WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?
This tour provides you with the opportunity to learn and the chance to make a difference to the lives of the endangered orangutan population in Malaysia. The Eco-tour also works to give back to the local communities - investing in local communities who live near national parks helps the wildlife by demonstrating that low-impact eco tourism can support a sustainable way of life for both wildlife and communities.
WHAT WILL I BE DOING?
Day 1 (3rd of every month) – Arrival in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo and transfer to Basaga Lodge guest house where you will meet the Orangutan Project staff and your fellow volunteers for a welcome dinner and briefing.
Day 2-4 – Travel to Matang Wildlife Centre where you will spend these days being toured around the park, meeting the conservationists working in the field and trekking through the jungle. You will be able to create enrichment for the orangutans, assist with husbandry tasks such as feeding the animals and potentially helping out with small construction tasks within the Centre.
Day 4-5 – Travel to Bako National Park! Spend your time trekking through the hugely varied rainforests, relaxing on the beautiful secluded beaches, taking boat trips to see the scenery or watching the varied wildlife. You will spend one night here and it is highly recommended that you take part in a night trail to maximise the chance of seeing some of Borneo’s fascinating nocturnal species.
Day 5-7 – Stay with the Muslim community at Telok Serabang, close to Tanjung Datu National Park. Get involved with the community, beach clean-ups and help out with the fledging turtle conservation there with the opportunity to snorkel with the green turtles in the natural habitat. You will also participate in night-time patrols and jungle treks with the chance to see wildlife such as gibbons and flying lemurs!
Day 7-9 – Stay with a Bidayu community at Padawan. They are one of the indigenous Dayak groups from Sarawak and you will be able to experience their amazing culture and lifestyle. Experience the jungle via traditional bamboo rafting, see ancient skulls from the days of head-hunting and take part in cultural dancing throughout the evening.
Day 9-12 – Travel to Batang Al National Park for more intense trekking, hopefully wild orangutan spotting and a back-to-nature existence. Spend time with an Iban community who reside permanently in the area, and learn their traditions. You will be able to get involved in cooking, fishing, and learning traditional handicrafts, whilst being amidst breathtaking scenery, swimming in jungle waterfalls and building bonds with the local people.
Day 13 – Travel back to Kuching, stopping at Semenggoh Nature Reserve on the way for the chance to see semi-wild orangutan. Though they cannot be considered ‘truly’ wild, there is something unforgettable about seeing these animals in the trees. Spend a final night back in Basaga for a farewell dinner with your group.
Day 14 (the 16th of every month) – Transfer to the airport for departure.