Bandar Lampung province

Bandar Lampung province


How to reach Way Kambas:Bandar Lampung-Metro-Way Jepara, about 2 hours by car (112 km);
 Branti-Metro-Way Jepara, about 1.5 hours (100 km);
 Bakauheni-Panjang-Sribawono-Labuan Meringgai-Way Kambas,
 total about 2 hours.
 Best time of year to visit: July to September.
 Interesting locations/attractions:
 Pusat Latihan Gajah Karangsari: elephant training centre.
 Way Kambas: camping.
 Rawa Kali Biru, Rawa Gajah and Kuala Kambas: kayaking/canoeing along the Way Kanan river,
 observing animals (wild duck, herons, deer, migrant birds), grasslands and mangroves.

– Way Kambas National Park Map

Way Kambas National Park Map



Sumatran park made safer
Elephants no longer at risk from hidden wells

Rare animal species at an Indonesian national park will soon be able to tread more safely in their jungle home.

Way Kambas National Park on the south-east coast of Sumatra is peppered with around 4,000 abandoned wells that were once used by people who lived there.

Since the communities were relocated when the park was gazetted in 1984, the wells have become death traps for wildlife, particularly the endangered baby Sumatran elephant.

A three-year-old baby Sumatran elephant called Sakura made headlines this year when she fell into a well. She was rescued after two weeks without food or water but died of pneumonia shortly afterwards.

Now the US Fish and Wildlife Service is to contribute two-thirds of the US$71,328 (£39,808) that is needed for a project to close the wells. The remaining money will be provided by the Ecolodges Indonesia Wildlife Rescue Fund.

As well as monitoring the well closures, the new project will rescue and rehabilitate animals who have fallen into the wells.

Way Kambas National Park is also home to the critically endangered Sumatran rhino and Sumatran tiger. The rhino population has slowly risen since 1988, when experts estimated numbers had fallen to an all-time low of between 19 and 22.

Lampung Sumatra Way Kambas National Park Introduction

Way Kambas  National Park


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Way Kambas National Park (130.000 ha) lies on Sumatra’s southeast coast in the province Lampung and easily reachable with the ferry from Java. It consists of swamp forest, lowland rainforest, mangrove forests, dry beach forests, Nibung swamps and vast areas of grass-land.
The park is famous for his Sumatran Elephants of which a large number comes from the Elephant Training School Pusat Latihan Gajah. Moreover, the reserve supports over 270 species of birds.
There are four possibilities to enter the park.
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.
Permits for the park are available at the entrance in Plang Hijau.
In Way Kanan, in the park, are some simple bungalows. You should bring food.
KSDA Jl. Raya Hajimena 1/b, Bandar Lampung
Plang Hijau-Way Kanan (13 km) 3 hours From Way Kanan, by boat along the rivier Way Kanan to the river mouth in Kuala Kambas
A large part of the park is overgrown with Serdang Palms (Livistona hasselti). The lowland forest consists mainly of trees from the Dipterocarpacea family.
Because of the vast areas of grass-land, Way Kambas is a reserve where you can easily spot the animals.

* Avicennia spp.
* Barringtonia spp.
* Casuarina spp.
* Dipterocarpus spp.
* Alang-alang – Imperata cylindrica
* Serdang palm – Livistona hasselti
* Nypa fruticans
* Oncosperma spp.
* Pandanus spp.

* Malayan pangolin – Manis javanica
* Long-tailed macaque – Macaca fascicularis
* Pig-tailed macaque – Macaca nemestrina
* Banded leaf monkey – Presbytis femoralis
* Silvered leaf monkey – Trachypithecus cristatus
* Agile gibbon – Hylobates agilis
* Siamang – Hylobates syndactylus
* Greater slow loris – Nycticebus coucang
* Asiatic wild dog – Cuon alpinus
* Golden cat – Catopuma temminckii
* Clouded leopard – Neofelis nebulosa
* Sumatran tiger – Panthera tigris sumatrae
* Marbled cat – Pardofelis marmorata
* Leopard cat – Prionailurus bengalensis

