Photo: Cheeky deer abound.

Pangandaran Nature Reserve

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A trek trough the dense jungle covered southern peninsula of Pangandaran at Pangandaran Nature Reserve presents a vast array of wildlife spotting, caves to explore, WWII Japanese bunkers, an ancient Hindu temple and pretty beaches.





The park covers 530 hectares with a mix of secondary rainforest, towering teak trees and grasslands for grazing animals with a central elevated plateau about 100 metres above sea level, peaking to about 150 metres, edged with a lacework of tiny jagged limestone bays and sandy beaches. Two entrance gates to the east and west lead to a network of trails around the park which can be easily followed, but you’ll see much more with the help an experienced guide. Unfortunately many of the easily accessible areas are covered in rubbish, but once you get off the well trodden path it’s much more pleasant.

Plenty of monkey business on hand. Photo taken in or around Pangandaran Nature Reserve, Pangandaran, Indonesia by Sally Arnold.

Plenty of monkey business on hand. Photo: Sally Arnold

Although the area is compact, the reserve has diverse fauna and was originally designated as a game reserve for banteng (Bos javanicus), an endangered species of wild native nocturnal jungle cattle. We have been lucky to spot these in the past, but believe they have now all died out here. Most commonly sighted are Sunda sambar deer (Rusa timorensis) and long-tailed macaques (Macaca fascicularis) both of which can often be seen wandering the nearby streets and beaches outside the reserve, they are not shy. Some of the monkeys can be quite cheeky, so watch your belongings.

You may be lucky to see massive monitor lizards scamper away as you tramp through the forest, or the shy Javan langur or ebony leaf monkey (Trcyphithecus auratus) high in the trees. At dusk you may see Sunda flying lemurs (Galeopterus variegatus) gliding from tree to tree like a flying superhero with their cape spread. The two species of hornbills that inhabit the park, oriental pied hornbill (Anthracoceros convexus) and rhinoceros hornbill (Buceros rhinoceros), are more likely to be heard ... please log in to read the rest of this story.


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Pangandaran Nature Reserve
Mo–Su: 07:00–17:00
Admission: 215,000 rupiah, 315,000 rupiah on weekends. Indonesians 16,000 and 21,000 respectively

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