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Kutai National Park (KNP)
is a lowland tropical forest in East Kalimantan. KNP has an area
width of 198,629 hectares. Its bio-diversity and vegetation makes it a
great destination for local as well as foreign nature lovers and
researchers. Iron-meranti-kapur (Dryobalanops Spp.) woods, mixed
dipterocarpaceae, mangroves and kerangsa are types of vegetations found
At present, about 900 types of vegetations in the park have been
identified. For local students in its surrounding areas e.g., Bontang
and Sangatta, KNP is a facility to learn about the nature. Two locations
of KNP frequently visited by tourists are Sangkima and Prevab resorts.
Visitors are charged with an entry fee of Rp1,500 for local visitors or
Rp15,000 for foreign visitors.
Administratively, KNP is situated in Kutai Timur and Kartanegara
districts, and Bontang city. Sangkima is situated at km 38 of
Bontang-Sangatta road. And Prevab resort is situated near Swarga Bara
village, kompleks KPC, Sangatta, Kutai Timur.
To enter KNP, visitors should firstly report to KNP hall at Awang
Long street, Post Box I, Bontang or the National Park Management
Division of Sangatta at Dr. Sutomo street no. S-27 Swarga Bara, Sangatta
to get a License to Enter Conservation Area (SIMAKSI).
Sangkima resort is accessible by car or minibus of Bontang-Sangatta
route. To visit Prevab resort, ones must use motorboat from Sangatta
(Pinang bridge to be exact for 1 hour trip) or from Pangkalan Kabo Jaya
(Papa Charlie pier), Swarga Bara village and it will take only 20
minutes by the river.
If you leave from Balikpapan, you can take a chartered taxi to
Sangatta for Rp 900.000-Rp 1.000.000. From Samarinda, bus plying from
Samarinda-Bontang-Sangatta is available. By using this bus, you can
reach Sangkima resort.
What’s better for nature lovers than to trek the earth on foot? KNP
allows guided trekking around the area. KNP personnel are always standby
at Sangkima or Prevab posts. Alternatively, you can also travel by
river using ketinting or motorboat.
KNP has two favorite resorts for tourists and researchers i.e., Sangkima
and Prevab. In Sangkima, visitors could see ironwood trees
(eusideroxylon Zwageri) with a diameter of 2.47 meter. Visitors can also
test their gut by taking a suspension bridge made of ironwoods.
In Prevab, visitors could see before their eyes the life of orang
utan (Pongo pygmeus) in their original habitat and a restoration process
currently takes place following a forest fire in 1997-1998. In
addition, KNP also provides opportunity for visitors to see various
types of endangered species of animals and vegetations.
Sangkima and Prevab resorts in KNP provide hotels for visitors.
In Prevab resort, visitors can cook their own foods such as
vegetables wildly grown near their hotels.
While waiting for the issuance of the Entry Permit to Conservation Area
(SIMAKSI), we can buy souvenirs at KNP Bontang Hall such as key chains
If you like to visit Prevab resort in KNP, it takes more than one day
to do so. You should stay at least two nights in the area. Please bring
along extra clothes, torchlight and food supplies.
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