In this article, part 3, i publish a story from Village Ranto Gedang, Subdistrict Singkil, to Muara Cinendang, an area in the middle of this swamp forest. Muara Cinendang is a place for fishing by local fishermen. It will need about 6 hours by boat from Ranto Gedang to Muara Cinendang. For the whole trip – part 1,2,3 – was conducted from 25 to 31 July 2010.
In previous articles, i have published of my journey to Singkil Wildlife Reserves part 1 and part 2. In part 1, i published my trip from Village Ranto Gedang, Subdistrict Singkil, to Village of Kuala Baru, Subdistrict Kuala Baru. It can be reached about 8 hours to two days and one night, depend on your fast in walking in muddy land.
In part 2 is from Village Kuala Baru, Subdistrict Kuala Baru, to area of Alue Bubu, an area in the center of swamp forest. That trip is can be through only by rent a boat from villagers. The trip about 4 hours in one way. You will return to the village by the same route as you go.
Singkil Swamp Wildlife Reserves is located at Longitude (DD) 97.73396454, Latitude (DD) 2.58397066. The total area is about (ha) 102.500. This region included in the management of the Leuser Ecosystem. Singkil Swamp Wildlife Reserve is a swamp forest ecosystem and lowland tropical forests. Vegetation is dominated by the family Dipterocarpaceae include meranti Lime and other swamp vegetation.
Fauna species including Sumatran Elephant, Sumatran Tiger, Sumatran Orangutan, Snake Python, Monitor lizard, Hornbill, Bornean Peacock, Black Crow, Heron, Chicken Forest.
To reach the location can be done in two ways, namely: 1) through Medan North Sumatra – Sidikalang – Singkil and locations can be reached by car within approximately 6 hours; 2) through Banda Aceh – Tapaktuan – Town of Subulussalam – Town of Singkil and the location taken by using the land route approximately 10 hours.
Because its status is protected forest, then you must submit a permit to BKSDA (Agency of Nature Conservation) in Banda Aceh, capital of Province of Aceh. After you get the permit, then you must report your permit to representative office in Town of Singkil before you can entry the Singkil Wildlife Reserves. Due to this reserves is still not a tourism destination area, currently only permitted to researches visit.
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