Indonesia wildlife holiday, primates and dragons

“This small group adventure brings you face to face with both orangutans & komodo dragons in the wild, alongside active volcanoes, magical reefs and a real life bat cave!”


Gunung Leuser National Park | Bohorok Orang-utan Centre | Mt Sibayak Volcano | Bat caves | Wooden villages | Hot springs | Bali | Flores | Komodo National Park | Rinca Island | Coral reef boat trip | Pink beach Optional: temple tours, rafting, village tours, island boat exploring, cave exploring, snorkelling.

Description of Indonesia wildlife holiday, primates and dragons

Take a two week Indonesia tour to appreciate the temples, villages and volcanoes that this island nation has to offer and you might well find a whole lot more than you originally bargained for.

Dragons, Game of Thrones aside, come in all shapes and sizes with Komodo National Park providing the ideal place to go tracking on an Indonesia tour whilst the jungle landscapes of Sumatra offer orangutans around every turn; if you know where to look, of course.

This tour week experience also features a range of outdoor activities to complement the wildlife walks with volcano climbing, snorkelling over coral reefs and plenty of free time to hit the beach certainly adding to the attraction of an Indonesia tour that's packing more punch than a steaming cup of Java coffee.

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Our top tip:
Take plenty of mosquito spray as the mozzies are plentiful in Sumatra and Bali.
Trip type:
Small group, min. age 16.
Activity level:
4 nights comfortable hotel, 6 nights standard hotel, one night boat.
Solo travellers welcome. Single rooms available with supplement.
Accom., transport, international flights if requested, all listed activities, tour leader throughout.
All breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner.
Holiday type

Small group holiday

Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, travelling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. If you’re heading off on a gap year your, perhaps – but for those with a two-week holiday, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

The leaders are not guides – they’re not there to shepherd you around. Instead, they’ll let you know which local restaurant serves great value food – without running the risk of travellers’ tummy. They’ll allow you to avoid hour-long queues at train stations and attractions.

We like to think of small group travel as the Goldilocks option. It is independent travel without the fuss, worry and bunk beds – and organised travel without the coaches. And it’s cheaper than a tailor made tour. It’s sits somewhere in the middle – and we think it’s just about right.

What are the main benefits?
Big experiences
Have big, life-enriching experiences that would be impossible to organise without lots of time and insider knowledge.

Make the most of your holiday time by letting someone else do the hard work and boring logistics!

Peace of mind
Small group tours take care of the security aspects – and provide a safety net should anything unexpected happen.
Who is it ideal for?
Travellers who are short of time
If you don’t have three months to spend exploring, small groups trips let you cover more ground in less time. Your days are not spent queuing for tickets or finding hotels – so you can squeeze more into your holiday.

Solo travellers who’d like company
Likeminded travel companions plus peace of mind for those travelling alone. Single supplements are usually available – providing privacy if you want it.

Less confident travellers
Stray from the tourist trail without worrying about getting lost, and meet local people without dealing with the language barrier.
“I won’t get any privacy!”
Couples and friends have private rooms, and you can choose to eat alone or not. Single supplements give solo travellers their own room.

“There won’t be any free time”
Free mornings or afternoons let you explore on your own, or just relax.

“The accommodation will be basic”
Trips are as high or low end as you like. Though off the beaten track destinations won’t have luxury hotels, this is all part of the adventure.

“I won’t like the other travellers!”
Tour operators try to create groups with a similar demographic – age, families, activity levels... Chances are, you’ll even make new friends.

“Will we be following an umbrella?”
Valerie Parkinson
Meet a group Leader
Name: Valerie Parkinson

Story: The first British woman to climb Manaslu, Valerie climbed Everest for her 50th birthday. She’s spent fourteen Christmas Days trekking to Everest Base Camp, and is involved insetting up Responsible Tourism initiatives in the Himalayas.
Roshan Fernando
Meet a local guide
Name: Roshan Fernando

Story: Roshan has led over 130 trips – he adores showing travellers around Sri Lanka. He won the company Leader Award in 2010, but his career highlight was working on their Tsunami Project – which earned him a responsible tourism award.

Responsible tourism

Indonesia wildlife holiday, primates and dragons

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.


