Malaysia Orang Utan Experience
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  • Culture 3 out of 5
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Trip Highlights

  • Two weeks in the Malaysian National Zoo – proper work with these amazing animals. 
  • Help local tribes make orangutans an integral part of the local economy.
  • Two weeks travelling through the tropical rainforest of Borneo to a wildlife sanctuary and a visit to an orang-utan rehab centre where the orang-utans go through rehabilitation before being released back into protected rainforests.

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A brilliant opportunity to encounter and work with an increasingly rare and threatened great ape – there are probably no more than 20,000 left in the wild in Asia. 

 

A trip through the jungle – through its inaccessibility, a natural orangutan sanctuary in Borneo. Not only do you get to help improve the lives of the Orang-Utan's who can't be released in a zoo environment in the first two weeks in Kuala Lumpur, you will also be able to help Orang-Utans in the wild by educating local communities in Borneo of the importance of conservation.


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What will I be doing?

  • Weeks 1 and 2 (2 week)

  • Weeks 3 to 4 (2 weeks)

  • Volunteer Role: Negara Zoo (2 weeks)

  • Volunteer Role: Borneo (2 weeks)

Weeks 1 and 2: 2 week

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Destination info

Malaysia is a country of amazing contrasts. Kuala Lumpur is a rapidly expanding, modern and hi-tech city, whilst on the eastern island, where you’ll be going, the world’s oldest rainforests offer a natural sanctuary to the orangutans of Borneo.

 

While you’re working, please make sure that you wear t-shirts that cover your shoulders (no singlets, or sleeveless shirts), long trousers and shoes that cover your feet - trainers or trekking shoes are ideal.

  • Location: Zoo Negara

Day 1: Arrival and Welcome

You will met upon arrival at the airport and then transferred to your twin share accommodation. You will enjoy a welcome dinner and briefing in the evening.

 

Overnight in Kuala Lumpur.

 

Day 2: Orientation
After breakfast, you will be transferred to your project site: Zoo Negara. Upon arrival, you will meet your programme coordinator who will show you to your accommodation and then take you on a short zoo orientation.

 

You will be given a thorough health and safety talk, a tour of the zoo and then you will go shopping for food etc.

 

Overnight in Negara.

 

Days 3 to 16: Project Days
A typical working day as a volunteer will start around 8am and finish around 5pm. Usually, weekends are given as off days. During your free time you may choose to explore other parts of Malaysia at your own expense or stay at the volunteer accommodation.

 

This is real hand-on stuff – cleaning, feeding and maintenance – and it will give you deep insight into the lives of these amazing animals. An important part of the life at a zoo is the work that goes on to keep the animals happy and stimulated. You’ll have the chance to take part in this too and, if you’re lucky, you might get to know individual animals – and they you. Not many things more exciting than being recognised as an individual by a wild animal!

 

This zoo houses more than 5,000 animals including; camels, sun bears, pythons and tigers as well, and there’s every possibility that you’ll get to work with them as well.

 

Overnight from days 3 to 16 in Negara.

Weeks 3 to 4: 2 weeks

Next Leg

Destination info

Malaysia is a country of amazing contrasts. Kuala Lumpur is a rapidly expanding, modern and hi-tech city, whilst on the eastern island, where you’ll be going, the world’s oldest rainforests offer a natural sanctuary to the orangutans of Borneo.

 

While you’re working, please make sure that you wear t-shirts that cover your shoulders (no singlets, or sleeveless shirts), long trousers and shoes that cover your feet - trainers or trekking shoes are ideal.

  • Location: Sukau, Lower Kinabatangan in Borneo

Day 17: Departure from Kuala Lumpur to Sandakan
Transfer from Zoo to airport for your morning flight out to Sandakan, Sabah. Airfare not included. You will be met by a driver who will transfer you to the accommodation. After a dinner and evening orientation, you will sleep lulled by the sounds of the Borneo Jungle.

 

Day 18 to 26: Project days Sukau

Once you have been shown to your accommodation, you will be given a thorough Health & Safety briefing as well as an orientation around the village.

 

For the next 2 weeks, you will live within a wildlife sanctuary among the local tribe: the gentle ‘Orang Sungai’. One of your roles on this project involves wildlife observation to collect important wildlife population data. You will also be helping with important habitat restoration work that involves tree-planting and maintenance activities in high priority areas. This work is crucial in connecting fragmented forests in the area to encourage healthy orang-utan and pygmy elephant populations. While the majority of the project is helping with the habitat restoration, there is a small community aspect to the project on which you will be helping to develop conservation based programmes at the local schools. This is hugely important as the children at the schools will in the long term be the guardians of the rainforest!

