Safaris, Trek and Tours – Basic Information

Rosa’s Ecolodge has developed a number of popular activities in- and outside Baluran National Park. These adventures have all different degree of comfort, length and need of fitness. From very easy to tough trekking, whether you are old or young, lazy or not, everyone can see the savannah and the animals. See our section ECO-SAFARIS.

How We Do It

We use several means of transportation: by foot, bicycles, safari cars and traditional fishing boats. Our popular safari cars have 4-wheel-drive and with seats on the roof for better view and observation possibilities. It is normally easier to get closer to the animals with a car. The animals are more shy if you walk and especially if you are a group of people. For visits to the beaches we use a Madura traditional fishing boat.

We have very flexible programs that change over the year in order to take advantage of local circumstances.

The Best Time

The rainy season is less attractive for trekking. The season after the rain are less suitable in some areas as the grass is meter high and very hard to trek through. The grass also makes animal sightings more difficult. However, this time the park is very beautiful with lush vegetation. The following period when the grass dries is the most ideal for wildlife watching. For this reason we change routes and programs in each safari in order to maximize the experience.

The best time to visit Baluran National Park is between July and November, however it can vary from year to year and vary for type of safari. June to November is the dry period when animals are easy to see and most of the land is dry enough for us to go everywhere. The rainy season is from December to May of which January and February are the wettest with frequent torrential rain. However, even January and February have still enough sunny days to make a visit worthwhile. The other months of the rainy season have occasional rains, just enough to keep the vegetation lush and green.

How To Prepare

Below we have compiled a few tips that can be useful. Remember that walking on the savannah with its thorny trees, being on the beach, and walking in villages can be very different. Use your common sense and don’t underestimate the sun. Do not forget to charge the batteries to your cameras and video recorders. Bring enough of memory capacity.

The local community is Muslim. They very much appreciate “decent” dressing in the village. Ask us if you feel you would need advice.

What always to bring:

  • Sun lotion
  • Sunglasses
  • A jungle hat or straw hat against the sun and the thorny branches.
  • Camera and / or Video Recorder.
  • Binocular, especially if you want to watch birds.
  • A backpack with your personal belongings.

What to bring on safaris into the park:

  • Good walking shoes and socks.
  • Long sleeve shirt and trousers, preferably with a large content of cotton. Camouflage shirt and trousers will give the photographer an added advantage to get closer to the animals.
  • A flashlight is recommended for overnight-stays.
  • Rosa’s Ecolodge bring tents (2 per tent), sleeping mats, and water for the safari participants when appropriated and a First Aid kit.

What to bring on rural village tours:

  • Walking shoes
  • Light but culturally acceptable clothing.

What to bring on boat trips:

  • Swimming gear

Rosa’s Ecolodge bring snorkeling gear for the tour participants.

At last, but not least: “Take nothing but photos, leave nothing but footprints”