Accommodation and Meals:
Our accommodation is predominantly locally owned and locally staffed and we try on this tour to use a variety of hotels so that several communities benefit. This is 4 nights in comfortable hotels, 6 in standard hotels and 1 night on board a boat in Komodo National Park. We support hotels with strong environmental and community policies which complement our own ethos. For example, we often use Bukit Lawang Ecolodge, which is a not-for-profit organisation run by ‘Yayasan Ekosistem Lestari’, which means the Foundation for a Sustainable Ecosystem. Money spent here goes directly back into community development and nature conservation. Where meals are provided, the spread will be fresh and plentiful. When eating out, guides will be able to recommend a range of locally run, authentic restaurants which will benefit from our business.

Our activity is based around the incredibly diverse wildlife and landscapes in Indonesia, so it is really vital that we are strict with our ‘leave no trace’ policy. Local guides will enforce this mentality through responsible tourism briefings to make sure that we minimise negative environmental impact and maximise our positive effect on communities. We visit two national parks- Komodo National Park and Gunung Leuser. The latter is one of the two remaining habitats for Sumatran Orang-utans and one of the largest parks in the world at over 800,000 of virgin rainforest. We visit the Bohorok Orang-utan Centre, which cares for semi-wild Orang-utans. This invites support for their conservation and well-being, and fuels the local economy. Other optional activities include visiting a bat cave, a temple tour, a downhill biking tour, rafting, and a Bali 4WD or village tour. Through this, we support local suppliers and alternative employment opportunities.

UK Office:
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK Offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.


Since 2013, our local operators have financially supported the Water for Sumba project, which aids a remote, hilltop community with building wells, providing pumps and water towers to facilitate getting water. They have also sponsored improvements made to the Tolong Flores School near Labuan Bajo. The children often come from poor families and the school is lacking in facilities and supplies. However, with donations and contributions of educational materials, children are now able to enjoy a small library, toys and access to the internet. If clients are interested in making a charitable contribution, we can arrange to visit an orphanage in Bukit Lawang for dinner where profits go towards caring for the children.

Local Craft and Culture:
Indonesia is full of rich culture and this is represented by a lot of traditional craftsmanship and organic production in the country. Ubud, surrounded by rice fields and temples is our final destination and is now known for its artistic community, awash with artists' workshops and art galleries. This is a great place to learn about traditional crafts and how they play into modern Indonesian art and culture. At Rinca and Komodo, local villagers also make and sell wood carvings which financially supports these fishing dependent villages. There will be plenty of chance to explore some local markets selling fresh produce. Berastagi, for instance, is known for its colourful fruit and vegetable market. Here you can buy passion fruit, rambutan (a type of lychee) and the foul-smelling (but, to many, delicious) durian.

Group Size:
This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.

2 Reviews of Indonesia wildlife holiday, primates and dragons

4.5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 14 Jun 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Seeing Komodo dragons and Orangutans in the wild

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Research your options for free days

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes, it did

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Very good, I do have a few suggestions
1. Have another option for those who don't want to do the long hike in Sumatra. I would have been happy to do the same short one again.
2. Include (even as an optional excursion) a dance in Bali. The Barong dance we saw was amazing and it was sad that so many people didn't get to see it.

Reviewed on 14 May 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

All the holiday was memorable but for me: going into the rainforest and seeing truly wild orangutans and a family of foraging Thomas Leaf Monkeys close up without a care of being watched. Snorkelling in the Komodo National Park and seeing so many beautiful fish and colourful corals. Walking on Komodo and Rinca and have a fairly large 'dragon' purposefully stride towards us.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Take plenty of insect repellant and lightweight clothes. When in Sumatra make sure you are really fit before doing the one day trek as it is more than challenging as very steep ravine to climb up in high humidity. Just relax and enjoy it.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes. Our group spent quite a lot of money on services such as massages and facials which were performed by locals. The guides at each destination were always local and numerous and the hotels were well staffed so employment levels were good. As a group we were always picking up plastic bottles and bags from the beach and collected a few whilst snorkelling. Drinking water was always available to refill bottles so no need for extra plastic.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

It was a great holiday, very active with only 2 full days for relaxation. The itinerary was well planned but most of the group thought an extra day in Flores would have been better than a full day to ourselves in Obud.

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