Indonesia Photo Tour

Overview of the Indonesia Photo Tour

Indonesia is a very culturally diverse country and on this photo tour, you will experience three widely different cultures, Hindu, Christian, and Islamic where you will meet the friendly people of Indonesia in widely different circumstances. You will see the dry tropics with the Giant Lizards (commonly known as Komodo Dragons only present in this a small group of islands) and experience fabulous reefs with corals, sponges, and fish of great biodiversity.

This tour uses three of our eco-lodges in Flores, Kalimantan, and Bali to try and show guests the vast ecological diversity of Indonesia.

An experience you won’t forget!


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Experience the wet tropics with its rain forests unique and endangered primates (Orangutans, Proboscis Monkeys, Siamang Gibbons, other Primates, also, Elephants, and possibly a Rhino and the smell of the Tiger). The Rimba experience has been described as “the best wild orangutan experiences in the world”; viewing any of the Alpha males at each center is an unforgettable experience. The Satwa experience shows our best birding lodge and combines with rides on Elephants in the forest, river trips with primates, wild Elephants, deer, and many birds and possibly smell of the Tiger during a hike to Kalibiru.

The Komodo experience shows the world’s largest lizard coupled with a magnificent area of islands and reefs for diving or snorkeling. If you wish, you can have a final Bali experience, in one of our partner hotels, enables you to rest and relax and see aspects of this unique Hindu culture. Each lodge has its own unique birds and if you are keen on birds, you should see over 100 species on this diverse trip; many bird groups see over 150 species. The Satwa Lodge is our best birding lodge.

No matter what your adventurous spirit; we’re committed to providing you with a lifelong memory. You can select from our range of pre-packaged inter-lodge tours or create your own adventure of a lifetime; Ecolodges Indonesia has that something special for every intrepid traveler. This tour takes you to three distinct cultural areas, namely Bali, a Hindu island; Flores which is predominantly Catholic, and Kalimantan (Borneo) and Sumatra areas predominantly Moslem. There are some long travel days that may concern you; our opinion is that traveling in Indonesia is part of the fun; you will feel welcomed into the family of this vast and diverse country, meet Indonesians love to talk to you, and see many unique sights.

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Indonesia Photo tour

Itinerary of private

Indonesia Photo tour

DAY 1 – Arrival in Bali (D)

Arrival at Ngurah Rai International airport in Bali, you are picked up by one of our senior staff who will transport you to the Puri Bambu hotel in Jimbaran – welcome and briefing of the tour. Depending on arrival time birders will be offered a bird walk either in the gardens and valleys surrounding the Lodge or at the Nusa Dua Settling Ponds. Start of our Indonesia Photo Tour.

DAY 2 – Fly from Bali to Borneo. (B D)

After breakfast, you will take the early flight to Pangkalan Bun in Borneo via Java, arriving in the afternoon. After meeting your guide, you will be transported to Kumai to your Klotok (riverboat) to start the magic trip up The Sekonyer river to The Rimba Orangutan Eco Lodge. On the way (if the weather is clear) you will see many fireflies and after two hours see the welcome lights of The Rimba on your left side. You will be welcomed by our Manager for dinner. This route can be changed due to airline schedules. During the day, you will have proceeded from east of the Wallace line to west of it across many islands in the archipelago. The ecology changes dramatically from the dry to the wet tropics.

DAY 3 – The Orangutans of the camp. (B L D) 

After a leisurely breakfast, you take your riverboat to famous Camp Leakey to view Orangutans in their natural habitat; other primates seen will be Proboscis Monkeys, Gibbons, and Long Tailed Macaques, Short-Tailed Macaques, Silverbacked Langurs and hopefully you will see many birds, crocodiles, and monitors. Camp Leakey (named after the famous Oxford-based scientist Louis Leakey), one of the homes of Professor Birute Galdikas. Camp Leakey is allegedly the longest biological, documented scientific experiment on the globe. Galdikas is one of Leakey’s golden angels, the others being Dianne Fossey (Gorilla scientist – deceased) and Jane Goodall (chimpanzee scientist). If you are lucky, you may meet Birute. On the way home, if the evening is clear, you should have a great sunset with the Proboscis Monkeys.

DAY 4 – The Orangutan of Pondok Tanggui and Tanjung Harapan(B L D)  

A big highlight today on our Indonesia Photo Tour. After breakfast a visit to Tanggui (a second Orangutan release center) in an area famous for butterflies. After the viewing, you will proceed on a hike around the area suitable for those interested in birds, butterflies, and trees. This is an opportunity to study the area in a relaxed fashion. You will have lunch back at the lodge and then, after a short siesta, proceed to Tandjung Harapan (the third release center) for the afternoon viewing. This center is opposite a village where persons were resettled out of the park. If you wish you can visit the village and talk to some villagers. You will then return to the Lodge for a short rest and then proceed for an evening dinner on the river with the “fireflies”. The latter is an amazing experience.

 DAY 5 – Fly from Borneo to Lampung (Sumatra). (B  D)  

After an early breakfast the Lodge, will proceed downriver to Kumai and then on to the airport to catch your plane to Jakarta, and Lampung in Sumatra. You will be met by one of our senior staff for the drive to The Satwa Sumatra Elephant Eco Lodge where you will have a briefing on this part of your tour followed by dinner.

