Indonesia

Chasing Wild Birds Birding Experience

Description
 

Indonesia is a country rich in biodiversity. It is estimated that as many as 300,000 species of wildlife or around 17% of animals in the world are found in Indonesia. Although the size of Indonesia is only 1.3% of the world’s land area. Indonesia is the owner of 1,594 species of birds and is the fifth largest country in the world of 10,000 species of animals that are now breeding.

Most birds occupy various locations in ecology. While some other common birds occupy a very special place in their habitat or based on where the type of food is located. In Bali, there are many bird species and on this tour, you will get to have multiple sightings of these various species.

Itinerary

Day 1

  • Arriving in Bali, we will drive along a lonely road towards the north-west coast of Bali.

  • Take the road through the farming village of Pupuan with its beautiful rice terraces, together with cocoa, clove and coffee plantations along the way until we reach Pemuteran.

  • Rest of the evening free at leisure.

 

Day 2

  • Un-spoilt beauty lies at the west end of the fabled island of Bali, lush green forests, picturesque mountain range, crystal clear blue water, and vast stretches of pristine beaches, all within the West Bali National Park.

  • Home to over a hundred species of wildlife, and there are one hundred and sixty species of birds that have been recorded in the park, including the near extinct Bali Starling (Leucopsar rothschildi), Bali's only endemic vertebrate species, the fauna icon of Bali. It was the key reason why this national park was created in 1941. By 2001, it was estimated that as few as only six individual starlings were thought to have survived in the wild, all of them in this park.

  • Noon time, drive along the western tip of Bali to the Ferry Harbor in Gilimanuk.

  • After crossing the Bali strait and reach Ketapang harbor in Banyuwangi East Java.

  • The rest of evening at leisure.

  • Breakfast at hotel.

 

Day 3

  • Located in the northeast corner, Baluran National Park is one of the driest parts of Java. Its flora and climate are entirely different from the rest of the island. Forty percent of it is savannah grassland, which surrounds the central mountain, the extinct volcano of Gunung Baluran. The park is particularly good for birds, over 150 species have been spotted here, including weavers, woodpeckers, kingfishers, peafowl, jungle fowl and the increasingly rare Java sparrow. Lizards up to two meters long also inhabit the park, and larger mammals are common, including banteng, deer, wild pigs, monkeys, macaque and leopards. There are dirt roads leading through the forest and grassland all the way up to several observation towers. One observation tower overlooks the nearby waterhole, while the one on the top of the hill offers great views of the broken crater rim of Gunung Baluran. Watch the large Javan water buffaloes called ‘banteng’ grazing, observe small Java mouse deer known as “kancil”, and spot peacocks strutting about displaying their colorful plumage, or eagles flying overhead. On the wild beaches, macaques are fishing for crabs with their tails.

  • Breakfast at hotel, lunch at a local restaurant and dinner at the hotel.

 

Day 4

  • Ijen is not just about the beautiful crater-lake; it is surrounded by a lush belt of forest, which is a great place to observe flora and fauna. If you are lucky, you could spot some of the rare endemic birds of Java, such as the majestic Javan Hawk Eagle, which can be found nowhere else in the world. Catching a glimpse of this rare and endangered bird of prey is something special, as it is now rarely seen due to habitat loss. The Javan Hawk Eagle can be seen soaring low, just over the forest canopy where it hunts for its prey.

  • Another spectacular bird is the Yellow-throated Hanging Parrot; this is the only parrot to be found in Java, and quite rare at that. Look for it high in the trees, possibly feeding on fruiting fig trees or other flowering trees. Flowering and fruit trees are the best place to stop and wait; this is nature’s buffet for birds and other animals.

  • Exploring early in the morning, you may hear the call of the White-Faced Partridge, which is another endemic only found in the mountainous regions of East Java. Searching for this bird can be a bit tricky, as it tends to hide off the trails on the ground, but its call is unmistakable and can be incredibly close at times.

  • All these birds mentioned so far can be spotted below 1,800 meters, with the Javan Hawk Eagle sometimes being higher. There are many other colorful forest birds you may encounter, such as, the Orange Breasted Trogon, White-flanked Sunbird, Malkohas and even Hornbills.

  • Breakfast at hotel, lunch at a local restaurant and dinner at the hotel.

 

Day 5

  • Continue exploring birds of Mt. Ijen, late noon time we will drive back to the mainland of Bali and drive to central highland.

  • Set within the highlands of the mountainous Bedugul Regency in Bali, atop a plateau that sits on Lake Beratan, stands the majestic Ulun Danu Temple. In the mild, mountain weather, approximately 1,500 meters above sea level, the air is crisp and cool.

