Remember yesterday’s post about 5-star camping? Well, I did some more digging around, and I’ve found that the Tanakita campsite is owned and operated by the good folks at Rakata Adventure. And, it turns out that they are also part of the team running another five-star-comfort-meets-tents-and-outdoor-bathrooms (very nice outdoor bathrooms, though) establishment in Bali: Baliwoso (www.baliwoso.com).
Before anybody asks, no, Baliwoso is not located anywhere near one of Bali’s famous beaches. Instead, the adventure camp is located in Pengotan village, Bangli—Bali’s one and only landlocked regency. Replacing warm sands and sunny shores are lush green forests and a rich cultural heritage. See, Baliwoso was developed to promote “conservation of nature and local culture”. So, while you could simply sit back and relax for a day or two (or more), you could also sign up for the grēnak-shən (green action) program, witness the sights and sounds of Pengotan’s culture and traditions, and try your hand at a local dance or musical instrument. It’s really the kind of place where you can make quite a few lasting memories.
Supposedly, those memories might also include playing with cows and calves (on the campsite’s cowshed) or harvesting your own corn and strawberries.
Whichever way you decide to spend your time there, either sitting back and relaxing or planting trees first and then sitting back and relaxing, you’ll definitely appreciate the campsite’s facilities: specially made ‘Serengeti’ tents that look like villas (the tents for couples look especially luxurious, and the family tents remind me of sleeper cars on luxury trains), hot showers, and three square meals a day plus Pengotan-style snacks.
I have to admit, though, that ‘Bali’ still sounds like ‘beaches, seaside hotels, and seafood restaurants right on the coast’ to me. But if I ever spend a long vacation there, I might be tempted to spend a couple of days on the greener parts of the island, especially if those tents are as comfy as they look…