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“interesting place to visit and ride the elephant ;-)” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Way Kambas National Park

Way Kambas National Park
Bandar Lampung, Way Kambas National Park, Indonesia
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Jakarta, Indonesia
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“interesting place to visit and ride the elephant ;-)”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2013

we went here after spending some time at kiluan bay (you can read my review). this was my 2nd time visited way kambas. there were lots of improvement comparing years ago. we took 1 hour safari tour (Rp 200,000/elephant ride) and got lots information concerning the wild elephants ;-)
if you have any chance to visit Lampung, don't miss this national park, it's a very interesting place, and it's only 1 hour from Bandar Lampung.

Visited September 2013
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Sydney, Australia
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“Stay away from this terrible place unless you want to spend at least $500. Worst place ever.”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2013

Stay away from this park. Unless you have private transport to and from the park and are willing to burn through at least $500 and love birds then this park is not for you (If you answer yes to the above three you will probably have a nice if overpriced stay). Lets start at the beginning. They let us have a bus to Metro and then there they lied and said there was no bus to Rajabasa and wanted us to charter a van. This went on for 4 hours before they eventually gave us a bus. Only the old people were honest. Then we found out there were no hotels or homestays in Rajabasa and the park is actually 7km from the village. It was late so we went to Jepara to stay. Luckily they agreed to look after our big bags and are subsequently the best option for visiting the park independently. We then took an angkot to the village again and walked the 7km to the park. Ojeks want around 30,000 so not too bad. Once we got to the park the troubles really began. They invent fees to pay (we ignored these), but they won't let you walk in due to tigers (rubbish) and we had to pay 150,000 for 2 ojeks for the 13km to the park hq. Here you are veritable prisoner, because you are not allowed to walk anywhere. When we tried, they sent us back like babies. They want 300,000 for a 3 hour walk and anything from 500,000 to 1.5 million for a 2 hour boat trip. Insanely expensive. No backpacker can afford this. When we told them it was expensive they just laughed and said not for us. The shack in the middle of the jungle was 300,000 (still our most expensive hotel and more than the plasma screen, hot water, super comfortable bed place in Banderlampung). They tried to get more money out of us in the park, but it was beyond us. Hence what I said about $500. They watched our every movement like inmates and we told them the next day we would walk out of the park as we couldn't afford anything (Bear in mind at Ujung Kulon accommodation is 100,000 and a whole day guide is 100,000. In Gunung Leuser accommodation is 50,000 and a whole day guide is 300,000. Kerinci accommodation is 100,000 and a whole day guide is 300,000). All those parks are many, many times better than Way Kambas. You have to be lucky to see wildlife here. In the others its almost given. They said we couldn't walk without an escort for 100,000 (It was 300,000 on the way in). They said they would have a gun to protect from tigers. Come the morning they had no gun and we told them no gun, no money. We didn't need their stupid protection. What were they going to do to a tiger with just a scooter. The guy passed us twice on our walk out of 13km (we saw squirrels, macaques, wild boar and 3 types of deer so nothing outstanding). They have silver leaf monkeys on the river, but we couldn't afford the boat. When we got to the gate the other guy came and demanded 100,000 for the protection. What protection. He passed us twice in 3 hours. Ridiculous. The park guards just want to use you as much as possible. This is a super unpleasant place. We got into a slanging match and he said I was crazy after I verbally abused him. Yeah I am. Crazy for coming here. We were toying with the idea of not coming due to the bad reviews. We should have listened to our instinct. Just don't go. Yet it gets worse. We eventually got out and collected our bags to go. We went back to Rajabasa and the locals told us all afternoon that a bus would be coming. Eventually it turned out they were lying so we would be forced to take their friends ojek to Metro. What kind of people are these people. We were forced to stay the night in Jepara again. The next day they lied to us about the bus again and Cannelle was getting hysterical. We thought we would be trapped here. She didn't believe people could be like this. The ojek drivers were preventing the buses from picking us up and they were trying to force us into taking ojeks. One guy said it was the crisis and they need money. I told him he shouldn't treat tourists like this and its the reason why noone visits the park. I told him I'd tell everyone I met how they treated us. Prisoners in a town for 2 days. Eventually when he realised how upset we were a bus mysteriously appeared and the driver paid a backhander to the guy on the street of 8000. The bus price is 10,000 from Jepara to Metro, but he wanted 30,000 to cover his backhander even after saying he was doing nothing when I asked him why he paid the other guy. I watched everyone else pay 10000 each and gave 20,000 for the two of us. He complained and I said everyone paid that. He then talked in Bahasa about how we had only paid 12,000. No we hadn't. We had paid 20,000. He just paid a stupid backhander. We are not ATMs. They then didn't want us to take a bus to Banderlampung, but we did and our ordeal was finally over. This is without doubt the worst I have ever been treated by people and under no circumstances should you entertain the idea of visiting this poor excuse of a park.

Visited June 2013
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“Great for Family's Day Out”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2013

I love this national park! You can get up close to elephants and rhinos and ride on elephants around the national park. If you're lucky you'll see some deers and boars running wild. You can also watch elephant shows, bathe the elephants or feed them. There are plenty of things to do here and it's perfect for family's day out.

Visited July 2012
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“Elephat”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2012

Good but not as good as in Bali when you comparing the facilities. But this good place to see the elephant and enjoy the elephant ride.

Visited September 2011
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