- The Northeast
- Waingapu + Surroundings
- The Southeast
- The South
- Waibakul, Anakalang
- Waikabubak + Surroundings
- The Southwest
- Waitabula, Tambolaka
- The Northwest
In this section I will describe in a clockwise direction the main tourist and cultural highlights of Sumba, further attractions and those that are currently difficult to achieve, are listed on the Tourist Map of Sumba or Peta Wisata Sumba. In addition to the following descriptions, I put many pictures into Google Earth and Google Maps under the name www.sumba-info.de.
From the northern tip of Sumba to Waingapu
This region is the driest and most sparsely populated corner of Sumba. After a long dry period, everything looks dusty, brown and desolate. Sumba horses and Brahman cows seek shadow from the scorching sun under the few trees. When you visit this area from March after monsoon, the countryside is a lovely lime green.
Tanjung Sasar, the northern tip of Sumba is uninhabited and barren; only on the mountain slopes some trees and shrubs grow. Wunga is the northernmost village and the oldest settlement in Sumba. It was set up sometime in the first millennium. For the people in Sumba Wunga is the source of their history – according to Marapu teaching ancestors of all Sumba people descended from this village. Either the ancestors came to this island by boat - or following Marapu belief by a ladder from heaven. Wunga is still a Marapu village. It seems that time stands still there. Entries in the guestbook show that visitors come here only about once a month. Accordingly, you get received with friendliness by the villagers.
The road there starts 7 km west of Kadahang behind a quarry. Some buses from Waingapu, which go until Tana Mbanas, pass over there but most busses stop already before at Kadahang. From there it continues on an increasingly bad road, ending as a path below the village.
Kadahang (Lapau) is a small sleepy village at the most north-eastern river mouth. On the north side of the bridge, on the hill, where the paved road turns to the west, a small track branches off. It leads to a traditional fishing village and the beautiful beach Larodak (Larawali).
Further south, but 2 Km before the Kanatang River bridge a rugged track, branches off to the inland. After 13 Km you reach the traditional settlement of Kalamba, which lies in a wonderful green riverine oasis. You can bath in the river. Swimming through the river you can reach a small waterfall.
Further south, in the Kanatang flood plain, is the traditional village of Mondu. 500 meters south of the bridge or 2 km northwest from Kambera beach, at a marketplace, a bumpy road branches off inland. This road leads to the mountain village of Prainatang (Prailiang, Praing Liang). After about 3 km you reach a point where you have a beautiful view over the river valley. The village is then opposite up on the hill. The village offers a great view around.
In Manangamihi a barely discernible path leads inland. After about 9 Km and 450 meters ascent, you reach the abandoned village Hamaparengu. You can see the surrounding wall, megalithic tombs, a cannon and a giant boiler. It is difficult to find a local guide for this exhausting way.
Another inland road leads from Londalima Beach with a 5 Km steep climb to the traditional part of the village of Kuta in the mountains. From there you have a beautiful view of the beaches at the coast and to Waingapu. Paths go through the inland and terminate at the road Waingapu Waikabubak.
In Temu, 1 km before the turnoff to the ASDP port, there is way inland to the waterfall Gunung Meja. The rocky track ends after about 5 km. On foot you must go along a water pipe down to the river and then through the river gorge. After 3 Km you get to the waterfall, which pours into a beautiful turquoise pool. Hard to believe that in dry season there is so much water - in the monsoon season this way is not feasible.
You can explore the northern inland actually only by motorcycle. Only a few small traditional villages lie in this savannah. There are two ways through the savannah: A seldom used but good road goes from Kadahang to Soru. A second road from Rambangaru to Lewa is not paved, really bad and therefore normally avoided. But you can use this road for trekking to the main road Waingapu – Waikabubak, where you can get picked up. Attention- paths in the reverse direction - from the main road Waingapu - Waikabubak northbound usually end where the cultivated land ends and the savannah begins.