Travel | Lampung Bandar Lampung’s topography offers not only flat land used for urban development but also cool tropical hills offering a welcome break from the buzz of city streets. A male elephant has fun in the water in Way Kambas National Park, one of the conservation centres for Sumatran Elephants. the Krakatoa volcano in 1883 and has remained sturdy until the present. To get a different view of the city, Salsabila takes me to the west, which is hilly and green. The area is popular with families and young people who visit to enjoy the various well-managed rides and attractions at Puncak Mas, including treehouses, hanging bicycles and hot-air balloons. Only five minutes from Puncak Mas is Alam Wawai Eco Park, a campsite that is ideal for community groups, with good facilities, including an amphitheatre with a charming view out to sea. Bandar Lampung’s topography offers not only flat land used for urban development but also cool tropical hills offering a welcome break from the buzz of city streets. “If I get tired of working in the city, it is easy to escape,” remarks Salsabila. I appreciate this when I see her interest in interacting with the animals at the Taman Hutan Raya deer breeding facility and introducing me to the variety of butterflies at Taman Gita Persada. That’s the way to find balance in life, I think. 5 Senses – Sight SANG BUMI RUWA JURAI MUSEUM Located on Jl. H. Zainal Arifin Pagar Alam No. 64, this red-brick museum has a collection of more than 4,700 historical objects from Lampung. It is divided into ten sections, such as geology, biology, history, ceramics, fine arts, technography and the largest section, ethnography. The museum is open every working day except Monday. Berada di Jalan H. Zainal Arifin Pagar Alam No. 64, museum berdinding bata merah ini menyimpan lebih dari 4.700 benda bersejarah dari Lampung. Koleksinya dibagi dalam 10 kelompok, seperti geologika, biologika, historika, numismatika, filologika, keramologika, seni rupa, teknografika dan yang terbanyak yakni etnografika. Museum ini buka setiap hari kerja, kecuali Senin. Elephants and Tigers Speaking of animals, Lampung is synonymous with the Sumatran elephant (Elephas maximus 1 89 sumatranus). There are two national parks here concerned with the conservation of Indonesia’s largest mammal, Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park to the west and Way Kambas National Park to the east. As it is nearer to Bandar Lampung, I choose to visit the Way Kambas National Park. Sulardi, one of the coordinators, explains that the park has an area of around 125,000ha and is the oldest national park in Indonesia. “Here the large animals are not only the Sumatran elephant but also the tapir (Tapirus indicus), the Sumatran tiger (Panthera tigris sumatrae), the Sumatran rhinoceros (Dicerorhinus sumatrensis) and the honey bear (Helarctos malayanus). We call them The Big Five Mammals,” Sulardi says. The elephants cannot be seen at all times of the day; they have been released into the forest so they can live naturally and are only brought back to the Elephant Training Centre by the mahouts in the late afternoon. In order to fill the time, I am taken to Way Kanan in the national park to participate in birdwatching while walking along the mangrove-lined river. Photography enthusiasts inundate me with photos they have captured of exotic birds; it is my first such experience and really opens my eyes to the wonders of observing nature at close range and the importance of animal conservation. As the late afternoon approaches, I return to the Elephant Training Centre and am finally able to meet these amazing animals directly. The elephants calmly emerge from the forest, like so many hermits after a satisfying meditation. How peaceful it is to gaze at the herd crossing the field as a warm orange glow heralds the evening.