Sengkang, the capital of a former Bugis kingdom, this historic and bustling market town overlooking Lake Tempe retains its traditional character, as well as many old cultural traditions, silk weaving, colourful bugis weddings-celebrated, according to Ancient customs, dance, and a traditional orchestra.
Lake Tempe is a shallow lake fringed by wetlands with traditional floating houses and a large population of wonderful birdlife. Lake Tempe is the place to be for ornithologists. You can go by long tail boat on the huge lake and you will visit a traditional floating house and you can drink tea or coffee and eating fried banana (Pisang Goreng) with the locals. We respect the flora & fauna, so we will not come to close to the birds, so we don’t disturb them and so we safe this wonderful place near Sengkang. Sengkang was a former Bugis kingdom capital. The city has still old traditions character like; silk weavings and markets.
A village that is really unique, around 30 houses inhabited by traditional fishermen in the middle of the vast Tempe lake. There the fishermenlive their daily-life by fishing, drying some riverfishes and other activities
This place can be reached by a traditional boat for about one hours from the harbour of Tempe. Along the trip you might be seeing some various types of birds of the lake, flying in a row or settling on the grass or flowers that live floating houses in the middle of the lake.
The lakeside resort of Sengkang between Bone and Pare-pare has only recently been discovered by foreign tourist. Scenic Danau Tempe, a large shallow lake fringed by wetlands, is the main attraction and is best admired on a boat trip. Geologist believe the lake was once a gulf between southern Toraja and the rest of South Sulawesi. As they merged, the gulf disappeared and it is thought the lake will eventually disappear too.
There are floating houses, magnificent bird life, and a range of commercial activities on the lake. Lake tours usually take in Batu-Batu on the other side, but the most interesting part is along the river around Sengkang.
A Glance of Tempe Lake, Sengkang
SENGKANG TOUR SAMPLE
TORAJA & BUGIS CULTURAL TOUR
5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS
TOUR CODE : IGA – 104
DAY 01 : MAKASSAR AIRPORT – TORAJA (L.D)
Upon arrival at Hasanuddin Airport, Meeting Service. Transfer directly to Toraja Land with 08 hours drive takes across the Bugis Village with their houses on poles along the magnificent mountaionous ranges. Lunch will be served at Bukit Indah Restaurant in Pare-Pare, a small port situated 155 kms north of Makassar. Refreshment at the Hill-Top of Puncak Lakawan and enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Erotic mountain. Late Afternoon Arrive in Toraja Land , check-in to Hotel for overnight and dinner.
DAY 02 : TORAJA TOUR (B.L.D)
Breakfast at hotel. Full day visiting : the stone grave with tau-tau installed on a high cliff balcony overlooking the green valley of the Toraja at LEMO, The royal family tombs at SUAYA. and then we continue on to royal family tombs at SUAYA. We shall then make a easy walk to see a giant-tree made as burial site for a new born-baby who died before teething at KAMBIRA. After Lunch, we drive to The traditional carving village at KETE KESU, Natural burial cave at LONDA. The typical village at NANGGALA with 16 rice-barns standing in a raw as a sign of their wealthy status in Toraja community. Then continue on to visit the ancient house-grave at MARANTE village. Late afternoon back to hotel for overnight and dinner.
DAY 03 : TORAJA TOUR (B.L.D)
Breakfast at hotel. Full day visiting ; the Traditional Toraja village with full buffalo horns in front of their houses at PALAWA, Traditional weaving village at SA’DAN, and the ancient Megalithic stone at BORI. Lunch will be served at local restaurant on the slope of Mount Sesean where you can also enjoy the terraced rice-fields with a fascinating mountainous view at BATUTUMONGA, After lunch, take a small trek from LOKOMATA to PANA and will be picked at the other side of the village at TIKALA then we transfer you back to hotel for overnight and dinner.
Note : A traditional funeral ceremony which can be reached by foot will be included within this tour. A typical torajan local fruits & live stuff market can also be visited during your two days tour in Toraja.
DAY 04 : TORAJA – SENGKANG (B.L.D)
Breakfast at hotel. Leaving Toraja Land for Sengkang via Palopo. Lunch enroute at local restaurant. Arrive in Sengkang. Visting Lake TEMPE of Sengkang to see the way of life of those who live at the lakeside with some of them having their floating houses on it.Visiting the traditional silk weaving villagers who make Silk Sarong “The Buginese Skirt”. Check-in to hotel for overnight and dinner.
DAY 05: SENGKANG – MAKASSAR (B.L.D)
After breakfast at hotel. Drive to Makassar. Lunch enoute at Local restaurant. And proceed to UjungPandang Airport for your next destination.
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