilst 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!

HIGHLIGHTS

ITINERARY

8 days - 16 to 23 March 2020
*Subject to change due to local conditions

Day 1 - 16 March: Arrive in Jakarta.
Today you will be met at Jakarta airport and transferred to your Jakarta hotel (FM7 Resort Hotel) for your overnight stay. This evening the group will meet for a tour briefing and details about tomorrow's departure. 

Day 2 - 17 March: Jakarta to Pangkalan Bun - Tanjung Puting National Park
Early this morning you will fly from Jakarta to the Central Borneo town of Pangkalan Bun. On arrival you will be met at the airport by our local OO guides. You will then be taken to the Port of Kumai where you will board our klotoks (river boat) and start your journey up the Sekonyer River into the National Park. We will cruise slowly along the river in search of orangutans and other wildlife until we reach our overnight parking spot near crocodile lake. (B,L,D)

Day 3 - 18 March: Crocodile Lake -  Pesalat - Rimba Lodge:
This morning we will wake to the sound of the jungle and enjoy breakfast on the peaceful river. We then start cruising slowly back down the river in search of more of the jungle's wildlife and hopefully some wild orangutans. It's then off to Pesalat Plantation station, where you will get to plant some trees to help regenerate the forest. From there, you will be back on the boat for lunch followed by check in at Rimba Lodge. This afternoon we take a walk through Tanjung Harapan village. We will then head back to boat and travel along river, stopping along the way to watch the fabulous proboscis monkeys in action on the riverbanks. Overnight in Rimba Lodge. (B,L,D)

Day 4 - 19 March: Tanjung Puting - Kumai - Airport - Palangkaraya
This morning after breakfast we will board the the boat once more and cruise our way back out of the National Park, stopping along the way to see more wildlife. We will reach Kumai around lunchtime where our cars will be waiting to transfer us to the airport for our flight to Palangkaraya (capital of Central Borneo). In Palangkaraya we will met by our local guide and transferred to the Rungan Sari Resort for our overnight stay. (B,L,D)

Day 5 - 20 March: Palangkaraya - Cruise Day 1
This morning, (after an optional early morning walk in the adjacent forest) you will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to your wonderful "luxury" boat to start your river journey. The boat will move up the Rungan River passing the orangutan pre-release island, Kaja Island; gettig a glimpse of orangutans as we pass. The village of Kanarakan is our first stop. Here we will meet the villagers, stroll around and have a cup of traditional spiced coffee. Upon returning to the boat, we will travel downstream having lunch along the way. At our second stop, Sei Gohong; we take local  canoes to closely observe the orangutans on Kaja Island. In the late afternoon, you will then be transferred by car to nearby Tangkiling Hill, where we you can walk up to see the sunset, stopping along the way to see the colourful Dayak spirit houses and the huge boulder, Batu Banama, and hear about its legend. Back to the boat for dinner and overnight. (B,L,D)

Day 6 - 21 March: Cruise Day 2: Bapallas Island - Sei Gohong
This morning we start with a leisurely cruise downstream to another of the BOSF pre-release islands. 
On arrival to Bapallas Island, you will take a motorised canoe to observe orangutans. You will then continue on to the BOSF Information Centre where some orangutans are waiting to be placed on the pre-release islands. You will also learn about the BOSF rehabilitation programs. After returning to the boat, we move downstream and in the early evening, take a canoe through the shimmering black water lakes. Keep an eye out for proboscis monkeys, hornbills, brahmini kites and possibly wild orangutans. Return to the boat for a quiet dinner in the midst of the jungle. (B,L,D)

Day 7 - 22 March: Cruise Day 3: Sei Gohong - Muara Rungan - Palangkaraya
This morning you will enjoy breakfast on board as we continue to cruise downstream stopping at Katimpun village. We will walk along the boardwalks of this tiny town and visit the small library foundation, Ransel Buku. Learn about the activities here and watch a performance by the children. Upon returning to the boat, we will cruise down the Rungan River into the muddier Kahayan River at Muara Rungan to Palangkaraya. In the afternoon you will leave the river boat and be transferred to the Swiss Bel Hotel for your overnight accommodation. (B,L)

Day 8 - 23 March: Palangkaraya - Jakarta
This morning you will be transferred to the airport for your flights back to Jakarta. In Jakarta you will transfer to your connecting flights home or onward travels. Tour ends. (B)

Please note: Additional accommodation can be arranged in Jakarta on Day 8. If departing for home or onward travels on Day 8, please ensure that that all departing flights are booked for late afternoon or evening to allow plenty of connecting time from your Palangkaraya flight.

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