ORANGUTANS AND KOMODO DRAGONS

WITH PHOTOGRAPHER SUDHIR SHIVARAM

BORNEO AND KOMODO ISLANDS

WITH PHOTOGRAPHER SUDHIR SHIVARAM

PHOTO TYPE: Wildlife     TRIP LENGHT: 10 days     DATES: October 19-28 2018    GROUP SIZE: 8-15 guests     PRICE:  3 970 USD


Photograph orangutans swinging through the rainforest and explore the island of Komodo – where the world’s largest lizard roam.

Take the opportunity to accompany Sudhir Shivaram – India’s most well known wildlife photographer on an unforgettable photo tour to Borneo’s rainforests and Komodo Islands to photograph the endangered orangutans and notorious Komodo dragons. If you want to experience some truly unique wildlife and nature, then this is the perfect photo tour for you. During this adventure you will experience close encounters with wild orangutans as well as the gigantic lizard – the Komodo dragon.

Join us on a journey to this incredible paradise for wildlife and nature photographers while learning more about why a thriving nature is essential for a stable future on Earth.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Experience & photograph orangutans in the wild.
  • Stay on a boat while cruising rivers surrounded rainforest.
  • Get close & photograph the notorious Komodo dragons.
  • Snorkel over colorful coral reefs in crystal clear water.
  • View when tens of thousands of bats lift off during sunset.
  • Visit some of Asia’s most incredible temples.
  • Personal tutoring by Sudhir Shivaram.

PHOTO TYPE: Wildlife

TRIP LENGHT: 10 days

DATES: October 10-28, 2018

GROUP SIZE: 8-15 guests

PRICE: 3970 USD

Photograph orangutans swinging through the rainforest and explore the island of Komodo – where the world’s largest lizard roam.

Take the opportunity to accompany Sudhir Shivaram – India’s most well known wildlife photographer on an unforgettable photo tour to Borneo’s rainforests and Komodo Islands to photograph the endangered orangutans and notorious Komodo dragons. If you want to experience some truly unique wildlife and nature, then this is the perfect photo tour for you. During this adventure you will experience close encounters with wild orangutans as well as the gigantic lizard – the Komodo dragon.

Join us on a journey to this incredible paradise for wildlife and nature photography while learning more about why a thriving nature is essential for a stable future on Earth.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Experience & photograph orangutans in the wild.
  • Stay on a boat while cruising rivers surrounded rainforest.
  • Get close & photograph the notorious Komodo dragons.
  • Snorkel over colorful coral reefs in crystal clear water.
  • View when tens of thousands of bats lift off during sunset.
  • Visit some of Asia’s most incredible temples.
  • Personal tutoring by Sudhir Shivaram.

DESTINATION INFO

DESTINATION INFO

BORNEO (KALIMANTAN)

Borneo is the world’s second largest island, divided by three different countries where the Indonesian part, Kalimantan is by far the largest. Kalimantan is located north of Java and east of Sumatra. Tanjung Puting National Park is one of nature’s real wonders, and this  area was declared a national park in 1982.  Though the park has not always been protected, yet its 3,040 sq km  is still very wild and natural; from marshlands to large mangrove swamps with an incredible abundance of wildlife.

KOMODO ISLANDS

The Komodo Islands are located in the strait between eastern Sumbawa and western Flores and consist of the three major islands Komodo, Rinca and Padar as well as a number of smaller islands. Komodo National Park was formed in 1980 and became a World Heritage Site six years later. These fascinating islands are home to the very aggressive Komodo dragons, many over three meters long, with sharp teeth and a poisonous bite.

TOUR ITINERARY

TOUR ITINERARY

TOUR ITINERARY • OCTOBER 19-28, 2018

DAY 1 – ARRIVAL TO JAKARTA

Arrival to Jakarta during the day or evening. Overnight at FM7 Hotel next to the airport. The hotel has a shuttle bus to the hotel from the arrival hall.

