Explore the Malino Highlands
Explore the Malino
Once the favourite hideaway for Dutch colonial settlers, the Malino Highlands still attract visitors
from around the region for a refreshing, relaxing break. Waterfalls and plantations
aplenty, a natural retreat awaits within a short drive from Makassar.
WHY THIS TOUR?
Spending slightly longer in Makassar is not a bad idea when admiring Indonesia’s natural splendour, beyond the South Sulawesi’s capital city borders, is what you’re after. The refreshing climate and fresh air of the Malino Highlands were once the weekend retreat of choice for the Dutch settlers during the times Makassar was controlled by the Dutch East India Company as one of the main trading gateways between the East and the West.
It’s cool and clean air, 1050 meters above sea level, has made the Malino Highlands an ideal place for various plantation projects, and in particular tea.
08:30 - 16:00
This full-day excursion starts with a pick-up from your booked accommodation by your guide and driver. The Malino Highlands is situated approximately 75 kilometres east of Makassar in the more mountainous regions of South Sulawesi. Etched in the history books as a favourite weekend retreat for the colonial Dutch, this elevated part of Sulawesi nowadays attract many locals when in need to escape city life and relax in a crispy clean region outside Makassar. En route, you will get a good picture of the local lifestyle of the local inhabitants as we slowly climb higher up into the mountains.
Once passing the entrance gates, we head straight to the spectacular Takapala Waterfalls with its impressive 50-meter drop of freshwater. It is one of the few waterfalls at Malino but in terms of size and sheer power, this remains the most impressive one. The fertile soil and abundance of water around the waterfall have created excellent soil for rice cultivation; when harvesting season arrives, a verdant green landscape makes the area around the Takapala Waterfalls even more beautiful. Ample time to explore the region, take pictures or simply enjoy the sound of crashing water is among the favourite pastimes of previous visitors.
Lunch will be served at a local restaurant in the highlands before we make our way back to Makassar. Before we reach your hotel, we head into the Balla Lompoa Museum, a vast collection of artefacts and heirlooms of the former Gowa Kingdom. This kingdom was once the greatest kingdom of Sulawesi governed and ruled by various sultans and kings. Its history, portraits of the rules and how the region prospered under its rulers are displayed here and have spread throughout large parts of South and East Sulawesi.
We end the day when entering Makassar and reach your booked hotel at around 4 pm.