Every evening, the Earth Lodge team offer relaxing boat safaris down the Ulu Muda River. Starting from the lodge, the boats drift gently downstream without turning on the engines; the boatman using bamboo poles to control the speed and direction of the drift.
Without the noise of the engines you are able to take in the sounds as well as the sights and at a pace that allows much closer inspection.
The vegetation alone along the river banks is enough to make the trip worthwhile, with towering tress clad with creeping plants providing a somewhat cinematic background.
Along with a great variety of birds, you may be fortunate to see otters and other fauna. The highlight of any trip is seeing herds of wild elephants and, while this obviously cannot be guaranteed, there is a relatively good chance of this happening.
The boats keep in communication through walkie talkie, allowing the head guide to keep everyone informed about the wildlife that is encountered. The boats will also stop at various points to allow exploration of nearby mineral salt lakes and jungle clearings where wildlife tend to congregate.
The entire trip takes around two hours, returning to the Earth Lodge just before dark, and is a lovely way to end a day of forest exploration.