Beautiful and Thrilling Bukit Bangkirai, an Eco-tourism Destination for the Adventurous

Kaltim Today
04 Agustus 2023 10:25
Beautiful and Thrilling Bukit Bangkirai, an Eco-tourism Destination for the Adventurous
Bukit Bangkirai Managed by PT. Inhutani I Unit I Balikpapan. (Foto: Instagram Bukit Bangkirai)

Kaltimtoday.co - One of the most exhilarating activities in eco-tourism is exploring the wilderness of the forest. For travelers seeking such an experience, Bukit Bangkirai in Balikpapan, East Kalimantan, is a perfect choice.

Managed by PT. Inhutani I Unit I Balikpapan, Bukit Bangkirai is more than just a hill; it is, in fact, a tropical rainforest covering an expansive 1,500 hectares. Within this area, travelers can encounter thousands of plant and animal species, including the famed bangkirai trees.

Despite being a tropical rainforest, Bukit Bangkirai boasts comprehensive facilities, including cozy accommodations like cottages and jungle cabins, restaurants, bathrooms, and even a swimming pool.

However, the real highlight of a visit to Bukit Bangkirai is not just exploring the forest and its rich flora and fauna. For the brave-hearted, the canopy bridge, a famous attraction, awaits.

The Canopy Bridge at Bukit Bangkirai is suspended at an astounding height of 30 meters and spans across 5 bangkirai trees, measuring an impressive total length of 64 meters.

Renowned as the first in Indonesia, second in Asia, and eighth in the world, the Canopy Bridge is an architectural marvel. Crafted by American contractors using sturdy bangkirai wood and rust-resistant nails, this bridge is said to last up to 15-20 years. However, visitors should be prepared to experience the swaying sensation caused by the wind while on the bridge.

Canopy Bridge at Bukit Bangkirai.
Canopy Bridge at Bukit Bangkirai.

Despite its initial intimidating appearance, adventurous travelers are encouraged to conquer the Canopy Bridge. From its heights, the breathtaking view of the tropical rainforest at Bukit Bangkirai unveils in all its glory.

For those intrigued by this experience, Bukit Bangkirai is situated in Samboja District, Kutai Kartanegara Regency, East Kalimantan.

Traveling by land from Balikpapan city takes approximately 1.5 hours to reach this enchanting destination.

Entrance tickets to Bukit Bangkirai are reasonably priced at Rp 3,500 for adults and Rp 1,500 for children. As for the Canopy Bridge experience, an additional fee of Rp 20,000 applies to local tourists, while foreign tourists pay Rp 50,000 for the thrilling adventure.

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