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Kerinci Seblat National Park | Kubu Primitive Tribe & Adventure Through South Sumatra

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Welcome to a fascinating primitive adventure through the South of Sumatra! 

Exploring the impressive Kerinci Seblat National Park, you will realize that Sumatra has one of the richest ecosystems in the world. No one can deny the beauty of Sumatra, from the top of its majestic volcanoes to the lush jungle, down to sea ​​level, where idyllic pristine beaches are scattered throughout the island.

With almost 40 million inhabitants, the cultural variety that exists around Sumatra will also provide you with constant emotions during your stay on the island. Sumatra is also home to an interesting and unique primitive tribe which has its own culture and language.

This will be a wild journey full of adventure and culture that we will start in Padang City. We will address Bukittinggi to learn about some of its traditions and visit the Sianok canyon. On the way to Kersik Tuo, we will stop at the twin volcanoes, bathe in a waterfall, and visit a tea plantation.

You will make several walking routes inside the impressive Kerinci Seblat National Park, where we will have the opportunity to experience what it feels like to spend a night camping in the middle of nature near Lake Gunung Tujuh. We will visit several traditional villages on the way to Bangko, until we reach the Bukit Dua Belas National Park, where we will go deep into the jungle to have direct contact with the Kubu tribe.

You will take a tour of the city of Bengkulu and stay at a hotel on the slopes of Dempo Mountain. We will take a tour of Pagar Alam to explore the megalith stones and visit the plantation and the tea factory. We will visit the elephant training camp in Bukit Selero and end our adventure in the city of Palembang.

  • 13 Nights
  • Difficulty : Medium
  • Pickup: Minangkabau International Airport, Padang (PDG)
Itinerary Kerinci Seblat National Park & Primitive Adventure in Sumatra

DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN PADANG AIRPORT – BUKITTINGGI      ▼

Arrival at Minangkabau International Airport of Padang, meeting service with our guide and drive to Bukittinggi. On the way, pass Anai Valley waterfall and visit Pandai Sikat village to see traditional wood carving and hand weaving. Arrival at Bukittinggi, visit Sianok Canyon, Fort-de-Kock, museum and market. In the afternoon, check in to hotel.

Meals: 

Accommodation: Royal Denai Hotel

DAY 2:BUKITTTINGGI - KERSIK TUO      ▼

Once finished the breakfast, drive to Kersik Tuo via Muara Labuh and stop at Lake Diatas and Lake Dibawah or also known as twin lakes. The word Diatas means over the top and guess what Dibawah means? Down below. On the way, pass by several Minangkabau Village. Visit Telun Berasap Waterfall and pass by tea plantation at Kayu Aro. Arrival at Sei Penuh, the area of Kerinci Seblat National Park, check in to hotel.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Subandi / Paiman GuestHouse

DAY 3:KERSIK TUO – KERINCI SEBLAT TREKKING      ▼

After breakfast, drive to the slope of Gunung Tujuh (Mount Seven) and then start trekking and explore the nature of Kerinci Seblat National Park. It is the largest national park in the island of Sumatra.

During the trekking is a good chance to observe the wildlife, such as Birds, Snake, Deer, Mouse deer and other kinds of animals. Overnight in a Tent near Gunung Tujuh Lake. (Meals provided by Tour Guide).

“The Jungle part Area for this trekking could be discuss with our experienced Tour guide in Kerinci, about what you are looking to see. Since there are other interesting part such as for Sumatera Tiger watching, will be better to do trekking at Ladeh Panjang Area”

 

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Accommodation: Overnight Tent Near Gunung Tujuh

DAY 4:KERINCI SEBLAT TREKKING     ▼

Once finished the breakfast, continue trekking at Kerinci Seblat National Park to explore more deeply the wild jungle of National Park.

Over 4,000 plant species have been identified to date in the park area, including the world’s largest flower, Rafflesia arnoldi, and the plant with the largest unbranched inflorescence, the titan arum. overnight in a tent (Meals provided by Tour Guide).

