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Borneo, Sumatra & Flores Wildlife Safari - Walking Holiday

Region: Asia Pacific // Dates: 05 April - 16 April 2020
Borneo, Sumatra & Flores Wildlife Safari Walking Holiday

This journey offers a unique opportunity to discover regions ignored by conventional tourism, visit conservation centres, engage with rangers/researchers and connect with local communities and guides. After meeting in Denpasar, Bali, we fly to Tanjung Puting National Park in central Kalimantan, on the island of Borneo. Here we stay at Rimba Eco Lodge and enjoy daily cruising on the Sekonyer River, spotting wildlife including orangutans, Proboscis monkeys, macaques along with lowland bird species. We visit orangutan feeding stations and learn about rescue and rehabilitation efforts. Nocturnal walks uncover luminous fireflies, pygmy primates and unique forest dwellers. Traversing the Indonesia archipelago, we travel to Southern 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 Eco Lodge we use safari style vehicles and patrol river boats for a chance to see tapir, Siamang gibbons, deer and endemic birdlife. Visiting the nearby conservation centre and Elephant Response Unit, we bathe elephants and meet their mahouts. We experience a day in the ‘life of a villager’, with visits to local schools, markets, eco-tourism projects, rice and rubber plantations. Travelling east to Flores Island we explore Komodo National Park, home to the largest lizard in the world, the Komodo dragon. We plunge into the Flores Sea to snorkel over coral reefs and take a scenic drive to Mbeliling Forest to visit a Manggarai ethnic village. We return to Denpasar for a final celebration and an insight into Balinese culture.

Overview

This journey offers a unique opportunity to discover regions ignored by conventional tourism, visit conservation centres, engage with rangers/researchers and connect with local communities and guides. After meeting in Denpasar, Bali, we fly to Tanjung Puting National Park in central Kalimantan, on the island of Borneo. Here we stay at Rimba Eco Lodge and enjoy daily cruising on the Sekonyer River, spotting wildlife including orangutans, Proboscis monkeys, macaques along with lowland bird species. We visit orangutan feeding stations and learn about rescue and rehabilitation efforts. Nocturnal walks uncover luminous fireflies, pygmy primates and unique forest dwellers. Traversing the Indonesia archipelago, we travel to Southern 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 Eco Lodge we use safari style vehicles and patrol river boats for a chance to see tapir, Siamang gibbons, deer and endemic birdlife. Visiting the nearby conservation centre and Elephant Response Unit, we bathe elephants and meet their mahouts. We experience a day in the ‘life of a villager’, with visits to local schools, markets, eco-tourism projects, rice and rubber plantations. Travelling east to Flores Island we explore Komodo National Park, home to the largest lizard in the world, the Komodo dragon. We plunge into the Flores Sea to snorkel over coral reefs and take a scenic drive to Mbeliling Forest to visit a Manggarai ethnic village. We return to Denpasar for a final celebration and an insight into Balinese culture.

Highlights

Highlights:
  • Visit the world's richest nation in terms of biodiversity
  • Explore the unique ecosystems of Tanjung Puting, Way Kambas & Komodo National Parks
  • Stay in eco-lodges supporting local communities
  • View orangutans, gibbons & other primates on walks & river cruises
  • Visit conservation centres
  • Track endangered wildlife in their natural habitat
  • Bathe Sumatran elephants
  • Photograph prehistoric Komodo dragons
  • Snorkel coral reefs in the Flores Sea
  • Visit ethnic villages & learn about cultural differences
  • Enjoy colourful traditional performances

Details

Details:

05 April - 16 April 2020  (11 nights)

Twin share/person (starts/ends Denpasar)
Advanced Early Bird: A$6,550 until 11/11/2019
Regular: A$7,050
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: 2-8km 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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  • Suzanne Noakes

    Suzanne Noakes is an adventurer by heart, travelling to every continent and developing a deep understanding of the variety and vibrancy of people and cultures around the world. Over the past 25 years she has travelled extensively throughout Asia Pacific, leading up to 100 expeditions for private groups, university alumni and conservation associations. Suzanne is known for her refreshing ability to interact with local people, allowing for a broad yet in-depth experience for travellers. Her expertise, humour, energy and rapport along with her warm personal style receive the highest praise from travellers. Suzanne is a long-term employee and tour co-ordinator with interNATIONAL PARKtours.

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