Orangutan Adventure Tours to Borneo and Sumatra

The Orangutan Project offers a range of wondrous tour options to suit all tastes and budgets. To enquire about one of our tours please contact us.

"Want an enjoyable holiday, but want it be something more? Why not, see what is really going on, connect with the most intelligent fellow beings on the planet, meet the people working at the coal face and become part of the solution – Leif Cocks 2013 Eco Tours " 


The Orangutan Sumatra Project

Join Founder and President of The Orangutan Project, Leif Cocks on this special fundraising adventure. You’ll visit a reforestation project, Orangutan Care Centre and witness wild orangutans that wander freely, as well as siamangs, gibbons, leaf and macaque monkeys in their natural rainforest habitat, and you’ll climb an active volcano and go white water rafting. The funds you raise will help The Orangutan Project to conserve and protect the orangutans’ rainforest that is being felled for Palm Oil and other crops at an overwhelming rate.

  • 13 day trip | 4 day trek
  • Departs 01 June 2015
  • Travel cost $4045 | Min fundraising target $2000 | Non refundable registration fee $200

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Orangutan Odysseys Tours

Leif Cocks Kalimantan Orangutan Tour - AUD$3350.00 (12 PLACES ONLY)

This trip provides a small group of up to 12 people with the opportunity to travel to Indonesia with special guest host Leif Cocks. The destination for this adventurous trip are the jungles of Central & West Kalimantan (Borneo), to see the orangutan in its natural environment and also visit the IAR's orangutan rescue center. This is the center that was recently visited by Zoe Foster and Hamish Blake to help raise awareness and funds to save the orangutans. Participants on this trip will raise a minimum of $2000.00 AUD in fundraising which will go towards The Orangutan Project’s work for the endangered species.

Highlights:

  • Visit Tanjung Putting National Park and the famous Camp Leakey
  • See both reintroduced and wild orangutans in their natural environment.
  • Get to trek through the jungle and plant a tree
  • Sleep aboard and travel through the jungle on our river klotok (boat)
  • Exclusive special access visit the IAR's orangutan rehabilitation center in Ketapang.
  • Travel up jungle rivers to witness proboscis, ebony and grey macaque monkeys
  • Help save the orangutans from extinction
  • Be escorted and educated by the TOP's founder and President, Leif Cocks.

Tour Date: 1st - 9th of August, 2015

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Leif Cocks Sumatran Orangutan Tour - AUD$3490.00 (12 PLACES ONLY)

This is the ultimate expedition where guests will see orangutans the only way they should be seen, wild in the jungles of Sumatra. Led by renowned conservationist Leif Cocks, the tour will begin and end in Jakarta and will include visits to pristine rainforests, treks with elephants, and time spent with Orangutans in the wild, and in care centers. Participants on this expedition will raise a minimum of $2,000 in fundraising which will go towards The Orangutan Project’s important work.

Highlights:

  • Spend time with and be personally educated by orangutan expert Leif Cocks
  • Visit the reforestation project being run bu OIC
  • See the orangutans in their natural rainforest habitat
  • Trek through the magnificent Gunung Leuser National Park
  • Visit the Orangutan Care Centre & Quarantine in Batu Mbelin run by SOCP (closed to the public).
  • Travel into jungles to witness orangutan, siamangs, gibbons, leaf and macaque monkeys
  • See the people of Sumatra and their way of life
  • Help save the orangutans from extinction

Tour Dates: 13th - 24th October, 2015

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OuTrop Sabangau Orangutan Adventure - AUD$2895.00 plus $1000.00 secured fundraising (10 PLACES ONLY)

Join us for this unique experience with Orangutans in the amazing jungles of Central Borneo with special guest host Simon Husson from OuTrop & BOSF**. If you are the sort of person interested in adventure and making a contribution to preserving the rainforest and endangered great ape, then this is your expedition!! Here you will experience the real jungle, meet the researchers, trek through swamps and go in search of wild Orangutans and gibbons. This is a unique tour unlike any other tours currently being offered.

**Tours may also be hosted by one of OuTrop's other experienced experts, Dr. Helen Morrogh-Bernard or Dr.Mark Harrison.

Highlights:

  • Spend time with and receive a personal education from Simon (or Helen or Mark) and the research team in Sabangau Forest, Central Kalimantan
  • Observe and “follow” wild orangutans and gibbons in their natural rainforest habitat
  • Trek through the magnificent Sabangau Forest
  • Receive evening talks and presentations from OuTrop researchers
  • Travel into the jungle to search for orangutan, gibbons, leaf and macaque monkeys
  • See the people of Palangkaraya, Kalimantan and their traditional Dayak way of life
  • Visit the orangutan islands and the BOSF Nyaru Menteng information center
  • Help save the orangutans from extinction

Tour Date: 1st - 9th May, 2015 & 5th - 13th Nov, 2015

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Gunung Leuser Orangutan Fundraiser - $3100.00 plus $1000.00 secured fundraising

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 500 hectares of rainforest. You will also have access to the thoughts of Ian Singleton at the 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 1 million hectares is home to 4 of Asia's great mammals, the sumatran tiger, orangutan, rhino and elephant. It has over 80 mountain peeks, 360 rivers and runs from sea level to over 3400m asl. 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. We will ride elephants, raft 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 guides.

