NORTH SULAWESI : GORONTALO WILDLIFE, BIRDING & WHALE SHARK
GORONTALO WILDLIFE & WHALE SHARK, 7 Days
GORONTALO WILDLIFE TREK, BIRDING AND WHALE SHARK SPOTTING
Duration : 07 Days/06 Nights
Grade : Moderate
Start/Finish : Gorontalo Airport
Descriptive day to day itinerary :
DAY 01 : GORONTALO ARRIVAL
Upon arrival in Gorontalo airport, pick up service by our guide team then drive about 32 km away more or less 1 hour drive for check in at Magna Hotel 4**** or similar hotel available. Free time at your own leisure and dinner at your personal account.
DAY 02. GORONTALO – WONOSARI VILLAGE – SARI TANI VILLAGE - NANTU FOREST NATURE RESERVE
After early breakfast then we drive about more or less 90 km away or 4 – 5 hours passing the paved and bumpy roads, some plantation area especially corn. As you may notice Gorontally one of the biggest exported province for corn to South Korea. There is 2 alternative way to reach Saritani Village the starting point to reach Nantu Forest as well as stay overnight. You can drive about 4 – 5 hours to Wonosari Village then continue the trip by 45 minutes with motorcycle or just using 4 wheel drive straight to Saritani Village that could be faster. Upon arrival in Saritani village check in at the simple guest house with BASIC Facility. Lunch on the way or at the village. After discussed about the program with the ranger then we can start trekking around the village for bird watching or straight to the Nantu Forest. Nantu Forest is one of the last strongholds for Sulawesi’s richness. Healthy air and healthy water for the people around Nantu Forest, unequalled wealth in wildlife. Home to hundreds of species that are only found on Sulawesi, nowhere else on earth. Nantu Forest is located in the heart of the Wallacea region in Gorontalo Province, northern Sulawesi, Indonesia. Wallacea is the wildlife transition zone between Asia and Australia. Nantu Forest consists of Nantu Wildlife Reserve (Suaka Margasatwa, 33.023 ha), Protection Forest (19.606 ha) and Production Forest (10.002 ha). In other words; 500 square kilometers of virgin rainforest. Nantu forests, specifically, become sanctuary for babi rusa, anoa and macaca heck. We will passing by motor cycle or car (depend on what vehicle you use to reach here) about 5 minutes away and ended at Palm Oil Plantation, then keep walking passing palm oil plantation, corn plantation before reaching the edge of Nantu river. We will cross the river by walk or use the canoe. It takes about more or less 30 minutes away from the starting point until reaching the post guard. After registering the permit then we will walk along the jungle searching for babi Rusa (Pig Dear), Macaca nigra, Hornbill, Anoa and other endemic wildlife of this forest. FYI, the trekking here is wet, muddy, and slippery BUT you will be amazed with beautiful primary tropical rain forest of Sulawesi. We highly suggest to use rubber booth instead of trekking booth. Back to the village for dinner and overnight.
DAY 03 : WONOSARI VILLAGE – NANTU FOREST NATURE RESERVE
Very early morning wake up and light breakfast then we start to explore different spot. We will transfer either by car or motor cycle for 5 minutes then walk about 30 minutes including crossing the river to the post guard for register. FYI, the trekking here is mostly flat, wet, muddy, and slippery BUT you will be amazed with beautiful primary tropical rain forest of Sulawesi with many huge tree including . We highly suggest to use rubber booth instead of trekking booth.Then we will trekking along the riverside searching for Hornbill, Macaca Nigra, Deer, Snake, Anoa and other exotic endemic wild life of this forest. Then we will walk to “Salt Lick” spotting for endemic Babi Rusa (Deer Pig), Anoa (dwarf buffalo), Macaca Nigra and many others. Simple provide lunch in the jungle. In the late afternoon back to the village for dinner and overnight.
DAY 04 : EARLY MORNING BIRDING AND WILDLIFE SPOT – PREPARATION FOR CHECK OUT – GORONTALO
Early in the morning another chance for spotting the wildlife such as more Macaca Nigra normally stay along the river side or birding in the village. FYI, the trekking here is wet, muddy, and slippery. We highly suggest to use rubber booth instead of trekking booth. Breakfast and lunch at the village, packing before heading back to Gorontalo that takes about more or less 5 hours drive or 90 km away. Upon arrival in Gorontalo check in at Magna Hotel 4**** or similar hotel available for overnight. Dinner at your personal account.
