TOP North America Orangutan Fundraiser - May 2018

Travel Type : Small groups and family friendly
Expedition Grade : Easy to moderate
Activities : Orangutan & wildlife viewing, reforestation program, bird watching and more
Accommodation : Local hotels, river lodges and river boat (klotok)
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) : Seven (7) days - 13 to 19 May 2018
Price : AUD $3,300 ex Jakarta (twin share) plus $1000 secured fundraising - Single supplement $290
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Our destination for this trip is the jungles of Central Kalimantan (Borneo) to see the orangutan in its natural environment. We may come across Tom, the dominant male at the famous Camp Leakey feeding station. We will see both reintroduced and wild orangutans as well as a host of other rain forest animals. The Tanjung Puting National Park is 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 passive demeanor endears one of our closest relatives to our hearts.

After visiting this wonderful animal's natural environment, we will spend a day touring around the area of Pangkalan Bun. Gary Shapiro, the President of The Orangutan Project - USA (aka Orang Utan Republik Foundation) will take you to some of his favorite places and show you why it’s a unique location.

Through this expedition we will be raising funds to support the orangutans survival and each participant will be adopting an orangutan as well as replanting trees to ensure the future of their habitat. 

This special USA TOP led 7 day fundrasing tour we will take you to the Tanjung Puting National Park, which is found in central Kalimantan. Tanjung Puting National Park is a unique place in itself. It is not only home to the orangutan, but also the rare proboscis monkey and the false gavial crocodile. During your time in the park you will be living aboard our river boat known as a klotok, with one night will be at the Rimba Eco-Lodge. The klotok is well equipped with basic amenities, and at night you will sleep on deck on comfortable mattresses including mosquito nets. Our crew will cook up delicious meals 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 or just laze the day away. 

You will be joined on this tour by a person who we beieve will make this expedition very special and a most memorable and rewarding experience for all our guests.

Gary Shapiro is president of TOP-USA aka Orang Utan Republik Foundation. Gary has been involved with Tanjung Puting and the study area for 40 years, knows the river well (he studied its rivers in 1986) and many of the orangutans personally. He has previously hosted tours to Tanjung Puting National Park numerous times for family, friends, and for Orangutan Odysseys.

Gary talks about hosting this tour.
“It is always a privilege for me to visit Tanjung Puting National Park and to share my experience and expertise with members of our tour groups. My relationships with the orangutans at Camp Leakey, such as Princess and Siswi, are very special, and there are some residents that I met in the late 1970s that are still alive. They all have amazing and unique personalities.”

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 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. Further our joint efforts with The Orangutan Project continues to support conservation programs in Borneo in Sumatra.

As part of the tour, each guest must raise $1000 that will be donated to The Orangutan Project (TOP) USA branch. 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. Funds deposited here, go directly to TOP and receipts are immediately issued. Please note: If guests chose not to fundraise they have the option to make the $1000 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 $1000.00 prior to the departure of the trip, will not be able to travel.


ITINERARY – 13 to 19 May 2018

Day 1 - 13 May: Arrive in Destination Port (Jakarta)
You will be met at the airport by hotel staff and provided with your hotel transfer to your overnight accommodation to meet Gary and the OO local guide for a briefing dinner.

Day 2 - 14 May: Jakarta to Central Borneo (Pangkalan Bun)
An early morning flight from Jakarta 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)

Day 3 - 15 May: 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 - 16 May: Crocodile Lake - PondokTanggui- Tanjung Harapan - Rimba Lodge
Leave early and head back down river to PondokTanggui for morning orangutan feeding. Check in to Rimba Lodge before visiting Tanjung Harapan station for afternoon orangutan feeding. Stay overnight at Rimba Lodge. (B,L,D)

Day 5 - 17 May: Rimba Lodge - PondokTanggui - Pesalat Reforestation
An early morning start takes you back to PondokTanggui for morning orangutan feeding, then you will travel up river 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 - 18 May: Pangkalan Bun - City Tour - Kubu - Keluang Bay
Today you will be take on a tour of the local town & to local coast area. You will travel around Pangkalan Bun, see the local village & culture, visit the yellow palace and dayak longhouse before going to the seaside town of Kubu and a trip across to Keluang Bay, a popular picnic area for the locals, and see the turtle conservation work. Here you will get to release a turtle back to the water (Java Sea). Lunch will be at the Kubu Beach seafood restaurant built over the water. Before heading back to you hotel you will visit a palm oil plantation to see what these look like and how they affect the habitat. Overnight Swiss Bel Hotel (B)

Day 7 - 19 May: Pangkalan Bun - Jakarta
This morning transfer to the airport to meet you return flights to Jakarta. Tour ends and guests can continue with further travel Indonesia or meet return international flights home. Option to provide overnight accommodation if required. (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.


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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