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                   Borneo Kalimantan
             Orangutan study and support tour




The orangutan was once found throughout Southeast Asia but now the species only survives in relic
populations on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra. Only ten years ago the estimated population was
approximately 27,000, today the population has declined drastically and recent estimates suggest that it
could be as low as 15,000. Orangutans are in grave danger of extinction because their rainforest habitat is
being converted for human use - the biggest threat is permanent agriculture in the form of palm oil
plantations and more recently illegal logging within protected areas. In joining this tour not only will you
have the privilege of seeing these gentlest of creatures in the wild but also to help in the fight against their
extinction.

For 28 years Dr Biruté Galdikas, the world’s leading Orangutan expert has been studying and saving
Orangutans as well as bringing the plight of the Orangutans to world attention. She is the force behind The
Orangutan Foundation that was initiated to fund the work and to try and secure a future for these great
apes. The foundation has been rehabilitating ex-captive orphans, raising awareness and funds, research
and habitat preservation. The Foundation allows a privileged few participants per year an opportunity to go
backstage in their rainforest study area, to see Orangutan rehabilitation work and learn more about
humankind’s closest relatives in an atmosphere of learning and participation.




              Why it this tour is so different from any others?
 •   Real insight and privileged access to the famous Orangutan study area and park
 •   Unique participation with the Orangutan Foundation’s researchers in the ield
 •   Specialist orangutan experts leading each trip
 •   A full seven days in the field
 •   Your participation contributes over £35K pa to fund conservation efforts in the park


                     51 CASTLE ST, CIRENCESTER, GLOUCESTERSHIRE, GL7 1QD UK
      Tel: (00 44) 01285 643 333 Fax: (00 44) 01285 885 888 e-mail: enquiry@discoveryinitiatives.com
                                (Part of The Steppes Group)   ATOL NO 2914 Art of Travel
                                      Dates 2002
                    DATES (London to London)
         GROUP 1 July 6th to July 19th (very LIMITED SPACE)
        GROUP 2 July 27th to August 9th (departure now FULL)
     GROUP 3 September 7th to September 20th (very LIMITED SPACE)
           GROUP 4 September 28th to October 11th (FULL)
      GROUP 5 October 19th to November 1st (very LIMITED SPACE)


                                      Dates 2003
                           DATES (London to London)
                           GROUP 1 June 14th- 27th
                         GROUP 2 June 28th – July 11th
                         GROUP 3 July 26th – August 8th
                         GROUP 4 September 13th – 26th
                      GROUP 5 September 27th – October 10th


ITINERARY
Day 1        Saturday
Depart UK - planned around Malaysian or Singapore Airline flights – depart London Heathrow at
1200

Day 2         Sunday
Early morning arrival in Kuala Lumpur. Take the connecting flight to Jakarta, where you will be
met & transferred to the domestic flight to Semarang. Scheduled to depart at 12.45 with
Mandala Air and arriving in Semarang at 13.40. On arrival in Semarang you will be met by a
representative of Discovery Initiatives and transferred to the Grand Candi Hotel. Spend the rest
of the day at leisure at the Grand Candi Hotel.

Day 3          Monday
Met from your hotel and transferred to the airport for flight to Pangkalan Bun. This flight is
scheduled to depart at 1020 with Merpati. Arrives Pangkalan Bun 1200. You will be met by a
representative of the Orangutan Foundation and guided through the entry formalities at Kumai.
From here transfer on to the Sekonyer River in the local boats (klotoks) and travel to the Rimba
Lodge which takes about 2½ hours. Rimba Lodge is a simple but comfortable lodge on the
edge of the Tanjung Puting National Park. It provides an excellent base for forays upriver into
the park and to return to after your time spent in the Camp Leakey Study Area, the main
research camp under the auspices of the Orangutan Foundation. A well-earned of rest and
relaxation at the Rimba Lodge

