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Malaysia Orangutan, Rainforest and Community Eco-Tour

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Malaysia Orangutan, Rainforest and Community Eco-Tour

Spend an adventure filled 2 weeks aiding in the conservation of the orangutan, experiencing the traditional life of local Malaysian tribes and exploring the riches of the Malaysia rainforests!

Prices from US$1,895

A melting pot of most of the world, Malayisa is a spectacular country that has so much to offer anyone who visits. From pristine beaches, lush jungles and towering mountains, you can find something that suits your taste. With diversity in landscapes, culture and cuisines, Malaysia will welcome you with open arms and you can be sure to have the time of your life in one of Suth East Asia's most exciting and hospitable countries!

This Eco-tour takes place in Borneo, which is a 'must visit' on any travellers list! Facinating wildlife living in the deep rainforests, native tribes with intriguing culture and truly spectacular natural beauty will take travellers on an eye-opening and life-changing journey. 

The tour is designed to raise awareness and contribute towards the conservation efforts in Sarawak to restore harmony between orangutans and humans. This is an amazing opportunity to spend 2 weeks on an all-encompassing tour - from working towards the conservation of the critically endangered orangutan, to experience the traditional life of local Malaysian tribes, and exploring the riches of the rainforest.

Don't miss out on this once in a lifetime opportunity!



  • Visit two of the region's orangutan centres and help towards the conservation of the species
  • Unforgettable treks through Borneo's ranforests, experiencing the beauty of wild orangutans
  • Visit three National Parks
  • Immerse yourself in the Ibamn way of life through interaction with the native tribes


  • Minimum age of 18 years


Location Borneo, Malaysia
Activities Trekking through the rainforests of Borneo
Help towards the conservation efforts for orangutan's
Rehabilitation centres
Visit three of Borneo's national parks
Visit local tribal communities
Transport Airport transfers included
Accommodation Shared volunteer house



Before you go Pre-departure support & documentation
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Equipment advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
In-country Accommodation
Project orientation and training
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ backup



A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.


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. 


Project Itinerary:

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. 


Upon your arrival at Kuching airport you will be picked up by a member of in country staff (if arriving on the project start date and between the hours of 8am and 6pm) and driven to Basaga Holiday Residencies in Central Kuching where you will spend the first night of your trip with a welcome dinner included at 6pm. If you are arriving outside these times, you will need to make your own way to the accommodation and will need to arrive before 6pm in order to make the welcome dinner. You can easily catch a taxi from the airport in Kuching. You will spend the night in Kuching before being transferred to Matang Wildlife Centre the following day to start the tour around 12pm.


Your first and last night of the tour will be spent at Basaga Holiday Residences in Kuching. However, all other accommodation throughout the tour will consist of basic longhouse style wooden huts in the jungle. You will have access to running water and western style toilets, however the accommodation is within the jungle and therefore will not be luxury – but this is all part of the fun and experience!


You will be provided with all meals whilst on the tour and will get the chance to fully immerse yourself in Malaysian cuisine. The meals will include mainly curries with fresh vegetables. Chicken and seafood will be the most common meats in your meals; however vegan and vegetarian diets can be easily catered for. 

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2 weeks US$1,895


3rd of the month (October – April)

3rd and 17th of the month (May – September)


Nearest airport(s): Kuching (KCH)


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