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Accommodation: Overnight Tent or Shelter

DAY 5:KERINCI SEBLAT NATIONAL PARK TREKKING-KERSIK TUO     ▼

In the morning, continue trekking at Kerinci Seblat national park. The national park is home for many kinds of big, medium, and small cats, such as clouded leopard, marbled cat, leopard cat, and Asian golden cat. In the afternoon, return to Kersik Tuo for overnight.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch

Accommodation: Subandi GuestHouse

DAY 6:KERINCI - BANGKO     ▼

In the morning, drive to Bangko via Sungai Penuh, on the way visit Lake Kerinci and pass by several villages, Batang Masai River and then in the afternoon, arrive at Bangko. Check in to hotel.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Permata Hotel

DAY 7:BANGKO - KUBU PRIMITIVE TRIBE     ▼

After breakfast, drive to Bukit Dua Belas National Park for about two hours’ drive and then trekking to the jungle to get in touch with the primitive Kubu Tribe. They are nomadic and most of their daily life is involving hunting for food and gathering. Nowadays they own rubber and other kinds of farms. The tribe still has their animistic beliefs but some have been converted to Christians or Moslems. In the afternoon, return to hotel.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Permata Hotel

DAY 8: BANGKO – BENGKULU     ▼

After breakfast depart to Bengkulu, on the way stop will be made in the jungle to see Raffles Flower (It is only possible when the flower blooming). Afternoon arrival at Bengkulu check in to hotel.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Grage Horison Hotel

DAY 9: BENGKULU – TOUR    ▼

After breakfast, have some city tour in Bengkulu to visit the old Marlborough Fort, Panjang Beach, and Soekarno House and museum, the place of exile of our founding father Ir. Soekarno. Return to hotel in the afternoon.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Grage Horison Hotel

DAY 10:BENGKULU – PAGAR ALAM    ▼

In the morning, leave Bengkulu for Pagar Alam. On the way, stop at several traditional market, villages and plantation. In the afternoon, arrive at Pagar Alam to check in to hotel at the slope of Dempo Mountain near tea plantation.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Wisma Pemda / Mirasa Hotel

DAY 11: PAGAR ALAM TOUR – LAHAT    ▼

In the morning, do some excursion at Pagar Alam to explore the megalith stones and visit Tea Plantation and Tea Factory. In the afternoon, drive to Lahat for overnight.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Cendrawasih Hotel / Bukit Selero Hotel

DAY 12: LAHAT – PALEMBANG    ▼

Once finished the breakfast, depart to Palembang, on the way visit Elephant Training Camp at Bukit Selero. In the afternoon, arrive at Palembang and continue driving to your hotel.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Swarna Dwipa Hotel or similar

DAY 13: PALEMBANG FREE    ▼

Today is a free for you at own leisure. It is possible to do a Musi River tour on request (optional).

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Swarna Dwipa Hotel or similar

DAY 14:HOTEL – AIRPORT    ▼

Today, you will have free at own leisure until time transfer to Airport. Sampai Jumpa!

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation:

Photos Kerinci Seblat National Park & Primitive Adventure in Sumatra

Price Includes

  • Accommodation / Twin sharing
  • Air-conditioned private car
  • Meals according to itinerary
  • Ticket and entrance fees of the places to visit
  • English speaking tour guide
  • Local Guide and Porter
  • Tent and Camping Equipment

Price Excludes

  • Flights (If you want, we can organize them)
  • Photo / Video Camera Rates
  • Travel insurance
  • Tip and personal expenses
  • Extra expenses caused by anything beyond our control: flight delays, cancellations, natural disaster, etc.
  • Anything not mentioned in the include
Map Kerinci Seblat National Park & Primitive Adventure in Sumatra

FAQ

When is the best time of the year to do this tour?

