The Orangutan and Tribes Tour

Become immersed in tribal life, whilst working towards the conservation of orangutans on this orangutan tour which includes a visit to Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre

From £1,095.00

  • Up to 16 Persons
  • All Meals Included
  • 13 Nights
  • Orangutans
  • 3rd and 17th of every month
  • Minimun Age 18

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Tour Highlights

  • A behind the scenes experience of working in an orangutan rehabilitation center
  • Track down the endangered proboscis monkey in the beautiful Bako national park
  • Experience tribal life in the rainforests of Borneo

This tour provides both the opportunity to learn and the chance to help make a difference to the lives of the critically endangered Orangutan population. You will spend your time visiting multiple Orangutan conservation centers, including the Matang Wildlife Center. As well as spending a lot of time around the Orangutans you will get the chance to experience other once in a lifetime events, including a night time walk through Bako national Park, taking in the sights and sounds of a jungle, snorkelling at the stunning beach and experience the Iban way of life through interaction with the native tribe. There really is something for everyone on this trip and if you hold the Orangutan close to your heart then this is the perfect trip for you.

Itinerary (Day 1)

Day 1: Arrival Day

Arrive in Kuching airport (KCH).You will have a short transfer to the guesthouse where you can settle in, freshen up, and then have a full tour briefing with your fellow travelers over dinner.

Itinerary (Day 2)

Day 2: Matang Wildlife Center

After breakfast, we will make our way to the wildlife centre. The project facilitator will take you on a full tour of the facility, where you will have chances to see a wide range of species from birds, to reptiles and gibbons, and of course the amazing orangutans. See the famous Aman, the huge male orangutan for the first time. It will be love at first sight.

Itinerary (Day 3)

Day 3: The Orangutans at Matang Wildlife Center

Continue with your behind the scenes experience with the staff at the busy rehabilitation centre and orangutan sanctuary. Get your hands dirty with husbandry for the orangutans, sun bears, macaques, binturongs and other animals. This will include feeding the animals and cleaning the wildlife cages and enclosures. Enrichment making is also a very important role for the travelers as it promotes natural behaviours and enhances the potential for rehabilitation to release as well as improve the lives of the animals at the centre.
Please be aware there is no physical contact allowed between travelers and the apes unless under veterinary conditions. Excessive habituation to humans is nothing but detrimental to rehabilitation and conservation goals.

Itinerary (Day 4)

Day 4: Orangutans at Matang Wildlife Centere - Bako National Park

Continue your work with the orangutans in the morning and at mid-day head for Bako National Park by boat- watch out for the crocodiles! The day will end with an optional night walk in the jungle where there are opportunities to see some of Borneo's fascinating nocturnal species, this is not to be missed! Shine your torch up into the trees and keep an eye out for the little eyes staring back at you, Borneo truly comes alive at night-time.

Itinerary (Day 5)

Day 5: Bako National Park - Telok Serabang

Spend the day in Bako National Park. With its rainforest, abundant wildlife, jungle streams, waterfalls, interesting plant life, secluded beaches and extensive network of trekking trails, Bako National Park offers an excellent introduction to the rainforest and coastline of Borneo.
As one of Sarawak's most famous locations for wildlife Bako will not disappoint, you will spend the morning trekking through the rainforest admiring the interesting flora and in search of the famous proboscis monkey. In the evening you will transferred to the Malay community of Telok Serabang.

Itinerary (Day 6-7)

Day 6-7: Beach Time in Telok Serabang

Two full days in Telok Serabang. Telok Serabang is a Malay community that is situated in a beautiful coastal area of Sarawak. You will have opportunities to Snorkel with the chance to see green turtles in their natural habitat, assist with beach clean ups, work with the local school, participate on night-time turtle patrols, get sweaty on jungle treks with amazing opportunities to see wildlife such as gibbons and flying lemur and even make traditional jewellery with the community.

Itinerary (Day 8)

Day 8: Tribal Longhouse

This is an opportunity to spend time with a Bidayau community, one of the indigenous Dayak groups from Sarawak. Your accommodation will again be in a traditional wooden longhouse, with shared bedrooms and amenities. Learn about the traditional culture of this tribe, and see human skulls in their longhouse, kept from the head-hunting days of the past. You may also be encouraged to take part in cultural dancing through the evening!

Itinerary (Day 9-12)

Day 9-12: Jungle Experience

These days are spent in Batang Ai rainforest. When in Batang Ai there are a lot of different activities to get involved in including learning traditional handicrafts, cooking, fishing, picnics amidst breath-taking scenery, swimming in jungle rivers and waterfalls and interacting with the tribespeople. Interacting and building bonds with the indigenous people is essential in repairing the fractured human – orangutan relations in this region. The attitude of the orangutan travelers towards the host community is paramount to the success of this project.

Itinerary (Day 13)

Day 13: Back to the City

Transfer back to Kuching and visit the Semenggoh Rehabilitation Centre. The Semenggoh Wildlife Centre was established in 1975 to care for wild animals which have either been found injured in the forest, orphaned, or were previously kept as illegal pets.
As a result of its success, Semenggoh’s role has changed and it is nowadays natural haven for dozens of semi-wild orangutan, graduates of the rehabilitation programme who you can see as they come to the platforms to feed.

