2 Day / 1 Night2017-10-02T23:20:52+00:00

2 Days 1 Night

Bukit Hitam

Bukit Hitam

So named for it’s black rocks and dense tree cover, Mt. Hitam is shrouded in more than just leaves, being a place of mystical folklore. Also home to a forrest preserve, Mt. Hitam offers easy access to untamed Sumatran jungles.

Day 1

Into Black Mountain 
“Hitam” means black though the surroundings are far from dreary. Make your way early in the morning to the trailhead by passing through a lush tea plantation towards coffee fields. From here, join a local guide who will take you through the maze of paths created by villagers searching for rattan and other jungle treasures. Arrive at the hot springs and take a break for lunch. Sometimes we bring eggs to boil in the small side pools for a little extra protein.
After lunch, continue on the trail to a small waterfall and swimming hole. Drop your packs and set up camp, after a quick dip. Spend the night next to the upper falls, taking in the countless stars and falling to sleep to the sounds of the jungle including water cascading down the nearby falls.

Day 2

Spectacular Waterfalls — Wake up in the morning to the sound of multiple waterfalls close by. After a quick dip in the upper falls, break camp and take the 20-minute descent to the lower falls towering hundreds of feet high. Return to the main trail after your fill of swimming and pictures and begin the return hike. End the day by taking a detour through a secluded field at the tea plantation and cresting a local hill that offers an incredible view of the surrounding plantation as well as the small town far below

Summary

Difficulty: Moderate

Activities: Hiking


Terrain: Plantations, Jungles

Duration: 2 Days (Optional 3rd day)

Months of Operation: Year Round Travel

Location: Mt. Hitam Forrest Preserve

Nearest Town: Kepahiang

Closest Airport: Bengkulu (BKS)

Total Cost: starting at $250 USD for 2D/1N — $350 USD for 3D/2N — $450 USD for 4D/3N for 1-2 people

Payment Conditions: 25% non-refundable deposit to guarantee booking; balance paid upon arrival in Bengkulu; payment can be made via PayPal in USD or via Bank Transfer or Cash in Rupiah with the current exchange rate

Optional 3rd/4th Day for the COMPLETE Adventure!

If you have the time, we strongly suggesting taking an extra day to make the hike from Mt. Hitam over to Mt. Kaba. The trail leads back through rarely traveled jungle where you will have the chance to see more wildlife and enjoy the calming solitude that lives in the upper valley between these two mountains. Read the more complete itenerary for this trek here: Twin Peaks: Hitam to Kaba

Trail Conditions:

The trail generally follows well-defined paths made by local farmers and is usually pretty dry. However, be prepared for land leeches, which can be abundant here in wetter months. Leech socks can help, but you might still be tagged a few times. You can buy a pair of leech socks from us for pretty cheap, and it’s worth the cost!

Price includes a local guide (limited English skills), permits, lunch, and transport from Bengkulu to and from the trail head. Price per person reduced with more than two travelers, but usually limited to a max of ten people to lessen the impact on the environment.

Bukit Kaba

Bukit Kaba

Mount Kaba is one of the most popular tourist destinations for both local and foreign outdoor enthusiasts. Locally known as Bukit Kaba, this active volcano is covered with vistas of marvelous vegetation. Hiking through the dense rainforest and finally reaching the peak offers an excellent adventure for those who love trekking or mountain climbing. Catch some spectacular views from inside the dormant crater as well the beautiful surrounding volcanic landscape.

Day 1 – Enjoy


Leave from Bengkulu City in the early morning and journey up the winding mountain road to Curup. Along the way you will pass scenic overlooks of the jungles and valleys. After eating lunch in Curup, head to the base of Bukit Kaba, check in, and begin your expedition. Alternatively, you can get an earlier start if you spend the prior night in Curup.
Depending on your fitness level, you can choose to take the easier gravel trail or the more difficult jungle trail. The 2-3 hour hike can be challenging at times but the view from the top is well worth the effort. When you have finished choosing a camping spot, you can either rest and enjoy the beautiful panoramas or make your way to the Thousand Stairs nearby. These steps (only 300+) lead to the ridge of Kawa Hidup (the active volcano) where you can see steam gushing from the crater below. Head back to the your campsite, eat dinner, and watch as the sky fills with thousands of stars above.

Day 2 – Explore


Wake up to the sun rising over the valleys below. After breakfast, begin your morning of exploration. Head down into a small valley and back up as you hike to the ridge of Kawa Mati (dormant crater). As you walk along the ridge you may smell sulfur rising from the cauldron below. Descend into the dormant volcano and be amazed by the bizarre bright neon green pool that seems like it’s science fiction.
After resting at the nearby lake, you can choose to climb up the rock wall dividing the two craters. As you near the top, you will see steam rising and hear the hiss of Kawa Hidup (active crater). Appreciating the active crater from a safe distance is definitely recommended.
After you have fully appreciated the views from inside the mountain, you will climb back out of the dormant crater and back to camp. Following lunch, you will descend the mountain (about 2 hours) and can choose to stay in Curup or head back to Bengkulu that night.

