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A Walk To | Taman Nasional Baluran, Banyuwangi

After trekking Ijen, we went to Taman Nasional Baluran (Baluran National Park), about two hours driving from Ijen. It has a relatively dry climate and mainly consists of dry savanna, lowland forests, mangrove forests, hills, and beaches. That's why it's called as "African van Java" :D

mount Baluran (1,247m)
They called it "Bekol Savanna". That diagonal line is the path to Bama Beach. This photo is taken from the viewing tower
wild monkeys at Bekol Savanna guest house parking area
It is easier to find the wild animals like peacock, deer, buffalo, monkeys, fishing cat, and even leopard during the dry season. Unfortunately, that noon we only saw very few animals. Our guide suggest to have a night safari to Bekol savanna. We bring our tent but the campsite is quite far (across the front gate) and it's not allowed to camp in savanna nor the beach due to the wild animals' activity at night. So, we decided to stay in a guest house in Bama Beach.

I called it Baluran's signature tree :P
and also signature buffalo skulls :P

oh how I love fresh Kodak Gold haha

We sit on the top of the hardtop car - feels like a ranger and yes we saw more wild animals at night! But I really suggest you to do safari in the morning. We saw many many more animals on the path, they gathered to have 'breakfast'! haha. I saw peacocks chasing each other, October is the mating season for peacocks in Baluran :P

wild buffalo. I was lucky to see this. Most of my friends who have visited Baluran felt disappoint because they only saw few animals
cute deer colony

I'll write more post about Bama Beach :D

Photos are taken using Pentax Espio Mini + Kodak Gold 200 & expired Agfa Color 100 (blueish tone)

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