See the Uniqueness of Ngungap Beach
Gunungkidul Regency does not seem to stop fascinating with the rows of its beaches. Even a legendary explorer was amazed by the beauty of the beach in Gunungkidul. Franz Wilhelm Junghuhn is the name of the famous German explorer. He once walked the Ngongap or Ngungap beach in 1856 ago. He was amazed by the atmosphere of the beach that was so close to nature. He even perpetuated his admiration for the nature of Ngungap Beach in a painting. The painting is titled Sudkuste be Rongkop but unfortunately not many people know about it.
About Ngungap Beach
Ngungap Beach is one of the beaches in Girisubo District, Gunungkidul Regency. Like the other unpopular beaches, the Ngungap Beach Gunungkidul is not easy to find. Moreover, the condition of the Gunungkidul tends to go up and down, winding and roads. Do not be surprised if entering this area, the roads will be in very varieties condition. But relief will be felt when arriving at an old pavilion where German adventurer Junghuhn stopped 159 years ago.
The waves of Ngungap Beach Girisubo begin to be heard when on the edge of a steep reef. As if calling to get to the location and enjoy every inch of the beauty of the beach. As seen on Junghuhn’s legendary painting before, it will be amazing because every inch of a row of coral cliffs doesn’t seem to change. Though Junghuhn was visited this beach in 1856.
Visitors will not be able to see the scenery in Ngungap at Wono Beach. Junghuhn revealed in his books that the reef and ocean area in Ngungap is a paradise. Junghuhn called it a gold-broiled bird. The swift’s nest is in caves under the reef. The existence of a cave under the reef makes them avoid predators. Local people also use it at certain times by harvesting swift’s nests. Moreover, the price is quite expensive in proportion to the risk of obtaining it.
The tools for harvesting nest are more or less the same as those described by Jughuhn that use ladders made of rope that hang tightly to large trees. There is no kind of safety equipment. So it is not surprising its nest per kilogram priced at millions of rupiah because its high risks for getting it. Aside from being a bird’s nest Ngungap beach cliffs also become a nest of other animals such as the Phaeton lepturus or local residents call it a white satay oxtail.
Seeing Swift’s Nest Miners
Beautiful beach views can be seen while on the coast of Tanjung Menyer Beach. But the view of people harvesting bird nests is not necessarily obtainable on other beaches. Well, this is one of the uniqueness offered in Ngungap. Visitors can see people who harvest swift’s nests which are located below the pavilion. A cave is indeed inhabited by swallows. The residents are harvesting nests with traditional tools. In addition, there are several spots that are often used for fishing.
At Sedahan Beach there are many interesting angles for photography enthusiasts. Likewise in Ngungap, photographing residents in harvesting nests, fishing and so on is interesting. You can also take a picture of the birds coming and going to their nest. There are many beautiful angles illustrated by a German explorer so he fell in love with this beach dominated by rock. The sound of the waves added to the splash of water from the waves that meet the rocks provides a breathtaking view. So, let’s pack the bag and be ready to trace the journey of Franz Wilhelm Junghuhn at Ngungap Beach Gunungkidul?