Visiting Bantimurung National Park, The Kingdom of Butterfly

Bantimurung National Park was established as a nature conservation area in 2004. The park with about 43,770 hectares width is located in Bantimurung District, Maros, South Sulawesi. There are natural destination of steep limestone hill valleys with tropical vegetation, waterfalls, and caves which the habitat of various fauna species, including butterflies.

Alfred Russel Wallace dubbed Bantimurung as The Kingdom of Butterfly. He gave this nickname when he researched this location between 1856-1857. According to Wallace’s research, for a year in that location there are at least 250 species of butterflies. In this location, there are at least 20 species of butterflies that are protected. In fact, several unique and even endemic species are found in this area.

The location of this tourist destination also has two caves that can be used as special interest tours. The two caves are the Stone Cave and the Dream Cave -Gua Batu and Gua Mimpi-. In addition to the Bantimurung area, the Bantimurung-Bulusaraung National Park also has variety of interesting ecotourism locations. There are more than 80 natural and prehistoric caves scattered in the karst area of Bantimurung-Bulusaraung National Park.

Bantimurung National Park can be reached by private vehicles, both motorbikes and cars. In addition, you can also take public transportation. Access to this area is quite easy, the roads are smooth asphalt. From Makassar, this place can be reached in about 1 to 2 hours.

To get to Bantimurung National Park, the most reliable public transportation is Pete-Pete. From Makassar City look for Pete-pete with the direction to Daya bus station. From Daya bus station, take Pete-pete to Pangkajene and get off at Maros. After getting off in front of Maros Market, look for Pete-pete to Bantimurung again.


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