 

Day 27: Depart Sukau after breakfast for Sepilok.
Walk through the Rainforest Discovery Centre to reinforce what you have learned about the rainforest during your time on the project. After lunch, visit the world-famous Sepilok Orang-utan Rehabilitation Centre where you will learn about the challenges of orang-utan rehabilitaion. Once you have had the learning session, you will head into Sandakan where you will check into accommodation. You will then have time free to explore at your leisure, why not try to catch the sunset from the Ba-Lin bar at the rooftop of Nak Hotel.

 

Day 28:Departure
Check out and transfer to Sandakan Airport.

 

Optional: independent travel to Kota Kinabalu.

 

Please note: Changes to the activities will occur subject to weather conditions, festivities, zoo and project requirements. Some or all of the above activities may or may not be included on your itinerary. Other activities not mentioned above may also be included on your itinerary subject to weather conditions, community and project requirements. 

Volunteer Role: Negara Zoo: 2 weeks

Next Leg

Destination info

Malaysia is a country of amazing contrasts. Kuala Lumpur is a rapidly expanding, modern and hi-tech city, whilst on the eastern island, where you’ll be going, the world’s oldest rainforests offer a natural sanctuary to the orangutans of Borneo.

 

While you’re working, please make sure that you wear t-shirts that cover your shoulders (no singlets, or sleeveless shirts), long trousers and shoes that cover your feet - trainers or trekking shoes are ideal.

  • Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

During the programme you will either care for the animals at the zoo or help towards conservation with habitat restoration and community development. Some of the possible activities that you may be involved with are listed below:

 

Husbandry: This involves cleaning cages and feeding. You will rotate working with different animals depending on the needs of the zoo, the keepers, or the animals themselves within the primates or ape section as well as in other sections. Cleaning is vital to the zoo as better hygiene helps to prevent disease. You must be capable of cleaning up animal faeces - this can be extremely smelly!!

 

Some daily maintenance work may be included and you always have to clean up after enrichment activities.

 

Enrichment: The idea of enrichment is to stimulate the animals and improve their living conditions as much as possible to mimic their natural habitat. Some sample activities are:

 

  • Provide leaves in cages for bedding and nesting purposes
  • Buy special fruit to give a variation on diet
  • Put branches from fig or fruit trees in their homes to observe behaviour
  • Rope work - make this fun and varied for the animal
  • Hiding food around cages to encourage foraging behaviour

Construction: You may be asked to design and work on small construction projects to improve the night dens or enclosures of selected animals, this may include assisting in building new exhibits and extensions to improve the zoo facilities, or improving existing exhibits by adding furniture or painting.

 

Education: There is an education centre and library at the zoo. Volunteers should learn as much as possible about the animals. You may be asked to guide and talk to school children about them. You may also be asked to prepare displays and information on them. 

 

Safety in the zoo is paramount and contact with the animals will be carefully supervised. Please remember this and do what the keepers tell you to do. The orangutans might be in a zoo, but this doesn’t mean they’re tame. 

Volunteer Role: Borneo: 2 weeks

Destination info

Malaysia is a country of amazing contrasts. Kuala Lumpur is a rapidly expanding, modern and hi-tech city, whilst on the eastern island, where you’ll be going, the world’s oldest rainforests offer a natural sanctuary to the orangutans of Borneo.

 

While you’re working, please make sure that you wear t-shirts that cover your shoulders (no singlets, or sleeveless shirts), long trousers and shoes that cover your feet - trainers or trekking shoes are ideal.

