5 days in Sulawesi

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.

VILLAGE

…and after the rain comes sun

 

LUNCH

 

..and after a flight comes food 🙂

Check in at the Tangkok Holiday Home

LODGE

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

TANGKOKO SIGNAGE

Just a short walk from the village, jungle is not too thick.

NIGHT SPIDER

tarantula?

UNKNOWN MARSUPIAL

guide thought it was an owl but upon closer scrutiny, some sort of a marsupial..

 

GUIDEour guide was like super dedicated, even when I was done, he refused to let me off

FLORAthe jungle was really easy to walk through

TREE TRUNK

the size of those!!

TRUNK ROOM

this is my home now..

BIRD

 

some sort of a bird..sorry not a bird expert but we got about 5 varieties including the beautiful hornbills

TARSIER

and the amazing tarsiers, we were lucky to catch them in the day..it rained the night before so these were out sunning

BLACK APE

black apes…there was a whole gang

FISH

apparently these little fishes are preserve or made into sambals..delicious

Not a moment wasted, short but sweet.

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