* Crested Goshawk – Accipiter trivirgatus
* Japanese Sparrowhawk – Accipiter gularis
* Besra – Accipiter virgatus
* Black Eagle – Ictinaetus malayensis
* Rufous-bellied Eagle – Hieraaetus kienerii
* Changeable Hawk-Eagle – Spizaetus cirrhatus
* Wallace’s Hawk-Eagle – Spizaetus nanus
* Black-thighed Falconet – Microhierax fringillarius
* Oriental Darter – Anhinga melanogaster
* Yellow Bittern – Ixobrychus sinensis
* Cinnamon Bittern – Ixobrychus cinnamomeus
* Black Bittern – Dupetor flavicollis
* Black-crowned Night-Heron – Nycticorax nycticorax * Flat-headed cat – Prionailurus planiceps
* Fishing cat – Prionailurus viverrinus
* Oriental small-clawed otter –
* Common otter – Lutra lutra

# Hairy-nosed otter – Lutra sumatrana
# Yellow-throated marten – Martes flavigula
# Malayan sun bear – Helarctos malayanus
# Otter-civet – Cynogale bennettii
# Banded palm civet – Hemigalus derbyanus
# Masked palm civet – Paguma larvata
# Malay civet – Viverra tangalunga
# Small Indian civet – Viverricula indica
# Sumatran elephant – Elephas maximus
# Sumatran rhinoceros – Dicerorhinus sumatrensis
# Malayan tapir – Tapirus indicus
# Sambar – Cervus unicolor
# Barking deer – Muntiacus muntjak
# Wild boar – Sus scrofa
# Lesser mousedeer – Tragulus javanicus
# Large mousedeer – Tragulus napu
# Red giant flying squirrel – Petaurista petaurista

* Estuarine Crocodile – Crocodylus porosus
* False Ghavial – Tomistoma schlegelii

