Lore Lindu National Park
Lore Lindu National Park
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
About
Lore Lindu is a wilderness area protected by the Republic of Indonesia Law and has been included in the proposal to Unesco. Within this area there are various types of wild animals and species endemic to Central Sulawesi, ancient remains in the form of megalithic statues which are estimated to be around 5000-3500 years old made by the Austronesians. Around this area there are also villages of indigenous people who live depending on the nature that is in it. This area is open to tourists for trekking and research activities. For those of you who want to visit here, we are always ready and prepare special guides who have archaeological and wildlife knowledge.
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Brian C
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2016 • Couples
A last minute addition to our trip, it turned out to be the highlight. Deddy (+6285145045403) was our incredible guide. His knowledge of the whole region really left an impression on us. The forest was lovely and the birding great. Even though we covered nearly 40 kilometers over 2 days, I still had time to see 20 species of birds with 12 being endemic to Sulawesi. A top national park without the crowds.
Written January 2, 2016
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Apa yang dikatakan Pak Brian memang benar, saya adalah Tour dan Trekking Guide yang telah merancang dan melakukan perjalanan Pak Brian dan Ophelia Wang temannya. Pasangan ini adalah pasangan yang sangat menarik dan baik hati yang pernah saya temukan dari jutaan klien selama bekerja dalam dunia pariwisata sejak 18 tahun silam. Berjalan sambil mengamati burung dan berbagai macam tumbuhan yang ada di Taman Nasional Lore Lindu merupakan sebuah tradisi saya yang ternyata juga sangat dinikmati oleh Brian dan rekannya. Saya sangat berharap masih akan banyak lagi wisatawan yang mungkin datang berkunjung dan memberikan apresiasinya terhadap Taman Nasional Lore Lindu. Saya yakin komentar-komentar anggota Tripadvisor sangat bermanfaat sebagai tindak lanjut menjaga dan melestarikan Taman Nasional Lore Lindu sebagai salah satu paru-paru dunia dan sumber oksigen bagi masyarakat dunia.
Written March 21, 2016
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Philip076
Haarlem, Netherlands69 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2012 • Couples
We hired a car and guide from Donggala to visit Lore Lindu. We stayed in Kamarora (homestay) at about 1000m above sea level (eastern side of the National Park).
The guide took us through a river gorge that starts in Kamarora up into the park. Steep high walls of more than 50m high with a lot of orchids and interesting geology. It feels like you're the first visitor! A real Indiana Jones experience. Not for beginners, but not too difficult. We saw a lot of big butterflies and our guide explains us about the vegetation. Hornbills also live there, but we didn't see one. It's very difficult to decide to go back, because it's so tempting to look behind the next corner!
At the homestay they offer us (very good) palm wine. The food is quite basic, but our non English speaking hosts are very friendly.

Next day we take the (bad and quiet) road from Kamarora through the mountains (spectacular views, alpine vegetation, we saw monkeys and snakes from the car) to Wuasa (beautiful open plateau on 1000m altitude with prairie, monoliths, pine forests), Watutau (more monoliths) and finally to Tentena. A long drive but worth it. We saw no other tourists.

We saw only a slice of Lore Lindu, but we can recommend it!

Our guide was enthousiastic, his English is good. His name is Junaido Kariso (junaidokariso@yahoo.com, +62 853 9910 5113).
Written October 21, 2012
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Laurie A
Boston, MA84 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2012 • Friends
Lore Lindu is a long way from Palu up in the mountains over some of the worst roads imaginable. That said, the bird watching can't be beat. You will need a guide and a driver if you go. We stayed at the Sendy Lodge in Wuasa for 4 days The rooms have good screens, clean, comfortable beds and western toilets. The food was really good, especially the donuts at breakfast! Imagine a hot, cake donut drizzled with sweetened condensed milk and then sprinkled with a very mild cheese. The staff don't speak much English but they are so nice and helpful. We also spent time visiting small towns in the area and looking at megaliths, springs and lakes. If you go, try and contact Idris, a bird guide in the area. He does speak English and he knows his birds.
Written October 11, 2012
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Shummie
Kyiv, Ukraine60 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
Alright, now that my wife and I have travelled to this place let me share some (hopefully) practical comments on our trip. Not much info that we could find before going to Lore Lindu!

The main goal of our visit was to see the unique birds and animals (specifically - tarsiers) that Lore Lindu has to offer. Given this goal, we went with a professional guide - Nurlin from Malia Tours. This proved to be a very good decision, as Nurlin was critical to ensuring that we see as much as possible and have a reasonably comfortable stay. His services were quite expensive, however, especially if you compare them to the average prices on Sulawesi.

In terms of accomodation - we stayed one night at a local house in Kadidia village and two nights at Nasional homestay in Wuasa village. Facilities at the local house were extremely basic and I am not sure many people would consider them comfortable. Homestay at Wuasa was fairly good, given the remote location; you even get hot water for shower delivered to you in vacuum flasks :)

Lore Lindu is certainly a remote location; just getting to Palu was a challenge, with cancellation of Garuda flights. This remoteness, coupled with montane rainforest conditions, have allowed for unique fauna to develop. A whole series of birds and animals can be seen only in Lore L and the surrounding mountaneous regions.

Despite this remoteness there are 137 villages located in a circle on the park's borders (just to let that sink in - one hundred and thirty seven...). So even while in Lore L you still see people fairly often.

Our overall impression is that foreign visitors might appreciate the unique biodiversity of Lore L to a slightly greater extent than the local people living near the park... Frequent motorcycle rides even on footpaths with the park borders, very loud music being heard in the villages and even from park HQ near Lake Tambing, garbage that you may see on the roadside - all of that is unlikely to contribute to the wellbeing of the local wildlife.

