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Bantimurung National Park, Home of Thousands of Species in South Sulawesi

Bantimurung National Park was discovered by a British naturalist, Alfred Russell Wallace when he travelled to South Sulawesi Indonesia. He found that the area of the national park was home many species of flora and fauna. Today, the area where Alfred Wallace did his research has become the most amazing national park, Bantimurung. 

In this national park, you can find thousands of species, such as enchanting butterflies with its various colors and sizes. About 150 species of butterflies are found in this park.  The national park also has magnificent caves and incredible waterfall.
The total area of the national park is about 43,759 hectares. It is divided into three major types of ecosystems, i.e. karts, a lowland forest and a lower mountain forest ecosystem. The three ecosystems are ideal habitats for thousands of species, including rare endemic species like birds, insects and butterflies.

          Bantimurung National Park is situated in Maros Regency, South Sulawesi Province, Indonesia. It is only about 20 km from Hasanuddin Airport or 50 km from Makassar. You can reach the national park by local public transportation called pete-pete. It takes about 30 minutes by pete-pete from Makassar to the national park. You will have to pay for Rp5,000 (US$0.50) driving pete-pete to the national park.
However, if you are in Makassar, you can go by public bus like Damri to Bantimurung. You need to pay for Rp8,500 (less than 1 US dollar) from Makassar to Bantimurung. Public transportation can easily be found in Makassar, so you don’t have to worry about how you can get to Bantimurung. 

Bantimurung National Park offers many things to visitors, like hiking, trekking and a challenging adventure. You can visit Bantimurung Waterfall to take pictures and enjoy the beautiful scenery. The waterfall is not too far from the entrance. You can enjoy the stunning panorama of the waterfall. You can jump into the clean and clear water. The water is so refreshing that you will not want to move out of the water.
You can also visit the Butterfly Conservation captivity and the butterfly Museum. You can learn various species in both of the location. Butterflies are the main attraction in Bantimurung, so it is a must to visit the location. You can also have a challenging advanture by exploring the Karst hills as well as the stunning caves in this national park.

          If you decide to stay in Bantimurung National Park longer, you can stay in one of the bungalows and inns available around the park. You can select one of the bungalows or inns that are nearest to the entrance of the Bantimurung Bulusaraung, so that you don’t to walk too far when you want to visit the park again. The rate for the bungalows and inns range from Rp50,000 to Rp80,000 (US$5.00 to US$8.00).  With such rate, you can enjoy adequate facilities and sleep comfortably.
          If you love nature along with its various species, Bantimurung National Park is the best place to visit. You can visit the park to learn more about the living species in the park.

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