Traveling to Way Kambas National Park, Lampung by Motorbike….Is It Savely?

WAY KAMBAS….Taken from the name of river which flows inside National Park’s area itself. This 125 thousand hectare National Park is home of a conservation program for some rare animals such as elephants, rhinos and Sumatran tigers.

However when I asked to an officer at Elephant Training Center (PLG)Way Kambas, Sumatran Tiger and Rhino Conservation Center haven’t been opened yet for public.

A few hours before my arrival at Way Kambas National Park (TNWK)….

That day is my second day in Lampung exploration. A night before, I was busy looking for information about the safety of using a motorbike towards Way Kambas by asking four of my friend who originally from Lampung. And Finally, three of them assured me that everything would be fine while one of them is more doubtful if I rode motorbike to Way Kambas because I wasn’t originally Lampung resident….Fear was the point….as if my brain has been contaminated by media who often preach about it….About Lampung and motorbike robbers.

Finally, it was simple….because of their opinion was three compared to one, So I decided to go to Way Kambas on next day using a rented motorbike.

Journey started,

Departing from Redoorz @ Jalan Pangeran Diponegoro in Teluk Betung area, Bandar Lampung exactly on 7:25 a.m. Riding along several streets in Bandar Lampung for 35 minutes finally I actually left the city through its last gate:

Bandar Lampung Exit Gate on Lintas Barat Sumatera Road.

I began to ride my motorbike through street which became a route of many intercity buses and logistic trucks. This fast lane required me to pull on my motorbike throttle, so that it won’t be horn constantly from behind.

In 40th minute, I arrived at local people crowd. I searched around some address boards, I finally just knew that it was Natar market.

Natar Market.…economy growth between Bandar Lampung and Metro.

Continuing my journey, in 55th minute, I arrived in front of Radin Inten International Airport.

This airport precisely located in edge of Lintas Barat Sumatra Road.

I was stunned for a moment and sat on m otorbike which turning off, I briefly watched activities around airport. I deliberately took time, because I had never used this airport at all. Unfortunately my arrival in Sumatra’s southernmost province used land routes combined with Merak-Bakauheni sea lane.

My trip along Lintas Barat Sumatra Road raced with small bus.

Come on Mr. Diver. We race.

Actually I could get in this bus to Metro then change again with another bus to Way Jepara (the closest area from Way Kambas which is accessable by public transportation). From Way Jepara it can continue with a taxibike to Way Kambas.

Or I could also use DAMRI Bus, which according to latest info which I got, only departing once every day from Rajabasa Terminal in Bandar Lampung on 8 am and stop precisely in Elephant Training Center, Way Kambas.

But I prefer to use a rented motorbike for USD 11,10 per day because after returning from Way Kambas, I could freely explore Metro City. Besides it, I could cccurately detect all paths which will be passed by me towards Way Kambas.

65th minute, I arrived in a big T-junction which both of its branches towards Metro.

Punduk Monument (Punduk is designation for Lampung traditional weapon)….Choose straight or right?

I prefer to use alternative path to right. According to google maps, this route is faster and will not jammed.

It’s right.…didn’t jammed…. swear

but very quiet.…Metro City Road spurred my heartbeat … started a bit afraid.

After passing through a stretch of rubber plantation, I always followed curves of road and canal in its right side.

Right side canal of Metro City Road.

I was glad when can through that quiet road. Finally I arrived in welcome gate of Metro City

90th minute, Welcome to Metro City.

Find again a hustle, I decided to fill my fuel tank before I was trapped in loneliness again.

Pos Polisi Monument was first landmark which I passed when entering Metro City downtown.

115 minutes.…good bye hustle….

I left Metro City in Abdul Haris Nasution Street
“Welcome to East Lampung districts” gate adjoin with “Outer Gate” Metro City.

Being stucked in a long traffic jam, I was curious, what was wrong? Trying to push forward with my rented “Honda Beat” (a merk of Honda motorbike), I broke through outer of asphalt, finally I found the answer….A large passenger bus was running out of fuel in middle of road, trying to be pushed by many passengers with observation by traffic police.

120th minute. Welcome Pekalongan Market!.…surely there are many Javanese descent here… because “Pekalongan” is a districts name in Java Island.

Pekalongan Market on Abdul Haris Nasution Road

130th minute, I was faced again with two choices of street.

Turned right to Batanghari Nuban road
Maskot Park is in middle of T-junction.
A situation of Batanghari Nuban road.

Smooth asphalt on this road will continue until Sukadana road.…but yeah, It was very quiet.

On 150th minutes, I arrived at this intersection:

The intersection of Soekarno-Hatta Road and Lintas Timur Sumatra Road

The end of these road are actually same:

Turn right to Way Jepara and you will explore Lintas Timur Sumatera Road.

Or You can also go straight, to Way Jepara too.…but You will pass through township and will find Lintas Timur Sumatera Road also.

Surely I chose to turn right, so I could see Sukadana residents activities.

I reached Sukadana Shopping Center in 160th minute

Not long after, you will pass this landmark:

Sukadana City monument as a sub-district which is became a capital city of East Lampung districts.

This Sukadana city monument presents a figure of freedom fighter from Sukadana Districts. His name is Colonel Arifin.

From this monument, go straight until you meet a intersection near Sukadana Sub District office, then immediately turn left.

Towards Minak Rio Ujung road after turning left

In 170th minute, I entered Lintas Timur Sumatera Road after passing this landmark:

Banding Park displays a statue of national hero i.e Kiai Haji Ahmad Hanafiah

I can say that asphalt of Lintas Timur Sumatera road in East Lampung is very smooth.

Lintas Timur Sumatera Road like asphalt of MotoGP circuit.…hahaha
Sukadana’s Outer Gate which I passed in 175th minute

I entered into Way Jepara District. And I arrived in a market which I was waiting for….yes, I wanted to see how are Tridatu market activities. A market that is well known in internet because it’s often referred to by travelers when heading to Way Kambas.

Tridatu market in 180th minute.

I didn’t will turn left from this market to go to Way Kambas. I prefered to choose straight to adding my reference and share it to you.

Yes.…I prefered to go to Gunung Terang Market (unfortunately I forgot to capture a photo for you) which is 5 minutes driving by motorbike from Tridatu Market and then I turned left.

A turn after Gunung Terang Market, I entered in welcome gate of Labuhan Ratu VI Village

Getting closer to Way Kambas’s Elephant Training Center, I entered Labuhan Ratu VI village

Road along Labuhan Ratu VI Village
Labuhan Ratu Rest Area at end of village

This rest area is widely used by tourists who will be heading or even over from Way Kambas’s Elephant Training Center.

Because this rest area is precisely in T-junction on edge of Way Kambas National Park, then I followed a direction board by turn right.

See to the arrow.…turn right along road which divides Way Kambas National Park
Road along Way Kambas National Park

Along a way of Way Kambas National Park, I occasionally found cars of tourist stopping to just feed a herd of wild monkeys which often cross the street.

Finally I arrived.…on 205 th MINUTE, I arrived at gate of Elephant Training Center, Way Kambas National Park.

Very happy to arrived at Way Kambas’s Elephant Training Center Gate.

Was my trip savely?….I can conclude, it is very safe and there isn’t crime atmosphere when go there. Just a suggestion from my friends who are originally Lampung resident.…Don’t go back to home beyond on 6pm.

Even I leaving Way Kambas National Park on exactly 2 pm.

So have you ever seen a wild elephant?

Or see elephants bathing?…#ups it’s porn

Or see elephants playing football? … or playing holahops?

That’s why, Let’s travel to Way Kambas.