Lampung Sumatra Way Kambas National Park Satwa Sumatra Elephant Eco Lodge

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Way Kambas  National Park

Satwa Sumatra Elephant Eco Lodge


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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

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