*Optionally as a Day Hike
 — for those in good physical condition interested in a quick trip to bag the peak, a day hike is possible with an early morning start from Curup city. You will need to be in Curup by 8am and will return to Curup around 5pm. The cost for a day-trip to Kaba is $100 USD and includes transportation to/from Curup city, lunch, guide, and all necessary permits.

Summary


Difficulty: Challenging

Activities: Hiking, Camping

Terrain: Jungles, Volcanic Craters, Farms

Duration: 2 days/ 1 night

Months of Operation: All year round
 Travel

Location: 30 mins from Curup

Nearest Town: Curup

Closest Airport: Bengkulu (BKS)

Total Cost: starting at $250 USD for 1-2 people

Conditions: The jungle trail will be slippery after a heavy rainfall, but the gravel travel is always an alternative. 
Price includes a local guide, transport from Bengkulu to and from the trail head, permits, and all food and equipment. Price per person reduced with more than two travelers. Additional transportation from Bengkulu available at a small additional cost for daytrip

Beringin Tiga/Curug Embun

Beringin Tiga / Curug Embun

These breathtaking waterfalls are located near a small village in the Rejang Lebong Regency in Bengkulu province. This location includes a naturally fed hot water pool that you can relax in.

Day 1 – Relax in Nature’s Hot Tub

Make your way up the majestic hills, passing rich vegetable plantations to the trailhead. Beginning as a small dirt road, the trail eventually becomes a small path winding through coffee and palm sugar plantations. After an easy walk, arrive at your campsite for lunch. After lunch, enjoy taking a dip in a warm hot spring-fed swimming hole next to the campsite.
After a bite to eat and some rest, you will continue on to Beringin Tiga waterfall, about 250m from your campsite. The hike has springs coming out of the walls as you descend down a steep embankment and enjoy the beautiful scenery before returning to the campsite to rest or soak again in the natural “hot tub” close by.

Optional Day 2 – Majestic Curug Embun Falls

Once you’ve had a fulfilling breakfast, it’s time to explore the main waterfall, called Curug Air Terjun. While not more than 500m from your campsite, this waterfall lies at the base of a steep ravine, requiring a safety rope to assist in some spots. Your heart will race as you experience the adventure of the Sumatran jungle, including the exhilaration when you view the awe-inspiring waterfall at the base of the ravine. Two separate waterfalls are here, one hot and one cold, falling next to one another and mixing at the bottom to form a delightfully warm pool. Rest here for lunch, taking in the amazing views afforded by the Curug Embun waterfalls. Spend some time bathing in the warm pools and exploring your surroundings, including a cave close to the waterfalls.

After soaking up the warm waters and beauty around you, begin the ascent to our campground and then back up to the trailhead. Rinse off in the local bathing area and then return to Curup to prepare for your next adventure in with us.

Click here for a video Jumping into the Falls!

At a glance

Difficulty: Moderate for most; Challenging for Majestic Curug Embun falls hike

Activities: Hiking, Camping, Swimming


Terrain: Plantation, Jungle, Waterfalls


Duration: 2 days, 1 night


Months of Operation: Year-round

Total Cost: for 1-2 people starting at $100 USD for daytrip — $250 USD for 2D/1N

Payment Conditions: 25% non-refundable deposit to guarantee booking; balance paid upon arrival in Bengkulu; payment can be made via PayPal in USD or via Bank Transfer or Cash in Rupiah with the current exchange rate

Conditions: You’ll be roughing it in tents at the top of the falls, with our supplied sleeping gear. You even get access to a hot water bath near the campsite. Nature’s own hot tub! Overnight trip price includes a local guide, transport from Bengkulu to and from the trail head, permits, and all food and equipment. Price per person reduced with more than two travelers. Daytrip includes transport to/from Curup city.  Transport to/from Bengkulu city can be arranged for a small additional fee.

Seblat Elephant Conservation Center

Seblat Elephant Conservation Center

Do you want to have a once-in-a-lifetime experience while also making a positive impact for conservation efforts? Spend a couple days with the trained elephants at Seblat and you will understand why these magnificent animals are worth protecting. Seblat is one of only 6 Elephant Conservation Centers in Indonesia. In an effort to reduce human-elephant conflict and protect other forms of wildlife, the government created several protected forests to safeguard endangered species.

The conservation offers a variety of fun and challenging outdoor activities including feeding and bathing the trained elephants, riding the elephants with the mahouts (trainers) through the jungles, and even forging across the Seblat River on an elephant’s back. If you desire an extended stay, you can also go camping with an elephant patrol team to observe elephants in the wild.

