Welcome to Tangkahan…
is sometimes mentioned as the HIDDEN PARADISE IN SUMATRA. It
is definitely hidden and for many a paradise. It is the perfect
place to get off the beaten track, but still have access to nice
food and comfortable bungalows. Tangkahan is an interesting place in
many ways. Interesting for what it has to offer and an interesting
background. The elephants, the jungle, and the clean rivers are
obvious attractions. What makes Tangkahan different is that it is a
good example on how community based eco-tourism can stop illegal
logging, improve livelihood, and develop a sense of pride amongst
the locals. This development on the border of Leuser National Park
where the bigger river Batang Serangan meets the smaller river
Sungai Musam is the hidden paradise of Tangkahan.
- Ride the Sumatran elephants in the jungle!
- Float down the clear river!
- Go jungle trekking!
- Soak yourself in hot springs!
- Or take a course in how to handle and care for elephants!
Pariwisata Tangkahan (LPT) is a local organization formed with
the purpose to develop eco-tourism as a new form of lively hood and
in this way prevent illegal logging. The idea was successful and
illegal logging was effectively stopped in 2001.
Indecon helped establish LPT and gave training in guiding,
is the the tourism business owned by LPT. All visitors to Tangkahan
end up in the Visitor Center managed by CTO. They also control the
eco-tourism, promote, receive bookings, coordinates, and arranges
the elephant riding.
The Community Response Unit (CRU) was formed by
Flora International and elephants were brought in to
Tangkahan from Aceh. In some areas where humans and elephants often
come in conflict over land use, elephants have been removed to a few
"elephant schools". In Tangkahan the elephants were given a new dual
- They directly help the rangers to patrol the forest of the
national park against illegal logging.
- As an eco-tourism attraction they improve the livelihood of
the local communities and in this way indirectly prevent illegal
2010 the Veterinary Society for Sumatran Wildlife Conservation,
VESSWIC took over and continued the program.
You can find an area map under
TRANSPORTATION and a
local map under
ACCOMMODATION AND FOOD.
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