* Blue-breasted Quail – Coturnix chinensis
* Ferruginous Partridge – Caloperdix oculea
* Crested Partridge – Rollulus rouloul
* Red Junglefowl – Gallus gallus
* Crested Fireback – Lophura ignita
* Great Argus – Argusianus argus
* Wandering Whistling-Duck – Dendrocygna arcuata
* Lesser Whistling-Duck – Dendrocygna javanica
* White-winged Duck – Cairina scutulata
* Cotton Pygmy-goose – Nettapus coromandelianus
* Indonesian Teal – Anas gibberifrons
* Barred Buttonquail – Turnix suscitator
* Rufous Piculet – Sasia abnormis
* Sunda Woodpecker – Dendrocopos moluccensis
* Rufous Woodpecker – Celeus brachyurus
* White-bellied Woodpecker – Dryocopus javensis
* Banded Woodpecker – Picus mineaceus
* Crimson-winged Woodpecker – Picus puniceus
* Checker-throated Woodpecker – Picus mentalis
* Olive-backed Woodpecker – Dinopium rafflesii
* Common Flameback – Dinopium javanense
* Maroon Woodpecker – Blythipicus rubiginosus
* Orange-backed Woodpecker – Reinwardtipicus validus
* Buff-rumped Woodpecker – Meiglyptes tristis
* Buff-necked Woodpecker – Meiglyptes tukki
* Grey-and-buff Woodpecker – Hemicircus concretus
* Gold-whiskered Barbet – Megalaima chrysopogon
* Red-crowned Barbet – Megalaima rafflesii
* Red-throated Barbet – Megalaima mystacophanos
* Yellow-crowned Barbet – Megalaima henricii
* Blue-eared Barbet – Megalaima australis
* Coppersmith Barbet – Megalaima haemacephala
* Brown Barbet – Calorhamphus fuliginosus
* Oriental Pied-Hornbill – Anthracoceros albirostris
* Black Hornbill – Anthracoceros malayanus
* Rhinoceros Hornbill – Buceros rhinoceros
* Great Hornbill – Buceros bicornis
* Helmeted Hornbill – Buceros vigil
* Bushy-crested Hornbill – Anorrhinus galeritus
* White-crowned Hornbill – Aceros comatus
* Wrinkled Hornbill – Aceros corrugatus
* Wreathed Hornbill – Aceros undulatus
* Red-naped Trogon – Harpactes kasumba
* Diard’s Trogon – Harpactes diardii
* Cinnamon-rumped Trogon – Harpactes orrhophaeus
* Scarlet-rumped Trogon – Harpactes duvaucelii
* Dollarbird – Eurystomus orientalis
* Common Kingfisher – Alcedo atthis
* Blue-eared Kingfisher – Alcedo meninting
* Blue-banded Kingfisher – Alcedo euryzona
* Small Blue Kingfisher – Alcedo coerulescens
* Black-backed Kingfisher – Ceyx erithacus
* Rufous-backed Kingfisher – Ceyx rufidorsa
* Banded Kingfisher – Lacedo pulchella
* Stork-billed Kingfisher – Pelargopsis capensis
* Ruddy Kingfisher – Halcyon coromanda
* White-throated Kingfisher – Halcyon smyrnensis
* Black-capped Kingfisher – Halcyon pileata
* Collared Kingfisher – Todirhamphus chloris
* Rufous-collared Kingfisher – Actenoides concretus
* Red-bearded Bee-eater – Nyctyornis amictus
* Blue-throated Bee-eater – Merops viridis
* Blue-tailed Bee-eater – Merops philippinus
* Chestnut-headed Bee-eater – Merops leschenaulti
* Chestnut-winged Cuckoo – Clamator coromandus
* Hodgson’s Hawk-Cuckoo – Cuculus fugax
* Indian Cuckoo – Cuculus micropterus
* Banded Bay Cuckoo – Cacomantis sonneratii
* Plaintive Cuckoo – Cacomantis merulinus
* Rusty-breasted Cuckoo – Cacomantis sepulcralis
* Little Bronze-Cuckoo – Chrysococcyx minutillus
* Violet Cuckoo – Chrysococcyx xanthorhynchus
* Drongo Cuckoo – Surniculus lugubris
* Asian Koel – Eudynamys scolopacea
* Black-bellied Malkoha – Phaenicophaeus diardi
* Chestnut-bellied Malkoha – Phaenicophaeus sumatranus
* Green-billed Malkoha – Phaenicophaeus tristis
* Raffles’s Malkoha – Phaenicophaeus chlorophaeus
