Bukit Tigapuluh National Park
Bukit Tigapuluh National Park comprises an area of 164,000
ha. of which the largest part, formerly known as the Seberida
Nature Reserve, is located in Riau province.
A smaller part of 33,000 ha., comprising Bukit Besar,
is located in Jambi province. Bukit Tigapuluh literally
means thirty hills which illustrates the hilly character
of the area.
Bukit Tigapuluh is the most
important area of remaining lowland forest on Sumatra.
Lowland forests are under severe threat from agricultural
encroachment as well as plantation and timber enterprises
all over Indonesia. Bukit Tigapuluh has had the advantage
that the area has been relatively isolated and only inhabitated
by the local Malay, Talang, Mamak and Kubu tribes. However,
recently large-scale plantation and timber companies have
moved into the Riau and Jambi provinces and now approximately
two thirds of the park has been logged.
In spite of the above,
Bukit Tigapuluh National Park is still a very important
enclave for the local plant life, animals and the indigenous
tribes. The area has a rich rainforest flora, including
83 western Malesian or Sumatran endemic plants, providing
a living area for about 200 bird species and globably threatened
species like Sumatran tiger, Elephant and Asian Arowana.
The reserve lies near the city
Rengat and is relatively
easy accessible via the Eastern Sumatran Highway. The
main entry point is the town of Rantau Lansat just past
the village of Seberida.
There are no official tourist
facilities in the area, but it's possible to stay with
Unit Taman Nasional Bukit Tigapuluh
Jl. Gerbang Sari 9
Tel: + 62 0769 341148
Jambi Explorer - Bukit
30 National Park - Exploration & Adventure
Copyrightę2006 BobRoha Webdesign / Webdeveloper