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Close encounters with the dragons of Komodo

3 December 2012

Categories : Adventure - Hiking, Trekking, and Eco

Close encounters with the dragons of Komodo

Some people will tell you, sincerely, that the movie King Kong was inspired by an expedition to Komodo Island. Others will tell you, with as much conviction, that the island was the basis for Jurassic Park. Neither is necessarily wrong, neither is necessarily right. Regardless, stepping off the boat, walking down the small wooden pier and into the forest feels like a trip back in time – to a land where the lost animals of history rule supreme. The Komodo...

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Tag : Komodo National Park

Mount Bromo and the Sand Sea

3 December 2012

Categories : Travelings - Adventure - Hiking, Trekking, and Eco - Sightseeing

Mount Bromo and the Sand Sea

There aren’t many reasons tourists take the road south from Surabaya. But there's certainly a very good one. It's because the city is the staging point for the 120 kilometre journey down East Java to one of Indonesia’s most beautiful natural attractions. I’m talking about Mount Bromo, the active volcano that lies in the middle of a large valley. With its top blown off, it appears more crater than mountain, while putrid sulphurous gas and smoke...

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Tag : Mount Bromo

Face to Face with the Komodo Dragon

3 December 2012

Categories : Travelings - Adventure - Hiking, Trekking, and Eco - Sightseeing

Face to Face with the Komodo Dragon

Without a doubt, the Orangutan along with the Komodo dragon represents the wildlife highlights of Indonesia. They are unique to this geography. If you want to see them in their native habitat, you have to get on a plane (or boat) and travel here. That’s part of what makes a trip to Indonesia so rewarding. On paper, the Komodo dragon wowed me with its impressive traits. In real life, the Komodo captivated, entranced, and even frightened me. Basic Facts about...

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Tag : Komodo National Park, The romantic Pink Beach of the Komodo Islands , The Underwater Paradise at Komodo National Park

The Orangutans of Tanjung Puting National Park

4 December 2012

Categories : Adventure - Hiking, Trekking, and Eco - Travelings

The Orangutans of Tanjung Puting National Park

Looking deep into their eyes, knowing you as a homo sapien share 97% of the same genetic code as them, it’s hard not to feel a kinship with orangutans. The endangered orangutans in Borneo first entered my consciousness when I met Gela, my Dutch trekking partner in Nepal. I remember seeing a photo of her sitting next to one of the large, orange-haired primates, and knowing then that I wanted to see them too. Borneo, the commonly known name of the Asian...

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Tag : Tanjung Puting National Park : Re-introducing Orang Utans to the Wild

Observing Orangutan Behavior at Camp Leakey

7 December 2012

Categories : Travelings - Adventure

Observing Orangutan Behavior at Camp Leakey

Following the epic photo shoot with the delightful Sweet Hope, we devoured a breakfast of toast, fruit, and fried rice aboard the klotoks, and then disembarked. By then, two dozen other tourists had arrived to watch the morning’s orangutan feeding. We walked a few minutes along another raised boardwalk, until we reached the ranger station. Behind one of the buildings, a mother orangutan was hanging from a tree trunk, along with her adorable little baby...

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Tag : Camp Leakey