The Baluran National Park in Bondowoso regency, Banyuwangi, East Java, is famous for its African savanna-like nature.
The national park consists of a vast savannah with a beautiful mountainous terrain as background. The variety of wildlife in the park makes it an interesting place for a safari adventure.
Peacocks and Javanese buffalo are the main highlight of this national park, along with deer, monkeys and many species of birds.
The park is open 24-hours-a-day, which provides a great opportunity to embrace some nocturnal animals in the thrilling darkness of the savanna, where the stars seem much closer and brighter than normal.
In addition to the savanna, the park also offers a marine wildlife ecosystem on the picture-perfect Bama Beach, which is lined by mangroves along one side.
The beach is clean and the water calm, making it a perfect spot for snorkeling.
There are some monkeys on the beach, and just as within the national park, feeding the animals is prohibited. This is also for your own safety.
How to get there:
The easiest way is take a private car or rent one. The more challenging yet a lot less costly would be to take a bus from Surabaya to Banyuwangi. Hop off at the gate of the Baluran National Park, which is located in the Situbondo area.
Rp 5,000 / person for Indonesians, Rp 25,000 / person for foreigners.
Baluran National Park provides a couple of accommodations within the area. On Bama Beach, bunk up for Rp 200,000 / room. At the Bekol Savanna, it’s Rp 75,000 / person. If you’re up for a more adventurous experience, camp in Batangan, about 500 meters from the entrance. Wash rooms are available for campers.