Kerinci Seblat National Park is surrounding by lush farming land - a delicate buffer zone for the wildlife within the park itself.
The new mosque dominates the skyline of Lempur Hilir, a pretty rural village on the edge of Kerinci Seblat National Park.
Farming around Kerinci
Thousands of subsistence farmers - as well as large plantation owners - count on the hills of Kerinci Seblat National Park to supply water to the plains.
The sleepy farming towns on the edge of Kerinci Seblat National Park are frequently enlivened by the stories of tigers passing through the neighbouring fields.
A tranquil jungle river meanders out of the picturesque highlands of Kerinci Seblat National Park.
'Tiger Team' patrolman Jayendri
'Tiger Team' patrolman Jayendri on the spot where he recently watched 3 rare Sumatran tigers for more than 3 hours.
Masakan Padang (Padang food) is an explosion for the senses. Even the most basic of eating places will often serve more than a dozen different specialities (including chicken, fish, eggs, vegetables, rice and noodles).
'Tiger Team' patrolman Jayendri and Dave Yoder of Wild Sumatra Adventures looking for tracks in the area where Jayendri recently watched 3 rare Sumatran tigers for more than 3 hours.
Teh telur – sweet tea with raw beaten egg white and condensed milk. It’s like eating liquid meringue!
The jungle hamlet of Muara Hemat lies on a narrow wildlife corridor between two sections of Kerinci Seblat National Park. As such it sees more than its share of tiger activity.
The winding mountain roads around Kerinci Seblat National Park runs through beautiful hills covered in tea plantations.
Local girls in Pelompek (below Gunung Tujuh) practice the ceremonial dance known as Tari Rangguk - a celebration of their traditional rice-farming lifestyle.
The peaks of Gunung Tujuh rise against the flat farmland plateau around Pelompek village.
If you take time to stop and explore the jungle can reveal some unexpectedly enthralling hidden gems.
Rays of light cut through the cathedral like canopy on the forested slope of Gunung Tujuh.
Gunung Tujuh Lake
Danau Gunung Tujuh - the so-called ‘Lake of the Seven Mountains’ – is the highest crater lake in South East Asia (at 1,950m).
Ace bushman guide Jhon Forest treks into the foothills of Gunung Tujuh.
Danau Gunung Tujuh fisherman
Pak Bobby (in blue) seems to have been accepted as part of the landscape itself. He says that he is frequently visited by tigers on quiet jungle nights when there are few outsiders camped by the lake.
Gunung Tujuh camping
Wilderness guide Jhon Forest tends camp on the shores of Danau Gunung Tujuh - SE Asia's highest crater lake.
The highland forests of Sumatra’s Kerinci Seblat National Park boasts more tigers than all of Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam together. This mountainous wilderness is one of the most densely-populated tiger reserves in the world.
The mysterious waters of Danau Gunung Tujuh seems to change by the moment with the waning evening light.
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