Orangutan photography in Borneo

“This trip is a very special blend of sighting wild orangutans, close-up meetings with the extraordinary primates and expert advice on how to capture them perfectly on camera.”


Jakarta | Kumai | Tanjung Puting National Park | Forest walks | River safaris | Camp Leakey Research Centre | Orangutan feeding sites | Bird watching | Evening river cruise

Description of Orangutan photography in Borneo

In association with the Orangutan Foundation we will be visiting and photographing the wild life in the Tanjung Puting National Park, Borneo. This trip is aimed at anyone who would like to develop their photography skills using a mixture of tutorials and one-on-one advice. As well as over 4000 orangutans, this bio-diversity hotspot is home to 30 other mammal species, 260 types of birds and 17 different reptiles.

There are no roads in this national park so will explore everyday by boat and on foot. As we gently glide along gorgeous rivers we will get incredibly close views of a huge variety of wildlife including orangutans, proboscis monkeys, agile gibbons, crocodiles, hornbills, kingfishers and lots of other birds. We will also visit orangutan feeding stations which provide additional food for released orangutans and the famous Camp Leakey research centre.

People will stay at a comfortable and eco friendly rain forest lodge and the trip will be escorted by a local guide, photographer Ian Wood and Ashley Leiman (OBE), director of the orangutan foundation. Suitable for anyone with a digital camera and a love of nature. Above all else we want the trip to be fun!

The group is limited to 7 people and 350 per person is donated directly to The Orangutan Foundation to help them continue to protect this vital area of rain forest along with other projects in Borneo.

Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1:Depart London to fly to Jakarta
Day 2:Arrive Jakarta, transfer to hotel for the night
Day 3:Fly Jakarta - Semerang (1 hour); fly Semerang - Pangkalan Bun (1 hour). Transfer by car to Kumai (45 mins). Boat to Rimba Lodge (1.5 hours). Evening meal and introduction.
Day 4-9:Stay at Rimba Lodge, daily journeys into park by river and on foot.
Day 10:Morning boat back to Kumai, transfer by car to Pangkalan Bun. Fly Pangkalan Bun - Semerang (1 hour); fly Semerang - Jakarta (1 hour). Transfer to hotel for the night.
Day 11:Depart Jakarta to fly back to London
Day 12:Arrive London

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Check dates

2016: 7 Nov
Our top tip:
It'll be hot and humid - pack light and use the laundry service at the lodge.
Trip type:
Small group, max. 7 people.
Activity level:
2 nights hotel, 7 nights rainforest lodge.
Solo travellers welcome. No surcharge for single rooms except at hotels.
7 breakfasts, 7 lunches. Dinner at lodge approx. 6.
Lodge accommodation, transfers, transport, permits, local guide, all tuition.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Orangutan photography in Borneo

We only make use of local suppliers and services. These include locally owned and run accommodation and food from local produce. This ensures that the funds generated from these stay within the country and filter to the local economy. We also only employ local guides and boatmen in order to contribute to the economy of the local community.

350 per person from the Orangutan photography holiday is donated directly to the Orangutan Foundation to help them conserve the Tanjung Puting national park. Through their work they have created numerous local jobs in this area such as at the research centre, the orangutan care centre and at a network of guard posts in the Tanjung Puting national park. Some of these jobs are at guard posts at strategic points along the rivers. Only Indonesians are employed on these guard posts and they are paid above the local rate. They are an important way in helping to conserve this national park as they stop people such as illegal loggers entering the area. A park entry fee is paid for each visitor which directly contributes to the running of this national park.

For distribution of tour information and pre and post booking we only use the internet and email. Where ever possible we try and run a paper free office. Our office only uses green electricity and we keep consumption as low as possible. All lights are energy efficient and computers are turned off at night. Everything that can be recycled is recycled and all green waste is composted. The majority of our food consumed at our office is organically grown in our garden. Other produce is fair trade where possible.

The accommodation we use in the Tanjung Puting national park has an emphasis on environmental protection through education of both guests and staff. They recycle water and waste, use solar power and have a worm farm for composting.

Each tour group is limited to just 6 people to minimize the impact on the local eco system. Any areas we visit are to be left as we find them. No litter is to be left behind and nothing is to be removed by us or our clients. We will avoid damaging vegetation, flora and fauna. We will only introduce our clients to areas where the community welcomes them and we will provide accurate pre-trip information on the social and political situation in the destination.

Reviews of Orangutan photography in Borneo

You can trust Responsible Travel reviews because, unlike many other schemes, reviews can ONLY be written by people who we have verified have been on the holidays.

I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 17 Nov 2015 by

Overall just absolutely amazing. As a nature lover, traveller and with an interest in knowing new cultures and interacting with local people I really appreciated the program of the trip. As a beginner in photography I really appreciated the patient and willing attitude that Ian had on this tour. Read full review

Reviewed on 11 Nov 2015 by

Staff excellent and very friendly and helpful. Read full review

Reviewed on 07 Jan 2014 by

This is a great holiday. Whether you are a first time photographer or experienced photographer you will love this holiday and will come back with great photos and memories, as well as having learned a lot. Read full review

Reviewed on 16 Oct 2014 by

The first sighting of the great male orang-utan swinging through the trees and then the look in his eyes as he eyeballed anyone who looked at him, his hands and the strength in his arms -- completely awesome Read full review

Reviewed on 12 Nov 2013 by

Totally brilliant, great food, great organisation and most of all a great wildlife experience that felt unique and very privileged...Great tuition from Ian really helped me to learn to use my camera to maximise the results. Read full review

Reviewed on 30 Oct 2013 by

Very good! Wonderful experience and something out of the box!! The most exciting part was the close encounters with endangered orangutans. Read full review

Reviewed on 26 Oct 2012 by

5 star! Excellent in all respects! Read full review

Reviewed on 04 Nov 2012 by

It was a truly an amazing experience and would thoroughly recommend it to other travellers. Read full review

Reviewed on 15 Nov 2010 by

Most memorable was getting close to the wildlife - particularly the Orangutans, but the brief encounter with a Black Handed Agile Gibbon was very special... Very, very good. Read full review

Reviewed on 14 Nov 2010 by

For me it was all memorable and exciting... A chance in a life time experience! I didn't want to return! If you love wildlife especially Orangutans then this trip is for you! Read full review

Reviewed on 05 Nov 2010 by

One of the most wonderful experiences I have had. It was a privilege to be visit /share this wonderful environment... Our donations to the orang-utan foundation allows this foundation to invest in both the infrastructure in the national park and also employment of the local people. Read full review

Reviewed on 07 Dec 2009 by

Excellent. So very glad I did this. It was exciting, but at the same time relaxing floating on the river watching the probiscus monkeys fly through the trees. Read full review

Reviewed on 02 Nov 2009 by

The most memorable part was the wildlife and photgraphy tuition, loads of infomation in a very relaxed enviroment. The group size was great as it allowed every one to bond. Read full review

Reviewed on 04 May 2009 by

The best part of the trip was how close we got to the orangutans, and other wildlife. We were only a few inches away at some of the feeding stations! Luckily there were not many people at any of the feeding stations and sometimes we had them too ourselves. Read full review

Reviewed on 30 Apr 2009 by

Sighting wild orangutans along the river, and getting up close at the feeding stations were the most memorable parts. Read full review

Reviewed on 21 Nov 2008 by

Excellent! Very well organised and the small group-size of five or six was perfect for getting to know each other... The opportunity to get so close to the orangutans and observe their behaviour was awe-inspiring. Read full review

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