Way Kambas National Park - Indonesia

Located at the southern tip of Sumatra, 110km from Bandarlampung, the Way Kambas National Park is one of the oldest reserves in Indonesia. It occupies 1,300 sqkm of coastal lowland forest around the Way Kambas River on the east coast of the province of Lampung. It contains a few critically endangered Sumatran Tigers, Sumatran Elephants and Sumatran Rhinoceroses. It also provides excellent birdwatching with the rare White-winged Wood Duck among the over 400 species present in the park. It is believed that approximately 200 Sumatran elephants live within the park and there is an Elephant Training Centre, protecting and creating mutual benefit for both the elephants and man. The training center is also a reminiscent of the time when kings or sultans ruled Sumatra, when elephants were trained and deployed in warfare and also for ceremonial purposes. Here, visitors can observe elephants perform various tasks such as transporting lumber or plowing fields and entertainments such as playing football. Also operating in the park is the Sumatra Rhino Sanctuary, where rhinos, formerly held in captivity are introduced to natural surroundings in the hope of successful breeding.