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“monkey forest” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Forest Park Conservation Area Tahura Ir. H. Juanda

Forest Park Conservation Area Tahura Ir. H. Juanda
Dago Pakar, Desa Ciburial | Kecamatan Cimenyan, Bandung, Indonesia
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Ranked #16 of 34 Attractions in Bandung
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
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Owner description: This is a 590 hectare conservation area, mainly a scenic walk trail consisting of pine forest, river and water fall. More over, there also the historical dutch cave made during the dutch colonialism era in Indonesia, and the Japanese cave which was made during the world war II.
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“monkey forest”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014

There are still some forest in bandung, LOL.
And you can find some wild monkey here, but not naughty like in ubud or bedugul.
They are very shy and afraid with humans.
There is 2 historical cave here. One is Japanese made, one is VOC made.

Nothing really interesting but a very thick forest.

Visited October 2013
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jakarta
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“Beautiful nature, lack of infrastucture”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

Great place to take a walk and breathe fresh air. But it lacks adequate safety measures, basic infrastructure (toilets, signage).

Visited May 2013
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Bandung, Indonesia
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“A nice place poorly managed.”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

This place is hidden in the midst of Dago upland villages and in general, it is truly kept poorly below the standard. There are some ancient caves that were built during the World War II, but they are also poorly kept, as seen from the people who offers to borrow you flashlight for free to see the darkness of the cave and in the end charging you 10,000 rupiah ($1) for borrowing one.

If you are there for any reason, be sure to bring good mosquito repellent as there is countless amount of mosquitos, and if you plan on traveling to the cave, be sure to bring your own flashlight.

Visited May 2013
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Jakarta, Indonesia
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“Enjoy the walk, enjoy the caterpillar...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

Came there early in the morning is a huge advantage, fresh air and not too many visitors arrived yet. A great place for a walk and enjoying the various trees and kids can learn a lot for different trees too. We also went into the Japanese cave built by Indonesian forced labors during Japanese occupations in 1942. One other interesting thing near the cave is "Don King Tahura" caterpillar, since its fur seems liked Don king- US boxing promoter. Some of them quite big for caterpillar's size. Basically, before you enter the gate, there already a signage for these caterpillars are not allowed to be killed, so, you better watch your step.

Visited January 2014
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“Very interesting walk spoilt by motor bikes (ojegs) passing like on motor ways.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

The forest offers a very interesting informative walk. Signs were put on different tall trees so that visitors can learn what they are. We visited on the New Year day but very late in the afternoon after the crowd has left and we could actually enjoy a good walk.

The 6km path to the waterfall Maribaya is paved all the way up. So your shoes will stay clean even in the rainy season. After 6km, the path bifurcated. To the right, after 100m you will see the Maribaya waterfall. The waterfall park itself is officially closed (from September 2013) for renovation, but as of Jan 1st no renovation work is done yet. So after reaching the waterfall, one have to return to the bifurcation and take the left path going 800m to the Maribaya gate, or return 6km to the Dago Pakar gate. You can of course start the walk from the Maribaya gate down to the Dago Pakar gate.

The forest park, at the Dago Pakar entrance part has two man-made caves: Gua Jepang (Japanese cave) and Gua Belanda (Dutch cave). As indicated by the name the caves were build by the respective group of people, for military purposes. Bring your own flash light or rent it from people there. There were (fruit) bats on the ceiling of the Japanese cave which offer an interesting diversion for the children. When disturbed by the noise of the visitors, they will silently fly away finding another quiet place to rest.

Tall trees with lush green leaves line the path which go along the gorge with river Cikapundung on its bottom. There were informative boards (some with English translations) telling about how the water was channelled for electric turbine and for drinking water, and about the fault line that formed the area.

We could see many macaque monkeys along the path. Late afternoon was perfect to see them, presumably they were out after their naps. We saw one group across the gorge in a brawl giving loud fighting noises. Another group was just busy moving from one tree top to another.
The forest was filled with the sound of cicadas. But, they were masters at hiding as we cannot see the insect even when the sound was very very close by.

If you do not fancy walking, there are horses too (not ponies; Indonesia horses are small). We did not use the horses so am not sure about the prices, but overheard a price of IDR25.000 mentioned from the Dutch cave back to the Dago Pakar entrance.

Unfortunately the 1.2m width path is also used by motor bikes bringing passengers (the ojegs) to go up and down between the Maribaya gate and the Dago Pakar gate. They were passing so often and dominate the path that people had to walk single lined. I assume the ojeg service within the park is actually illegal.

Fees:
- Entrance can be from the Dago Pakar gate or from the Maribaya gate:
Non-residence foreigner IDR75.000,-. Indonesian and residence foreigner IDR10.000,-. Car park IDR.10.000,-
If you were dropped at one car park and picked up at the other car park, you may end up paying two car fees.
- Toilet: IDR2000,-
- Flash light rental IDR5000,-

There are food stalls inside the park.

Visited January 2014
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