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Kebun Raya Bogor (Bogor Botanical Garden)

The Bogor Botanical Gardens are located 60 km south of the capital of Jakarta in Bogor. It is situated in the city center of Bogor and adjoin the Istana Bogor (Presidential Palace). The gardens cover more than 80 hectares and were built by Java’s Dutch Governor-General Gustaaf Willem, Baron van Imhoff who was governor of Java at the time.

The extensive grounds of the presidential palace were converted into the gardens by the German-born Dutch botanist, Professor Casper George Carl Reinwardt. The gardens officially opened in 1817 as ‘sLands Plantentuin (‘National Botanical Garden’).

They were used to research and develop plants and seeds from other parts of the Indonesian archipelago for cultivation during the 19th century. This is a tradition that continues today and contributes to the garden’s reputation as a major center for botanical research.

Today the garden contains more than 15,000 species of trees and plants located among streams and lotus ponds. There are 400 types of exceptional palms to be found along the extensive lawns and avenues, helping the gardens create a refuge for more than 50 different varieties of birds and for groups of bats roosting high in the trees. The bats can be easily detected by the noise they make while competing for space under the canopies. The orchid houses contain some 3000 varieties. In 1862, the Cibodas Botanical Gardens were founded as an extension of the Bogor garden at Cibodas, approximately 45 kilometers to the southeast of Bogor.

The gardens were used during the APEC summit meeting in Indonesia attended by sixty world leaders which formalised the Bogor Declaration.

It can easily be visited in a one-day trip from Jakarta to Bogor by car, (about 70 mins from Jakarta to Bogor).

Taman Safari (Safary Park)

Taman Safari Indonesia (TSI) is a former conservation site which was inaugurated as a national tourism object on March 16, 1990. The park located on the village Cibeureum – district Cisarua – Bogor – West Java. The park is located at an altitude of 1076 – 1416 on sea level, with average temperatures between 18-24?C. It is about 70 km from Jakarta.

Taman Safari I has around 2,500 animals, the majority of which are Indonesian, including Bengal tigers, Giraffe, Malayan Sun Bear, Orangutan, Hippo, zebra, cheetah, elephants, and komodos. There are also many conserved faunas here, including the Bali Starling, a small white Mynah bird. The safari is a drive through and it is possible to be extremely close to all the animals. The animals can literally stick their heads in your vehicle if you do not keep your windows closed as advised. Most of the herbivores can be fed vegetables from your vehicle though this is not condoned by the park and may result in scratches and dents from large animals like bulls and Blackbuck crowding your vehicle. Six wildlife shows are on property including a Wild West Show, Dolphin Show, and Elephant Show. Also, inside the amusement park section of Taman Safari are a few small rides and exhibits that include Humboldt Penguins, bats, nocturnal animals from Indonesia and India,wallaby, crocodiles, and kangaroos. Camping and bungalows are available for guests who would like to pay to stay in the park overnight.

The zoo features a small petting zoo which is themed to look like the Taj Mahal. The petting zoo also includes photo areas where for a small fee guests can take pictures with various animals such as baby lions, tigers, and leopards. Taman Safari’s map that a guest receives at the front gate says “National Tourism Site Indonesian Center for Reproduction of Endangered Wildlife.” This seems to be true as occasionally the animals can be seen mating by guests.

Shopping Malls
When planning a trip to Jakarta, consider spending a day at one of the manymodern shopping malls the city has to offer. You may welcome a day off from tourist and cultural sites and enjoy spending time in air-conditioned comfort, where you can relax and shop.

If you’re traveling with your children, almost all malls have some sort of activities to amuse them. Kids Fun, a small amusement park for younger children, short train ride around the mall, numerous climbing frames, video arcades are just a few activities that will keep your children occupied. Don’t worry about them being bored.

Enjoy a great shopping adventure … at one of Jakarta’s premier malls.

  • Bintaro Plaza
  • Pondok Indah Mall
  • Gandaria City
  • Senayan Plaza
  • Senayan City
  • Ratu Plaza
  • Blok M Mall
  • Plaza Indonesia
  • Grand Indonesia
  • Pacific Place
  • Mangga Dua Shopping Centre
  • Kelapa Gading Mall