We begin this epic birding safari in East Sumba, where mouth-watering specialties include Red-naped Fruit Dove, Sumba Hornbill, Great-billed Parrot, Mees’s Nightjar, Sumba Green Pigeon, Pale-shouldered Cicadabird and the little-known Sumba Buttonquail.
Our next leg of the tour takes us to West Timor where avian specialties abound, including some of the island’s most highly regarded species: Banded Fruit Dove, Pink-headed Imperial Pigeon, Flame-breasted Sunbird, Orange-sided and Chestnut-backed Thrushes, Cinnamon-banded Kingfisher, Black-banded Flycatcher, Buff-banded Thicketbird and Timor Sparrow.
We end off the tour on Flores Island, where the magnificent Flores Hawk-Eagle, Glittering Kingfisher, sensational Elegant Pitta, Wallace’s (Flores) Hanging Parrot, Leaf (Flores) Lorikeet and the bizarre Bare-throated Whistler will be among the many targets on the island. One of the undoubted highlights of the trip will be the visit to Komodo Island just off of Flores, where 10ft (3m) Komodo Dragons roam this almost prehistoric paradise along with Green Junglefowls and Orange-footed Scrubfowls. Here we will also seek the beautiful and critically endangered Yellow-crested Cockatoo.
The Lesser Sundas has something very special to offer the keen birder and nature enthusiast and this eighteen day birding tour promises to be a classic among international birding adventures!
Tour Dates: 29 Aug 2016 - 15 Sep 2016 (18 days)
Tour Price (Per Person): €4,740 * £3,350 * USD4,975 * ZAR72,200
Single Supplement: €720 * £510 * USD750 * ZAR10,890
Flights (Approx. cost): US$565
Day 1: Arrival in Denpasar, Bali. Flight to Waingapu Yumbu & transfer to Yumbu
Day 2: Megitimbi and Lewa
Day 3: Watumbelar Forest, Uma Manu and Lewa area
Day 4: Langgaliru Forest
Day 5: Langgaliru Forest to Waingapu and flight to Kupang (West Timor)
Day 6: Bipolo
Day 7: Camplong Forest
Day 8: Kupang to Bipolo, onwards to Soe and Oenali Forest
Day 9: Fatumnasi and Mount Mutis
Day 10: Oenali Forest and return to Kupang
Day 11: Fly to Ruteng (Flores Island), drive to Kisol and Ponco Denki Forest
Day 12: Ponco Denki Forest
Day 13: Kisol to Ruteng via Ranamese Lake, afternoon at Golo Lusang
Days 14 - 15: Pagal, Golo Lusang and Ranamese areas
Day 16: Ruteng to Puarlolo, to Labuan Bajo and Potawangka
Day 17: Day trip to Komodo Island
Day 18: Labuan Bajo and departure
Top Birds: Sumba Hornbill, Red-naped Fruit Dove, Black-banded Flycatcher, Orange-sided Thrush, Timor Sparrow, Flores Scops Owl, Elegant Pitta, Bare-throated Whistler, Glittering Kingfisher, Yellow-crested Cockatoo
Habitats Covered: montane rainforests, lowland monsoon forests, wetlands, mangroves, coastal mudflats, grasslands and dry scrub
Expected Climate: mostly hot and humid in the lowlands, being very cool to warm in montane areas. Some heavy rain can be expected
Max Group Size: 8 with 1 leader and local birding leader
Tour Pace & Walking: mostly relaxed with some longer walks
Accommodation: basic yet comfortable
Ease of Birding: moderate with some tricky species
Other Attractions: beautiful beaches and tropical island scenery, 10ft (3m) Komodo Dragons!
Photographic Opportunities: excellent
The single supplement cost for this tour will be charged if you wish to have single accommodation. If RBT cannot provide you with a rooming partner for these nights although you choose to share, the single supplement will become applicable. We will make all reasonable efforts to ensure that a rooming partner is found if you do wish to share.
a) Due to constantly fluctuating exchange rates, we quote our tours in 4 currencies. The tour price is however fixed only in the currency printed in bold (US$), and the actual cost in the other currencies listed will be adjusted according to prevailing exchange rates at the time of final invoicing (usually 4 months before the tour.) The same applies to approximate flight and single supplement rates, which are also quoted in the respective fixed currency.
b) Rates are based upon group tariffs; if the tour does not have sufficient registration a small party supplement will have to be charged.
c) Furthermore, these costs are subject to unforeseen increases in tour related costs and may have to be adjusted as a result.
d) Lastly, we may be forced to change or alter the itinerary and / or the designated leader/s at short or no notice due to unforeseen circumstances; please be aware that we will attempt to adhere as close to the original program as possible.
As noted above, gratuities (drivers, hotel staff, restaurants etc.) are included on this tour. However, this does NOT include your leader/s. If, therefore, you feel that he/they have given you excellent service, it is entirely appropriate to tip them.
- The intensity of walking on this Lesser Sundas birding tour varies from easy to moderate, however there will be an option of a tougher trail in the Gunung Mutis Nature Reserve. You should be in good health and of reasonable fitness to undertake this tour. If you have any physical limitations or medical conditions of any sort, please do let the office know in advance.
- We will be birding in some remote areas well away from modern medical facilities.
- The hotels during the tour are of a reasonable standard. However, the standard is probably inferior to that which many of you will be used to in more modern and first world countries. Some nights will be spent at fairy basic hotels.
- The roads are mostly in fair condition, although we will encounter some curvy roadways with potholes; while in a few areas we have rougher unpaved roads to traverse.
- Most days in the lowlands will be hot, dry and sunny, but overcast conditions are fairly frequent and some rain, heavy at times, can be expected. In montane areas it will range from very cool to warm. Humidity levels are often rather high.
- Several nocturnal outings will be taken to search for night birds and combined with early starts, some long days in the field are to be expected.
Arrival and Departure Details:
This tour does not include ANY airfares. The tour will depart from Ngurah Rai International Airport, Bali (IATA: DPS) on the morning of day 1. Please arrive early on this morning or preferably the day before (if not continuing on from the Bali Birding Extension) to ensure that you do not miss the connecting flight from Denpasar (Bali) to Mau Hau Airport, Waingapu (IATA: WGP) in East Sumba. Further meeting details in this regard will be forwarded to you in due course. The tour will conclude at Ngurah Rai International Airport, Bali (IATA: DPS) by noon on day 18. If you wish to arrive early and/or depart late and would like assistance in this regard, kindly contact the office.
Denpasar Airport, Bali (IATA: DPS) is the main port of entry for international flights into Bali, Indonesia. From Denpasar there are regular internal flights to Mau Hau Airport, Waingapu (IATA: WGP) in East Sumba. We have the capacity to advise you on the best route according to your preferences, but your local travel agent will best be able to book these flights for you. We can, however, book the domestic flights on your behalf.
IMPORTANT: please DO NOT book your international flights until you have consulted the office for confirmation on the status of the tour.
Please note: these prices are subject to foreign exchange fluctuations.
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