Indonesia wildlife vacation, primates and dragons

“This small group adventure brings you face to face with both orangutans & komodo dragons in the wild, alongside active volcanoes, magical reefs and a real life bat cave!”

Highlights

Gunung Leuser National Park | Bohorok Orang-utan Centre | Mt Sibayak Volcano | Bat caves | Wooden villages | Hot springs | Bali | Flores | Komodo National Park | Rinca Island | Coral reef boat trip | Pink beach Optional: temple tours, rafting, village tours, island boat exploring, cave exploring, snorkelling.

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Our top tip:
Take plenty of mosquito spray as the mozzies are plentiful in Sumatra and Bali.
Trip type:
Small group, min. age 16.
Activity level:
Leisurely/moderate.
Accomm:
4 nights comfortable hotel, 6 nights standard hotel, one night boat.
Solos:
Solo travelers welcome. Single rooms available with supplement.
Included:
Accom., transport, international flights if requested, all listed activities, tour leader throughout.
Meals:
All breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner.
Vouchers
Accepted
Vacation type

Small group tours

Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, traveling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. Those with a two-week vacation, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your vacation will help support conservation and local people.

Environment
Accommodation and Meals:
Our accommodation is predominantly locally owned and locally staffed and we try on this tour to use a variety of hotels so that several communities benefit. This is 4 nights in comfortable hotels, 6 in standard hotels and 1 night on board a boat in Komodo National Park. We support hotels with strong environmental and community policies which complement our own ethos. For example, we often use Bukit Lawang Ecolodge, which is a not-for-profit organisation run by ‘Yayasan Ekosistem Lestari’, which means the Foundation for a Sustainable Ecosystem. Money spent here goes directly back into community development and nature conservation. Where meals are provided, the spread will be fresh and plentiful. When eating out, guides will be able to recommend a range of locally run, authentic restaurants which will benefit from our business.

Activity:
Our activity is based around the incredibly diverse wildlife and landscapes in Indonesia, so it is really vital that we are strict with our ‘leave no trace’ policy. Local guides will enforce this mentality through responsible tourism briefings to make sure that we minimise negative environmental impact and maximise our positive effect on communities. We visit two national parks- Komodo National Park and Gunung Leuser. The latter is one of the two remaining habitats for Sumatran Orang-utans and one of the largest parks in the world at over 800,000 of virgin rainforest. We visit the Bohorok Orang-utan Centre, which cares for semi-wild Orang-utans. This invites support for their conservation and well-being, and fuels the local economy. Other optional activities include visiting a bat cave, a temple tour, a downhill biking tour, rafting, and a Bali 4WD or village tour. Through this, we support local suppliers and alternative employment opportunities.

UK Office:
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK Offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.
Community

The Impacts of this Trip

Charity:
Since 2013, our local operators have financially supported the Water for Sumba project, which aids a remote, hilltop community with building wells, providing pumps and water towers to facilitate getting water. They have also sponsored improvements made to the Tolong Flores School near Labuan Bajo. The children often come from poor families and the school is lacking in facilities and supplies. However, with donations and contributions of educational materials, children are now able to enjoy a small library, toys and access to the internet. If clients are interested in making a charitable contribution, we can arrange to visit an orphanage in Bukit Lawang for dinner where profits go towards caring for the children.

Local Craft and Culture:
Indonesia is full of rich culture and this is represented by a lot of traditional craftsmanship and organic production in the country. Ubud, surrounded by rice fields and temples is our final destination and is now known for its artistic community, awash with artists' workshops and art galleries. This is a great place to learn about traditional crafts and how they play into modern Indonesian art and culture. At Rinca and Komodo, local villagers also make and sell wood carvings which financially supports these fishing dependent villages. There will be plenty of chance to explore some local markets selling fresh produce. Berastagi, for instance, is known for its colourful fruit and vegetable market. Here you can buy passion fruit, rambutan (a type of lychee) and the foul-smelling (but, to many, delicious) durian.

Group Size:
This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.

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Reviewed on 15 Oct 2019 by

The most memorable part of the vacation was crossing the Gobi south-to-north off road over nine days. Read full review

Reviewed on 14 Jun 2019 by

Seeing Komodo dragons and Orangutans in the wild was memorable. Read full review

Reviewed on 14 May 2018 by

All the vacation was memorable but for me: going into the rainforest and seeing truly wild orangutans and a family of foraging Thomas Leaf Monkeys close up without a care of being watched. Snorkelling in the Komodo National Park... Read full review

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