Orangutan Adventure Tours

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.

"Looking for a holiday that will become the experience of a lifetime? Why not come with me on an orangutan adventure, connect with the most intelligent fellow beings on the planet, meet the people working on the ground to save them, and help become part of the solution!" – Leif Cocks

Orangutan Odysseys Tours

COP Borneo Orangutan Fundraising Tour - March 2018 - AUD $3,150 

On this eight day fundraising tour, beginning and ending in Jakarta, you will be visiting rainforests, trekking into the jungles of Kutai National Park, travelling up rivers on motorised canoes, driving through the lanscapes of East Borneo and experiencing the traditional dayak culture. You will go back in time to a places in the jungle where orangutans have lived freely for generations and see where now COP are working to save orangutans and protect the jungles.

You will also be priviledged to spend time in a unique orangutan rescue centre where COP's team are working incredibly hard so orangutans can be prepared for reintroduction back into the forests. This is where you will see the real difference being made by COP.

You will be joined on this tour by 2 remarkable men. Hardi (COP founder) & Leif (TOP founder) who will travel with you throughout the journey and give you their personal views about orangutans and how their organisations are helping to save them and allow them to released back into the jungle.

After East Kalimantan, guests have the option to spend 3 days on a tropical island of the coact of Berau. For the rest we head back to Jakarta. For those that want further adventures, we are offering action packed extensions to Krakatoa or Lombok, or Java or perhaps to see Komodo dragons. 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.

Participants on this trip will raise a minimum of $1,000 AUD in fundraising which will go towards The Orangutan Project’s work for the endangered species.

Highlights:

  • Travel with COP founder Hardi Bukitano & TOP founder Leif Cocks
  • See the orangutans in their natural rainforest habitat at Kutai National Park
  • Experience the dayak way of life including ovenright home stays
  • Travel on river boats through remote and unseen locations
  • Special visit the COP's Orangutan Centre (closed to the public) and their Orangutan "university" islands
  • Travel through East Kalimantan to understand the land and culture.
  • Meet the indigenous people of East Borneo
  • Help save the orangutans 

Tour Date: 12-20 March 2018

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TOP North America Orangutan Fundraiser - May 2018 - AUD $3,300 

Our destination for this trip is the jungles of Central Kalimantan (Borneo) to see the orangutan in its natural environment. We may come across Tom, the dominant male at the famous Camp Leakey feeding station. We will see both reintroduced and wild orangutans as well as a host of other rain forest animals. 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.

After visiting this wonderful animal's natural environment, we will spend a day touring around the area of Pangkalan Bun. Gary Shapiro, the President of The Orangutan Project USA (aka Orang Utan Republik Foundation) will take you to some of his favorite places and show you why it’s a unique location.

Participants on this trip will raise a minimum of $1,000 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)
  • 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 Canada Vice President, Nikko Konyk

Tour Date: 13 to 19 May 2018

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Leif Cocks Ultimate Orangutans Sumatra - 11-19 July 2018 - AUD $3,490

Are the jungles of Sumatra calling you?

The Orangutan Project and Orangutan Odysseys are thrilled to announce this new and never before offered tour. Join TOP President and orangutan expert, Leif Cocks in October 2017 on this exceptional tour to see orangutans living wild in the Sumatran jungle.

On this nine day Orangutan Odysseys tour, beginning and ending in Jakarta, you will visit pristine rainforests, trek into the jungles of Gunung Leuser National Park in Northern Sumatra and spend time viewing wild orangutans in the jungle along with a host of other wildlife.

You will meet Rudi Putra, award winning conservationist and biologist by training, and his team. Rudi leads communities in dismantling illegal palm oil plantations that are causing massive deforestation in northern Sumatra’s Leuser Ecosystem. If you are interested in adventure and giving back to the world at the same time, then you must join us on this expedition.

Participants on this trip will raise a minimum of $1,000 AUD in fundraising which will go towards The Orangutan Project’s work to save orangutans.

Highlights:

  • Tour led by TOP Founder and President Leif Cocks
  • Meet award winning conservationist Rudi Putra
  • Trek through the magnificent Gunung Leuser National Park
  • Visit a real conservation project saving orangutan habitat
  • View wild orangutans and other species in the jungle
  • Lake Toba
  • Maximum of 12 guests on tour

Tour Date: 11-19 July 2018

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Last Place on Earth Challenge - 1-14 September 2018

This amazing tour has been created to help raise urgent funds and awareness for the Leuser ecosystem in Sumatra. This breath-taking tropical lowland rainforest ecosystem with cloud covered mountains and swampy peatlands is one of the last refuges of the Sumatran orangutans, tigers, elephants and rhinos.

