Pak Asrial Rajo Batuah stands proudly in front of the beautiful Rumah Gadang (in Minangkabau 'big house') that he built in his West Sumatra hometown. Minangkabau architecture - typical of West Sumatra - is instantly recognisable for the sweeping buffalo horn roof and for its beautifully intricate exterior paintwork.
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.
If you take time to stop and explore the jungle can reveal some unexpectedly enthralling hidden gems.
The isolated forests around Danau Gunung Tujuh are home to gibbons, tapirs, deer, bears and even tigers. Take time to explore the undergrowth in more depth and even the little things can seem fascinating.
Gunung Tujuh camping
A camping trip on Danau Gunung Tujuh is one of Sumatra's most popular wilderness trips.
Rays of light cut through the cathedral like canopy on the forested slope of Gunung Tujuh.
Recent studies have shown that there might be less than 500 Sumatran tigers left in the wild, with the majority of them living in the forests of Kerinci Seblat National Park. Fauna & Flora International (www.fauna-flora.org) are fighting to save Indonesia’s noblest creature and the habitat in which he lives. (This image taken in Bukittinggi Zoo, West Sumatra).
It takes several hours to drive from Padang up to the foothills of Kerinci Seblat National Park but the winding road takes in some of Indonesia's most astoundingly beautiful landscapes.
Minangkabau architecture - typical of West Sumatra - is instantly recognisable for the sweeping buffalo horn roof and for its beautifully intricate exterior paintwork.
Gunung Tujuh Lake
The mysterious waters of Danau Gunung Tujuh seems to change by the moment with the waning evening light.
Danau Gunung Tujuh is a popular weekend camping trip for people who live in nearby villages.
Ace bushman guide Jhon Forest treks into the foothills of Gunung Tujuh.
Dawn rises on the mysterious waters of Danau Gunung Tujuh.
The winding mountain roads around Kerinci Seblat National Park runs through beautiful hills covered in tea plantations.
Wilderness guide Jhon Forest tends camp on the shores of Danau Gunung Tujuh - SE Asia's highest crater lake.
Danau Gunung Tujuh - the so-called ‘Lake of the Seven Mountains’ – is the highest crater lake in South East Asia (at 1,950m).
Sambar deer are one of the preferred prey species for the Sumatran tiger. In Indonesian this deer is known as Rusa Air (water deer)...the Sumatran tiger is an excellent swimmer too and will often deliberately chase his prey into water so that he can kill it.