| Rosa’s Ecolodge is located on the fringes of Baluran National Park in the traditional Madurese village of Sumberwaru in the Situbondo Regency, East Java (see under Transportation).|
The area, with the Baluran mountain as a back-drop, has a nice and romantic atmosphere with rice paddies, clusters of waving bamboo, coconut trees, cows and goats.
Traditional cow carts move slowly through the landscape. Sumberwaru is still untouched by tourism and the people are very friendly and helpful. The big majority of them are Madurese, the ethnic group of the island of Madura to the north.
Rosa’s Ecolodge was built in 2002 and consists of a main building with reception and restaurant, and eight comfortable and very clean bungalows built in Madurese style, complete with air conditioning, big spring beds, and western style toilets.
In front of each bungalow is a private verandah, facing the colorful garden. The atmosphere of Rosa’s Ecolodge convey a feeling of past times, so called “Tempo Doeloe”.
In the restaurant we serve both local and international cuisine. We consider every guest to be a personal guest and friend.
Rosa’s Ecolodge also has a small hideaway in the rice fields. Here we often spend lazy afternoons drinking tea and rest tired legs after excursions in the national park.
Lonely Planet comments are: High standard of cleanliness, meals and hospitality.
Meals: Lunch and dinner buffet are available at extra cost.
Other: Internet access, bicycles, and snorkeling equipment available.
The Savanna Dusk Safari is a “soft-core” excursion that brings you an unique thrill of close encounters with wildlife at dark that you only see at a distance of several hundred meters during day-light hours.
It all looks different in the dark, even if you have already seen it during the daytime. Indonesian wildlife is typically nocturnal which is the reason that you probably will see more and different species of animals at night.
And do not forget the glorious expanse of million stars overhead, which is much more enjoyable than the hot sun.
At the Bama beach, make acquaintance with the macaque gang that come out of the trees and hear scores of birds singing their song.
On the trip to Bama Beach, the glorious Baluran mountain is begging to be photographed as a natural setting for the colorful sunset.
The access road to Bekol in the afternoon offers opportunities of viewing peafowl, green and red jungle fowl and sometimes banteng crossing the road on their way to their favorite locations on the savanna.
With the Dusk Safari, you will have experienced the excitement of evening/afternoon and sunset conditions on the Savanna, which is exclusively packaged only by Rosa’s Ecolodge & EcoSafaris.
Total Actual Safari Time = 6 hours.
Next to exciting Wildlife Observation, Baluran offers phenomenal Birdwatching. In fact, it is a World class Attraction to observe the Green Peafowl (Pavo Muticus), the mystical bird of the Hindu Religion.
Baluran is at present the only place in the world to see ten peafowl roosting in a single tree and it is so easy to see them on the savanna in flocks of 4 – 6 birds.
Wake-up call at 04.00 ; leaving the Ecolodge at 04.30. Arrival at the first birdwatching station at 05.00 at the evergreen forest, exploring dry riverbeds and scrub.
Banded Pitta, Black naped Oriole, Ruddy Cuckoo-dove, Green Imperial Pigeon, Emerald Dove, Black-naped Monarch, Racked-tailed Treepe, Large-tailed Nightjar and various woodpeckers are all present in this area, including the rarely seen Red Junglefowl.
During the wet (West) season (December – March) Javan King fisher, and White-breasted Waterhen are attracted to seasonal pools in this forest. There is also a chance to encounter big mammals like the banteng, buffalo and the shy barking deer.
The half asphalted road to the Bekol Tower Compound is the playing ground of the Jungle Fowl (Gallus Varius) from which all the existing village-chickens of Java are originating.
They can be seen at relatively short distances, either in groups or alone.
Later on, the party moves to the coastal forest where White-bellied Woodpecker, Great Slaty Woodpecker, Banded Pitta, Grey-checked Tit-babbler, Great-Bulled Heron, Asian Pied Hornbill, Lesser Adjutant and Spotted Wood-owl are present and are heard frequently.
The birdwatching party will return to the Ecolodge at 11.00 after half a day in the bush. Actually to be able to enjoy the full potential of birdwatching in Baluran National Park one should stay at least two days.
The savanna also hosts many bird-species, most of them insect-eaters, but it is impossible to explore three ecosystems in one day. In addition, there are also numerous small bays and inlets where good and easy birding is to be enjoyed.
Rosa’s Ecolodge / EcoSafaris are able to package Birdwatching Safaris anywhere in Baluran, which might include camping out in the bush for minimal two days when preferred by guests.
Coral Reefs and Snorkeling
This event is basically beach recreation and snorkeling in the traditional style, that means no water scooters or other mechanized noisy equipment.
But imagine of having your own isolated private beach in the mangrove. With sparkling blue water and coarse sand and with nobody around but the birds.
The Baluran coral reefs are famous for the following reasons:
* The trip to the beach is only 5 minutes by car through open terrain with orchards and the Baluran mountain as a backdrop.
* The sea voyage to the coral reefs by traditional fishing proa is around ten minutes.
* The coral reef is offshore where the water is very clear because it is outside the pollution-zone of the coastline. Even in the rainy season it is still possible to enjoy snorkeling and swimming.
* The corals are spectacular including the rare blue coral and many colorful fishes, among others the Lion fish, but also the blue sea star. Unlike in some places in Bali, Baluran beaches offer a totally natural panorama with the Baluran mountain and savanna at the horizon.
Total Actual Safari Time = 9 hours.