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Baluran National Park, Africa in Indonesia.

10 October 2010 836 views No Comment

It’s easy to reach the national park which covers about 25,000 acres. It’s 265 km from Surabaya(capital of East Java) or 6 hours drive, and it’s only 27 km from Ketapang Banyuwangi or no more than 45 minutes.

The entrance gate to the national park is located alongside the highway of Surabaya – Ketapang Banyuwangi, precisely in the small village: Wonorejo – Batangan, a village located in the district of Situbondo under the foot of Mount Merapi, East Java and right on the edge of the Bajulmati river.


The Journey To The Center of National Park

Bekol Post, located about 12 km from Batangan gate, in the heart of the national park which almost 40% of it is surrounded by savannah and located under the foot of Mount Baluran (1247 m) made very exotic blend of panoramic scenery reminds us of the same scenery of Africa. Bekol has an observation tower facilities for wildlife such as bull, deer, muncak, peacock, hornbills, hawk, kangkareng and much more.


From the top of the tower in Bekol you can see the island of Bali divided by a strait full with dozens of ferry boats to the east, on the north you can see some fisherman sailing ships at Java sea, on the west stood Mount Baluran with its crater surrounded by high cliffs and sometimes covered with clouds. The view from the Tower in Bekol truly offers a fantastic and different panorama.

Bekol Bekol is 12 km away from the Batangan Gate Post, you can use you own vehicle, or hire a motorcycle taxi at the entrance gate, or simply by trekking the streets early in the morning.

During the journey you will be presented with lots of animals milling about, and the most striking is the number of peacock with their beautiful feathers.


The road to Bekol was made of asphalt with a width of about 2.5 meters surrounded by different forest vegetation makes it comfortable to take 3 hours journey on foot. Bekol Post has guest house for those who want to spend the night with affordable price with quite comfortable and clean condition.

Bama Beach

Bama Beach is located 3 km east of Bekol Post, several species of monkeys are frequently seen looking for crabs there. Bama Beach is clean and surrounded by a lush mangrove forest with coral reef for snorkeling activities in front of its guest house, there is also a footpath around the coast. From the beach you can enjoy the sunrise directly with the West Bali National Park as the background.


Baluran Bulls

This fauna was once the belle of Baluran National Park, there are huge numbers, but over time this big black horned animal is only visible during the dry season on animals drinking places provided by the National Parks officers.



Sailing

Sailing along the coast around the Baluran peninsula with traditional fishing boats around is a very exciting adventure, departing from the Pandean coast continue northward along the mangrove forest through Bama beach then continue heading northwest past the Lempuyang beach Labuhan Merak Post. During the journey you can stop at the Bilik beach for diving and snorkeling since the beach still has well preserved coral reefs.

Exploring Baluran National Park takes at least 3 days and 2 nights since it’s more than 25,000 acres, the air there is relatively hot, you are obliged to wear a hat throughout the day when doing the trekking on savanna and jungle. And it’s quite cold at night.

Regarding the food, the National Park Officer can serve you with affordable prices, or you can bring your own since either guest house at Bekol and Bama providea kitchen equipments.

Baluran is probably the oldest national park in Indonesia, the landscape is different from other National Parks there, it’s as we are taken to African, dry with exotic mountain and beautiful beaches.



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