If you are in Java and planning a weekend getaway, look no further because your very own Mount Halimun Salak National Park (TNGHS) in Kabandungan district gives you a perfect opportunity to spend some adventure filled days with your family.
The national park in west Java is now offering exciting treks for families along with an opportunity to learn more about the biodiversity of Indonesia.
The park is providing many trekking routes and the visitors can choose from 2, 5 and 7-kilometer routes according to their convenience. There is also a lengthy route available for trekking but it requires an overnight stay at the park. If you are lucky then you can also encounter some rare animals during the trekking.
However, if you have a knack for nature studies then you can pay a visit to the research centre and learn about surrounding trees, beneficial herbs, flowers and see luminous mushrooms, reported kompas.com.
The national park comprises mostly of tropical rain forest and does house a vast variety of flora and fauna and is the breeding ground of several rare species. The park is considered as the Mecca of researchers and nature enthusiast. Moreover, the forest is the abode of some endangered species such as the Javan leopard (Panthera pardus melas), silvery gibbon (Hylobates moloch) and Javan surili (Presbytis comata), according to the Channel News Asia.
Visitors have to either arrange for a private car or board the public transport to reach Mount Halimun Salak National Park. Trains from Bogor city centre, going towards Sukabumi, are the best option if you are opting for public transport. You have to get down at Parung Kuda station and continue by public transport to reach the park.
The National Park itself does not have any lodging facility. However, people can either stay at Cikaniki research station or camp at the camping ground at Citalahab village. Moreover, the villagers also offer to host guests for a payment that varies from Rp 75,000 (US$5.57) to Rp 100,000 per person, according to the report by Channel News Asia.