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Indonesia - 30 years of Conservation

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19/11/22 29/11/2211 days £8,995 ex. flights £700Ashley Leiman12 Max AVAILABLE Reserve place

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

Travelling down river with Ashley Leiman, Indonesia, Borneo 1

Conservation focus

Join experts from the Orangutan Foundation and Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme (SOCP)

Korin and new infant Ketty at Camp Gemini, Lamandau, Indonesian Borneo, Orangutan Foundation 2

Exclusive departure

One-off departure commemorating 30 years of Orangutan conservation

Proboscis Monkey, Borneo 3

Endangered Wildlife

Explore the wilds of Borneo and Sumatra, searching for endangered wildlife

Maliau Basin Hike, Sabah, Borneo 4

Jungle exploration

Take river journeys through dense jungle, spotting proboscis monkeys and monitor lizards

Explore our suggested itinerary

  • Day 1


  • Day 2

    Fly from Jakarta to Pangkalan Bun

  • Day 3

    Sekyoner River

  • Day 4

    Tanjung Puting National Park - Pangkalan Bun

  • Day 5

    Pangkalan Bun - Lamandau Wildlife Reserve

  • Day 6

    Pangkalan Bun – Jakarta – Medan

  • Day 7


  • Day 8

    Medan - Bukit Lawang

  • Day 9

    Bukit Lawang

  • Day 10

    Bukit Lawang

  • Day 11

    Bukit Lawang - Medan

Day 1


Skyline, Jakarta, Indonesia

Arrive into Jakarta and meet with Ashley, Regina and Ian at a welcome dinner for the group.

Day 2

Fly from Jakarta to Pangkalan Bun

Rimba Lodge , Exterior View of Room, Tanjung Puting National Park, Indonesia

Travel by boat to Tanjung Puting National Park. Visit Tanjung Harapan feeding station and information centre.

Day 3

Sekyoner River

A monkey contemplates the tourist boats on the sekonyer river, , Borneo, Indonesia

Your day will be spent onboard a klotok as you travel up and down the Sekyoner River accessing the various feeding sites, including Camp Leakey.

Day 4

Tanjung Puting National Park - Pangkalan Bun

Wild Tenderness Among Orangutan, Borneo

Tanjung Puting to Pangkalan Bun. Meet the Orangutan Foundation’s local partners, Yayorin.

Day 5

Pangkalan Bun - Lamandau Wildlife Reserve

Orangutan living freely Lamandau wildlife reserve, Orangutan Foundation, Borneo

Travel along the Arut River by speedboat to the Lamandau Wildlife Reserve  Orangutan Monitoring and reintroduction camps.

Day 6

Pangkalan Bun – Jakarta – Medan

Orangutans hands holding branch of a tree with sun shining through its fur.

Fly to Medan, via Jakarta.  In the evening, meet with a presentation by the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme.

Day 7


Orangutan, Pangkalan Bun, Indonesia

Visit the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme rescue and rehabilitation station and the Orangutan Haven.

Day 8

Medan - Bukit Lawang

Wild Orangutan and youngster, Indonesia

Drive to Bukit Lawang. Experience the local communities, their culture, livelihood and traditions and get to know the ecolodge Bukit Lawang. Evening presentation from Regina Frey.

Day 9

Bukit Lawang

Trekking For Gorillas, Republic of Congo

Full day trek exploring the protected areas of the rainforest. Evening presentation from Dr Ian Singleton.

Day 10

Bukit Lawang

Four local people wearing traditional hats, bending over harvesting rice in water field paddy fields.

Visit the Ecofarm, part of the Environmental Education Centre Bohorok in direct proximity to the EcoLodge.

