Lore Lindu National Park
Central Sulawesi : Lore Lindu National Park
Lore Lindu National Park is a forested protected area of 2,180 km², covering both lowland and montane forests. It provides habitat to numerous rare species, including 77 bird species endemic to Sulawesi. The national park is designated as part of the UNESCO World Network of Biosphere Reserves. In addition to its rich wildlife, the park also contains megaliths dating from before 1300 AD.
Flora and fauna
The main gateways to Lore Lindu is Tentena from the east and Palu from the north. From Tentena a public jeep leaves daily with a charge of 100.000 rp per person. Another option is to charter a private jeep which is approxemately 1-1,500,000 rp.
Trekking in the national park. The cloud forests and the highlands offer stunning scenery, albeit the undulating terrain can be tough (especially after rainfall), and for a lot of the treks are guide is required. It should be noted that despite the fact that Lore Lindu is almost bang on the equator, nights can be surprisingly cold (8' degrees celsius is not uncommon), so bringing a sleeping bag is highly recommendable. The beautiful valleys offer easier hiking among ricefields, with the beautiful view of the surrounding, highly forested mountains. Bada valley is a must-see for the megalights here.
Some of the villages (Doda, Bomba), offer cheap stay in the basic losmen. Expect 100,000-150,000rp per person per night for a bed and 2 meals.