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Indonesia wildlife & culture photo tour

Wild Indonesia

August 17 - 31, 2018

 

  Jim Zuckerman Botswana Tour 2013

 

Join Jim and his wife, Dia, for a remarkable trip to beautiful Indonesia.  The photography on this photo tour is extremely diverse and nothing

like anywhere else on the planet. You will photograph wild orangutans in Kalimantan, the Indonesian state of Borneo, and Komodo dragons --

the largest lizards in the world -- on a remote island in the Java Sea. This is truly a land that has been forgotten by time.  Add to the mix the

exotic island of Bali with its unique and magical culture of dance, mask making, mysticism, beautiful people, and ancient Hindu temples, and

you can see why this tour offers an incredible opportunity for outstanding photography.  Your photographic skills will be challenged at every

turn, and the rewards are pictures that will be among your favorites from all your travels.

 

Join Jim and his wife, Dia, for a remarkable trip to beautiful Indonesia.  The photography on this photo tour is extremely diverse and nothing

like anywhere else on the planet. You will photograph wild orangutans in Kalimantan, the Indonesian state of Borneo, and Komodo dragons --

the largest lizards in the world -- on a remote island in the Java Sea. This is truly a land that has been forgotten by time.  Add to the mix the

exotic island of Bali with its unique and magical culture of dance, mask making, mysticism, beautiful people, and ancient Hindu temples, and

you can see why this tour offers an incredible opportunity for outstanding photography.  Your photographic skills will be challenged at every

turn, and the rewards are pictures that will be among your favorites from all your travels.

 

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ITINERARY

DAY 1, Aug 17 - 19, Friday - Sunday. 

Depart North America and cross the International Dateline to arrive in Jakarta on Sunday, August 19.  If you are flying from

Europe or the Middle East, you will have to check the airline schedule so you arrive in Jakarta no later than August 19.  Rest

and overnight at the Bandara International Hotel (managed by Accor Hotels).

 

DAYS 2 - 4, Aug 20 - 22, Monday - Wednesday. 

We take a short flight from Jakarta to Pangkalan Bun airport in Kalimantan, the Indonesian state of Borneo. We meet our local

guide and then transfer to our boat. Onboard, crossing the Kumai River takes approximately 15 minutes to the main river

Seikonyer. We travel upriver about 2 hours to reach the Tanjung Putting National Park, the home to wild orangutans. Lunch will

be served by our own cook on the boat. At 16.30, we continue our tour to look for Proboscis monkeys in trees that line the river.

Dinner and overnight at a jungle lodge. For the next two days, we spend time at Camp Leaky and the surrounding jungle and

have close encounters with wild orangs.  There are feeding platforms that they visit daily, and in addition, we will have a chance

to spot them in nearby trees and on the ground.  We will also be able to see a vast array of exotic birds, gibbons, monitor lizards,

butterflies, tropical flowers, and more.  Overnight Rimba Orangutan Eco Lodge.

 

DAY 5, Aug 23, Thursday.  

This morning we are up for some early morning photography and then we return to Pangkalan Bun for the return flight to Jakarta. 

We then connect to the 1hr 50min flight to Denpasar, Bali.  We transfer to our beautiful hotel with your own private pool and enjoy

a lovely dinner on a terrace above the surrounding lush vegetation.  Overnight Lokha Ubud Resort Villas and Spa ( 4 1/2 star).

 

DAY 6, Aug 24, Friday.   

Today we photograph two stunning Balinese dancers in the Monkey Temple, a stone-carved temple in the jungle with twin dragons

flanking the young girls.  Their costumes are classically beautiful and exotic, and the environment is right out of an Indiana Jones

movie.  When that photo session is finished, we spend time in the monkey forest to take pictures of long-tailed macaques with

plenty of mothers and babies.  Following lunch, we drive we drive to the central highlands of the island and photograph sunset

at the classic Ulun Danu Beratan Temple. It is an iconic shot of Bali as well as a religious sanctuary   Overnight Lokha Ubud Resort

Villas and Spa ( 4 1/2 star).

 

DAY 7, Aug 25, Saturday.  

After breakfast, we head to an outdoor theater where we'll see and photograph a performance of Balinese dancing.  The costumes,

makeup, and the great characters in the show make fantastic shots.  In the afternoon, we visit the 9th-century elephant cave with

its unique stone carvings.  Some of the centuries-old carvings are covered in green moss which gives a unique look to this historic site.  

Overnight Lokha Ubud Resort Villas and Spa ( 4 1/2 star).

 

DAY 8, Aug 26, Sunday.  

This morning is at leisure for you to shop, take pictures on your own, optional river rafting, or explore some of the island's handicraft

outlets.  After lunch, we drive to the central highlands of the island and photograph sunset at the classic Ulun Danu Beratan

Temple.  It is an icon shot of Bali as well as a religious sanctuary.   Overnight Lokha Ubud Resort Villas and Spa ( 4 1/2 star).

 

DAY 9, Aug 27, Monday.  

After breakfast, we drive to a nearby waterfall and take classic pictures of young boys jumping off the falls.  It's a lot of fun and it

makes for amazing pictures.  They will do it several times for us to make sure everyone gets the best shots.  Next, we visit the Bali bird park

where you can get remarkable shots of exotic birds.  In the late afternoon, we photograph a dance company Jim has hired to

perform the Kecek Fire Dance for our group.  Overnight Lokha Ubud Resort Villas and Spa ( 4 1/2 star).

 

DAYS 10 - 12, Aug 28 - 30, Tuesday - Thursday. 

Today we take a short flight from Denpasar to Komodo Airport in West Flores, about 500 miles east of Bali.  Here we board a boat

that will be our home and mode of transportation for the next three days to explore Komodo Island and photograph the world's

largest lizard, the Komodo dragon.  Having close encounters (but not too close!) with the dragons is like going back in time millions

of years to the Jurassic Period when dinosaurs ruled the earth.  In addition to the dragons, we will explore nearby islands such as

Rinca and enjoy the scenery of Komodo National Park.  Overnight on the boat.

 

Day 13, Aug 31, Friday. 

We head back to Komodo airport and take our return flight to Bali.  You could connect with an evening international flight home,

or Jim suggests overnighting in Bali to make sure you don't miss the international flight the following day.  You'll be rested and

ready for the long flight home.  Due to changeable airline schedules in Indonesia, we can't guarantee the arrival time back in Bali

from Komodo.  You will return home knowing you've had amazing experiences on this tour and taken award-winning pictures

for sure!

 

TOUR COST:  

$5950.  Includes all lodging based on double occupancy, all meals in Borneo, all meals aboard the boat in Komodo National Park, welcome

dinner in Jakarta, all breakfasts in Bali, all dinners in Bali, all entrance fees, all model fees, all ground transportation, all transfers from 

airport to hotel, river cruising in Borneo, and boat excursion in Komodo National Park.

 

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT:  

$860 (to have your own room)

Not included:  

International airfare, Indonesia visa fee, departure taxes in Indonesia, all lunches in Bali, tips to local drivers and porters, domestic flights

within Indonesia.

Domestic airfare (Jakarta to Pangkalan Bun round trip; one way Jakarta to Denpasar, Bali; Denpasar to West Flores round trip) totals

approximately $700.  Price can change due to currency fluctuations and airline price changes.