Birding in the Lore Lindu National Park, Central Sulawesi
6 days 5 nights
This tour brings you to one of Indonesia’s most beautiful parks in a unique ecological area of the world with over 90 endemic bird species in montane forest. Your guide is experienced in the area and will be with you continuously
90+ endemics; 6 days 5 nights
Ecolodges Indonesia is a conservation company, mandated in our Mission statement to “empower local people so that they use eco tourism as a basis for their sustainable jobs and thus form a conservation stakeholder in the areas where they are living at the edge of national parks.
Day 01 Udayana Kingfisher Lodge
Bali Guests arrive at Ngurah Rai International Airport, Denpasar; transferred by our meeting service direct to Udayana Kingfisher Eco Lodge, check in, short briefing by your guide and rest. The program on day 1 depends on your arrival time but we advise activities around the Lodge – swimming, walking on any of our walks, birding or simply relaxing. If there is time, an evening birding at The Settling Ponds in Nusa Dua will be organized. During the first Dinner there will a more detailed briefing on the Lore Lindu Park
Day 02 Bali – Shendy Lodge, Central Sulawesi
After breakfast fly to Palu , the capital of Central Sulawesi via the local hub airport of Makassar. At Palu (arriving around 14:00) you will be picked up by your driver and local guide for the 4 hour run to Wuasa at The Shendy Lodge. En route you will enter the park and see some of the evil effects of illegal logging. You should commence birding well before arrival at Wuasa passing through montane forest. The Park is very large (217,000 ha) and contains one of the largest stands of montane forest in Sulawesi. It is over 120km in length, around 40km in width at its thickest part and is divided into an eastern and western part with only two roads through it demarcating these parts. Much of the northern part of the part has been destroyed by illegal agricultural activities (see map). The parks unique attractions include over 275 bird species (over 90 endemic), two lakes (Lindu and Tambing), the endangered species Babi Rusa and Anoa and a very bio diverse lowland and montane forest.
Day 03 Shendy Lodge
After an early breakfast, you will proceed to Lake Tambing (20km) and its surrounds for a bird watching walk returning via Salibu (7km from Wuasu). You will have a packed lunch in the park as this is a full days birding. After the evening dinner, there will be a night bird walk looking for owls.
Day 04 Shendy Lodge
A very early start 04:30 to the area around Lake Tambing to search for Cinnabar Boobook; then on to the direction of Anaso to search for the Satanic Nigh Jar. This is along birding day where packed lunches will be provided.
Day 05 Swis Bel
Leave the Shendy Lodge for bird watching around Lake Tambing, lunch and then on to Paul to The Swiss Bel for your evening meal. Recent guests who undertook this tour saw over 80 species (many lifers) over the period in the park.
Day 06 Around Palu
The area around Palu will be explored beginning with a city tour followed by lunch at one of the famous fish restaurants in the town. Palu is the capital city of Central Sulawesi and the HQ of the Lore Lindu National Park. Part of this tour will be a meeting with key persons in the park admonistration to understand their problems.
Day 07 Return
Early breakfast and to Palu airport for the return to Bali.