Much has been said about this trip and we have to add our bit. Yes it is really very very good. In fact better than we expected. Camp Leakey a joy thank goodness for the people who have worked and still work so hard to save the forests and animals.The boat was wonderful, comfortable, clean and was well set up with several sleeping and sitting options. The food was excellent. We had the boat to ourselves, 2 people and slept on deck under a mosquito net, it was magic with the forrest sounds and fireflies.
Travelling up the river was so nice and serene the river is beautiful. It was easy to spot various animals, especially Proboscis monkeys, birds and Orangutans. The walking into the forrest at the stops was easy, more like a stroll and the forrest was diverse. Our guide Fardi was very knowledgeable and friendly, he seems to get a lot of good reports and they are well deserved. Fardi can arrange a complete trip his email -firstname.lastname@example.org.
At no time during the trip did we see any person or guide try to feed or touch the orangutans. Anything we had anticipated as being of concern such as mosquitos, leeches, rain or heat was not an issue, there was nothing to worry about.
Getting there via internal flights adds to the cost, but considering that you would be paying to stay and eat somewhere, the cost of the trip was very reasonable. We paid $650 AU for 3 nights 4 days, which included transferes from the airport and a tour thro Kumai and Pangkalan Bun.
Domestic air fares were easy to book using 'Mau ke mana' 'Indonesianmatters'. Thanks Chris.
Most important message we have about this place is do it. You will love it.
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