This is the primary tourist attraction in Bogor and a popular destination for foreign tourists.
The expansive grounds are particularly impressive and it's possible to spend an entire afternoon here walking along the shady paths through forests of trees which are labelled with their biological names. Inside the grounds you'll find fountains, a river, avenues of trees, ponds filled with lily pads and a huge amount of birdlife, which is usually not found within Indonesian cities.
At the southwestern corner of the garden is the zoology museum, which houses a collection of stuffed animals from around Indonesia. It's an interesting place to spend half an hour or so and the skeleton of the blue whale is worth checking out. School children tend to congregate here for school assignments so don't be surprised to be the focus of some giggling attention.
At the northern end of the gardens is the Istana Bogor, the president of Indonesia's summer house. In the colonial era, it was the official residence of the Governor General. In the grounds are thousands of deer and the density of the population is a sight to behold. It's possible to feed the deer through the external fence on the western side of the property, but not from the inside as it is closed to the general public.
After a morning of wandering around the gardens, many visitors choose to lunch in the botanical gardens at a lovely cafe perched on top of a hill in the eastern side of the grounds. The views from here are wonderful and sweep down towards a series of ponds with a forest in the background.
A couple of guesthouses also operate inside the grounds of the gardens, but only one was open for business at the time of writing. This location could provide an excellent alternative to the stock standard rooms in the city proper.
Getting to the gardens from any accommodation in Bogor is easy. The gate at the southern side of the garden is the main entry point and is within walking distance of most accommodation within town. Those not keen on walking should catch any angkot (2,000 rupiah) heading in an anti-clockwise direction around the garden and tell the driver you're going to the garden. Depending on where you board the angkot, you may need to change halfway through your journey.
Last updated on 3rd October, 2012.