The sight of a different kind of mountain formation in the distance got me excited as the bus we rode sped into Maros and into Bantimurung Bulusaraung National Park, one of Sulawesi’s interesting natural tourist spots. The said mountain is more of a vertical outcrop, rising from the surrounding paddy fields but never high enough to achieve lofty heights. These are the famous Rammang-rammang karst area, considered the second largest in the world, and is heavily forested, has a popular waterfall and caves as well as regarded as a butterfly kingdom where majority of stock is sourced out from legal butterfly farms. It’s also a great place to witness Sulawesi’s wildlife.
It was a rather hectic Saturday. Majority of us bloggers from the Philippines arrived in Jakarta on a delayed flight from Manila, arriving at around 2 AM. From there we had a few hours sleep at a hotel near the airport and have to wake up in about 3 hours for our onward flight to Makassar in Sulawesi, around 2 hours away by plane. But I wasn’t complaining, in fact, I was still giddy with my first trip to Indonesia and excited with the wonders that we are about to experience.
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Bantimurung is thought to derive from two Bugis words: benti merrung meaning roaring waters while others point out that it might be banting murung, smashing one’s gloom. Regardless, these two words rightly describe the place of roaring waters, Bantimurung Waterfall and pouring one’s sadness, refreshing through nature.
Weekends can get crowded with locals, and I’m quite happy that this is the case unlike here in the Philippines that people just go to the mall. Other than water tubing from the base of the waterfall, families and groups have picnics at the river bank or at the many cottages around the area. At the side of the waterfall is a flight of stairs that lead you above and into a cement path all the way going to Gua Batu, Stone Cave and along the way observing wildlife.
What is really interesting about Bantimurung and Sulawesi in general, from the standpoint of wildlife is that it is directly east of Wallace’s Line, an imaginary demarcation put forward by the British naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace in 1859 that stretches between Bali and Lombok up between Borneo and Sulawesi and south of Mindanao after keenly observing that from this island to the east, there is a general difference to majority of the wildlife west of the line. So when I really saw the framed butterflies outside of the park, I was quite amazed that there were species identified with Australasia.
I did enjoy our brief stop in Bantimurung Bulusaraung National Park. Humid, yes. Invigorating, much more. I miss the days of trekking forested areas in the home country. But what I love about the place is that one can experience spelunking, waterfalling, trekking and observing wildlife even within less than a kilometer from the park entrance. And the best part, its a great place to come out refreshed.
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GETTING THERE Bantimurung Bulusaraung National Park is located 20 KM from Hasanuddin Airport, the national park can be reached from the airport by local public transportation called pete-pete for about 30 minutes. From Makassar, you can catch a public bus or DAMRI, from the Makassar Mall in the direction of Maros for about one hour. From Maros, take the same pete-pete that also goes to the airport.
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