Price

$3307 AUD per person

Single supplement available on request

Inclusions

  • Return airport transfers
  • 12 nights accommodation
  • 12 Breakfasts, 11 Lunches, 6 Dinners
  • Services of an English speaking guide
  • Transportation as per the itinerary
  • Entrance fees and permits

Exclusions

  • International and domestic flights
  • Visas
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • All services, meals other than those indicated above
  • Any changes to the proposed and confirmed program.
  • All items of a personal nature e.g. drinks, laundry, telephone calls, tips etc

Trek through the tangle of Sarawak's wild jungles and lush rainforests as you search for orangutans in the heart of Borneo. Get hands on and assist with conservation works in some of the regions award winning wildlife centres.

These much needed conservation efforts offer a life changing experience. Your assistance in raising awareness and education will help restore the harmony between humans and orangutans.

With our unique access to rehabilitation efforts throughout different habitats deep in the heart of Bako National Park you will encounter semi-wild orangutans, and their custodians, the descendants of the Iban head-hunters tribe. Interacting with these local tribes people offers a rare opportunity of cultural exchange as you help increase their understanding of conservation as well as providing a platform for them to teach you about their ancient ways of life.

This is truly a journey of discovery, education and enrichment - perfect for those with a wild and generous heart!

Day 1 - Arrive Kuching – Semenggoh Orangutan Centre

Welcome to Borneo! Upon arrival at Kuching International airport, you will be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel in Kuching. This afternoon you will depart for Semenggoh Wildlife Centre, located only 24km from the centre of Kuching, this orangutan rehabilitation centre trains orphaned and rescued orangutans the skills they will need to survive in the wild. Over 20 orangutans live in the forest within the nature reserve and often return to the centre at feeding times, where you will have the opportunity to watch them come down from the trees for a free meal. Returning to Kuching, this evening you will enjoy a local seafood dinner. (D)

Overnight Kuching Hilton

Day 2 - Kuching - Matang Wildlife Centre

Following breakfast, transfer for approx. 45min to Kubah National Park, a 2,230 hectare protected area of dipterocarp forest that is rich in palms, orchids and pitcher plants. Within the Park is Matang Wildlife Centre (MWC), where you will check into your accommodation. MWC is a rehabilitation centre where orphaned and rescued orangutans learn how to survive in the wild. The centre houses orangutans at the early stages of the rehabilitation process whilst ‘recent graduates’ roam the forest nearby.

Around 9.30am, you will meet the staff of Project Orangutan. Following a brief introduction and orientation, you will be taken on a guided walk around the animal enclosure trail, learning about conservation, the work of the centre and orangutan ecology. MWC also houses a wide range of other animals that have been rescued, including Sambar deer, crocodiles, monkeys, clouded leopards and porcupines.

Following lunch you will participate in an animal enrichment exercise. Enrichment is a process of providing captive animals with stimulating environments and providing them with items to encourage natural behaviors. In the wild animals spend a large amount of time hunting and foraging for food. Captive animals do not have the same pressure to find food. Food enrichment presents the animal’s food in a challenging way so that they are engaged and have to use their senses to find food. You will be given cardboard, leaves, paper, string, bamboo, hessian sacks and other materials. The task will be to make something with these materials and hide food deep inside it. The food may include honey, seeds, mealworms, insects and other treats. Your food enrichment items will then be distributed, and you will be able to see how successful you have been by how fast or slow they are able to find the food. The feeding process will take 30-45mins depending on the complexity of you handiwork! (B,L,D)

Overnight at Matang Wildlife Centre

Note: In line with the regulations and policies at MWC, there will be no physical contact with the animals at the centre.

Day 3 - Matang Wildlife Centre – Kuching

After breakfast you will continue with your project work at the centre. The exact project work will depend on the requirements of the centre at that time. It may involve light construction work or repairs to the enclosures and boardwalks, working on the farm that supplies food for the orangutans, and enrichment. The relevance of any task to the centre’s development and to Orangutan Project’s animal welfare and conservation goals will be explained to the group.

