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Explore the lush forest of Tangkoko National Park in this short trekking trip. Tangkoko is the habitat of the smallest primate in the world, the tarsier spectrum with their cute big saucer eyes. In addition, you can find the endemic crested black macaques that usually gather in large groups. These funny apes can be seen playing, fighting or grooming themselves. And let’s not forget the cuscus, a pouched animal that is relative of Australian koala, can be seen among the trees if you are lucky. The national park is also home to about 200 other endemic species of mammals, reptiles, and amphibians. The rich diversity in flora and fauna in this park makes it a must for nature-lovers!
Welcome to Manado! The adventure begins with meeting your guide at the airport. Then you will start the journey of about 2 and a half hours by car to the Tangkoko Forest. Upon arrival at the homestay or lodge, you will have a talk about what you will see and preparations for the trekking.
Meals: Lunch – Dinner
Accommodation: Bird House Homestay or Similar
This day will be dedicated to exploring the jungle in search of animals and bird watching. You will start the trekking that will take you to Tangkok National Park. In just 40 minutes by boat, you will reach the Batuangus beach where you will then climb Mount Tangkoko (1500 m). The dense and virgin jungle is home to some unique animal species in North Sulawesi such as the crested black macaque and the tarsier spectrum that has become known as “the smallest primate in the world”.
As you will be trekking through the lush jungle, you will probably see and hear the red gnarled hornbill as well as the maleo which is a megapod bird that lays eggs on large mounds it builds on the black sand. You can also find couscous, which is a relative of the Australian koala. The forest ranger will accompany you all the way to the top of Tangkoko Mountain. In the afternoon you will return to the station. Alternatively, you can have three hours of trekking in the lowland jungle or swimming on the black sand beach of Tangkoko.
Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner
Accommodation: Bird House Homestay or Similar
After breakfast, you can spend the morning in the surroundings of the National Park. At the agreed time, with your guide, you will have the transfer to Manado airport. Thank you for exploring this unique jungle with us. Sampai Jumpa!
Our favourite time for travel in Indonesia is between April to October, although Indonesia is a great year-round destination, offering memorable experiences for all kinds of adventures. July to August are the peak summer months.
In West to Central part of the weather is delightfully warm and it’s a popular time for travellers to visit for holidays, whilst if you wish to travel from October to April, the Eastern part Indonesia, like Banda and Raja Ampat, would be the best option.
If you wish to have a relaxing journey in Indonesia with less crowds, the shoulder months of April to June and September to October are ideal and slightly more economic. If you must travel in ‘high season’ but want to avoid the crowd, worry not, there are numbered of unbeaten track in Indonesia ready to be explored.
Currently, local direct flights to Manado (MDC) are available from Jakarta airport (CGK) and Denpasar, Bali (DPS). These are where most international routes arrive and depart. There is a flight connection by Garuda Indonesia from Amsterdam to Manado with one transit in Jakarta. By Qatar Airways, connection is available from Frankfurt going through Doha and Jakarta.
Tropical areas are usually warm and often sweaty places, especially if you have Borneo or Sulawesi included in your travel. Check out our suggestions on What to Wear:
Depends on the type of travel, you may also need these in your What to Bring list:
Land tours and trekking:
We have classified our tours in 3 different classes. Always check which one suitable for your condition. If you have any doubt, you may consult to our travel expert.
Easy: Suitable for most people in good health. These trips can include short walk for days with around 2–3 hours in good paths and at low altitudes.
Medium: A reasonable level of fitness or technique is required, as these trips can require sustained endurance levels as the trip may include longer days of approximately 5-6 hours of activity or/and in higher altitudes, or snorkelling in strong current.
Hard: These trips are physically demanding and best suited for people with a high endurance level, good level of fitness and exercise regularly. Days can be long around 7-8 hours of activity, often at high altitudes, in remote regions and sometimes without a support vehicle nearby. Travellers may be required to carry their backpack, trip with trekking overnights without access to normal toilets or accommodations.