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In the last 2 years, ElderTreks' CEO Gary Murtagh has been working hard to work out the logistics of visiting the Sumatran Rhino Breeding Sanctuary in Way Kambas National Park, South Sumatra. Not only is this a rare and special experience (as there are only about 100 Sumatran rhinos left worldwide), but we hope that by supporting and bringing sustainable tourism, that the locals may help protect the rhinos and no longer be a potential poaching threat. South Sumatra is not known for its tourism infrastructure and things do not happen easily here, yet it has some incredible experiences for intrepid travelers!

Other trip highlights includes a visit to Krakatoa (including Anak Krakatoa, or son of... which rose from the Sunda Strait in 1927), the site of the biggest and loudest explosion in modern history when Krakatoa violently exploded in 1883. The reason you will not find many adventure tour operators offering either of these stops is because they are not easy to get to or operate. This has never stopped ElderTreks as we are often the first to offer unique itineraries (we have been running trips to Iran for almost 15 years and Cuba for over 22 years just to name a few)! Here are a few words from Claudio Portal, our beloved tour leader, after our first group visit to Way Kampas and the Rhino Breeding Sanctuary...

"I'm glad to report we have successfully visited the SRS (Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary) this morning with a visit to see Harapan at his feeding session. He was very curious and approached the fence within 4 feet of our group so they got a really good view of this rhino. We spent 1 hr. there at the SRS with Dr Zulfi and he was kind enough to come to the Eco Lodge tonight to answer all our questions plus he made an excellent presentation including a projector for video and pictures. It was like having our group's very own NatGeo experience... They loved it!

To learn more about our Sumatra adventure including our visits to see orangutans, Sumatran elephants, meet the Batak people of stunning Lake Toba and the Minangkabau (matrilineal society) of West Sumatra, click here.

Gary Murtagh - January 17, 2017
 

Top Tours for 2017

Make the most of the upcoming year by planning ahead and booking some of the top new and returning adventures. We’ve lined up the most popular tours for you so you can get some travel inspiration for the new year.

Here are the top small-group tours for 2017:

Rwanda & Tanzania

Rwanda & Tanzania offer the best possible combination of incredible wildlife encounters and cultural experiences. This 15-day itinerary is a shorter combination of two of our popular African tours – Kenya & Tanzania and Uganda & Rwanda. If you’re a wildlife-lover at all, you will LOVE this tour.

Lions, Tigers & Leopards of India

This may be the grandest wildlife adventure anywhere for those who are lovers of the BIG CATS - lions, tigers, and leopards!

India is not typically known for having lions, as they are normally associated with an African safari. Lions at one time roamed from southern Africa all the way to India. That band no longer exists and today lions typically roam only south of the Sahara in south and east Africa. There is, however, a small pocket in northwestern India where lions still roam in the wild. This remote and seldom-visited region features Gir National Park where we will search for the rare Asian Lion. This 20-day itinerary will also offer visits to New Delhi, Mumbai, Udaipur, Jawai Dam and the famous Ramtek Temples. It's the perfect mix of wildlife and culture.

Malta & Sicily

With Sicily’s natural wonders and architectural gems, and Malta’s impressive landscape and rugged life, these two Mediterranean islands showcase a blend of rich culture, architecture, and history. Explore the splendors of the Mediterranean on this 14-day itinerary. There’s nothing quite like Europe in September, and we are so excited to bring a little bit of unique Western Europe to our ElderTrekkers!

Sumatra

The lush island of Sumatra, fifth largest in the world, is one of Indonesia's most important islands and perhaps its most beautiful. With its many tribes, cultures, wildlife reserves, jungles, rivers, spectacular waterfalls and crater lakes, the island is a joy for any traveler interested in natural beauty and diverse cultures. It is a truly extraordinary destination with its remarkable wealth of sights and sounds, all set within some of the most beautiful landscapes to be seen anywhere. One of the highlights of the Sumatra tour is visiting the endangered Sumatran Rhino, where little to no other tour groups go.

Iceland

As cold as Iceland can be, it never seems to cool off the hot-list! On this trip, you will explore the rugged beauty of this North Atlantic island nation. For most people, the name Iceland conjures up little more than snow and ice. But it is much more than ice - in its sagas, puffins, glaciers, fjords, active volcanoes, lava fields and hot springs, you'll find the perfect blend of nature, culture, and history.

Patagonia Trekking & Wildlife

Experience Patagonia's most stunning panoramas by vehicle, by boat and during spectacular hikes. What makes this trip different from our Patagonia Hiking trip is a much greater focus on wildlife, in search of feral horses, the elusive puma, humpback whales, and penguins. Our 18-day active adventure travels through one of the planet's wildest spaces.

Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea is like no other place on earth - culturally rich and geographically remote, with some of the most stunning scenery anywhere. Papua New Guinea is one of the most culturally interesting places on earth, with many of its tribal people following a traditional lifestyle. This adventure has been designed to experience the villages and people of Papua New Guinea. In order to do this, we visit a number of local villages and we overnight in one village. Papua New Guinea is the perfect place for the adventure traveler who's been almost everywhere!

 

Where do you most want to travel? Comment below!

- November 23, 2016
 

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