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Gunung Halimun Salak National Park

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If nature is your thing, after a visit to the Bogor Botanical Gardens head out of the city for a day trip to Gunung Halimun-Salak National Park with rainforest, plantations and a number of waterfalls featuring idyllic swimming holes to refresh and delight—you may even spot some wildlife.

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The park covers 113,000 hectares, the largest area of rainforest remaining in Java, and boasts more than 700 species of flowering plants including 258 species of orchids. It was once the habitat of Javan rhino and Javan tiger, both sadly no more, but still roaming the forest are Javan leopard (Panthera pardus melas), leopard cats (Prionailurus bengalensis), Javan gibbons (Hylobates moloch) and Javan langurs (Trachypithecus auratus), jungle dogs (Cuon alpinus javanicus), Sunda skunk (Mydaus javanensis) and the endangered Sunda slow loris (Nycticebus coucang) as well as rare birds including the Java hawk-eagle (Nisaetus bartelsi).

Take a cooling dip. Photo taken in or around Gunung Halimun Salak National Park, Bogor, Indonesia by Sally Arnold.

Take a cooling dip. Photo: Sally Arnold

You could spend days trekking the various trails and the two peaks for which the park is named, Gunung Salak (2,211 metres) and Gunung Halimun (1,929 metres) can be climbed (it is recommended to employ a guide), but the popular trek where you can enjoy three waterfalls, Nangka, Daun and Kaung, can easily be done in a half day trip from Bogor.

One entrance to the park known as Curug Nangka at Ciapus, 13 kilometres southwest of Bogor, is easily reached by public minivan (green No.3) for 25,000 rupiah per person—ask the driver to make a detour and drop you at the gate to avoid a couple of kilometres uphill walk. Entrance fees are payable at two separate gates—7,500 rupiah at one and 10,000 rupiah at the other. We were informed one is for the park, the other for the village. If you wish to trek further into the park or climb the mountains additional fees are ... Travelfish members only (Around 500 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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Gunung Halimun Salak National Park
13km southwest of Bogor
Admission: 17,500 rupiah

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