We finally come to the last post of this series: Lake 2. It is the largest of the five lakes and the area is about 5.3 hectares. The orientation of the trail gives an excellent view of the lake with an impressive backdrop of the mountains (known as Mount Rausu). It’s the perfect place for landscape photography.
As the final piece of this series, I want to write more about the tour itself. It’s very well organised and apart from looking at the beautiful lakes, the tour guide also gave a lot of interesting information about the flora and fauna of the National Park. One thing that impressed me a lot was their attitude towards the National Park: Instead of treating it as a tourist attraction, the tour guide told us to treat the area as the home of the many wildlife inhabitants there. The walking tour then is just like visiting somebody’s home – and we should pay respect to the inhabitants and behave properly just like we visit our friends’ home.
During the tour, a lot had been talked about bear encounters. While it sounds exciting, it can be fatally dangerous as even though the tour guides are all very experienced and well prepared, there is no 100% protection from bear attack. One interesting point is that while human won’t want to encounter bears, the bears are not willing to see human either. So during the tour, our guide frequently made clapping sounds and shouted to alert the bears (if any) ahead. They will then move away (Well, I actually wonder if they will actually move away if they are hungry…).
Overall the tour was excellent and suitable for both adults and children. I strongly recommend it to anyone who love to experience nature.