Indonesia’s wildlife is as varied and exotic as its landscape. Despite encroachments from loggers and palm oil producers, huge tracts of tropical forest remain relatively undisturbed in the archipelago, providing sanctuary for rare tigers, rhinos, elephant and an amazing array of weird and wonderful primates, including the animal most wildlife enthusiasts travel to the country to see: the orangutan.
The ginger-haired ‘Man of the Forest’ is native to two Indonesian islands: Kalimantan (the Indonesian part of Borneo) and Sumatra. On the former, the Tanjung Putting National Park is the premier reserve. Safaris can be conducted on klotok cruises up the Sekonyer River, when you’ll also catch sightings of proboscis monkeys and gibbons swinging through the branches. At the Gunung Leuser National Park in northern Sumatra, where a feeding station for orangutans provides the main focus, domestic elephants are used to take visitors on wildlife-spotting treks.
Indonesia’s other signature species is the formidable Komodo Dragon. The world’s largest reptile survives on five islands, foremost among them Komodo and Rinca. Our clients generally travel to them on daytrips from the port of Lanuan Bajo, on neighbouring Flores, pausing at Padar Island en route for a short trek, and at remote beaches to snorkel.
Whether you want wildlife to be the sole focus of your trip, or merely wish to include national park visits in a broader based holiday, our consultants and guides will be able to advise you on the best locations and safari lodges throughout Indonesia.