Situ Gunung Lake (Danau Situ Gunung)
Situ Gunung Lake is located on the foot of Gunung Gede Pangrango mountain. If you’re riding a car, you need to pay attention on what car you’re using as the road is not properly built yet. From the entrance gate, you will need to drive around 1 KM to park your car, then walk for around 20 minutes trek. Even the trekking route can already made you feel like in fresh nature, since you’ll be surrounded by a lush forest.
Foggy Situation in Situ Gunung Lake
Ride a Bamboo Raft around the lake
Usually you will spot a bamboo raft on the lake. You can ride the bamboo raft to go around the lake only by paying Rp 15,000/person. I can say that it is very worth it because the view was quite breathtaking. When not used for tourists, this bamboo raft is used by the locals to do fishing in the lake to meet their everyday life.
What you can do nearby
Camping — If you want to spend an outdoor adventure here, you can go camping in Situ Gunung Lake. If you don’t have your own tent, you can even rent nearby. Or if you want to do a more glamping, you can camp in Tanakita Camp Site. I guess staying overnight will make it easier for those who wants to see sunrise in Situ Gunung Lake.
Stay — Nearby there is also a villa and hotel if you prefer something with more comfort.
Outbond — It is said that you can also do some outbound activities here, even though during my visit, the place leaves a somewhat spooky impression (and cool at the same time!) because its covered with fog.
Curug Sawer, the Attractive Waterfall
Just a 15 minute ride by car from Danau Situ Gunung’s main entrance gate, you will arrive at Cinumpang. Cinumpang is where Curug Sawer is located. To be exact, Curug Sawer is located in Desa Sukamaju, Kecamatan Kadudampit, Kabupaten Sukabumi.
When entering Cinumpang area, if you have already paid tickets from Gunung Gede Pangrango National Park, you will only need to pay Rp 2,500/person. You can park your car in front of Cinumpang entrance gate, then trek for around 1,4 KM (but honestly it felt longer!). We trekked for round 45 minutes – 1 hour.
Along the trek, there are several stops where you can rest including chairs in front of local houses. The trek is considered relatively normal, but may be much more inconvenient if it’s raining as it will be muddy and slippery so be sure to avoid using slippers or pretty shoes.
By the time we got there. The waterfall is very much less crowded. This waterfall is already famous within Sukabumi people, but may be less popular for tourists. The water was indeed very freezing but it would be a loss to not play with the water! So it’s better to bring out some extra clothes in case, there’s already a decent toilet around the area.
Bonus: View of the mountains from a random Rumah Makan Padang on the street!
How to get there
By car – It will took around 3 hours from Jakarta (Jatinegara, Jakarta Selatan) to get here if the traffic is OK. For this route I honestly can only recommend you this google maps since we’ve used this to navigate us there and thankfully we arrived safely. Pro tip: Just be sure to either download offline maps or ask the locals once you’re already near, since the signal will be quite hard to grasp nearing the destination.
By train – This is another option for you who prefer to use public transportation. You can ride a train that will arrive at Stasiun Cisaat, Sukabumi (Cisaat Station). From there to Situ Gunung, you can go “charter”, or in other words, rent a public transportation like Angkot for a day. The price is around IDR 80.000 – Rp 100.000/angkot (price can change anytime, depends on your negotiation).
So, have you planned your sweet escape to Sukabumi yet?