Are you ready to act “Tarzan” and take on the challenge of truly original and adrenaline-packed rain forest adventures? Read on for a quick look into what’s hot and happening in the world of extreme sports -as far as action packed jungle trips are concerned.
Battlefield crossing at Kokoda Track in Papua, New Guinea
Pacifists are best not put off the Kokoda Track-the site of some bloody battles in WWII. However, those in questionable physical shape and unsure of hack hiking on a gruesome 96 km wretched and undulating trail in humid and hot conditions should be asked to quit beforehand!(image by POM CRS)
This trek is the only route traversing over the Owen Stanley Range and divides the northern and southern parts of the island. Hiking on this track usually takes over nine days and encompasses knee-deep mud, river crossings and regular downpour-on trails that take adventure mongers through some awesome vast valleys and scenic jungle that provide a more than welcome diversion. The right time for this trek is between April to November. The ultra hardy can choose to go in for a faster six-day trek.
Zip-lining at Cape Tribulation in Queensland, Australia
Ancient rainforests, best viewed from the unique perspective of birds soaring high through the canopy layer, is achievable through innovative zip-lining techniques used at Cape Tribulation. While sailing across the skies at this dense World Heritage honored tropical rainforest, you can look forward to catching fine glimpses of the ocean, Great Barrier Reef, boundaries of the Daintree Cape Tribulation National Park, and yes, birds and butterflies too! If you want to indulge in a little more of wilderness and enjoy the jungle at closer quarters, then tack a two-hours night walk on to this trip as well-you will get to see bats, possums, spiders, rainforest dragons and snakes (yes snakes!)
Mountain biking at Chi Phat in Cambodia
If you are planning to tour a jungle by bike, they remember that the act does not only allow you to measure more leaf-cushioned grounds than you could have done otherwise but also makes you watch the scenery whoosh past-in an exquisite and dreamy kind of way. The eco-tourism site locate at Chi Pat presents a myriad range of rides that take you across rugged rainforest trails-complete with a stunning backdrop of waterfalls , mountains, mangroves, and, grazing elephants too-only if you are lucky enough!(image by gkmediadesign)
Equally attractive is the eco-tourism site situated in the Krâvanh Mountains. This Southeast Asia’s biggest remaining tracts of rainforest was established in 2007 by the NGO Wildlife Alliance, with an intention of to giving local people a more sustainable income and promoting the areas natural wonders. Here, the rides range from easy 12 km ones to those that are more serious and sweat-inducing-at 42 km. Some of the packages on offer include cool-off sessions in waterfall-fed pools and camping in deep jungle as well.
Surfing in the waters of G-Land at Alas Purwo in Indonesia, tiger scouting with expert guides at Chitwan National Park in Nepal and other responsible forest trips and sports are on the tourist radar and attracting enthusiasts like never before-are you game?
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