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Monday 1st June — Tuesday 23rd June 2020
(23 days)

Leader: Pete Morris

Group Size Limit: 7

Tour Category: Easy to fairly demanding, but mostly moderate

The vast country that is Indonesia, has a huge but very threatened avifauna including an unbelievably high number of endemics. One of the reasons there are so many endemics is the complex nature of the country, with literally thousands of islands, leading to a highly complicated biogeography. Here at Birdquest we have gradually been growing our repertoire of tours to find these endemics, leading to us visiting more and more remote areas, and we have now found a vast majority of the endemics on our tours.

Sumatra mirrors Indonesia in its complexity, with isolated mountain ranges and numerous offshore islands. We have now offered a series of tours seeking out the islands tricky suite of endemics, but without attempting to find those in the most out of the way areas. In recent years we have often added extensions to the main Sumatra tour that visit Enggano Island and an area in the south to look for the difficult Sumatran Ground Cuckoo, but there is still more, and this special tour will give us a great opportunities to find the remaining endemics.

The itinerary for the tour includes the Mentawai islands (where we will look for Barusan Cuckoo-Dove, Mentawai Malkoha, Mentawai Scops Owl and Mentawai Drongo, numerous endemic subspecies and endemic primates), the Simeulue islands (Simeuleu Scops Owl, Silvery Woodpigeon and numerous endemic subspecies) and Aceh province in the far north of the Sumatran mainland (for the endemic Sumatran Laughingthrush, Roll's Hill Partridge and the recently-split Aceh Bulbul.

We will also cover the Enggano Islands (for Enggano Imperial Pigeon, Enggano Cuckoo-Dove, Enggano Parakeet, Enggano Scops Owl, Enggano Thrush, Enggano Myna and Enggano White-eye) and visit the best area in southwestern Sumatra for the rare Sumatran Ground Cuckoo.

Birdquest has operated tours to Sumatra since 1984.

Accommodation & Road Transport: Outside of Padang, Medan and Bandar Lampung (where the hotels will be of a good quality) we must stay in simple hotels (although all rooms have private bathrooms) and basic or very basic guesthouses. Road transport will be by minibus/passenger van. Nowadays roads in this region are good, or at least of reasonable quality, but we will still have to use rough roads in some places.

Walking: The walking effort is mostly easy to moderate though a few optional walks are likely to be fairly strenuous.

Climate: Generally the weather will be warm or hot and regular late afternoon/evening rain is to be expected. Higher up, the weather will be cooler. It is often largely dry, though afternoon showers are a common feature.

Bird Photography: Opportunities are worthwhile.

Can be taken together with: SUMATRA & JAVA


Birdquest Inclusions: our tour prices include all flights and all tipping, including tips for local guides and drivers. Some bird tour operators do not do this, yet for participants these costs are an unavoidable part of the tour. The value of these inclusions on this Birdquest tour amounts to approximately: £790, €900, $1100.

Price is provisional

£5290, €6020, $7350 Jakarta/Jakarta. Deposit: 10%.

Includes surface transportation, accommodations, meals, entrance fees and tips/gratuities.

Also includes these flights: Padang-Mentawai-Padang, Padang-Jakarta, Jakarta-Bandar Lampung-Jakarta, Jakarta-Bengkulu-Bengkulu.

Single Room Supplement: £462, €526, $642.

Single rooms may not be available at everywhere for all those requesting them, as some guesthouses only have a limited number of rooms. Anyone having to share unexpectedly will be given an appropriate refund.

This tour is priced in US Dollars. Amounts shown in other currencies are indicative.

Air Travel To & From The Tour: Our in-house IATA ticket agency will be pleased to arrange your air travel on request, or you may arrange this yourself if you prefer.

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Birdquest Ltd is Registered in England, Company No. 01568270. The address of our registered office is Two Jays, Kemple End, Stonyhurst, Clitheroe, Lancashire BB7 9QY

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