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10 Okt 2014
Tangkahan
Tangkahan - The Hidden Paradise in Sumatra

Tangkahan
is well-known as the hidden paradise of Gunung Leuser National Park.
This place is an Ecotourism area in the Langkat District, North Sumatra.
The peaceful jungle retreat is located along the Kuala Buluh River next
to the dense rainforest, just 2.5 hours far from Bukit Lawang driving
on a bumpy road through palm oil plantations and rural villages.
The
two villages framed the Tangkahan area Namo Sialang and Sei Serdang
village, with the estimated population of 7,433. Livelihood of the
villagers are mostly by farming, oil palm, nature rubber, sweet oranges
and limes are some of the main local corps commodity. It is the perfect
place to lay back from strong traveling and spend a memorable time with
seven rehabilitated adult Sumatran elephants and a few small calves who
work together with the rangers to patrol the rainforest.
This tiny,
remote village was practically built on the logging trade in the 1980s
and 1990s, because the people became aware of the damages by such
activity. They collectively decided to stop illegal logging and
transform the area into a functional, self-sustained ecotourism
destination. So in April 2001 the community banded together to form the
Tangkahan Tourism Organisation (Lembaga Pariwisata Tangkahan Ė LPT) and
fixed regulations prohibiting the exploitation of the surrounding
rainforest. So the Conservation Response Unit (CRU) was born Ė a team of
Sumatran elephants and their mahouts that helps safeguard the national
park to protect it from encroachment. When its bath time at the elephant
camp on the outskirt of Gunung Leuser National Park tourists are
allowed and charged to help. By joining the elephants by their afternoon
bathing or taking a trek on an elephant you will support this local
initiative.
Riding elephants are arranged jointly by local
communities, the national park authorities, and local and International
NGOís. All profits are used for community development, social programs
and nature conservation. The elephants originate from areas where human
encroachment on elephant land has caused conflicts, causing the wild
elephants to lose their habitat and forcing the authorities to round
them up and move them to government camps. The elephants are among the
few to have been tIn the year of 1994, this very area was one of the
illegal logging exit points out of national park. The robbing was done
in view of the matters that the price of lumber were soaring high by
that time. Along with the illegal logging incident, local visitor were
starting to realize the beauty of this yet another Indonesian paradise.
Itís beautiful scenery with itís virgin forest and crystal river are the
Batang serangan River and Buluh River.
unexpectedly, the crowds of
visitor have given yet other alternative incomes for the local people.
Thus, has succeeded in broadening peopleís perception and knowledge
about the forest itself. Apparently, the forest ( the national park )
can give far more valuable earning that illegal logging action.
Located
near the border of the Park, Tangkahan Village is becoming an exemplary
site of community-based ecotourism. Within this pilot project, former
illegal loggers have learned to become trekking guides. Gaining their
livelihood from the beauty of the forest, they are now the best
guardians of its natural wonders.
The Gunung Leuser National Park in
North Sumatra is a hidden paradise, one of the last places you can
experience the rainforest at itís best. Majestic trees, thick lush
tropical vegetation interspersed with beautiful rivers, waterfalls,
caves combine to make this one of the most beautiful places on earth.
This is also home for many endangered animals such as the Sumatran
orangutan, the Sumatran tiger and the Sumatran elephant, to name but a
few, and also reptiles and amphibians such as frogs and snakes. If you
are lucky, you will see them in forest.
It is also the only place in
Indonesia where you can venture into the jungle on the back of your own
elephant, exploring parts of the rainforest that would be difficult to
reach otherwise. This is the place to come if you want a truly exclusive
and unique experience combining rainforest exploration with camping and
above all with riding elephants.
Many families spend their weekends
with an excursion or picnic. There are many options that can give peace
to yourself or family. Tangkahan is one attraction that can give peace.
Not only is the freshness of the mountain air, the beauty of the hill
ranks and captive elephants while in the daily attraction visited by
foreign tourist. Thurs can also enjoy the beauty of some of the
surrounding waterfalls and several caves that make us want to explore
its depths.  (inaturaltreasures.com)