DAY 05 : GORONTALO – HUNGOYONO (BOGANI NANI WARTABONE NATIONAL PARK)
After breakfast then we check out drive about 1 hour to Hungayono Sanctuary Breeding Place for endemic Maleo Bird inside Nani Wartabone National Park. Then we continue the drive about 15 – 20 minutes by motor cycle as the road is too narrow to be pass by car. Upon arrival in the gate of starting point Nani Warta Bone National Park, accompany by the ranger and our guide team trekking about 1 hour to the ranger post. Bogani Nani Wartabone National Park is a 2,871 km2 (1,108 mi2) National Park on Minahassa Peninsula on Sulawesi island, Indonesia. Formerly known as Dumoga Bone National Park, it was established in 1991 and was renamed in honour of Nani Wartabone, a local resistance fighter who drove the Japanese from Gorontalo during the World War II. The park has been identified by Wildlife Conservation Society as the single most important site for the conservation of Sulawesi wildlife and is home to a large number of species endemic to Sulawesi. Common plant species in the park are Piper aduncum, Trema orientalis, Macaranga species and various orchids. Endangered plants in the park include the matayangan palm (Pholidocarpus ihur), Makassar Ebony, iron wood (Intsia spp.), yellow wood (Arcangelisia flava), and carrion flower (Amorphophallus companulatus).The spectral tarsier is one of the endangered species inhabiting the park. In the park there have been recorded 24 mammal, 11 reptile and 125 bird species. These include the endangered anoa and cinnabar hawk owl, which was only described scientifically in 1999 from a specimen collected from the park. Among the larger animals of the park are babirusas and the Sulawesi warty pig. This place also use for Maleo breeding. The maleo megapode is endemic to the island and is the park's mascotMaleo birds have been bred successfully in this park, and as per February 2012, about 3,300 birds have been released to their habitat. Hungoyono camp in Bone Bolango is the largest maleo habitat which the conservationists have 4 breeding sites. Normally the birds need geothermal hot sand for their breeding as in Hungoyono camp. On the way during trekking we may see Tarsius inside the bamboo tree or other wildlife such as Macaca Nigra and many birds including the endemic Dwarf King Fisher. The trek here is hilly and surrounding with beautiful tropical rain forest. We will stay at the camp site inside the park. Lunch and dinner provide by our guide team. We will use the day for animal observation. Stay overnight at the camping site. (B, L, D) \
DAY 06 : HUNGOYONO (BOGANI NANI WARTABONE NATIONAL PARK) JUNGLE TREK – GORONTALO
Early morning wake up and we will trek to the Maleo Site where they lay their egg along the river side. Then if you are so lucky you have a chance for releasing the maleo baby if they already hatching. Then continue observing wildlife to see more chance for Macaca Nigra, Sulawesi Hornbill, another endemic birds of Sulawesi such as Dwarf Hornbill and many others. Lunch provided by our guide team. In the afternoon after lunch packing and trekking back to the starting point about 1 – 2 hours before continue by motor cycle about 15 minutes away and car for 1 hour drive. Upon arrival in Gorontalo check in at Magna Hotel 4**** or similar hotel available for overnight. Dinner at your personal account (B, L)
DAY 07 : GORONTALO – HUWANGOBOTU VILLAGE OR BOTUBARANI VILLAGE WHALE SHARK SPOT - DEPARTURE
After breakfast check out then we will drive about 30 minutes away to Huwangobotu Village or Botubarani Village where we will normally can see tame Whale Shark. Except when we have monsoon around December – February that lasy only a week or between March and April the same a week we will see them swimming around about 20 meters from the beach side. After playing around with the Whale Shark then we drive to the airport to catch your flight back to your country. TOOURS END – END OF SERVICES
The trek is mostly muddy, flat, wet in Nantu Forest Nature Reserve while hilly in Bogani nani Warta Bone National Park . We highly suggest to use rubber booth
It’s highly suggest to use “military” dress to camouflage from the animal eyes due to the are totally wild and VERY sensitive with our appearance as well as our smell
Do not use insect repellent or some strong smell during trekking in the jungle
We will trekking in the primary jungle and always keep silent when spotting the wildlife
This program is only an idea and can be modified to accommodate our guest request, safety and comfort