Orangutans in Sumatra and Borneo

May 18 – June 01, 2020

Orangutans: they are the stars of this unique adventure. Native to Indonesia and Malaysia, orangutans are found only in the rainforests of Sumatra and Borneo. Join Theo Allofs on an exclusive small group journey starting off in Sumatra where his group has been granted access for one full day by special permission to the Orangutan Care Center and Quarantine Facility managed by the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Program (SOCP). You will meet Director, Dr. Ian Singleton who will share his expertise, knowledge, and experience with us about Sumatran orangutans. You will have a unique opportunity to observe orangutans (up-close) and photograph the human-like behavior of these charismatic and wonderful great apes. After this fun experience, you will visit Gunung Leuser National Park in northern Sumatra which is one of two remaining habitats for Sumatran orangutans. Your base will be Bukit Lawing, a small primitive jungle village that sits on the Bahorok River. From here you will cross the river to explore the rainforest looking for the orangutans.Gunung Leuser is an excellent wilderness park to photograph these amazing apes within their habitat.

From Sumatra you will continue to Borneo where you will spend 3 days exploring the jungle of Tanjung Puting National Park, the third largest tropical rainforest in Borneo. Tanjung Puting is home to gibbons, proboscis monkeys, macaques, clouded leopards, sun bears and the Bornean orangutan. You will observe and photograph proboscis monkeys and macaques while leisurely floating down the Sekonyer River with a houseboat that is excellently suited for wildlife photography. It is very comfortable and offers ample space and stability for tripods.

Theo Allofs is very familiar with the top photo locations and guarantees amazing images of orangutans, close-up and in trees. The relaxing evenings will be used to discuss the photos you have taken during the day.

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Dominant male orangutan
Photographer Jami Tarris photographing orangutan