Beautiful Bantimurung National Park and prehistoric cave tour: Discover the extraordinary beauty and unspoilt delights of Bantimurung National Park. Its lush waterfalls, pools and wooded glades provide a home to scores of tropical butterfly species, while ancient and intriguing caves feature well-preserved examples of pre-historic rock art.
Located about an hour’s drive north of Makassar, the Bantimurung National Park boasts a stunning landscape of limestone rock formations – it is in fact the second largest karst area in the world – as well as richly varied and exuberant flora. It contains over 280 caves, of which more than 30 are thought to have been occupied in pre-historic times.
Your tour begins in a steep limestone valley that is replete with exotic tropical vegetation and where the highlight comes in the form of a 15 metre-high waterfall cascading down into an enchanting pool. The valley is particularly renowned for its colourful butterflies, many of which were first catalogued by nineteenth-century naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace.
After a scenic picnic lunch we travel on to Leang-Leang, also known as the Pattea Cave, where you will have the chance to see authentic ancient hand prints and pre-historic cave paintings, believed to be more than 5,000 years old.
This outstanding tour provides the ideal introduction to a magical location, enabling you to explore its pristine natural beauty and the flora and fauna for which the area is renowned. The opportunity to witness centuries-old cave art at first hand rounds off an unforgettable experience.
Meeting/pick-up point: Hotels in Makassar.
Duration: 6 hours.
Start/opening time: 8am.
End/closing time: 2-3pm.