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Written by Cisca Lim
Assisted by Mohammad Yanuar Firdaus
What first comes to mind when you think about Bogor?
Most of us probably only know that it’s a city south of Jakarta, only an hour’s drive away. It’s also widely favoured as a little town for a quiet retreat located on the highlands, with a cooler climate, beautiful nature and impressive botanical gardens.
But did you know that wedged between the majestic Mount Salak and Pangrango are stretches of emerald lush jungles and the famous Ciliwung river, creating countless waterfalls of unparalleled beauty. And somewhere among all that, more natural hidden gems are unearthed.
So get ready and pack your bags – these 18 gorgeous natural attractions will prove that Bogor is worth the sleepover.
1. Glamp in the pine forest at Pondok Rasamala
If you love nature but don’t want to give up the comforts of modern life, Pondok Rasamala provides just the right balance.
Settle yourself in the midst of the pine forest, minus the camping equipment because this place prepares all the equipment, food, and even toilets.
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On this campsite, you’ll get to listen to the flowing water from the nearby waterfall, learn to set up a bonfire, and fall asleep to the sounds of crickets at night.
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If you’re lucky, in the morning, you’ll see the mist from the top of the mountain – a surreal sight to wake up to!
You don’t need to travel all the way to Japan just to see the sakura flowers (commonly known as cherry blossoms).
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Did you know that Bogor’s very own Cibodas Botanical Garden is actually filled with dozens of beautiful sakura trees too?
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Due to the chilly climate, you’ll be able to see the pink and white blooms of sakura in the green fields of the Sakura Garden, which is part of the Botanical Garden. You may even see dewdrops resting on the petals – a photo-worthy sight!
These short-lived flowers usually bloom in January and February, with a short life span of less than a week. So if you’re planning to make a trip down, we recommend that you call up the office first to check for the best dates to catch the blooms before coming!
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3. Uncover the hidden gems in Halimun Salak National Park
Comprising of two towering mountains, Mount Salak and Mount Halimun, this national park has long been everyone’s favourite weekend getaway destination.
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While the park borders have been well-explored since it established in 1992, the heart of Halimun Salak National Park continues to excite people with new discoveries of hidden gems.
This is often why many travellers love to book a tour spanning a few days with a local guide to truly experience nature here – exploring hiking trails, craters, plantations, rice fields and volcano with billowing smoke and hot fountains.
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Don’t forget to check out these two newly discovered places:
3-a. The hidden Curug Ciampea
As you walk past the pine forest, you’ll find a path leading down to a waterfall, and the first is Curug Ciampea. At less than one metre deep, take a quick refreshing dip and enjoy the tranquility of this hidden waterfall.
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3-b. That unknown oasis – Green Lagoon
Walk down from Curug Ciampea and you’ll be greeted by this Green Lagoon.
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At two metres deep, it is just as mesmerising as Ciampea, if not more. Don’t you want to simply laze the day away here?
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4. Get a complete bird’s eye view of the exotic Lake Quarry
Who would have thought that a lake in a former sand mine can hold such potential?
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It took just one Instagram post from a sharp fellow traveller to spark interest in this lake framed by majestic cliffs. More people caught sight of it on social media, Lake Quarry soon became a new must-visit spot in Bogor for every nature enthusiast.
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The combination of the blue sky, high green landscapes and clear, clean water filled to the brim after rain will prompt you to take more than a dozen selfies here.
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Just be sure to watch your steps on the high cliffs, as this raw beauty has yet to be equipped with proper infrastructure for hiking!
5. Soak in nature’s jacuzzi at Mount Peyek Hot Spring
Imagine soaking in a warm jacuzzi soak overlooking the green fields in the cool climate – isn’t it such a welcome break?
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Located in Mount Ciseeng, which is rarely explored, Peyek Mount Hot Spring offers tranquility with a remedy for body and soul. Believed to cure various illnesses, the warm water is sure to sooth your stress away while the unique pool formations will leave you in awe at nature’s gift.
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6. Trail the hidden beauty of Agung Garunggang Cave
You’re advised not to sleep on your way to Agung Garunggang Cave. During the journey, you’ll be treated to a sweet view of the sloppy green hills, lush fields and plantations, along with a sparkling river.
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But of course, the highlight of your trip is the exotic cave itself. With wavy-like textures on the external walls, find the most Instagrammable spot under the natural lighting of the sun and snap away!
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Although to get here, you need to trek for two hours, we assure you that you will leave this place highly satisfied.
7. Begin your expedition to the limestone mountain Klapanunggal
Perhaps only a few travellers would have heard of this spot, but many hiking communities would have known the challenging Klapanunggal limestone mountain by heart!
