SEIMA PROTECTED FOREST
Discover the Gibbon’s habitat in the Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary
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Jahoo Gibbon Camp is a responsible community-based ecotourism and conservation project in Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary, where visitors have the chance to see yellow-cheeked crested gibbons and black-shanked douc langurs, as well as rare bird species. The community is composed mainly of Bunong indigenous people, who have traditionally lived in a close relationship with the forest, but who have limited access to means of income, education, and healthcare. Jahoo Gibbon Camp seeks to address this by providing a sustainable way for the community to earn an income through their forest resources. Our understanding is that this site is not accessible without a tour operator.
Safari-style tented accommodation (with beds), toilets, shower, and dining and relaxation area with balcony. The camp is currently undergoing refurbishment, carried out in phases, to improve the bamboo infrastructure.
LOCAL AREA & ACTIVITIES
The local community manages most aspects of the project, including cooking delicious food for visitors to enjoy in the camp or as a picnic in the forest and guiding visitors on treks through the forest. As well as gibbon-watching, visitors can visit waterfalls, go bird-watching, and learn more about traditional Bunong culture. One day, overnight, and longer visits to Jahoo can be organised.
GETTING THERE & TRANSPORT
Travelling from Phnom Penh, you will find several VIP minabus companies travelling to Sen Monorom (the provincial capital of Mondulkiri). From there you need to organise for your guide to meet you and drive you out to the camp.
MEET THE PEOPLE BEHING THE PROJECT
Meet Mr Kleu Ngouc: Mr Kleu Ngouc is currently a community guide at Jahoo. He was one of the first two community members to be trained as a guide. He has received training from NGOs and the Department of Tourism. He has a wife and children, who he used to support through working on his farm. The extra income that he now receives from working as a guide allows him to better cover the daily needs of his family, as well as cope with unexpected circumstances. He is passionate about primates and knows all of the favourite haunts of douc and gibbons in the village and its surroundings. He believes that Jahoo is a fantastic project because it is good for the community and it helps them to protect their forest and wildlife, which he wants to preserve so that his children and their children can enjoy it.
GOALS AND ASPIRATIONS
“The Andong Kraloeng ICC hopes to continue improving the quality of services offered at Jahoo Gibbon Camp, including continuation of training for cooks, guides, and guards. They are committed to maintaining the strong link between conservation and community well-being, by investing in social improvements that make a real difference to the whole of the community. They believe that Jahoo provides an important way for the community to earn an income without damaging their natural heritage.” If you would like to support their work, get in touch with us.
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At this moment we are unable to take booking for this site.
PLAN YOUR TRIP
NOT TO BE MISSED
Gibbon-watching from dawn with the local gibbon researchers: Jahoo is one of the only places where you have the chance to see the Endangered southern yellow-cheeked crested gibbon in its natural habitat. The black-shanked douc langur can also be seen.
1 – 2 DAYS STAY
After a busy morning tracking gibbons through the forest, why not cool off in a refreshing waterfall, where you can have a picnic lunch. After heading back to the camp, it’ll be perfect timing for watching the sunset from the balcony.
3 – 4 DAYS STAY
As well as gibbon-watching and splashing at the waterfall, a longer trip will give you chance to visit the sacred spirit forest at Phnom Renyu. The walk passes through a traditional Bunong farm in addition to forest where you can spot primates and birds. Treks can be tailored to your interests, so please ask if there is something that particularly interests you.