Before September 2017 all I knew about Sulawesi was a book I read from way back when, Six Moons in Sulawesi, a vaguely romantic sojourn to the far east in days of yore. The other interesting fact is the Wallace line falls in Sulawesi which I read in Krakatoa by Simon Winchester (another interesting book).
I knew nothing about Sulawesi, much less about Tangkoko..the nature wildlife reserve which was to be our first top. My only reason for this was to get a glimpse of the tarsiers.
The way to Tangkoko was no less eventful, we were picked up by our driver and his wife. We arrived on a wet day and in a frazzled state we were wondering why was that our driver had an Italian accent! The wife is a native, with a baby and the husband (whom we learnt later was not theirs, one of the social work projects) we were to discover shortly, was an ex-priest from Italy!
A pair of extremely hospitable folks, we asked to stop for lunch as the ride from Manado Airport to Tangkoko Nature Reserve was a good 2 hours.
…and after the rain comes sun
..and after a flight comes food 🙂
Check in at the Tangkok Holiday Home
private, full board & lodging
For a trek of 4 hours in the night and 3 hours the morning after, there were sightings of an amazing number of wildlife
Just a short walk from the village, jungle is not too thick.
guide thought it was an owl but upon closer scrutiny, some sort of a marsupial..
our guide was like super dedicated, even when I was done, he refused to let me off
the jungle was really easy to walk through
the size of those!!
this is my home now..
some sort of a bird..sorry not a bird expert but we got about 5 varieties including the beautiful hornbills
and the amazing tarsiers, we were lucky to catch them in the day..it rained the night before so these were out sunning
black apes…there was a whole gang
apparently these little fishes are preserve or made into sambals..delicious
Not a moment wasted, short but sweet.