DAY 6 – Haunting for a Siamang Gibbons and the Riverboat safari.(B L D)  

On most days, you wake to the haunting call of The Siamang Gibbons in the nearby park. After breakfast, you will proceed into the park by vehicle and for a walk with the Siamang Gibbons with the aim of seeing these wonderful primates. Also, you should see a variety of birds and deer. Back to the Lodge for lunch and into the Park again to Way Kanan for a riverboat trip and a short hike in Tiger habitat, an exciting experience. On the river, you should see many birds, primates and may see deer and wild elephants. Sun Bears have also been sighted. Back to the Lodge for dinner and for enthusiasts, a night bird walks with Heriyono (our resident bird guide).

DAY 7 – The Sumatran Elephants. (B L D)  

After a leisurely breakfast, you will proceed to the Elephant Conservation Centre where you will meet your mahout for a ride on an elephant in the park. You should take some sugar cane from Satwa (grown in the gardens) for your elephant. This is a terrific experience. another possibility is to visit the ERU ( Elephant Respond Unit ) for a more in-depth look at protecting elephants and stopping crop damage.  After this on to the Bambangan reforestation center for a picnic lunch, then short hike into the park to the reforestation area where you will have an opportunity to plant a tree, ask questions of Park staff re the dangers of fire and see the forest. During this walk on another river, you may see evidence of Elephant and possibly see the endemic white-winged wood duck. Back to the Lodge for dinner.

DAY 8 – Fly from Sumatra to Flores.(B  D)  

After a relaxing breakfast, you will leave for the flight to Labuan Bajo ( via Java )  and our Mbeliling Mountain  Eco Lodge arriving for lunch. After check-in, you will go for a short bird walk in the forest around the lodge with your guide and see some birds hopefully including some endemic to Flores.  Dinner at the lodge.

 DAY 9 – The Komodos of Komodo Island. (B L D)  

Today on our Indonesia Photo Tour after an early breakfast, you will proceed to the harbor for your boat to Rinca Island, one of the two main islands in the Komodos. arriving at around 09:00 (depending on currents). On the boat will be plenty of tea, coffee, and water. You will be briefed by a Park Ranger on arrival and immediately proceed on a walk to look for Komodos. Then you have lunch back on the boat and proceed for snorkeling off one of the islands on the way home. then back in the late afternoon to Labuan Bajo and dinner at the Lodge.

DAY 10 – The Lake of Sano.(B L D)  

On this day, you can have a choice of either an inland mountain tour in the direction of Ruteng to view the scenery and some more birding or a visit to Lake Sano, a sulfur lake where you will have lunch at a homestay and walk part round the lake. Both tours show some of the best facets of this area. You should discuss which option you wish to do with the Manager prior to your arrival in Indonesia.

DAY 11 – Back to Bali. (B L D)  

After breakfast at the airport to catch your flights back to Bali. In Bali, you will be met by our drivers and taken back to the hotel for dinner and a  swim in the pool.

DAY 12 – The Temple of Uluwatu. (B L D)  

After breakfast at the airport to catch your flights back to Bali. In Bali, you will be met by our drivers and taken back to the hotel for dinner and a  swim in the pool.

DAY 13 – The Volcano of Kintamani and Ubud. (B L D)  

This a full-day tour of parts of Bali including Kintamani and the volcanic crater area of Mt Batur, visits temples, the art town of Ubud, and viewing the famous rice terraces of Bali. This should introduce you to this rich Hindu culture and give some understanding of the importance of Bali in the Indonesian archipelago.

DAY 14 – Fly home. (B) 

After breakfast, you will be briefed to proceed to other destinations or homes. We will assist all onward bookings and airport transport.End of our Indonesia Photo Tour.

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September – December


14 days / 13 nights

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included :

  • Domestic internal air tickets with all routes per programs
  • Return airport transfer services at all area.
  • Full board accommodation including breakfast, lunch, dinner, and refreshment.
  • Full board activities based on the itinerary above including English speaking guide, entrance fees, permit internal conservation fee, and the ranger fee.
  • local guides
  • Professional photography instructors Tim Vollmer

not included :

  • International Airfare/train ticket
  • Alcohol
  • Travel insurance, health insurance.
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry, drinks, camera or video fees at any site, etc.
  • Tips for your guide and driver (discretionary)
  • Model fees
  • What is not mentioned as included

Getting there:

You will organize your own travel to and from Bali.

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Photography Instructor for the Indonesia Photo tour

Tim Vollmer

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CEO & Founder

Tim has devoted his life to photography. Photography has been his long-held hobby and great passion. Tim has always felt drawn to the power and beauty he finds in nature. Tim has been leading photo tours and workshops in Iceland and many different countries over the years. He has had the world as his workplace. He is Photographing everything from the dramatic landscape in Iceland, to the native people in the remote corners of the world and the culture that is unique to each country.

His journeys have taken him around the world in pursuit of memorable travel experiences and the creation of compelling images. His work has been featured in international publications. His images and stories are shared on various internet outlets. As a driven artist, professional, entrepreneur, and adventurer, Tim is eager to share his passion, knowledge in photography, and travel through the tours he designed on his own, or through his partnership with professional photographers from around the globe. Tim and his family lived 11 years in Iceland. Now they are based in the Czech Republic.

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