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.
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Meet the last orangutans of Borneo in their sanctuary in Tanjung Puting National Park. Take a traditional klotok boat to reach the camps inside the national park. The wooden house boat offers a view of the river banks from the main deck. You can watch large groups of proboscis monkeys sitting in the trees and honbills flying gracefully over your head. Overall there are 200 bird species living in the park. After experiencing the resident orangutans at the feeding platforms of Camp Leakey and Pondok Tanggui you will leave the national parks and focus on the coastal areas of Kalimantan. A Turtle Conservation Programme was established in 2010 at the beach in Tanjung Kluang. The chances are good to watch turtles depositing eggs during nesting season (May - September).
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.
Explore the "Wild East" of Indonesia. The Lesser Sunda-Islands are called Nusa Tenggara. This rugged part of the archipelago offers many highlights for more adventurous travellers. Start with a few relaxing days on Bali before you visit traditional villages and see the stunning landscapes of Sumba, Flores and Komodo. Learn more about the unique mixture of christian and local beliefs. Ancient megaliths can still be found in the traditional villages of Flores. Find out about the differences between traditional ikat pattern in Sumba and Flores. Meet the last of the Komodo Dragon on the small islands of Komodo National Park.
The Lesser Sunda Islands attract travellers with unique wildlife, volcanic landscape and a rich culture. The island of Flores is no exception. You will start off with a visit of Mount Kelimutu. According to local believes the three coloured lakes are a mystical place where the mundane world meets the divine realm. You will climb the volcano to see the sun rise over the crater rim. On your way to the western coast of the island you will visit traditional villages and learn more about the important art of weaving ikat fabrics. Every region and every ethnic group is discernable by a characteristic pattern. The remanants of a megalitic culture can be found in Bajawa. The highlight is a visit of the Komodo National Park and the famous komodo dragons. The endemic animals are kimited to the islands Komodo, Rinca and Padar.