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Once a chalk-mining location, Mount Klapanunggal is highly praised for its nature-formed caves and unique surface textures and colours. A haven for hikers, adventurers and photographers alike!
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Not only is the surrounding view gorgeous, but the subtle trails of stalactites and water running through the stone walls are worth lingering for too.
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8. Enjoy the green panorama from the treehouses of Pabangbon Panorama
Who doesn’t love treehouses?
The main attraction of Panorama Pabangbon, located in Leuwiliang which is around 1.5 hours from the city, is the collection of treehouses. You can find lovely gated treehouses and many colourful ones – all of which offer a heavenly green vision of God’s creations, with the silhouette of Mount Meranti in the distance.
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At 720 metres above sea level, this area is not only cool and refreshing, but is also equipped with camping facilities, a magical swing, the Cilame waterfall, a pine forest and a meranti forest, both of which are used as education centres for the locals.
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9. Play and chill in Bogor’s most beautiful waterfalls
Due to the hilly and mountainous land contours, there’s no shortage of amazing waterfalls in Bogor. In fact, there are up to dozens of noteworthy waterfalls and these three ‘curugs’ (which means ‘waterfalls’ in Bahasa Indonesia) take the cake.
9-a. Take underwater selfies in the awe-inspiring green waterfall: Curug Leuwi Lieuk
Surrounded by lush jungle greenery in the midst of rocky cliffs is this little paradise. The water is not only cool and fresh, but so clear that underwater selfies are a must!
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9-b. Enjoy the backpackers’ version of little Green Canyon: Curug Leuwi Hejo
Some people have marvelled at the resemblance of this waterfall to the famous Green Canyon of Bogor, only at a much cheaper and authentic experience.
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So arm yourselves with your underwater camera and snap away!
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9-c. Take a dip and selfie at the mini Niagara Falls: Curug Country
This spectacular tiered waterfall is the perfect place to take a cool dip along with a few selfies. The currents from the clifftop are not too fast, so you get a majestic view from all angles.
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Just be sure to watch your steps on the slippery stones!
10. Climb and conquer the exotic mountains of Bogor
The majestic Mount Gede Pangrango and Mount Salak are just preludes to the collections of the amazing mountains in Bogor. If you feel like heading up top, these are our most recommended names.
10-a. Perfect for beginners, loved by even the pros – Mount Batu Jonggol
At around 875 metres above sea level, Mount Batu Jonggol offers a hiking experience that is mild enough for beginners.
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While the trek is not very challenging, the reward from the top is mesmerizing. With the beauty of Jonggol area and Mount Gede Pangrango in the distance, you might be just hooked for more.
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10-b. A worthy climb for the sunrise and gorgeous landscape: Mount Munara Rumpin
At 1,119 metres above sea level, it will take you nearly a day to reach the peak of Munara Rumpin. Many mountaineers would camp and treat themselves to the breathtaking sunrise at the top.
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If you didn’t bring enough refreshment to keep you energised, fret not. On your way up, you will find stalls selling drinks, food, and other items for bold adventurers.
11. Get up close and personal with eagles at Elang Loji Sanctuary
Eagle sightings are rare, but at Elang Loji Sanctuary, you can not only see them up close but also learn everything about these large and powerful birds of prey.
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Penangkaran Elang Loji is a rehabilitation centre for Javanese eagles that are seized from illegal hunters and traders, before they are released back into the wild. As a place to nurture these kings of the sky, the eagles get to roam freely and receive proper care without being domesticated.
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And guess what? This place is not just a haven for the birds but for tourists as well. With a generous spread of pine forest, fresh air, and cool climate, travellers get to explore the grounds or camp in the company of eagles.
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12. Find back that lost childhood at the Cipamingkis Treehouse
Has it always been your childhood dream to climb up and live in a treehouse?
Now that dream can come true at the extraordinary Cipamingkis treehouse. As you set foot in the area, nature greets you with a pine forest and a flowing river amidst the stone garden. Perched on top is a miniature ship deck for that photo-worthy effect.
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And that’s not all. Don’t forget to take the time to stop by the refreshing Cipamingkis waterfall. Take in the natural beauty and just let the water wash all your worries away!
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13. Be inspired by nature’s beauty at Gunung Gede National Park
The Gunung Gede Pangrango National Park is one of the best national parks in Indonesia. With an area of over 22,000 hectares, this place is home to hundreds of wild flora and fauna species.
Check out these relaxing spots where you can chill with your loved ones and enjoy the scenery!
13-a. Take a treetop walk in the rainforest: Canopy Trail
Offering an impressive perspective of this grand rainforest, the Canopy Trail is a 130-metre treetop walk, beginning in the forest and ending at the Ciwalen Waterfall.
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As you stroll among the heavenly green panorama, you’ll be thoroughly refreshed by the cool breeze of fresh air. Make sure you stop for selfies!
