Orangutan Holidays and Orangutan Tours
Orangutans are large apes that live in Southeast Asia and mostly live in the trees. The word orangutan means ‘man of the forest’ in Malay language. Orangutans are native to to Indonesia and Malaysia and orangutan holidays can only be taken on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra holidays, where they can be found living in the rainforests. Orangutan tours are popular in Borneo as they are fascinating animals to watch – they are very intelligent and have been known to use objects as tools such as using leaves as umbrellas to keep them from getting wet. There are only two surviving species of orangutan, both of which are endangered; it is worth choosing an orangutan holiday which contributes to their conservation. You can take an orangutan tour which donates money to the Orangutan Foundation and thus to their rehabilitation. Wildlife tours in Borneo are not complete without an orangutan tour to a nature resort or sanctuary where you can watch these loveable creatures, with their long reddish-brown hair and long arms, swing elegantly from branch to branch. There is no better place than Borneo to go on an orangutan holiday and see them in the wild but this is not the extent of it – a wildlife tour to Borneo can also give you the chance to see an abundance of wildlife including crocodiles, pygmy elephants and proboscis monkeys.
Orangutan Volunteer Holidays and Borneo Volunteer Travel
Volunteering in Borneo means you will make a real connection with the people, the landscape, the culture and the environment. You can really make a home there and enjoy the stunning surroundings as much as the people who live there do. Borneo volunteer travel means experiencing jungle, mountains and tropical islands. You can live amongst different indigenous tribes, help teach kids, build community centres, and learn how to scuba dive before helping protect the reef, turtles and dugongs. Many people volunteering in Borneo, however, choose to take an orangutan volunteer holiday which helps the experts in the rehabilitation and release of orangutans back into the wild.
Want to know more about Orangutans before goign on holidays?
Find out more about orangutans by reading these orangutan articles.
Tourists warned to avoid resorts which offer the chance to have their photo taken with orangutans. "The orangutans are not allowed to behave naturally. It is not rehabilitation, neither is it educational. It is exploitation." Read the rest of this eye opening orangutan article
by Stephen Brend, 'It shouldn't happen to an ape'.
"In the last three years the history of orangutan conservation in Indonesia has been very sad. It is clear that their situation is closely correlated with the complex political and economic situation in Indonesia. During this time, local and central Government have paid little attention to conservation." Read the rest of the orangutan article
'A new breed of ape men' by Mr Zaqie head of Yayorin, the Indonesian Chapter of the Orangutan Foundation - an NGO working to protect Indonesia's orangutans.