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The breathtaking view of Baluran National Park in Banyuwangi, East Java. (Shutterstock/-)
A remake of the 90s classic The Lion King is back on the silver screen. This time, however, the animation has been re-made to a life-like recreation of the original film. This new live-action-take on the movie takes viewers directly to the African terrain, represented with the best realism technology has to offer.
With the quality of the realism in this movie, viewers might be curious as to how these terrains may look in the real world. But in order to see these sights, viewers in Indonesia might not have to go too far to see something similar.
Here are three locations you can find in Indonesia that resembles 1994’s The Lion King, as compiled by kompas.com:
Baluran, East Java
The Baluran National Park is found at the Banyuwangi-Situbondo border in East Java. Widely known as Little Africa van Java, this national park boasts unique natural terrain. With a surface area of 300 hectares, the vast site provides a wonderful view for visitors.
In addition, there are many forms of wildlife that reside on this national park’s savanna. You can find animals such as oxen, snakes, deer and even long-tailed monkeys.
The difference between Baluran and other national parks is that this park is not zoned in order to conduct observations, scientific investigations or recreation.
This area of Bali is not yet crowded with tourists like the rest of the island, even though it might be the most unique corner. Here you can find the West Bali National Park that holds a whopping territory of 77,000 hectares. Many birds and deer native to the island can be found in this area and even playing on the beach.
Across from the national park is Pulau Menjangan (Menjangan Island) that is also a popular island getaway.
As far as lodging goes, do not worry as there are many options ranging from a cheap bed-and-breakfast to five-star resorts.
Those who have seen this island will tell you that it is nothing like the rest of the country. Sumba is the home of savannas, contoured with many hills.
Read also: Jakpost explores Sumba
To best replicate the views found in African savannahs, it is best to visit this island during the summer months of May to July. This is when the sky turns into a magnificent shade of yellow in the evenings.
However, unlike the other two destinations, this area of East Nusa Tenggara is not as teeming with life. However, this is made up for with the unique views it provides. (sal/kes)
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