Jungle trekking in Bali. Bali Indonesia 21

The Bali Jungle.

While I mentioned Bedugul earlier, I didn’t mention the amazing golf course that is set inside this amazing volcano crater. I am not a golfer; I don’t mind watching it. But as we left our cozy villa this morning, my friend said he will show us a few amazing villas on our walk.  

Well, our walk turned out to be an hour of trekking through the jungle. This was not a tropical jungle. This location was 1300 meters or 4265 feet above sea level. Thus, the tropical vegetation changed quite a bit and I could have found myself in northern Ontario or Vancouver Canada.  

Jungle trekking in Bali.

There shouldn’t be… 

You learn something new every day. My friend brought along some bug spray, when I asked if there will be mosquitoes he calmly said, “There shouldn’t be.” I kind of thought to myself that he is the local guy here, he should know.  

We trekked through farm fields and then ended up at the edge of the forest. We were greeted by amazing views of the lake and the mountains. A total unobstructed view of the lake that was the mouth of the extinct volcano. 

There was not much time to admire the scenery as we went deep into the jungle and went even higher than our initial elevation. This is where things got a little interesting.  

There are leeches in a forest?  

Well, I didn’t know this… So, when my friend stopped and pulled one off of his sandal, I was very happy I was wearing shoes. The bottoms and the soles of our shoes were filled with 12 millimeters or half-inch in long leeches.  

This is where the mosquito spray came into use. Nope not for the mosquitoes, we never encountered a single one. But instead, the spray was used for the leeches. See, I learned that today. But I also learned that these little suckers, pun intended lined the floor of the forest, waiting for people like us to feed on. I was lucky since I had shoes, or so I thought…  

These little suckers were crawling into my shoes on the tiny little ventilation areas right through the nylon mesh. We had to pull hard to get them out. We sprayed our ankles and shoes. Luckily, we were all wearing pants.  

Worth the walk. 

Near the end of our walk, we popped out at the Handara golf course. This place is also inside this massive crater. Totally worth checking out the golf course if you are in the area. This is not your typical golf course. You would need to be superman to hit the ball past any of the surrounding volcano edges.  

The beautifully manicured lawns of the golf course are surrounded by jungle and some interesting inhabitants such as snakes and monkeys. 

We didn’t see any wildlife other than birds, yet I am sure the wildlife watched us as we passed by. That fact was a little disturbing since very large snakes are present in the area. Large as in ones that would be as long as a two-lane road. Needless to say, we were tired and headed back home for lunch. But this weekend was full on with many amazing views, travel photos, and more Bali exploration than I am normally used to.  

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Zsolt Zsemba has worn many different hats. He has been an entrepreneur, and businessman for over 30 years. Living abroad has given him many amazing experiences in life and also sparked his imagination for writing. After moving to Canada from Hungary at the age of 10 and working in a family business for a large part of his life. The switch from manufacturing to writing came surprisingly easily for him. His passion for writing began at age 12, mostly writing poetry and short stories. In 1999, the chance came to write scripts. Zsolt took some time off from his family business to write in Jakarta Indonesia for MD Entertainment. Having written dozens of soap operas and made for TV movies, in 2003 Zsolt returned to the family business once more. In 2018, he had the chance to head back to Asia once again. He took on the challenge to be the COO for MD Pictures and get back into the entertainment business. The entertainment business opened up the desire to write once more and the words began to flow onto the pages again. He decided to rewrite a book he began years ago. Organ House was reborn and is a fiction suspense novel while Scars is a young adult drama focused on life’s challenges. After the first two books, his desire to write not only became more challenging but enjoyable as well. After having several books completed he was convinced to publish them for your enjoyment. Zsolt does not tend to stay in one specific genre but tends to lean towards strong female leads and horror. Though he also has a few human interest books, he tends to write about whatever brews in his brain for a while.

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