1 independent reviews for Camp Leakey and Tanjung Puting NP tour, 4 days

Reviews for Camp Leakey and Tanjung Puting NP tour, 4 days


review 23 Feb 2019

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Seeing the jungle in its natural, untapped, wild state - all creatures that we saw, from the crocodile, long-tailed macaque and proboscis monkey, orangutans, stork-billed kingfisher, greater coucal, the list goes on. Fireflies, silently dancing by the palm vegetation at dusk, through the night, accompanied with the sunset, lightning on the horizon and the clearest starry sky you can imagine. Just having the chance to sit, and watch the jungle do what it does best. So not one particular moment, just the experience and humbleness of being in a real, wild jungle.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Light long sleeve and trouser waterproof clothes worked well as both mosquito protection and heavy downpours. It was the wet season so these were daily although there were not that many mosquitoes. Our guide told us that Malaria has not been seen for 10 years in this area though Dengue Fever is quite common. However, dispite 50% DEET and long sleeves, we were bitten several times, but nearly 2 weeks later, are fine. Leeches are also present in the jungle so shoes and socks as opposed to flip-flops are recommended. Most activities are animal and human dependant so I'd recommend going with little expectation and just enjoy the jungle, then anything else is a bonus! Anybody on the fence regarding the boat, my wife is generally not good on water but the deluxe boat has air conditioning, ensuite shower and toilet and the water is generally very still so even she would recommend it! Metal water bottles are provided as part of their drive to reduce plastic so don't need to worry about that and the breakfast, lunch and dinner on the boat are amazing!!! Make sure you take some money with you (100,000 rupiah) so you can donate to the plantation.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes, absolutely. They have a big drive on reducing plastic and some of our crew were ex-loggers, now in tourism helping preserve the jungle rather than destroy it. The tree planting exercise was amazing to be able to donate money and plant a tree that in 6 - 7 years will produce fruits for orangutangs and still have the potential of being there in 75 years - great conservation!

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

It was a truly memorable, impactful experience which rates among the best of my life. I would suggest a couple of points of improvement however: - The itineraries wording perhaps need rewriting regarding Camp Leakey. It reads as if you will meet feeders and see the animals up close during their feeding time at the research centre. This, for us, put expectations in our heads that we would be going to a rehabilitation type centre where we would see the animals up close with their feeders. In reality, Camp Leakey was no different to any of the other feeding stations we had been to other than the small, unpersoned visitor's centre. - Finally, the itinerary should also state that the plantation is staff dependant. We did not go to the originally planned plantation as the sole staff member that ran it was out in the jungle foraging for new saplings. Whilst we were fine with this, the itinerary should state that it is a possibility you can go to the plantation and not read as if it is a definite.

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