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Way Kambas National Park Sumatra

The Way Kambas National park, found on the South East Coast of the Indonesian Island of Sumatra, is home to an extensive array of flora and fauna many of which are endangered and only found in this part of the world.  With swamp forest, lowland rainforest, mangrove forest, dry beach forest and expanses of grassland this national park is the perfect habitat for thousands of different species, offering exciting opportunities for visitors to experience some of Indonesia’s most diverse wildlife up close and personal.

 

On this remarkable tour you will experience the spectacular flora and fauna of Way Kambas National Park, where you will be accompanied by an experienced local tour guide. This exciting 5 day / 4 night to will give you the special opportunity to see and learn about the endangered Sumatran Elephant, Rhinoceros & Tiger, along with a vast array of other exotic animals such as monkeys, tapirs, leopards and birds.


ITINERARY :


Day 1: Jakarta - Bandar Lampung - Way Kambas

This morning you will be transferred to the airport to take the 20 minutes flight from Jakarta to Lampung where you will be met by your host from Satwa Elephant Ecolodge. Drive 2 hours to the ecolodge in Way Kambas village, 50 metres from the main entrance to Way Kambas National Park.  Tonight you are invited on a night-bird spotlight in the park with the local bird club. You may see owls, nightjars and frogmouths. Overnight in Ecolodge. (L, D)  


Day 2: Combination Trip of Elephant and Tiger Track

Today you will visit the Way Kambas Elephant Conservation Centre, home to 65 Sumatran elephants. It is a delight to watch and help bathe the elephants, play with the feisty young ones or learn more about elephant care from the mahouts. This centre is improving all the time and with more attention and support the elephant welfare will rise to the hoped for standard.  Then continue to Kalibiru Atas - There you will trek into the tiger territory with your expert tiger guides. The Sumatran tiger is a highly endangered animal but relatively safe in this park. Kalibiru Atas is a very active area for tigers who hunt the sambar deer while graze on the grasses. Late afternoon back to lodge, dinner and overnight. (B, L, D)

Day 3:  Bungur River cruise and Short trek trip
After breakfast, take the route to Bungur through rural Sumatra with your guide and park ranger. At Bungur you take a small boat slowly up river for 2 - 3 hours. On the right is the forested park and on the left is a panorama of small holder farms where cattle or buffalo plough the fields. You should see plenty of water birds and raptors. Some of many species of Kingfisher will be seen especially the Small Blue. Hopefully you see some primates (Long tailed Macaques and Langurs – not Siomang Gibbons as they are more central in the Park). During this period you will stop for a coffee break on the edge of the river. After this you will be taken down a side stream for a short hike in the forest to an area which is being reforested (assisted by SIES and ALERT) where there is a park out station. Here you will have lunch, and a short talk of the history of the fire affected area. Then you will have the opportunity to plant your own tree leaving behind your special mark. Late afternoon cruise back to lodge, dinner and overnight. (B, L, D)

Day 4: Way Kambas - Jakarta Airport - Hotel.
Today an early morning  you will have fun riding bicycles into the park to search for Siamang gibbon. These primates have a most exotic call and can be easily found by following the sound. You will be able to observe and photograph them well if you can find them in the treetops. If your bicycle safari is not successful the guide can take you further by car. Then back to the lodge for breakfast and transfer to Bandar Lampung Airport for flying to Jakarta. On arrival hotel transfer, check in hotel and relax time. (B)

Day 5 : Jakarta - Tour ends
Leave hotel after breakfast to Jakarta international airport for flying home or onto your next destination tour in Indonesia. (B)

PRICE: $1265 per person (twin share - minimum 2 persons)

Inclusions:

  • Return flights Jakarta to Bandar Lampung
  • Private car transfer
  • Transport to Rhino Center
  • All safari activity
  • Meal as mentioned above itinerary
  • 3 Night in Way Kambas Ecolodge
  • 1 Night in Jakarta
  • All National park entrance ticket
  • Mineral water per day tour

Exclusions:

  • Drinks other than mineral water, guide tip, and personal expenses.


MORE ABOUT WAY KAMBAS
Way Kambas National Park is a large national park covering 1,300 square kilometres in Lampung province, South Sumatra, Indonesia.Located in East of Lampung province and the eastern part facing to Sunda strait.Take 1 hr From Bandar Lampung.Way Kambas consists of swamp forest and lowland rain forest, but was extensively logged before becoming a reserve in 1972 so there is little primary forest. The reserve still has a few Sumatran Tigers and reasonable numbers of elephants. It is also provides excellent birdwatching, with the rare White-winged Duck among the species present. Accommodation is available at the village of Way Kanan, where there is a small guest house.

Another special feature of this national park is the Sumatran Rhino still present in the area. Only 275 remain in South East Asia today. In Way Kambas a managed breeding center or Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary (SRS) has been build up in 1995. At this moment 5 Sumatran Rhinos live at the Sanctuary, most have been translocated from zoos to the large enclosures (with natural habitat) at the SRS.

Habitat - Much of the park is dominated by a mosaic of Imperata cylindrica grassland and secondary forest habitat types, primarily a result of intensive logging operations in the past, but maintained by frequent fires and seasonal flooding. A central core area of the park is characterised by relatively intact primary tropical rainforest.

Access - Rajabasa station in Bandar Lampung (Tanjung Karang) to Way Kambas, also named Plang Hijau. The trip will take 2-3 hours (100 km). Panjang station in Bandar Lampung to Sribawono (1 hour). In Sribawono get on a bus to Way Jepara (1 hour) and from there with a minibus to Plang Hijau. Rajabasa station to Metro (1 hour) and from Metro to Way Jepara. Merak ferry terminal in Bakaheni, where the ferry from Java arrives, to Plang Hijau.

Flora - A large part of the park is overgrown with Serdang Palms (Livistona hasselti). The lowland forest consists mainly of trees from the Dipterocarpacea family.

Fauna - Because of the vast areas of grass-land, Way Kambas is a reserve where you can easily spot the animals.

Animals - Sumatran Elephant (a lot of them are very dangerous due to ill-treatment in the adjacent elephant training school!), Siamang, White-handed Gibbon, Long-tailed Macaque, Pig-tailed Macaque, Silvered Leaf Monkey, Malayan Tapir, Lesser Mousedeer, Large Mousedeer, Barking Deer, Malayan Sunbear, Wild Boar, Wild Dog, Sumatran Tiger, Sumatran Rhinoceros, Clouded Leopard, Pangolin, Temminck’s Golden Cat, Leopard Cat, Agile Gibbon, Common Otter.

Reptiles - False Ghavial, Estuarine Crocodile.

Birds -  White-winged Wood-duck, Masked Finfoot, Milky Stork, Lesser Adjutant, Asian Dowitcher, Storm’s Stork, White-bellied Sea-eagle, Brahminy Kite, Grey-headed Fish-eagle, Lesser Fish-eagle, Osprey.

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