Itinerary (Day 14)

Day 14: Departure Day

Time to say your farewells. Today you will be transferred to Kuching airport for your return flight or commence independent travel plans.

Availability & Price

To secure a place on this project a deposit of £195 is required at the time of booking, with the remaining balance due any time up to 60 days prior to your start date.

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This tour runs the 3rd and 17th of every month so please send us an enquiry below if you have any questions or would like to check the availability.


Tour Comfort: Rustic

This tour has been categorised as Rustic. This is based on the standard of accommodation used throughout the tour, transport involved whilst the tour is in motion, and what modern facilities are available. This is more suited for travellers looking for a cost friendly experience at a basic level.

Basaga Guesthouse

Day 1 & 13 :
In Kuching, you will be staying in a boutique guesthouse, which features internet, television and phone, in shared rooms. All rooms are well equipped with en-suite bathrooms.
Located about a 20 minute drive from the Kuching International Airport (KIA) and a mere 7-minute drive away from the City center, it is within walking distance of one of Kuching’s largest shopping malls and some of our local eateries and restaurants. You can also spend your dinner time experiencing a range of delicious foods in the courtyard restaurant overlooking the garden.

Matang Wildlife Center

Day 2 & 3 :
Whilst at Matang Wildlife Centre, you will be staying in a traditional longhouse in the grounds of the centre, an idyllic setting in a remote rainforest area, inside of Kubah National Park.

These wooden longhouses are original structures from the construction of the centre in 1997, so please do not expect shiny, new and pristine lodgings but well-used, jungle cabins and an authentic Bornean experience!

Bako National Park

Day 4:
Accommodation at Bako is very basic, and you will be sharing with up to three other participants on your tour. However, you will be spending a little time in your room, so you will not pay much attention to the basic standards.
Based in the heart of the park you are surrounded by amazing wildlife, but make sure you shut your door…you don’t want the monkeys to go through your rucksack!

Telok Serabang

Day 5-7 :
This is an opportunity to spend time with a Bidayau community, one of the indigenous Dayak groups of Sarawak.
Your accommodation will again be in a tradition wooden longhouse, with shared bedrooms and amenities. Learn about the traditional culture of this tribe, and see human skulls in their longhouse, kept from the head-hunting days of the past. You may also be encouraged to take part in cultural dancing through the evening.


Day 8:
This is an opportunity to spend time with a Bidayau community, one of the indigenous Dayak groups of Sarawak.
Your accommodation will be in a tradition bamboo longhouse, with shared bedrooms and amenities. Learn about the traditional culture of this tribe, and see human skulls in their longhouse, kept from the head-hunting days of the past. You may also be encouraged to take part in cultural dancing through the evening.

Batang Ai

Day 9-11:
There are not many opportunities left in this day and age to be completely isolated and cut off from all the trappings of technology and the Western consumerist way of life. This, however, is one of them. Electricity is provided by the generator and runs for 3-4 hours per day. Other than that, there is no power, no telephone signal and no internet. It is you, and the jungle, and that is it.
You will be living across the river from a small Iban community that have resided in this area of the rainforest for many generations.

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Tour Details


Travelers should arrive at Kuching airport on the start date of the project, where they will be met by a project representative, and taken by private transfer to each site accommodation in turn.

If you would like help booking your flights please feel free to contact our Flight Partner via our flights page.


There is no visa required for most nationalities to enter Malaysia. Please check the Malaysian Immigration website for detailed information.


Three meals a day and drinks are provided throughout the tour. Meals will typically consist of noodles, rice, vegetables and meat. Vegetarian options are always available.


This tour does not involve a lot in the way of physical labour, but it will involve trekking in the rainforest on the tour - usually in fairly humid conditions. Therefore, all travelers should have high enough levels of fitness to be able to partake in regular treks on slippery mud trails.


The Malaysian currency is the Ringgit. The conversion rate is around 1 MYR to 0.19 GBP, 0.23 EUR and 0.31 USD. For up-to-date conversion information click here.

What's included in the price of the Tour?

• Airport transfers.
• Overland transportation
• Accommodation and meals as indicated
• All traveling activity equipment
• Local guides
• English speaking project leader
• Conservation donation.

What's not included?

• All flights
• Vaccinations and anti-malarials
• Travel insurance
• Alcoholic beverages

No Contact Policy

We are often asked whether or not volunteers will have the chance to touch or play with the orangutans whilst on this project. Our answer to this question is, and will always be no, and this is for good reason.

Orangutans are highly susceptible to human diseases and something as minor as the common cold can prove fatal to these Great Apes. Also an environment of constant change, with new volunteers going to the project every two or four weeks and being in contact with the orangutans would be very detrimental to the Orangutans wellbeing. With no consistency in their lives behavioural problems arise. They also have a tendency to begin to trust humans which is damaging should they be released back into the wild, as they will become easy targets for poachers. Finally, an orangutan is around 7 times stronger than an adult male human so a no contact policy is just as crucial for volunteer wellbeing as orangutan welfare.

That is not to say that as a volunteer you will have no interaction with the orangutans, it simply means that you will have no direct contact with them. You will still observe them on a daily basis and see how your contribution to their husbandry and enrichment makes a real difference in these great apes' lives. For more information please view our article on hands on contact with orangutans here.

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