* Red-billed Malkoha – Phaenicophaeus javanicus
* Chestnut-breasted Malkoha – Phaenicophaeus curvirostris
* Greater Coucal – Centropus sinensis
* Lesser Coucal – Centropus bengalensis
* Blue-rumped Parrot – Psittinus cyanurus
* Blue-crowned Hanging-Parrot – Loriculus galgulus
* Long-tailed Parakeet – Psittacula longicauda
* Glossy Swiftlet – Collocalia esculenta
* Edible-nest Swiftlet – Aerodramus fuciphagus
* Silver-rumped Spinetail – Rhaphidura leucopygialis
* Brown-backed Needletail – Hirundapus giganteus
* Asian Palm-Swift – Cypsiurus balasiensis
* Fork-tailed Swift – Apus pacificus
* House Swift – Apus nipalensis
* Grey-rumped Treeswift – Hemiprocne longipennis
* Whiskered Treeswift – Hemiprocne comata
* Oriental Bay-Owl – Phodilus badius
* Reddish Scops-Owl – Otus rufescens
* Sunda Scops-Owl – Otus lempiji
* Barred Eagle-Owl – Bubo sumatranus
* Buffy Fish-Owl – Ketupa ketupu
* Brown Wood-Owl – Strix leptogrammica
* Brown Hawk-Owl – Ninox scutulata
* Large Frogmouth – Batrachostomus auritus
* Gould’s Frogmouth – Batrachostomus stellatus
* Blyth’s Frogmouth – Batrachostomus affinis
* Sunda Frogmouth – Batrachostomus cornutus
* Malaysian Eared-Nightjar – Eurostopodus temminckii
* Large-tailed Nightjar – Caprimulgus macrurus
* Savanna Nightjar – Caprimulgus affinis
* Bonaparte’s Nightjar – Caprimulgus concretus
* Rock Pigeon – Columba livia
* Spotted Dove – Streptopelia chinensis
* Emerald Dove – Chalcophaps indica
* Zebra Dove – Geopelia striata
* Cinnamon-headed Green-Pigeon – Treron fulvicollis
* Little Green-Pigeon – Treron olax
* Pink-necked Green-Pigeon – Treron vernans
* Thick-billed Green-Pigeon – Treron curvirostra
* Large Green-Pigeon – Treron capellei
* Green Imperial-Pigeon – Ducula aenea
* White-breasted Waterhen – Amaurornis phoenicurus
* Watercock – Gallicrex cinerea
* Masked Finfoot – Heliopais personata
* Black-tailed Godwit – Limosa limosa
* Bar-tailed Godwit – Limosa lapponica
* Whimbrel – Numenius phaeopus
* Eurasian Curlew – Numenius arquata
* Far Eastern Curlew – Numenius madagascariensis
* Common Redshank – Tringa totanus
* Marsh Sandpiper – Tringa stagnatilis
* Common Greenshank – Tringa nebularia
* Wood Sandpiper – Tringa glareola
* Terek Sandpiper – Tringa cinerea
* Common Sandpiper – Tringa hypoleucos
* Asian Dowitcher – Limnodromus semipalmatus
* Sanderling – Calidris alba
* Curlew Sandpiper – Calidris ferruginea
* White-headed Stilt – Himantopus leucocephalus
* Pacific Golden-Plover – Pluvialis fulva
* Grey Plover – Pluvialis squatarola
* Little Ringed Plover – Charadrius dubius
* Kentish Plover – Charadrius alexandrinus
* Mongolian Plover – Charadrius mongolus
* Greater Sand Plover – Charadrius leschenaultii
* Oriental Plover – Charadrius veredus
* Oriental Pratincole – Glareola maldivarum
* Gull-billed Tern – Sterna nilotica
* Great Crested-Tern – Sterna bergii
* Lesser Crested-Tern – Sterna bengalensis
* Common Tern – Sterna hirundo
* Little Tern – Sterna albifrons
* Whiskered Tern – Chlidonias hybridus
* White-winged Tern – Chlidonias leucopterus
* Osprey – Pandion haliaetus
* Bat Hawk – Macheiramphus alcinus
* Black-winged Kite – Elanus caeruleus
* Brahminy Kite – Haliastur indus
* White-bellied Fish-Eagle – Haliaeetus leucogaster
* Lesser Fish-Eagle – Ichthyophaga humilis
* Grey-headed Fish-Eagle – Ichthyophaga ichthyaetus
* Crested Serpent-Eagle – Spilornis cheela
* Western Marsh-Harrier – Circus aeruginosus

