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==Understand==
 
==Understand==
This park is a forest preservation area that extends about 25.000 ha on the north coast of East Java. The location is in Sumberwaru village, Banyuwangi district, Situbondo (on the east border of Java Island).
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[[Image:Mount_Baluran_A.jpg|300px|thumb|right|Mount Balaran]]
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This park is a forest preservation area that covers about 25,000 hectares of the north coast of [[East Java]]. The park offers some great scenery and has organised safari activities. Safari is a much misused term in Asian travel circles but in this case it is appropriate - there is something very African about the savannah grasslands of Baluran. Of the three large national parks in East Java, this is the easiest reached and by far the easiest to travel around.
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===History===
 
===History===
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The value and unique nature of Baluran was first recorded in 1928 by Dutch botanist AH Loedeboer. Official national park status was granted in 1984 since which time the tourism potential of the park has slowly been realised.
  
 
===Landscape===
 
===Landscape===
You can enjoy the amazing scenery of the forest and do the safari activities in the wild life and feel the magic of the forest. This park is so unique because 15 km from the main entrance, you can find a beautiful white beach called Bama Beach, here in the habiat of coral reef, fish and mangrove.
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The dominant feature of the park is 1,247 m high Mount Baluran, a dormant volcano. The park is mostly savannah grass and acacia scrub inland and monsoon forest with mangroves on the coast. 15 km from the main entrance there is beautiful white sand beach called Bama Beach with fringing mangroves and a healthy offshore coral reef. Some 40 km of the north coast of Java are within the boundaries of the park and include some areas with excellent, healthy coral reefs close to shore.
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[[Image:Bama_beach.jpg|300px|thumb|right|Bama Beach, Baluran National Park]]
 
===Flora and fauna===
 
===Flora and fauna===
You can enjoy the panorama of savannah and mount Baluran (inactive volcano) in the center of area that becomes habitat of many exotic animals such as wild pigs, deer, peacocks, wild chicken, some species of monkeys and also bulls as the protected animals in the area.
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Mammals present include leopard cat, wild pig, Java rusa deer, three species of monkeys and the endangered java banteng (buffalo).
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Birdlife is diverse despite enormous trapping pressures for the cagebird trade before the national park was formed. Some poaching still occurs.
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===Climate===
 
===Climate===
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Aside from [[Madura]], this is the driest corner of Java and from April to October it is very dry. The best time to visit is the latter half of the dry season (June to October) when the grazing animals are at their most visible as they congegate the well known waterholes. Outside of the dry season, the weather is very much like the rest of Java.  It rains especially heavily in January and Febuary and during those months many areas of the park will be impassable due to flooding.
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===National Park Office===
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Baluran National Park Office, Jl Jenderal A Yani No108, Banyuwangi. Tel: +62 333 24119.
  
 
==Get in==
 
==Get in==
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The nearest proper town to the park is Wonorejo on the north coast road between [[Banyuwangi]] and [[Probolinggo]]. The park entrance is no more than 30 minutes from the Banyuwangi ferry terminal by car or bus (take a Wonorejo-bound bus).
  
 
==Fees/Permits==
 
==Fees/Permits==
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Rp 20,000 per person payble at the park office on the main road near Wonorejo or in advance from:
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*Baluran National Park Office, Jl Jenderal A Yani No108, Banyuwangi. Tel: +62 333 24119.
  
 
==Get around==
 
==Get around==
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This is a large area with a lot of access roads leading through the park. Therefore if you are travelling independently, a hire car is a good idea.  Visitors arrive here having driven from [[Surabaya]], [[Malang]] and [[Bali]] - all very feasible.
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Ojeks will take you from the main park office/entrance area and from Bekol to Bama Beach.
  
 
==See==
 
==See==
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* <see name="Bekol Savannah" alt="" address="" directions="12 km inside the park. Ask for free map from the main park office" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">This is the main viewing point for the herds that gather to drink at the water hole. You really will believe you are in Africa here gazing across dry savannah against the  backdrop of Mount Baluran. There is a also a tower which allows panoramic views of the whole area.</see>
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* <see name="Bama Beach" alt="" address="" directions="3 km from Bekol" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Nice white sand beach with good live coral close offshore. Decent snorkelling spot. There is some basic accommodation here. There are usually ojek riders waiting at Bekol to ferry visitors across the Bama Beach.</see>
  
 
==Do==
 
==Do==
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* Climb Mount Baluran. Not a high peak by Javanese standards but the views from the top are excellent in all directions including across the ocean to Madura. You can see Bali on a clear day.
  
 
==Buy==
 
==Buy==
  
==Eat==
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==Eat and Drink==
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There are simple shops selling drinks at both Bekol and Bama.
  
==Drink==
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Bring in your own food with you. If you are camping or staying at the simple lodges, you can stock up with food in Banyuwangi (recommended) or at the simple stores in Wonorejo.
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If you have booked the park lodges in advance, they will offer to cook meals for you.
  
 
==Sleep==
 
==Sleep==
  
 
===Lodging===
 
===Lodging===
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There are about 16 simple rooms available at the Bekol savannah watchpoint. These are rarely full but you might want to make advance reservations via the park office in Banyuwangi.
  