Tourist infrastructure within the park is not very developed; it would be difficult to navigate/travel without any local support. Anaso track (beloved by birders) might be the only 'official' trekking trail in the park - and even that trail is not well maintained.

Weather-wise - quite comfortable 25 or so desgrees during the day, 15-20 degrees at night. Fairly humid, esp inside the rainforest. It rained heavily on one day after lunchtime and also intermittently on one or two evenings - not pleasant as it deprived us of some valuable birding time, but far from critical nonetheless.

Now, in terms of birds - we were moderately successful, having managed to see such precious endemics as Great Shortwing, Malia (multiple times), Cinnabar Boobook, Speckled Boobook, Satanic Nightjar, both endemic Cuckooshrikes, Spot-tailed Sparrowhawk and a whole series of other birds. Looking for the Great Shortwing (and eventually seeing one individual for a very brief period of time) was one of the highlights of the trip. Disappointments - we missed Maleo, Purple-bearded Bee-eater, both Masked Owls and could not see any of the coveted high montane endemics Geomalia and Halycitrea (to be fair, our chances for these two were quite slim anyway).

We also saw Dian's Tarsier, a rarer type of this fluffy creature that you can also see at Tangkoko. Admittedly, you get better views of tarsier at Tangkoko than at Lore L.

Lore L is also famous for its megalyths and we had a very nice experience of seeing four of them - a man, a woman, a lying individual and a huge bowl presumably used for religious purposes.

Overall - a great and in many ways a unique experience, but you need to know what to look for and what to expect.
Written June 20, 2019
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Thanks to your visiting Sulawesi, hoply you may comeback again.
Written January 10, 2023
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RTiber
Leiden, The Netherlands38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2013 • Family
We did a 2-day trip, organized by the people from Victoria Hotel@Tentena. The first day we went through the Bada Valley (by car), the second day (after sleeping in the jungle) we hiked through the jungle and spotted a large group of macaque and 2 hornbills. Beautiful trip, that can be done with children (8+).
Written September 2, 2013
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bcpoll
Denver, CO9 contributions
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May 2015
I really don't know where Lore Lindu actually begins or ends, but I do know we saw a D-cups worth of megaliths. We stayed in the village of Doda in the Besoa Valley. You can get here on your own from Palu if you go to the Petobo bus terminal and ask for the bemo. You may have to wait some hours as there only seemed to be one a day. Alternatively, there is always someone who will take your money for a ride in his Toyota Kijang. The bemo ride is treacherous and long, and if you make it there at all, you will undoubtedly walk away very impressed with your drivers skills.

There are a half dozen or more megalith sites all over the valley. Just find a motorbike or a sepeda to rent and you can easily find them all in a day. There are signposts at the access points to all the sites - just ride, man.

There only seemed to be one open guest house in Doda, Berkat Penginapan, and it was one of my favorite stays in 5 months of traveling around Indonesia. The family that runs it is super sweet (they especially showed pity on us when we returned in the pouring rain after a failed attempt at the alleged easy trek to Bomba in the Bada Valley). They have four very nice new guest rooms and will include three delicious meals for a very reasonable fee. They can also help organize a bike rental. Mama Effy is a saint, and her and her family are most generous.

The pace is slow here, people are friendly, the air is cool - if I had my own wheels, I could stay here for weeks.
Written June 12, 2015
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travelbird24836
Nuremberg, Germany2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Couples
We spend two days in Lore Lindu Nationalpark, especially in Bada Valley.
The way from Tentena over bumpy and serpentine roads (parts of the way is dirt road) to Doda in Bada Valley led us through a jungle. In this jungle, black macaques and hornbills can be spotted. We stopped several times by the road and saw a lot of the birds very close by the street and also some monkeys further away.
In the valley, we went for the megaliths by car. On the next day, we went on a two to three hour walk through the valley to find more megaliths. Our guide showed us many different birds and a lot of interesting plants and explained their uses to us. Halfway on the way back to Tentena we stopped by the road and went for a 3 hour hike in the jungle.
We can highly recommend our guide, Agus. His English is excellent and he knows a lot about the wildlife and the plants in the national park. Contact him by phone (081342512194) or mail (AguzMbayowo@gmail.com)
Written September 3, 2015
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Marcin S
Kladno, Czech Republic32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2014 • Solo
Great place naturally. I used the welcome Penginapan Sendy in Wuasa. Cheap and friendly place. You can even watch the birds in their garden :). Excellent points of interest Danau Tambling and Anaso Road. During several hours of tour I saw about 50 different species of birds, including the endemic. The downside is the high price of admission to the park for tourists in October 2014 was 150 000 IDR IDR for local 5000. I do not like such treatment of foreigners, but Lore Lindu nature is so great that it is worth to pay
Written February 13, 2015
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Zulfan_Yacoeb
Palu31 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2012 • Friends
adventure is quite interesting when we've been in a national park in the district lorelindu torch Kulawi district in Central Sulawesi province, here are snails that live only in two places in the world, namely in Indonesia (Central Sulawesi earthquake and lakes in Africa), a unique and very excellent for tropical forest research sites perfectly with the wilderness.
Written May 20, 2013
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Frank Peter d
Bussum NL62 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2015 • Solo
The forest and views are stunning, also the wildlife, if you see it. This means going deep in the forest, with a local guide.
In some valleys are archeological sights: statues of stone, and big stone jars, like the ones in east Laos'Plain of Jars. How old? Something between 500 and a 1000 years?
Local economy is agriculture, on a small scale. The people are welcoming and very isolated here. Sitting down with them for a kopi asli (home-grown) makes your own world strange and far.
Written June 3, 2015
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