Staying in Bekol, Trekking to Bama for wild animals watching
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Arriving at Bekol station after 50 minutes riding the bus, we were greeted by many wild Macacas and dramatic morning ray of lights. Bekol was the BNP tourism-research center. It had enough facilities such resorts (3 type of pesanggrahan here), mosque, clean water and lavatory, information center, musholla, gathering hall and more. You just need to order first to stay since the rooms not always available.
The Pesanggrahan/ resort was fairly nice, comfy and clean enough; but be careful to the macacas that could get into the house. Make sure you lock the door/window/room and put foods in safe place. Also there was a 6 meters watching tower placed in a peak next to our resort, where we could widely see the BNP area, from the forests, savannah, mountain to the sea.
Unloading all our stuff, bathing, cooking our very late breakfast (since none kept in mind to bring gases out from the bus that leaving us), we had muuuch break time for narscis “futu2” time; also fun experimental shooting with the lomo fisheyes!! (plz wait for a while when it is printed. I’ll add them later). This trip was easy and very loose! No many destinations as we used to have for a trip. I dunno why but seem the time went so slowly during this trip. Umm…. Doesn’t good thing swiftly pass?
Visiting BNP meant we had chances for wildlife watching; from wild buffalos, wild bulls, deers, antelopes, wild boars, panthers, mangrove and wild cats, to 147 species of birds, such uli-uli, peacocks, and jungle fowls.
I chose trekking for sure! Since watching animal was my mission and my biggest interest *even I had to defy Paketu, hehehe peace! v(^ - ^) v mas yudi!* but for sure better to obey! It was just about proper outfit to do trekking in BNP. Pak Henry, our knowledgeable and kind guide, advised us to wear proper outfits such long shirt, trousers, shoes (even I had only “sandal gunung” and 7/8 trousers), and hat! Those were to keep you safe from thorny vegetations, kutu babi/louse, and probably snakes!
The trekking was relatively easy; sloping path easily noticed from Bekol station to Acasia forest (watch your step to avoid the thorns).
The bare area was Acasia arabica killing field. This plant was introduced into BNP in 1964 as fire barricading medium. Getting widen quite quickly and disrupting the savannah ecosystem, BNP tries to control its growth.
Back to the lost me.
Going back to Bekol by bus, we passed a big group of wild deer. Too bad it was already dark to clearly see or to take pictures. But… (to be continue)
I won’t be surprised now whether people called Baluran
National Park the little Africa in
To reach Baluran National Park (BNP) was quite easy. Batangan, the entrance gate is located just in the left side of pantura big road to Banyuwangi. Bringing no car, you could book BTP’s truck/ jeep to pass 12 kilometers “poor” road to Bekol station (but by prior confirmation). We arrived at 02.30 a.m. and had to wait a few hours in Batangan since we gave no prior booking/coming confirmation to the officer :p but it was ok! There one or two 24 hours warung for a cup of coffee or sleep a while near the entrance gate. Regular bus would be too big to pass the low down trees, but our mini bus was allowed heading to Bekol station.