In the afternoon, depart MWC around 4.00pm and return to Kuching, arriving around 5.00pm where you will be dropped off at your hotel. (B,L)

Overnight Kuching Hilton

Day 4 - Bako National Park

This morning you will be picked up from your hotel and drive about 35mins to Bako Village. From the village, take about a 25min boat ride (depending on the tide) to the park situated on the peninsula. Bako is one of the best places in Sarawak to see wildlife in a natural setting. The various types of animals that can be spotted at Bako include silver leaf monkeys, long-tailed macaques, wild boars, monitor lizards and numerous species of birds. Forest types range from mangrove to kerangas (heath forest), tropical swamp vegetation, cliff vegetation and beach vegetation. There are also opportunities to explore the many trails within the park, it’s coastline is dotted with small bays, coves and beaches. Overnight Kuching Hilton. (B,L)

Day 5 - Batang Ai – Nanga Sumpa

After breakfast this morning, you will drive to Batang Ai Reservoir, stopping along the way at Lachau Bazaar. Here you can stroll around the markets and have an early lunch in a local coffee shop before continuing your journey, arriving at Batang Ai Lake around 1.30 – 2.00pm. Board a longboat and travel upriver to Nanga Sumpa, arriving at approx. 3.30pm, although the exact time will depend on river conditions. Settle in at your lodge and enjoy dinner. After dinner, visit Nanga Sumpa longhouse. (B,L)

2 nights at Nanga Sumpa Lodge

Day 6 - Search for Wild Orangutans

Enjoy an early breakfast and depart Nanga Sumpa at around 6.30am and follow one of the many trails behind Nanga Sumpa. The exact trail will be selected by your guide based on recent sightings of orangutans or their nests. You will trek for approx. 4-5 hours through the orangutan habitat before arriving back at Nanga Sumpa for lunch at the lodge. After lunch you are free to relax or have a swim in the river. Around 4.00pm depart on a jungle walk near Nanga Sumpa, searching for orangutan and nests along the way. (B,L,D)

Day 7 - Nanga Sumpa - Lubok Kasai Jungle Camp

Following breakfast head upriver by longboat. Our destination is the scenic Enseluai waterfall. Along the way (if conditions are suitable) your boatman may stop to demonstrate fishing Iban-style using a jala or throw net. Arrive at the waterfall and have time to relax, swim and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. Enjoy a riverside BBQ lunch prepared by your Iban hosts. After lunch, proceed by boat (approx. 15mins) to the junction of the Delok and Lalang Rivers. Then trek for 1-2 hours along a rainforest trail through orangutan habitat and arrive at Lubok Kasai jungle camp which is located on the banks of the Lalang River. Settle in at Lubok Kasai, have a swim in the river or just sit back and relax. Orangutans are occasionally seen (at dusk and dawn) in this area. After dinner spend a quiet evening at the lodge and enjoy the tranquillity of the forest. (B,L,D)

2 nights at Lubok Kasai Jungle Camp

Day 8 - Tribal learning

Following breakfast you will learn how the Iban people live off the land. You will be spilt into small teams and allocated specific traditional tasks to collect enough food for lunch and dinner. Accompanied by your Iban hosts each team will depart the lodge around 9.00am. Some will walk to nearby foraging grounds to collect ferns, bamboo shoots and other jungle produce. Others will depart by boat to small farms to collect tapioca leaves, chillies, dayak brinjal (eggplant) and other vegetables. Some people will set fish traps near Lubok Kasai whilst others will learn how to fish with local throw nets or search for prawns and snails in the river. Each group will return to the lodge around midday and show the other groups what they collected and explain the traditional methods that were used. You will then help to prepare lunch. Lunch will be served Iban-style on the ruai or verandah of Lubok Kasai camp. The remainder of the afternoon is free at leisure to go for a swim in the river, relax in the rainforest surroundings or discuss the morning’s activities. Later in the afternoon, depart on a 1-2 hour walk along a trail that follows the Lalang River and search for orangutans. (B,L,D)

Note: The exact range of activities will depend on weather conditions, farming conditions, river levels, etc.

