Indonesia a photo journey (28 days) to the hotspots of natural diversity... who wants to join me?

11th February 2018

Indonesia a photo journey (28 days) to the hotspots of natural diversity... who wants to join me?

Hallo to everyone, as you probably know I broke last year two of my breast spine columns. So I had to cancel my trip to Indonesia. Now after months of successful recovery I planned and already booked a new adventure with the help of Diamir ( – John-Philipp Horn) to this magnificent country. This photographic journey based/includes like 2017 a photo tour guided by the German photographer Steffen Hoppe (8-10 people max.) and was extended with stays in the Gunung Leuser National Park (North Sumatra), Tangkoko National Park, Manembo Nembo Nature Reserve (North Sulawesi) and Sanak Retreat (Bali). The detailed program of the trip as the contact information you will find below. I’m looking here now for some people who like to join me at the whole trip (1-2, max. three people) or in parts. This trip is arranged for nature lover… people who like to take pictures with their camera and just leave footprints only… Hope to see one of you… Cheers Andreas

Arrangement: Orang-Utans, Komodo Dragons, Celebes black macaques, Tarsier and Volcanoes
Tour Date: 21.08.-17.09.2018
Tourcode IDOFO1-250818 (use this Tourcode for the correspondence with Diamir / Mr. Horn)
Organizer: DIAMIR Erlebnisreisen GmbH (Dresden – Germany),
Arranger: John-Philipp Horn (responsible person for booking) and me
Tel.: +49(0)351 31207326

Languages on the trip: German & English (through the main part – English second language)

Price depends on the final booked arrangements! Andreas Körner (me) already booked the complete tour as described in the following text.

The complete program consists of four separate parts, the main part (photo tour with Steffen Hoppe, 8-10 traveller max. ), the pre-program with the Gunung Leuser National Park and the extensions with North Sulawesi & Bali.

Detailed program:
(B – breakfast, L – lunch, D – dinner)

Day 1, 21st August 2018 Departure
Flight to Singapore and continue to Medan.

Day 2, 22nd August 2018 Medan - Bukit Lawang (D) - Start of the Pre-program Gunung-Leuser National Park
Transfer (travel time approx. 5h) from Medan to the village Bukit Lawang, which is located on the edge of Gunung Leuser NP. First visit of the national park take place in the afternoon / evening. First Orang-Utan sightings are possible at a former feeding place, as well as other species of the prevailing flora & fauna.

Day 3/4, 23rd/24th August 2018 Camping in the Gunung-Leuser National Park (B/L/D)
Your way takes you deep into the forests of the National Park. Enjoy the diverse flora and fauna of Sumatra. Numerous Orang-Utan, Gibbons, Rhinoceros birds and various other animal sightings are highly probable. You will camp under the stars in the jungle near a river (2 nights). (Walking time approx. 7h)

Day 5, 25th August 2018 Gunung-Leuser National Park - Bukit Lawang (B/L/D)
A further day of exploring the national park awaits you on your way back by feet and on a raft on a river to Bukit Lawang. The day will end with a barbecue with your guides.

Day 6, 26th August 2018 Bukit Lawang - Medan - Jakarta (B)
Transfer to Medan - flight to Jakarta and transfer to the airport hotel, start of the group photo tour with Steffen Hoppe (8-10 people max.). The rest of the day is free. You stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 7, 27th August 2018 Jakarta - Pangkalan Bun - Tanjung Puting NP (B/L/D)
Transfer to the airport and flight to Pangkalan Bun, a coastal town in the province of Central Kalimantan. In the village of Kumai, you will aboard your Klotok - a typical Indonesian river boat - with which you will explore the extensive waterways of the Tanjung Puting NP. Enjoy the ride along the green Nipa mangroves, which later give way to the dense rainforest vegetation. In the afternoon you will reach Tanjung Harapan, where you will visit a feeding place of the Orangutan. The sight of the majestic great ape hovering through the tree tops is a special experience. There is ample time to observe and photograph the red man of the forest. Afterwards, your captain will drive the Klotok to the night anchorage. Overnight on deck.

Day 8, 28th August 2017 Tanjung Puting NP (B/L)
You will go today to - Camp Leakey - probably the most famous research station in the park. On the way you will stop at Pondok Tanguy and spend the morning feeding of the Orang-Utan. Then you will hike through the dense rainforest guided by a ranger. After that you continue your drive upstream. At the fork to Camp Leakey you leave the brown floods of the Senkonyer River and thrust into a black-colored side stream. Birut Galdikas gave this section of the river the name "mirror of paradise" for no reason. In the afternoon visit the Orangutans at Camp Leakey. Overnight as on the previous day.

Day 9, 29th August 2018 Tanjung Puting NP - Pangkalan Bun (B/L/D)
Today you will drive to the Pesalat region. Since the extension of the Tanjung Puting NP in 1984, this area offers a safe habitat for the orangutans. On a short hike you can discover the diversity of the animals and plants of the national park. As you travel by boat, you are most likely to observe proboscis monkeys, macaques and kingfishers in the tree tops that surround the riverbank. In the evening you will return to Kumai and transferred to Pangkalan Bun. Overnight at hotel.

Day 10, 30th August 2018 Pangkalan Bun - Semarang - Magelang (B)
Flight to Semarang, the capital of central Java. Drive to Magelang, the nearest town to Borobudur. On the journey you stop at colorful markets and villages. Overnight at hotel. (Travel time approx. 4h).

Day 11, 31st August 2018 Magelang - Borobudur - Yogyakarta (B)
Visit of the world famous temples of Borobudur (UNESCO world heritage site), Mendut and Pawon. The temples are open to the public from 6 am. In the afternoon transfer to Yogyakarta (about 1h). Overnight at hotel.

