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Gunung Leuser Orangutan Fundraiser

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Travel Type : Small group of up to 12 guests - Ages 13 years +
Expedition Grade : Moderate to difficult in parts
Activities : Orangutan viewing, elephants, wildlife viewing, bird watching and more
Accommodation : Local hotels and tents
Transport : Car and on foot
Giving Back : You will be supporting The Orangutan Project (TOP) in their work protecting orangutans and their 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) : Nine (9)
Price : AUD$3100 plus $1000 Secured Fundraising Target ex Bali / Jakarta (twin share)
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Travel Type :
Small group of up to 12 guests - Ages 13 years +

Expedition Grade :
Moderate to difficult in parts

Activities :
Orangutan viewing, elephants, wildlife viewing, bird watching and more

Accommodation :
Local hotels and tents

Transport :
Car and on foot

Giving Back :
You will be supporting The Orangutan Project (TOP) in their work protecting orangutans and their 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) :
Nine (9)

Price :
AUD$3100 plus $1000 Secured Fundraising Target 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 $600,000 for The Orangutan Project. In 2016 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.

This fundraising expedition will give you unparalleled access to some amazing sites. Included are the Halaban Reforestation Centre where you will help reforest a reclaimed area of 500 hectares of rainforest. You will also have a special access visit to the SOCP's orangutan Quarantine Centre at Batu Mbelin.

The backdrop to this expedition is the Gunung Leuser National Park (GLNP), one of the most famous parks in Asia for travelers and scientists. Its massive size of over one (1) million hectares is home to four (4) of Asia's great mammals; the sumatran tiger, orangutan, rhino and elephant. It has over eighty (80) mountain peeks, 360 rivers and runs from sea level to over 3400m above sea level. Gunung Leuser is also home to an enormous population of other wildlife including the thomas leaf monkey, pigtail macaque, longtail macaque, gibbons, lizards, turtles, hornbills and more. You will walk with elephants, raft on rivers and observe wildlife in their natural settings. Your home on this trip will be a mix of both basic guest houses, hotels and tents. You will be escorted from one destination to the next by an experienced Orangutan Odysseys local guide.

First you will travel to the reforestation centre at Halaban north of Medan. From there you head to Tangkahan to see elephants and then trek through the Gunung Leuser National Park for two (2) days to see the orangutans in the wild. You will then try a bit of whitewater rafting and finally visit the quarantine station at Batu Mbelin to see how young orangutans are re-introduced back into the wild.

While you have the opportunity to see these amazing creatures, you will also be helping their plight. Through this expedition you will be adopting as many orangutans as possible and you will be protecting land that ensures the habitat of the orangutan remains intact. Further, a direct donation to the quarantine centre at Batu Mbelin will be presented to them from funds raised by this trip.

After Sumatra, you head back to Bali. For those that want an adventure on the way back, we will be offering an action packed extension to another part of Indonesia. (This will soon be released).

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.

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.

Innocence Orangutan Odyyseys

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 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 both Borneo and Sumatra. Each guest's fare includes the cost of adopting an orangutan and sponsoring 100 hectares of rainforest for one (1) year.

HIGHLIGHTS
  • Visit pristine rainforest in search of the amazing orangutan
  • Visit the quarantine station at Batu Mbelin to see what happens to confiscated orangutans
  • Visit the Halaban Reforestation Program and understand how deforestation is effecting the area and how reforestation is possible
  • Visit with the elephants
  • Trek through beautiful primary forest and see thomas leaf monkeys, pig tail and long tail macaque, monitor lizards, gibbons, wild peacocks and more
  • Part of your expedition cost is directly donated to save these wonderful creatures.

ITINERARY
Day 1 : Arrive Bali / Jakarta
You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel for your overnight accommodation.

Day 2 : Bali - Medan - Halaban
Today you will catch an early morning flight from Bali/Jakarta through to Medan in Sumatra. Here you will be met by your local Orangutan Odysseys representative and transferred by bus to the SOS/OIC replanting centre at Halaban. Here over 500 hectares of reclaimed forest is being replanted. Palm Oil trees have been uprooted and the land is re-vegetated with endemic plants as well as plants that are important to the survival of the orangutan. You will be shown around the grounds, shown replanting sites and the progress that is being made as well as have the opportunity to do some planting yourself. You will overnight in a small cottage on the grounds. Very basic accommodation with sleeping mats provided. (B, L, D)

