Of the many National Parks in Indonesia one of the oldest is Way Kambas National Park (Taman National Way Kambas) located in Lampung Province. The Dutch colonial Government had settled this area as a natural conservation park in 1937. In 1989, it was officially labeled as National Park by Foresty Minister. Itâ€™s also the largest national park in area in Indonesia reaching out over 130,000 hectare.
This park has become an habitat for several rare animals facing extincting like the Sumateran Elephants, Rhinoceros, Tigers, Tapir, Snakes, Crocodiles and Turtles. There are also many birds living here like the myna bird, rangkong, sea eagle, and white heron. You can find some primates too here, like the gibbon, long-tailed monkey and short-tailed macaque.
The most interesting part if you visit this park is the Karangsari Elephant Conservation Center. In the conservation center, elephants are tamed and trained. You can see some elephants attractions and ride on them around the park.
Nearby is a place called Way Kanan, about 30 minutes away. You can go into the forest in Way Kanan by following a wooden track. You can walk but you can also take a boat down Way Kanan river to see the crocodiles The Park provides a fun way to get new experiences and new knowledge.
From the city of Bandar Lampung you can use either private or rented vehicle for about 2 hours trip (3 hours from Bakauheni Harbor). You need a permission first from the management before entering the Way Kambas national park and they will provide you with one or more rangers to accompany you while in the Park.