Discover Ujung Kulon National Park - Jakarta
Indonesia has many parks that lend a unique charm to its already natural surroundings. Paramount among these is the Ujung Kulon National Park, recognized as the country’s first proposed national park and is home to many protected species of flora and fauna. As a UNESCO World Heritage site, its beauty and perfectly natural ecosystem cannot be denied by travelers who have come to view its natural pristine state.
Located in the southern tip of Java Island, it is considered a sanctuary to the critically endangered Javan Rhinoceros. Its remote location serves as a way to preserve its ecosystem, away from the more urbanized places in the country. Nature loving backpackers will definitely appreciate the park, as they can reconnect with Mother Nature by getting up and personal with her. Jungle trekking through the vast expanses of the park is a must activity for any visiting traveler who wishes to glimpse some of the rare plants and animals living here. However, due to its wild surroundings, Trip Guru recommends that it is best to traverse the area with a ranger and a tour guide, who can safely lead you from camp to camp and find readily available sources of water.
Travelers with a flair for adventure can also go canoeing down the Cigenter River, possibly seeing some rare animals resting by the banks of the river. There are also some spots along the nearby Peucang Island where it is possible to go snorkeling and take some magnificent photos of the many wild animals here. There are also some areas with perfectly natural formations like Karangcopong, where there are perfect opportunities to snap some nature photos as the perfect memorabilia for your trip.
There are mainly two ways to get to Ujung Kulon National Park. First is by the overland route, where travelers from Jakarta take the Toll road to Serang. From Serang, they must go west for two hours until they reach Labuan, where the main office of the park is located. The road then continues to Panimbang, Sumur, and Tamanjaya for another two hours. Take note that the road is not in the best condition, so drivers are cautioned to be aware while driving. Another way to get to the park is by taking chartered boats from Carita Beach to Peucang Island, a trip which takes around 2 to 3 hours. Afterwards, they can take a land route from Labuan to either Tamanjaya or Samur. If you want to increase your chances in seeing rare animals like the Javan Rhino, it’s best to visit during the dry season, which is from April to October.