# Black-crowned Night-Heron – Nycticorax nycticorax
# Malayan Night-Heron – Gorsachius melanolophus
# Little Egret – Egretta garzetta
# Pacific Reef-Egret – Egretta sacra
# Grey Heron – Ardea cinerea
# Great-billed Heron – Ardea sumatrana
# Purple Heron – Ardea purpurea
# Great Egret – Casmerodius albus
# Intermediate Egret – Mesophoyx intermedia
# Cattle Egret – Bubulcus ibis
# Javan Pond-Heron – Ardeola speciosa
# Striated Heron – Butorides striatus
# Black-headed Ibis – Threskiornis melanocephalus
# Spot-billed Pelican – Pelecanus philippensis
# Milky Stork – Mycteria cinerea
# Woolly-necked Stork – Ciconia episcopus
# Storm’s Stork – Ciconia stormi
# Lesser Adjutant – Leptoptilos javanicus
# Christmas Island Frigatebird – Fregata andrewsi
# Banded Pitta – Pitta guajana
# Hooded Pitta – Pitta sordida
# Garnet Pitta – Pitta granatina
# Dusky Broadbill – Corydon sumatranus
# Black-and-red Broadbill – Cymbirhynchus macrorhynchos
# Banded Broadbill – Eurylaimus javanicus
# Black-and-yellow Broadbill – Eurylaimus ochromalus
# Green Broadbill – Calyptomena viridis
# Golden-bellied Gerygone – Gerygone sulphurea
# Asian Fairy-bluebird – Irena puella
# Greater Green Leafbird – Chloropsis sonnerati
# Lesser Green Leafbird – Chloropsis cyanopogon
# Blue-winged Leafbird – Chloropsis cochinchinensis
# Tiger Shrike – Lanius tigrinus
# Brown Shrike – Lanius cristatus
# Long-tailed Shrike – Lanius schach
# Malaysian Rail-babbler – Eupetes macrocerus
# Mangrove Whistler – Pachycephala grisola
# Crested Jay – Platylophus galericulatus
# Black Magpie – Platysmurus leucopterus
# Slender-billed Crow – Corvus enca
# White-breasted Woodswallow – Artamus leucorynchus
# Dark-throated Oriole – Oriolus xanthonotus
# Black-naped Oriole – Oriolus chinensis
# Bar-bellied Cuckooshrike – Coracina striata
# Lesser Cuckooshrike – Coracina fimbriata
# Pied Triller – Lalage nigra
# Fiery Minivet – Pericrocotus igneus
# Scarlet Minivet – Pericrocotus flammeus
# Black-winged Flycatcher-shrike – Hemipus hirundinaceus
# Pied Fantail – Rhipidura javanica
# Bronzed Drongo – Dicrurus aeneus
# Sumatran Drongo – Dicrurus sumatranus
# Greater Racket-tailed Drongo – Dicrurus paradiseus
# Black-naped Monarch – Hypothymis azurea
# Asian Paradise-Flycatcher – Terpsiphone paradisi
# Japanese Paradise-Flycatcher – Terpsiphone atrocaudata
# Common Iora – Aegithina tiphia
# Green Iora – Aegithina viridissima
# Rufous-winged Philentoma – Philentoma pyrhopterum
# Maroon-breasted Philentoma – Philentoma velatum
# Large Woodshrike – Tephrodornis gularis
# Orange-headed Thrush – Zoothera citrina
# Siberian Thrush – Zoothera sibirica
# Eyebrowed Thrush – Turdus obscurus
# Grey-chested Jungle-Flycatcher – Rhinomyias umbratilis
# Yellow-rumped Flycatcher – Ficedula zanthopygia
# Mugimaki Flycatcher – Ficedula mugimaki
# Malaysian Blue-Flycatcher – Cyornis turcosus
# Mangrove Blue-Flycatcher – Cyornis rufigastra
# Siberian Blue Robin – Luscinia cyane
# Oriental Magpie-Robin – Copsychus saularis
# White-rumped Shama – Copsychus malabaricus
# Rufous-tailed Shama – Trichixos pyrropyga
# White-crowned Forktail – Enicurus leschenaulti
# Asian Glossy Starling – Aplonis panayensis
# Asian Pied Starling – Sturnus contra
# Pale-bellied Myna – Acridotheres cinereus
# Hill Myna – Gracula religiosa
# Velvet-fronted Nuthatch – Sitta frontalis
# Barn Swallow – Hirundo rustica
# Pacific Swallow – Hirundo tahitica
# Red-rumped Swallow – Hirundo daurica
# Straw-headed Bulbul – Pycnonotus zeylanicus
# Black-headed Bulbul – Pycnonotus atriceps
# Sooty-headed Bulbul – Pycnonotus aurigaster
# Puff-backed Bulbul – Pycnonotus eutilotus
# Yellow-vented Bulbul – Pycnonotus goiavier
# Olive-winged Bulbul – Pycnonotus plumosus
# Cream-vented Bulbul – Pycnonotus simplex
# Red-eyed Bulbul – Pycnonotus brunneus
# Spectacled Bulbul – Pycnonotus erythropthalmos
# Yellow-bellied Bulbul – Alophoixus phaeocephalus
# Hairy-backed Bulbul – Tricholestes criniger
# Buff-vented Bulbul – Iole olivacea
# Zitting Cisticola – Cisticola juncidis
# Golden-headed Cisticola – Cisticola exilis
# Bar-winged Prinia – Prinia familiaris
# Yellow-bellied Prinia – Prinia flaviventris
# Dark-necked Tailorbird – Orthotomus atrogularis
# Rufous-tailed Tailorbird – Orthotomus sericeus
# Ashy Tailorbird – Orthotomus ruficeps
# Arctic Warbler – Phylloscopus borealis
# White-chested Babbler – Trichastoma rostratum
# Ferruginous Babbler – Trichastoma bicolor
# Abbott’s Babbler – Malacocincla abbotti
# Short-tailed Babbler – Malacocincla malaccensis
# Black-capped Babbler – Pellorneum capistratum
# Moustached Babbler – Malacopteron magnirostre
# Sooty-capped Babbler – Malacopteron affine
# Scaly-crowned Babbler – Malacopteron cinereum
# Rufous-crowned Babbler – Malacopteron magnum
# Grey-breasted Babbler – Malacopteron albogulare
# Chestnut-backed Scimitar-Babbler – Pomatorhinus montanus
# Striped Wren-Babbler – Kenopia striata
# Grey-headed Babbler – Stachyris poliocephala
# Black-throated Babbler – Stachyris nigricollis
# Chestnut-rumped Babbler – Stachyris maculata
# Chestnut-winged Babbler – Stachyris erythroptera
# Striped Tit-Babbler – Macronous gularis
# Fluffy-backed Tit-Babbler – Macronous ptilosus
# Yellow-breasted Flowerpecker – Prionochilus maculatus
# Crimson-breasted Flowerpecker – Prionochilus percussus
# Scarlet-breasted Flowerpecker – Prionochilus thoracicus
# Yellow-vented Flowerpecker – Dicaeum chrysorrheum
# Orange-bellied Flowerpecker – Dicaeum trigonostigma
# Plain Sunbird – Anthreptes simplex
# Plain-throated Sunbird – Anthreptes malacensis
# Red-throated Sunbird – Anthreptes rhodolaema
# Ruby-cheeked Sunbird – Anthreptes singalensis
# Purple-naped Sunbird – Hypogramma hypogrammicum
# Purple-throated Sunbird – Nectarinia sperata
# Copper-throated Sunbird – Nectarinia calcostetha
# Olive-backed Sunbird – Nectarinia jugularis
# Crimson Sunbird – Aethopyga siparaja
# Little Spiderhunter – Arachnothera longirostra
# Thick-billed Spiderhunter – Arachnothera crassirostris
# Eurasian Tree Sparrow – Passer montanus
# Forest Wagtail – Dendronanthus indicus
# Yellow Wagtail – Motacilla flava
# Grey Wagtail – Motacilla cinerea
# White-rumped Munia – Lonchura striata
# Javan Munia – Lonchura leucogastroides
# Scaly-breasted Munia – Lonchura punctulata
# White-bellied Munia – Lonchura leucogastra
# Southern Black-headed Munia – Lonchura atricapilla
# White-headed Munia – Lonchura maja

