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21-03-2013, 11:48

Many people may think that it is Africa – savannah along with its free wild animal. NO, it is not Africa yet it is known as The Little Africa or Africa van Java. Such scene can be found in East Java which is precisely located in Situbondo, though it is nearer to Banyuwangi. Offering the experience like in Africa, Baluran National Park has many tourism spots that you will regret to miss. Luckily, the access to visit this tourist destination is practically easy. Those who’re coming from Jakarta, Bandung, Semarang, and Surabaya, do follow the route ahead to Bali and you will find the main gate of Baluran National Park at Situbondo-Banyuwangi street.

Baluran National Park is located in Wonorejo village, Banyuputih – Situbondo. Many scientists come to visit and do their research in this conservation area which they call it as the best place in Indonesia for observing the savanna wildlife. A direct encounter with the endangered Banteng (Bos Javanicus), wild boars, deer, monkey, panther, peacock, and many more seems to be a wild yet exciting experience. Originally, the name of Baluran is taken from a near-mount in this area called Mt. Baluran. Moreover, Baluran National Park is also mentioned as the forest miniature of Indonesia. It is due to the existence of almost all forest type in Indonesia can be found here such as coastal forest on beaches and dunes, tidal forest such as mangrove, wetland, evergreen, and more or less 40% is savanna.

In starting the journey in Baluran National Park, first you will get the very refreshing green view of what so called as the season forest which turn into yellowish in summer. Then for about six to nine kilometers from the entrance gate, you will find the Evergreen. As the name suggested, it is always green with its dense trees. Following the path, the wide-open savannah will greet you with may give you different of vibe based on when you visit: a green and refreshing view during the rainy season and a dry and yellowish view in the summer. Actually, this savannah is the largest savanna in Java Island and it is called as Bekol Savannah. Besides that, a clan of deer is freely live their life and that is when you encounter the African-like setting.

The next is beach time. The wide sea and white sand along the beach look heavenly beautiful. But before that, you can say Hi! to monkey community. Go early in the day and you will witness the sunrise. Adoring the scene, building a castle sand, snorkeling, or canoeing? Your journey is incomplete without enjoying those activities. Have an urge to stay longer and need accommodation? Don’t worry! Bama Beach provides two lodgings within the area. First you can book to Wisma Kapidada with its four bedrooms. Second is Wisma Pilang with only a bedroom but it enables you along with your five friend to comfortably stay in. You may ask for extra bed if you need it. So.. prepare your backpack and go visit Baluran National Park in East Java for creating your-another-escape to refresh your mind.

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11-10-2019, 16:32
There are several activities that you can do in this park such as: - Safari Forest - forest adventure - Diving and snorkeling - Mountain hiking and mount climbing - Hill walking - Beach adventure to watch the fishermen's daily activities and seed seekers - Canoeing, rowing or boating until you the Fresh Water Gulf, Sejile Gulf and Bilik Beach.


08-11-2019, 12:14
Baluran National Park is different from other travel destinations. Why? Because the wildlife here is really ‘wild’, not like as in the zoo or safari.

In the safari, stay close to various animals is easy. Moreover, they just get close to us when they smell the food inside the cars. But it is not same here. To reach this national park, the journey is quite challenging because we must pass the unpaved roads around 40 minutes until an hour.

Inside Baluran National Park there is Bama Beach that is also a good spot to see the sunrise. Along the Bama Beach, there are many mangroves, and it is also conservation area but be careful in this area. It is due to many wild monkeys. If you are nonchalant for a moment, your phone or your camera will be stolen by those monkeys.

17-12-2020, 13:19
Baluran National Park is representative of the dry forest ecosystem on the island of Java, consisting of savanna vegetation types, mangrove forests, coastal forests, seasonal forests, swamp forests, lower montane forests and forests that are always green throughout the year. About 40% of savanna vegetation types dominate the Baluran National Park area. The soil is of alluvial and volcanic types which are black in color covering the area of ​​half of the lowland where savanna grass is grown. The area is very fertile and rich in food sources for various types of grazing animals.

Located in an area of ​​25,000 hectares, according to its designation, the area is divided into several zones consisting of: a core zone of 12,000 hectares, a forest zone of 5,537 hectares (waters = 1,063 hectares and 4,574 hectares of land), an intensive use zone of 800 hectares, a special use zone. with an area of ​​5,780 hectares, and a rehabilitation zone of 783 hectares

The right time to visit Baluran
In fact, the estimated seasons in Indonesia often change according to global conditions that affect it. But just a general reference, between August and December the wind blows quite fast from the south. The forest season occurs in November-April, while the dry season occurs in April - October with the highest rainfall in December - January.

In the dry season, the groundwater on Baluran's soil surface is very limited and the water supply in some of these springs is reduced. The National Park provides water and puddles in several places, one of which is in the savanna. Deer, bull, wild buffalo, peacocks and fowl come out of the forest and head to the savanna to drink.

While during the rainy season, green plants and water are very abundant so that the wildlife inhabitants of Baluran such as Banteng, wild buffalo and deer prefer to stay and live in the forest, far from human reach. But you can still see several small groups of deer, peacocks, partridge and several types of birds flying in the savanna area.