Tahura National Park is a nature park within the protected forest in Dolat Rayat village, Karo. It has a total area of 51,600 hectares (200 sq mi), mainly conserving plants and animals. It is about 3 hours from Medan. To see it on the map, click here.
Tahura National Park is one of the largest tropical forest conservation areas in the region. The park has an extensive collection of wild flora and fauna species, both from internal and external sources. Domestic flora species are for example Merkusii pine, Altingia exelsa, Schima wallichii, Podocarpus sp, Toona surei, Durian, Dadap, Rambutan, Pulai, Aren, Rotan. External species: Caribbean pine, Insular pine, Eucalyptus sp, Agathis sp, etc.
Some of the fauna species that live in this region include monkeys, tigers, gibbons, wild pigs, snakes, eagles, deers, pangolins, many kinds of birds, and others.
What to Enjoy
Visit a beautiful waterfall inside the park and follow the visitor path ways. You will almost certainly see wildlife within a short walking distance into the jungle, such as gibbons or other primates, and have a good chance of seeing a hornbill or some other exotic birds. The park also offers rides on elephants and horses. Don’t be surprised by the abandoned situation and facilities. In fact, it will make you feel like you are in a real forest.
On your way back, stop by the Berastagi viewing post, not far from Tahura National Park. It offers an excellent view of green vegetation.
What to Expect
Guides are available to accompany your tour for safety reasons. They will protect you if you come across tigers, snakes, and other predators. Entrance fee is Rp 30,000 ($2.5). There are souvenir shops at the entrance. Make sure to grab some cute items there. Food stalls are available inside the park. There are many flowers along the paths, but you are not allowed to pick any of them.
What Visitors Say
“Very nice place, we can walk around inside this place. Lots of flora and fauna can be found in here. Don’t forget to bring an umbrella if it’s raining. We can rent guide too.” Daniel Sihombing (Source)
“Bring your children and introduce them to nature. You should spend some times here to enjoy fresh air from big trees, even have one or two night in tent would be a good idea.” Ali Sofiawan (Source)
“cool air, good natural vegetation and beautiful natural scenery, water sources and Lake Toba as well as an attractive culture. Besides that, the infrastructure is also quite adequate.” Dendodaus (Source)
“Come to enjoy the cool air of Tahura Bukit Barisan. The lizard is still inside?.” persatuan meilala chanel (Source)
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