Tangkahan - The Hidden Paradise in Sumatra

Tangkahan is well-known as the hidden paradise of Gunung Leuser National Park. This place is an Ecotourism area in the Langkat District, North Sumatra. The peaceful jungle retreat is located along the Kuala Buluh River next to the dense rainforest, just 2.5 hours far from Bukit Lawang driving on a bumpy road through palm oil plantations and rural villages.
The two villages framed the Tangkahan area Namo Sialang and Sei Serdang village, with the estimated population of 7,433. Livelihood of the villagers are mostly by farming, oil palm, nature rubber, sweet oranges and limes are some of the main local corps commodity. It is the perfect place to lay back from strong traveling and spend a memorable time with seven rehabilitated adult Sumatran elephants and a few small calves who work together with the rangers to patrol the rainforest.
This tiny, remote village was practically built on the logging trade in the 1980s and 1990s, because the people became aware of the damages by such activity. They collectively decided to stop illegal logging and transform the area into a functional, self-sustained ecotourism destination. So in April 2001 the community banded together to form the Tangkahan Tourism Organisation (Lembaga Pariwisata Tangkahan Ė LPT) and fixed regulations prohibiting the exploitation of the surrounding rainforest. So the Conservation Response Unit (CRU) was born Ė a team of Sumatran elephants and their mahouts that helps safeguard the national park to protect it from encroachment. When its bath time at the elephant camp on the outskirt of Gunung Leuser National Park tourists are allowed and charged to help. By joining the elephants by their afternoon bathing or taking a trek on an elephant you will support this local initiative.
Riding elephants are arranged jointly by local communities, the national park authorities, and local and International NGOís. All profits are used for community development, social programs and nature conservation. The elephants originate from areas where human encroachment on elephant land has caused conflicts, causing the wild elephants to lose their habitat and forcing the authorities to round them up and move them to government camps. The elephants are among the few to have been tIn the year of 1994, this very area was one of the illegal logging exit points out of national park. The robbing was done in view of the matters that the price of lumber were soaring high by that time. Along with the illegal logging incident, local visitor were starting to realize the beauty of this yet another Indonesian paradise. Itís beautiful scenery with itís virgin forest and crystal river are the Batang serangan River and Buluh River.
unexpectedly, the crowds of visitor have given yet other alternative incomes for the local people. Thus, has succeeded in broadening peopleís perception and knowledge about the forest itself. Apparently, the forest ( the national park ) can give far more valuable earning that illegal logging action.
Located near the border of the Park, Tangkahan Village is becoming an exemplary site of community-based ecotourism. Within this pilot project, former illegal loggers have learned to become trekking guides. Gaining their livelihood from the beauty of the forest, they are now the best guardians of its natural wonders.
The Gunung Leuser National Park in North Sumatra is a hidden paradise, one of the last places you can experience the rainforest at itís best. Majestic trees, thick lush tropical vegetation interspersed with beautiful rivers, waterfalls, caves combine to make this one of the most beautiful places on earth. This is also home for many endangered animals such as the Sumatran orangutan, the Sumatran tiger and the Sumatran elephant, to name but a few, and also reptiles and amphibians such as frogs and snakes. If you are lucky, you will see them in forest.
It is also the only place in Indonesia where you can venture into the jungle on the back of your own elephant, exploring parts of the rainforest that would be difficult to reach otherwise. This is the place to come if you want a truly exclusive and unique experience combining rainforest exploration with camping and above all with riding elephants.
Many families spend their weekends with an excursion or picnic. There are many options that can give peace to yourself or family. Tangkahan is one attraction that can give peace. Not only is the freshness of the mountain air, the beauty of the hill ranks and captive elephants while in the daily attraction visited by foreign tourist. Thurs can also enjoy the beauty of some of the surrounding waterfalls and several caves that make us want to explore its depths.  (inaturaltreasures.com)

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