DAY 2 – ARRIVAL TO BORNEO
Breakfast at the hotel. After check out we depart for the airport for a morning flight to Pangkanal Bun in Borneo. Upon arrival you will be met by Sudhir and a tour guide from Zoom Photo Tours. Transfer to the harbor where we board a Klotok,  a traditional wooden boat, for a trip up the river. From the boat we explore Borneo’s pristine rainforest and its incredible wildlife. During the boat trip we will also haveour first contact with orangutans marking the start of our  orangutan adventure ending the day at Rimba Ecolodge where we spend the night. (B, L, D)

DAY 3 – BORNEO
Today our search for orangutans continues. After breakfast we return to the river to visit Camp Leakey where they have re-introduced orangutans the wild. During the trip we will also have a stop at Pondok Tanguy where we photograph orangutans from a very close proximity. Then arriving at Camp Leakey, the Orangutan Foundation’s former rehabilitation center where in the afternoon we see orangutans being fed. During the day there are many opportunities to photograph orangutans, different species of monkeys and other animals as well as the fantastic surroundings. Overnight on the boat – 2 nights  (B, L, D)

DAY 4 – BORNEO
This day is fully devoted to photographing orangutans. Our local guides are constantly looking for  them and other types of wildlife and we will stop as soon as we spot something of interest. Among other things, we will also stop at some orangutan feeding stations to increase our chances of getting the best possible photographs of these incredible apes . (B, L, D)

DAY 5 – BORNEO TO YOGYAKARTA
After breakfast we head down the river to Kumai and then transfer to the airport for our flight to Semarang. Upon landing, we continue by bus to Yogyakarta, the center of Javanese art and culture. During the trip we will make various photo stops  including a lunch stop. Accommodation at PuriArtha Hotel. Dinner tonight will be on your own. (B, L)

DAY 6 – YOGYAKARTA TO BALI
Early in the morning as the sun is rising we will visit the majestic Borobudur Temple, one of the world’s largest Buddhist temples and one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites. From a photographer’s point of view, the sunrise over the temple is absolutely stunning. After returning to the hotel for breakfast, time is allowed for street photography and a nearby market offering perfect photo opportunities. In the afternoon we transfer to the airport for our flight to Bali where we spend the night at Rama Beach Hotel. Lunch and dinner is on your own. (B)

DAY 7 – BALI TO KOMODO ISLAND
In the morning fly to Labuan Bajo, located near Komodo National Park. On arrival at Labuan Bajoyou we will have the  option to snorkel before boarding the boat that takes us to Komodo Islands. During the boat ride we stop at a small paradise island with crystal clear water and amazing marine life. If we are lucky, we will also be able to swim with large rays. Late  this afternoon we will make our  first visit to the island of Komodo to hopefully see up close the Komodo dragons. Overnight on the boat. (B, L, D)

DAY 8 – KOMODO ISLAND
Early in the morning we head out for a walk on Komodo Island guided by the local park rangers looking for the Komodo dragons. Back on the boat, we’ll have breakfast before setting off to Pink Beach for snorkeling. The beach has got its name from its red coral, its clear waters and  vast marine life. In the afternoon we go back to Komodo Island to get that perfect picture of the Komodo dragons. Overnight on the boat. (B, L, D)

DAY 9 – RINCA ISLAND
Early this morning our boat continues to Rinca Island where we will once again photograph the dreaded Komodo dragons, under the guidance of a local guide and rangers. On arrival, there is the option of choosing different trekking trails, ranging from an easy 30-minute walk to an over two-hour, more intense trek. At Rinca we can also encounter buffalos and wild horses in addition to three indigenous species of snakes. Lunch is served on the boat again, after which there is another opportunity for snorkeling on the coral reef. In the afternoon we have another photo session at Rinca that ends with a talk from a ranger telling us more about his job as well as about the Komodo dragons and their habitat. At sunset we continue to an uninhabited island to watch thousands of bats leave their caves, silently flying over our boat in search of food; a spectacular show of nature.

