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A round trip through the south of Sulawesi, a less known part of Indonesia that you will love: tropical forest and animistic cultures, colonial history and white beaches. Plus a lot about the daily life of the Bugis and Makassarese people, that you will discover thanks to the creative ideas and great community ties of your hosts. This tour will really give you the opportunity to meet the locals, eat with them and have a truly sustainable holiday at the same time.
The tour is suitable for travelers with manual wheelchairs and for slow walkers, and the transport is with an air-conditioned minibus with ramp.
12 Days (+2 days for arrival and departure)
Indonesia is currently closed for foreign tourists until the end of 2020. You can ask for a quote to take the trip in 2021, and we can set up a cancellation insurance for you if due to Covid-19 it will not possible to travel next year.
This trip involves sometimes long car drives that are not always on smooth roads. Hotels with standard accessibility features are only in Makassar, while in the other locations adapted equipment can be fitted, a full description of the accommodation is available upon request.
In many situations (for example in heritage sites) there is the need to lift the wheelchair, so please make sure you are ok with this, the local team tries to avoid this as much as possible. However some destinations, esp in Toraja, have stairs so this is necessary. Accessible toilets are extrepely rare, except for the hotel in Makassar. Sulawesi is not touristic like Bali, be prepared to meet real life. Our assistant is with you to help and organise everything possible. We discuss with you beforehand how to meet your needs.
For manual wheelchair users: the transport is on a minivan with portable ramp, with assistants to help at stairs etc. Hotels outside Makassar are selected to best fit wheelchair users (details available).
For travelers who have a visual impairment assistance (if needed) can be organised and the tours adjusted to experience the area with a sensorial approach.
For travelers who have a hearing impaiment: a SL interpreter can be organised , but not for all languages (drop us an email and we will check if your SL is available).
Enjoy a first walk at Pantai Losari, the waterside promenade in the city center of Makassar.
Makassar City Tour: We visit the traditional port and the Dutch fortress Rotterdam. Lunch by the sea. In the afternoon we head to Benteng Somba Opu, a 17th-century citadel in an extensive park with traditional Sulawesi houses.
Start to Toraja. A first stop in the limestone caves of Leang-Leang, whose rock paintings are among the oldest in the world. Lunch in the port town of Pare-Pare. Then it goes inland. With a few stops to enjoy the view we reach Rantepao in the Toraja mountains in the evening.
The first stop is the picturesque village of Palawa. The road then leads us up into the slopes of Mount Sesean to Batutumonga, the land above the clouds. The view becomes more spectacular after every curve until we reach Lokomata, a place at the end of the world. On the way back we visit Kete Kesu, one of the oldest villages in Toraja.
Today we explore the south of Toraja: A short drive takes us right into the mysticism of Toraja, to the tau-tau of Suaya, and the baby grave tree in Kambira. Afterwards a walk along a panoramic road, at the finish there are refreshments in traditional surroundings. On the way back we visit the stone tombs Lemo and / or Londa.
Toraja is known for his funeral rituals. Guests are welcome at the ceremonies lasting several days. If there is no ceremony during your travel time, we will take a trip to the fabulous surroundings of Toraja.
The journey continues through wide rice fields down to Sengkang, the “silk town” with its traditional silk weaving mill. Sunset at Tempe lake.
Boat trip to the floating villages on Lake Tempe. Alternatively, we take a walk on the shores of this largest lake in South Sulawesi. We continue through the land of the Bugis and reach Bira in the evening.
Swimming and snorkeling in Bara and Bira: white beaches, coconut palms, warm sea. A snorkeling tour by boat to the offshore islands is also possible.
We visit the boat builders in Tanah Beru, whose traditional boat building art is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Lunch in a village on the beach.
Beach and bathing in the morning! We then say goodbye to Bira and return to Makassar. With a bit of luck we can see the horse races of villagers in Jeneponto!
See you next time!
In April 2020 we did a live cast with Kerstin, Maureen and Horst who told us about the must see things in Sulawesi.
They were confined due to Covid-19, but were able to go in the garden of a local museum in Makassar, near their house, to tell us about the most special places to see.
Watch the video to get an idea about what you could see and do in this alternative and cultural tour and get some tips and insider information on acessibility in that area.