3 Day / 2 Night2018-05-29T03:25:26+00:00

3 Days 2 Nights

Bukit Daun and 7 colored pools

Bukit Duan and 7 Colored Pools

Plunge into the jungle to visit the 7 caldron Pools of Bukit Daun, with colors ranging from sky blue to milky white to red. It is said in the white pool, there is a spirit called Kawah Putri who lives there and will show her power when someone calls out her name. Some have even reported seeing the phantom….

Day 1 – Through Coffee Fields to the cusp of the Jungle

On the first day, warm up your muscles and break in your boots with a leisurely 3-hour hike to the base camp. Pass through coffee and tobacco fields, taking your time to stop and smell the coffee blooms or other wild flowers along the trail. Set up camp on the edge of untamed territory, at the last pondok (wooden farm shack) before entering the jungle.

Day 2 – Seven Pools and 1 Princess

Wake up to a cool morning on day two. After a cup o’Joe (or tea), plunge into the jungle to visit the 7 boiling pools. Don’t forget to take an egg or two along to cook in the pools for extra protein. Take your time in the virgin forest, stopping every half hour or so to enjoy yet another colorful lake. And when you get to the white pool, ask your guide to call on the Kawah Putri (Princess Pool) and see what happens. Continue through your hike until you have taken in all 7 pools and arrive back at base camp, feeling tired but satisfied. Rinse off in a local stream, have a yummy dinner, and settle in for a good night sleep.

Day 3 – Hike Out (with an Optional Pitstop)

You awaken from sweet dreams of a mystical princess and are ready for the day. Break camp after breakfast and head back towards civilization (unfortunately). Take your time through the coffee & tobacco fields again. On the d

rive back to town, stop at a local waterfall called Air Dingin for a quick dip to wash off your cares before heading back to grind of everyday life, taking pictures and creating memories to last you until your next Wild Sumatra trip.

Further Details

Summary:

Difficulty: Challenging
Activities: Hiking, Camping
Terrain: Plantation, Jungle, Wetlands, Waterfalls
Duration: 3 days, 2 nights
Months of Operation: Year-round

Trip Conditions: You’ll be roughing it in tents at the base camp on the edge of the jungle, with our supplied sleeping gear. Nearby, there’s a creek for bathing and whatnot. Optionally, for the adventurous, you can choose to camp near the blue and black pools.

Location: Lebong Regency
Nearest Town: Air Nipis Village
Closest Airport: Bengkulu (BKS)

Total Cost: $350 USD 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

Price includes a local guide, transport from Curup to and from the trail head, permits, and all food and equipment. Price per person reduced with more than two travelers, but usually limited to a max of six people to lessen the impact on the environment. Additional transportation from Bengkulu available at a small additional cost.

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 Hitam to Bukit Kaba

Twin Peaks: Hitam to Kaba

One of the most exciting and adventurous treks we offer, this hike combines two majestic mountains and some of the most unique landscapes in this region. Experience beautiful waterfalls, remote jungle, two different volcanic formations to give you and your friends an adventure to remember.


Day 1:

Begin your journey making your way through coffee and tea fields to arrive at the trail head for Mt Hitam. This first volcano has boiling cauldrons you can hike around and then a breathtaking waterfall close by that has a little pool at the bottom in which you can take a relaxing dip. Then make your way to the campsite near another waterfall with a place to swim and take a bath to clean up before climbing into the tent.

Day 2:


Wake up to the sounds of the waterfall and wildlife and then eat some breakfast before packing up. This day takes you over the peak of Mt Hitam, through a valley near a vast lake, filled with different micro-climates from deep jungle to thick bushes. There is the option to camp in the valley between the two volcanos or push through to Mt Kaba.

Day 3:


Spend this day exploring Mt Kaba and its two incredible and unique cauldrons- one active and one inactive. Encounter the inactive portion first and try and believe your eyes as you see a color you didn’t think existed in nature as the pool above the volcano is bright green. Then make your way to the active volcano where your senses are on overload with smells of sulfur and sights and sounds of activity hissing from beneath the earth’s surface. It is a one-of-a-kind experience!

