Sicike-cike Park (Taman Wisata Alam Sicike-cike) is a forest recreation area in the Pancar Nuli Village, Sidikalang Sub-district, Dairi. Three small lakes (about 1-2 ha each) are within the park that has the size of 575 hectares (1,420 ac). The most famous spot is Lake Sicike-cike. To see it on the map, click here.
The Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA) of North Sumatra (North Sumatra) again released protected wild animals into their natural habitat at the Sicike-Cike Natural Tourism Park (TWA), Dairi Regency, back in August.
The ones released this time consisted of 2 individuals of slow loris (Nycticebus coucang) with male and female sexes. As well as one Golden Cat (Profiles aurata) and 1 Kuwuk Cat (Prionailurus bengalensis) which are both males.
Head of Subdivision for Data, Evlap, and Public Relations of the North Sumatra BKSDA Andoko Hidayat said the release of this protected animal was part of a series of Road to National Nature Conservation Day (HKAN) 2022 activities.
The lakes’ water levels remain constant during rainy and dry seasons. Strangely, there are also no springs/ creeks as visible sources of water supply. As such, the lakes are considered sacred by the Pakpak-Dairi tribal community. In addition to having three lakes, Sicike-cike Park has a waterfall and a collection of flora and fauna typical to a virgin rain forest.
The flora includes trees of hundreds of years old. The fauna consists of about 30 species of birds, such as this one below (Acridotheres javanicus). The park sits at an altitude of 1350-1500 meters (840-930 mi) above sea level. So, it is in a cold and cool climate.
What to Enjoy
Walk into Sicike-cike Park to enjoy it. The panorama in the forest is a dense arrangement of trees, dominated by Sampinur rope (known as Sampinur tali or Dacrydium junghuhnii) and Sampinur flower (Podocarpus), rattan, and incense trees.
Indulge in the diversity of flora and the echoing sounds of fauna, such as gibbons (Presbytis thomasi) and the chirping of birds, including hornbills (Buceros sp.).
At certain times, visitors can also enjoy the view of tens or even hundreds of wild ducks/forest ducks (Cairina scutulata) bathing and chatting in the lake area, then flying together to move to another place.
According to legend, these lakes were once the home village of the Pakpak-Dairi tribe. As a result of the actions of children who did not respect their parents, a curse fell on the child and in the end, Lake Sicike-cike was formed.
What to Expect
The tour requires around 1 hour of walking if you want to enjoy and understand the park, including the birds and the lakes. You should take a guide for the tour otherwise you may get trouble in the forest. It is suitable for nature crossing, camping, and photo hunting.
What Visitors Say
“Beautiful, hidden, Natural, original, relaxing place.” Gom_Bel (Source)
“A good natural tourist destination for those who want to come here. Be careful on the way, take care of your attitude and also on the wooden bridge, the condition of the wooden road when you go to Lake 1 is quite rotten, it’s slippery too, so it’s easy to break. Incidentally I also experienced it yesterday. Stay safe.” Ricky Lolo (Source)
“This tourist spot is really different from the others, the main thing is that the scenery is still beautiful and very fresh. Anyway, it’s good.” Irma Delfiana (Source)
“Arriving at the first lake, it feels fresh with a beautiful small lake expanse. There are only 2 small huts just a place to stay.” myadventure (Source)
“Along the way through the forest, tourists can enjoy a panoramic view of the dense forest and dense large trees, accompanied by the chirping of birds and the sounds of various other wildlife.” Tribun Medan (Source)
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