Satwa Elephant Ecolodge is a small, solar powered forest lodge conveniently located only five minutes’ drive from the entrance to Way Kambas National Park, Sumatra. Accommodation is in four attractive cottages spread around lush gardens, each with two separate en suite rooms. Each room can sleep four and has a mixture of double and twin beds with a private bathroom and shower. The rooms are well screened, spacious clean and comfortable with a small veranda outside.
The restaurant serves local and western food, and there is free Wi-Fi that sometimes stretches to the nearer rooms. The lodge has a small gift shop and a few resource books as well as a sightings board.
Way Kambas is one of the oldest protected forests in Indonesia. Thankfully the park has been able to retain populations of some of the most endangered mammals in South-East Asia, including Sumatran rhino, Sumatran elephant and Sumatran tiger. Way Kambas covers 1300 square km of costal lowland and dipterocarp forest in southern Sumatra to the east of Bandar Lampung.
All rooms are en suite with western style hot water showers and toilet, ceiling fans, mosquito screens and have a veranda. There is Wi-Fi in the restaurant which extends to some of the rooms.
The park has an exceptional diversity of mammals including Sumatran tiger, Sumatran rhino and clouded leopard – but they are seldom seen. Siamang gibbon, various macaques, silvered and mitred langurs, Sunda slow loris, wild boar, muntjack and sambar deer, lesser and greater mouse deer, Malayan and palm civets and giant squirrels are all frequently seen. With more luck Sumatran elephant, sun bear, Malaysian tapir, binturong, marbled and leopard cats, banded civets and colugo (known as flying lemur but not a true lemur) can be seen. The birdlife is equally impressive with several species of frogmouth and owl, white winged duck, green broadbills, woodpeckers and nightjars.
Game drives, walking and boat trips along the Way Kanan River. Local mahouts are available for elephant safaris, plus guides for walking or cycling.
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Take a night drive through the park for best chance of spotting rare cats, civets, elephants and other nocturnal wildlife such as colugo.
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