Indonesia Herping


“I couldn’t recommend Indonesia Herping Tours enough!

We are in Indonesia for two weeks of exploring nature and food. We had found a lot of both but barely any fish, which are my main interest.

Nathan Rusli arranged a fish-focused night tour for us, with very little notice. The staff are amazingly skilled and knowledgeable, and with a real passion for conservation, education and grass-roots change. Our expert and driver have little English but Sheila is very fluent translated for us and we really interesting conversations about Indonesian conservation.

They pick you up from your hotel, which makes things soooo much easier.

And the tour itself is something I will never forget! Amazing fish, reptiles, lizards and insects. I have so many wonderful photos and stories.

The best bit was simply when our guide, Angga, and I were slowly walking up the small stream together. With few common words, sounds of amazement say so much. Language and cultural differences fall away when you share your passion for nature.

Do it.”
– Stella McQueen, New Zealand



“I went to Java with my girlfriend during the summer of 2017 and after we had no luck in finding (much) snakes and other reptiles by ourselves, we contacted Nathan to discuss the possibilies.
Even tho it was pretty last minute, we were able to plan a night-trip in the Bogor area.
We visited different locations and found quite a number of snakes, lizards, frogs, mammals, birds and insects.
We had a wonderful time, even tho the results were kinda dissapointing according to Nathan and the other guides. But we honestly couldn’t care that much since we had such a great time.
We loved the fact that Nathan is so straight forward and honest about what to expect. Like no other he realizes how unpredictable wild animals are and therefore he doesn’t make any promises which he can’t keep. Which is just great, since that how nature is.

We can’t thank him and the other guides enough for our trip.
At this very moment we are in the process of booking our next vacation to Java, summer 2018, and we are already pretty certain that we`ll be contacting Nathan again for, most likely, another night trip.

Once again, thank you guys! 

– Jordi Dirks, Netherlands



“I went out to West Java with Indonesia herping tours at the start of January for 2 weeks. While there I got to meet loads of great, enthusiastic and very knowledgable guides and field herpers. The local knowledge of the team is fantastic and allowed me to see dragon snakes (Xenodermus javanicus), keelbacks (Xenochrophis trianguligerus), rat snakes (Ptyas korros) and many more species! Along with the herping I also spent time at the Cilliwung reptile centre which is a cause very worthy of support. All in all I had an amazing time with an amazing team of people”

– Tom Wells, United Kingdom


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