Triggered by a documentary show he has just watched couples days ago in TV, my brother urged my dad to bring us to Baluran National Park for his school break. As I’ve never been there before, I, without any doubt, confirmed that I’m in. Ironically, in the morning before we went for this trip, I broke up with my (ex)boyfriend. And yeah, coincidentally it turned to be my personal post-break-up refreshment trip. What a great timing!
Well, my intention is not to share my creepy broken-heart thing here. So why don’t we move to the cool part of the story? Exploring Baluran, Indonesia’s little Africa!
Baluran is one of Indonesia’s National Park where animals are protected in their own habitat. Located in Banyuwangi-Situbondo by pass, this park offers a unique combination of Africa-Like savannah ecosystem, the mountain view, and what you’ll get more is the fact that the clean and calm beach (Bama beach) is just a stone throw away from the savannah.
Driving private car will be easiest way to get there. I went there from my hometown, Malang, through Pasuruan, Kraksaan, Paiton, and Situbondo. Please check this google map for the driving direction.
Take the bus to Banyuwangi, and stop at Baluran National Park Office. Then take ojek (motorbike) to the savannah.
Here is my trip’s sum (by private car):
Malang – Baluran National Park Office : 7-8 hours
Baluran National Park Office – Bekol (where bungalows are available to rent) : 1 hours (12 km)
Bekol – Bama beach : 30 minutes
What To Do?
- Bird and safari animal watching
- Cycling (bicycles are available for rent)
- Bottom glass boat trip
There are some bungalows owned by the national park and located in Bekol savannah are ready to rent. Please check this link for details and reservation.
How Can I Feed My Appetite?
Well, better to bring your own foods since food stalls are far away to reach, but cafeteria is available in Bekol Savannah area, next to the bungalows.
Is There Any Notice I Should Pay Attention To?
Well, surprises are what make every trip interesting, huh?. But I think I need to inform you, just beware of the monkeys, especially in Bama beach. It is better not to obviously carry foods, since the monkeys expect you to give them foods. In short, just be cool. Don’t we always want to look cool, even in front of monkeys? haha