Wildlife is abundant and easily observed in this site. One of them can be observed easily in this area is proboscis monkeys (Nasalis larvatus), especially in the afternoon and early morning beside the river (Matan River). In addition, orangutans also can be found in this area, surrounding lowland forest at Kubang River. Other animals which can be observed also gibbons (Hylobates agilis), red-leaf monkeys (Presbytis rubicunda), long tail monkeys (Macaca fascicularis), birds, including horn-bills (Buceros,sp.) and woodpeckers, arboreal frogs other small mammals.

Kubang Rivers

Kubang river has a few meters wide, with vegetation gradually changing from Nypa vegetation in mangrove ecosystem, to spectacularly rooted mangrove forest, until lowland forest. The river can be fringed for a few km by canoe, depends on the amount of seasonal rainfall. Vegetation is well developed, with large trees bending over the water and abundant epiphytes.

Kubang Hills

Kubang Hill is located part of western Gunung Palung National Park. The hill can be accessed by canoe from Batu Barat Village, which could offer good locations for a camping ground and trekking around hills. It is one of only a handful of area in the park where orangutans can be seen in the wild. The hill is notable for its diversity of habitat types, ranging from mangrove and peat swamp forest, to lowland hills forest. Other animals which can be observed in the area are gibbons, deers, turtles, birds, including horn-bills and woodpeckers.

Batu Barat Village

The village is still maintains as a traditional-look. Mostly, local people living out from river products (fishes and prawns), forest products (fruit, palm sugar, etc.) and swidden paddies. Villagers also made handicrafts, such as mat and hat, from natural row material where are taken from the park. Houses are in rows along a main road which build parallel to the river, are mostly built from wood and nypa-roofs. The river has about 150 meters wide and meander which dominated by nypa vegetation and scattered trees.


5 Responses to “batu barat site”

  1. 1 Tom Van Leemputten July 25, 2008 at 2:39 am

    After a few nights at Lubuk Baji we spend 2 days/ 1 night at Batu Barat. The family at the homestay did all they could to make our stay pleasant. Since we could communicate in Indonesian it made this a little easier too. The accommodations are simple and the river is your bathroom, but hey … isn’t that what you want if you choose for an adventurous jungle trip? We had a good time. During the canoe trip up to the park we spotted probiscus monkeys and a large lizard. Reportedly, there are some crocodiles in this river, but we did not see one. Once we started our hike in the national park, we enjoyed the unique vegetation, the sounds of birds and we did see a female orangutan with her cute little baby! Remember though that you will need a good telelens if you want to make pictures, because animals seem to know exactly where to hide from your view. And in dense rain forest there are plenty places to hide. Overall, we truly enjoyed this trip and can fully recommend it to all who love nature.

  2. 2 The Cansis Kid July 18, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    I would love to be there!! Nice post.

  3. 3 Mulia Harjono February 3, 2011 at 9:35 am

    batu barat very beautiful indeed, many interesting animals to study. I was born in the batu barat village.

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