- Come face-to-face with orangutans in Tanjung Puting National Park
- Join experts from the Orangutan Foundation and gain an insight into conservation projects
- Take river journeys through dense jungle, spotting proboscis monkeys and monitor lizards
- Visit the renowned Camp Leakey and gain exclusive access to orangutan release sites
This orangutan tour is in exclusive co-operation with the Orangutan Foundation UK, deep into the lush rainforests of Indonesian Borneo.
Come face-to-face with the orangutans in their fragile natural environment and spend time at the three feeding sites, including famous Camp Leakey established in 1971 by Dr Biruté Galdikas. The feeding sites are frequented by ex-captive orangutans living in the wild, allowing for some close encounters. Whilst deep in the rainforest of Tanjung Puting, journey along the rivers and spot the fascinating wildlife that lives here. Hope to catch a glimpse of proboscis monkeys, monitor lizards and kingfishers.
Through the expertise of the Orangutan Foundation, understand the importance of the forest and the role of local communities in securing the orangutans' future. Visit areas in the region which are only accessible through our unique partnership with the Orangutan Foundation and in so doing escape the crowds and have the privilege of seeing orangutans to yourself.
Why should I join this Orangutan tour with Steppes Travel?
This orangutan tour offers more time in Tanjung Puting National Park and gives you access to an area that remains completely off-limits to normal visitors.
This exclusive access is largely thanks to the influence of Ashley Leiman and the Orangutan Foundation. The group tour will be joined by either Ashley or a member of the Orangutan Foundation, who will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience and provide behind-the-scenes insight into orangutan conservation.
What is the accommodation like in Indonesian Borneo?
The FM7 hotel is simply an airport hotel – modern and convenient. The majority of the trip is spent staying at Rimba Lodge, in Tanjung Puting National Park. Clean and comfortable, this remote property features private bathrooms and air conditioning.
However, accommodation choices are limited within the park and, although this is the best available option, it is a little rough around the edges. Whilst employing local staff to run the lodge is a positive approach, it means that service is friendly and genuine, rather than polished.
Do I need to be fit to enjoy this tour?
Not particularly. Walking is generally over flat terrain, occasionally made more difficult by stray tree roots or loose leaf litter. Walks will last between 20 minutes and an hour, but the humidity can make this more challenging than usual. Due to this, being able to cope with the heat and humidity is more important than being fit.
However, you need to be reasonably agile to be able to embark and disembark from the klotoks, local boats.
What kind of conservation projects does the Orangutan Foundation run?
This orangutan tour helps support the Orangutan Foundation, who have been instrumental in fighting for habitat preservation, raising awareness and rehabilitating ex-captive orphans. The tour helps fund vital habitat protection which includes running guard posts and forest patrols in Tanjung Puting National Park and the Lamandau Wildlife Reserve. Outside of protected areas money goes to supporting the Orangutan Foundation’s Rescue and Release Programme.
How close can I get to orangutans?
For us the importance of this orangutan tour is to gain an understanding and appreciation of the orangutan, their habitat and the threats they face. Whilst you may get close to orangutans – possibly within a few metres – it is not our aim to get you as close to an orangutan as possible.At the feeding areas, the orangutans come fairly close to you as they are habituated and relatively unafraid of people. They are far more afraid of the resident alpha male….
For a detailed itinerary or to book your place on this tour, please contact us.