Lampung Sumatra Way Kambas National Park Tigers

Way Kambas  National Park

Sumatran Tiger


Way Kambas is one of Indonesia’s smallest National Parks and comprises of an area of only 130,000 hectares. It is of great concern conservationally being one of the last remaining lowland rainforests in Sumatra and one of the few places where the endangered white-winged wood duck breeds. Elsewhere in Sumatra approximately 80% of the original rainforests have been logged and converted to grassland; this is something they can never recover from.

Sixty percent of Way Kambas was severely burnt during the 1997 El Nino droughts. Before this time about 36 adult tigers were in the locality and there were grave concerns at how they survived. Between Way Kambas and any other suitable tiger habitat is 100 miles of hostile land, so it is unlikely many tigers could have successfully left. Early research, after the fires, showed a population of about 20 tigers, but this has risen and the current population is thought to be 35-37.

Quite intensive tiger studies have been carried out at Way Kambas National Park and one surprise is that tiger numbers are actually higher than expected. The diet of these tigers also contains more monkeys than has been noted elsewhere. Ongoing work includes a plan to better identify individuals from camera trap images by using facial characteristics and stripes.

Way Kambas has a great many problems to deal with. It’s very close to quite major urban areas and around the park borders are high human populations. There is a great deal of conflict between tigers and humans, a situation which is likely to result in the death of the cats unless the problem can be addressed. Much of forest has been severely damaged by the human population, while little information has been gathered about the wildlife; most of what is known is still in the ‘educated guesswork’ category.

This park is best-known for its 300 plus population of wild Sumatran elephants and was, in fact, created to preserve this animal. These are often dangerous and represent yet another major problem. After becoming displaced by human encroachment, and the conversion of their habitat for agricultural use, the elephants persistently returned to trample crops and attack homes. Unsurprisingly, this caused a great deal of animosity from the villagers who pointed out they could not legally defend themselves against a protected species.

In the mid-1980s an elephant training programme was initiated in an attempt to provide some solution. This involved capturing surplus elephants and training them. Some are now provided to zoos and circuses, whereas other patrol to keep wild elephants away from human populations. Another group are used to provide tourism safari rides. There were plans to use trained elephants as replacements for logging machinery, but there is no sign this idea will develop further than a suggestion.

Despite its small size Way Kambas contains most of Sumatra’s wildlife, including rhino, sun bear, long-tailed and pig-tailed macaques, siamangs, agile gibbons, wild pigs, squirrels, clouded leopards, porcupines, monitor lizards, tapir, and over 300 species of bird, a number of these being endangered species.