OPTIONAL Day 4:

*RECOMMENDED*

If you camped in the upper hidden valley, this would be your last day after camping on Mt Kaba and then make the trek down towards Curup and then on to Bengkulu, stopping by the hot springs near Kaba base camp to relax your weary feet, getting them ready for your next adventure with us.


Trail Conditions: Most of 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! In between the two mountains is more remote and a less-trodden path with a lot of brush, so long pants and shirt are recommended.

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.

Summary

Difficulty: Challenging for 3 day; Moderate for 4 day

Activities: Hiking

Terrain: Plantations, Jungles


Duration: 3 Days (Optional 4th day)


Months of Operation: Year Round Travel

Location: Mt. Hitam Forrest Preserve/ Mt. Kaba

Nearest Town: Kepahiang/ Curup


Closest Airport: Bengkulu (BKS)

Total Cost: starting at $380 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

 

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

Seluma Caves (Goa)

Seluma Caves

Goa Seluma offers an experience unique to any other trip we offer. Set in the lowlands of Seluma Regency, you will experience a mix of the bright light of day as you traverse coffee plantations and jungle, as well as the depths of the earth as your journey through the caves.

Day 1:

After arriving by car to the Puguk village, take a 4×4 truck to Lubuk Resam village. Take in the beautiful scenery with the rolling hills and view of the ocean.  Check in with the village chief at Lubuk Resam and begin the 4 hour hike to Goa Besar (the large cave).  Pass mainly through coffee plantations with occasional jungle.  Keep an eye out for animals along the way, like flying lizards, birds, monkeys, chameleons, and the occasional snake.  End by hiking through the side of the cave and setting up camp in the large mouth of the cave.  After a short swim in the river, relax with a cup of coffee and watch the monkeys play in the trees.

Day 2:


After a morning cup of Joe and breakfast, have our guides lead you through the Goa Besar cave exploring every nook and cranny. See bats and cave swallows as you take in the unique rock formations. Afterwards, take a quick dip in the river to wash off and freshen up.  Pack up and begin the hike back towards the Goa Kecil (“small cave”). After about 3 hours of hiking, take a break at the hot springs and soak your feet in the hot water. Take your time, as the Goa Kecil campsite is only an easy 30-minute hike from here. Set up camp and lounge in the river next to the campsite. After dinner, relax to the sounds of nature and get a good night sleep.

Day 3:


In the morning, you’ll head into the “small cave” to explore. Named for the size of the opening, the “small cave” is actually the large of the two inside.  Take your time going through the massive caverns keeping an eye out for cave crabs, bats, and other creatures.  After about an hour or so, emerge from the cave with a new appreciation for the light of day.  Wash off in the river and pack up ready to take the quick hour hike back to the village for the return car ride back to Bengkulu.


OPTIONAL Day 4:

Take an extra day to explore the caves and the surround areas.  Take another night at the Goa Besar and take a short hike up to more caves about 2 hours hike from the campsite.


Trail Conditions: The trail follows well-defined paths made by local farmers through coffee plantations and rice fields with occasional jungle. Leeches are not plentiful and are generally not a problem here. If you are really concerned with getting tagged, leech socks can help. We have some available for purchase for pretty cheap. In the caves, it is advisable to wear a long-sleeved shirt and long pants. Wear something you don’t mind getting mucked up as the minerals and dirt in the caves can often stain clothes. The weather is also a bit hotter here so hiking in shorts (or better yet zip-offs) is not a bad idea.

Price includes a local guide (limited English skills), porter, permits, food, gear, flashlights, and transport from Bengkulu to and from the trail head. Price per person reduced with more than two travelers.

Summary

Difficulty: Challenging

Activities: Caving, Hiking, Hot Springs

Terrain: Caves, Plantations, Jungles


Duration: 3 Days (Optional 4th day)


Months of Operation: Year Round Travel

Location: Seluma Regency

Nearest Town: Desa Lubuk Resam


Closest Airport: Bengkulu (BKS)

Total Cost: starting at $380 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

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