Timor Leste is a country populated by a lot of different ethnic groups. They all speak their own language and follow their own cultural practices. This shows in their day to day life, architecture and food. This round trip shows you the foundation of the newest nation in South East Asia. Learn how the timorese fought against colonialism and how they grow together as one. See where they live, grow their crops and build their homes. Experience the beauty of the island of Timor.
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The neighboring islands Bali and Lombok are separated by the Wallace Line. Their landscape and wildlife are very different but their people share a common history. Balinese kingdoms extended to Lombok for several centuries. This round trip combines the mystical atmosphere of Bali with the stunning beaches in Lombok. Start with the most important temples in Bali. The temples Pura Tanah Lot and Pura Besakih are cultural highlights of the island. Fly to Lombok and visit the traditional villages of the sasak people to learn more about traditional handicraft and daily life.
Yogyakarta is the best starting point for an exploration of Java island. Highlights are the hindu-buddhist temples Borobudur and Prambanan, the mysterious Dieng Plateau and the famous volcanoes Bromo and Ijen in East Java. You will start with a tour to the most important sights of Yogya. The city is the cultural center of Java, well-known for traditional batik fabrik, music, dance and the wayang kulit theatre. The trip also includes a train ride from Yogyakarta to reach the eastern part of the island. After sunrise at Mt. Bromo and a hike the crater of Kawah Ijen you will cross the Bali Strait to reach the Islands of the Gods.
Matang Wildlife Centre is part of Kubah National Park. The reserve covers a large expanse of tropical jungle. Visitors may observe a large number of different species. The endangered animals were partly rescued from captivity and are now trained to return to their natural habitat. Many of the youngest animals were born in captivity and have to learn what trees are, what fruits to eat and how to build a nest for the night. Orang Utan Project is a conservation company based at Matang Wildlife Centre. They coordinate volunteer work for the rescue and rehabilitation projects working with orangutans, and other protected species such as the clouded leopard (Neofelis nebulosa), binturong (Arctictis binturong), sun bear (Helarctos malayanus), false gharial (Tomistoma schlegelii) and slow loris (Nycticebus). Be part of the project and help with the important rescue and rehabilitation work.
The Malaysian state of Sarawak is home to a vast array of tropical wildlife. In recent years many of the endemic species got more and more endangered. The round trip shows you some of these animals in their natural habitat. For example the crocodiles and Irrawaddi (or Snubfin) Dolphins in Damai Beach, Sea Turtles at Satang Island and Proboscis Monkeys at Bako National Park. Orang-Utans are hard to find in the remaining jungle. You will visit Semenggok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre near Kuching. The 700ha area is covered with dense forest and temporary home to resucued orang-utans which are trained for their return to the jungle.
Sumatra is the most western of the Greater Sunda-Islands and the largest indonesian island. We will take you along on an exploration from North to South Suamtra. Start in the regional capital of Medan and the orang-utans in Bukit Lawang. The former rehabilitation station ist still a good spot to watch orang-utans in their natural habitat. Cross the river and follow the trails through the hilly area until you find the animals in the jungle. The next stop ist the mountain resort of Berastagi. We will hike the slopes of Mt. Sibayak near the busy market city in the Sumatran highlands. The next highlight is a visit to Lake Toba and Samosir island. Many remanants of the Toba Batak culture can be found in the region such as the royal palace of Simalungun and other traditional houses. From Lake Toba you drive south to Bukittinggi in the Minangkabau Highlands of West Sumatra. The minangkabau are an important tribe which still relies on a unique matrilinear culture.