Baluran National Park with Exotic Views of African Style
Location of Baluran National Park
Tourist sites Baluran National Park located in Banyuputih, Situbondo and Wongsorejo, Banyuwangi (north), East Java. The northern part of the park is bordered by the Madura Strait and to the east by the Bali Strait. In addition, Baluran National Park is flanked by two mountains, namely Mount Semeru and Mount Ijen. In the middle of this park there is also Mount Baluran which is no longer active.
Access Baluran National Park
Access to Baluran National Park is quite easy. Those of you who come from outside East Java must first come to the city of Surabaya. Then, you can take the north coast route to the east through the city of Pasuruan, Probolinggo city, Situbondo city and Banyuputih city. On arrival in Banyuputih, take the road to the village of Bilik. Continue to Wongosorejo village, on the way you take a left turn towards the visitor center.
Those of you who come from the eastern region of East Java can pass the Banyuwangi – Batangan – Bekol route with a distance of about 47 km. There are also other routes with a distance of 60 km, namely from Situbondo – Batangan.
The road to the Baluran National Park tourism object is very comfortable, because it has been paved and is a cross-provincial route connecting Bali, Banyuwangi with the city of Surabaya. Of course, those of you who are in the closest cities can easily access this park.
Arriving at Bekol, you will pass a thin asphalt road about 15 km to the entrance to the Baluran National Park. Those of you who bring a private vehicle or rent a car are advised not to use a sedan and should use an SUV.
View of Baluran National Park
Baluran Banyuwangi National Park, East Java, is the largest savanna on the island of Java, which is equipped with various animal and plant species. Visiting this location is like being in Africa, so that this park is often referred to as Indonesia’s Africa.
Treatments at Baluran National Park Tourism Destinations start from the sight of a herd of deer running towards puddles to drink, hordes of elephants and elephants, peacocks spreading their tails, dozens of eagles flying in search of food, to monkeys jumping from one tree to another. The scene can be said to be exactly the same as that found in Africa.
You can also get another treat, namely the view of 444 native and distinctive plant species such as widoro bukol (Ziziphus rotundifolia) as well as neem (Azadirachta indica). This plant is still green when other plants have started to dry, because it is a plant species that is able to adapt to very dry conditions.
In Baluran National Park there are also 26 species of mammals and 155 species of birds. Mammals that live in this park, such as deer, bulls, leopards, fishing cats and mouse deer. Then, some rare birds ranging from fire kites, red jungle fowl, tuwuk (Asian tuwur), hornbills, hornbills, and also the tong-tong cranes.
Baluran National Park is representative of the dry forest ecosystem on the island of Java with savanna vegetation types, mangrove forests, coastal forests, seasonal forests, lower montane forests, green forests and swamp forests. About 40 percent of the savanna vegetation dominates this park.
The climate that usually exists in Baluran National Park is dry climate type F with a temperature of 27.2 ° C to 30.9 ° C and the humidity level reaches 77%, and is influenced by strong southeast wind currents. During the dry season, water on the surface of the ground will be very limited.
What can be done in Baluran National Park
If you are a photography lover, it is advisable to start a trip through Baluran National Park from 4.00 or 5.00 in the morning so that you can watch the beautiful sunrise through the fog and trees. The photos you get will be much more dramatic like landscape photography in Africa.
Bring beach is another good location that can be used as a spot to see the sunrise. You can enjoy conservation areas and magrove forests around this beach. Visitors are expected to be careful and vigilant when in this area, because many monkeys roam around ready to take your camera or other belongings.
You can get around Baluran National Park using a boat rented by the beach, Bawa. If you sail to the deeper sea, then you can snorkel while enjoying the diversity of marine life.
You can feel the sensation of exploring the African savanna by trying trekking in the savanna along Baluran National Park. When trekking here, you have to walk instead of using a car or SUV. You don’t need to worry about the animals that are here, because they will go back into the forest when they hear the sound of a car.
Tips for Visiting Baluran National Park
March to August is the best time to visit Baluran National Park. Between July and August, you can watch fighting between deer, monkeys chasing crabs, and also peacock dancing.
For visitors who want to camp, the manager has provided a camping ground in this park. In addition, the bathroom and water installations are also good. Visitors are prohibited from disturbing, destroying, taking, or hunting the flora and fauna that are here.
You are advised to bring your own food and drink supplies, because there are no special facilities for culinary delights. Don’t forget to bring a plastic bag to dispose of your trash during this trip through Baluran National Park.
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