Rawa Aopa Watumohai National Park, Sulawesi

In one of the world’s largest wetland ecosystems, Rawa Aopa Watumohai National Park in Southeast Sulawesi is full of flora, fauna, and stunning natural beauty.

Rawa Aopa Watumohai 3Rawa 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.

Rawa Aopa WatumohaiFlora & Fauna

The diversity of plant species in the region is tremendous: there are at least 89 families, 257 genera and 323 species of plants, including ironwood (lara, Metrosideros petiolata), mempat (sisio, Cratoxylum formosum), kalapi (Callicarpa celebica), tongke (Bruguiera gimnorrhiza), Palmyra palm (lontar, Borassus flabellifer), and lotus (teratai, Victoria spp.). 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 plants. Various species of bird also inhabit the Park: 155 species have been recorded, of which 32 are endangered and 37 are endemic.

Rawa Aopa Watumohai 2Other attractions:

  • Pulau Harapan II: located in the centre of Rawa Aopa, a good place for viewing the natural panorama of the swamp and watching water fowl spy on fish, and boating.
  • Lanuwulu Beach: travelling downriver by boat to the beach, mangrove forest, swimming and marine tours.
  • Mt. Watumohai: climbing and camping. On the slopes of the mountain, there is a savanna plain where hundreds of deer can be seen grazing, along with other animals and birds.
  • A cultural attraction outside the Park is the Tolaki Festival, held in Kendari in December.
  • Best time of year to visit: June to October.

How to get there:

Kendari-Lambuya-Aopa-Lanowulu by car, 4 hours (” 145 km); or Kendari-Punggaluku-Tinanggea-Lanowulu by car, 2.5 hours (” 120 km); or Kendari-Motaha-Tinanggea-Lanowulu by car, 3 hours (” 130 km).

For more information and reservation write booking@topindonesiaholidays.com

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.