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This special expedition to West Papua includes a visit to the colorful Baliem Cultural Festival in the highlands of Wamena. The Highland Show in the Baliem Valley attracts many international visitors every year. For three days, groups from all the highland regions gather in Wamena to present their unique clan cultures and to compete in several ancient disciplines.
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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).
Let us show you the beauty of Borneo. The island is home to many endangered animals. See the orangutans during a visit to Semenggoh Wildlife Centre and the proboscis monkeys near Damai Beach. Another highlight are crocodiles and tropical birds in the mangrove trees along the coast. You will travel to the Batang Ai reservoir and visit the Iban. They live in traditional Longhouses in the jungle. Explore the fascinating caves in Mulu. The giant cave system attracts many visitors and scientists. End up the trip with a visit to Kinabalu National Park in Sabah.
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. You will also visit the Semenggok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre near Kuching.
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.