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.

TRAIL ITINERARY

Natural Splendour at Tangkoko Nature Reserve

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.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

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INCLUSIONS

  • A full-day tour with a professional English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request and may be subject to supplementary charges
  • Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle with professional driver.
  • All entrance fees for visits as mentioned in the description.
  • All applicable taxes and service charges
  • Lunch at a local restaurant is included (food only)

EXCLUSIONS

  • Tours, inclusions of any kind and other services that are not outlined in the tour description
  • Personal expenses such as meals, drinks, tips and gratuities, shopping, portage fees and optional tours, unless otherwise stated
  • Hotel accommodation in the destination of commencement.
  • Compulsory Christmas, country-specific festival and/or New Year dinner at included hotels
  • Single supplement charges for single travelers, where applicable
  • Any airline tickets, visa fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general meeting point
  • Supplements for transfers for customers arriving or departing from any airport or resorts located outside the general pick-up and drop-off locations
  • Hotel expenses of a personal nature, should an overnight be included: this includes mini-bar consumption, laundry, room service, any telephone or other communication cost not mentioned in the program
  • Travel insurance coverage for customers (highly recommendable)

GOOD TO KNOW

  • This tour is operated on full private basis with English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request / subject to availability and supplementary charges may apply
  • Return transfers for this excursion apply only / are inclusive for customers staying in downtown Manado. Return transfers for this excursion apply only / are inclusive for customers staying in downtown Manado. Transfers outside these areas, including the Bunaken Islands, Manado Airport and main harbour are excluded. Supplements apply for customers who want to join this excursion outside one of these regions.
  • We will do all possible to comply with any dietary requirements during this excursion; it may not always be possible to confirm your wishes in advance based on the choice of local restaurant.
  • We regret to inform you that this excursion is not suitable for wheelchair users.
  • Guests are advised that some walking is required during this excursion; we always ensure that we take the most comfortable ways from the entrance of the sight to the sight itself.
  • We always will make efforts to confirm the exact pick-up time upon reservation. For any operational issues in which are not able to confirm the exact pick-up time in advance, we reserve the right to inform you the day before the departure of the tour.
  • Please note pick-up and drop-off services may not be confirmed for customers staying at private residences, apartment complexes, or other non-registered tourism accommodations. Customers may be asked to meet at a nearby hotel for pick-up and drop off.
  • Due to the absence of ATM machines and credit cards payment portals, particularly on islands and inside nature reserves, we highly recommend to bring sufficient cash with you.
  • Natural elements of any kind have a destructive effect on electronic equipment. It is the customer’s own responsibility to ensure that any camera, mobile telephone or other device is properly wrapped and protected against these elements. We cannot be held responsible in any way for negligence and/or not following suggestions for any damage related to this.
  • Please ensure that you bring sunglasses, a hat /cap and sunblock with a high SPF factor when traveling with us on this tour – even when it is cloudy, the sunrays still have an immense power.
  • We reserve the right to make necessary changes to the excursion in case of unfavourable weather conditions or situations where we are forced to make alterations to guarantee the safety of our guests.
  • The protection of the country’s flora and fauna is of immense importance for us. We will not pursue any activities for guests that are not in line with our animal, wildlife and environment protection principles.
  • It is the responsibility of the customer to provide us with the correct hotel information, should pick-up and drop-off services be included in the package. Any changes in accommodation outside 24 hours will be handled accordingly: changes within 24 hours may be on request.
  • In the event of no-show or change of accommodation without prior consent and confirmation from us within 24 hours may result in the applicable cancellation charges as outlined in the terms and conditions.
  • We recommend bringing a light jacket / sweater with you on this tour as part of this excursion brings customers high up in the mountains, where the average temperatures can drop to lower levels.

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