Day 1 Kuching – Nanga Sumpa (L/D)
0800 hours pick up from hotel in Kuching and drive to Batang Ai reservoir. Along the way stop at Lachau Bazaar. Stroll around the shops and the small native market and have an early lunch in a local coffee shop. Then continue your journey, arriving at Batang Ai Lake around 1330-1400 hours. Board a longboat and travel upriver to Nanga Sumpa, arriving at approx. 1530 hours, although the exact time will depend on river conditions. Settle in at Borneo Adventure’s lodge and have dinner. Evening free at leisure. Overnight at Nanga Sumpa lodge.
Day 2 Nanga Sumpa (B/L/D)
Have an early breakfast and depart Nanga Sumpa around 0630 hours and follow one of the many trails behind Nanga Sumpa. The exact trail selected will be based on recent sightings of orangutans or nests and discussions with you and your guide. You will trek for approx. 4-5 hours through orangutan habitat before arriving back at Nanga Sumpa. Have lunch at the lodge. After lunch you are free at leisure to relax or have a swim in the river. Around 1600 hours depart on a jungle walk near Nanga Sumpa, again searching for orangutan and nests along the way. Dinner and overnight stay at Nanga Sumpa lodge.
Day 3 Nanga Sumpa – Sepulau – Lubok Kasai (B/L/D)
After breakfast depart Nanga Sumpa approx. 0630 hours for a trek along the rainforest trails around Sepulau. Look out for orangutans and other wildlife like pig-tailed macaques, hornbills and a variety of birds. While orangutans are only occasionally spotted, their nests are often seen along the trails. Return to Nanga Sumpa around 1300 hours. Have lunch at Nanga Sumpa lodge. Then travel upriver by longboat. Our destination is the scenic Enseluai waterfall. Along the way (if conditions are suitable) your boatman may stop to demonstrate fishing Iban-style using a jala or throw net. Arrive at the waterfall and have time to relax, swim and enjoy the rainforest surroundings. Then backtrack along the Delok River by boat before entering the Lalang River. Proceed by boat to Lubok Kasai Jungle Camp. Settle in at Lubok Kasai. Relax, have a swim in the river or just enjoy the rainforest surroundings. Orangutans are occasionally seen (at dusk or at dawn) in this area. After dinner spend a quiet evening at the lodge and enjoy the tranquility of the forest. Alternatively go on a short night walk near the lodge (weather permitting). Overnight at Lubok Kasai jungle camp.
Day 4 Lubok Kasai (B/L/D)
After breakfast, start trekking on one of the forest trails and search for orangutan and other wildlife. Return to Lubuk Kasai around midday and have lunch. In the afternoon relax, have a swim in the river or if you wish help the guides gather jungle produce like bamboo shoots or edible ferns for your dinner. Around 1600 hours head out on the forest trails again. Look out for nests or movement in the jungle canopy. As darkness falls return to Lubok Kasai. Dinner and overnight at Lubok Kasai Camp.
Day 5 Lubok Kasai (B/L/D)
After breakfast, start trekking again in search of orangutan. The exact day’s activities can be discussed with your guide. The choice of trails and trekking routes will be influenced by any sightings of nests or orangutans you had the previous day. Return to Lubok Kasai for lunch. Afternoon is free at your own leisure. Around 1600 hours depart Lubok Kasai and walk along nearby forest trails in search of orangutans. Return to the lodge before dark. Dinner and overnight at Lubok Kasai Camp.
Day 6 Lubok Kasai – Kuching (B/L)
Breakfast in the camp. Then free at leisure to relax, swim in the river or take some photos around Lubok Kasai. Depart at 1015 hours and travel downriver to Nanga Sumpa. Have an early lunch at Nanga Sumpa Lodge at 1115. Depart Nanga Sumpa around 1200 hours and travel downriver to the Batang Ai Lake jetty, arriving at approx. 1330 hours. Then travel overland back to Kuching. Arrive in Kuching approx. 1830 hours and be dropped off at your hotel.
This tour focuses on searching for orangutans and their nests in the forests of Ulu Ai and Ulu Sungai Menyang. You will help record the locations of fresh nests and orangutans on GPS units. Sightings are plotted in Borneo Adventure’s sightings map and data is also passed on to orangutan researchers at WCS Malaysia. Sightings of orangutans are not guaranteed on this trip. A reasonable level of fitness is required but the tour does offer some flexibility. For example, you can opt for shorter treks near Nanga Sumpa and Lubok Kasai or longer treks further afield. Weather conditions and the water level of local rivers may force our guides to modify the tour in the interests of safety. For example, some trekking activities are not possible during heavy rain or a thunderstorm. No refunds will be offered if a trek is cancelled or boat transfer delayed due to bad weather or river conditions.
Tour & transfer, 2 nights stay at Borneo Adventure's Nanga Sumpa Lodge, 3 nights stay at Lubok Kasai jungle camp, meals (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner), English speaking guide. 6% Goods & Service Tax.
Juices, Carbonated & Alcoholic Beverages.
2 adults per order
First two nights based on a room in the Ruai wing of Nanga Sumpa Lodge. The Ruai wing has 5 rooms and a shared bathroom block. A limited number of Forest View rooms with ensuite bathroom are available. Please email for further details and to check availability. Additional charges may apply.
We operate fixed departure 'In Search of Orangutans' small group tours once a month. We can arrange private tours on any day. Please email us on [email protected] to arrange a tour on dates not shown in the booking engine.
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