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Bengkulu Sumatra Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park Introduction

Bengkulu Sumatra

Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park

Introduction

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Adresses
Kantor Taman Nasional Bukit Barisan Selatan Jl.Raya Terbaya, Kota Agung Kantor Rayon Taman Nasional Bagian Utara Jl. Nusantara II 47, Liwa KSDA Jl. Raya Hajimena 1/b, Bandar Lampung
General
This national park comprises the southern part (365.000 ha.) of the Bukit Barisan Mountains. In the park several sorts of forest ecosystems occur. Seventy percent of the park is lowland rainforest. Smaller areas consist of beach forest, freshwater swamp forest, Nypa forest and hill and mountain forest. You’ll also find lakes and swampy areas which are important for waterfowl. Several species of sea turtle lie their eggs on the beaches.
Access
There is hardly any touristic development in the park. Howerver, you can visit the park but this will take some perseverance. The advantage is that there are little other tourists to be found.
There are four possibilities to enter the park. Permits are available from the PHPA office in Kota Agung. For Liwa you can get a permit in the rayon office in Liwa.
Kubu Perahu Kubu Perahu is attainable from Bandar Lampung (station Rajabasa). Take a bus with destination Liwa or Krui. Kubu Perahu lies 6km from Liwa, on teh road to Krui. Suwoh A more difficult access because a part of the road to the park is not metalled. For Suwoh take a bus from Bandar Lampung (station Rajabasa) to Kota Agung. From Kota Agung minibuses go to Sedaya. From Sedaya take an ojek (motorcycle) to Suwoh. This trip is only possible during the dry season. Sukaraja Atas Sukaraja Atas is as difficult to reach as Suwoh. For Sukaraja travel the same way to Sedaya. From Sedaya take an ojek to Sukaraja Atas. Tampang-Belimbing This is the most developed area of the park. Take a bus from Bandar Lampung to Kota Agung. In Kota Agung go to the harbour by minibus and take a boat along the coast to Tampang. The boat-trip will take 5-7 hours.
Accomodation
There are some simple losmen in Liwa and Kota Agung. Other possibilities are the PHPA offices or stay with the local people.
Trekking
Kubu Perahu Kubu Perahu waterfalls 1 day Suwoh Suwoh lakes/hot springs 1 day Sukaraja Atas Sukaraja Atas-rainforest 1 day Tampang-Belimbing Tampang-Belimbing (23km through the forest) 1 day Tampang-Belimbing (24km along the beach) 1-2 days
Flora
In the lowland Dipterocarp rainforest grow Rafflesia and Amorphophallus deculssilvae. Beach forest consists of Casuarine equisetifolia, Pandanus and Ketapang (Terminalia catapa). Shorea spp., Dipterocarpus spp., Arctocarpus spp., Hopea spp., Agathis spp. and Durio spp.
Fauna
Mammals:
Sumatran Tiger, Sumatran Rhinoceros, Malayan Tapir, Sumatran Elephant, Sumatran Serow, Siamang, Agile Gibbon, Clouded Leopard, Wild Dog.
Reptiles
Reticulated Python, Water Monitor, Green Turtle, Leatherback Turtle

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