13-b. Wander among the Edelweiss blooms at Alun-Alun Surya Kencana
Alun-Alun Surya Kencana is a savanna of over 50 hectares, located at an impressive height of 2,750 metres above sea level.
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The cool temperature and location is the perfect climate for the elusive Edelweiss, the flower of eternity, to thrive. It’s quite a bit of a hike to reach here, but needless to say, it’s definitely worth it.
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13-c. Reach the summit of Mount Gede
The ultimate destination for most travellers at the National Park is the top of Mount Gede Pangrango.
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Hike up, and you’ll be treated to a massive and most satisfying view of the entire national park.
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14. Take in the panoramic night view at the Alesano Cijeruk Hill
As one of the newer natural attractions in Bogor, Alesano Cijeruk Hill offers a panoramic view of Bogor city from the top, with the silhouette of Mount Gede Pangrango in the backdrop.
Here, a canvas of glimmering metropolitan lights is created with an exhilarating natural aura, one that will stop you in your tracks to admire the perfect picture.
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Many travellers also bring up their sleeping bags and camping equipment, fully prepared to stay overnight so that they can catch another magnificent view – the sunrise at Alesano Cijeruk.
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15. Paraglide down the hill at Paragaya Puncak
Ever wondered how it feels like to fly? Head to Paralayang Hill for the answer.
Here, you can chill at this wooden platform, perched at such extraordinary height to give you a breathtaking view of the natural scenery below.
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If you’re brave enough, you can actually paraglide from here! There’s a community on the grounds who will happily assist you to ride in the sky for a couple of minutes with the birds.
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16. Pet your own Bambi at Cariu Deer Conservation
Want to meet, feed and pet a deer? You can do so at Wana Wisata Penangkaran Rusa Giri Jaya (Cariu Deer Conservation)!
After you cross the bridge at the entrance, where the river flows, you’ll enter a green savannah that has an area of around five hectares.
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The soothing and refreshing nature is definitely wonderful for the soul, but unsurprisingly, it’s the deer that steal the show. With over 70 deer in this conservation park, these four-legged beauties roam free and are tame enough to wander near visitors so you can feed them.
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These deer were brought in from all over Indonesia, such as Bali, Java and Nusa Tenggara. There are also a few species from India and Sri Lanka. For the purpose of tourism and forestry, this place is managed by Perum Perhutani, a government-appointed Forestry division.
You can feed the deer from the bridge, rest in a gazebo or simply run around in the field with your bucket of sweet potatoes. Make sure you come early in the morning or between 3pm to 5pm, which is their feeding hours!
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17. Bathe in the mystical lake with rainbow colours at Telaga Warna
Less than two hours’ drive away from Bogor city, Telaga Warna is a lake the middle of the forest, with a mysterious exotic charm.
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This hidden gem is gaining popularity as people flock here to witness the changing colours of the lake at different times of the day, with up to seven different shades of green, yellow and brown! This phenomenon is attributed to the sunlight hitting the water and the algae that live on the waterbed.
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In addition to its mystical allure, legends also tell of two enormous ancient fish lurking in the water – one yellow and one black. The water is also widely believed to bring youth and good luck – a winning combination!
The surrounding area is huge, with plenty of green spaces where you can roam around and explore. Don’t be surprised if monkeys or other wildlife greet you when you do. You can also sail across the lake, birdwatch or get on the flying fox.
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18. Indulge in your durian cravings at Warso Durian Farm
Durian lovers alert!
Located in Cihideung of Cipelang Bogor is an all-durian playground – the Warso Durian Farm. Founded by a former army man named Soewarso Pawaka, this is a garden with free entrance that welcomes all durian addicts and curious hearts.
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With over 900 trees and more than 25 types of Grade A varieties such as Monthong, Lay, Sunan, and more, visitors are not allowed to pick from the trees unless it’s during the durian season (from December till May). The euphoria peaks in January to March.
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You can also find other trees such as jackfruit, dragonfruit and water apple (jambu monyet). Interestingly, this place also provides a paintball facility, a fishing pond and a hall that can hold up to 90 people.
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So pick the best time to enjoy durians, including the fruit’s derived desserts such as durian ice and durian juice!
Special Mention: Unleash your inner cowboy at Apache or Mongolian glamping (Highland Park Resort Hotel Bogor)
Tempted by the glamping (glamorous camping) hype? How about doing it in an Apache or Mongolian style?
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Located in the laidback Highland Park Resort at the foot of Mount Salak, the Apache tent is a marbled-floor and air-conditioned hotel room with triangle-shaped roof, replicating the ingenious tent of the largest Indian tribe in West America.
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The Mongolian tent is of a similar style, only that the room is built with a cylindrical shape.
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