Luke Mackin

About Luke Mackin

Founder of Wild Sumatra. Luke grew up in SE Asia, but in the huge mega city of Manila. From the moment he moved to his passport country of the US, he always yearned to return to Asia – but to a more natural, wild setting. For him, Kerinci fits the bill – one certainly can’t get much more natural than an isolated valley completely surrounded on all sides by one the largest protected areas in Asia, where tigers, bears, and gibbons still roam. Luke hopes that in some small way Wild Sumatra can contribute to the conservation of the enchanting and magnificent forests in the area, and to the prosperity of the wonderful Kerinci people. He lives in Sungaipenuh with his family.

Rainforest Road: A Morning and Evening on Bukit Tapan

By |2018-07-04T16:39:25+00:00June 9th, 2018|Featured, Photo Story, Central Kerinci, Kerinci, Bukit Tapan, Birdlife, Flora, Landscape, Lakes, Mountains, Rainforest, Waterfalls, Wildlife, Sumatra Jungle Trekking, Photography, Indonesia Travel Tips|

MORNING I wake up in the dark, voices of the adzan drifting on the wind from distant mosques. I quickly and quietly shower and dress, trying not to disturb my sleeping wife. Grabbing my camera and my motorbike keys, I head [...]

Five Lakes Expedition

By |2018-07-01T09:16:00+00:00December 9th, 2017|Featured, Photo Story, Southern Kerinci, Kerinci, Lempur, Landscape, Lakes, Mountains, Rainforest, Waterfalls, Wildlife, Sumatra Jungle Trekking, Photography|

"Some of the guides I partner with in the village of Lempur were thinking of offering this new multi-day jungle trek down there at the southern end of Kerinci. But before we throw it up on the Wild Sumatra site, I need to sc [...]

Orang Pendek: A Cryptozoological Animal in the Sumatran Wilderness

By |2018-04-24T21:23:42+00:00October 31st, 2017|Kerinci, Culture, Wildlife, Sumatra Jungle Trekking|

The Mysterious Orang Pendek: Science or Myth? Sumatra's version of Big Foot, the Orang Pendek is a mystery. With recorded encounters from as far back as colonial times, both locals and the odd outsider have had sightings of [...]

Ten Reasons to Visit Kerinci

By |2018-05-10T18:09:46+00:00October 24th, 2017|Featured, Northern Kerinci, Central Kerinci, Southern Kerinci, Kerinci, Sungaipenuh, Kayu Aro, Lempur, Bukit Tapan, Mt. Kerinci, Mt. Tujuh, Mt. Kunyit, Agriculture, Birdlife, Culture, Flora, Hot Springs, Landscape, Lakes, Mountains, Rainforest, Sunsets, Volcano, Waterfalls, Wildlife, Wetlands, Sumatra Jungle Trekking, Photography, Indonesia Travel Tips|

Never heard of Kerinci? You’re not alone. A remote highland valley, nestled between almost impassable mountains and volcanoes, the Kerinci region has long been mysterious and isolated. In fact, it was one of the last places [...]

Cloud Forest: A World of Light and Shadow

By |2018-04-24T21:24:00+00:00October 8th, 2017|Featured, Photo Story, Kerinci, Landscape, Mountains, Rainforest, Sumatra Jungle Trekking, Photography|

A bed of moss grows thick on trunk and limb, on rock and boulder Thicker with every meter climbed The air, too, grows heavy Moisture filling our lungs droplets condensing on our jackets, On lichen, on branches We ascend [...]

Remnants of Dusk: Night Falls in the Kerinci Valley

By |2018-04-24T21:24:30+00:00September 9th, 2017|Featured, Photo Story, Kerinci, Landscape, Sunsets, Photography|

Again the shadows creep across the valley In the distance, clouds burst on misty slopes In the distance, clouds erupt in shades of pinks and reds I stand between the mountains An expanse of green stretching before and b [...]

How to Buy a Local Prepaid Sim Card in Indonesia, Top Up Phone Credit, and Purchase Mobile Data

By |2018-07-13T14:01:59+00:00July 4th, 2018|Indonesia Travel Tips|

When travelling abroad, it’s always cheaper to buy a local card and mobile internet data, rather than pay outrageous roaming fees from your usual provider back home. Fortunately, it's an easy, relatively straightforward proc [...]

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