Day 3 : Halaban - Tangkahan
This morning you will continue your replanting until just before lunch. Afterwards you will drive to Tangkahan. Tangkahan is famous for its elephant safaris and wonderful jungle scenery. You will take a small punt across the river and check into the Mega Inn. Lunch will be provided along the way at local town of Bangi. If time allows you will go for a river walk and then tube down stream to a beautiful waterfall. You will then walk back to the Mega Inn for dinner. (B, L,D)

Day 4 : Tangkahan Elephant Trek - Bukit Lawang
This morning you will head off to a nearby elephant rangers station. There, elephants which used to help rangers monitor the nearby jungle now offer elephant treks. After helping the rangers bathe the elephants, you will take a walk with these beautiful creatures. The Elephant trek will terminate at the Mega Inn, where you will check out and then drive to Bukit Lawang, approximately 3 hrs away. In Bukit Lawang you will check into your accommodation and then head off to the afternoon orangutan feeding station for a close up view (hopefully) of some local orangutans. In the evening, you will meet your guide for the trek tomorrow and go through the plan for the trip. (B,L,D)

Day 5 : Bukit Lawang - Gunung Leuser National Park
Today you start your two (2) day trek into the Gunung Leuser National Park. You will head into the hills on the other side of the Bohorok River. On the trek you will see orangutans, thomas leaf monkey, pigtail macaque, longtail macaque, gibbons, lizards, turtles, hornbills and more. Your camp site will be close to a stream or on the Bohorok River, overnight in tents. (B, L, D)

Day 6 : Gunung Leuser National Park - Bukit Lawang
Today you will continue your jungle trek and you will awake to the sounds of the jungle. After breakfast you will continue your trek deeper into the Gunung Leuser National Park, away from the more frequented locations of day trekkers. It is hope you will see more orangutans, mothers with babies and possibly a male. Our guides will point out various plants that are used in traditional medicine as well as poisonous plants that cannot be consumed safely by humans. After lunch you head back towards Bukit Lawang . Once in Bukit Lawang you will check back into your room for a rest and maybe have a swim in the Bohorok River. Overnight Bukit Lawang hotel (B, L, D)

Day 7 : Bukit Lawang – White Water rafting and town tour..
After spending a restful night at your guest house, you will have a day based around local activities. First you start with whitewater rafting on the Wampu River. The river snakes its way through pristine rainforests and deep canyons. You will make a stop off at a natural hot spring that spills into the Wampu River. The maximum grade for the river is three (3), which is perfect for people who have not done any rafting before. You will have lunch out along the river at the end of the rafting. Later in the day you will return to town for some shopping and a town tour. (B, L, D)

Day 8 : Bukit Lawang – Batu Mbelin - Medan
Today is your last day in Sumatra. After breakfast you will drive to the SOCP's Batu Mbelin Quarantine Centre. The Centre confiscates orangutans that have been kept in captivity. These are usually young orphan orangutans whose mothers have been killed during logging and land clearing for monocrops such as Palm Oil.

The quarantine station at Batu Mbelin is well-equipped, staffed by experienced personnel, and operates to the highest standards. The confiscated orangutans are eventually released in the Bukit Tigapuluh National Park, an area providing ideal lowland rainforest habitat, that previously had no existing wild orangutan population. At present, there are approximately fifty (50) orangutans that are cared for there before their ultimate release into the wild. One of the driving forces behind the centres creation and the head of the centre is Ian Singleton. If he is on site at the time, he will show you around the facilities, explaining how it works, the interaction between people and the environment, the Palm Oil industry and much more. This is a privilege, as very few people get to talk with one of the pre-eminent experts on Sumatran Orangutans as well as see this facility and what it does to help. From there you will head towards Medan and check into the wonderful Deli River hotel where you will enjoy the afternoon relaxing by the pool. (B, L,D)

Day 9 : Medan – Bali / Jakarta - Tour ends
This morning you will be transferred to the airport for your return flights to Bali /Jakarta and your late night flights home or for you to continue you adventures in Indonesia. (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 / Jakarta (twin share - single supplement available)
  • Accommodation Halaban, Tangkahan, Bukit Lawang and Medan (twin share)
  • Meals as noted in the intinerary (B,L,D)
  • Tips to elephant guides, trek guides and tubbing guides. (excludes tip to Orangutan Odysseys guide)
  • National park fees
  • Tent and camping equipment
  • Airport transfers
  • Experienced local guide
  • Access to SOCP's Batu Mbelin Quarantine Centre
  • Donation included for one orangutan adoption and sponsoring 100 hectares of rainforest
  • Orangutan Odysseys t-shirt
EXCLUSIONS
  • Airport departure tax (Rupiah 200,000 = USD$17)
  • Visa on arrival (Most countries are now exempt)
  • 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 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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