Day 12, 1st September 2018 Yogyakarta - Volcano Bromo (B)
Very early in the morning, your journey begins to the famous volcano ensemble around Mount Bromo (2329 m). The active volcano in the middle of the Bromo-Tengger-Semeru national park is a real photographer's magnet! On the volcano slopes the peasants of the Tenggerese grow different vegetable varieties, which thrive here because of the fertile volcanic ash soil. The Tenggerese are the descendants of the inhabitants of the Kingdom of Majapahit, who were forced to leave their country after an eruption of the volcano Merapi. These are the only people in Java, who practice the religion of Hinduism. On the way you will visit the Jago Temple, which dates from 1275-1300 AD. It is believed that this is the burial site of King Wisnuwardhana. You will also stop at the Kidal Temple. In the afternoon you will reach Bromo. Overnight at hotel. (Travel time approx. 12h).

Day 13, 2nd September 2018 Bromo - Jemplang - Bromo (B)
Ascent of the crater of Bromo before daybreak. At this early hour the view is mostly clear and the view of the surrounding volcanic landscape fascinating beautiful! After that in the early morning you will drive to Penanjakan (about 30 minutes) and then easy trek to Jemplang (about 2h). Pick up there and transfer back to the hotel (about 1h). Overnight at hotel.

Day 14, 3rd September 2018 Bromo - Ijen (B)
Continuation of the journey with a relaxed and interesting overland trip through the backland of eastern Java to another significant volcano, the Ijen (journey time approx. 5h). On the way there are many possibilities to visit villages and watch peasants at work. Enjoy the view of the typical rice fields of the cultural landscapes of Southeast Asia! Overnight in a guest house.

Day 15, 4th September 2018 Ijen (B)
Extensive exploration of the Ijen crater with a special show in the evening hours - let you be surprised! Overnight in the guesthouse.

Day 16, 5th September 2018 Ijen – Ferry port Ketapang- Bali (F)
Continue your journey to the eastern end of the island of Java to the ferry port Ketapang (journey time approx. 4 hours). A ferry will take you to the island of Bali in about an hour. Continue to Sanur (about 5h). Overnight at hotel.

Day 17, 6th September 2018 Bali - Labuhan Bajo - Komodo NP (B/L/D)
Transfer to the airport and flight to the port of Labuan Bajo. Transfer to the boat dock and check-in on your boat. The ride will take you along a volcanic coastal line to the island of Rinca (UNESCO World Heritage Site). There still about 1000 Komodo dragons live. If the time on this day still allows you will go with a Park ranger on a first hike through the hunting areas of these giant lizards - another highlight of the trip! Enjoy the sunset on the boat. Overnight on board. (Journey time in the boat to the island Rinca about 3h and to Komodo about 5h).

Day 18/19, 7th/8th September 2018 Komodo NP 2× (B/L/D)
You have two full days to go on game in this park! Once on Komodo, you’ll follow the road to Banunggulung to observe the dragons. You can visit of the Komodo Natural Park Museum. Short hikes, both in the morning and in the afternoons, offer further opportunities to observe the flora and fauna. After the tours you’ll go back on board and for a tour to the island of Kalong, the island of the Mega bats, where you will observe thousands of them. Two nights on board. (Travel time in the boat from Rinca to Labuhan Bajo approx. 3h or from Komodo to Labuhan Bajo approx. 5h).

Day 20, 9th September 2018 Komodo NP - Labuhan Bajo - Bali - Departure day – end of the photo tour with Steffen Hoppe (B)
You will sail back to Labuhan Bajo to fly back to Bali and home. (In the late evening, you will be on your way home.)

Continuation of the trip with the individual extensions – North Sulawesi and Bali

Day 20, 9th September 2018 Bali - Manado - Tangkoko-National Park Sulawesi
Flight to Manado. From Manado, a two-hour drive takes you to Tangkoko NP. Overnight in a simple lodge. (Travel time approx. 2h).

Day 21, 10th September 2018 Tangkoko – Manembo Nembo Nature Reserve (B/L/D)
A one-hour drive will take you to Manembo Nembo Nature Reserve. You will start your trekking tour from the entrance gate into the wilderness and look out for the many endemic and native animal species. The 6500 hectare nature reserve was founded in 1978 to protect these endangered species. The name Manembo Nembo comes from the language the locals Tontemboan and means "view from above". In the evening you will build the camp. Overnight in tent. (Travel time approx. 1h).

Day 22, 11th September 2017 Tangkoko National Park (B/L/D)
In the morning you’ll have the opportunity to see other jungle dwellers. Drive to the Tangkoko National Park and light trekking, always on the search for the Celebes black macaques, tarsier and the more than 150 species of birds. Get lucky to see Kingfisher, hornbills, parrots and macaques. Overnight at simple lodge.

Day 23, 12th September 2018 Tangkoko National Park - Manado Airport – Denpasar (Bali) - Munduk (B/D)
Before sunrise, you will go to the Green Thorn for the last time. Enjoy the morning mood in the rain forest, before it goes by vehicle in the direction of Manado. Flight to Denpasar and drive to Sanak Retreat, 5 Star Lodge.

Day 24 – 26, 13th-15th September 2018 Sanak Retreat (B/D)
Three full days of leisure and relaxation before your journey back home.

Day 27, 20th September 2018 Sanak Retreat – Denpasar (B) -

Breakfast and Transfer to airport in the afternoon. Flight back home in the evening.

Day 28, 21st September 2018 Arrival in Germany or where ever you go…

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