South Sumatra eco lodge, nr Way Kambas National Park

“Just 500m from the entrance to the Way Kambas National Park, this pretty garden eco-lodge is the perfect base for those wishing to maximise their time spotting Sumatran elephants, rhinos and tigers.”


500m from Way Kambas National Park | Lush tropical garden setting | Cottage accommodation with private veranda | Hot water, fans, desk & mosquito screening in each room | Daily breakfast | Local dishes cooked daily to order in restaurant | Bird & animal watching guides available | Park tours & conservation centre visits organised from lodge at additional cost

Description of South Sumatra eco lodge, nr Way Kambas National Park

The Satwa Sumatra Eco Lodge is the closest comfortable accommodation to the Way Kambas National Park, known for its free roaming population of Sumatran elephants, rhinos and tigers.

We have a knowledgeable in-house team who can help arrange a number of tours for you from boat, cycle and walking trails to safaris accompanied by expert local bird and nature guides. The park consists of a mixture of rainforest and swamp forests, making it an ideal habitat for many species including Malaysian tapirs, sun bears and white winged ducks. Although tigers are more rarely glimpsed, you have a good chance of spotting elephants and rhinos and the proximity of our lodge to the park means you can spend less time travelling and more time in the park.

We can also arrange trips to the local rhino and elephant conservation centres on request.

Our South Sumatra eco lodge has four comfortable cottages set within a walled tropical garden. Each has its own veranda so guests can relax and enjoy the sights and sounds of our peaceful garden. All guest cottages have ‘western bathrooms’ with flushing toilets, hot water and ceiling fans. Where possible our electricity is powered by solar renewable energy and our beautiful restaurant is ‘al fresco’ so you can relax and unwind in the cool of the open air while dining on delicious local dishes made with fresh ingredients from the village and our garden.


Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: South Sumatra eco lodge, nr Way Kambas National Park

This lodge follows eco-sustainable practices as in our other lodges. All our staff are local to forge links with the village. Conservation is mandatory in building and management, we use solar power augmented by the small local electricity supply, recycle some sewage, collect rainwater, make compost recycle rubbish, and give training to our staff .

We are committed to transparency in management and accounting procedures, using surplus funds for further conservation. The small conservation fee paid by our own clients goes to community conservation needs in and around the park such as re-forestation, education in a school, and a monitoring hide.

We use renewable solar energy to power our office, guest's rooms and the perimeter lights. Our restaurant is open and so designed to keep cool without air-conditioning. All our food is cooked on site and ingredients are foraged from the gardens or sourced from local villages.

We hire locals to work at our lodge and lead our guided tour. The local national park can only work with local support and so we are keen to help in this in any way we can.

1 Reviews of South Sumatra eco lodge, nr Way Kambas National Park

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 29 Oct 2012 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

The 2 most exciting parts of my trip were the river boat trip where I got to see monkeys and birds close up and riding an elephant.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Enjoy the rhythym and pace of life in Sumatra. Make the most of the hot middle of the day by resting up for your afternoon/ evening activities.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

This lodge is a beautiful, accomodating place to stay. The food is excellent and plentiful-- I even got to try durian fruit. The host and guides were knowledgable and helpful. I went to Satwa to ride an elephant, see monkeys, and see the rhino sanctuary. I also saw a wild elephant, was invited for tea and a video at the rhino sanctuary, saw monkeys, deer, and wild pigs from elephant-back, and saw monkeys up close on the river ride!

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Excellent. A clean, simple, yet comfortable lodge, great food, friendly people, lots of things to do. Even wifi!

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