Aek Nauli is a protected forest area and eco-tourism park located 10.5 km (6.5 mi) north of Parapat, Simalungun. It provides camping grounds as well as light to medium trekking paths across the jungle. Situated right across the Aek Nauli Foresty Research Center, the park covers a total area of 19 square kilometers (7.3 sq mi). To see it on the map, click here.
Aek Nauli offers a unique trekking experience. The trekkers will reach Lake Toba (east shore) after spending 1 hour of medium trekking (up to 2 hours on a lighter path) from the park gate. Its camping and outbound training areas are quiet except for the sound of birds singing and waterfalls. There is also a passing lane to see the birds, the honey bee cultivation, and the tapping of incense sap and pine resin. Visitors can practice tapping on some trees.
What to Enjoy
a natural trekking path of approximately 3 km to the top of the panoramic view of Aek Nauli. The natural path which consists of various contours passes through a view that spoils the eye.
Starting from rivers, small waterfalls, dense forest trees to the top of the panorama.
The peak of the panorama is at an altitude of approximately 1,310 meters above sea level (masl). Lake Toba itself is located at an altitude of approximately 900 meters above sea level.
The tour presents tourist attractions in the form of education. For example, regarding timber forest products, elephant conservation, as well as primates and fauna in KHDTK Aek Nauli.
This area even has the world’s largest pine (pine merkusii) with a diameter of 1.5m and estimated to be 200 years old.
What to Expect
There are many locations to enjoy at the park, but try not to miss the trekking. Four climbs are quite sharp, but the rest should be easy. Even if it rains, the terrain is not quickly muddy. Also, enjoy the waterfall. Not far from the waterfall you will find rivers that look reddish as the water is rusty yet not smelly. The water color is red because its pH level is quite high. Uniquely enough, it does not taste sour.
Once you have reached the shore, there are two ways to go back. First, you may go down from the same road. Second, take a detour, but your exit won’t be from the forest gate.
Entrance fee is Rp 1,500 ($0.13) per person and Rp 150,000 ($13.00) per car.
What Visitors Say
“It belongs to the Ministry of Environment and Forestry which is managed quite well. It’s just that the deer are getting smaller, aren’t they? There is a donation box in the bathroom and parking lot, sincerely..” Muhammad Taufan (Source)
“Aek Nauli Deer Park Scientific Tourism … comfortable for work too ..
can you eat deer. may invite your family here lhooo on holidays and weekdays.” Ratih Dianty (Source)
“It’s great to see the beauty of nature.” Simson Swelian (Source)
“There is no elephant riding for visitors, only the mahout (handler) may ride on the elephant to guide the elephants. I also noticed that the mahout rides on the “neck” of the elephant, more towards the head than the elephant ride which usually rides on the elephant’s back. Mahout also gave directions to the elephant with a voice, as if whispering the elephant in his ear.” marischkaprudence (Source)
“Although Aek Nauli is a forest with a special purpose, visitors don’t have to worry about starvation. There is a simple food stall near the entrance.” avonturperjalanan (Source)
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