Overnight on the boat. (B, L, D)

DAY 10 – RINCA ISLAND TO BALI
This morning we visit our last uninhabited paradise island to swim and snorkel over the colorful coral reef. Back in Labuan Bajo, lunch is served at a local beach restaurant followed by a transfer to the airport for our afternoon flight to Bali. On arrival you will transferred to the international terminal of the airport for your flight back home. (B, L)

POST TOUR • OCTOBER 28-31

If you wish to stay for a few extra nights in Bali and explore the island on your own, we would be more than happy to offer you the following extension:.

DAY 1– ARRIVAL TO BALI
Upon arrival to Bali from Labuan Bajo you will be transferred to Kuta Beach where you stay at Rama Beach Hotel for three nights. Dinner on your own.

DAY 2– BALI
A full day at leisure by the pool or at the beach with time to explore the Kuta Beach area. . (B)

DAY 3 – TOUR OF BALI
Today you will explore some of Bali’s most wellknown places. Start off with a visit to the Tanah Lot Temple, Bali’s most beautiful and one of the most photographed temples in the world. You will also visit Beratan Lake with the beautiful Ulun Danu Temple and the UNESCO World Heritage Site-protected rice fields at Jatiluwih. During the tour there will be several stops at other beautiful temples and local markets including a lunch break. (B, L)

DAY 4 (12) – DEPARTURE HOME
This morning relax at the hotel before being transferred to the airport for your flight back home. (B)

TOUR ITINERARY • OCTOBER 19-28, 2018

DAY 1 – ARRIVAL TO JAKARTA

Arrival to Jakarta during the day or evening. Overnight at FM7 Hotel next to the airport. The hotel has a shuttle bus to the hotel from the arrival hall.

DAY 2 – ARRIVAL TO BORNEO

Breakfast at the hotel. After check out we depart for the airport for a morning flight to Pangkanal Bun in Borneo. Upon arrival you will be met by Sudhir and a tour guide from Zoom Photo Tours. Transfer to the harbor where we board a Klotok,  a traditional wooden boat, for a trip up the river. From the boat we explore Borneo’s pristine rainforest and its incredible wildlife. During the boat trip we will also haveour first contact with orangutans marking the start of our  orangutan adventure ending the day at Rimba Ecolodge where we spend the night. (B, L, D)

DAY 3 – BORNEO

Today our search for orangutans continues. After breakfast we return to the river to visit Camp Leakey where they have re-introduced orangutans the wild. During the trip we will also have a stop at Pondok Tanguy where we photograph orangutans from a very close proximity. Then arriving at Camp Leakey, the Orangutan Foundation’s former rehabilitation center where in the afternoon we see orangutans being fed. During the day there are many opportunities to photograph orangutans, different species of monkeys and other animals as well as the fantastic surroundings. Overnight on the boat – 2 nights  (B, L, D)

DAY 4 – BORNEO

This day is fully devoted to photographing orangutans. Our local guides are constantly looking for  them and other types of wildlife and we will stop as soon as we spot something of interest. Among other things, we will also stop at some orangutan feeding stations to increase our chances of getting the best possible photographs of these incredible apes . (B, L, D)

DAY 5 – BORNEO TO YOGYAKARTA

After breakfast we head down the river to Kumai and then transfer to the airport for our flight to Semarang. Upon landing, we continue by bus to Yogyakarta, the center of Javanese art and culture. During the trip we will make various photo stops  including a lunch stop. Accommodation at PuriArtha Hotel. Dinner tonight will be on your own. (B, L)

DAY 6 – YOGYAKARTA TO BALI

Early in the morning as the sun is rising we will visit the majestic Borobudur Temple, one of the world’s largest Buddhist temples and one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites. From a photographer’s point of view, the sunrise over the temple is absolutely stunning. After returning to the hotel for breakfast, time is allowed for street photography and a nearby market offering perfect photo opportunities. In the afternoon we transfer to the airport for our flight to Bali where we spend the night at Rama Beach Hotel. Lunch and dinner is on your own. (B)


