Visiting Bantimurung Bulusaraung National Park, House of Butterflies

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Planning to go on a tour or travelling, we definitely want a smooth trip, comfortable accommodation, cheap hotels, good food, cheap plane tickets, close to everywhere, and can rent a motorbike or car.


In Bantimurung Bulusaraung National Park, there is natural beauty and unique culture of the local community. There are many uniqueness, starting from the village (desa), sub-district (kecamatan), district (kabupaten) and provincial levels.

In Indonesia, each province has different and interesting characteristics. Each province has a different and unique culture and lifestyle.

Bantimurung-Bulusaraung National Park is a national park in South Sulawesi in Indonesia. The park contains the Rammang-Rammang karst area, the second largest karts area known in the world after the one in South-Eastern China.

Bantimurung Bulusaraung National Park is also known for its Roaring Waterfall and Kingdom of Butterflies

In 1857 a leading British naturalist, Alfred Russell Wallace discovered wonders beyond his imagination as he traveled into the interior of South Sulawesi, Indonesia.

He found himself surrounded by thousands of enchanting butterflies of various sizes and colors.  Fascinated by the scene, he dubbed the area “the Kingdom of Butterflies” and later spent most of his life in this region to enjoy and examine the 150 species of butterflies not found elsewhere.

Today the area is known as the Bantimurung Bulusaraung National Park, which is not only the scene of butterflies but also of magnificent caves and a stunning waterfall.

Located in the Maros regency in the province of South Sulawesi, the Bantimurung Bulusaraung National Park is a only 50 Km from Makassar or 20 Km from the Sultan Hasanuddin international airport.

The Bantimurung National Park has a total area of approximately 43,750 hectares and is divided into three major types of ecosystems, namely the karst ecosystems, a lowland forest ecosystem, and a lower mountain forest ecosystem.

The government is taking good care of the preservation of nature and maintaining the condition of the forest.

The environment is also well maintained.


Visiting Bantimurung Bulusaraung National Park, we will witness routine community activities in unique traditional cultures. And there are special dishes and food as part of culinary tours that are delicious and yummy.

The valleys of limestone hills and steep karts walls with tropical vegetation have made Bantimurung an ideal habitat for various rare and endemic species of butterflies, birds and insects.

Although there are not as many butterflies today as there were during Wallace’s expedition, visitors can still observe the wide variety of butterflidx within the Butterfly Conservation Captivity managed by the Center for Butterfly Breeding.

Among various species of butterflies found here are: the Troides halipron, Papiliio Pofites, Papiliio Satapses, Papiliio blumei and Graphium androcles.

One of the rarest and biggest butterflies of the world, the papillo androcoles are also found in this National Park. This unique species has the tail similar to swallows.

Within the national park, visitors can also find a butterfly museum which houses thousands of unique and rare butterflies that have and still inhabit the area.

Among other fauna found in the area are: the Kuskus (Phalanger celebencis), Tarsiers (Tarsius sp.), Monkeys (Macaca Maura), hornbills (Ryticeros cassidix, Peneloppides exahartus), and Weasels (Macrogofidia mussenbraecki).

By the butterfly center, the fascinating Bantimurung waterfall draws visitors with its powerful rush of water and refreshing atmosphere. This is a favorite holiday destination especially on weekends.

The word Bantimurung is derived from two Bugis words: Benti meaning water, and Merrung meaning roaring. Therefore meaning roaring waters.

Others also suggest that the name Bantimurung comes from the words Banting Murungor smashing one’s gloom, meaning that here visitors can release their sadness or depressing thoughts through  refreshing nature.

With a height of 15 meters and a 20 meters width, the Bantimurung waterfall can only be described as one of nature’s finest artwork, where waters rush down through its multi levels rocky streams, decorated by colorful surroundings.

The hills of Bantimurung-Bulusaurung National Park also hold wonders in some of its astonishing caves. The most notable of these caves are the Goa Mimpi (dream caves) and Goa Batu (the Stone Cave).

Inside these caves, visitors can marvel through their interiors filled with fascinating stalactites and stalagmites. The dreamlike crystal clear stalactites and stalagmites earned the cave its popular name, the dream cave or Goa Mimpi.

Among these caves are found prehistoric “hand stencils”, similar to the rock art of Australia.

Hiking through 10 meters ascending stairs, visitors can discover another amazing cave, the Stone cave, or Gua Batu. Aside from offering hiking challenges, Goa Batu also present enchanting scenery of small waterfall, and a 30 meters long intriguing cave.

The Bantimurung Waterfall is a marvel on its own. Situated not too far from the entrance, visitors can simply enjoy its breathtaking scenery before they jump in to the crystal clear rejuvenating waters.

The Butterfly Conservation captivity and the butterfly Museum are a must, since butterflies are the main attraction always associated with Bantimurung. Those who seek adventure can explore the Karst hills and several astonishing caves found within the national park.

In this place there are also regular events or activities held every year, both national and international.


The journey to Bantimurung Bulusaraung National Park is now very easy. We can enter through various modes of transportation.

Access to go to Bantimurung Bulusaraung National Park:

Located only 20 Km from Hasanuddin Airport Makassar, the national park can be reached from the airport by local public transportation called pete-pete for about 30 minutes.

The pete-pete will charge about IDR 5.000. If you travel from Makassar, you can catch a public bus or DAMRI, from the Makassar Mall in the direction of Maros for about one hour and costs IDR8.500. From Maros, take the same pete-pete that also goes to the airport.

The condition of the infrastructure is getting better. Starting from highways, airports, trails, ports, bridges, stairs, even some places can be reached by toll roads.

We can visit by plane, car, ship, bus, motorcycle and bicycle. At some point, we can take the train. We can also walk freely.


In Bantimurung Bulusaraung National Park, as technology getting better. We can easily find locations for mini markets, shops (warung kedai), Money Changer, ATMs, Bank BRI BCA BNI Mandiri, BTPN Bank Nagari BJB, supermarkets, and restaurants. So we will not starve or lack the necessary items.

If you are sick and need help, you can also visit clinics, drugstore pharmacies (apotek), practice doctors, hospitals, and health centers (puskesmas).

In this place we can also look for places of worship such as mosques, churches, and others.


Finding place to stay in Bantimurung Bulusaraung National Park is very easy. We can stay at homestays, hotels, inns, hostels and other places.

To get lodging at a cheap and definitely comfortable price, please see below:

Experience and Reviews

There are already many visitors have visited Bantimurung Bulusaraung National Park, there are many interesting stories that are told. Like feeling satisfied, happy, wanting to come again, sleep well, and almost no one is disappointed or complains to come here.

So, visitors will find out on how to find the best hotels, where is exactly located, why it is amazing, how much is the fare and rate, who are the people, whom to ask, and when is the best time to visit.

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That’s all the information we provided, hopefully useful.

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