Tourism of Indonesia
Ready to Go to Manupeu Tanah Daru National Park
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This nice park covers some of the last remaining lowland monsoon forest in Sumba. Most of the forest areas of this Park are on steep slopes which rise from sea level up to a height of 600 metres.
Manupeu Tanah Daru National Park has a high species diversity, with some 118 species of plant including suren (Toona sureni), taduk Sterculia foetida), kesambi (Schleichera oleosa), pulai (Alstonia scholaris), tamarind (Tamarindus indica), kemiri (Aleurites moluccana), jambu hutan (Syzygium sp.), cemara gunung (Casuarina sp.), and lantana (Lantana camara).
Moreover, there are 87 species of bird, including seven endemic species like the yellow-crested cockatoo (Cacatua sulphurea citrinocristata), Sumba hornbill (Rhyticeros everetti),
Alo Sumba green pigeon (Treron teysmannii), Sumba flycatcher (Ficedula harterti), Sumba cicada bird (Coracina dohertyi), and apricot-breasted sunbird (Nectarinia buettikoferi).
The Sumba hornbill and the yellow-crested cockatoo are the rarest and are threatened almost to the point of extinction.
In addition, there are about 57 species of butterfly, including seven endemic species like Papilio neumoegenii, Ideopsis oberthurii, Delias fasciata, Junonia adulatrix, Athyma karita, Sumalia chilo, and Elimnias amoena.
Manupeu-Tanah Daru has only recently been declared as a National Park, and as such has limited facilities for visitors. The only available facility is still in the form of a homestay which is managed by the local community.
Most visitors to the Park come for recreation after touring the cultural attractions on the island of Sumba.
In Manupeu Tanah Daru National Park, there is natural beauty and unique culture of the local community. There are many uniqueness, starting from the village (desa), sub-district (kecamatan), district (kabupaten) and provincial levels.
In Indonesia, each province has different and interesting characteristics. Each province has a different and unique culture and lifestyle.
The government is taking good care of the preservation of nature and maintaining the condition of the forest.
The environment is also well maintained.
Interesting locations and attractions:
Visiting Manupeu Tanah Daru National Park, we will witness routine community activities in unique traditional cultures. And there are special dishes and food as part of culinary tours that are delicious and yummy.
In this place there are also regular events or activities held every year, both national and international.
Matayangu waterfall: 40 metres high, this waterfall is located in Waimanu Village and attracts a lot for visitors.
And also, cultural attractions in Sumba include the following:
In Waikabubak: located close to the Park, this area has many ancient carved graves. The graves are a symbol of the social status and health of the local community (Kadung Tana, Watu Karagata, and Bulu Peka Mila).
In Lemboya, Kodi-Gaura and Wanukaka: the religious attraction of Pasola is both fascinating and nail-biting to watch: several people riding colourfully decorated horses, trying to unseat each other at high speed. The attraction is held in Lamboya and Kodi in February, and in March in Gaura and Wanukaka.
The journey to Manupeu Tanah Daru National Park is now very easy. We can enter through various modes of transportation.
Access to go to Manupeu Tanah Daru National Park:
Location : West Sumba Regency, and East Sumba Regency (In East Nusa Tenggara Province)
From Kupang to Waingapu, about one hour by plane, and then Waingapu-Lewa-Waikabubak by car, about two hours; then proceed to the Park (Langgaliru, Katiku Loku and Watumbelar Villages)
The condition of the infrastructure is getting better. Starting from highways, airports, trails, ports, bridges, stairs, even some places can be reached by toll roads
We can visit by plane, car, ship, bus, motorcycle and bicycle. At some point, we can take the train. We can also walk freely.
In Manupeu Tanah Daru National Park, as technology getting better. We can easily find locations for mini markets, shops (warung kedai), ATMs, Bank BRI BCA BNI Mandiri, BTPN Bank Nagari BJB, supermarkets, and restaurants. So we will not starve or lack the necessary items.
If you are sick and need help, you can also visit clinics, drugstore pharmacies (apotek), practice doctors, hospitals, health centers (puskesmas).
In this place we can also look for places of worship such as mosques, churches, and others.
Suggestion before visiting Manupeu Tanah Daru National Park:
- Best time of year to visit: March to June, and October to December
- Temperature: 25° – 32°C
- Rainfall: 2,000 mm/year (on average)
- Altitude: 0 – 600 m asl.
- Geographical location: 119°29′ – 119°53′ E; 9°35′ – 9°53′ S
Finding place to stay in Manupeu Tanah Daru National Park is very easy. We can stay at homestays, hotels, inns, hostels and other places.
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Experience and Reviews
There are already many visitors have visited Manupeu Tanah Daru National Park, there are many interesting stories that are told. Like feeling satisfied, happy, wanting to come again, sleep well, and almost no one is disappointed or complains to come here.
So, visitors will find out on how to find the best hotels, where is exactly located, why it is amazing, how much is the fare and rate, who are the people, whom to ask, and when is the best time to visit.
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