First we will travel to the reforestation center at Halaban north of Medan. From there we head to Tangkahan to see elephants and then trek through the Gunung Leuser National Park for 2 days to see the orangutan in the wild. We will then try a bit of whitewater rafting and finally visit the quarantine station at Batu Mbelin to see how young orangutans are reintroduced back into the wild. While we will have the opportunity to see these amazing creatures, we will also be helping their plight. Through this expedition we will be adopting as many orangutans as possible and we will be protecting land that ensures the habitat of the orangutan remains intact. Further, a direct donation to the quarantine center at Batu Mbelin will be presented to them from funds raised by this trip.

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.

Tour Date: 17th - 25 April, 2015, 18th - 26th September, 2015 & 20th - 28th March, 2016

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Bukit Tigapuluh Orangutan Explorer - 2016 - $2750.00 plus $2500.00 secured fundraising (4 PLACES ONLY)

There really is nothing like giving back. In this specially prepared expedition for an exclusive number of just 4 lucky guests you will visit the jungle habitat of the orangutans in Jambi Province and help protect this extremely valuable environment. This tour is limited to just four persons due to the difficult access and special vehicles required. Also that only a limited number of people are able to be managed through the jungles and be shown the research works being undertaken. You will be the very first guests ever allowed access into this area and to be shown how the facilities operate by those that are working there. Truly a very unique and highly honored opportunity!

Our destination for this trip are the jungles of Bukit Tigapuluh in Sumatra (Jambi Province located in Central Sumatra) to see the orangutan in its natural environment and also visit the Open Orangutan Sanctuary.

The Bukit Tigapuluh Ecosystem is one of the important conservation areas in Sumatra with a strategic function to support sustainable conservation. The Bukit Tigapuluh National Park (BTNP) is located in the core area of this ecosystem and surrounded by a buffer zone with forests of high conservation value. The forest in the BTNP area and its buffer zone constitute an integral system with a direct impact on the integrity of the ecosystem as a whole.

The Bukit Tigapuluh Ecosystem area is an important habitat for three key species namely the Sumatran tiger, the Sumatran elephant and the Sumatran orangutan. Therefore, the conservation of the Bukit Tigapuluh Ecosystem plays an important role in the conservation of these three key species. The Bukit Tigapuluh Ecosystem is the only orangutan re- introduction area in Sumatra and the largest orangutan habitat outside the Leuser Ecosystem. The Bukit Tigapuluh Ecosystem is also an important habitat for the Sumatran elephant and the Sumatran tiger. The Sumatran elephant and the Sumatran tiger population in the Bukit Tigapuluh Ecosystem are one of the most important populations in the whole Sumatra.

After Sumatra, we head back to Bali. For those that want an adventure on the way back, we will be offering an action packed extension to Krakatoa and Java. 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.

Highlights:

  • Visit Jambi province and the Bukit Tigapuluh National Park
  • See both reintroduced and wild orangutans in their natural environment
  • Get to trek through the jungle and plant a tree
  • Get to spend time with researchers and Wildlife Protection Units
  • Visit the Open Orangutan Sanctuary
  • Help save the orangutans from extinction
  • Be escorted and educated by the TOP's founder and President Leif Cocks

Tour Date: 14th - 21st May, 2016 & 10th - 17th September, 2016

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New Zealand Orangutan Fundraiser Tour - $2655.00 plus $1000.00 secured fundraising

This special New Zealand led 8 day fundraising tour we will take you to the Tanjung Puting National Park, which is found in central Kalimantan. Tanjung Puting National Park is a unique place in itself. It is not only home to the orangutan, but also the rare proboscis monkey and the false gavial crocodile. During your time in the park you will be living aboard our river boat known as a klotok, with one night will be at the Rimba Eco-Lodge. The klotok is well equipped with basic amenities, and at night you will sleep on deck on comfortable mattresses including mosquito nets. Our crew will cook up delicious meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The klotoks come fully equipped with safety features including life vests and a first aid kit. When not walking through the jungle, we can relax on deck watching the wildlife, read a book or just laze the day away.

