Meet ‘The People of the Forest’, 4 Days, Culture, Jambi, Indonesia
Meet Suku Anak Dalam from Jambi, Indonesia. Known as The Forest People. This is a rare opportunity for a true cultural experience. Spend time with the ‘Orang Rimba’ and learn their customs as well as their daily activities and get to view their changing environment from a very special and personal perspective.
* Minimum 6 people, or custom arrangements.
Meet The People of the Forest
Meet Suku Anak Dalam from Jambi, Indonesia.
Suku Anak Dalam or ‘Orang Rimba’ (People of The Forest) are the names of a group of people who live in the Forest of Bukit 12 Jambi National Park area, Sumatra. A community of people who live naturally in the jungle, about 1200 people are spread throughout the area. They have always lived by hunting animals in the forest and cultivating small crops to sustain their survival.
Suku Anak Dalam (People of the Forest) are a much smaller population of people (~3000) who live in the upstream regions of Jambi Province. They have a unique, diverse economy, which shifts in and out of two base subsistence strategies: farming and foraging wild yams – which led them into a very nomadic life -. These are traditionally combined with hunting, trapping, fishing, damming and poisoning rivers, and also collecting forest products to trade (such as fruit, rattan, etc). For many, part-time rubber tapping and participation in timber logging has gradually replaced their collecting activity.
Orang Rimba life is characterized by small and changing camps, which can be the size of a nuclear family when digging for wild yams, but more commonly is based around an extended family, and can include several extended families whenever swidden farming. Their social relations are very egalitarian, while hierarchies are largely based on age, gender and knowledge of religion and culture law.
Not only will you get a chance to experience life with these incredible people, but you will also get a chance to experience their ever-shrinking habitat. Encounter wildlife and truly experience life in the tropics.
Watch this short video on the making of Sokola Rimba a 2013 Indonesian film featuring the lifestyle of the Rimba people.
- Flight tickets Jakarta – Jambi (RETURN)
- Land transport in Jambi
- Entrance fee to Bukit 12 National Park
- Local Guide
- Tour Leader and Professional Interpreter
- Meals as needed along the trip
- Accommodation Camp and Hotel
- Meals other than mentioned
- International flights
- Tips for Guide
- Personal expenses
- Alcoholic drinks and drinks in restaurants
- Any optional programs
- Day 1 Jakarta - Jambi - Jernih Village
Starting your journey with a flight to Jambi, Sumatra, then our team will meet you and drive from Jambi city to Jernih village about 2-3 hour drive and 1 hour by Ojek. You will stay overnight (Camping) inside the National Park and meet our team of Rimba People. We will stay here to interact with the people of the jungle
- Day 2 Jernih Village - Bukit 12 Summit
Your day starts in the early morning after breakfast, trekking into the forest about 8 hours by foot to Bukit 12 Summit (or if you prefer, you can choose a milder trek to Sangga Waterfall about 4 hours and continue to the camp in Jernih again).
We will meet with the community that is deep inside the Jungle. We will stay here to interact with the people of the jungle. We will join the Rimba People for hunting and fishing along the river
- Day 3 Bukit 12 Summit - Sanggaran Waterfall - Jernih Village - Jambi
After breakfast, we continue our journey to Sanggaran Waterfall, this hidden paradise is very beautiful, then continue to Jernih Village and prepare to head back to Jambi. You will stay overnight at a Hotel.
Accommodation: Hotel in Jambi
- Day 4 Jambi - Candi Muaro Jambi - City Tour - Jakarta
Breakfast will be served in the Hotel, then we check out and go to Candi Muaro Bungo (One of the largest Temples in South East Asia), then we’ll make a Jambi City Tour, in the Afternoon transfer to Airport to catch your flight home.
Activity Level: Fairly Easy
Some activity but not strenuous and no experience or skill required. We can adjust activities to ensure that the tour is just the right level of challenge for you.
To produce this tour we require a minimum of 6 people paying the individual price per person. However, if you are fewer people, we can produce the tour for you at a Group rate. Groups have no minimum but are priced to a maximum of 6 people.