  • Rest of the evening at leisure.

  • Breakfast at hotel and lunch at local restaurant.

Day 6

  • Early morning walk into the highland rain forest above the stunning twin lake and explore the pristine conservation forest that provide jungle ecology and wildlife.

  • Our jungle guide will lead you deep into this rainforest to search for some honeyeater, Javan kingfisher, short tailed starling and the more footpath head off in and up the birding in this area, it can be even more productive with the same species plus a chance at Sunda Thrust, Chesnut-backed Scimitar Babbler, pigeon, and other forest species.

  • If you have more time, you could try to look for water birds at the twin Lake Buyan or Tamblingan. Take the chance of encountering interior orchid from Bulbophyllums, Dendrobium, Papiopedhillum, Nervilia Puncata and many more.

  • Don’t miss the chance of visiting the largest botanical garden in Indonesia with their wide collection of herbs, orchid and tree, it is also the home of various birds of Bali.

  • Afterwards, we will drive to Ubud, Bali's cultural heart. Balinese kings, benevolent to the arts, transformed their former court seat of into a true global village. Ubud shops, galleries and art shops blend traditional crafts with modern design. Visiting European artists, attracted by the lure of an untouched tropical paradise, were encouraged to stay.

  • Continue to grain terrace or rice terrace in Tegalalang situated within the hillsides above Ubud, this is a typical scene in Bali, the terraced rice-field is typical of the beauty of the Balinese countryside.

  • Drive further to the highlands of the mountainous Bedugul Regency in Bali. On top of this plateau, siting on Lake Beratan, stands the majestic Ulun Danu Temple, catch this beautiful lake over the sunset.

  • Breakfast at hotel and lunch at a local restaurant.

 

Day 7

  • Leave early in the morning, to the countryside that surrounds Ubud, situated at the very heart of Bali.

  • You will be conducted on a variety of trails according to the cycle of the seasons. Birds over 100 species are found around Ubud, of which you are bound to see 30 or so, including Indonesian endemics such as: Java Kingfisher, Bar-winged Prinia, Black-winged Starling, Scarlet-headed Flower pecker, Java Sparrow, and many brilliant birds.

  • You will also the have opportunity to see: Birdwing and Swallowtail other Butterflies, different types of rice cultivation, rustic temples and monuments, magnificent trees, stunning scenery, and wildflowers.

  • Afterwards we will go to The Bali Bird Park which has the largest and finest collection of Indonesian birds in the world, plus fantastic birds from Africa and South America. Encompassing two hectares of botanical landscape, the park provides a sanctuary to almost 1.000 birds of 250 different species.

  • The rest of the day at leisure.

  • Breakfast at hotel and lunch at a local restaurant.

 

Day 8

  • Free at leisure to enjoy the resort’s facilities until departure time, meet your guide at hotel lobby for your transfer service back to Denpasar airport.

  • End of services.

  • Breakfast at hotel.

Indonesia

Low Season From R 32 843.23*

per person sharing

High Season From R 33 752.11*

per person sharing

*All above pricing is based on 3* accommodation and a 2 pax group, inquire with us for 4* accommodation and bigger groups.

8 Days / 7 Nights

Validity: Immediately - October 2020

Including

  • Accommodation as mentioned in the itinerary and based on sharing a double or twin room, incl. daily breakfast

  • Porterage’s at airports

  • Entrance fees, parking fees and customary donations throughout the course of the program

  • English speaking driver during the transfer, Bali Roundtrip and Java Overland
    Specialize English speaking bird guides in Java and Bali during bird’s exploration (different guides in each site)

  • Private air-conditioned vehicle during transfers and tours as described in the attached program, unless specified otherwise

  • Jeep during Baluran National Park trip

  • National park entrance fee in Bali an Java. Ranger where required

  • Meals as specify (B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner), refreshment during the trip

Excluding

  • International Flights

  • All expenses incurred due to flight delay or cancellation or due to other causes which are beyond our control

  • Personal travel insurance

  • Tips for guides and driver. Tipping in Indonesia is a common way of showing your appreciation and is highly recommended

  • Services not mentioned in the itinerary

  • Guide/vehicle during days or periods of time marked as ‘(at) leisure/free’ in the itinerary

  • Services not mentioned in the itinerary

  • Personal expenses such as drinks, phone calls, laundry, wellness treatments and any other items not mentioned in in the itinerary. This list is exemplary and not limitative

  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary  

Surcharges apply for high season or late bookings. Prices are in ZAR, subject to availability & tax fluctuations.

+27 (010) 035 5205

1st Floor, 65 Knoppiesdoring St, Randpark Ridge, Johannesburg, 2156

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