Sulawesi Birding and Trekking Discovery

This is the shorter trip of our two Sulawesi Birding itineraries. This is a birdwatching and trekking adventure discovering the marvellous national parks dotted across the island. Full of opportunities to see a number of fascinating birds.

This trip aims to provide you with some of the best bird watching to be had in Sulawesi, Indonesia an area that boasts one of the largest endemic bird populations on earth with the main island of Sulawesi being home to no less than 12 endemic genera and over 40 endemic species. A further 56 species are endemic to the Sulawesi sub-region which covers the neighbouring islands of Sula and Banggai. However most can be found on the main island. Birdwatchers who visit this mysteriously K-shaped island are guaranteed to find a host of new and unusual species.

In addition to a rich bird life Sulawesi is home to nearly 80 endemic mammals such as the unique dwarf buffalo known as the Anoa, a curious pig known as the Babirusa, the Spectral Tarsier, the Sulawesi Bear Cuscus and the Crested Black Macaque that is found in the Tangkoko Nature Reserve .

The island boasts eight national parks of which four are forested, with the others covering marine areas. In order to see the widest selection of species present we visit three of the four national parks. They are the and Lore Lindu National Park in Central Sulawesi, Bogani Nani Wartabone National Park on the Northern Peninsula and the Tangkoko Nature Reserve.

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Day 1: International Arrival in Jakarta (D)

International arrival at Soekarno Hatta International Airport Jakarta. Our guide will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel.

Overnight Hotel FM7 Tangerang

Day 2: Jakarta– Palu (via Makassar) – Lore Lindu National Park (B,L,D)

Transfer to the airport, travelling to Palu via Makassar. After arrival at Makassar by air we drive to the Lore Lindu National Park, birding along the main road.

We check-in and have an overnight stay at Sendy Homestay in Wuasa or Bunga Manila homestay at Sedoa village.

Overnight in Homestay
Lore Lindu National Park (2290 square kilometers) has the majority of (80%) of Sulawesi’s endemic birds.  The park has an altitude of 2,350 meters above sea level and includes spectacular mountain rainforest around Mount Rorekatimbu.   The lowland forest in the park is in poor condition and therefore the higher-altitude areas are best for birding. Some of the key birds to look out for are the Fiery-browed Starling and the unparalleled Purple-bearded Bee Eater,the Sulawesi Woodcock, Geomalia, Great Shortwing, and Crimson-crowned Flowerpecker. The Giant Civet with it huge paws, that enables it to climb trees and seek out the Sulawesi hornbills, is also found here.

Day 3-4: Birding at Lore Lindu National Park (B,L,D)

Two full day to explore the birding in the Lore Lindu National Park where you will be accompanied by bird-watching guide who has sharp eyes and a good has talent for birding. Overnight at the homestay.

Overnight in Homestay

Day 5: Lore Lindu NP – Palu (B,L,D)

Early morning birding around Kalimpa’a. After lunch we proceed with our transport to Palu.

Overnight Hotel in Palu

Day 6: Palu-Marisa(B,L,D)

After breakfast we drive to Marisa passing through the mountainous areas with local villages. Lunch is en route at a local restaurant.

Overnight Hotel in Palu

Day 7: Marisa – Singsingan (B,L,D)

After breakfast we continue our journey by driving to Bogani Nani Wartabone National Park (formerly known Dumoga Bone). In the afternoon we go birding around Gunung Ambang where there is a good site for observing a new endemic species called Cinnabar Boobook or Cinnabar Hawk-owl. Afterwards we drive to Kotamobagu town for our overnight stay.

Overnight Hotel Senator
Bogani Nani Wartabone National Park  comprises 3000 square kilometers of protected tropical jungle from sea level to a height of 1920 meters.  The park has a  large proportion of the wildlife that is found at low to middle altitudes within  Sulawesi.   A must see species here is the Maleo – a  ground dweller that is famous for laying its eggs volcanically heated soil to incubate its eggs.  Other must see  birds of this national park  are the Sulawesi Serpent Eagle, Sulawesi Hawk Eagle,  Knobbed and Sulawesi Hornbills and Purple-winged Roller and the Golden-mantled and Yellow-breasted Racquet-tails

Day 8: Kotamobagu/Gunung Ambang – Bogani Nani Wartabone NP (B,L,D)

This morning we make an early morning start for more birding around Gunung Ambang for a full morning. The trip continues by driving through western of the park for afternoon birding along Molibagu road.

Overnight Ranger homestay in Toraut

Day 9-10: Birding at Bogani Nani Wartabone NP (B,L,D)

Two full days to explore the birding in the Dumoga Bone, where you will be accompanied by a knowledgeable bird-watching guide.

Overnight Ranger homestay in Toraut

Day 11: Bogani Nani Wartabone NP – Tomohon (Minahasa highland) (B,L,D)

After breakfast you will continue birding around the park and then return to our accommodation, before leaving to drive towards the Minahasa highland.

Overnight Onong’s Palace resort

Day 12: Tamohon – Tangkoko (B)

After breakfast we drive to the Tangkoko Nature reserve and check-in at Tangkoko Lodge If time allows we will be able to do some afternoon birding as well as later observing the nocturnal primate the Spectral Tarsius and the black monkey of Sulawesi (Macaca nigra).

Overnight Homestay
The Tangkoko Nature Reserve is home to 9 Kingfisher species and home to the rare Red-Backed Thrush and the Small Sulawesi Hanging Parrot as well as the opportunity to see one of Sulawesi’s most curious mammals – the Spectral Tarsier.

Day 13-14: Birding at Tangkoko (B)

Two full days to explore the birding in the Tangkoko Nature Reserve and here you will be accompanied by bird-watching guide who has sharp eyes to spot the birds.

Overnight Homestay

Day 15: Tangkoko – Manado (B,L,D)

We continue birding around Tangkoko hoping to see Red-bellied Pitta, Elegant Pitta, Hooded Pitta, and Crested Myna. Following our birding we return to our accommodation and then transfer to Manado for a free evening program.

Overnight Hotel Manado

Day 16: International Departure (B)

After breakfast at the hotel we transfer to the airport for a flight home or tour/beach  extension.

International flight connections to Jakarta.

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  • Duration16 days / 15 nights
  • Price£2,095$2,895
    Excluding international flights.
  • Tailormade DeparturesOn request

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