==Tour Operator==
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* <sleep name="Rosa's Eco Lodge" alt="" address="Dusun Sidomulyo,
www.javabush.com http://javabush.com one of the ecotourism and photography tour operators in Indonesia.
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Sumberwaru, Banyuputih, Situbondo 68734, East Java " directions="" phone="+62 338 453005" email="bineka@telkom.net" fax="" url="http://www.rosasecolodge.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="">A self-styled safari tour operator which owns decent local cottages. They aim to have you participate in their safaris and the accommodation is part of that. However, they will allow you to book their accommodation subject to availability after their safari package guests are taken care of.</sleep>
  
 
===Camping===
 
===Camping===
 
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Camping facilities are available in the park at Bekol.
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==Stay safe==
 
==Stay safe==
  
==Tour Operator==
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==Contact==
  
 
==Get out==
 
==Get out==
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* On to [[Probolinggo]] for the [[Bromo-Tengger-Semeru National Park]].
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* [[Malang]] - the cultural heart of East Java
  
 
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[[Wikipedia:Baluran National Park]]

Revision as of 08:42, 21 June 2013

Baluran National Park is in East Java, Indonesia.

Contents

Understand

Mount Balaran

This park is a forest preservation area that covers about 25,000 hectares of the north coast of East Java. The park offers some great scenery and has organised safari activities. Safari is a much misused term in Asian travel circles but in this case it is appropriate - there is something very African about the savannah grasslands of Baluran. Of the three large national parks in East Java, this is the easiest reached and by far the easiest to travel around.

History

The value and unique nature of Baluran was first recorded in 1928 by Dutch botanist AH Loedeboer. Official national park status was granted in 1984 since which time the tourism potential of the park has slowly been realised.

Landscape

The dominant feature of the park is 1,247 m high Mount Baluran, a dormant volcano. The park is mostly savannah grass and acacia scrub inland and monsoon forest with mangroves on the coast. 15 km from the main entrance there is beautiful white sand beach called Bama Beach with fringing mangroves and a healthy offshore coral reef. Some 40 km of the north coast of Java are within the boundaries of the park and include some areas with excellent, healthy coral reefs close to shore.

Bama Beach, Baluran National Park

Flora and fauna

Mammals present include leopard cat, wild pig, Java rusa deer, three species of monkeys and the endangered java banteng (buffalo).

Birdlife is diverse despite enormous trapping pressures for the cagebird trade before the national park was formed. Some poaching still occurs.

Climate

Aside from Madura, this is the driest corner of Java and from April to October it is very dry. The best time to visit is the latter half of the dry season (June to October) when the grazing animals are at their most visible as they congegate the well known waterholes. Outside of the dry season, the weather is very much like the rest of Java. It rains especially heavily in January and Febuary and during those months many areas of the park will be impassable due to flooding.

National Park Office

Baluran National Park Office, Jl Jenderal A Yani No108, Banyuwangi. Tel: +62 333 24119.

Get in

The nearest proper town to the park is Wonorejo on the north coast road between Banyuwangi and Probolinggo. The park entrance is no more than 30 minutes from the Banyuwangi ferry terminal by car or bus (take a Wonorejo-bound bus).

Fees/Permits

Rp 20,000 per person payble at the park office on the main road near Wonorejo or in advance from:

  • Baluran National Park Office, Jl Jenderal A Yani No108, Banyuwangi. Tel: +62 333 24119.

Get around

This is a large area with a lot of access roads leading through the park. Therefore if you are travelling independently, a hire car is a good idea. Visitors arrive here having driven from Surabaya, Malang and Bali - all very feasible.

Ojeks will take you from the main park office/entrance area and from Bekol to Bama Beach.

See

  • Bekol Savannah, (12 km inside the park. Ask for free map from the main park office). This is the main viewing point for the herds that gather to drink at the water hole. You really will believe you are in Africa here gazing across dry savannah against the backdrop of Mount Baluran. There is a also a tower which allows panoramic views of the whole area.
  • Bama Beach, (3 km from Bekol). Nice white sand beach with good live coral close offshore. Decent snorkelling spot. There is some basic accommodation here. There are usually ojek riders waiting at Bekol to ferry visitors across the Bama Beach.

Do

  • Climb Mount Baluran. Not a high peak by Javanese standards but the views from the top are excellent in all directions including across the ocean to Madura. You can see Bali on a clear day.

Buy

Eat and Drink

There are simple shops selling drinks at both Bekol and Bama.

Bring in your own food with you. If you are camping or staying at the simple lodges, you can stock up with food in Banyuwangi (recommended) or at the simple stores in Wonorejo.

If you have booked the park lodges in advance, they will offer to cook meals for you.

Sleep

Lodging

There are about 16 simple rooms available at the Bekol savannah watchpoint. These are rarely full but you might want to make advance reservations via the park office in Banyuwangi.

  • Rosa's Eco Lodge, Dusun Sidomulyo, Sumberwaru, Banyuputih, Situbondo 68734, East Java, +62 338 453005 (), [1]. A self-styled safari tour operator which owns decent local cottages. They aim to have you participate in their safaris and the accommodation is part of that. However, they will allow you to book their accommodation subject to availability after their safari package guests are taken care of.

Camping

Camping facilities are available in the park at Bekol.

Stay safe

Contact

Get out



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