This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Responsible tourism: Java & Sumatra tailor made holiday, Indonesia
Indonesia is a country with a huge range of biodiversity, but also some fairly serious environmental challenges to manage as well. On this trip we spend time in some pristine landscapes, most notably Gunung Leuser National Park. This park is home to some of South East Asia's most iconic species including tigers, elephants and the highly endangered Sumatran rhino, and by visiting the park we are paying entrance fees that contribute to essential conservation work - without funding behind parks such as this, the future of such species would be even more perilous.
We also visit the orang utan rehabilitation centre, which has a goal of reintroducing these magnificent apes into the wild, after having been kept in captivity or orphaned - again, the fees from your visit contribute to this essential work.
On a wider level, nature based tourism such as this can help to show local communities that the natural world is worth preserving, and give them a financial incentive for doing so - rather than it just being seen as a resource to be used.
We only ever use local tour leaders and guides on our trips; not only does this mean that travellers get local insights that they might not get from a westerner, but it means that the communities we travel through benefit directly from the presence of tourism. This doesn't just mean an Indonesian guide from start to finish, but guides from the various places visited on the itinerary, ensuring that it really does filter down to that micro-level.
We tend to avoid including meals on our itineraries, and encourage people to get out of the hotels and spread their spending among local businesses, again meaning that the benefits are spread a bit more equitably.
We visit a number of temples and religious sites on this itinerary, which hold great significance for local people. Travellers are fully briefed on appropriate dress and behaviour so as not to offend the cultures through which they are travelling.
We make an effort to stop at small villages along the way to gain further insights into local culture. These are carefully selected to ensure that our presence is welcome, rather than obtrusive, and we discuss with local elders how best to show our appreciation in terms of appropriate donations.
All travellers are issued with detailed guidelines about how to travel responsibly, and are given notes on local culture and customs, so that they are aware of appropriate behaviour throughout their time in Indonesia.