However the Leuser ecosystem in now under threat. Despite being protected under Indonesian national law, massive industrial development is being planned for logging, palm oil, pulp and paper plantations and mining which threaten the entire ecosystem.  The funds raised from this tour will go to our local partners working tirelessly on the ground to protect and restore the Leuser ecosystem.

This life-changing expedition will consist of a group of 10 - 12 adventurous and passionate people from countries around the world. The team will trek through pristine jungles, raft down rivers and climb a spectacular mountain.

The tour begins on 1 September 2018. 100% of monies raised will go towards on the ground conservation projects through The Orangutan Project (TOP). TOP President Leif Cocks says: ‘TOP strives to get the best conservation and welfare results for orangutans and their habitats by effectively using every dollar raised to support genuine on the ground conservation work through a wide range of partners. The Last Place on Earth Challenge is a perfect display of both the challenge to save orangutans and the spirit of mutual cooperation that is needed to meet that challenge.’

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Leif Cocks Kalimantan Orangutans Tour - October 2018 - AUD $3,440 

In this specially crafted expedition you will visit the jungle habitat of the orangutan and help protect the environment for generations to come. Our destination for this 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 centre.

After visiting this wonderful animal's natural environment, we will head to West Borneo and visit the IAR centre in Ketapang. 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 there we will have the opportunity to see the work being done, hear from IAR Director, Karmele Sanchez about the latest news from the centre and also get involved with the enrichment programmes required for the orangutans located here.

Participants on this trip will raise a minimum of $1,000.00 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: 9 to 16 October 2018

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Trans Borneo Challenge - 1-22 November 2018

The Trans Borneo Challenge (TBC) is on again for November 2017! This is your chance to be involved in an event that truly helps to make a difference for the orangutan. The TBC mission is to raise both urgently needed funds and worldwide awareness about the plight of the orangutans and the continued destruction of their rainforest habitat8

The expedition consists of a group of adventurous and passionate people from countries from around the world, travelling across four regions of Kalimantan (Indonesian Borneo). The challenge this year will run from East to West, commencing in Balikpapan in East Borneo through to Banjarmasin in South Borneo, onto to Palangkaraya & Pangkalan Bun in Central Borneo and finishing in Ketapang, West Borneo.

A fundraising component of $2,000 is required to join the tour and 100% of these funds go towards The Orangutan Project’s conservation work. TOP President Leif Cocks says: ‘The Trans Borneo Challenge is a perfect display of both the challenge to save orangutans and the spirit of mutual cooperation that is needed to meet that challenge.’

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Yoga For Nature Orangutan Tour - November 2018 - AUD $3,910 

You will be joining this unique and exciting tour to Borneo & Bali with 2 special guests hosts Leif Cocks (The Orangutan Project) and Phil Dickenson (Yoga For Nature). Our destination for this trip is the jungles of Central Kalimantan (Borneo), to see the orangutan in its natural environment. This special fundraising tour 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 and 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 demeanour endears one of our closest relatives to our hearts. We will see both reintroduced and wild orangutans as well as a host of other wildlife. We may come across Tom the dominant male at the famous Camp Leakey. Along the way Phil will guide you through your daily yoga practice in the jungle.

After visiting this wonderful animals natural environment, we will head to to Bali and to the beautiful mountain area of Ubud to start your 6 day Yoga retreat. 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.

Participants on this trip will raise a minimum of $1,000.00 AUD in fundraising which will go towards The Orangutan Project’s work for the endangered species.

Highlights:

  • Visit Tanjung Puting 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 acces to your hosts Leif Cocks and Phil Dickenson
  • Prcyive you yoga aboard your boat in the jungle surrounds
  • Travel up jungle rivers to witness proboscis, ebony and grey macaque monkeys
  • Help save the orangutans from extinction
  • Join a 6 day yoga retreat in Bali

Tour Date: 11-20 November 2018

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For information on the full range of tours to Borneo and Sumatra available through Orangutan Odysseys visit:

Orangutan Odysseys

 

The Great Projects - Volunteer With Orangutans

The Great Projects

With 6 orangutan volunteer opportunities, The Great Projects offer you the chance to work behind the scenes at a variety of different orangutan sanctuaries in Borneo and work directly with the staff to aid the rehabilitation and release of our closest relative. All of the projects, which run throughout the year, have been designed to assist in all parts or the rehabilitation and release process, and your work as a volunteer is essential in the overall goal of increasing numbers throughout Borneo. Including opportunities to go in search of orangutans in the wild, their projects really do offer a fantastic all round experience for anyone who has dreamed of spending time working with orangutans and helping to secure them a better future.

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