This is our hotel in East Sumba. After staying in a beach location in West Sumba, I wanted a change of scenery and stayed in a hily lanscape instead. The view from our balcony is stunning. They also have a nice restaurant so it is very convenient to have dinner at the hotel instead of going out at night and the food is also good.
Not all people know the fact that East Sumba also has its own savanna called Puru Kambera. Puru Kambera is located in Mondu Village and it belongs to Kanatang Sub-District. Animals that you can roaming in Puru Kambera are wild horses, cows and sometimes water buffaloes. The wild horses often wander in the open field for grassing. Their color varies and they look quite healthy as well. Aside from grasses, Puru Kambera also becomes the home of several big trees. The panorama even looks more beautiful during the hot season, as the grasses turn yellow. There is no facility yet in Puru Kambera. Puru Kambera also has a beach at the end of the savanna.
Rende Village is one village with some special characteristics, the traditional Sumbanese houses and large tombs that are built in this village makes this look like a regular traditional village of Sumba but it isn’t. Some of the walls of the houses are actually made of buffalo skin. Some huge buffalo skulls are attached on houses or just lay in front of them to show to other people.
Rende village is a 2-hour drive from Waingapu.
After lunch we went to Pantai Walakiri but we couldn’t take any good pictures because it was so windy it looked like there’s a storm going to pass by 🙁 We finally went to Bukit Persaudaraan instead. Bukit Persaudaraan is only 3km drive away from the airport. We got to see wild horses grazing and looked at Waingapu city from top of the hill.
East Sumba also has its own waterfall called Tanggedu. However the access to the waterfall is not easy. We need to park our car in the homes of local residents and continue the journey by walking about 2.5 km to the waterfall spot.Walking 2.5km is too difficult for a 2.5 years old and I don’t think I can carry her on my back that far. We’ll save these waterfalls when Alyssa is bigger so she can hike us to the waterfalls we didn’t manage to see.
This end our adventure in Sumba as tomorrow we are flying to Bali. December is not exactly the best month in Sumba because there are days where it rains and we didn’t get the blue sky. But hey we love to travel when we have the time off. We still able to enjoy the raw beauty of Sumba. A very beautiful small island which have it both; stunning beach and magnificent hills. Au Revoir Sumba!