For a life-changing experience, one organisation is offering travellers the chance to get up close to orangutans on two special expeditions.
Orangutan Odysseys' The Last Place on Earth Challenge and Trans Borneo Challenge will see travellers explore exquisite terrain in Indonesia and see magnificent wildlife, all while raising money for The Orangutan Project.
The Last Place on Earth Challenge (19th August – 5th September)
This is the ultimate adventure for thrill-seekers. From trekking through pristine jungle looking for wild orangutans to rafting down river rapids and scaling 3,000 plus metres to climb the third highest mountain in Sumatra, the 18-day challenge will take place in Indonesia's critically-endangered Leusser Ecosystem. Allowing travellers to explore one of the most biodiverse ecosystems in the world, the Last Place on Earth Challenge also includes the opportunity to see elephants, tigers and rhinos.
Trans Borneo Challenge (1st -22nd November)
The Trans Borneo Challenge – now in its fifth year – is a remarkable voyage of discovery that traverses the four regions of Borneo's Kalimantan, from one side to the other. This year, the challenge will run from East to West and will start in Balikpapan in East Borneo through to Banjarmasin in South Borneo, onto to Palangkaraya and Pangkalan Bun in Central Borneo and finally finishing in Ketapang, West Borneo. Explorers will utilise a range of transportation, from buses and private vehicles to river boats, canoes, bamboo rafting, walking and jungle trekking.
Including palm oil plantations, flowing rivers, inland lakes and magnificent mountains, the regions boast plenty of unique sights. The trip will begin and end at orangutan rescue centres, allowing travellers to see these special creatures, as well as other exotic wildlife throughout the 22-day adventure.