Day 4           Tuesday
Very relaxed morning at Rimba Lodge for everyone to take a deep breath and begin to get used
to their new surroundings and climate. Your guide will gently ease everyone in to the
programme with short forest walks around the nearby Tanjung Harapan. The boat trips to Camp
Leakey will begin in a day or so when everyone is relaxed and can begin the new section of the
visit. Meals are plentiful but simple and typically Indonesian with lots of rice and an abundance
of tropical fruits in season. The evening is the magical time as fireflies come out, lighting up the
intense black of a tropical night with tiny flying lights. There is also an incredible orchestra of
night sounds - cicadas, frogs, birds and nocturnal animals
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Day 5/10 Wednesday – Monday Tanjung Puting National Park
Once you reach Camp Leakey and walk along the wooden causeway, you may be greeted by a
number of ex-captive and rehabilitated Orangutans. Split into small groups you can one day be
involved tracking wild Orangutans through the forest recording movements, data, individuals
and social behaviour. Other days will be spent visiting areas both inside and outside the park,
including the Orangutan care centre & clinic, meeting the local Dayak communities on its buffer
zones and getting some idea of the conservation efforts being made by the Foundation. For
most of the nights, you will return by boat to Rimba Lodge. Facilities at Camp Leakey are basic.
The camp is totally isolated from the rest of the world by deep swamps and lowland tropical
rainforest. It is impossible to walk out to the nearest settlement of any size. As in the rest of
Borneo, travel outside the study area is by boat. There is no electricity, no plumbing or
conventional sanitation at the camp but it is very clean and tidy. Visitors can bathe in the river.
For lunches there will be noodles on the boat or you will need to bring snacks with you for the
days which you are on follows.
There may be the opportunity to paddle dugouts and lots of opportunities for birdwatching. A
visit will be arranged to see the gold fields that are causing terrible damage to the surroundings
and polluting the water, and endangering river habitats.

Day 11         Tuesday
A final day to tidy up notes and go over assignment results. Farewell dinner.

Day 12        Wednesday
Early morning departure for the return journey to Pangkalan Bun. Depart Pangkalan Bun on
Merpati 1230. Arrive Semarang 1410. Met by a representative of Discovery Initiatives and
taken to the Grand Candi Hotel, overnight as before.

Day 13         Thursday
Free morning in Semarang to enjoy the city. Later you are transferred to Semarang airport in
time to catch flight at 1520hrs, arriving Jakarta at 1620hrs in time to connect with your
international flight. If required your optional extension commences here.

Day 14       Friday
Arrive the UK in the early hours.




                    51 CASTLE ST, CIRENCESTER, GLOUCESTERSHIRE, GL7 1QD UK
     Tel: (00 44) 01285 643 333 Fax: (00 44) 01285 885 888 e-mail: enquiry@discoveryinitiatives.com
                             (Part of The Steppes Group)   ATOL NO 2914 Art of Travel
Optional Extensions

Yogijakarta, the Cultural and Artistic capital of Java

Day 13        Thursday
As the main group depart, you are picked up from your hotel, and driven to Jogjakarta (about 3
hours)
On arrival, you check into Jogja Village Inn, overnight on a bed and breakfast basis.

Day 14         Friday
Sightseeing around Borobudur Temple. Built between 778 and 856 AD the temple complex
finally attained a height of 34.5m over 9 tiers and contained 5km of superbly executed reliefs.
The craftsmens’ work was painstaking in its degree of intricate carving of the reliefs and statues.
Not until 1814 when Thomas Stamford Raffles visited and heard of ‘a mountain of Buddhist
sculptures in stone’ did its importance begin to be re-discovered. The rest of the day can be
spent visiting the Islamic Palaces, batik factories, dance schools or shopping. This evening you
can relax or chose to visit the traditional Ramadaya Ballet, which is performed in the open air
against the attractive backdrop of three Muslim temples (the hotel will reserve your tickets,
which you can pick up and pay for on the door). Overnight at the Jogja Village Inn, on a bed and
breakfast basis.
Day 15                Saturday
Free morning and early afternoon in Jogjakarta. In the afternoon return to the airport at
Jogjakarta for your flight to Jakarta and onto your international flight home.


