Mount Abbo in Bantimurung Bulusaraung National Park (TN), South Sulawesi, became a hot topic of conversation after a female climber who had been missing for three days was found. There are many tourist spots in TN.
The incident was experienced by Eva (24). He disappeared in Mount Abbo, Maros Regency, South Sulawesi (South Sulawesi) not long after he said goodbye to urinate. Eva was found by the SAR team three days later.
Mount Abbo has a valley which is a village and was inhabited by residents in the 1960s. However, a difficult life made them leave the village. The reason is that it is difficult to sell crops, even to the nearest villages, Leang-leang Village and Panaikang Village.
Now the dead village is usually a destination for climbers who climb to Mount Abbo. Hikers usually require a road trip of about 1 to 2 hours from Panaikang Village to Mount Abbo.
The area is quite interesting with a stretch of karst that is considered good and water is always available. Also, a variety of birds that can be seen up close.
Bantimurung Bulusaraung National Park or also known as Babul National Park, which has been a nature conservation area since 2004, has a number of tourist points.
The park with an area of about 43,770 hectares has natural attractions in the form of steep limestone hill valleys with tropical vegetation, waterfalls, and caves which are habitats for various fauna species, including butterflies.
In 2019, Babul National Park was declared an ASEAN Heritage Park since 2019.
The following is a row of tourist attractions in Bantimurung Bulusaraung National Park:
1. Butterfly Kingdom
Alfred Russel Wallace dubbed Bantimurung as The Kingdom of Butterfly. He researched the location between 1856-1857.
During his year there, Wallace concluded there were at least 250 species of butterflies. There are also 20 types of protected butterflies and endemic species.
Butterfly Museum TN Bantimurung Fitraya Ramadhanny)
However, the emergence of butterflies in such large numbers only occurs twice a year, during the transition from the rainy season to the dry season or vice versa. Usually, this phenomenon lasts only for 1 to 2 weeks in each season change. This beautiful butterfly with a variety of patterns and colors will die by itself if it reaches the time between 15 to 30 days.
The tourist location is easy to find with the giant butterfly gate. In addition, there is also a large inscription on the Bantimurung Bulukaraeng National Park.
In the area there is also a Butterfly Museum. Inside the museum are stored hundreds of preserved butterflies.
In addition, tourists can enjoy the flow of the Bantimurung waterfall. Travelers are allowed to get wet there when the water discharge is considered quite safe.
2. Prehistoric Caves and Cliffs for Adventure
Bantimurung Bulukaraeng National Park is a karts or limestone area. There are at least 400 caves in the area, with 89 of them being prehistoric caves.
The caves in the area present the beauty of stalactites and stalagmites, as well as other cave ornaments.
There is also a prehistoric cave. In this prehistoric cave, the walls of the cave contain paintings of human palms, deer pigs and various artifacts. This palm image is allegedly the palm of an ancient human hand. It is located in Pettakere Cave.
For travelers who like a challenge, the caves in Bantimurung Bulusaraung have several spots for climbing cliffs and exploring caves.
One of the recommended caves for adventurers is the Leang Pute vertical cave. This cave is like a very deep well with walls filled with pointed rocks. Its depth is 260-270 meters.
Travelers who want to explore this cave must be armed with stamina, expertise, equipment, and solid team support.
Referring to the Ministry of Environment and Forestry website, some of the most famous karst rock climbing spots include:
– Giant Label Cliff or Department of Social Affairs tebing cliff
This cliff is striking with the words “Bantimurung Bulusaraung National Park” on the karst rock wall.
This climbing spot is located in the Kalabbirang Village, right behind the “Makkareso” Maros Social Service Center for Youth Development (PPSBR). This large writing has a height of about 75 meters from the ground and a climbing spot width of about 100 m.
– Cliff Biseang Labboro (Bislab)
The location is in Samangki Village, Simbang, Maros. This cliff is located in the Pattunuang Asue Tourism Area. The height of the climbing spot is about 70 m with a width of about 200 meters. This spot also presents natural beauty with a karst corridor combined with the Pattunuang river flow in the middle.
– Pakalu Cliff
This cliff is located in the village of Kalabbirang, Bantimurung with a climbing spot height of about 80 meters and a spot width of about 80 meters.
– Butterfly Sanctuary Cliff
This cliff is in a giant dome with a height of up to 20 meters.
– Sakapao Bulu Cliff (Bellae)
This spot is located in Bellae Village, Minasatene, Pangkep. The height from the ground is about 45 meters with a climbing spot width of about 10 meters.