|Komodo National Park|
Komodo National Park covers three large islands: Komodo, Rinca and Padar, and 26 small islands. There are 11 small mountains or large hills, the highest being Mt. Satalibo (" 735 m asl.).
The dry and barren condition of the Park has produced a certain uniqueness. The expanse of savanna, limited water sources and a relatively hot temperature is indeed the preferred habitat of an ancient animal species, the Komodo dragon (Varanus komodoensis).
Most of the Park area is savanna with the fan palm (Borassus flabellifer) as the dominant characteristic plant. Other plants include rattan (Calamus sp.), bamboo (Bambusa sp.), tamarind (Tamarindus indica), kepuh (Sterculia foetida), bidara (Ziziphus jujuba), kesambi (Schleichera oleosa), and mangrove (Rhizophora sp.).
Park is a national asset and it has received technical assistance to manage
it to international standards. It has been declared by UNESCO as both
a Natural World Heritage Site and a Biosphere Reserve.
This Park is frequently visited by international tourists, who often describe it as being like another world. Open plains stretch as far as the eye can see, with the silhouette of occasional fan palms standing out starkly against a background of mountains. The vista of parched and barren savanna is broken by the calls of birds and wild horses, while under the harsh rays of the sun, giant reptiles bathe in the clear blue waters of the Flores sea. It is an unforgettable experience.
the main entrance gate for those who want to observe wildlife in monsoon
forest bordering on white sand beaches. Sites of cultural interest.
Best time of year to visit: March to June, and October to December.
reach the Park: Denpasar-Mataram-Bima by car, 2 days; then proceed
by public transport to Sape. From Sape, the Park is reached by ferry.
Or Denpasar-Labuan Bajo by plane (twice a week), then proceed to the Park
by ferry or speedboat.
Kasimo, Labuan Bajo
Declared : Minister
of Forestry, in 1990
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