An Indonesian Off-Roading Adventure in Bandung

Typically when you think of Indonesia, it’s all about romantic overwater bungalows with brilliant blue waters below or tranquil meditation retreats made to calm the mind. But, there is also an adventurous side to the country, a side that will have your heart pumping and knuckles turning white.

Bandung Off-roading is made for thrill seekers. It was made for me.

A caravan of Land Rovers while off-roading in Bandung, Indonesia

Vintage Land Rover jeeps pulled up in front of Dusun Bambu leisure park, where we had just had a relaxing lunch overlooking a row boat filled pond that was lined with wooden villas. Let’s just say that this peaceful visit was the calm before the storm, Wonderful Indonesia had wanted to mix our visit up a bit.

It was time to spice things up with adventure.

The back of the jeeps were equipped with bench seating to fit a handful of daredevil passengers. Five of us hopped into an off-white one chosen solely because it reminded me of my Jeep Wrangler back home. There were open-air side windows and a fabric lining on the top just in case of rain. Each seat had a strap overhead to hang on to.

These straps would come in handy.

off-roading in Bandung, Indonesia

We were each given a mandatory helmet then started our journey on a smooth paved street through town. We turned off onto a gravel road that took us through a village and a short ways into the forest. There was a bit of bumpiness, but nothing more severe than mild airplane turbulence.

Why was I even wearing a helmet?

I naively thought that the mile of gravel road was the off-roading part, a little light adventure for the tourists. I was wrong…so very wrong. It turned out to be a great addition as one of the top adventurous things to do before you die.

Annette White in her helmet while off-roading in Bandung, Indonesia

Land Rover Jeep off-roading in Bandung, Indonesia

Coffee Pitstop.

After driving about twenty minutes we made a pitstop at a tailgate party of sorts. Our caravan of a half dozen vehicles stopped in the middle of the dirt road where table and chairs had been set up, and classic rock music was blaring from a large speaker.

A bright red coffee cart was waiting to serve up a hot cup of joe.

Off-roading in Bandung, Indonesia

We spent a short time here drinking our hot beverages and taking selfies in the tall trees.

The forest while off-roading in Bandung, Indonesia

Off-roading in Bandung, Indonesia

Then things got serious.

We were given a safety warning before carrying on any further.

  1. Don’t put any part of your body outside of the car
  2. Store your cameras back in their cases, so they won’t be banged around and get damaged
  3. Hold on to the straps on the roof of the inside of the jeep

off-roading in Bandung, Indonesia

We started on a more rugged path through the Jayagiri Rainforest where the barren dirt passages were more of a suggestion of a direction rather than an actual maintained road.

We could hear screams from the cars in front which was an indication of what may lie ahead. In some sections we were deep in muddy water, while others had us wedged between high dirt walls on each side. Countless times I was bounced off my bench, sometimes falling back in my seat and other time onto the floor of the jeep.

This ride was a testament to the Land Rover durability.

off-roading through the water in Bandung, Indonesia

Many times the driver would simply ask, “right or left”. This question was really meant just to determine how adventurous we wanted to be. Did we want to be bounced out of our seats possibly ending up on a neighbors lap or just be tossed up and down?

We always chose the more adventurous route.

On several occasions, this option led the jeep to getting itself stuck in the mud and then having to expertly maneuver its way out, or even worse need to be towed by another vehicle.

The dirty aftermath while off-roading in Bandung, Indonesia

Once we had driven for just over a hour it was time to turn around and return the same way we had come. I’m not sure if it was better or worse knowing what to expect on the return.

Either way, it was the same adventurous ride on the way back.

And I held on tight.

Indonesia Bandung Off-Road

The good news is that I made it back all in one piece with only a couple minor bumps and bruises.

Annette White Off-roading in Bandung, Indonesia
My trip to Indonesia was hosted by Wonderful Indonesia

Tips

  • Bring a change of clothes just in case you get sprayed with mud, which happened to the passengers in one of our jeeps.
  • There will be opportunities to stop and get out of the jeeps, so wear sturdy shoes that you don’t mind getting dirty.
  • Contact Bandung Offroad to book and check Wonderful Indonesia for other ideas for your trip!

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2017-09-09T14:26:05+00:00 October 8th, 2016|Categories: Asia, Indonesia, TRAVEL|Tags: , , |

11 Comments

  1. Rohit October 9, 2016 at 1:42 am - Reply

    Travel is my passion and love travelling. I have taken trips with family, friends and solo. I like your blog and all your post. Waiting to see more from you.

  2. Sher October 12, 2016 at 1:03 pm - Reply

    wow you got great photos of the off roading adventure! i can still feel that mud slinging ride in my bones.. ha!

    Sher

    • Annette White October 12, 2016 at 3:22 pm - Reply

      Ha! It was a really good workout hanging on for dear life!!

  3. John Parker October 13, 2016 at 6:33 am - Reply

    I think you enjoyed your adventure. Thanks for sharing the untold part of Indonesia.

  4. Steven October 15, 2016 at 10:05 pm - Reply

    Bandung is a great destination to visit in Indonesia and maybe many adventurous things can be done there just like what you’ve experience. Did you visit the Hobbit house in Bandung too? its still happening site to visit and became viral on internet nowadays and dont forget to try all the culinary stuffs there. Enjoy Indonesia Annette

    • Annette White October 16, 2016 at 12:09 pm - Reply

      I did not visit the Hobbit House and I’m bummed about it. I suppose it’ll be a good reason to return!

  5. Annika October 17, 2016 at 7:11 pm - Reply

    Looks like you are encountering a trouble. How thick is that mud? Anyway, I’m glad that you still enjoy this adventure.

    • Annette White October 17, 2016 at 9:15 pm - Reply

      The mud is only temporary trouble! And it made the off-roading so much more fun!

  6. Manoj October 24, 2016 at 11:33 pm - Reply

    I also love adventure travelling and going for adventure road trip. But now I can only imagine that all of you how much enjoyed your adventure trip. Such a great experience you have had by this trip.

  7. bagus February 9, 2017 at 1:42 am - Reply

    visit our website http://www.bandungoffroad.com thank you

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