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
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
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
- A jungle hat or straw hat against the sun and the
- 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:
Rosa’s Ecolodge bring snorkeling gear for the tour
At last, but not least: “Take nothing but photos,
leave nothing but footprints”