Day 11

Bukit Lawang - Medan

Sumatra countryside, Sumatra, Indonesia

Drive back to Medan. Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

Okto the young orangutan, from the Orangutan Foundation soft release programme, Lamandau
Okto the young orangutan, from the Orangutan Foundation soft rel, Lamandau, Indonesia Borneo

Orangutan Foundation

The Orangutan Foundation founded in 1900 is a UK registered charity working to conserve the critically endangered orangutan and its globally important habitat; the tropical forests of Borneo and Sumatra. The Orangutan Foundation has developed a diverse range of programmes including:

  • Habitat Protection – 10 guard posts
  • Five Orangutan monitoring & reintroduction camps
  • Community Education
  • Wildlife Research
  • Improve the management of orangutan populations outside of conservation areas.
Sumatra countryside, Sumatra, Indonesia

The Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme

The Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme (SOCP) is a collaborative initiative between the Indonesia-based NGO the Yayasan Ekosistem Lestari (YEL; Sustainable Ecosystem Foundation), Swiss-based NGO the PanEco Foundation.  The SOCP works on all aspects of conservation of the Critically Endangered Sumatran orangutan and Tapanuli orangutan including:

  • Rescue, quarantine and reintroduction of illegal pet orangutans to form new, genetically viable and self-sustaining wild populations
  • Surveys and monitoring of remaining wild populations
  • Research on conservation and behavioural ecology of wild orangutans
  • Habitat conservation
  • Conservation education and awareness raising

Why a Steppes expert-led group tour

1.Experience Matters

We have been running insightful and groundbreaking group tours since our inception in 1989. We have worked with institutions such as the British Museum and Victoria & Albert Museum and run wildlife tours in conjunction with conservation agencies such as Fauna & Flora International, Wildlife Conservation Society, the Orangutan Foundation, Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund and the Jane Goodall Institute.

2.Size Matters

Our average group size is typically eight to ten people, smaller than other group tours typically offered – a factor which many of our clients appreciate. Travelling as part of a smaller group provides a more intimate, personalised and relaxed atmosphere.

4.It’s about who you know

We have developed an enviable pool of expertise from which to choose our tour experts, who we carefully select based on their knowledge, companionship and personality. Often, these experts can use their influence to facilitate private access to sites not typically open to the public.

3.Like-Minded People

Steppes Travellers are like-minded people – interesting, interested and curious. Our group tours aim to create an easy and informal atmosphere – we have a lot of fun on our tours and many friendships have been formed.

5.Value for money

Our tours are well-priced to ensure you get real value for money. We include gratuities on the majority of our tours and do not pass on currency surcharges. We strive to look after single travellers as well as we can, keeping single supplements to a minimum.

6.Peace of Mind

When you travel on one of our group tours, you will be looked after by our local agents and your tour expert with the back-up of our 24-hour emergency number and duty manager. All our holidays are fully bonded and protected – our ATOL number is ATOL 6495.

Includes / Excludes

Important Information

Activity Level
Moderate Activity
Single Supplement

Travelling on your own? Our group tours are perfect for solo travellers, as travelling as part of an organised group in faraway places provides security and peace of mind. We handle all of the arrangements for you and there will be a local tour guide on hand throughout to provide advice and help if needed, as well as the expertise of a Tour expert.


To allow flexibility, our group tours do not include international flights as standard. We can arrange international flights on your behalf, please get in touch with our travel experts for a quote. All international flights from the UK are ATOL protected.

What is included

  • Accompanied by Ashley Leiman, Regina Frey and Dr Ian Singleton throughout
  • £2,000 per person donation to Orangutan Foundation
  • £2,000 per person donation to The Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme (SOCP)
  • Accommodation throughout in 3-4* accomodation
  • Internal flights
  • Airport transfers
  • Transport throughout
  • Meals throughout
  • Gratuities for local guides, drivers and porters
  • £25 to help fund the communities, conservation agencies and NGOs that we work with
  • £25 contribution to ‘Trees and Science’ in mitigation of your carbon emissions

What is excluded

  • International flights
  • Visa
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Travel Insurance
  • Drinks with meals

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19/11/22 29/11/2211 days £8,995 ex. flights £700Ashley Leiman12 Max AVAILABLE Reserve place

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