Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Kutai National Park
Kutai National Park is one of the prime object of the East Kutai regency. This National Park has an area of 198,629 ha and is administratively located within the administrative area District North Bontang, Sangatta, South Bontang, Muara Badak, Muara Kanan, East Kutai, East Kalimantan Province.
Before becoming a national park, this area is the area of Kutai Reserve Margastwa 306 000 ha established by decree of the Dutch East Indies and the Government of the Kingdom of Kutai in 1934. Changes in status of the area occurred in 1982 through a decree of the Minister of Agriculture, with an area of 200,000 ha. Development of City of Bontang in 1982, among others, led to a reduction of this vast national park.
To get to Kutai National Park location. Travel can be reached from Samarinda - Bontang by land more or less around 125 km and continue the journey by boat motors toward the Gulf of Kaba which takes about 2 hours.
Kutai National Park has the potential wealth of flora and fauna, including rare plants and animals are protected, such as orang-utans, bekantan, and various forest orchids. Kutai National Park have a variety of major vegetation types such as coastal forests, mangroves, freshwater swamp forest, heath forest and mixed forest. In this area there are also representatives of Indonesia's largest ironwood forest. With the potential of its rich natural resources, Kutai National Park offers a natural attraction for nature tourism activities as well as research and education.
Tourism has not developed optimally in Kutai National Park, such as scientific tours, and camping tours. Actually in this national park has no facilities for camping grounds, but it is unfortunate such facilities are not well maintained so that all facilities have been provided the equipment has been vandalized and plundered people.