Wildlife Group Tour

Indonesian Borneo Group Tour - Orangutan Conservation

Go behind the scenes of Orangutan Conservation with the Orangutan Foundation

10 days

from £3,395pp
  • Travel knowing your costs contribute directly towards the Orangutan Foundation
  • 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 a unique opportunity to visit Lamandau in co-operation with the Orangutan Foundation. Journey 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.

Why should I join this Orangutan tour with Steppes Travel?

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. Through the expertise of the Orangutan Foundation, understand the importance of the forest and the role of local communities in securing the orangutans' future. 

"Ashley was excellent and it was such an experience to have met her and learnt about her personal experiences." L Gill, Indonesian Borneo Group Tour with Ashley. 

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….



Departing on:
  • 9th June 2019

For a detailed itinerary or to book your place on this tour, please contact us.

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9th Jun 2019 18th Jun 2019 £ 3,395 £ 885 £ 675 Ashley Leiman OBE Limited
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what is included

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

what is excluded

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

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 COST, BASED ON RETURN FLIGHTS DEPARTING FROM LONDON. ALL INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS FROM THE UK ARE ATOL PROTECTED.

Itinerary at a glance

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Day 1

Suggested group flights
The suggested group outbound flights for this tour are:

Emirates EK5110, scheduled to depart London Heathrow at 13:30, arriving into Dubai at 23:35, to connect with Emirates EK356 to Jakarta at 04:10, arriving at 15:40 the following day.

An arrival transfer will be provided to connect with this flight. You will then be met and transferred to the FM7 Resort hotel in Jakarta.

For those making their own way to Jakarta and not taking the suggested group flight, the starting point for the group is the FM7 Resort hotel in Jakarta. Please speak to one of our team should you need help organising an arrival transfer.

You will meet with the rest of the group for a short briefing at the arrival hotel - meeting time to be confirmed in your final documentation.


Welcome Dinner
Sit down for a welcome dinner with a representative from the Orangutan Foundation and get to know the rest of the group. (Included in the cost of the trip.)

Jakarta is a growing and dynamic city and the capital of Indonesia.


You will be staying at FM7 Resort Hotel, As specified

Day 2

Fly Jakarta to Pangkalan Bun


Boat Journey Pangkalan Bun to Tanjung Puting National Park
You will be met on arrival at Pangkalan Bun and driven the short way to the small port of Kumai. Board your klotok (local boat) and set off along the Sekonyer River. Tanjung Puting National Park is around two and a half hours away. Pass through lush tropical rainforest, looking for wild orangutans and proboscis monkeys en route.




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'.

Tanjung Puting is a 3,000-square kilometre mosaic of diverse lowland habitats, including low-lying swampy terrain punctuated by blackwater rivers, tropical rainforest, seasonally inundated peat swamp forest and open areas, once logged with secondary growth of elephant grass, ferns and young trees.

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 and sun bears. Tanjung Puting National Park hosts over 230 species of birds, including hornbills, deep forest birds, and many wetland species. The park has two species of crocodiles, dozens of snakes and frogs, numerous threatened species, including the fortune-bringing and highly endangered "dragon" fish also known as the Arwana (bony-tongue). Among the most flamboyant of these animals are the many species of colourful birds, butterflies, and moths found in the Park.

Despite the park's protected status and the work of the Orangutan Foundation, this fragile ecosystem remains under threat.


Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.


You will be staying at Rimba Lodge, full board

Day 3

Kolotok
Much of your day will be spent on board a klotok as you move up and down the Sekonyer River accessing the various feeding sites. The klotok can cater for up to ten people, has a large covered deck under which you can sit and eat various meals provided. Aft and stern there are areas to sit and scan the forest in the hope of spotting wild orangutan, proboscis monkeys, long-tailed macaques, kingfishers and hornbills.

Snacks, coffee, tea, cold drinks and water provided throughout the day on your request. Breakfast, lunch and dinner also served on the boat dependent on your schedule and timings.There is a loo on board plus a basin with running water in which to wash your hands.

In case of rain, they can lower canvas tarpaulin to keep the rain out.


Morning stroll followed by visit to the orangutan feeding site
In the morning enjoy a forest walk, accompanied by a guide, allowing time to get a feel for the new surroundings which will help with acclimatisation to the heat and humidity. Visit the Orangutan Foundation's recently renovated visitor information centre.

After lunch, return to Tanjung Harapan to the orangutan feeding site for your first sighting of orangutans. After the feeding site, visit Tanjung Harapan village situated on the river.


Orangutan Feeding Sites
There are three feeding sites that you may visit:

Camp Leakey: Feeding time 14:00 - 16:00. Approximately two hours by boat from Rimba Lodge. The feeding site is a two-kilometre walk from Camp Leakey.

