Exploring Taman Wisata Alam Angke Kapuk
Taman Wisata Alam Angke Kapuk, a Mangrove Forest in Jakarta.
Addressed at Garden House Street no. 4, Jakarta, it is not far from Pantai Indah Kapuk toll exit. The easiest way to find it is to look for the big grey complex of Tzu Chi school, because the entrance to TWA Angke Kapuk is right across Tzu Chi complex.
As soon as you enter Taman Wisata Alam Angke Kapuk, you will be amazed by how peaceful inside. It feels like you are in a remote village instead of the bustling city of Jakarta.
According to the brochure, at least six types of mangroves grow in Taman Wisata Alam Angke Kapuk. You also can see some trees that are common to the beach and swamp. Some of them are Waru Laut (Hibiscus tiliaceous) and Kedondong Laut (Polyscias fruticosa).
Mangrove Estuary at Taman Wisata Alam Angke Kapuk - Jakarta.
Taman Wisata Alam Angke Kapuk
Garden House Street no. 4, Pantai Indah Kapuk, North Jakarta.
Weekday / Weekend
Child: Rp.15K / Rp.20K
Adult: Rp.30K / Rp.35K
Expat: Rp.150K / Rp.170K
Pocket Camera/GoPro: Rp.150K
DSLR Camera: Rp. 300K
Motor Boat: Rp.350K - Rp.450K
Not all mangrove forests are accessible because mangroves grow in brackish water, where slow-moving water allows sediments to accumulate. In short, the mangroves either grow in waterlogged soil or muddy soil. How can you enjoy the mangrove forest then? By having a walking path that looks like a low bridge through the mangrove forest :) That's the most convenient and fun way to roam and observe the mangrove forest.
There are many walking paths and low wooden bridges spread out in Taman Wisata Alam Angke Kapuk. You can walk around freely and take as many pictures as you want. However, you have to pay an extra ticket for any pocket camera, GoPro, or DSLR camera you bring.
Equipped with appropriate cameras, you might capture pictures of rare and endangered birds in action. It because TWA Angke Kapuk is also a home for many species of birds. Some of the birds are Belekok (Javan Pond Heron, Ardeola speciosa), White-Bellied Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster), and Sunda Teal (Anas Gibberifrons or Itik Benjut in Bahasa Indonesia). Many of them are endangered species.
Other animals you might encounter in TWA Angke Kapuk are some Asian water monitors (Varanus salvator or biawak air in Bahasa Indonesia). If you are lucky, you might spot some fish and scorpion mud lobster (Thalassina anomala or udang bakau in Bahasa Indonesia) too.
There are some places where the water is deep enough for boats. That's where you can rent a canoe, pedal boat, or motorboat. The rental price is quite expensive though, considering the looks of the dirty boats.
For Rp. 100,000 you can contribute to conserving the mangrove forest by planting a mangrove. Don't forget to bring spare clothes, because you have to dip deep into the swamp! For an additional charge, you even can put your name beside the mangrove tree you plant. Ergo TWA Angke Kapuk is a favorite place for company outings and CSR (Company Social Responsibility).
Lastly, it seems Taman Wisata Alam Angke Kapuk also offers lodgings with a bonfire pit and playgrounds, but they all look dilapidated.
In short, the mangrove forest at Taman Wisata Alam Angke Kapuk is beautiful in its own way. It is a peaceful place where you can relax and enjoy spending an hour or two for a leisurely walk around this mangrove forest. The only downside is the tickets are quite costly, especially for tourists from abroad.
Due to the nature of the mangrove forest, meaning it is an outdoor activity in a brackish water (swamp), at the very least there will be mosquitoes plus some other insects. To be in the safe side, you might want to wear mosquito patch or repellent beforehand.
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