Nantu Forest & Bogani Nani National Park

  • 6 Days
  • Wildlife
  • Easy-Moderate

This area was closed for public for long time and only scientists could go there. Some photographers/birdwatchers could afford to go there in the past, but the arrangement to get the permits was taking months. The good news is, since October 2016 this area has been opened for public.

One of the five most important sites for biodiversity in South East Asia

W. Duckworth

Nantu Forest is one of the last strongholds for Sulawesi’s richness. Home to hundreds of species that are only found on Sulawesi, nowhere else on earth. Nantu Forest is located in the heart of the Wallacea region in Gorontalo Province, northern Sulawesi, Indonesia. The 500 square kilometers of virgin Nantu forests, become sanctuary for babiroussa, anoa and macaca heck.

Established in 1991 Bogani Nani Wartabone is a 2,871 km2 National Park on Sulawesi. The park has been identified by Wildlife Conservation Society as the single most important site for the conservation of Sulawesi wildlife and is home to a large number of species endemic to Sulawesi. The spectral tarsier is one of the endangered species inhabiting the park. In the park there have been recorded 24 mammal, 11 reptile and 125 bird species. These include the endangered anoa and cinnabar hawk owl, which was only described scientifically in 1999 from a specimen collected from the park. Among the larger animals of the park are babiroussa and the Sulawesi warty pig. This place also use for Maleo breeding. The maleo megapode is endemic to the island and is the park’s mascot Maleo birds have been bred successfully in this park, and as per February 2012, about 3,300 birds have been released to their habitat. Hungoyono camp in Bone Bolango is the largest maleo habitat which the conservationists have 4 breeding sites. Normally the birds need geothermal hot sand for their breeding as in Hungoyono camp.

After early breakfast then we drive about  4 – 5 hours passing the paved and bumpy roads, some plantation area especially corn. There is 2 alternative way to reach Saritani Village the starting point to  Nantu Forest. You can drive about 4 – 5 hours to Wonosari Village then continue the trip by 45 minutes with motorcycle or just using 4 wheel drive straight to Saritani . Upon arrival in Saritani village check in at the simple guest house with BASIC Facility.  Start trekking around the village for bird watching or straight to the Nantu Forest. 

We will passing by motor cycle or car (depend on what vehicle you use to reach here) about 5 minutes away and ended at Palm Oil Plantation, then keep walking passing palm oil plantation, corn plantation before reaching the edge of Nantu  river. We will cross the river by walk or use the canoe. It takes about more or less 30 minutes away from the starting  point until reaching the post guard. Then we will walk along the jungle searching for babiroussa (Pig Dear), Macaca nigra, Hornbill, Anoa and other endemic wildlife of this forest. The trekking here is  wet, muddy, and slippery BUT you will  be amazed with beautiful primary tropical rain forest of Sulawesi. We highly suggest to use rubber booth instead of trekking booth. Back to the village for dinner and overnight.

Very early morning after breakfast, we start to explore different spot. We will transfer either by car or motor cycle for 5 minutes then walk about 30 minutes including crossing the river to the post guard for register. The trekking here is  mostly flat, wet, muddy, and slippery BUT you will  be amazed with beautiful primary tropical rain forest of Sulawesi with many huge tree including . We highly suggest to use rubber booth instead of trekking booth.Then we  will trekking along the riverside searching for Hornbill, Macaca Nigra, Deer, Snake, Anoa and other exotic endemic wild life of this forest. Then we will walk to “Salt Lick” spotting for endemic Babiroussa (Deer Pig), Anoa (dwarf buffalo), Macaca Nigra and many others.  In the late afternoon back to the village for dinner and overnight.

Early in the morning another chance for spotting the wildlife such as more Macaca Nigra normally stay along the river side or birding in the village.  FYI, the trekking here is  wet, muddy, and slippery. We highly suggest to use rubber booth instead of trekking booth. Breakfast and lunch at the village,  packing before heading back to Gorontalo that takes about more or less 5 hours drive or 90 km away. Upon arrival in Gorontalo check in at Magna Hotel 4**** or similar hotel available for overnight. Dinner at your personal account.

After breakfast then we check out drive about 1 hour to Hungayono Sanctuary Breeding Place for endemic Maleo Bird inside Nani Wartabone National Park. Then we continue the drive about 15 – 20  minutes by motor cycle as the road is too narrow to be pass by car.  Upon arrival in the gate of starting point Nani Warta Bone National Park, accompany by the ranger and our guide team  trekking about 1 hour to the ranger post. On the way during trekking we may see Tarsius inside the bamboo tree or other wildlife such as Macaca Nigra and many birds including the endemic Dwarf King Fisher. The trek here  is hilly and surrounding with beautiful tropical rain forest. We will stay at the camp site inside the park. Lunch and dinner provide by our guide team. We will use the day for animal observation. Stay overnight at the camping site. Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Early morning wake up and we will trek to the Maleo Site where they lay their egg along the river side. Then if you are so lucky you have a chance for releasing the maleo baby if they already hatching.  Then continue observing wildlife to see more chance for Macaca Nigra, Sulawesi Hornbill, another endemic birds of Sulawesi such as Dwarf Hornbill and many others. Lunch provided by our guide team. In the afternoon after lunch packing and trekking back  to the starting point about 1 – 2 hours before continue by motor cycle about 15 minutes away and car for 1 hour drive. Upon arrival in Gorontalo check in at Magna Hotel 4* or similar hotel available for overnight. Dinner at your personal account (B, L)

It is NOT a pig nor a rousa (deer) and found only in Sulawesi. The National Geographic even put this animal as “One of the strange animals you don’t believe exist on earth.” They are also difficult to see as this is a very rare and endangered species, but only in this place you can easily find them.
Two endemic and endangered species which lives only in Sulawesi
The endemic birds of Sulawesi that can be easily seen here:
The Sulawesi Scoop Own
The Sulawesi Dwarf Kingfisher


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