Natural Splendour at Tangkoko Nature Reserve
Natural Splendour at
Tangkoko Nature Reserve
Big googly eyes stare with determination and focus to all that can spot one of the world’s smallest
mammals when navigating through the thick vegetation of Indonesia’s Tangkoko National
Reserve. Manado adventure awaits with a high dose of sustainability.
WHY THIS TOUR?
For decades, Manado has been a strategic base for the Dutch East India Company for its trade routes with surrounding counties. These influences have made this sleepy town for the majority Christian, but with the culture and traditions of the local Minahasa still tangible in the daily lives, Manado has kept its Catholic stronghold position in a predominantly Muslim Indonesia.
As many may favour the reefs and pristine beaches of the Bunaken, the nearby Tangkoko Nature Reserve has topped the list for its extensive natural splendour and is home to numerous unique and indigenous primates and animals.
12:00 - 20:00
An afternoon departure from your hotel in Manado by your English speaking guide and driver starts with an almost 3-hour drive away from the well-serviced and hospitable environment that is called Manado. As one of the spice centres, it now serves as the main gate for North Sulawesi to touch base with the more adventurous part of this island. Our goal for the day will be the Tangkoko National Reserve.
Situated along the hills and mountain ranges of Dua Saudara, this part of Sulawesi is particularly interesting because of its unique collection of primates and animals. Upon arrival at the main entrance of this 9000-hectare large national park, we head straight into the jungle for a challenging hike, accompanied by a park ranger. Our goal for the day is to spot, often unique to this national park, animals such as the Black Crested Macaque (better known as the Black Monkey and indigenous to this area) and the world’s smallest primate – the Tarsius Tarsier, which is in average between 10-20 centimetres in length. Sharp eyes, relying on the park ranger and bringing a flashlight on this trek are needed to spot this pretty rare animal in the thickness of the jungle. Lunch will be included in this full-day adventure at a local restaurant (food only).
Throughout the day, your guide will explain the sustainable projects that are going around in preserving this particular green part of Indonesia where the protection of its inhabitants from extinction has been given priority. Guided by park rangers, experts in the field of spotting these rare animals among unusual plant life and many hardwood trees will make this a very enjoyable day out. At the beginning of the evening, it is time to head back to Manado (around 3 hours by car / min-van) and your booked hotel for the night over. We recommend booking accommodation in Manado for one more night before flying off to your next destination the day after.