Balinese Arts and Handicrafts Experience

Day 13         Thursday
As the main group depart to Jakarta, you board your domestic flight to Denpasar in Bali. On
arrival you are met, assisted and transferred in your private airconditioned car to the Balinese
cultural capital of Ubud. Overnight at the Cahaya Dewata hotel on a bed and breakfast basis.

Day 14         Friday
Today your guide and driver will pick you up from your hotel and take you on a full days cultural
and artistic tour of the area. Your tour will include a general Ubud orientation, seeing the Barong
and Keris dances, a visit to the Celuk, gold and silver works, a traditional Balinese wood carving
workshop, an excursion to Mount and Lake Batur, and a visit to the famous Gunung Kawi or
“the mountain of Poets” an ancient temple hewn from the rock face in the 11th century. You are
served lunch at the Kintamani restaurant. Later you are returned to your hotel Overnight at the
Cahaya Dewata hotel on a bed and breakfast basis.

Day 15              Saturday
This morning your guide will pick you up for another days excursion. Today you are off to the
holiest and most important temple complex in Bali – Pura Besakih in the foothills of Mount
Agung. En route you will be taken to Bona, where there is a bamboo handicraft workshop,
Gianyar to see hand tye dying and weaving, and Klungkung to see the beautifully decorated
Balinese courthouse here. Today lunch will be served in a local restaurant. Later you are
transferred back to your hotel. Overnight at the Cahaya Dewata hotel on a bed and breakfast
basis.

Day 16             Sunday
Today your guide and driver will take you back to Denpasar airport to catch your flight back to
Jakarta, where you will connect to your International flight.
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Balinese Wildlife Experience

Day 13               Thursday
As the main group depart to Jakarta, you board your domestic flight to Denpasar in Bali. On
arrival you are met, assisted and transferred in your private airconditioned car to the white sand
resort of Sanur. Rest of the day at your leisure. Overnight at the Sanur Beach hotel in Sanur on
a bed and breakfast basis.

Day 14                Friday
Today your guide and driver will pick you up from your hotel and take you to Lovina on the North
coast of Bali – which is very close to the Bali Barat national Park. En route you visit Pacung
village, which was thought to be the oldest megalithic settlement in Bali, and is known for its
famous Baris dance. Here we are surrounded by rice paddies, wild orchids and flowers. As a
contrast, we will also visit a coffee plantation. After lunch in a local restaurant, you are driven to
lake Bratan – a beautiful peaceful lake which has formed in the crater walls of the now extinct
volcano, Mount Catur. On its West bank, nestles the mystical Pura Ulun Danau Bratan, a temple
built in 1633, which seems to float on the lake. You also visit the village of Bedugul which holds
a good fruit, veg, flower and spice market. On arrival in Lovina, you are accommodated at the
Taman Sari Beach cottages, on a bed and breakfast basis. This beachside guest house is the
base for a sea turtle hatchery and preservation project.

Day 15               Saturday
This morning you have an early start in order to visit the recently protected Bali Barat national
Park, which is the home of the Bali White Minah bird, one if the rarest birds in the world. Your
guide will show you the park at your own pace, and point out all the facinating flora and fauna.
Lunch is taken at a local restaurant, and the rest of the day you are at your leisure. Overnight at
the Taman Sari Beach cottages, on a bed and breakfast basis

Day 16                 Sunday
You have the morning at leisure today, to lie-in or perhaps take some optional watersports. After
lunch, your guide will pick you up and take you back to Sanur. En route you visit one of the
holiest sites in Bali – the temple of Tanah Lot. This small temple is one of the six holiest shrines,
and is built on a rocky outcrop just off the coast. It is reached only at low tide, and is most
spectacular in the late afternoon, when the sun sets behind the building. Overnight at the Sanur
Beach hotel in Sanur on a bed and breakfast basis.

