From 4th to 6th October 2013, the magnificent Karst caves of Maros Pangkep, in the Pangkajene Regency of South Sulawesi will be the site of an international scale spelunking event: The International Cave Festival 2013.
Marking the first ever international event ever to be staged in the regency of Pangkajene, the International Cave Festival (ICF) 2013 is presented by the Office of Tourism and Culture of Pangkajene Regency and supported by the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy. Aside from being an arena dedicated for caving enthusiasts from all over the world, the event also aims to introduce Pangkejene Regency and South Sulawesi Province in general, as an alluring destination.
Located within the Bantimurung Bulusaraung National Park, the Maros Pangkep Karst area is known as the second largest and most beautiful Karst area in the world, outranked only by that in southern China. Unlike most Karst areas which are generally dominated by Conical Hills (coned shaped), in Maros Pangkep the Karsts are mostly in the unique forms of Karst Towers. Some of these towers form a range of rocky hills that offer challenging cliffs and fascinating caves.
Within the Maros Pangkep Karst area there are at least 268 caves with fascinating stalactites and stalagmites. Some of these dating back to prehistoric times and became the habitat of rare and endangered fauna. The deepest cave in Indonesia can also be found here with adepth of 260 meters, while the longest cave is also estimated to be found in the Salukkan Kallang system which is aproximately 27Km.
Maros Pangkep Karst in Pangkajene Regency is approximately 2 hours drive from Makassar, capital of South Sulawesi Province. The festival itself will be centered at the Belae Village, Pangkajene Sub-district, in the regency of Pangkajene.
More information available at: http://icfpangkajene2013.web.id
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