Camp Leakey and Tanjung Puting NP tour, 4 days

“Sleep aboard a traditional wooden river boat and learn about orangutan rehabilitation and research on this three night excursion into the heart of Tanjung Putting National Park”

Highlights

Kumai | Sekonyer River | Tanjung Puting National Park | 'Crocodile River' | Camp Leakey | Pesalat Reforestation Camp

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Camp Leakey and Tanjung Puting NP tour, 4 days

Carbon reduction

Your vacation will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this vacation and how to reduce them.

Environment

Camp Leakey is an active research facility which is dedicated to protecting and conserving its resident orangutans and the rainforest which has been destroyed by deforestation and palm oil plantations. The tourism activities here are controlled and run by local guides and local communities who understand that it is imperative that the orangutans and their environment are protected. By taking the 4 day Camp Leakey trip, you are helping to protect the work of the Orangutan Sanctuary through your entry fee and by purchasing any souvenirs while you are there.

While visiting the camp you will be given a full briefing about their work and you will be able to see the researchers in the field, however we do ask that you don't interfere with them and that you respect the wild animals in their natural environment to limit unnecessary contact with humans and allow them to continue their rehabilitation process without interruption. Educating the local community and tourists who visit the center is an important part of the work the camp is undertaking to ensure that these wonderful animals come off the 'highly endangered' list where they currently are.

Community

We only work with responsible ground agents, and in Indonesia our Ground Agents live and work in the country. They have fully committed to ‘giving back’ to ensure an improving quality of life for their local communities. They provide local villages with the tools to help improve education along with social services, assistance programs and structural developments, although any building work is carefully considered to minimise its impact on the natural environment.

They also support local charities and focus in particular on the R.O.L.E foundation in Indonesia. R.O.L.E focuses on empowering underprivileged women by giving them the education, skills and job opportunities they need to create a living. They do this through sending them on a subsidised training courses which include learning English, women’s health, IT and hospitality focused kills, or creating small, sustainable businesses which benefit the local communities and the women who run them.

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Reviewed on 21 Mar 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Too many to mention!
The whole vacation was an amazing experience!


2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Make sure your on the super deluxe boat. You will want for nothing!!

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


All three.
We shopped in local shops, planted a tree and only used electricity when
necessary.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Fantastic! Everything was perfect, from start to finish it was an amazing experience. Back less than a week and we are already planning our next Indonesia adventure.

Reviewed on 23 Feb 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Seeing the jungle in its natural, untapped, wild state - all creatures that we saw, from the crocodile, long-tailed macaque and proboscis monkey, orangutans,
stork-billed kingfisher, greater coucal, the list goes on. Fireflies, silently dancing by the palm vegetation at dusk, through the night, accompanied with the
sunset, lightning on the horizon and the clearest starry sky you can imagine. Just having the chance to sit, and watch the jungle do what it does best. So not one
particular moment, just the experience and humbleness of being in a real, wild jungle.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Light long sleeve and trouser waterproof clothes worked well as both mosquito protection and heavy downpours. It was the wet season so these were daily
although there were not that many mosquitoes. Our guide told us that Malaria has not been seen for 10 years in this area though Dengue Fever is quite
common. However, dispite 50% DEET and long sleeves, we were bitten several times, but nearly 2 weeks later, are fine. Leeches are also present in the jungle
so shoes and socks as opposed to flip-flops are recommended. Most activities are animal and human dependant so I'd recommend going with little expectation and just enjoy the jungle, then anything else is a bonus! Anybody on the fence regarding the boat, my wife is generally not good on water but the deluxe boat has air conditioning, ensuite shower and toilet and the water is generally very still so even she would recommend it! Metal water bottles are provided as part of their drive to reduce plastic so don't need to worry about that and the breakfast, lunch and dinner on the boat are amazing!!! Make sure you take some money with you (100,000 rupiah) so you can donate to the plantation.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, absolutely. They have a big drive on reducing plastic and some of our crew were ex-loggers, now in tourism helping preserve the jungle rather than destroy it. The tree planting exercise was amazing to be able to donate money and plant a tree that in 6 - 7 years will produce fruits for orangutangs and still have the potential of being there in 75 years - great conservation!

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


It was a truly memorable, impactful experience which rates among the best of my life. I would suggest a couple of points of improvement however: - The itineraries wording perhaps need rewriting regarding Camp Leakey. It reads as if you will meet feeders and see the animals up close during their feeding time at the research center. This, for us, put expectations in our heads that we would be going to a rehabilitation type center where we would see the animals up close with their feeders. In reality, Camp Leakey was no different to any of the other feeding stations we had been to other than the small, unpersoned visitor's center.
- Finally, the itinerary should also state that the plantation is staff dependant. We did not go to the originally planned plantation as the sole staff member that
ran it was out in the jungle foraging for new saplings. Whilst we were fine with this, the itinerary should state that it is a possibility you can go to the plantation
and not read as if it is a definite.

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