Birdwatching Indonesia, 12 Days – 11 Nights, 6 Ecolodges
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The main aim of this tour is to emphasise the potential for birding from all of our lodges using all our company specialist bird guides (Nyoman (Mrs) in Bali, Heri in Satwa and Hakim in Tandjung Putting National parks. However the tour is much more than that as you will experience the peoples of this country with their many cultures and also view key endangered species – Orangutans, proboscis monkeys, Komodo Giant Lizards, Sumatra Elephants and Rhino and possible a whiff of the Tiger and others.
Day 01 Udayana Lodge – Bali
Arrival at NgurahRai International airport in Bali, picked up by your Guide who will transport you to The Udayana Kingfisher eco Lodge, Bali – welcome and briefing of the tour by one of our Managers 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
Day 02 Bird Watching
After breakfast, you will spend most of the day birding in the park; after a late lunch at Menjangan, you will return to Udayana Lodge via Bedugul and the lake region of Bali. You will arrive for dinner at the Lodge.
Day 03 Labuan Bajo
After breakfast, you will spend most of the day birding in the park; after a late lunch at Menjangan, you will return to Udayana Lodge via Bedugul and the lake region of Bali. You will arrive for dinner at the Lodge
Day 04 Labuan Bajo
After a relaxing breakfast, you will leave for the flight to Labuan Bajo (60 minutes), met by our Manager and the Bajo Komodo 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 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.
Day 05 Komodo Island & Birds
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 LabianBajo and dinner at the Lodge
Day 06 Borneo
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 Sekonyerriver 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 welcome by our Manager for dinner.
Day 07 Camp Leakeys & Orangutans
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.
Day 08 Reforestation
For Birders, a very early morning bird walk tp Pesalat with a packed breakfast and then a visit to Tanggui (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 back at the lodge 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 a terrific experience.
Day 09 Sumatra
After an early breakfast the Lodge, you will proceed down river to Kumai and then on to the airport to catch your plane to Jakarta (60 minutes), then on to 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.
Day 10 Sumatra – Elephants
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 Heri (our resident bird guide)
Day 11 Fire Effects
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. Youwill 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
Day 12 Going Home
After breakfast to Lampung to catch your flights to Jakarta and to Bali and onwards.