Which came first – the walk or the work? Actually the latter, and the name was suggested by Hans Hoefer, erstwhile founder and publisher of APA Insight Guides. The book sold quite well, and I was inspired to expand on some of the featured itineraries, developing our programme of Bali Bird Walks for bird-watchers and aspiring naturalists which we operate today. We – that is me and Wayan Sumadi, better known to her birding fans as Su. Su is the one who really runs the show. Nothing escapes her notice; and pretty well all the fan mail is addressed to her!
We’ve been at it for nearly 15 years now: the other day Su hosted a party of Aussie birders who’d already done it six times. Needless to say, it was she (and the birds) they’d come to see! Mind you, there are other things besides birds out there. We specialize in butterflies, and trees and herbs, especially those having medicinal properties. Anyone for a spot of botanizing? Then a leisurely lunch in sylvan surrounds. Companionship is the key.
All are welcome, children especially. We can handle groups of up to 20 kids, many attending international schools regionally. Just give us some forewarning, and Su will take care of the rest. Walks take place on Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays (though by prior arrangement any day will do). And for dedicated birders and other enthusiasts, we may propose itineraries tailor-made and island-wide. Just try usíKand see!