the Adventure Ahead
Immerse yourself in the majesty and mysticism of Sumatra’s last remaining tropical rainforest
Learn about Sumatra’s amazing wildlife from a Taronga guide who will accompany you on the trip
Come face to face with the endangered Sumatran Rhino.
Get involved with the local Elephant Conservation Centre
Your adventure begins in the heart of Indonesia: Jakarta. You will make your own way to Jakarta and find yourself amidst the hustle and bustle of one of the world’s busiest cities. Our tour group will come together at Jakarta airport, before departing to one of Asia Pacific’s most renowned biodiversity hotspots: Way Kambas National Park!
In Way Kambas you will experience the true magic of your trip. Each day you’ll have the opportunity to witness new species of animals, meet local people, and get involved in local conservation programs. Throughout your trip you will be accompanied by an experienced guide, and joined by local guides along the way, enabling you to
gain an in-depth understanding of the local ecosystem, they key threats, and what is being done to protect it.
Your adventures will include a trip to the world’s only Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary, where you will get to meet the team responsible for protecting and caring for Sumatran Rhinos within the park; go on trips to the Elephant Conservation Centre where you can assist with their local conservation efforts, take part in tree regeneration activities to help regenerate damaged areas of the forest, and embark on an unforgettable river safari. Throughout your stay you will see countless
wildlife species including Sumatran Rhinos, Asian Elephants, Gibbons and birds. You may even be one of the lucky few to catch a glimpse of one of the local Sumatran Tigers that reside in the park!
What will your impact be?
They once roamed the forest in vast numbers, but sadly there are now as few as 400
Sumatran Tigers left in the wild – less than the number of tigers currently kept as pets in the USA. Furthermore, rhino specialists now believe that as few as 100 Sumatra Rhinos are hanging on in highly fragmented wild populations in Indonesia and Malaysia.
But there is some hope. Conservation programs are helping to protect these magnificent endangered animals in the wild. Taronga is inspired by the work taking place in Sumatra, where Wildlife Protection Officers are helping to protect tigers, rhinos and other species through working with local villagers to equip them with the knowledge they need to combat illegal poaching and implement more sustainable farming techniques, to minimise their impact on habitat.
The funds you raise will support the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary and Wildlife Protection Units (WPU) in Way Kambas National Park. The WPUs work tirelessly to preserve the vital habitats of rhinos, tigers, sun bears, orang-utans, elephants and other wildlife. We know that community- based grassroots methods, like the WPUs, are most effective in stopping animals being killed in snare traps or driven out by illegal logging and poaching. Each of the WPUs is trained in first-aid, GPS navigation and orientation, evidence collection, wildlife data collection and human-animal conflict mitigation. They monitor the activity of elusive wild tigers using camera traps, and search for evidence of illegal poaching and logging. Additionally, the WPUs work with local communities, educating people who live in and around the forest on how to live sustainably alongside these endangered animals, and share their environment.
8 days – 7 nights
Special Note :
The Tour has been rescheduled into March 2020. We will be in touch with dates shortly
Prices Start from AUD $3991/Per Person
Jakarta – Bandur Lampung
Welcome to Indonesia! We will meet at Jakarta airport, and board a flight to Bandur Lampung domestic airport. Here, you will be met by your Satwa Ecolodge guide and transferred to Way Kambas National Park.
Way Kambas covers a grand 130,000 h the Lampung province of south Sumatr variety of lowland and coastal habitats, one of the largest freshwater swamp fo the island. We will be stopping on the w sample some fresh tropical fruits for mo before continuing our journey.
We will arrive at the Sumatran Rhino Sa in time for a delicious Indonesian lunch, by a walk with a local ranger to familiar yourself with the area. To end the day, head out on an exciting night tour thro Kambas, where you will get your first gli inside the Park and experience the true Sumatran nature.
We will spend the night sleeping in the Rhino Sanctuary quarters.
Way Kambas National Park – Sumatran Rhino
Sanctuary (SRS) – Homestay
We will start the day with an early breakfast, ready for our day at the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary! Here, you’ll be one of only a handful of people to get up close to the critically endangered and mysterious Sumatran Rhino, and chat to the sanctuary staff about their role in protecting these beautiful animals.
We break for lunch with our new friends from the sanctuary, including local vets, rangers and keepers. In the afternoon, we’ll head off to our Homestays in local villages. This is where we will all be challenged by our lack of Bahasa Indonesian, be overwhelmed by different sights, sounds, smells and customs, and have a life changing experience.
Homestay and local community
After breakfast we will travel to a group of Balinese villages where there will be a program of activities, including family compound visits to show their very strong family orientation, agriculture, local culture and dance.
In the mid afternoon, we will return to Homestay, which may or may not be the same one we were at the previous night.
Way Kambas National Park – Sumatran Rhino
Sanctuary (SRS) – Homestay
This morning breakfast with your hosts and spend the day learning what they do and participate in some of their activities. All meals will be prepared by your hosts.
