Situated 1300-1425 m high on the slopes of Mount Gede-Pangrango, Cibodas Botanic Garden contains beautiful mountain scenery with impressive views across the Cipanas valley of West Java.
It is a popular recreational center for the Greater Jakarta area as well as a research station for students and scientists studying tropical flora.
The Garden covers about 125 hectares of undulating topography, with large grassy expanses, rocky coniferous areas, and valleys filled with tree ferns and waterfalls. It maintains a collection of close to 6000 living specimens from over 1200 species. Among the most prominent collections are the floral gardens, cacti and succulents, bamboo, palms, conifers, Euphorbia and Myrtaceae collections. Native Indonesian plants worth seeing include the orchids, the fern collection, the Indonesian oak and chestnut, and the Javanese Rhododendron.
The Garden maintains a herbarium and seed museum for research, development and conservation purposes. Facilities such as a guest house, library and nursery are available for scientists, research workers and students who wish to study the Garden and the mountain flora of Mount Gede-Pangrango.
There are a variety of waterfalls in Cibodas Botanic Garden, some human-made, and some naturally occurring in the landscape. Visitors can trek through the forest to a lovely natural waterfall or drive their cars over a specially constructed shallow waterfall.