Ever wanted to know about orangutans? Here’s a good opportunity to not only learn all there is to know about this endangered species but to enjoy a world class cruise. Silversea Expeditions has created a most voyage designed for the cerebral, adventurous passenger. It’s an 11-day journey from Balikpapan to Singapore that will explore the exotic islands of Indonesia, with more than two full days in the port of Kumai, gateway to Tanjung Puting National Park and its legendary Camp Leakey. The cruise will be spearheaded by Dr. Mary Galdikas’ non-profit Orangutan Foundation International (OFI), Camp Leakey is the site of the primatologist’s pioneering research in the wild. Dr. Galdikas, a noted scientist, conservationist and educator will be on board the Silver Discoverer‘s October 18, 2016 expedition cruise to share her expertise, studies and work with the orangutans of Indonesian Borneo. A s foremost authority on the orangutan, Dr. Galdikas will lecture using her 45 years of experience devoted to the study, care and preservation of endangered species. Additionally, she will lead a private tour to Camp Leakey, where guests can experience close-up encounters with these amazing animals. Along the way, guests will be immersed in magnificent tropical scenery where they may spot proboscis monkeys, gibbons, and macaques, as well as birds from more than 200 species.
Participants in tours Dr. Galdikas leads will be granted rare access to the OFI’s Orangutan Care Center and Quarantine facility located in the village of Pasir Panjang. The rehabilitation center is home to numerous orphaned, sick or injured orangutans. Normally closed to the public, it has occasionally opened its doors to a select group of visitors, including former President Bill Clinton. “We’re extremely honored to have Dr. Galdikas join this special cruise to talk about her work in Borneo and personally guide our guests on their visit to her world-famous Camp Leakey and Orangutan Care Center,” said Mark Conroy, Silversea’s managing director for the Americas. “This is an exceptional opportunity for nature lovers and conservation-minded travelers to discover the remarkable islands of Indonesia and help support efforts to protect the region’s endangered wildlife.”
Silversea Expeditions I giving a $100 to the Organutan Foundation for each guest on the journey. Interested? Click here. Silversea Expedition Cruises are luxury vessels that transport curious minds to exotic places in the world.