Orangutans and Tribes in Borneo

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Orangutans and Tribes in Borneo

from £1,095
Duration: 2 weeks
Countries: Malaysia
Join this once in a lifetime experience combining orangutan conservation with an excursion to the fascinating Iban tribes in Batang Ai National Park.

Orangutans and Tribes in Borneo

Volunteers on this fantastic volunteer project will take an unforgettable jungle tour through the lush Bornean rainforests to experience the beauty of orangutans in the wild. The programme also features two visits to the region's orangutan centres - the Matang Wildlife Centre and the Semenggoh Nature Reserve, as well as three breathtaking 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 'voluntour' is designed to raise awareness of the conservation efforts made in Sarawak to restore the harmony between people and orangutans that has become strained within recent years. This project is a voyage of discovery for the volunteers who 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 lush rainforest. This rainforest trip will 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 certainly won't be an experience that you will forget in a hurry!

Your itinerary will be as follows (please note that this is subject to change):

Day 1: Arrive into Kuching and check into the guesthouse for a welcome dinner and to meet fellow volunteers.

Day 2: Transfer to the Matang Wildlife Centre to meet the English facilitator and all the resident animals including the incredible orangutans.

Day 3: Work behind the scenes with staff at a busy rehabilitation centre and orangutan sanctuary. Help with everyday tasks such as the feeding of orangutans and the creation of enrichment for them.

Days 4 - 5: Work with the orangutans in the morning and at mid-day head for Bako National Park having lunch on the way. Once there, check into the accommodation. The day ends with and optional night walk in the jungle. The following evening you will transfer to the Malay community of Telok Serabang.

Day 6: Today you will explore the community of Telok Serabang, helping within the local community and also exploring the beach and coral reefs. Keep your eyes peeled for endangered green turtles!

Day 7: Today you will explore the nearby national park of Tanjung Dato where you will have a chance to see wild gibbons, bearded pigs and a whole host of other wildlife.

Day 8: Transfer to Padawan - a Bidayau Community and one of the indigenous Dayak groups of Sarawak. Learn about the traditional culture of this tribe and take part in a range of cultural activities!

Days 9 -12: These days are spent in the Batang Ai rainforest. Enjoy a whole host of activities - from walks into the surrounding rainforest in search of its elusive inhabitants to learning traditional handicrafts and cooking among others.

Day 13: Transfer back to Kuching and visit the Semenggoh Rehabilitation Centre.

Day 14: Transfer to Kuching Airport for your return flight home or commence your onwards travel plans.

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Price details:

from £1,095

What's included?

• Airport transfers.
• Overland transportation
• Accommodation and meals as indicated
• All volunteering activity equipment
• Local guides
• English speaking project leader
• Conservation donation.

What's not included?

• All flights
• Vaccinations and anti-malarials
• Travel insurance
• Alcoholic beverages.


There is no visa required for most nationalities to enter Malaysia.

About The Great Projects

Here at The Great Projects we believe that there is a better way to holiday. Our award winning wildlife volunteer projects and signature tours present you with a truly life changing experience alongside the chance help animal conservation efforts all around the world. Whether you want to work with Orangutans in Borneo, Cheetahs in Namibia, or Tigers in India, we have the perfect project for everyone, and with donations made for each trip, your travel with have a lasting impact on local wildlife and the communities living alongside it.

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