DAY 7 – BALI TO KOMODO ISLAND

In the morning fly to Labuan Bajo, located near Komodo National Park. On arrival at Labuan Bajoyou we will have the  option to snorkel before boarding the boat that takes us to Komodo Islands. During the boat ride we stop at a small paradise island with crystal clear water and amazing marine life. If we are lucky, we will also be able to swim with large rays. Late  this afternoon we will make our  first visit to the island of Komodo to hopefully see up close the Komodo dragons. Overnight on the boat. (B, L, D)

DAY 8 – KOMODO ISLAND

Early in the morning we head out for a walk on Komodo Island guided by the local park rangers looking for the Komodo dragons. Back on the boat, we’ll have breakfast before setting off to Pink Beach for snorkeling. The beach has got its name from its red coral, its clear waters and  vast marine life. In the afternoon we go back to Komodo Island to get that perfect picture of the Komodo dragons. Overnight on the boat. (B, L, D)

DAY 9 – RINCA ISLAND

Early this morning our boat continues to Rinca Island where we will once again photograph the dreaded Komodo dragons, under the guidance of a local guide and rangers. On arrival, there is the option of choosing different trekking trails, ranging from an easy 30-minute walk to an over two-hour, more intense trek. At Rinca we can also encounter buffalos and wild horses in addition to three indigenous species of snakes. Lunch is served on the boat again, after which there is another opportunity for snorkeling on the coral reef. In the afternoon we have another photo session at Rinca that ends with a talk from a ranger telling us more about his job as well as about the Komodo dragons and their habitat. At sunset we continue to an uninhabited island to watch thousands of bats leave their caves, silently flying over our boat in search of food; a spectacular show of nature. Overnight on the boat. (B, L, D)

DAY 10 – RINCA ISLAND TO BALI

This morning we visit our last uninhabited paradise island to swim and snorkel over the colorful coral reef. Back in Labuan Bajo, lunch is served at a local beach restaurant followed by a transfer to the airport for our afternoon flight to Bali. On arrival you will transferred to the international terminal of the airport for your flight back home. (B, L)

POST TOUR • OCTOBER 28-31

If you wish to stay for a few extra nights in Bali and explore the island on your own, we would be more than happy to offer you the following extension:.

DAY 1– ARRIVAL TO BALI

Upon arrival to Bali from Labuan Bajo you will be transferred to Kuta Beach where you stay at Rama Beach Hotel for three nights. Dinner on your own.

DAY 2– BALI

A full day at leisure by the pool or at the beach with time to explore the Kuta Beach area. . (B)

DAY 3 – TOUR OF BALI

Today you will explore some of Bali’s most wellknown places. Start off with a visit to the Tanah Lot Temple, Bali’s most beautiful and one of the most photographed temples in the world. You will also visit Beratan Lake with the beautiful Ulun Danu Temple and the UNESCO World Heritage Site-protected rice fields at Jatiluwih. During the tour there will be several stops at other beautiful temples and local markets including a lunch break. (B, L)

DAY 4 (12) – DEPARTURE HOME

This morning relax at the hotel before being transferred to the airport for your flight back home. (B)

PHOTOGRAPHER

PHOTOTGRAPHER

SUDHIR SHIVARAM • Wildlife Photographer

Sudhir Shivaram is much loved, recognized and respected in wildlife photography circles not only in India but the world over. After 18 long years in the corporate world, Sudhir turned his passion for photography and teaching into his profession. Through his commercial venture, he conducts photography learning tours and workshops to numerous destinations across India and Africa. His online photography tutorials – the first of their kind in India – offer video-based photography lessons to learners anywhere, anytime.

PORTFOLIO:
www.sudhirshivaram.com
www.facebook.com/SudhirShivaramPhotography

ON LOCATION WITH SUDHIR
Our tours are always accompanied by a well-known and talented professional photographer who will guide you to the most scenic locations during the best light conditions and help you improve and expand your photographic technique. During this tour, Sudhir Shivaram will take you to Borneo and Komodo Islands and teach you how to turn the ordinary image into something extraordinary. During the tour Sudhir will lead photo walks in the park while sharing his best tips for capturing the surroundings. In the evenings, you will get help from Sudhir with the post processing of the images taken during the day. Sudhir will also look at your photographs and give his advice while evaluating your images. He will also talk about everything from camera techniques to focal lengths, composition and the light in the images as well as giving lectures on nature conservation. There will also be a lot of time for individual conversations with Sudhir, where you have the chance to ask questions or perhaps get some help with any camera settings or equipment advice.

