A lodge in the wild

Friday - - Leisure Travel -

The com­bi­na­tion of il­lu­mi­nated fire­flies flut­ter­ing in the trees and starry night over­head is the stuff hon­ey­moons are made of – but if it’s a ro­man­tic break you’re af­ter, be sure to ask for an air-con­di­tioned room at the lodge and hot, run­ning wa­ter, for this place serves more as a suit­able base for orang­utan en­thu­si­asts and ecol­ogy trips than any­thing else.

Run by con­ser­va­tion­ists who care deeply about the lo­cal area, the Rimba em­ploys lo­cal vil­lagers, of­fer­ing them al­ter­na­tives to work­ing in the plan­ta­tions. Nearly all of the tour guides are for­mer il­le­gal log­gers, who gladly ac­cepted the rare op­por­tu­nity of em­ploy­ment in the vicin­ity, al­low­ing them to earn a de­cent salary while car­ing for the en­vi­ron­ment in­stead of de­stroy­ing it.

The lodge, which sees tourists of all types through­out the year from the se­ri­ous eco-trav­eller to the hon­ey­moon­ing cou­ple, is set on a jetty off the Sekonyer River and is sur­rounded by noth­ing other than wa­ter and rain­for­est.

Wooden walk­ways sep­a­rate the rooms from re­cre­ational ar­eas, and al­though it’s no-frills, it works per­fectly for its sur­round­ings. It has been con­structed in such a way that it doesn’t in­fringe upon na­ture, and ly­ing in your room at night, aside

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