We will regroup and sleep the night at Satwa Lodge, our accomodation for the remainder of our tour.
Elephant Response Unit and Elephant Centre
After breakfast we will visit the Elephant Response Unit, managed by a local NGO based in Medan (North Sumatra). This is situated on the edge of the park near the Elephant Centre, with whom they work. You will meet the head person and staff, and will learn about their work, the local communities who they serve, effects of marauding elephants, use of domesticated elephants in turning back
these elephants from the crops and their patrols in the park looking for poachers. This vital work is supported by a number of national and international NGOs.
The group will then proceed to the Elephant Centre, a 7km drive from Satwa Lodge. The Centre has saved a large number of marauding elephants from being killed by irate villagers and uses them as working elephants. Each elephant has a mahout whose job is the wellbeing of his animal.
On arrival you will be met by senior staff of both the centre and the veterinary unit, who will explain the purpose of their activities. Then you will be assigned to a mahout and an elephant for a number of activities, including washing and feeding. All these will bond you to your animal, a great experience.
After a packed lunch, you will be taken further into the park to Bambangan, a reforestation area. At Bambangan you will learn about some of the challenges they face, including the control of fire with limited equipment. The group will spend the afternoon assisting with work to help the reforestation team. Dinner will be at Satwa Lodge.
Birding and Nocturnal Mammals
Birding in Way Kambas is among the best in Indonesia. Over 300 species of birds can be found here. During the morning you will be introduced to some of the local birdlife by Heriyono (Heri), Satwa’s principal bird guide, and after lunch proceed for a short walk to experience the park’s diversity. After an early dinner, Heri will take you into the park at night for a spotlighting tour. You never know what you will see – an experience not to be missed!
Siamang, Birds, and Way Kanan
An early breakfast and back into the park to hear and see the Siamangs; their calls can be heard every morning from Satwa Lodge. At the same time, you should see and hear many birds. We will travel down to Way Kanan to your river boat and lunch with the staff at this outpost of the park, where you will learn about life as a guide in the park.
After lunch we will head down river to Kalibiru for an afternoon walk in the area known for tigers, accompanied by an armed park ranger. Tigers are very rarely seen, but your guide will point out evidence and footprints. This is another great site for the keen birders amongst the group. Back to the river and an evening drive back to Way Kanan when you may see wild elephants, primates and many bird species. We will return to Satwa Lodge for our final dinner
We will drive back to Bandur Lamp airport for our one hour flight to J where your Taronga guide will bid farewell.
Once back in Jakarta, you are free You may wish to consider some of spectacular wildlife destinations in or catch your return flight to Australia.
What Does it Cost?
Total per person
* Participants can travel with a partner or friend, or elect to share with another participant (new friend) to reduce costs
** The tour cost is paid directly to our Indonesian on ground tour partner Ecolodges Indonesia (ELI).
***The $1,100 conservation commitment is paid to the Taronga Foundation and is tax deductible. This directly supports Taronga’s significant annual investment in the conservation of Sumatra’s wildlife and local delivery partners. If you would like to fundraise the conservation commitment amount, Taronga can provide information to enable you to set up an everydayhero.com.au webpage to share with your contacts.
Q & A
Q : How many people does the tour take?
9 guests plus the Taronga tour guide – a great small group experience!
Q : Do I need travel insurance?
Yes, travel insurance is compulsory for all travellers and must provide adequate cover for cancellation, delays in travel, loss or damage to baggage and valuables, medical and hospital expenses for injury or illness, and emergency evacuation.
Q : Is the travel cost guaranteed?
Travel costs may vary due to unforeseeable circumstances or factors beyond our control, such as fluctuating exchange rates and increases in airfares, and airline and airport taxes. The travel cost will be confirmed at the time of invoicing.
Q : what is the minimum age of participants?
18 years old
-Twin share accommodation in Satwa
-Return domestic flights (Jakarta – Lampung) All meals as per itinerary, snacks, local fruits Taronga team leader
-Local English-speaking guide All transfers as per itinerary Entrance and national park fees Water on trekking days
What’s not included?
-International return flights to Jakarta Accommodation, meals or taxi fares in Jakarta Visas
-Travel insurance (compulsory)
-Sleeping mat, mosquito net and sleeping bag
-Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages
-Tips and gratuities
on Ground Partner next steps
Taronga is pleased to be working with Ecolodges Indonesia (ELI). They are providing all on-ground transfers, managing accommodation, food and all experiences. All booking and payments are directly with Ecolodges Indonesia. https://ecolodgesindonesia.com/
ELI employs local tour guides and staff. All tour costs go towards supporting the greater Way Kambas community.
information you will need to provide to ecolodges indonesia
-Date of expiry of passport – note: the Indonesian government requires at least 6 months of validity on your passport
-Travel Insurance policy number and name of company
-Booking details of your flight into Jakarta, and your flight departing Jakarta
-Contact details in Australia
-Room type – single or double
how to book?
For further inquiries or to book, please contact Gede Ori at ELI via email:
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