Our favourite time for travel in Indonesia is between April to October, although Indonesia is a great year-round destination, offering memorable experiences for all kinds of adventures. July to August are the peak summer months. In West to Central part of the weather is delightfully warm and it’s a popular time for travellers to visit for holidays, whilst if you wish to travel from October to April, the Eastern part Indonesia, like Banda and Raja Ampat, would be the best option.

If you wish to have a relaxing journey in Indonesia with less crowds, the shoulder months of April to June and September to October are ideal and slightly more economic.       If you must travel in ‘high season’ but want to avoid the crowd, worry not, there are numbered of unbeaten track in Indonesia ready to be explored.

What should I bring?

The tropics is a warm and often sweaty place, especially if you have Borneo or Sulawesi included in your travel. Check out our suggestion on What to Wear:

  • Comfortable and light shirt and at least a pair of long sleeves
  • Comfortable walking shoes or trekking shoes if your trip include some trekking
  • Shorts and long pants
  • Couple of pairs of socks
  • Waterproof Jacket/Raincoat

Depends on the type of travel, you may also need these in your What to Bring list:

Underwater Trip:

  • Dive Insurance
  • Dive certificate
  • Certificate of Nitrox (for those who are using Nitrox)
  • Dive equipment except Tanks and Weights. Please consult your travel expert to find out if the equipment is inclusive or not in your booking
  • Swimsuit/Dive suit
  • Adaptor DIN or INT
  • Flashlight
  • Sunscreen SPF +40
  • Waterproof bags

Landtour and Trekking:

  • Small backpack for daily important item
  • Travel Insurance, which covers trekking and sport risk
  • Trekking shoes (check with your travel expert if you need a Goretex or simply a walking shoes)
  • Pullover (as in some area like Mt Bromo and some other places at high altitude, the temperature can get as low as 0 degree)
  • Hats
  • Small flashlight or head flashlight
  • Towel (preferably quick dry microfiber towel)
  • Flight tickets (keep the soft copy in your mobile)
  • Valid passport with Valid Visa (or check if you are eligible for Visa Free Entry)
  • Travel/Dive Insurance
  • Personal medication (include contact lenses)
  • Waterproof bag to put all important documents
  • All documents for your trip: vouchers, tickets, contact numbers
  • Credit card (in some major cities, credit card are widely accepted in restaurants and shops. Small charge might be applied)
  • Cash in Euro or USD (you may change into local currency Rupiah when you arrive here)
  • Camera, Battery and Charger
  • Adaptor (220V is used in Indonesia)
  • Toiletries
  • Sunscreen and Sunglasses
  • International driving license (if you plan to drive on your own)
  • Mosquito Repellent with DEET
  • Hygienic travel kits (mask, disinfectant or anti-virus spray, etc, etc)

How Do I Get to Padang?

Padang is half-way up Sumatra’s west coast and is served by a good network of land, air and sea routes. Padang’s new airport is the Bandara Internasional Minangkabau, 20 km north of the centre of town. Domestic flights go daily between Padang and Jakarta, Medan and Palembang. Airlines operating flights to Padang include Garuda, AirAsia and Lion Air. Padang’s Bengkuang bus terminal is located 12 km from town.

How Hard is Our Tour?

We have classified our tours in 3 different classes. Always check which one suitable for your condition. If you have any doubt, you may consult to our travel expert.

Easy: Suitable for most people in good health. These trips can include short walk for days with around 2–3 hours in good paths and at low altitudes.

Medium: A reasonable level of fitness or technique is required, as these trips can require sustained endurance levels as the trip may include longer days of approximately 5-6 hours of activity or/and in higher altitudes, or snorkelling in strong current.

Hard: These trips are physically demanding and best suited for people with a high endurance level, good level of fitness and exercise regularly. Days can be long around 7-8 hours of activity, often at high altitudes, in remote regions and sometimes without a support vehicle nearby. Travellers may be required to carry their backpack, trip with trekking overnights without access to normal toilets or accommodations.

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