In stark contrast to the lush green scenery found elsewhere on the island of Java, the Baluran National Park, located on the east-most edge of Java, consists predominantly of open savannahs, where wildlife roams free.
At the center of this large Park stands the extinct Baluran volcano, watching over its pristine environment dominated by the dry east wind, Baluran receives on average only 3 months of rain. The rainy season in East Java being between Novembers through April, peaking in December and January, while the dry season lasts from April through October.
The Park is habitat to 26 mammal species among which are the banteng (Bos javanicus), wild water buffaloes (Bubalus bubalis), the ajag (Cuon alpinus javanicus), the muncak deer (Muntiacus muntjak), the rusa (Cervus timorensis), leopards (Panthera pardus), the mouse deer (Tragulus javanicus), and mangrove cats (Prionailurus viverrinus). The Banteng are specific to Baluran and are therefore the Park’s mascot.
Baluran National Park boasts 444 species of trees, some unique to the area like the widoro bukol (Ziziphus rotundifolia), mimba (Azadirachta indica), and pilang (Acacia leucophloea). These plants are able to adapt to dry conditions when others have long wilted. Other trees also remaining green are the candle trees or kemiri (Aleurites moluccana), gebang (Corypha utan), api-api (Avicennia sp.), the tamarind tree (Tamarindus indica), gadung (Dioscorea hispida), kendal (Cordia obliqua), manting (Syzygium polyanthum), and kepuh (Sterculia foetida).
Additionally, Baluran is habitat to 155 types of birds, among which are the rare fire kite (Hirundo rustica), the red forest fowl (Gallus gallus), kangkareng (Anthracoceros convecus), hornbills (Buceros rhinoceros), tuwuk or asian tuwur (Eudynamys scolopacea), peacocks (Pavo muticus), and herons (Leptoptilos javanicus).
A safari trip to Baluran is indeed a precious journey.
We will pick-up you at Banyuwangi city, could be at your hotel, airport, Ketapang port or any other places in Banyuwangi city, next we will drive around 1,5 hours to Baluran National Park. Inside the national park you will be invited to see it wild live, you can watch Javanese wild bull, many of deer, monkey, many kind of birds. And at the rest area of Savana Bekol we will take break while enjoying the panorama around the area. Next we will take you to visit the tower of Bekol to enjoy the wonderful panorama of entire national park.
Next we will drive and cross Savana Bama heading to Bama beach, around Bama beach you can enjoy bird watching are and mangrove forest and after that you will have your personal time to enjoy the beautiful Bama beach.
Before late afternoon, we will leave Baluran National Park and drive back to Banyuwangi, it takes around another 1,5 hours drive, in Banyuwangi city we will take you to your hotel, airport or any other places. Tours ends.