Lore Lindu National Park

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Overview

 


The Lore Lindu National Park is a huge forested protected area in the districts of Donggala and Poso in Central Sulawesi, declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve since 1978.

The Park, located south of the town of Palu, covers an area of 2,180 square km with altitudes ranging from 200 to 2,300 meters above sea-level (asl) and harbours lush forests filled with spectacular wildlife. The vast range of altitudes gives way to the existence of multiple ecosystems, including lowland tropical forest, sub-montane forest, montane forest, and sub-alpine forests at altitudes over 2,000 meters above sea level.


This nature reserve provides habitat to almost every species of mammal and birds on the island, over 50% of which are endemic to Sulawesi, including the Babirusa: a bizarre pig-like creature with 4 huge tusks, the Mountain Anoa: a dwarf buffalo, and the Pygmy Tarsier: the world’s smallest primate, barely the size of a rat.

Aside from its rich wildlife and picturesque landscapes, the Lore Lindu National Park contains over 400 granite megaliths in the Bada Valley, varying in size from just a few centimeters to 4.5 meters tall, the largest found in Indonesia. Various archaeological studies have dated the monuments from between 3000 BC to 1300 AD.

The park’s boundaries are marked by the Palolo Valley in the north, the Napu Valley to the east, and the Bada Valley to the South. The western boundary is defined by a row of narrow valleys, collectively known as the Kulawi Valley. The Pololo, Napu, Lindu and Besoa valleys were once lakes, but are now only partially filled with sediment. Lake Lindu is the only large lake still remaining today. There are 117 villages in and around the park, belonging to the Kaili, Kulavi and Lore ethnic groups.

Lore Lindu was declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1978, and was formed through the unification of three existing reserves: The Lore Kalamanta Nature Reserve, the Lake Lindu Recreation and Protection Forest, and the Lore Lindu Wildlife Reserve.

Deforestation of the park is still a problem as a result of illegal logging and land encroachment for agricultural activities, and poses a large threat to Lore Lindu. Management is still working on improving law enforcement of the areaandraising awareness of the importance of forest preservation.


 

Activities

To Stay, To Do

Some of the villages near the park offer basic losmen stay accommodations at affordable prices for a bed and meals, but most hotels are located in Palu.Swiss Belhotel Silae Paluis a business hotel with the ambience of a resort, set in the beauty of natural surroundings. The hotel is situated 20 minutes from the airport and 10 minutes from the city center, and boasts 54 sleekly-designed rooms and 27 villas with private garage. The rooms come with standard amenities and overlook Palu Bay, a popular venue for windsurfing. Services include 24-hour in-room dining, laundry, WiFi access in rooms and public areas. Other facilities offered are a restaurant and café, lounge bar, business center, swimming pool, fitness center, spa and massage, and karaoke. Swiss Belhotel Silae PaluJl. Malonda No. 12, Silae 94227, Palu, IndonesiaPhone: 62 – 451 – 461 888Email: palu@swiss-belhotel.comWebsite: http://www.swiss-belhotel.comJazz Hotel Palu is spaciously set with a Balinese concept, providing guests with a modern and classic style with comfortable accommodations, world class facilities and Balinese hospitality. Jazz hotel is conveniently located just 5 minutes from the airport and a few minutes from the mall. Each of the 33 guest rooms are cleverly decorated with modern interiors with a hint of Balinese style, overlooking the public pool and frangipani greenery. Services include swimming pool, restaurant and bar, tour desk, meeting room, laundry service, spa and massage. Credit cards accepted.Jazz Hotel PaluJalan Zebra II No 11, Palu, Central Sulawesi, IndonesiaPhone: 62 – 451 – 481085Email: info@jazzhotelpalu.comWebsite: www.jazzhotelpalu.comOther Hotels in Palu:Palu Golden Hotel: Jl. RadenSaleh No. 1 PaluPhone: (0451) 421 126Email: info@hargahotel.comWebiste: palugolden.hargahotel.comRama Hotel: Jl. WolterMonginsidi No. 12 Palu Phone: (0451) 422 451Hotel Tour: Jl. S. Parman No. No. 39 Palu Phone: (0451) 421 175Find Hotel :Swiss Belhotel Silae PaluJl. Malonda No. 12, Silae 94227, Palu, IndonesiaPhone: 62 – 451 – 461 888Email: palu@swiss-belhotel.comWebsite: http://www.swiss-belhotel.comJazz Hotel PaluJalan Zebra II No 11, Palu, Central Sulawesi, IndonesiaPhone: 62 – 451 – 481085Email: info@jazzhotelpalu.comWebsite: www.jazzhotelpalu.comPalu Golden Hotel: Jl. RadenSaleh No. 1 PaluPhone: (0451) 421 126Email: info@hargahotel.comWebiste: palugolden.hargahotel.com

Getting There and Around

Get There

The nearest air transport hubs are Makassar in South Sulawesi and Manado in North Sulawesi, both of which have domestic flights to the towns of Palu, Poso and Luwuk in Central Sulawesi, from Jakarta and all the major cities around Indonesia, and a few International flights. There are international flights to Manado from Singapore and Davao in The Philippines, and from Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to Makassar.  

Both of the airports listed above have flights to Palu, a small city in Central Sulawesi. Mutiara Airport in Palu is a domestic only airport with flights available from Jakarta, Surabaya, Balikpapan, Manado and Makassar.

From 15 June 2012 Batavia Air flies Jakarta-Palu daily, leaving Jakarta at 02.45 am West Indonesia Time, arriving Palu at 06.25 Central Indonesia Time. The return flight leaves Palu at 07.0 am and arrives Jakarta 08.40 local time. (For bookings click www.batavia-air.com)

Starting 11 August 2012, Lion Air flies Jakarta - Poso v.v. three times weekly via Makassar, on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays (for information and booking click www.lionair.co.id)

From Palu, you can hire a car or jeep to take you to the park which is about 50 kilometers away. The drive will take approximately 2 ½ hours. It may also be a good idea to get a local guide that specializes in birding tours. Many of them have excellent knowledge of the various species of birds and wildlife, with years of experience and knowledge in how to spot key species in order to make the most of your trip to Lore Lindu.

Lore Lindu is a national park, and as such, you will need official permission to enter. If you are arranging your trip through a local agent or guide, they will sort this out for you. If you are on your own, you will have to visit :

The National Park Head office in Palu.

Jalan Mawar No. 10, Palu, Sulawesi Tengah. Tel/Fax: +62 0451 423608

Due to heavy rainfall of up to 4,000mm a year in the southern part of Lore Lindu, the best time to visit would be during the dry season which is between July and September. The heaviest rain period occurs during the monsoon season which lasts from November to April.