Voyage Indonésie
Sulawesi : The expe !

Expedition in Indonesia : in the heart of the lost massif of Matarombeo and Matarape Bay, with the explorer Evrard Wendenbaum

L'aventure (Sulawesi)

There is probably no more original or even exclusive trip in Nomade's current catalogue, since not only does the destination rarely appears in our colleagues' offers, but most of all the massif where the majority of the trip takes place, is almost totally unexplored. Before us there has never been a "tourist" trip there (only the scientific missions organized by Evrard Wendenbaum, who supervize this trip, contributed to highlight it). We are going to a remote area of the large island of Sulawesi to explore the apparently unreachable Matarombeo massif and the islets in the Labengki archipelago. Following the meanders of the Lalindu river we will reach these almost unexplored lands which will be our playground during this unique journey. Each one will be equipped with our packrafts (an individual raft), flashlight and survival equipment, we progress, sometimes by foot, sometimes on the water, through caves and wild forests in a world where the endemic fauna and flora appear to have come straight out of the Jurassic. We will end this adventure in the best possible way: along the coasts of the Bay of Matarape and the island of Labengki, where we will move from an island to another by sea kayak. An extraordinary expedition, supervised by the finest guide and expert of the area! And a trip designated as the “adventure trip of the year 2018" by the travel magazine "Grands Reportages". Giving this award, the magazine wanted "to reward Nomade Aventure's inventiveness and originality (...) [and] in a spirit of extraordinary adventure, the possibility to be part of a real exploratory expedition." We couldn't have said better !

5 bonnes raisons de faire ce voyage

  1. Participate to a real expedition,(elected "Adventure trip of the year 2018" by "Grands Reportages"), in a total immersion in the nature, on a unique and wild itinerary.
  2. Be joined by Evrard Wendenbaum, the finest explorer to guide you through those amazing places
  3. Discover the massif of Matarombeo, still almost unexplored
  4. Find your way rafting on the Lalindu river
  5. Navigate in sea kayak around the islands of Labengki

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Image Sulawesi : The expe !

Le programme de la rando

  • Jour 1 Paris - Jakarta

    Flight Paris / Kendari with a stopover in Jakarta on Day 2. Meals and night on board.

    HĂ©bergement : Ă  bord

  • Jour 2 Jakarta - Kendari

    Arrival in Jakarta in the morning, transfer to the national airport and flight to Kendari. Arrival at the end of the day. Welcome at the airport by our guide and local representative and transfer to the hotel for dinner and a comfortable first night. Briefing and presentation of the organization for the trip.

    HĂ©bergement : Ă  l'hĂ´tel

  • Jour 3 Kendari - Lengkobale

    Departure along the east coast of the island northwards in a 4x4 around 9 am. We see the first foothills of the massif around noon. Lunch in the village of Lamonae. Then we leave the asphalt roads and take a track north to the Matarombeo massif. For the first time we see the Lalindu river that we will be descending over the next few days. We cross by ferry and keep going on the track on the other side, across the Lalomerui valley to reach the village of Lengkobale and the Lalindu river. We find a place to camp by the river and settle there for the night.

    HĂ©bergement : en bivouac

  • Jour 4 Lengkobale

    After breakfast, we store our belongings in waterproof bags, inflate our packrafts and float down the river. After only a few meanders, we enter a completely unexplored and pristine area in the heart of a magnificent primary forest. We take possession of our boats and start enjoying the white-water rafting. The river flows through the first narrows and a first series of rapids followed by others all morning (rolls likely). After lunch at a confluence, we still have a few more rapids to cross before having to make a little more effort by paddling through some still, flat waters. It’s a great opportunity to discover some of the region’s key species, including the famous hornbill and sailfin lizards - one of the rare species of reptiles that can run on water. We camp on a river bank under the forest cover to the sounds of bird cries and the calls of macaques

    HĂ©bergement : sous tente

  • Jour 5 Lalindu

    We continue down the river at the same pace as the day before, our senses alive, passing from rapids to rapids, sometimes discovering huge waterfalls coming down from the surrounding slopes, until we reach a characteristic bifurcation. The river separates into two branches with an almost equivalent stream and the noises in the cliffs indicate that yet more water is rushing straight underground. It isn’t possible to go much further on the water as the entire flow gradually disappears underground. We set up camp there on a beautiful gravel river bank.