Day 9 - Lubok Kasai – Kuching

Following breakfast, you are free at leisure to relax, swim in the river or take some photos around Lubok Kasai before departing at 10.15am. Traveling downriver to Nanga Sumpa with an early lunch at Nanga Sumpa Lodge at 11.15am. Depart Nanga Sumpa and travel downriver to the Batang Ai Lake jetty, arriving at approx. 1.30pm. Then travel overland back to Kuching where you will be dropped off at your hotel. (B,L)

Overnight Kuching Hilton

Day 10 - Sematan – Tanjung Datu

Today you will arrive at Tanjung Datu. Comprising of a narrow strip of forested hills and stunning beaches with clear emerald green waters is one of Sarawak’s smallest national parks, but it is perhaps the most beautiful. Located at the southwestern tip of Sarawak, Tanjung Datu’s key attraction is its seclusion. The park’s remoteness means that the beaches are pristine and the rainforest intact. The park is home to a variety of wildlife including Bornean gibbons, pig-tailed macaques, long-tailed macaque monkeys, silver-leaf monkeys, civet cats, bearded pigs, diverse birdlife and more. Green turtles also nest on the park’s beaches from April to September.

At 9.00am you will be picked up from your hotel in Kuching and proceed by road (approx. 2 hours) to the small coastal town of Sematan where you can have an early lunch in a local restaurant. Around midday, take a boat (approx. 60mins) to Tanjung Datu National Park. Upon arrival, you will walk across the beach and settle in at the campsite. (If the tide is low or sea conditions prevent boat landings at the park HQ, you will arrive at the small bay of Telok Upas and walk approx. 15mins.) The rest of the day is at your leisure. Relax on the beach, hike the Telok Upas or Viewpoint trails, have a swim or visit the turtle hatchery. Enjoy dinner at the park HQ. After dark go on a short night walk and search for wildlife such as wild boar, sambar deer, mouse deer, barking deer, civet cats and other nocturnal creatures. Return to the park HQ then take a stroll along the beach to see if any turtles have come ashore to nest. Please note turtle sightings are not guaranteed. Overnight at the camping shelters at the park HQ. (B,L,D)

Day 11 - Tanjung Datu National Park

After breakfast, depart for a jungle trek along the Pasir Antu Laut trail. Enjoy the forest scenery along the 2.7km trail and keep a look out for wildlife. Gibbons, banded langurs and hornbills are sometimes spotted on this trail. Midway along the trail you will come to a small stream. Take a short break before continuing through the pristine forest to Antu Laut beach. Have a swim at the beach before returning along the forest trail. Half way along the trail turn left onto a small track that leads to the main turtle beach. Huge boulders are found along the coast here where the rainforest runs right down to the beach. Admire the views before walking back along the beach arriving at park HQ in the early afternoon for a late lunch. The remainder of the day is free at leisure, you may choose to go snorkeling near Telok Upas, relax on the beach or alternatively go for another walk. After dinner at the park HQ, you will go for a short night walk in search of nocturnal creatures. Overnight at the camping shelters at the park HQ. (B,L,D)

Day 12 - Tanjung Datu National Park – Sematan – Kuching

After breakfast, there is time to relax on the beach or go swimming before boarding a boat at 11.00am to return to Sematan. Here you will enjoy lunch in a local restaurant before continuing your journey to Kuching. Arriving by late afternoon, you will be dropped off at your hotel in Kuching. (B,L)

Overnight Kuching Hilton

Day 13 - Departure

Following breakfast, you have time at leisure until it is time for you to be transferred to the airport for your onward flight.