Camping at Tahura Bandung

Taman Hutan Raya Ir. H. Juanda (lt. Grand Forest Park of (engineer) H. Juanda) is a conservation area and botanical garden in Bandung, Indonesia. It covers 590 hectares, stretching from Dago Pakar to Maribaya.

Its altitude ranges between 770 and 1330 meters above sea level. Its fertile soil sustains about 2500 types of plants, consisting of 40 familia and 112 species.

The park was built by the Dutch colonial estimated in 1906, when they began digging a water tunnel for a hydro dam. The water plan was cancelled later, the tunnel was enlarged adding more rooms & became a military facility. Today the tunnel is so called Goa Belanda (Dutch Cave) & is one of the main attractions at Tahura park. The original tunnel is 144m long, 3.2m high & less than 2m wide in both entrances. However the total length now is about 550m including all alleys inside.

On July 2019, for the very first time, the park authority issued a permission to our group to camp just in front of the tunnel. It was possible because we also conducted the Jungle Night Trekking for the first time, as well. It was a quiet experience walking for about 3km inside the dark park, including exploring the Goa Jepang (Japanese Cave) at night time.

A good condition 800m long black top road is available from the entrance to the Goa Belanda. We drove in our campervan to access the camping ground.

Here are some photos:

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The direction sign near the main entrance…

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The Campervan & camping ground is located right next to the Goa Belanda…

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The tiled camping ground…

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Since it is located inside a protected forest, bonfire is prohibited. However toilets & musholla are available, including food stalls…

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The view from the roof tent facing the forest of Cikapundung river valley…

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The Tahura was quiet by Sunday morning…

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The campervan can accommodate up to four adults: two inside the car & two in the roof tent…

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Jungle Night Trekking: inside the Goa Jepang…

To camp just next to Goa Belanda using the Campervan & the Jungle Night Trekking are very interesting experiences. Please contact the Tahura Juanda management if you are interested to do the same.

 

Visiting Terror Garage, Bandung

Last weekend, SBO (Super Beetle Owner) Indonesia community had an opportunity to visit an extra-ordinary the one-only place in Bandung, called Terror Garage. It’s a workshop, a shop, a personal gallery or you may call it an automobile museum, displaying rare, exotic & collectable Volkswagen & Porsche cars. Nobody feels comfortable to talk about the price, just enjoying the cars…

The gallery has two stories. The RWB custom Porsche are displayed on ground floor. The rare classic vintage VW & Porsche are displayed on the basement.

Here are some of the pictures to share, for your eyes only…

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There are five Porsche on the ground floor; four are RWB custom & one is standard.

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The Silver Porsche 911 RWB

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The Porsche 911 Speedster with a removable aluminium roof

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The aluminium roof is designed & manufactured by Terror Garage, claimed to be the one & only in the world.

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The Blue Porsche 911 RWB

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The RWB rear wing: tall & complex aerodynamic design but beautiful. 

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The Green Porsche 911 RWB

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1954 Rometsch Beeskow (I bet you have never heard it before), a cabriolet made by Rometsch karosserie using VW Type 1 platform. There are only 32 confirmed survivors worldwide & one of them is displayed comfortably here. A 3rd seat was installed behind the driver seat, turned by 90 degree, facing sideways…

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In total, there are 13 super high value cars here in the basement…

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A very well built Volkswagen Type 14 Karmann-Ghia. There are two of them here.

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There are also two Volkswagen Type 34 Karmann-Ghia

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There are three Volkswagen Type 1 Beetle split-oval (1946-1952). The left one has an original paint with the original European license plate somewhere…

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A very rare Volkswagen Type 2 Deluxe Microbus aka Samba with 23-windows & original two-tone factory paint design.

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The 2nd VW bus is the early version of the T1 (untill 1955) aka Barndoor or T1a.

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This is a Volksrod or Rodbug, a rod-style custom VW Beetle, & built from an Oval Beetle (1952-1958). Builder: unknown, but I suspect it was Terror Garage themselves…

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I think the most unnoticed displayed car is this Volkswagen Type 3 (1961-1973), Squareback aka Variant…

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The only Porsche displayed here is Porsche 356, the Porsche’s first production automobile (1948-1965), therefore it’s one of the most hunted by Porsche collectors in the world. This particular one is the Porsche 1500S (1500cc engine, Luxury version).

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The owner of Terror Garage is also a collector of VW & Porsche diecast models. There are more than 1 thousand pieces in this rack…

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One cozy corner in the gallery

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Get your calculator & start estimating the value of these six piece of fine German metals.

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One high-value property is this Tempo Matador, the only one available in the country. Tempo Matador is built by Tempo company in German using a front mounted 25HP Volkswagen 1100cc motor & front wheel drive. 

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The 3rd Type 14 Karmann-Ghia, slammed & narrowed, custom-built by Terror Garage themselves.

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A custom Beetle built by Terror Garage.

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A Barndoor ambulance in rat style.

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A dragster bug

 

 

Unfortunately the gallery is not open for public. Nevertheless, the owner of Terror Garage welcomes for any VW clubs or communities to visit by appointment.