2 days/1 night

Day 1

Leave from Bengkulu city in the morning stopping along the way to eat lunch. Arrive at Seblat Conservation Center before 2pm in order to cross the river by canoe. Settle into the shelters and relax after your journey. In the afternoon, cool off by bathing in the river with the elephants. Help the mahouts (elephant trainers) scrub down and clean the elephants. When night falls, relax in the shelter and bring a good book to read as you enjoy the sounds of the jungle around you and the thousands of stars above.

Day 2

Wake up, eat breakfast, and get ready for a unique expedition into the jungle. Join the mahouts for a jungle trek on the back of an elephant. Hike with the elephants for up to 4 hours (longer if you stay an extra night…see itinerary below). After your journey, eat lunch, say goodbye to your new friends and depart for Bengkulu.

Cost starting at: $500 USD for 2 people (5% donated to developing Seblat ECC)

3 days/2 nights  **Recommended**

If you desire to extend your stay at Seblat you can choose one of these options:

OPTION A:

Another Bath:

After the jungle trek on day 2 with the elephants, come back to camp, and cool off by bathing in the river with the elephants one more time. Relax again that night in your shelters, read a good book, and enjoy your surroundings. Take your time and depart for Bengkulu the next day.

OPTION B:

A Night in the Jungle:

On day 2, prepare for an extended jungle trek with the elephants. Camp out with the elephants and mahouts in the jungle for one night…don’t worry- you have elephants to protect you! In the morning, journey back to the conservation center along the Seblat river. Eat lunch and depart for Bengkulu city.

Cost starting at: $600 USD for two people (5% donated to developing Seblat ECC)

5-10 days

Join the mahouts on a routine multiple-day patrol deep into protected forests. As you journey around the Seblat Conservation, keep your eyes open for wild elephants, tigers, and other endangered species. Trek on an elephant’s back by day and sleep in the jungle each night. This trip is not for the faint of heart!

Contact us for specific dates and details.

 


PLEASE NOTE:

Seblat ECC is not designed or set up as a tourist destination. It is a grassroots conservation effort that is still developing. Please keep this in mind. If you are looking for an off-the-beaten-track adventure and not a comfortable experience, then Seblat is the place for you!


At a Glance:

Difficulty: Moderate

Activities: Camping, Swimming, Wildlife, Conservation


Terrain: Jungles, Rivers, Palm Oil Plantations

Duration: 2-10 days

Months of Operation: All year round

Location: 4.5 hours from Bengkulu

Nearest Town: Suka Baru


Closest Airport: Bengkulu (BKS)

Total Cost: for 1-2 people starting at $500 USD for 2 days/1 night – $600 USD for 3 day/2 night (5% donated to developing Seblat ECC)

Extended stay (5-10 days) – contact us for more details

Conditions: Price package includes

  • Trekking through the jungle with elephants
  • Taking a bath with the elephants in the river
  • Lodging – very basic shelter or tent
  • Permits, tickets, food, and transportation
  • Minimum 3 Day Advanced Booking Required for this Trek due to Permit Processing

Feel free to ask the mahouts questions about:

  • Life at Seblat
  • Each elephants story
  • The individual personalities of each elephant
  • How they care for the elephants on a daily basis
  • Ongoing conservation efforts

Participating in the daily activities with the elephants at Seblat will help support the center’s conservation efforts. Find out more about the importance of protecting these magnificent animals through Berdiri.org.

Highlights:
-Elephant rides
-Bathe with elephants
-Camping at savanna

Tubing the Sungai Musi

Tubing the Sungai Musi

One unique way to view the landscape that is otherwise hidden is from the vantage point of water. Join us either by kayak or a leisure float on an inner tube down the Musi River and see the jungles, mountains, rice paddies and villages of Sumatra in a way few foreigners have seen before.

Kayak Schedule

Day 1:
9am — depart from Bengkulu
11am — arrive in Curup and eat lunch
12pm — begin kayaking
4pm — set up camp and explore the surrounding jungle a little

Possible Day 2:
8am — eat breakfast and pack up camp
10am — finish the stretch of river till we meet the tour truck
12pm — eat lunch and return to Bengkulu

Tubing Schedule
9am – depart from Bengkulu
11am – arrive in Curup and eat lunch
12pm – relax by floating down the river
4pm – return to Bengkulu

*Although this trip has been dubbed “the lazy river,” it is not lacking in adventure. There are areas with rapids, so everyone must know how to swim and wear appropriate safety gear, which we provide.

Summary

Difficulty: Easy

Activities: Tubing/Kayaking

Terrain: River – class 1-2

Duration: All day (3+ hours on the river)


Months of Operation: All year round Travel Location: Sungai Musi


Nearest Town: Curup


Total Cost starting at: $50 per person (minimum of 2 people)


Conditions: Cost includes lunch, gas, inner tubes, and transportation to and from Bengkulu City to Curup.

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