  • Location: Sukau, Borneo

Wildlife Population Density Data Collection: This entails cruising on the river to observe and record the endangered wildlife roaming the forest along the river banks. A lot of time is spent observing wildlife and their habitat. This will be done from a boat cruising along the main river and its tributaries within the wildlife sanctuary;

 

Habitat Restoration: The most crucial activity ensuring the survival of wildlife. You will take part in tree planting, nursery care and seedling generation, sapling maintenance, mulching & composting, clearing invasive species and also tree growth data recording. The planting of trees will be in sections identified as high priority and will build towards the creation of corridors for wildlife to move from one section of a sanctuary to another;

 

Education Programme: Spend half a day with school children of the community to work on conservation issues that the children deal with on a daily basis and emphasise their immediate and personal impact on conservation. You will be provided with a framework and the facilitator will guide you in the planning of this session;

 

Community Development: This involves the development of a continuous project with the community of the local village. Volunteers will interact with the community on various levels while working on this project. You will learn some local skills required for their daily livelihood and maybe assist them as well;

 

Rumble in the Jungle: The mysterious tropical rainforest of Borneo has a lot to offer not by going jungle trekking. As an introduction to the flora and fauna of the rainforest, you will take the time to understand what the rainforest has been traditionally offering the inhabitants in terms of medication, food and survival;

 

Cultural and Community Interaction: Living and contributing back to the community is a big part of this programme. Lunch and dinners will be in the private homes of individual villagers. Take time for them to warm up to you and you will get to hear about their daily lives, chat with the children, learn about their family structure and see how the Orang Sungai have been living off the rivers and jungles for centuries.

 

Please Note: Not all of the above activities would be included on your itinerary. Changes to the activities will occur subject to weather conditions, school calendar, community and project requirements. Activities not listed above may also be included. 

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What's included?

  • All accommodation
  • Food
  • Meet and greet on start date
  • Orientation and welcome meal
  • Project Transfers
  • Local guides and specialists
  • Evaluation with supervisor
  • Access permits

What's not included?

  • Flights
  • Local flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals on Travelling (transfer) Days
  • Visa

Additional Information & FAQs

Minimum age

Minimum 18 years, maximum will be decided depending on potential participants health.

 

Accommodation

You will be placed at the Zoo for the first 16 days of the programme.

 

The Zoo
The day after your arrival you will leave your hotel and travel 20 minutes to the Zoo. Upon arrival you will check into your accommodation, unpack and unwind. You will be meeting your programme mentor and will have an orientation of the zoo. You will be given a thorough health and safety brief, a tour of the Zoo and then you will go shopping for food. You will be given a food allowance and will need to cook your meals yourself and ensure the accommodation is kept clean and tidy. You will begin working with the animals the following day. Your accommodation at the zoo will be a three-bedroom house within the grounds of the zoo. Rooms hold two to three volunteers each and there is a shared bathroom (one cold and one hot shower) and also basic cooking facilities.

 

On day 17 you will be transferred to KL airport for your internal flight to Sandakan, Sabah.

 

Introduction night in Sepilok:
dormitory-style room in a traditional style longhouse. Hot water showers and toilets are shared. Set on high grounds overlooking the greens of Malaysia, you will find this a peaceful and relaxing place to start your trip, specially to recuperate from a tough stint at the zoo. If you arrive early, and wish to explore, Sandakan is about 35 minutes away and all along the way, there are mini townships where you will find little shops, eateries and banks. However, public transport does not ply the roads frequently. The airport is almost halfway between Sandakan and the dormitory. Welcome dinner and introduction will start at 1800 hours at the “lobby” of the dormitory.

 

At Sukau
Comfortable and basic village-run B&B, set in the middle of the village, within walking distance to the centre of the village and the village jetty. Rooms are shared with other participants and the attached toilet comes with western toilets and cold water showers. Breakfast is taken at the common area overlooking the river.

 

At Sandakan (last night)
Comfortable and basic hotel room in Sandakan town, shared rooms with other participants with attached toilets & showers. It is within walking distance to the Promenade, and many quaint little shops and eateries. The town has internet cafes, supermarket and restaurants and food stalls serving local and western foods. There is also a rooftop restaurant and bar nearby where you can have a drink and watch the final sunset in Borneo.

 

All meals are served buffet style at the jungle lodge and any preferences can usually be accommodated but always ask just to make sure. Breakfast is served 8-8.30, lunch mid-day (if trekking lunch will be served later or eaten on the trail) dinner is served around 7pm. Please remember you are in the jungle and time doesn’t have much reverence to the tribe so, please be patient.

 

Meals

The meals at the zoo will be prepared by volunteers. You will be given a food allowance per person and this is a great chance to cook local specialities. In Borneo, the meals are prepared in the lodge and may feature fresh jungle vegetables and other local delicacies. Food will contain chilli, fresh jungle produce and will be rice-based. There are no alternatives, no restaurants out in the jungle - volunteers must eat what they are given. Vegetarian food can be provided though prior warning must be given. Many vegetarians take to fish or meat during their stay to avoid health deterioration, especially given the physical nature of the experience. Be warned! (All meals – except on travel days).

