Sembilang National Park, A place for birds to migrate

birds migrating (c) Ridwan Pambudi

Sembilang National Park which is  located in Palembang, South Sumatera is one of Ramsar site in Indonesia. The park represents wetland ecosystem including swamp peat forest, swamp forest and riparian zone. Typical plants grow in such ecosystem are Acrostichum aureum, Nypa fruticans, Casuarina equisetifolia,Pandanus tectorius,Hibiscus tiliaceus,Oncosperma tigillaria,Dyera costulata,Koompassia excels, Syzygium inophylla, Rhizophora sp., Sonneratia alba, and Bruguiera gimnorrhiza.

The park is a habitat for wild life mammals including Sumatran tiger (Panthera tigris sumatrae), Sumatran elephant (Elephas maximus sumatranus), Tapirus indicus, long tailed mongkey (Hylobates syndactylus syndactylus), golden cat (Catopuma temminckii temminckii), deer (Cervus unicolor equinus), crocodile (Crocodylus porosus),Varanus salvator, dolphins (Orcaella brevirostris). Besides, the park is also an important habitat for various fish and bird species such as Limnodromus semipalmatus, Pseudototanus guttifer, Pelecanus onocrotalus, Mycteria cinerea, Leptoptilos javanicus, Chlidonias leucoptera,etc. Thousands bird from Siberia migrate annually to the park and they reach in number in October. The sounds made by their wings is outrages and they make a very beautiful phenomenon.

Interesting sites :

Semenanjung Banyuasin, Sembilang, Teluk Benawan, Teluk Sekanak, Betet Island : fishing, bird watching, mangrove touring, river touring, dolphins watching.

Related interesting events :

Krakatau Festival on June in Bandar Lampung

Ranau Lake Festival on December in Ogan Komering Ilir

Best time to visit : June to August

How to get there :

Take flight to Palembang, followed by speedboat to Sungsang (2 hour). Take another speedboat from Sungsang to Sembilang (2 hour).

Contact address :

Sembilang National Park Office

Jl. AMD Kel. Talang Jambe

Kec. Sukarame, Palembang

Telp. +627117839200

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