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:
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.