East Kalimantan Padang Luwai Nature Reserve

Written by on November 19, 2010 in Kalimantan East Nature Reserve with 0 Comments

Padang Luwai Nature Reserve

Padang Luwai, Padang Luwai Nature Reserve, Cagar Alam

Padang Luwai Nature Reserve, also known as Kersik Luwai, comprises an area of 5,000 ha and lies in East Kalimantan province. The site consists of an open type of heath forest (padang forest) and its main interest is the characteristic flora. More than 100 orchids, among others the famous and rare black orchid (Coelogyne pandurata), and many epiphytes are found in the reserve.
Padang Luwai Nature Reserve lies 16 km south of Melak, a village at the river Mahakam. You can reach Melak by riverboat from Samarinda. Three times a week, boats leave Sungai Kunjang harbour, a little south of Samarinda for a 30 hr. journey over the river Mahakam. To get to Samarinda take a bus from Balikpapan or Banjarmasin. The bus from Balikpapan stops near Sungai Kunjang harbour.
From Melak the reserve can be reached by jeep or motorcycle. It’s also possible to walk the 16 km dirt track to the reserve.
* Melak
o Several simple losmen.
WWF, Jl. Katamso 12, Samarinda.

More than 100 orchids, many epiphytes.


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