Sumatra through the Eyes of Nature Lovers

Merapi ©yudha aria/Flick

Sumatra is one of the largest islands in Indonesia. Each province has its own culture and ethnic groups.

Sumatra is divided into nine provinces: Aceh, North Sumatra, West Sumatra, Riau, Jambi, Bengkulu, South Sumatra, Banka Belitung and Lampung. It is a great place to visit, you can choose any of these places to meet with nature.

We would like to present you Sumatra through the eyes of nature lovers spending a little time at every one of them.

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Aceh

In Aceh you find Bukit Lawang, one of the largest national parks in the world with orangutans, gibbons, monkeys, tigers, elephants and sumatran rhino.

Bukit Lawang ©vincentraal/Flick

North Sumatra

In North Sumatra you can visit the Grand Park in the Forest of Bukit Barisan, the Zoological Museum of Mountains Karo at 59 km from Medan.

Donau Toba is the famous lake of Batak which has a main importance for the inhabitants. It is the largest lake in Southeast Asia and one of the deepest in the world (450 m). In the middle of the lake lies the Island of Samosir, original place of tribe Batak Toba.

Before you reach the lake you will go through Parapat, the most important tourist resort.

Bukit Barisan ©bleublogger/Flick

West Sumatra

Surf lovers must visit the Island of Nias. The island is part of the province West Sumatra. There you can also take part of an exciting event, the traditional rite of high jumping over an object which is about two meters high.

From two hours of drive from Pedang, you will find the Mountains of Bukittinggi, surrounded by three volcanoes: Tandikat, Singgalang and Merapi. The coast near the Island of Mentawai are famous of their beautiful coral reefs. Mentawai residents belong to an ethnic group living in isolation.

Merapi ©yudha aria/Flick

Riau

The province of Riau is mainly covered with forest and the land is plane. Riau is one of the richest parts of the whole country due to its natural resources, as palm oil, natural gas, rubber and petroleum.

Riau ©wjklos/Flick

Jambi

More than half of Jambi is also covered with forest and  the diversity of flora and fauna is a perfect place for those nature lovers that looking for adventures.

Jambi ©AndrewEick/Flick

Bengkulu

Bengkulu is the smallest and the wildest of all provinces of Indonesia with tigers and elephants, orchids and other exotic flowers that live in the rainforest. Obviously, there are the least inhabitants.

Bengkulu ©Radio Nederland Wereldomroep/Flick

Bangka-Belitung

Bangka-Belitung has a strategic place, making maritime connection with many important places of Indonesia. The province consist of Bangka and Belitung, and other smaller islands.

Bangka-Belitung ©j3ffm4n/Flick

Lampung

If you continue your journey in Sumatra to Lampung, you get to Way Kambas National Park, meeting place of  the big elephants. You can be carried by trained elephants or you can watch them doing some simple things.

Lampung ©nilamss/Flick

South Sumatra

In South Sumatra let yourself enchanted by the scent of the national pine forest of Punti Kayu.

Pine forest in Sumatra ©by mattjlc/Flick

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