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Baluran National Park

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[[Image:Bama_beach.jpg|300px|thumb|right|Bama Beach, Baluran National Park]]
===Flora and fauna===
There is apparently a tiny remnant population of leopards here but it is extremely unlikely that you will see one of the handful (if any) that remain. Mammals more easily seen present include leopard cat, wild pigspig, Java rusa deer, three species of monkeys and the endangered java banten banteng (buffalo).
Birdlife is diverse despite enormous trapping pressures for the cagebird trade before the national park was formed. Some poaching still occurs.
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==
Rp 7520,000 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.
* <see name="Bekol Savannah" alt="" address="" directions="12 km inside the park. As Ask for directions free map from the main park office" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">This is the main veiwing 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>
* <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>
==Eat and Drink==
There is a are simple shop shops selling drinks at both Bekoland 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.
[[Wikipedia:Baluran National Park]]
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