Bantimurung Bulusaraung National Park
Located In the Maros regency in the state of South Sulawesi, the Bantimurung Bulusaraung National Park is a mere 50 Kilometers from Makassar or 20 km from the Sultan Hasanuddin international airfield. The Bantimurung National Park has a total area of roughly 43, 750 hectares and is divided into 3 major types of ecosystems, namely the karst ecosystems, a lowland forest ecosystem, along with a low mountain forest ecosystem. The valleys of limestone hills and steep karts walls with tropics vegetation have made Bantimurung a perfect habitat for various rare and endemic species of butterflies, birds, and insects. Even though there aren’t like many butterflies today as well as during Wallace’s expedition, visitors can still celebrate the broad selection of butterflies inside the Butterfly Conservation Captivity managed by the middle for Butterfly Breeding.
Inside the national park, visitors may also find a butterfly museum that houses tens of thousands of distinctive and rare butterflies which have and still occupy the region. From the butterfly center, the intriguing Bantimurung Waterfall attracts visitors with its strong rush of water and a refreshing setting. That is a favored holiday, particularly on weekends. The word Bantimurung itself is derived from two Bugis words, Benti meaning water and Merrung meaning roaring. Consequently meaning roaring waters. Others also suggest that the name Bantimurung comes from the words Banting Murung or smashing one’s gloom, meaning that here visitors could release their sadness or gloomy thoughts through refreshing character.
With a height of 15 meters and 20 meters diameter, the Bantimurung waterfall could only be described as one of nature’s greatest artwork, where waters hurry down through its multi-levels rocky flows, decorated by vibrant surroundings. The mountains of the Bantimurung Bouluzaurung National Park additionally keep wonders in some of his amazing caves. In these caves, visitors can marvel throughout their interiors full of fascinating stalactites and stalagmites. The dreamlike crystal clear stalactites and stalagmites earned the cave its popular name, the fantasy cave or Goa Mimpi. Among these caves are found old hands stencils, similar to rock art in Australia. Hiking through 10 meters ascending stairs, visitors can discover another amazing cave, the Stone cave, or Gua Batu. Apart from offering hiking challenges, Goa Batu also presents enchanting sceneries of the little waterfall, along with a 30 meters long, intriguing cave.