ACCOMODATION

ACCOMODATION

KOMODO: BOAT

In Komodo we will also stay on a boat which will be our base for three days, sleeping in beds below deck. There is also air conditioning on board that will be turned on during the night. The boat has a kitchen and two basic bathrooms.

BORNEO: KLOTOK (BOAT)

This is a traditional wooden boat that we use for transportation during this part of the trip as well as our accommodation for two nights. We sleep on mattresses and cushions under mosquito nets up on the deck of the boat. There is also a kitchen and a simple toilet and shower onboard.

PRICES AND FACTS

PRICES AND FACTS

PRICE – MAIN TOUR

Price per person: $ 3 970 USD

Included:

  • Domestic flights according to the itinerary.
  • All ground transfers according to the itinerary.
  • Accommodation in a shared room.
  • Meals according to itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner).
  • Orangutan and Komodo activities according to the itinerary.
  • Local rangers during Orangutan and Komodo activities.
  • Entrance fees according to the itinerary.
  • Services of local rangers during all safaris.
  • Participation by Sudhir Shivaram during the entire tour.
  • Workshops by Sudhir Shivaram during the tour.
  • A tour leader from Zoom Photo Tours.
  • Various conservation activities and lectures during the tour.
  • Hotel taxes and other local fees.
  • Travel documents and other travel information.
  • 5% IGST

Excluded:

  • Single room supplement  $ 310 USD (not available on the boats)
  • Return flights to Indinesia.
  • All expenses of personal nature like drinks, laundry etc.
  • Tips to the local guides. Approximately $10 USD / day.
  • Cancellation & travel insurance. For more details, click here.
  • Any other item not mentioned as included.

PRICE
 – POST TOUR

Price per person: $ 490 USD

Included:

  • Round-trip transfer airport – hotel.
  • Accommodation in shared double room for three nights at Rama Beach Hotel.
  • Meals according to itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch).
  • A full day tour of  Bali with local English speaking guide.
  • Entrance fees during the day tour.
  • Hotel tax and other local fees.
  • 5% IGST

Excluded:

  • Single room supplement $ 190 USD
  • All expenses of a personal nature like drinks, laundry etc.
  • Tips to the local guide during the day tour.
  • Any other items not mentioned as included.

FLIGHTS

Airfare to Jakarta and back from the island of Bali is not included in the price. Should you wish, we will be more than happy to help you arrange all your flights. Just send an email to info@zoomphototours.com and we will respond with flight suggestions and prices.

GROUP SIZE

In order to for you to get personal photo guidance and the best experience with our photographer our groups are always small. On this tour the minimum and maximum number of guests are 8 / 15.

PHOTO GEAR

  • A DSLR Camera
  • Telephoto lenses up to a 500mm
  • Wide-angle lens, like a 24-70mm
  • A Laptop computer with any of the Photoshop or Lightroom software.
  • Extra batteries, chargers etc.

TOUR LEADER

Apart from an award winning photographer, our tours are always accompanied by a tour leader from Zoom with good photo knowledge. Our tour leader will handle all logistics and general matters and make sure your having the best possible experience in Selous.

TERMS & CONDITIONS

For more information about Terms & Conditions click here.