Lampung Sumatra Way Kambas National Park Satwa Sumatra Elephant Eco Lodge

Way Kambas  National Park

Satwa Sumatra Elephant Eco Lodge

Satwa Elephant Eco Lodge Overview

Way Kambas is a large national park covering 130,000 hectares. It consists of swamp forest and lowland rain forest, becoming a reserve in 1972 It has long been known for being home to a significant population of Sumatran elephants, some Sumatran tigers and Malaysian tapirs, and numerous bird species. In the 1990s, it was revealed that the park was also home to a little-known or seen population of around 40 Sumatran rhinos – one of only three surviving populations in Indonesia.

Eco Lodges Indonesia has taken on a new venture to help Way Kambas National Park protect the endangered Sumatran Elephant and the rare Sumatran Rhino and Tiger, almost on the verge of extinction. Conservation projects associated with the Eco Lodges make regular contributions to protecting the wildlife.
Satwa Elephant Eco Lodge is only a short walk of 500 metres from the Park entrance, adjoining a pleasant rural village. Employment and locally purchased goods by the Eco Lodge significantly help the village and give the local people the opportunity to improve numerous skills for alternative employment.

Set in an extensive walled garden full of tropical fruit trees there are four cottages each with spacious rooms sleeping up to four people with spring beds, ceiling fans, hot water showers and western toilets. There is a desk and computer power point and a verandah and comfortable chairs. All guest cottages, facilities, some perimeter lighting and office are powered by renewable solar energy. The windows are fully screened. In a delightful open restaurant , meals give a taste of Indonesian recipes and ingredients, with a full western breakfast to start the day, or a picnic box. If you are travelling with children, the local village kids love to have a game of soccer in the afternoon in the Eco Lodge grounds.

Activities and Tours
Activities and tours available from Satwa Sumatran Elephant Ecolodge

Way Kambas National Park is famous for its Elephant Sanctuary, from which you can do elephant backed safaris, and its Sumatran Rhinoceros Sanctuary (run by the International Rhino Foundation). The Sumatran Rhinoceros is almost extinct and a viewing of this animal is a thrilling experience and of conservational importance. This is by prior arrangement through the Eco Lodge and the fee includes a donation to the Conservation Unit.

Way Kambas boasts a very large variety of birds and up to 80 species can be seen in a 4 day period. Bird watching can be done either by walking, cycling or river boat. Bird watching tours, with knowledgeable Rangers, are one of our specialties. There is a special quiet boat for birding on the river. The rooms have a bird list and a short (as yet) butterfly list.

swamp safariWhen on the river or walking in the park one can search for wild Elephant, Tiger, Clouded Leopard, Rhinoceros, Tapir, Sun Bear, Deer (Sambar, Rusa and Muntjak), Monkeys (Langur, Pig-tailed Macaque, Long-tailed Macaque), and Siamang Gibbon. When in season the Amorphophallus flower is a special sight.

The local village markets offer a wide range of local foods and products – all at very competitive prices. There are also tours to local attractions such as Lake Ranau, or to see traditional dances.
Strolls around the local village are usually met with happy smiles and lots of waving hands. This is a Muslim village, so the early morning prayer broadcasts give another perspective of this special culture and place.

All ticket confirmation and tour details can be arranged in our Eco Lodge office where there is a telephone, fax, email and internet access.


Accommodation and Rooms

Satwa Elephant Eco Lodge, Lumpung Province on the island of Sumatra, is a short walk through the local village in Way Kanan Regency, from the front entry of the Way Kambas National Park. The Lodge is set in a tranquil tropical Asian environment with lush walled gardens full of tropical fruit trees.

You will really feel you are in the heart of Asia !

There are four cottages, each having two spacious rooms and sleeping up to three people with ceiling fans, hot water showers, western toilets and a verandah with comfortable chairs. The rooms also provide a desk and computer power point and the windows are fully screened.. All guest cottages, facilities, some perimeter lighting and office are powered by renewable solar energy. In the delightful open restaurant, experience a taste of Indonesia with fresh ingredients from the garden and local village. A full western breakfast starts the day, and picnic boxes are available.
With a cold beer to hand as owls “poink” to each other at dusk, guests can recount their adventures.
How to get there
By air to Lampung (20 minutes from Jakarta), then by our transport via the town of Metro to the lodge (approximately one and a half hours).

Room Prices January 1 – December 31 2010 (all prices in US dollars)

* Single U$ 60
* Double/Twin (including breakfast) U$ 65
* Triple U$ 70
* Extra bed U$ 15
* Airport pick-up (1 – 4 persons) U$ 40