You will be joined on this tour by two people who we believe will make this expedition very special and a most memorable and rewarding experience for all our guests.

Jeanette Thomas, is host of the Good Morning show on TV One and is passionate about the plight of all animals, people and communities affected by South East Asia's deforestation. She's mum to two daughters who share her desire to make a difference in the lives of orphaned orangutans and, as a family, support three orangutan babies in Indonesia. Weekends are precious and are often spent indulging her family's love of nature and conservation.

Leif Cocks, is the founder of The Orangutan Project and has been the President since its inception. He has worked hands on with and for orangutans for more than 25 years including the most successful breeding colony of orangutans in the world, orangutan rescues and the successful reintroduction of numerous orangutans included the first two ever successful zoo-born reintroductions. Leif’s years in the field have earned him respect within the conservation field. He has been a key player in developing conservation plans for orangutans and influencing positive change for orangutan protection and survival. This respect has given The Orangutan Project world standing in conservation, and allows Leif to successfully negotiate conservation agreements with the Indonesian Ministry of Forestry and other government officials. It has also allowed The Orangutan Project to attract major sponsors. With Leif along you will garner a full and unusual understanding of what you are seeing, as this adventure of a lifetime takes you deep into the orangutan’s home.

Highlights:

  • Have guest hosts Jeanette Thomas and Leif Cocks escort you for the entire tour
  • Be educated about all things orangutans by expert Leif Cocks
  • Visit pristine rainforest in search of orangutans (both wild and reintroduced)
  • Travel up jungle rivers to view proboscis, ebony and grey macaque monkeys
  • Part of your expedition cost is directly donated to help save orangutans & rainforests

Tour Date: 14th - 21st March, 2015

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Orangutan Odysseys and TOP Fundraising Tours

TOP is excited to present our series of fundraising tours to Borneo and Sumatra with tour group Orangutan Odysseys

You can be part of a tour to one of these locations.

Ultimate Tanjung Puting and Fundraising Expedition (9 Days) AUD $3,100 pp

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Sleep aboard and travel through the jungle on our river klotok (boat)
  • Visit an orangutan rehabilitation centre (Tanjung Puting Orangutan Fundraiser only)
  • Travel up jungle rivers to witness proboscis, ebony and grey macaque monkeys
  • Help save the orangutans from extinction
  • Optional trip extension to Krakatoa Volcano and Ujung Kulon National Park

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 $100,000 for The Orangutan Project.

Our destination is the jungle of Borneo to see the orangutan in its natural environment. We may happen across Tom the dominant male or the world famous intelligent Princess down on the pier. We will see both reintroduced and wild orangutans as well as a host of other awesome rain forest creatures. The Tanjung Puting National Park is home to rare and interesting species including the proboscis monkey and the false gavial, a strange looking crocodile. But it is the orangutan that most people come here to visit. It's sheer beauty and passive demeanor endears one of our closest relatives to our hearts. We will see both wild and rehabilitated orangutan's and have the opportunity to get close to these magnificent creatures.

After visiting this wonderful animal's natural environment, we will head back to civilization and visit the orphanage and care centre near Kumai. This, for many, is a highlight as you will come into close proximity with many young orangutans and garner a deeper understanding of their plight. If this visit doesn't move you nothing will! While we will have the opportunity to see these amazing creatures we will also be helping their plight. Through this expedition we will be delivering much needed supplies to the orangutan orphanages, each participant will be adopting one and we will be protecting land that ensures the habitat of them remains intact. Further, a direct donation to the care centre in Pangkalan Bun will be presented to them from funds raised by this trip.

After Borneo, we head back to Bali. For those that want an adventure on the way back, we will be offering an action packed extension to Krakatoa and Java. 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.


Click here for full trip details on the Orangutan Odyssey website

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Gunung Leuser Orangutan Fundraiser (9 Days) AUD $3,100

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.
  • Bathe Elephants and do an Elephant trek.
  • Trek through beautiful primary forest to see, 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.

OVERVIEW

We will travel to the Reforestation Center at Halaban north of Medan to Tangkahan for an elephant ride and then trek through the Gunung Leuser National Park for 3 days to see the Orangutan in the wild.  The park’s one million hectares  houses the largest population of Sumatran Orangutans, approximately 80% of the entire wild population of 7000. 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. We will whitewater raft and finally visit the Quarantine Station at Batu Mbelin to see how young Orangutans are reintroduced back into the wild.

While we will have the opportunity to see these amazing creatures, we will also be helping their plight. Through this expedition we will be adopting as many Orangutans as possible and we 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, we 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. 

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 OO local guide. 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.

