Complete Orangutan Adventure

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Complete Orangutan Adventure

from £2,530
Duration: from 20 days
Countries: Malaysia
Fancy hanging out with some orangutans on incredible Borneo? Yeah, us too. So how about this complete gap year where you can volunteer with them and then chill in Bali afterwards.

Complete Orangutan Adventure

We'll fly you into Kuching to get you started and from there you'll head over to work with Inernational Animal Rescue on their orangutans projects as well as helping out with observation, conservation and education.


Work at International Animal Rescue's orangutan sanctuary on the rehabilitation of these great apes

International Animal Rescue was created with one sole purpose: to come to the aid of suffering animals around the world. This involves the rescue of animals in danger and, wherever possible, the return of rescued animals to their natural environment and the provision of permanent sanctuary for animals that can no longer survive in the wild. In 2010, IAR finalized plans to construct an orangutan rehabilitation sanctuary in Ketapang, Indonesia. The staff at this centre strive to house, rehabilitate and release orphaned or injured orangutans back into the wild. In August 2011, construction began on Phase 1, thanks to a £400,000 investment and the help of many volunteers. Phase 1 was completed in early 2013, and Phase 2, which will include many more orangutan enclosures, is currently in progress.

This orangutan project is certainly one of the most ambitious and costly but is also one of the most vital orangutan rehabilitation projects in Indonesia. Although challenging and work-intensive, the completion of the centre will make an immeasurable difference to the conservation of Borneo's orangutans.

This truly is an incredibly rewarding orangutan project to be involved in, and all volunteers will leave feeling that they have actively contributed to the ongoing work of a remarkable conservation project. Please take some time to watch the video on this page (see the videos tab below), where Alan Knight OBE and his colleagues explain the inspiring work carried out by the staff and volunteers of this centre.

After you've spent some time in the jungle and helped out at this animal sanctuary, it's probably about time you had some down time, so what better way to do this than go to Bali? It's potentially the most chilled spot on Earth and we've got just the itinerary to maximise your time there:

Day 1-2 Ubud

Bali's largest Hindu town, Ubud, is also its artistic and cultural heart. There’s plenty of free time to browse the many craft shops. Enjoy a night market visit and Balinese cultural performance in the evening, and a guided walk through local villages the next day.

Day 3 Sidemen

Take to the backstreets of Ubud and beyond on a bicycle. Stop and admire some of the intricately carved temples along the way. Afterwards, head to the hills and the peaceful, scenic village of Sidemen, set against the backdrop of Mt Agung, Bali's highest peak. This friendly village is a great place to chill out and meet the locals.

Day 4 Mt Batur

Learn the art of songket weaving at a local workshop before enjoying a traditional bungkus (take-away) lunch. Afterwards, trek into the mountains for wonderful views of Bali’s volcanic landscape.

Day 5-6 Lovina

Rise early and venture out into the cool, eerie darkness to climb Mt Batur. From the summit, take in the spectacular sunrise. For a sea change, head down to the coast for a day of snorkelling among some of Bali's impressive reefs in the Bali Barat National Park. Continue to the beachside fishing village of Lovina - a great base for exploring the north coast of Bali. Take the chance to head out on outrigger boats to view dolphins.

Day 7 Bedugul

Leave the coast behind and visit Seririt Market and the tranquil Banjar hot springs. Discover a hidden waterfall before travelling inland to the picturesque mountain town of Bedugul.

Day 8-9 Ubud

Admire Pura Ulun Danu Bratan, one of Bali's most beautiful temples, situated in the centre of a glassy lake. Head back to Ubud, pick up some last-minute souvenirs or enjoy a final Balinese banquet before bidding this magical island farewell.

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London (Heathrow) >> Kuala Lumpur >> Kuching >> Kuala Lumpur >> Bali (Denpasar) >> Kuala Lumpur >> London (Heathrow)


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