Rawa Aopa Watumohai National Park located at South-East Sulawesi, just approximately 2-3 hours driving from Kendari, capital of South-East Sulawesi. Cover an area of 105,000 ha in South-East Sulawesi province. It was gazette in 1990, becoming Sulawesi’s fourth national park. The park is named after the swampy area Aopa and the mountain Mount Watumohai.
Large parts of Rawa Aopa Watumohai National Park consist of savanna with palm trees and Alang-Alang. The coast is relatively flat and covered with mangrove swamp forest. Inland the terrain first changes in savanna whereas more inland is hilly with tropical rainforest. This area is dominated by several hills including Mokaleleo Mountain, located in the north and Matoha upland plain (270m) in the east. Mount Watumohai (550 m) and Mount Mendoke (980 m), the highest points in the area, are located in the south. The swampland Rawa Aopa forms an important habitat for water birds. The birds can be watched from Harapan Island, a small island with a hut for bird-watchers in the middle of the swamp.
There is a remarkable variety of plants in this Park. It has been recorded that there are at least 89 families, 257 genera, and 323 species of plant such as lara (Metrosideros petiolata), sisio (Cratoxylum formosum), kalapi (Callicarpa celebica), tongke (Bruguiera gimnorrhiza), fan palm (Borassus flabellifer), and lotus (Victoria sp.).
Various species of bird also inhabit the Park: 155 species have been recorded, of which 32 are endangered and 37 are endemic. Those 155 bird species include the maleo fowl (Macrocephalon maleo), lesser adjutant stork (Leptoptilos javanicus), woolly-necked stork (Ciconia episcopus episcopus), collared kingfisher (Halcyon chloris chloris), sulphur-crested cockatoo (Cacatua galerita triton), vinous-breasted sparrowhawk (Accipiter rhodogaster rhodogaster), Sulawesi black pigeon (Turacoena manadensis), and Nicobar pigeon (Caloenas nicobarica).
The eastern tarsier (Tarsius spectrum spectrum) and black-crested macaque (Macaca nigra nigra) are among the primate species to be found here. Endangered and protected animals in the Park include lowland anoa (Bubalus depressicornis), mountain anoa (B. quarlesi), water-hagedis dragon (Hydrosaurus amboinensis), small cuscus (Strigocuscus celebensis celebensis), Timor deer (Cervus timorensis djonga), Sulawesi palm civets (Macrogalidia musschenbroekii musschenbroekii), and babirusa (Babyrousa babyrussa celebensis).
Day 1: Kendari – Rawa Aopa NP Tour (L,D)
Morning time, drive to Tinanggea Village of Rawa Aopa National Park Area. The drive will take approximately 2-3 hours. Arrive in Tinanggea, check in at Rawa Aopa Eco Lodge. Preparing for the Tour to Savanna, Hoki Hokio Hill and Modus Hill. This tour will take a few hours by motorcycle. Late afternoon, back to Lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day 2: Rawa Aopa NP Tour – Kendari (B,L,D)
Early morning, depart to nesting site of Maleo Bird in Mempaho Village with motorcycle. The drive will take 1 hour from Accommodation to Nesting Site. Explore the area to find Maleo Bird. Maleo Bird is endemic species of birds which only can be found in Sulawesi area. Back to accommodation for breakfast. After breakfast, depart to explore Mangrove of Rawa Aopa NP. One of the highlight offer by Rawa Aopa NP which we can see many birds around this area. Back to accommodation and depart to Kendari. Lunch enroute. If there is enough time, we can make small city tour at Kendari
Day 3: Kendari – Raha (B,L,D)
Morning after breakfast, transfer to harbour to take the speed boat to Raha. Arrive in Raha, take a lunch. After lunch, visit Napabale Lagoon and Gua Mabolu at Desa Liang Kabori. Late afternoon, check in at hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 4: Raha – Kendari (B,L,D)
Breakfast at hotel, ontime, depart to harbour to take the speed boat back to Kendari. Arrive in Kendari, transfer to visit Moramo Waterfall. Lunch enroute. Transfer back to Kendari for overnight and dinner.
Day 5: Kendari – Airport (B)
Breakfast at hotel, ontime, depart to airport for your next destination flight.
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