A. Brief Information

When hearing “Wonosobo,” a great number of people will be reminded of Mie Ongklok and Dieng Plateau. Actually, besides those two things, Wonosobo also has a tea plantation, which is often called Tambi Agro tourism. Tambi Agro tourism is the right choice for those who love escapade tour, or those who want to simply disappear from urban tumult, and to feel the fresh air around mountainous area.

Tambi Agro Tourism is a tea plantation area of 829,14 ha, which is directly controlled by PT Tambi, a company that deal with plantation and tea production. Formerly, at the Dutch colonial era (1885 A.D.), Tambi estate company was a Dutch-owned company named Bagelan Thee & kina Maatschappij with a base in the Netherlands. The Indonesian branch was managed by NV John Peet, with a base in Jakarta. When the freedom revolution of Indonesia exploded, the company was taken over by the Republic Indonesia Government. Its workers were then appointed as civil servants. After the round table conference in 1949, the company was returned back to the previous owner. Then, in 1954 the company was sold by the owner to NV Ex PPN Sindoro Sumbing, a company built by the Ex-Employees of Government‘s Estate. In 1957, NV Ex PPN Sindoro Sumbing established cooperation with the Local Government of Wonosobo to build a new company named NV Tambi. Its present name is PT. Perkebunan Tambi (www.agris-tambi.com)

Tambi Tea Plantation site stretches on the slope of Mount Sindoro. Geographically, this agro tourism site is situated at an altitude of 800 - 2,000 meters above the sea level with the rainfall average of about 2.500-3.000 mm/year. The average lowest temperature is about 15°C and the highest temperature might reach 24°C. For such natures, the place offers you slightly mild weather, and it will make you comfortable to be here for along.

B. Distinctive Feature

The major activity here is walking around the tea plantation. The place has three tea walk routes; there are short route (1-2 km), middle route (2-3 km), and long route (3-9 km). Here, you can release the tension of your daily activity. Green carpet that spread out on the mountain slope, the breezy of wind, and the mild climate will make you fresh and relax. If lucky, you will meet some tea pickers who are smiling and warm.

Wanting some more? So you can have another activity offered by Tambi Agro-tourism management. You will be taught how to choose and pick the tea leave from the trunk. Indeed, the art of picking the tea leave has special rules and methods. So, if you make a mistake in picking a leaf, do not ever wish to consume an aromatic and tasteful tea.

Tea walk and watching the process of tea picking probably had been offered by other agro tourism. Tambi Agro tourism offers something different, which is called factory tour program. In this program, tourists are guided to see the process of black tea production. Starting with tea-picking, the tour continues with observation on the tea production. At this stage, you may observe the processes how a tealeaf is processed into a cup of hot black tea with special fragrance that you can drink in the available gazebos.

In addition, this site offers you another tourism package that might pump your adrenalin up; rafting in Serayu River. For those who never try, don‘t worry. There are professional guides and instructors who will be ready to assist you and teach you patiently how to raft well. If you do not have enough bravery to wade through the rapids of Serayu River, you can have “Flying Fox.” Indeed, this site provides you various outbound arenas, ranging from the simple one to the high-risk one.

C. Location

Tambi Tea Plantation lies precisely at the west slope of Sindoro & Sumbing Mountains, 16 km north of Wonosobo. It is administratively located at Tambi Village, Kejajar Sub-district, Wonosobo Regency, Central Java Province, Indonesia

D. Access

Located along the main road of Wonosobo-Dieng, Tambi Tea Plantation is accessible for you who want to have a leisure there. Tourists who want to visit this plantation can start their travel from Wonosobo. To reach Wonosobo City you can use two routes. For those who depart from Eastwards, you can take Temanggung-Wonosobo route because you might see the enchanting scenery of sindoro-Sumbing and Kledung. When you depart from Southwards, you should pass Banjarnegara-Wonosobo route. You will see the green rice fields spread as long as your view. Likewise, the water of the Serayu River flows along the stream to the sea. The river, indeed, might lure you to have adventurous activity through wading the stream.

To reach Tambi Agro tourism, you only need about 20 minutes from Wonosobo City. If you use public transport, you will spend more. If so, you can take microbus Wonosobo-Dieng, and then you descend in Tambi village and continue your travel by foot. The plantation is only 200 meter from Main Street.

E. Ticket Price

To enjoy the coziness of tea walk and watching the process of tea production in the factory, you should come in a group, and a group should consist of 10 people in minimum. Each person should pay IDR 20.000, but, if you want to get lunch, you should add IDR 20.000. For group who want to participate in outbound activity, they should pay IDR 80.000 per person. The number of person in a batch minimal should 20 people (July 2009).

F. Accommodation and other Facility

Tambi plantation area is completed by several supporting facilities. The available facilities are restaurants, souvenir shops, security posts, outbound areas, campfire grounds, tennis yards, fishponds, and playground areas.

If you want to spend more nights here, a comfortable homestay is available with both good facilities and green scenery around, with the views of the hills at afar. The homestay rates range from IDR 225,000/night, to the most expensive one of around IDR 1.25 million (July, 2008). For note, there is likewise a meeting hall here so you can have a business meeting amidst the enchanting green scenery of Tambi Tea Plantation.

Source : Wisata Melayu

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