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
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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 1: Depart London to fly to Jakarta
Day 2: Arrive Jakarta, transfer to hotel for the night
Day 3: Fly Jakarta to Pangkalan Bun (1 and a half hour flight) arriving at 8 am. Transfer by car to Kumai (30 minutes) to board our boat for first full day in the National park.
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 Pankalan Bun. Fly Pangkalan Bun to Jakarta (1 and a half hours) arriving Jakarta approx 5 pm. Onward travel of transfer to hotel for the night depending on your international flight timings.
Day 11: Depart Jakarta to fly back to London
Day 12: Arrive London

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£2575 excluding flights
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£2575 double/twin room single room supplement
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2023: 21 Oct, 6 Nov

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Holiday information

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.


12 Reviews of Orangutan photography in Borneo

4.5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 25 Nov 2019 by

Every day seemed to have its own standout highlight, from the initial speedboat ride into the jungle, the first encounter with the Orangutans. Read full review

Reviewed on 26 Nov 2019 by

Never expected my first close encounter with Orangutans to be THAT close! For a novice 'photographer' that's a bonus. Read full review

Reviewed on 06 Dec 2018 by

A fantastic trip with like minded people, great playing with the camera daily - Had good tuition from Ian when asked and everyone shared tips too. Learnt more tips of the trade! Read full review

Reviewed on 04 Dec 2018 by

Itís difficult to pinpoint just one highlight of this wonderful trip. Seeing nature at its finest is always such a privilege, but those wonderful Orangutans stole my heart. Read full review

Reviewed on 20 Nov 2018 by

Fantastic, an amazing experience Read full review

Reviewed on 03 Nov 2017 by

We had the privilege of seeing orang-utans, and a whole host of other wildlife, up close and personal on a daily basis. A wealth of magical moments that I shall treasure forever! There were only 7 of us on the trip, so we got the chance to get to know each other really quickly... Read full review

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

Responsible Travel

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) holiday so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.

Planet and people

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 7 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.

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