4 Ecolodges in 12 Days from $2690 p.p.
Indonesia is a very culturally diverse country and on this tour you will experience three widely different cultures, Hindu, Christian and Islamic where you will meet the friendly people of Indonesia in widely different circumstances. You will see the dry tropics with the Giant Lizards (commonly known as Komodo Dragons only present in this small group of islands) and experience fabulous reefs with corals, sponges and fish of great biodiversity.
Experience also the wet tropics with its rain forests unique and endangered primates (Orangutans, Proboscis Monkeys, Siomang Gibbons, other Primates, Elephants, and possibly a Rhino and the smell of the Tiger). The Rimba experience has been described as “the best wild orangutan experience in the world” – Claire Oelrichs of SAVE INDONESIA’S ENDANGERED SPECIES (www.siesfund.org) amongst many others. The Satwa experience shows our best birding lodge and combines with rides on Elephants in the forest, river trips with primates, wild Elephants, deer and many birds and possibly a smell of the Tiger during a hike to Kalibiru. The local government where the Rimba is located has banned the sale of alcohol; this is respectfully applied at the Lodge.
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Arrival at Ngurah Rai International airport in Bali, picked up by our staff who will transport you to The Udayana Kingfisher Eco Lodge, Bali – welcome and briefing of the tour by one of our senior staff. Depending on arrival time birders will be offered either a bird walk in the gardens of the Lodge or at the Nusa Dua Settling Ponds Afternoon and evening visit to The Uluwatu Temple and view the famous Kecak (Monkey) dance.
After a relaxing breakfast, you will leave for the flight to Labuan Bajo (60 – 90 minutes depending on aircraft) and our Eco Lodge arriving for lunch followed by a siesta. At around 1530 you can either proceed on a snorkeling visit to Bidadari island only 35 – 40 minutes by Lodge boat OR if the tide is right a River Safari for Birders. The latter will take you up a river to the south of the lodge where you should see water birds. It is also home for the critically endangered but very dangerous Estuarine crocodile.
This is a long day but very worthwhile. After an early breakfast, you will proceed to the harbor for your boat to Komodo Island, the main and most beautiful island of the Komodo group of islands. We purposely choose a slow boat as it is very relaxing to move slowly through The Sea of Flores, past many islands and the large island of Rinca on your left arriving at around 0930 (depending on currents) passing the world famous Pink Beach on your way. You will immediately proceed on a walk to look for Komodos and you should also see a number of bird species. Then lunch back on the boat and proceed for snorkeling on The Pink Beach. This is a fabulous place and is world renowned for its biodiversity; however the current can be strong and you must take local advice where to swim; then back to Labuan Bajo and dinner at the Lodge.
On this day, you can have a choice of either an inland mountain tour to Ruteng to view the scenery, birding and a weaving community or diving/snorkeling on the very bio diverse coral reef systems in The Komodo National Park.
After breakfast, you will take the early flight to Bali, then on to Surabaya (35 minutes) and then Pangkalan Bun (60 minutes) in Borneo arriving in the afternoon. After meeting your guide, you will be transported to Kumai to your klotok (river boat) to start the magic trip up The Sekonyer river to The Rimba Orangutan Eco Lodge. On the way (if the weather is clear) you will see many fireflies and after two hours see the welcome lights of The Rimba on your left side. You will be welcomed by our Manager for dinner.
For Birders, a pre breakfast Bird walk with our guide is suggested. Then take your river boat to famous Camp Leakey to view Orangutans in their natural habitat; other primates seen will be Proboscis Monkeys, Gibbons and Long Tailed Macaques, Silverbacked Langurs and hopefully you will see many birds, crocodiles and monitors. Camp Leakey (named after the famous Oxford based scientist Louis Leakey), one of the homes of Professor Birute Galdikas (an investor of Ecolodgesindonesia). Camp Leakey is allegedly the longest biological, documented scientific experiment on the globe. Galdikas is one of Leakeys golden angels, the others being Dianne Fossey ( Gorilla scientist – deceased) and Jane Goodall (the chimpanzee scientist). If you are lucky, you may meet her. On the way home, if the evening is clear, you should have a great sunset with the Proboscis Monkeys.
For Birders, again, early morning bird walk, breakfast and then a visit to Tangui (a second Orangutan release centre) in an area famous for Butterflies. After the viewing, you will proceed on a hike around the area suitable for those interested in birds, butterflies and trees. This is an opportunity to study the area in a relaxed fashion. You will have lunch on the boat and proceed to Tandjung Harapan (the third release centre) for the afternoon viewing. You will then return to the Lodge for a short rest and then proceed for an evening dinner on the river with the “fireflies”. The latter is an amazing experience.
After an early breakfast the Lodge, you will proceed down river to Kumai and then on to the airport to catch your plane to Semarang (45 minutes), then on to Jakarta (45 minutes ) and Lampung in Sumatra (30 minutes). You will be met by one of our senior staff for the drive to The Satwa Sumatra elephant Eco Lodge (90 minutes) where you will have a late dinner. This is a long travel day through many different cultures and islands on the Indonesian archipelago.
On most days, you wake to the haunting call of The Siomang Gibbons in the nearby park. After a relaxing breakfast, proceed to The Elephant Training Centre where you will meet your mahout for a ride in the park. You should take some sugar cane from Satwa (grown in the gardens) for your elephant. This is a terrific experience. Back to the Lodge for lunch and into the Park to Way Kanan for a river boat trip and a hike in Tiger habitat. On the river you should see many birds, primates and may see deer and wild elephants. Sun Bears have also been sighted. Back to the Lodge for dinner and for enthusiasts, a night bird walk with Harry (our resident bird guide).
An early start after breakfast to Bungur (one hour), where a boat and Park Ranger will await you for another river trip on another main river on the edge of the Park. You will slowly proceed down river with the forest on the right side and small holder agriculture on the left side. You will see man and nature cohabiting together. You should see many birds and primates; at around midday, you will then take a short hike into the park to a reforestation area where you will have lunch and then have the opportunity to plant a tree, ask questions of Park staff re the dangers of fire and see the forest. You may also see evidence of Elephant all round you. Back to the Lodge for dinner.
After breakfast, drive to Lampung to catch your flights back to Bali via Jakarta (2 hours total flying). You will have lunch at Jakarta airport. In Bali, you will be met by our drivers and taken back to Udayana Kingfisher Eco Lodge for a relaxing dinner and a night swim in the pool.
After breakfast there will be an opportunity for shopping and a rest. For those desiring to proceed on The Settling Pond Bird and Uluwatu Kecak dance tours, these will be organized. Vehicles will be supplied also to take you to Nusa Dua, Kuta and Kerobakan shopping areas if you wish.
This a full day tour of parts of Bali including Kintamani and the volcanic crater area of Mt Batur, visits to temples, the art town of Ubud and viewing the famous rice terraces of Bali. This should introduce you to this rich Hindu culture and give some understanding of the importance of Bali in the Indonesian archipelago.
After breakfast you will be briefed to proceed to other destinations or home. We will assist all onward bookings and airport transport.
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Airport taxes, drink, laundry and other personal expenses not mentioned above