Day 17             Monday
Today your guide and driver will take you back to Denpasar airport to catch your flight back to
Jakarta, where you will connect to your International flight.
                    51 CASTLE ST, CIRENCESTER, GLOUCESTERSHIRE, GL7 1QD UK
     Tel: (00 44) 01285 643 333 Fax: (00 44) 01285 885 888 e-mail: enquiry@discoveryinitiatives.com
                             (Part of The Steppes Group)   ATOL NO 2914 Art of Travel
                                           NOTES
Main Tour Costs for 2002
£ 2,965 per person sharing for July (US$3075 per person sharing excluding flights to
Semarang)
£ 2,895 per person sharing for September (US$3075 per person sharing excluding flights to
Semarang)
£2,895 per person sharing for October      (US$3075 per person sharing excluding flights
to Semarang)

We do not charge single supplements unless you specifically request a single room. Single
supplement £185pp. (US$260)

Prices are expected to rise by about 10% for 2003

Includes International economy flights (when paying the GBP price), all transfers, all domestic
flights as described, hotel with breakfast in Semarang, all accommodation at Rimba Lodge,
breakfasts and dinners at the lodge, noodle lunches during the programme, activities whilst with
the Orangutan Foundation in Kalimantan and the co-ordination of the Camp Leakey team and
local leaders, local boat transport. Also includes substantial remuneration to the Orangutan
Foundation.

N.B. Cost based on a minimum of eight travelling in a group originating in the UK.
In the eventuality that there are less than 8 persons joining the trip, we retain the
right to charge a small supplement
Excludes: lunches in Semarang, drinks, laundry, telephone calls and all personal expenses.



Extension costs for 2002

•   Yogijakarta, the Cultural and Artistic capital of Java
    £200 per person based on 2 people sharing

•   Balinese Arts and Handicrafts Experience
    £575 per person based on 2 people sharing

•   Balinese Wildlife Experience
    £935 per person based on 2 people sharing

Prices are expected to rise by 10% for 2003

All extensions costs include: all transfers, accommodation and meals mentioned in the
itinerary sightseeing by private airconditioned car with driver and English speaking guide,
mineral water and cold towel during sightseeing, admissions and entrance fees, porter.

All extensions do not include: Airport taxes, items of personal expenditure.
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If you would prefer to put together a tailor-made extension, please do not hesitate to call the
office and discuss your options.


Visas & Health
Visas are granted on arrival. A full passport is required and it is recommended that this is valid
for up to six months from return date of travel. We recommend the following inoculations:
typhoid, tetanus, hepatitis A and polio. Rabies is present in Borneo but not in the Pangkalan
Bun region. It is not therefore a requirement that you have this inoculation. Malaria is present in
Kalimantan, we recommend that you consult a medical practitioner or ring MASTA premium
health line 09068 224100 (calls are charged at 50p per minute)

Weather conditions
Being a rainforest short storms can be expected at all times of year but is most prevalent from
November through to May. Temperatures in the jungle are warm and the humidity is high. You
will need to get accustomed to the humidity and drinking lots of water is necessary at all times of
year.

Kit and equipment needed
We will provide you with the very comprehensive information document prepared by the
Orangutan Foundation but the following is a guideline: good first aid kit; water bottle, rain
poncho, day pack, repellent, cheap watch with alarm, good torch with spare batteries preferably
a head torch, binoculars (waterproof if possible), quick drying hammock, ziplock bags. We
recommend that you bring comfortable old trainers/running shoes rather than walking boots as
the terrain is very wet, and your footwear will need to dry quickly.

Fitness and health
Moderate fitness and good health is required because this is a challenging rainforest
environment.


SECURITY
Please note that these tours are subject to security clearance and have in the past and/or
currently have Foreign and Commonwealth Office advise associated with them, which can be
seen on http://www.fco.gov.uk. Having said this we have yet to cancel a trip in the last five
years, subject to our complete satisfaction that these destinations are safe for travel. You will be
asked to sign disclaimers as part of your participation on these tours.




                    51 CASTLE ST, CIRENCESTER, GLOUCESTERSHIRE, GL7 1QD UK
     Tel: (00 44) 01285 643 333 Fax: (00 44) 01285 885 888 e-mail: enquiry@discoveryinitiatives.com
                             (Part of The Steppes Group)   ATOL NO 2914 Art of Travel

				
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