RIMBA ORANGUTAN ECOLODGE BORNEO
“We spent three days at Kelimutu Ecolodge and I wish I could stayed longer. Our bungalow was absolutely gorgeous with view over the river and the rice fields.
Between our exploring trips to waterfall, hot springs and Kelimutu, we spent hours looking at the view and enjoying the natural beauty and quietness of the place (along with some cold Bintang beers and delicious homemade guacamole).
The room is big, bed and pillows are very comfortable. We also enjoyed local food prepared by Rita who takes care of you like a mother.”
The Kelimutu volcanic crater lakes are situated at 1,400 metres above sea level and the water in the lakes is known to mysteriously change colour. Over the years the lakes have changed from white, turquoise and red, to black and walnut, to stunning shades of green.
For the local Lio people this is a sacred area that runs deep with legend.
Kelimutu is the home of the spirits of people with special powers.
For ordinary mortals their spirits enter between the two enormous rocks - Konde (queen) and Ratu (king) found at the side of the road to the National Park, known as Konderatu: The Gate of the Spirits.
EXPLORING FROM KELIMUTU ECOLODGE
From the lodge spend some time in our beautiful tropical gardens where we also grow organic fruit, vegetables, rice and soon – our own coffee! You are welcome to explore the property and enjoy the tranquillity of our environment.
The must-see experience at Kelimutu is the spectacular coloured crater lakes which are breath-taking to see at sunrise. Our tour leaves at 4:30am daily and gets to the lakes before dawn. Most people feel the spiritual call of the lakes as the sun brings warmth to the day.
On the way down from the lakes, you will hear the songs of the Bare Throated Whistler; which mimics other birds and sounds. Enjoy up to 18 different songs from a single bird!
From the lodge the village of Moni with its traditional Chief’s house, is only a 15 minute walk away and is a great base for bird watching, hiking and experiencing the fascinating local culture.
As with all of our Ecolodge experiences we will help you plan the perfect itinerary to make the most of your stay here.
Families are welcome at Kelimutu Ecolodge. A passion for conservation can start at a very young age and we revel in the opportunity to inspire young people with the beauty and excitement of our amazing wildlife and natural treasures.
Between the lodge and the tours, we will ensure that your family has a unique, special and memorable experience. Please see the Q&A below for appropriate ages and activities.
STAYING AT KELIMUTU ECOLODGE
Our property is comprised of 21 clean, comfortable private rooms each with stunning mountain views and the constant soothing sounds of the rambling river. Sixteen rooms are in private cottages and five are above the restaurant. The gardens are our pride and joy, not only functional but simply beautiful, set over 6 hectares.
The Ecolodge ethos is clear, we exclusively employ local people who live in the Moni area, and are dedicated to educating and empowering the local community in long term conservation and sustainable development. Our staff are like family and they will make you feel like family too.
All rooms include:
- Full breakfast
- Modern bathrooms with hot water and towels
- Comfortable beds with mosquito nets
- Private balconies
- Drinking water
- In room safe
- Hot spot WIFI
We also provide; laundry service, bar, tour information, local guides, airport services and full restaurant for all meals including feasts for special events.
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Activities in East Flores
A stay at Kelimutu Ecolodge is an opportunity to enjoy unique natural treasures.
Here are some highlights to include in your itinerary...
Lio People – Village Tours
There are several villages that you can weave into your Flores Island adventure. Each village offers a chance to experience the unique habits and challenges of the Lionese people. They produce some of the most beautiful Ikat (traditional weavings) in the country.
You can see how these intricate artworks are produced from start to finish including the natural dyeing process. While you are there, share a drink with friendly locals and experience authentic village life. Supporting local artisans is one of the many community development programs that we undertake.
The Kelimutu area is rich with bird life and contains some of the endemic species of Flores. We bring our bird tours here utilising specialist local guides who know the birds of their respective areas.
If you are not booking a birding tour and wish to make birding a priority during your stay please inform our booking team and we will do our best to match you with a specialist guide.
Enjoy the mountains and stunning landscape of the countryside. As well as the Kelimutu there are many other mountains in the area. This is paradise for nature lovers and a great place to combine birding and hiking.
Discover some Indonesian history! Ende is the capital of the Regency. Here you can visit the former home of Sukarno, Indonesia's first President (1945 – 1966). This is a great stop when coming from or to the airport and can be combined with village visits where you can get a feeling for how remote life can be.
Flores is home to several impressive waterfalls, with varying degrees of walkability. The island of Flores is very mountainous and contains some spectacular water falls. The Kelimutu area is no exception and near the lodge there are several where you can relax and even swim under some of them.
Flores Island is a geothermal hot spot and there are several springs where you can bathe with the locals in natural hot mineral pools. Some are in close proximity to the lodge.
Our Specialist Art Tours are hosted by our own international guides and instructors. Whether painting or sketching is your thing, artists of any type and proficiency can enjoy this painters paradise. The lakes change all the time, so there is always a new perspective. Art tours are adaptable to any size of group.
For a cultural treat we can arrange local dancing at the lodge (please book in advance). This is a fantastic evening where you dance with the locals and hear singing from a choir of our own staff.