Located within vast camping grounds, the Ranca Upas or Deer Farm was our last stop for the day on our tour of Bandung’s south district. The road leading to the place was bumpy, but lined on both sides by gentle forests and fields dotted with tents and cooking pits. The grounds are a popular weekend getaway with city folk and offer extreme sports activities such as flying fox and ATV riding.
Crossing a small stream to the farm.
The deer farm is a wide enclosure with an elevated wooden walkway, ending in a low platform. Visitors can buy deer feed for the animals, and walk down into the enclosure if they wish to.
It was really muddy and soggy though, probably because it rained the day before.
Not wanting to ruin my only pair of shoes, I was content to watch the deer from the walkway. They were all clustered up at the other end, where there was more green.
A visitor feeding a deer. I think the feed was baby carrots. They eat out of your hand!
You can touch them, but be careful since these are still wild animals after all.
Once the deers knew that there were visitors with food, they started swarming the platform. Some even tried to climb up !
Other than feeding the deers, there’s nothing else to do here, unless you’re camping or taking part in other outdoor activities. Good for a quick stop if you’re returning to the city from Kawah Putih and Situ Patenggang.
RANCA UPAS (Deer Farm)
Jl. Raya Ciwidey – Patenggang KM 11
Rancabali, Ciwidey Bandung