Photo: Sudhir Shivaram, Hans Elmqvist, Tom Svensson

PRICE – MAIN TOUR

Price per person: $ 3 970 USD

Included:

  • Domestic flights according to the itinerary.
  • All ground transfers according to the itinerary.
  • Accommodation in a shared room.
  • Meals according to itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner).
  • Orangutan and Komodo activities according to the itinerary.
  • Local rangers during Orangutan and Komodo activities.
  • Entrance fees according to the itinerary.
  • Services of local rangers during all safaris.
  • Participation by Sudhir Shivaram during the entire tour.
  • Workshops by Sudhir Shivaram during the tour.
  • A tour leader from Zoom Photo Tours.
  • Various conservation activities and lectures during the tour.
  • Hotel taxes and other local fees.
  • Travel documents and other travel information.
  • 5% IGST

Excluded:

  • Single room supplement  $ 310 USD (not available on the boats)
  • Return flights to Indinesia.
  • All expenses of personal nature like drinks, laundry etc.
  • Tips to the local guides. Approximately $10 USD / day.
  • Cancellation & travel insurance. For more details, click here.
  • Any other item not mentioned as included.

PRICE
 – POST TOUR

Price per person: $ 490 USD

Included:

  • Round-trip transfer airport – hotel.
  • Accommodation in shared double room for three nights at Rama Beach Hotel.
  • Meals according to itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch).
  • A full day tour of  Bali with local English speaking guide.
  • Entrance fees during the day tour.
  • Hotel tax and other local fees.
  • 5% IGST

Excluded:

  • Single room supplement $ 190 USD
  • All expenses of a personal nature like drinks, laundry etc.
  • Tips to the local guide during the day tour.
  • Any other items not mentioned as included.

FLIGHTS

Airfare to Jakarta and back from the island of Bali is not included in the price. Should you wish, we will be more than happy to help you arrange all your flights. Just send an email to info@zoomphototours.com and we will respond with flight suggestions and prices.

GROUP SIZE

In order to for you to get personal photo guidance and the best experience with our photographer our groups are always small. On this tour the minimum and maximum number of guests are 8 / 15.

PHOTO GEAR

  • A DSLR Camera
  • Telephoto lenses up to a 500mm
  • Wide-angle lens, like a 24-70mm
  • A Laptop computer with any of the Photoshop or Lightroom software.
  • Extra batteries, chargers etc.

TOUR LEADER

Apart from an award winning photographer, our tours are always accompanied by a tour leader from Zoom with good photo knowledge. Our tour leader will handle all logistics and general matters and make sure your having the best possible experience in Selous.

TERMS & CONDITIONS

For more information about Terms & Conditions click here.

BOOKING

BOOKING

BOOKING CONTACT

If you want to book a Zoom Photo Tour, there are three ways of doing this.
Either give us a call, send an e-mail or use the on-line booking form and you will receive a booking confirmation right away.

CONTACT PERSON: Sanjay Ojha

ZOOM PHOTO TOURS IN INDIA: Shop No – 3, Plot No – 436, Sector – 4 • Vaishali, Ghaziabad, (Delhi NCR)201010, India

BOOK THE TOUR BY PHONE:  +91-98 10 55 39 37 (Delhi office) SKYPE: sanjay.ojha-dyt

BOOK THE TOUR BY E-MAIL:  sanjay.ojha@zoomphototours.com

SAVE THE WILDLIFE

SAVE THE WILDLIFE

SAVE THE WILDLIFE

This is a “Save the Wildlife” tour, which means that we will highlight the importance of animal and nature conservation throughout the tour. In smaller areas in Sumatra and Borneo you can find the biologically rich rainforest, home to the endangered orangutan. Because of different threats, orangutans are currently classified as critically endangered. During the trip, Sudhir will talk more about the situation of orangutans and the destruction of their habitat. We also provide some financial assistance to maintain the orangutans by visiting and supporting Orangutan Foundation International.

THE FATE OF THE ORANGUTAN
Today, in Borneo’s rainforests there are approximately 45,000 critically endangered orangutans left. An orangutan spends most of its time alone and is expected to live between 35-50 years.

The orangutan is primarily threatened by deforestation that is taking place to make way for plantations to produce palm oil. In 2015, two million hectares of rain forest were burned or cut down in Borneo. Every hour an area the size of 300 football fields was destroyed.

As a traveler with Zoom Photo Tours you support Orangutan Foundation International financially and help save the orangutan. Click here to read more about Orangutan Foundation International.