Kerinci Seblat National Park (TNKS) is a
natural conservation area. This one and half million hectare area is
located in four provinces; West Sumatra, Jambi, Bengkulu and South
Sumatra. In West Sumatra, it covers some 260,000 hectares and is located
in Pesisir Selatan and Solok districts.
Types of flora protected in TNKS include Kantung Semar (Nephents
Ampularia), orchids, and tropical trees among others. Types of fauna
protected include Sumatran Tigers, bears, deer, various primates and
birds among others.
Types of endemic primates protected in TNKS include Simpai, Ungkou,
Siamang (Symphanlangus Syndactylus), monkeys, and long tail monkeys
among others. Types of birds protected include Rangkong, Tohtor and Kuau
birds and eagles among others. Most of these fauna are endangered
The easiest access to TNKS in West Sumatra is from Painan, Pesisir
Selatan district, or Solok Selatan. From Minangkabau international
airport, visitors must go to Padang first and continue their journey to
Painan by rented car or arranged travel by an agent for about Rp 40,000
to Rp50,000. In Painan, visitors must first report at the Office of
Lumpo Resort, which is located behind Painan bus station and the market,
and bring along the Entry permit to a Conservation Area (SIMAKSI) from
the Central Office of the Management of National Park II (PTN II) in
TNKS is a special tourist destination. Meaning, TNKS is the right place
for nature lovers who love to trek across thick forest. Trekking must be
accompanied by rangers assigned to each resort station. If you like to
stay overnight, visitors can also be accompanied by at least one local
inhabitant assigned to carry tents and cooking tools.
TNKS is a difficult area due to its nearly 90 degree slopes, mud and
small rivers with stones.
TNKS area in Lumpo Resort has a waterfall called Air Terjun Lumpo which
consists of three levels with the highest level of about 80 meters high.
From Limau Gadang village border, it will take four to five hours to
travel 7 kilometers to the waterfall. Bukit Bontak and Mount Kerinci are
located in Solok Selatan. Besides trekking, this protected forest area
can also be used for camping.
If you do not wish to stay overnight in the forest, TNKS provides inn
facility for visitors.
On the border between Limau Gadang village and the access point to TNKS,
there are several local food stalls where you could enjoy coffee or tea
and snacks. If you like to stay in the forest, please bring food
supplies from the village.
Lumpo Resort office is located right behind Painan market enabling
visitors to buy local souvenirs.
Before visiting TNKS, visitors must first obtain a SIMAKSI permit from
the Central Office of the Management of National Park II (PTN II) at
Khatib Sulaiman street no.46 Padang, Phone/Fax: 0751-447668.
If you like to travel around TNKS off Lumpo Resort, it is best to save
time by staying in the forest so that you can enjoy the beautiful
nature, flora and fauna. It is necessary for visitors to bring extra
clothes, supplies, tents, torchlights, salts for prevention against
snakes, tobacco to avoid leech bites and anti-mosquito lotion. Despite
the difficult environment, it is possible for you to visit Lumpo
waterfall and return on the same day. You can come in the morning and
return in late afternoon.
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