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Gulma Vs Baluran National Park

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The car moved slowly crossing rocky road. Sometimes it stopped by for fulfill our passion to the beauty of  savana in Baluran National Park.

Yeup.. for me, Baluran National Park is more than gorgeous, exotic, and pleasant to see.. It is just like when you see something that you like so much and you can't find any word to say about it.. ^^

Savana Bekol

These are some photos that we took on the way from Bama Beach to Savana Bekol..^^

Dry.. ^^

Baluran National Park

Palm Garden as my background ^^ (pic by Ika)

Baluran National Park

Some deer looking at us..^^ 


Me..^^ (pic by Ika)

at Savana Bekol..^^ (pic by Ika)

Baluran National Park - Savana Bekol

Skeletons of cow and bull at Savana Bekol (pic by Ika)

After took pics at Savana Bekol, we moved to Watching Tower. This place is not far from the skeletons area. You can find a board clue next to homestay.

To go to this Watching Tower, you must climb the stairs. And becareful for the monkeys. There are a lot of monkeys in the bottom area of the stairs. You can bring twig or stick to make them scare, so they do not bother you. But please do not used it to hit them, just to make them scare..

Watching Tower

Watching Tower is standing in high ground. This building only have 3 levels. And there were a lot of humans on the top.

You have to be patience if you want Baluran Mountain became your background photo, because lot of people have the same intent with you.
For me, I like the path view as my backgound photo because the path is so small and tiny from up here..^^

Watching Tower

View from Watching Tower

Baluran Mountain from Watching Tower


From Watching Tower, we decided to leave Baluran National Park. I forget what time we left National Baluran Park but I remember when we talk about Gulma in this park.

Gulma (in english: plant pest or weed.. *correct me if I am wrong) is like benalu. Gulma lives on other plant. It sucks the nutrition of the plant (that gulma lives on) and made them dead slowly. That is why this plant is very dangerous and have to be destroyed immediately.


According to Mr. Kasman, Gulma was brought by dutch people along time ago. It used as a fence that protecting deer from any harmful things in certain area.

But, deer loves gulma so much. They eat this plant that flourish in that area. Accidentally, deer was helping gulma to spread through they feces. Because of that, gulma was spreading very fast in Baluran National Park.

Mr Kasman said, now only a half hectare at Baluran National Park is protected from gulma.

Gulma along this path :O

But, there is an action that local government and Baluran National Park officers and researcher to make it did not getting worst. They used garlon (drug from Japan) to prevent of spreading of gulma.

But again, there was a problem using garlon. This drug made main crops dead if used by spraying. So, the only one to do to avoid the dead of main crops by smearing the main root of gulma on each main crops.
So.. first task to do is finding main root of gulma, and then smear it, and in a few weeks gulma will be dead.

The situation is.. there are thousands of  main crops at Baluran National Park.. :O
Can you imagine how long it will take? It is very very very hard task to do.. :O

"That is the only way to save main crops at Baluran," Mr Kasman replied. He and other officers have to walk around Baluran National Park every morning to check one by one main crops to find main root of gulma and smear it with garlon.

Mr. Kasman said, this time garlon is the best cure for recovering the trees. Before it, there were many drugs that used to kill gulma, but never worked. Only garlon can do this..

Gulma everywhere.. :O

By noon, we left Baluran National Park. Before leaving, I went to information building to take my ID card and paid for entry tickets (IDR 7.500/person) and car (IDR 45.000/car).

So long Baluran.. hope we will meet again.. ^^

to be continue ... The Beauty of Ijen Crater


Ifa Abdoel

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