With its proximity to Labuanbajo, Rinca is now receiving as many visitors as Komodo, if not more, and given that the dragon populations are denser and there’s less cover, you’re much more likely to catch sight of them here. Rinca consists mostly of parched grassland covering steep slopes, drought-resistant lontar palms and huge patches of flowering cacti and other hardy shrubs. The PHPA camp at Loh buaya has just four rooms and a small café. There are a couple of well-trodden treks and at the right time (mornings and late afternoons) you shouldn’t have any problems spotting dragons, monkeys, buffalo, deer and wild pigs.

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