Baluran National Park is a national park in Indonesia, located in the territory Banyuputih, and Wongsorejo Situbondo, Banyuwangi (north), East Java, Indonesia. The name of the national park is named after the mountain located in this area, namely Mount Baluran. Gate to enter the Baluran National Park is located at 7 ° 55’17.76 “S and 114 ° 23’15.27” E. This national park consists of savannah vegetation types, mangrove forest, monsoon forest, coastal forest, lower montane forest, swamp forest and evergreen forests throughout the year.
The dry season is the best time for wildlife observation, but the rainy season can be just as good if you are willing to sacrifice a little bit of comfort. It is still possible to get good sightings of wildlife on the savanna in January and February (weather permitting).
The grass is then still short enough, but soil conditions and torrential rain will sometimes make it hard to proceed off-road and actually see wildlife for photographing. The Baluran National Park is an arid area and even in the rainy season there are both sunny and cloudy days without rain.
In March to June, the high grass and shrubs will in general obstruct good sightings of wildlife when staying on the road. But going off-road into the savanna will create better opportunities.
June to October are the ideal months for wildlife observation, photography and shooting video.
November and December, have normally some days with rain. This changes the barren landscape to a fresh and green panorama.
If you plan trekking bring good shoes, thick socks, long-sleeve shirt, and long trousers. Camouflage shirt and trousers will give the photographer an added advantage to get closer to the animals. Warm clothes are recommended for overnight-stays on the mountain. A flashlight also comes handy. A cap and sun lotion is good relieve in the hot sun. Don’t forget film, batteries and appropriate lenses for your camera and video equipment. The local community is Muslim. They very much appreciate “decent” dressing in the village.
“Take nothing but photos, leave nothing but footprints”
Rosa’s Ecolodge will be a pleasant surprise for you. Well-equipped and clean bungalows in a romantic garden setting and a old-fashioned main building with a restaurant serving great Indonesian food will let you live in comfort at a low cost.
The main building at Rosa’s Ecolodge is the reception and restaurant. It is built in old “Tempoe Doeloe”-style, i.e. the style of the Dutch colonial era.
The restaurant is furnished and decorated in this style and some artifacts are even for sale. The building sits beautifully at one end of the garden. This garden has a big variety of flowers and trees and gives a lovely atmosphere to the whole compound.
The restaurant normally serves buffets, however ala carte is also available. The selection of dishes give a good introduction to the fine Indonesian kitchen. Western dishes, especially breakfast, are also available.
Each room has its own veranda facing the colorful garden and an attached bathroom with a shower and a water closet. Two beds, or one double bed, will give you a comfortable sleep.
SAVANNA DUSK SAFARI
(min. 2 persons, max. 6 persons)
Period: April – December
Total Actual Safari Time = 6 hours.
The Savanna Dusk Safari is a “soft-core” excursion that brings you an unique thrill of close encounters with wildlife at dark that you only see at a distance of several hundred meters during day-light hours.
It all looks different in the dark, even if you have already seen it during the daytime. Indonesian wildlife is typically nocturnal which is the reason that you probably will see more and different species of animals at night.
At the Bama beach, make acquaintance with the macaque gang that come out of the trees and hear scores of birds singing their song.
On the trip to Bama Beach, the glorious Baluran mountain is begging to be photographed as a natural setting for the colorful sunset.
The access road to Bekol in the afternoon offers opportunities of viewing peafowl, green and red jungle fowl and sometimes banteng crossing the road on their way to their favorite locations on the savanna.
With the Dusk Safari, you will have experienced the excitement of evening/afternoon and sunset conditions on the Savanna, which is exclusively packaged only by Bangjo Tours.
BIRD WATCHING SAFARI
(min. 2 persons, max. 6 persons)
Period: March – December
Total Actual Safari Time = 6 hours.
Next to exciting Wildlife Observation, Baluran offers phenomenal Birdwatching. In fact, it is a World class Attraction to observe the Green Peafowl (Pavo Muticus), the mystical bird of the Hindu Religion.
Baluran is at present the only place in the world to see ten peafowl roosting in a single tree and it is so easy to see them on the savanna in flocks of 4 – 6 birds.
Wake-up call at 04.00 ; leaving the Ecolodge at 04.30. Arrival at the first birdwatching station at 05.00 at the evergreen forest, exploring dry riverbeds and scrub.
Banded Pitta, Black naped Oriole, Ruddy Cuckoo-dove, Green Imperial Pigeon, Emerald Dove, Black-naped Monarch, Racked-tailed Treepe, Large-tailed Nightjar and various woodpeckers are all present in this area, including the rarely seen Red Junglefowl.
During the wet (West) season (December – March) Javan King fisher, and White-breasted Waterhen are attracted to seasonal pools in this forest. There is also a chance to encounter big mammals like the banteng, buffalo and the shy barking deer.
The half asphalted road to the Bekol Tower Compound is the playing ground of the Jungle Fowl (Gallus Varius) from which all the existing village-chickens of Java are originating.
They can be seen at relatively short distances, either in groups or alone.
Later on, the party moves to the coastal forest where White-bellied Woodpecker, Great Slaty Woodpecker, Banded Pitta, Grey-checked Tit-babbler, Great-Bulled Heron, Asian Pied Hornbill, Lesser Adjutant and Spotted Wood-owl are present and are heard frequently.
The birdwatching party will return to the Ecolodge at 11.00 after half a day in the bush. Actually to be able to enjoy the full potential of birdwatching in Baluran National Park one should stay at least two days.
The savanna also hosts many bird-species, most of them insect-eaters, but it is impossible to explore three ecosystems in one day. In addition, there are also numerous small bays and inlets where good and easy birding is to be enjoyed.
Rosa’s Ecolodge / EcoSafaris are able to package Birdwatching Safaris anywhere in Baluran, which might include camping out in the bush for minimal two days when preferred by guests.
CORAL REEFS, SNORKELING & BEACH SAFARI
min. 2 persons, max. 8 persons
Period: All year
Total Actual Safari Time = 9 hours.
This event is basically beach recreation and snorkeling in the traditional style, that means no water scooters or other mechanized noisy equipment. But imagine of having your own isolated private beach in the mangrove. With sparkling blue water and coarse sand and with nobody around but the birds.
The Baluran coral reefs are famous for the following reasons:
- The trip to the beach is only 5 minutes by car through open terrain with orchards and the Baluran mountain as a backdrop.
- The sea voyage to the coral reefs by traditional fishing proa is around ten minutes.
- The coral reef is offshore where the water is very clear because it is outside the pollution-zone of the coastline. Even in the rainy season it is still possible to enjoy snorkeling and swimming.
- The corals are spectacular including the rare blue coral and many colorful fishes, among others the Lion fish, but also the blue sea star. Unlike in some places in Bali, Baluran beaches offer a totally natural panorama with the Baluran mountain and savanna at the horizon.
- You can also enjoy a colorful setting sun on the return trip to the Ecolodge.
- People who have been there, say the Baluran corals are better than those in the Maldives and Venezuela.
- Like many of our guests have said “It is like swimming in an aquarium”. Other comments were : “this is paradise and in the world nowadays is very rare and should therefore be protected”. And that is exactly what we are doing now !