On this tour you can work towards the conservation of orangutans and experience traditional tribal life, while exploring the riches of the Bornean rainforest.
About the Project
On this orangutan tour you will take unforgettable jungle treks through the Borneo rainforests and get the chance to experience the beauty of orangutans in the wild. This tour also features two visits to the region's orangutan centres – the award winning Matang Wildlife Centre and the Semenggoh Nature Reserve, as well as three breath-taking national parks – Bako, Kubah and Batang Ai. Both Bornean orangutan sanctuaries and all three national parks are managed by the Sarawak Forestry Corporation, who play an active role in the ongoing conservation of the area's orangutans.
This tour is designed to raise awareness of the conservation efforts made in Sarawak, to restore the harmony between people and orangutans that has become strained in recent years. This tour is a voyage of discovery for all of the travellers whom take part, giving them access to the rehabilitation efforts at Matang Wildlife Centre, the released, semi-wild orangutans of Semenggoh Nature Reserve, the seven different habitats of Borneo in the amazing Bako National Park and a one week trip into the rainforest. This tour will also involve meeting the descendants of the legendary Borneo head-hunters – the Iban tribe – who are now the custodians of the wild orangutans of Batang Ai. This will be an experience you certainly won't forget in a hurry!
This tour provides you with both the opportunity to learn and the chance to help make a difference to the lives of the critically endangered orangutan population in Borneo. You will spend your time visiting multiple orangutan conservation centres as well as get the chance to visit 4 national parks and experience once in a lifetime events, including a night time walk through Bako national Park, snorkelling at the stunning beach of Telok Serabang and experiencing the Iban way of life through interaction with the native tribe. There really is something for everyone on this tour and if you hold the orangutan close to your heart then this is the perfect trip for you.
Prior to Arrival
There is no prior visa required for most nationalities to enter Malaysia as a 90 day tourist visa is granted on arrival. However, please check the Malaysian Immigration website for detailed information.
This two-week programme is both a dynamic, guided-tour around Borneo’s most fascinating wildlife centres and national parks, and a volunteering opportunity, based on forging connections between animal conservation and indigenous communities.
You will need to arrive into Kuching Airport(KCH) between 9am and 5pm on the start date of your tour where you will be met by a representative at arrivals who will take you by private transfer to the Basaga Guesthouse for your welcome dinner and first nights stay.
This tour has been categorised as Rustic. This is based on the standard of accommodation used throughout the tour, transport involved whilst the tour is in motion, and what modern facilities are available. This is more suited for travellers looking for a cost friendly experience at a basic level.
In Kuching, you will be staying in a boutique guesthouse, which features Wi-Fi, television and a phone in shared rooms. All rooms are well equipped with en-suite bathrooms. (Day 1 & 13)
Whilst at Matang Wildlife Centre, you will be staying in a traditional longhouse in the grounds of the centre, an idyllic setting in a remote rainforest area, inside of Kubah National Park. (Day 2 & 3)
Accommodation at Bako is very basic and you will be sharing with up to three other participants on your tour. However, you will be spending little time in your room, so you will not pay much attention to the basic standards. (Day 4)
In Telok Serabang you will have the opportunity to spend time with a Malay community on one of Sarawak's secluded beaches.
Your accommodation will again be in a traditional wooden longhouse, with shared bedrooms and amenities. Bathroom facilities include western toilets and overhead showers. (Day 5-7)
Your accommodation in Padawan will be in a traditional bamboo longhouse, with shared bedrooms and amenities. Learn about the traditional culture of this tribe, and see human skulls in their longhouse, kept from the head-hunting days of the past. You may also be encouraged to take part in cultural dancing through the evening. Bathroom facilities include western toilets and overhead showers. (Day 8)
In Batan Ai you will be living across the river from a small Iban community that have resided in this area of the rainforest for many generations. Bathroom facilities include western toilets and overhead showers. (Day 9-11)
Three meals a day and drinks are provided throughout the tour. Meals will typically consist of noodles, rice, vegetables and meat, however, vegetarian options are always available.