There are three key components to every Ecological expedition: enable authentic immersion within nature, leave a tiny footprint, and actively engage communities. We don't use single-use plastics, we eat locally grown whole foods, hire staff from nearby communities, and work to learn, educate and inspire people through a sense of oneness with nature and wildlife.
We travel to remote Rurutu Island in French Polynesia to swim with humpback whales in the pristine waters of the South Pacific. Rurutu is surrounded by a fringing reef, attracting many nursing whales during the annual humpback migration from Antarctica. While on the island, we stay with a traditional Rurutuan family and share meals with them.
This two-week journey through the DRC involves tracking mountains and lowland gorillas, looking for rare okapis, staying in homestays in small villages along the Congo River, jungle trekking, and volcano climbing.
This unique expedition is sponsored by the Government of Sabah to highlight ecological responsibility and community based activities. We venture from the depths of the sea to the last remaining jungles in Malaysian Borneo to dive, homestay with local Sama Bajau, work with schools on ecological education, and trek the rainforests.
There’s off-the-beaten-path, and then there’s this expedition. We head deep into Sumatra’s Gunung Leuser National Park, travelling into the rainforest by foot and raft, in order to reach a land where few humans have set foot before-- the last home of the critically endangered Sumatran rhino, tiger, elephant and orangutan.
Or are you looking for something curated for you or your group?
"The Inertia people did a great job in planning and executing the Socotra trip. Matt and Nicole, in Socotra, managed to be consummate professionals, looking out for us and tending to every detail, all the while maintaining an engaging, and engaged sense of warmth, patience, and casualness. The local Inertia crews, in Cairo and in Socotra, were also patient, responsive, and extremely helpful. I am looking forward to my next Inertia trip."
CREATE YOUR OWN PROGRAM
Looking for a truly immersive experience in nature and wildlife for your group or organization? We invite you to work with our Ecological team on creating a custom expedition in some of the world’s most incredible national parks and nature reserves.
Custom Ecological expeditions take advantage of our network of dedicated fixers, guides, expedition leaders, and coordinators from some of the world’s most remote and difficult corners to bring people together, promote harmony with nature, and feel one with wildlife. All this while supporting local communities and leaving a tiny ecological footprint.
"This is the last place we have left in Indonesia where Orangutans live in the wild. Here, almost half the people in the community work with tourists. This is why the jungle stays. If we get mre touists here, people will have more jobs, so this is really helpful for us to keep the jungle, to keep the nature, to keep the wildlife. If no tourists come, the only way to make money is to cut the jungle down."
JHON’S STORY THE LAST WILD ORANGUTANS OF INDONESIA
Jhon has been living on the edge of Gunung Leuser National park in Aceh, Sumatra for his entire life. His people, the Alas, have inhabited this forest peacefully for centuries with the wildlife. As a trekking guide for nearly twenty years, Jhon has been leading an effort to save his homeland from loggers and those who seek to destroy the jungle.
MEET OUR TEAM LEADERS
Armawan goes by the nickname Momo, and he originally comes from the State of Sarawak in western Borneo. Momo is a divemaster, project coordinator, manager and all around hilarious and fun human being. He’s a fixture of any and every aquatic program we create in Malaysian Borneo.
Gisèle is from Rurutu, French Polynesia and is the matriarch of our operations here. From coordinating our swims, preparing meals and getting the house ready, Gisèle is an essential team member on the ground. She is also the chairperson of the local tourism committee and is very involved in bringing eco and community-based tourism to Rurutu.
Jhon is a member of the Alas tribe and comes from the small village of Ketambe on the edge of the Gunung Leuser Rainforest. His home is one of the last remaining homes of wild orangutans, along with a plethora of jungle wildlife. He’s been a wildlife trekking guide for twenty years and is extremely experienced with the ways of the jungle.
Salah comes from a long line of native Socotris. His grandfather started Socotra's first endemic tree nursery in Hadibo, and Salah continued on with his family's legacy by studying botany and ecology. He's an experienced guide and local flora and fauna expert, and has lead scientific research teams on the island.
Slava comes from Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula. A land of untouched wilderness, volcanoes, bears, wolverines and forests, this is Russia’s Alaska. He started out as a national nature park ranger before starting his our guiding programs deep into the wilderness. He lives half the year in Kamchatka and the other half in Vancouver, Canada.
Nahuma is our boat captain, experienced whale-watcher, fishermen and local community leader from Rurutu. He was born on the island and learned traditional fishing from a young age. He’s a musician and member of a Polynesian dance troupe that’s toured around the world. Nahuma is also head of the local protestant church in Rurutu.
Matt is a documentarian, consultant, locational manager, expedition leader and Inertia co-founder from Vancouver, BC. He’s lead projects in numerous outlier destinations including Afghanistan, Yemen, North Korea, Pakistan, DR Congo and more. He graduated from Brown University with degrees in International Relations and East Asian Studies and can speak English, Mandarin, French and Spanish.
Murad comes from the mountains of Northern Pakistan in the Ghizer District. He is an experienced trekking and mountain guide, but beyond that he’s a pleasure to spend time with and treats people like family. He’s worked as a coordinator and for BBC’s Planet Earth’s Snow Leopard episode, has lead expeditions across Pakistan for two decades and speaks four languages fluently.