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Borneo, Sumatra & Flores Wildlife Safari - Walking Holiday

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Region: Asia Pacific // Dates: 24 March - 04 April 2019
Borneo, Sumatra & Flores Wildlife Safari Walking Holiday

Searching for endangered wildlife in Borneo, Sumatra and Flores, we explore majestic rainforests, waterways and national parks to learn about one of the most bio-diverse places on earth. This journey offers the opportunity to discover regions ignored by conventional tourism, visit conservation centres, meet rangers, researchers and locals who protect endangered wildlife habitats. Beginning with Tanjung Puting National Park in Kalimantan (Borneo), we stay at Rimba Orangutan Eco Lodge and enjoy daily cruising along the Sekonyer River. Here we are guaranteed to see orangutans, Proboscis monkeys, macaques, langurs and gibbons along with lowland bird species. We visit orangutan feeding stations and learn about the rescue and rehabilitation efforts. We travel to Sumatra and explore the jungles of Way Kambas National Park, still home to tigers, rhinos and elephants. Whilst sightings are rare, the thrill of tracking these wild animals in their natural habitat is a ‘once in a life time experience’. Staying in Satwa Elephant Eco Lodge we use safari style vehicles for wildlife viewing with a chance of seeing tapir, sun bears, Siamang gibbons, deer and endemic birdlife. Visiting the nearby conservation centre, we bath baby Sumatran elephants and meet the mahouts and staff members. Travelling east to Flores Island, we visit Komodo National Park which protects the largest lizard in the world, Komodo dragons. We enjoy crystal clear snorkelling over coral reef and view colourful fish around Rinca Island. A scenic drive to Mbeliling Forest with a walk into Manggarai ethnic village completes our tour to one of the world’s richest nations in terms of its biodiversity, before we return to Denpasar.

Overview

Searching for endangered wildlife in Borneo, Sumatra and Flores, we explore majestic rainforests, waterways and national parks to learn about one of the most bio-diverse places on earth. This journey offers the opportunity to discover regions ignored by conventional tourism, visit conservation centres, meet rangers, researchers and locals who protect endangered wildlife habitats. Beginning with Tanjung Puting National Park in Kalimantan (Borneo), we stay at Rimba Orangutan Eco Lodge and enjoy daily cruising along the Sekonyer River. Here we are guaranteed to see orangutans, Proboscis monkeys, macaques, langurs and gibbons along with lowland bird species. We visit orangutan feeding stations and learn about the rescue and rehabilitation efforts. We travel to Sumatra and explore the jungles of Way Kambas National Park, still home to tigers, rhinos and elephants. Whilst sightings are rare, the thrill of tracking these wild animals in their natural habitat is a ‘once in a life time experience’. Staying in Satwa Elephant Eco Lodge we use safari style vehicles for wildlife viewing with a chance of seeing tapir, sun bears, Siamang gibbons, deer and endemic birdlife. Visiting the nearby conservation centre, we bath baby Sumatran elephants and meet the mahouts and staff members. Travelling east to Flores Island, we visit Komodo National Park which protects the largest lizard in the world, Komodo dragons. We enjoy crystal clear snorkelling over coral reef and view colourful fish around Rinca Island. A scenic drive to Mbeliling Forest with a walk into Manggarai ethnic village completes our tour to one of the world’s richest nations in terms of its biodiversity, before we return to Denpasar.

Highlights

Highlights:
  • Visit the world's richest nation in terms of its biodiversity
  • Explore diverse ecosystems of Tanjung Puting, Way Kambas & Komodo Nps
  • Stay in unique eco-lodges supporting local communities
  • View orangutans, gibbons & other primates on river cruises & in conservation centres
  • Track animals in their natural habitate & bathe baby Sumatran elephants
  • Photograph prehistoric Komodo dragons
  • Snorkel the crystal clear waters & coral reefs of Flores 
  • Explorative walks in the Flores Hinterland & visit Manggari ethinic villages
  • Enjoy colourful traditional presentations
  • Learn about conservation projects
  • Meet researchers & support locals who protect endangered wildlife habitats

Details

Details:

24 March - 04 April 2019 (11 nights)

Twin share/person (starts/ends Denpasar)
Advanced Early Bird: A$6,350 extended until 07/09/2018
Early Bird: A$6,550 until 23/11/2018
Regular: A$6,850
Single Supplement: A$660 (based on availability)
Note: For guests who request a single room the single supplement will be charged. For single people who prefer to share, we will try to find a suitable room-mate, but if this is not possible the single supplement surcharge will apply.

Minimum Group Size: 6 guests

Accommodation:
3 star hotel & comfortable eco-lodges with private western facilities

Special Interest:
Wildlife, Botanical, Culture

Walk Rating:
Easy to Moderate: 2-10km per walking day (humidity, swamp crossings, agility required for entry into small river boats). Age is not necessarily as important as your fitness and recent walking experience, and anyone of reasonable fitness should be able to join this tour. We reserve the right to be flexible with the itinerary to allow for unforeseen circumstances including weather conditions and group fitness.

Flores Extension:
Ask about the three night extension to Kelimutu National Park & Crater Lakes

Tour Itinerary

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  • Dr Claire Oelrichs
    Dr Claire Oelrichs is a scientific advisor, founder of “Save Indonesian Endangered Species Fund (SIES)” and veterinary surgeon. SIES supports conservation of National Parks, protected areas and other wild places of Indonesia by working with communities and supporting local Indonesian initiatives in long term development projects. To save Indonesia’s unique wildlife including orangutans, Sumatran tigers, Sumatran elephants, Sumatran rhinoceros, birds and turtles, SIES has projects to protect and reforest the great rainforests of Borneo and Sumatra. As conservation coordinator, she travels to Indonesia several times a year to monitor these projects, working closely with national parks and guide training courses to raise awareness of protecting local wildlife and their habitat. With intimate knowledge of wildlife and conservation issues, she has a true connection with local people from all walks of life and is the driving force behind numerous grass roots projects that have delivered true change to the lives of local communities and increased the safety of wildlife. On tour Claire utilises the services of specialist local guides and National Park Rangers to enhance the touring experience.

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