Click here for full trip details on the Orangutan Odyssey website

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Ultimate Palangkaraya and Sabangau Fundraising (11 Days) $4,100pp

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Travel along the beautiful Rungan River aboard the luxurious Rahai'i' Pangun.
  • Observe amazing wildlife including Orangutan, Proboscis Monkeys, Hornbills, Red Langurs and Brahmini Kites, Honrbills and more.
  • Visit the Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre at Nyaru Menteng where we will learn and understand the work they are doing.
  • Travel by 4 wheel drive & stay at a traditional Dayak villages where you will learn about their way of life, history and intriguing culture. Along with visiting painted bonehouses and sleeping in a long house.
  • Be escorted around the OUTROP / CIMTROP research centre at the awesome Sabangau Forest and get an insight into Orangutan, Gibbon and other animal research by resident experts. Trek through the forest swamps and track wild orangutans with the research teams. OO is the first and only tour company allowed access to this amazing location.
  • This trip is an action packed adventure

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. 

We have cleverly combined both a relaxing wildlife "observation" trip with an expedition into the heart of Borneo that also incorporates visiting research centres for orangutans, gibbons and or species. We will float up the Rungan River in luxury and sleep in a traditional Dayak Longhouse in Malahoi.

This Fundraising Expedition will not only provide funds for CIMTROP and OUTROP, but we will have access to their researchers, who will impart their immense knowledge of the environment, threats to the ecosystem and what we can do to help. Our 11 day Palangkaraya & Sabangua Forest expedition will take you to the largest town Central Kalimantan.

This expedition provides you the opportunity of traveling up rivers, visiting the famous orangutan care centre and quarantine station to gain an education centres at Nyaru Menteng. You will visit and stay overnight  & see the excellent work being done at the Sabangau Forest research facility. There you will be given talks by the resident experts. his expedition will give you an excellent insight into all facets of life in Palangkaraya and gain a deeper understanding of the plight of the orangutan due to deforestation. We believe this 11 day adventure provides it all, a trip that you are certain never to forget.

Click here for full trip details on the Orangutan Odyssey website


Earth 4 Orangutans Fundraising Adventure!

Join world leading Orangutan expert and conservationist Dr Ian Singleton in Sumatra and witness his work first-hand on this completely unique, 7-day action-packed adventure with Raw Wildlife Encounters!

The Earth 4 Orangutans project was co-founded by Dr Ian Singleton and Raw Wildlife Encounters' Jessica McKelson, it is supported by leading orangutan organisations the Orangutan Land Trust and us, The Orangutan Project. The project will see the development of much needed habitat in Sumatra for ill or disabled orangutans currently kept in quarantine cages at the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Program Centre and unable to be released back into the wild.

In 2013 Raw Wildlife Encounters aims to raise AU$80,000 for the Earth 4 Orangutans project. All profits from these tours go directly to support the project development.

On this tour, you will enjoy:

  • Visiting the orangutans at the SOCP care centre
  • Spending time with Dr Ian Singleton
  • Helping to bathe and hand-feed elephants
  • Delicious tradition Karonese banquets
  • Observing a multitude of other wildlife including gibbons, monkeys, reptiles and birds
  • Trekking on elephant back through jungles
  • River tubing from village to village
  • Sleeping in comfortable eco lodges

Raw Wildlife Encounters tours are lead by qualified, professional wildlife experts some of the best in their fields to ensure you receive an exceptional quality, fun and educational travel experience by the best!

AU$2500 per person. Departing monthly.

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RAW Wildlife Encounters - 5 Day Orangutan and Elephant Escapade

A private and exclusive tour that includes a day visit to the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Project (SOCP) you will witness the conservation efforts this team does to protect and rehabilitate these Critically Endangered Orangutans back to the wild.  After a personal insight into the amazing work, you will have the opportunity to dine with Dr. Ian Singleton and hear how he has been involved with orangutan conservation and the front line efforts his organisation must take to protect one of our closest primate cousins.

A truly wonderful highlight that will not be forgotten and will only leave you wanting more!

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TOP Borneo Wilderness 6-Day Tour

(in assoc with Garuda Orient Holidays)

Imagine visiting exotic Kalimantan, seeing wild orangutans close up and personal. Meeting orangutan infants at the Care Centre not open to the public. Chatting with the volunteers and experts that have devoted their lives to the care and rehabilitation of Orangutans.

Only a few dozen lucky people have the chance to visit these magnificent primates each season.

This is an intimate experience with a local guide with many years experience in this area to ensure your comfort and guarantee a unique learning experience

Borneo Wilderness Tour Itinerary 2012 Borneo Wilderness Tour Itinerary 2012 (133 KB)