 

Orientation

Upon your arrival at the guesthouse in Kuala Lumpur you will have the chance to relax. This same day you will have a welcome lunch or dinner so you can meet the other volunteers on your programme. Additionally you will have a brief orientation to welcome you to the country. In the orientation our on-site staff will inform you of the details of your placement and the duties involved, additional contact numbers that you may need to know, things to do and an introduction to Malaysian culture and life.

 

Project Requirements

You are required to produce a doctor’s letter stating that the you are free from Tuberculosis and Hepatitis. You will need to take the letter with you to show the programme coordinator on the orientation day. This is a requirement to ensure that no diseases are passed on by volunteers to animals at the zoo. As apes have very similar DNA structures to humans, they are very susceptible to human diseases and could fall gravely ill or die.

Advice & Safety

Throughout your programmes you will have the support and guidance of the programme co-ordinator and team. You will be provided with competent assistance and help with any questions or advice you may need during your stay.

 

In addition, you will have access to a 24 hour emergency contact number so you can contact one of our UK staff at any time should you need to.

 

 

FAQ

1. Will I be able to touch the Orang-utans?

There is no contact with the Orang-utans or any animals. If, under very special circumstances, you are allowed to touch the animals, it will be under the strict supervision of the zoo keeper. Remember, they are wild animals and can be unpredictable.

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2. Will I work with other animals whilst at the zoo?

Your main focus will be the orang-utans and the other residents of the ape centre. There will be a rotation system to work with some other animals around the zoo, especially other endangered Malaysian animals.

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3. Do I need previous experience with animals?

No, as long as you are enthusiastic and willing to get invovled you are welcome! We do recommend that you do visit a zoo before you start the programme.

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4. Will I be with others on the programme?

Yes you will be working with other volunteers, the maximum group size is 10.

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5. What will the jungle section be like?

The jungle is amazing, you will meet the locals and experience life wtih the basics. Top tip: when travelling along the river to the jungle accomodation, make sure you take a bin liner with you to protect your clothes from the water!

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6. Do I need to take a sleeping bag?

No, all bedding is provided for you.

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7. Do I need to take a mosquito net?

No, not unless you really want to. All the windows are netted, you will just have to remeber to shut the door.

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8. Is there a safety deposit box/safe?

At the Zoo yes, in the village no, however the village is very safe.

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Fiona Most - September 2014

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Been up close to Orangutans in the zoo and helping with their enrichment, but most of all seeing wild orangutans on the jungle part of the trip...amazing

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Try everything offered Be prepared for some hard work and heat Take plenty of insect repellant - although i never got bitten many of the others were attacked by mosquito's.

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Alex Jackson - August 2014

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Wildlife observing along the river in Sabah, and seeing wild orang-utans and pygmy elephants!!

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Prepare to work hard and sweat!! Make the most of every moment, it will fly by! Go open minded and take every opportunity you are given!

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Briony Biddle - April 2014

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All of it. It was the most amazing month of my life! Working so closely with the orangutans, spotting wild elephants and orangutans in the rainforest ... It was all amazing.

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- Take mozzie spray with at least 50% deet - Expect hard work, put in 100% and be a team player - Take a raincoat

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Chris Bateman - September 2013

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Nina Jelen - May 2013

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loads of adventure, friendly Ibans, great local guides, great food, interesting people, amazing flora and fauna, funny monkeys, interesting orangutans, beautiful beaches, loved the trekking

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Spending 5 days in Batang Ai jungle and spotting of an orangutan in one of our trekking tours.

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Dont mind the rain and humidity, bring extra camera, dont be afraid of the leeches and cockroaches

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Ella Comrie - March 2013

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Orangutans, rainforests, elephants and tribes - who could want anything more!!

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This trip was an incredible experience. I learnt so much from it. the Highlights of my experience were firstly being able to work so closley with the Orangutans as you grew such a special relationship with them and such an incredible bond. The little things that you did for them you could see made such a difference and I always felt so happy when working with the orangutans. my other highlight was going to Borneo and seeing Orangutans living happily out in the wild and knowing that you were doing your bit for the orangutans and other inhabitants of the rainforest by planting trees and working with the local Orang sungai tribe to help with the conservation work. seeing the amount of pygmy elephants that we saw was also so incredible as this was a real surprise for me as I did not think that we were going to see any

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Bring mozzie nets when you go on the trip enjoy everymoment of it because it will go in a flash bring two memory cards with you for you camera. I took 3000 photos whilst out there (I took the least out of everyone there!)