Pondok Tanggui: Feeding time 09:00. Approximately one hour by boat from Rimba Lodge. One kilometre walk from the dock to the feeding site.

Tanjung Harapan: Feeding time 14:00. Approximately ten minutes from Rimba Lodge. One kilometre walk from the dock to the feeding site.

Please note; The feeding sites are accessed by wooden boardwalks of up to a kilometre in length. They are often slippery so care needs to be taken when walking along these.


Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.


You will be staying at Rimba Lodge, full board

Day 4

Morning visit to Pondok Tanggui feeding site
Visit Pondok Tanggui, one of the park's other feeding sites, before setting out on foot to explore the surrounding forests.


Half Day Trip to Camp Leakey
Head upstream on the beautiful Sekonyer River to the legendary Camp Leakey, the research site established by Dr Birute Galdikas. On arrival, expect to be greeted by a number of ex-captive and rehabilitated orangutans.

Camp Leakey, is one of the best known places to see Asia's only great ape. Named after the famous primatologist Dr Louis Leakey, this ground-breaking research site has grown from a couple of huts into a group of permanent buildings.


Breakfast, lunch (on boat) and dinner included.


You will be staying at Rimba Lodge, full board

Day 5

Tanjung Puting - Yayorin Conservation Village - Pangkalan Bun
Travel from Tanjung Puting National Park to Pangkalan Bun

Leave Tanjung Puting and travel by boat to the small port of Kumai, which is approximately two hours away. Drive on to Pangkalan Bun, a short distance away.

Half Day Trip to Visit Yayorin

Meet the Orangutan Foundation's local partners, Yayorin. A grass roots conservation NGO, Yayorin works alongside local communities in order to protect orangutans. Located in an environmental education centre called Kampung Konservasi (meaning conservation village), the charity aims to promote conservation as beneficial to communities.


You will be staying at Grand Kecubung Hotel, full board

Day 6

Lamandau Wildlife Reserve to Tanjung Puting National Park
Travel from Pangkalan Bun to Lamandau River Wildlife Reserve, a journey of about two hours.

Visit Lamandau and Camp Gemini

This morning travel by speedboat along the Arut River to the Lamandau Wildlife Reserve and Camp Gemini - a release site for reintroduced orangutans. This site is not open to the public and so Steppes has negotiated exclusive 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.

Return by boat to Rimba Lodge in Tanjung Puting National Park for the night.


Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.


You will be staying at Rimba Lodge, full board

Day 7

Half Day Visit to Tanjung Harapan Feeding Site
A leisurely start followed by a journey up the Sekonyer River to the Camp Leakey feeding site. Along the river there will be a chance to spot wild orangutans, kingfishers and watch as groups of proboscis monkey make daring leaps through the trees.


Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.


You will be staying at Rimba Lodge, full board

Day 8

Half Day Trip to the Tropical Research Station
Visit Pondok Tanggui feeding site followed by an afternoon feeding at Camp Leakey. Head to the Pondok Ambung Tropical Forest Research Station in the late afternoon. Run by the Orangutan Foundation in co-operation with the national park, this scientific research outpost was originally set up in order to study the park's native proboscis monkeys. Nowadays, its excellent facilities are utilised by visiting researchers, studying a variety of flora and fauna.


Farewell Meal and Night Walk
After a farewell meal on the jetty, set out for a night walk through the forest.


Breakfast, lunch (on boat) and dinner included.


You will be staying at Rimba Lodge, full board

Day 9

Travel from Tanjung Puting National Park to Pangkalan Bun


Leave Tanjung Puting and travel by boat to the small port of Kumai, which is approximately two and a half hours away. Drive on to Pangkalan Bun, a short distance away.

Fly Pangkalan Bun to Jakarta


Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.


You will be staying at FM7 Resort Hotel, full board

Day 10

Group flights
The suggested group inbound flights for this tour are:

Emirates EK369, scheduled to depart Jakarta at 07:25, arriving into Dubai at 12:05, to connect with Emirates EK3 to London Heathrow at 14:15, arriving at 18:40.

For those not taking the suggested group flight, please speak to one of our team regarding organising a departure transfer for you.

Accommodation

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

Rimba Lodge

Rimba Lodge

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 Putting National Park....

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Group Size:

Min 4 / Max 10

Departure Date (S):

  • 9th June 2019



The Orangutan's World: A Photographic Celebration of Bornean Wildlife - Book 

This book celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Orangutan Foundation. It provides a glimpse into the world of the orangutan through a collection of photographs of the flora and fauna found in Tanjung Puting National Park and the Lamandau Wildlife Reserve, Central Kalimantan, Indonesian Borneo.

  • Active - To and from the orangutan feeding sites will involve moderate walking through the rainforest. Walks will last between 20 minutes to 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. 


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