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Orangutan in the jungle of Borneo, Malaysia

Borneo Orangutan Conservation


Key Highlights of this Itinerary

Orangutan, Danum Valley, Malaysia 1

Orangutan Foundation

Join experts from the Orangutan Foundation and gain an insight into conservation projects.

Tanjung Puting National Park, Borneo 2

River safaris

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

Orangutan, Camp Leakey, Borneo, Indonesia 3

Camp Leakey

Visit the renowned Camp Leakey and gain exclusive access to orangutan release sites.

Orangutan in the jungle of Borneo, Malaysia 4

Your visit counts

Travel knowing your costs contribute directly towards the Orangutan Foundation.

Why we like it

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.

This group tour can be arranged on a tailor made basis, contact us for more information

Explore our suggested itinerary

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
    Jakarta - Pangkalan Bun - Tanjung Puting National Park
  • Day 3
    Tanjung Puting National Park
  • Day 4
    Camp Leakey
  • Day 5
    Tanjung Puting - Yayorin Conservation Village - Pangkalan Bun
  • Day 6
    Pangkalan Bun - Lamandau Wildlife Reserve -Tanjung Puting National Park
  • Days 7-8
    Tanjung Puting National Park
  • Day 9
    Tanjung Puting National Park - Pangkalan Bun - Jakarta
  • Day 10
Proboscis Monkey
Proboscis Monkey

Tanjung Puting National Park

Located on the southern edge of Indonesian Borneo, Tanjung Puting National Park is a vast area of jungle that incorporates dry forests, swamps and coastal mangroves. Famous for its orangutan population and associated conservation efforts, the park rose to prominence thanks to the work of Dr Birute Galdikas, one of Louis Leakey’s remarkable ‘Trimates’.

Whilst Tanjung Puting is famed for its orangutans, it also boasts a number of other animals including the bizarre-looking proboscis monkey, clouded leopards, civets, sun bears and over 230 species of birds, including hornbills and many wetland species. Despite the park’s protected status and the work of the Orangutan Foundation, this fragile ecosystem remains under threat.

Orangutan, Camp Leakey, Borneo, Indonesia
Camp Leakey, Borneo, Indonesia

Camp Leakey

The research station at Camp Leakey has helped to develop eco-tourism as an important role in the country’s economy, helping to stave off the ever-present threat of palm oil plantations and logging. The joy of drifting along the smaller waterways of the Bornean rainforest, with colourful hornbills, lively proboscis monkeys and the elusive orangutans nearby make this area a magical place to visit.

Orangutan living freely Lamandau wildlife reserve, Orangutan Foundation, Borneo
Lamandau, Borneo

Lamandau Wildlife Reserve

This site is not open to the public so Steppes Travel has negotiated special access to the region through the Orangutan Foundation. In doing so it means that the orangutans and their environment can be observed in privacy – a unique opportunity to appreciate these wonderful creatures and the beauty of the forest.

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

Orangutan Foundation

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.

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 and the above is an indication of the cost, based on return flights departing from London. All international flights from the UK are ATOL protected.

What is included

  • Accompanied by Ashley Leiman or a member of Orangutan Foundation
  • Services of guides and rangers
  • Accommodation based on twin-share basis
  • All activities as detailed in the itinerary
  • Contribution to Orangutan Foundation
  • Internal flights
  • Gratuities for local guide, driver and porters
  • A copy of 'The Orangutan's World: A Photographic Celebration of Bornean Wildlife'
  • Meals as indicated
  • Park fees
  • Transportation throughout

What is excluded

  • International flights
  • Visa
  • Travel Insurance
  • Meals other than those shown
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks
  • All items of a personal nature
  • Departure taxes


Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Rimba Lodge £££££

  • Indonesia
  • Safari and Wildlife Lodge
  • Wilderness

Meaning forest, Rimba is a forest lodge on the banks of the Sekonyer River and is the best place from which to access the three orangutan feeding sites in Tanjung Puting National Park. Rimba has 35 air-conditioned cabins, surrounded by forest, with wooden boardwalks throughout. There is an opportunity to see macaques, proboscis monkey and numerous birds species directly from the lodge.

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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.

Our future tour dates

For further information about any of these tours please call 01285 601 784

Departure dateDuration
Prices Start from
Tour ExpertMax Group SizeStatus
07/06/2010 Days £3,395 ex. flightsAshley Leiman10 LIMITED Reserve your place
06/06/2110 Days £3,695 ex. flightsAshley Leiman10 AVAILABLE Reserve your place

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Our travel experts have a wealth of first-hand knowledge, so if you have any questions about this escorted tour get in touch. They would love to help.

01285 601 784

We look forward to you joining us on this tour.

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