By: Muhammad Syaifullah and Defri Werdiono
“Before the elections last June, one candidate for governor of a successful team in South Kalimantan had driven out by Damang (Dayak customary chief) while offering modern mining in Loksado. The team’s success went straight home, “said Kinoi, Loksado one resident, two weeks ago.
What is told Kinoi into the image that local communities want Loksado with beautiful natural condition mountainous maintained. Plus the natural beauty of the cultural attractions of society becomes a great asset which can be extracted for the benefit of society.
Now it was just how the management of natural resources and potential sources of that society become more profitable. Do not let Meratus, especially Loksado, who was at South Hulu Sungai, South Kalimantan, exhausted by the greed of some people, like that has happened in other areas, such as environmental damage.
The next effect is expected social welfare can be increased because during this time more people depend on agriculture and plantations. They rely on rubber and cinnamon, that cost is sometimes improved, but not infrequently also declined.
Mindri, Tumingki village chief, one of 11 villages in District Loksado, states could not agree if its cultural activities, mainly traditional ceremonies, such as the influence of Ganal, made attractions. The reason, ceremonies are conducted in order to harvest this outside the public’s attention. Call it the domestic tourists were interested in watching.
Moreover, there are no rules that restrict the arrival of visitors. Anyone may enter the village and the hall is still in customs during the specified time. That is, they do not come too late. “Come before the procession started,” said Mindri.
What he said Mindri Loksado reasonable because there are 43 customs hall, which is where most of them held a ritual on an ongoing basis, at least twice a year. Tourists who want to enjoy traditional ceremonies can spend the night in the village and enjoy the pristine mountain nature.
Agreed with Mindri, Udin Semprong, Kamawakan mayor, claiming, for there is no optimal touch on Dayak ritual. Influence of what is still held there.
“There should be processed in such a way that is more interesting to presented to tourists,” he said.
So far, according Semprong Udin, there are still some obstacles encountered, one of which is related to promotion. Lack of promotion to make the tourists who come are still in limited quantities. They generally hear the influence of the presence of mouth.
“If there is informed, yes they come. If no one informed, no one knows, “he said.
This issue is certainly a challenge for the perpetrator of tourism. How synergizing the nature of natural attractions with cultural attractions.
Admittedly, the number of natural attractions in Loksado quite a lot. In this area there are at least six waterfalls, namely Haratai Waterfall, Riam Hanai, Rapid Fire, Rampah Menjangan, Baths Anggang, and Tinggiran Hayam. Another interesting object is a hot water bath Tahuni.
In addition to the waterfall, the object is also interesting to feel it, is along the river upstream Amandit using bamboo rafts (bamboo rafting). By paying IDR 250,000 for one-way, we can enjoy the atmosphere of Riverside Amandit far as eight kilometers downstream.
We not only can see trees and gardens, but also the activity of the Dayak people who live on the riverbank: how they catch fish, wash and bathe in the river, until the split bamboo for sale to other regions.
One fruit-raft consists of a number of bamboo sticks tied together, can be climbed by two people plus one officer (jockey). In contrast to the generally rafting, rafting using bamboo rafts carrying sensation to feel the conditions are sometimes calm rapids and sometimes steep.
On the way down to the water sometimes jockey to control the raft caught in the stone. Quite often they take a break to replace the rigging rafts broken due to friction with the rock.
In addition to promotion, which is also facing another problem for tourism purposes is transportation. Udin Semprong Mindri and confessed, the problem of transportation is still a major constraint.
To go to Kampung Tanginau, for example, visitors must walk or ride motorcycle taxis provided citizens with travel time approximately 20-30 minutes. One-way fare from Loksado to the village, a distance of less than six kilometers it reaches IDR 25 000 per person.
Tanginau access into the village is still a fairly difficult path taken by the rain. Rocky and muddy road conditions often make the motorcycle wheel slippage. If you have such and such, ridership must come down.
In some sections, the driver must also be stopped to give an opportunity to other motorists in the opposite direction. We must go down and wait for the winding roads and up and down quite steep.
Similarly, if you want to go to the Village Haratai which is about six kilometers from Loksado. In the same way must be adopted by visitors. In fact, in this place there are interesting sights such as waterfalls and micro-hydro power plants with the results of community development non-governmental organizations and local governments.
Transportation to Loksado actually quite easy to reach. If using a private car from the direction of Banjarmasin, South Kalimantan provincial capital, it takes about four hours (the distance of 150 km). Meanwhile, if directly from Kandangan, the capital of South Hulu Sungai, it takes about 30 minutes (the distance of 35 km).
Camat Loksado Rubingan say, as far as influence of these activities are still carried out naturally. Unless there are guests, such as officials or tourists who come in large numbers, presented new cultural attractions such as the influence of. “If that really influence of this tradition’s beliefs regarding its nature, original. So, it depends on the surrounding community, “he said.
Rubingan admitted that other tourism-related assets nature has been very well known, such as Waterfall and spa Haratai Tanuhi.
Head of Education and Culture of the South River District Suriani own Hulu claims to have the traditions and fostering the development of natural resources as part of a tourism asset.
Promotion was already done, in addition to develop accommodation facilities and a swimming pool, like a hot water bath Tanuhi.