Great Apes: 7 ways to see them away from the masses

The great apes fascinate us for so many reasons. They are so different and mysterious yet we likely all see something human in them: their dexterous fingers, their curiosity, and their interesting social dynamics. Sadly, many are endangered their habitat is rapidly being destroyed and the apes are hunted for bushmeat. The term ‘great apes’ includes chimpanzees, gorillas, bonobos, and orangutans and their statuses range from endangered to critically endangered so it is key we act now to save them. Thankfully, there are a host of fantastic projects which work hard to tackle the issues at hand but they need support and funding. Ecotourism is often a key player in their sustainability and it is fantastic to see how many people are keen to support the projects. However, naturally, the best projects are those that find the balance between income and keeping the wild truly wild. Projects which run guided tours of set group sizes and encourage visitors to get involved are the best of this and today we have a few to share!

The Orangutan and Tribes Tour

All tribes, no tribulations with this tremendous Orangutan and Tribes Tour. This expedition helps to promote wildlife conservation, whilst also working to improve relations between orangutans the indigenous Iban tribe. On this tour, you’ll trek through the dense Bornean rainforest to try to catch sight of the iconic and gentle ginger giants in their natural habitat – a rare and precious experience! You’ll also visit the esteemed Matang Wildlife Centre, to set you on the path of discovery about rehabilitation efforts.

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The Great Gorilla Project

Realize the wonders of the natural world while working to save it as a volunteer on The Great Gorilla Project. On this award-winning, 13-night trip to the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, you’ll get up close and personal with the magnificent mountain gorillas in their natural habitat – a genuine ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ experience. Volunteers not only contribute to the on-going protection of these beautiful animals but will also witness these incredible creatures on two separate, permit-inclusive treks for an experience unlike any other.

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Borneo Wildlife Safari

Share the holiday of a lifetime with your family, and make some truly lasting memories together as you contribute to a meaningful conservation project in stunning Borneo. This Family Borneo Wildlife Safari project offers you and your family the chance to immerse yourself in traditional village life, and to discover some of the most iconic species of the Bornean rainforest. This project aims to maintain and develop a particularly beautiful part of the jungle, where breathtaking scenery combines with exotic and rare species to create a uniquely important area of biodiversity known as The Corridor of Life.

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Uganda Great Apes Adventure

It is a rare opportunity to witness the likes of chimpanzees and gorillas whilst they roam about in their natural habitats. The chance to become a fly-on-the-wall as you observe such striking primates, camouflaged to become part of their world, is an extraordinarily unique experience. The Uganda Great Apes Adventure will give you the rare opportunity to observe these great creatures at their ease and in a natural setting, as you trek some of the most spectacular landscapes of Uganda.

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Week-Long Samboja Lestari Orangutan Volunteer Project

If you love the enchanting eyes and tufty rust-coloured fur of the orangutan, then get involved in this project! Samboja Lestari is an area of restored rainforest in East Kalimantan and the proud home of over 137 bird species and nine primate species. Malay for “person of the forest”, the orangutan is a highly intelligent, gentle giant that calls Borneo, Indonesia home. Established by the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation, this project offers the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to help rehabilitate orangutans and sun bears.

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Uganda Gorilla and Chimpanzee Trekking

Lions, hippos, crocs, elephant, giraffe, buffalo, not to mention the trip highlight – trekking with gorillas and chimpanzees – this 12-day tour of Uganda is perfect for animal lovers. You’ll explore four National Parks and experience wildlife in a huge range of environments. Hiking through the jungle in search of gorilla families, watching big cats stalk their breakfasts on game drives, and exploring the Kazinga Channel, you’ll discover an incredible range of habitats and creatures along the way.

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Borneo Adventure Holiday Mountains and Jungles

The third largest island in the world and home to a huge array of wildlife and unique ecosystems, Borneo is a bucket-list destination for any nature-loving traveller. Trekking through tropical rainforest, white water rafting, mountain climbing and getting up close to monkeys at the Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary, this 12-day trip gives you the chance to experience all of it. Along the way, you’ll meet locals from indigenous villages who will introduce you to their culture. From peaceful beach resorts to camping in the jungle, this trip offers a real mix of adventure, excitement and relaxation.

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