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Georgia Laycock - February 2013

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Phenomenal experience,

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What were the highlights of your trip?

seeing the wild orang-utans and elephants

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enjoy every minute even the hard work

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Lise Christie - February 2012

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Fantastic, orang-utans are fantastic creatures, people/country fantastic

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What were the highlights of your trip?

Seeing the orang-utans in the rainforest in Borneo - meeting the village tribe - working with the orang-utans in the zoo to try and make it a better place for them - getting to know more about orang-utans and meeting like minded people.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Its hard work, but worth it so give 100% at all times Enjoy EVERY moment of it Take lots of photos cos this is a once in a lifetime experience - I am sure that if you go on further projects they will ALL be a once in a lifetime experience - but keep as many memories as you can from each trip.

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Jennifer Robbins - July 2011

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Meet amazing people, unforgettable, incredible experience! Best month of my life!

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Living in the rainforest, meeting the Iban tribe. Getting to know the Orangs and interacting with them at the Zoo. Getting to wash the elephants at the Zoo was also incredible!

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Make sure none of your products contain citronellol when you are in the jungle as they attract killer bees! Just make the most of everything and enjoy the experience!

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Malaysia Orang-Utan Experience2011-07-04

Sophie Mccathie - July 2011

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amazing guides, amazing orangutans, lovely tribe, unforgettable, 100% recommend

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(3/10)
Please rate the service provided by the team in country
(10/10)
Please rate the accommodation during your stay
(10/10)
Please rate the worthwhileness of any volunteering in your trip if applicable.
(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Definitely spending time with both the Iban tribe who were amazingly hospitable and generous and the orangutans and chimps at zoo negara! Being the jungle.. doing all the treks, weaving with the Iban ladies, night camping in the jungle.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Forget about makeup, hairdryers, straighteners, looking nice Throw yourself into the jungle experience and do as many treks, night safaris as possible Definitely spend a night sleeping in the jungle. It was the highlight of my trip.

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Malaysia Orang-Utan Experience2011-07-04

Alexandra North - July 2011

How would you rate your overall experience?
(10/10)
Give us up to 10 words that sum up your experience: for example - "Great experience, made new friends, totally unforgettable!"

brilliant, met some great people, incredible experience that i wont forget, given me confidence to do more travel, just AMAZING!

Please rate the service received from our team before departure
(8/10)
Please rate the service provided by the team in country
(10/10)
Please rate the accommodation during your stay
(10/10)
Please rate the worthwhileness of any volunteering in your trip if applicable.
(7/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

the rainforest!!! amazing, loved meeting the tribe, trekking and just generally being in the rainforest environment also meeting and getting to know the Orangutans!

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

get completely involved, make the most of everything have fun and ENJOY!

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Malaysia Orang-Utan Experience2011-07-04

Danielle Blackwell - July 2011

How would you rate your overall experience?
(9/10)
Give us up to 10 words that sum up your experience: for example - "Great experience, made new friends, totally unforgettable!"

Life changing experience, made friends forever, I'm going again!

Please rate the service received from our team before departure
(9/10)
Please rate the service provided by the team in country
(9/10)
Please rate the accommodation during your stay
(9/10)
Please rate the worthwhileness of any volunteering in your trip if applicable.
(9/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

The highlight for me was seeing the semi-wild orangutans, they looked so beautiful and at ease moving throught the trees, it was utterly breath taking and an image I will carry with me forever! This was closely followed by living alongside the Iban people. They were very friendly and welcoming. It was wonderful to see how people live in an environment that was completly alien to me. Seeing how happy these people were definately put into perspective the important this in life, material possesions are very superficial and living alongside these wonderful people proved that! I will also never forget the night I spent camping in the rain forest, in a small open makeshift tent. It was defiately an experience that I would love to repeat over and over! Even the giant ants were bareable by the end of the night!

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

1. Experience as many things as you can (especially camping out in the middle of the rainforest in a makeshift tent) 2. Talk to people - its the best way to find out about the best places to visit 3. Try and absorb every second - the magical moments pass by very quickly but the memories will be amazing

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Malaysia Orang-Utan Experience2011-07-04

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