    HĂ©bergement : sous tente

  • Jour 6 Lalindu

    Unable to continue following the river by packraft, we fold up the boats and enter the forest taking a dry watercourse and then progress in the heart of the forest using a machete. In passing we discover the huge entrance of a still unexplored cave but which almost certainly leads to a labyrinthine underground network. The path is difficult to find in such dense vegetation. The machete is essential and only a few animal tracks make our progress a little easier. Macaques and hornbills accompany us and we could possibly come across an anoa, the smallest and probably the most timid bovine in the world. We return to the coolness of the river after an exhausting half-day walking during which we have only travelled 3 kilometres as the crow flies. Once at the resurgence of the Lalindu river, we inflate our packrafts under a large rocky porch and paddle a few hundred metres before stopping our descent again for lunch and just before a series of rapids that are too dangerous to be crossed on the water. After the break, we carry our boats for a few minutes to get around these rapids and then go back onto the water to attack a splendid and more navigable section. A few kilometres further on, we spot beautiful white cliffs overlooking the river. We stop there, tie our boats and climb up a few metres to reach a beautiful terrace that is perfectly flat and sheltered under a rock canopy with gigantic stalactites. We camp there.

    HĂ©bergement : sous tente

  • Jour 7 Lalindu

    We resume our descent aboard our packrafts and, after an hour, we arrive at the Mataraki ferry where we meet up again with our belongings and support team. After an hour to get food and equipment, we resume our descent and barely five minutes later, come to another losing stream where the river rushes underground through an entrance that looks like a giant jaw. After carefully observing the watercourse on foot and assessing the level of risk, we screw our head lamps onto our helmets and again climb on our packrafts before disappearing underground. The atmosphere is extraordinary - it is as black as night, the cavity is so large that our headlamps struggle to light the way, bats flit around, and the noise is deafening. We come out a quarter of an hour later into the daylight at the confluence with another resurgence. We leave our packrafts and first climb up to a cave where we find some archaeological remains attesting that thousands of years ago it was already inhabited. Then we leave to explore a beautiful underground network, where we have to swim some sections, and find cave crickets whose antennae can reach more than 20 cm long, spiders about 20 cm in diameter, and Amblypygi (a species of predator arthropods related to spiders that are straight out of prehistory) of an equivalent size. After a few hundred metres, an extraordinary exit appears on the other side of the mountain giving an even greater impression of having attained a lost world. We have to retrace our steps back to our packrafts. We start the last part of the day with a beautiful, relatively relaxed but captivating route. The final rapids - but not the least –mean we have to carry our packrafts for a few minutes to bypass them. Once past, we discover a small island in the middle of the water which will be our camp for the night.

    HĂ©bergement : sous tente

  • Jour 8 Lalindu

    We leave our camp early enough for a long day of rafting through an incredible series of rapids. We go through most of them by boat, but others, more dangerous, will be bypassed by foot, carrying our boats. Sailfin lizards, monitor lizards, anoas, babirusas (a species of wild pig with two large tusks) and macaques keep watching and following us during the day. After the last rough rapids, we set up camp on a sandy bank

    HĂ©bergement : sous tente

  • Jour 9 Lalindu

    N the morning, we leave to explore a festooned cave opposite the camp. We resume our packrafts for a last half-day. There are no more rapids but the descent is fabulous. After some meanders, the surrounding relief softens but the river disappears underground again. The light at the other end is visible from the entrance, and we float under a cathedral of stalactites before emerging into the daylight a few hundred metres away. We paddle for a few more kilometres then stop on a bank to visit another cave, this time containing paintings done in clay. A little further on, a new rock bridge of a few hundred metres long awaits us. We finally arrive on the plain, the river has no current and we have to paddle again to the first village. We pass it and finally land on the left bank where we meet our support team. End of the white water descent. We board the vehicles and have lunch in Lamonae. In two short hours, we reach the mining village of Molore on the coast. Our support boat awaits us and an hour later drops us in the heart of Matarape Bay on an idyllic beach. The site is ideal for camping with a fresh water outflow on the beach itself.

    HĂ©bergement : sous tente

  • Jour 10 Ă  12 Lalindu - Matarape

    After waking up to the cries of the macaques and diving on the coral reefs, we inflate the kayaks and, for four days, go off to explore the coast and the idyllic virgin islets in the Bay of Matarape, sometimes nicknamed the little Raja Ampat. We occasionally abandon our boats to explore primary forests and get to saltwater lakes - isolated in the heart of the karst landscape. Between snorkelling among the coral reefs in the company of thousands of fish, skirting the coast in sea kayaks, exploring, well deserved siesta and observing the local fauna and flora - it is four days of pure joy. A pioneering atmosphere for a journey in a dream setting during which we meet local fishermen with whom we share special moments. We may be lucky enough to spot giant clams, dolphins, etc. On the last night, close to one of the most beautiful snorkelling spots, we head for the village of Labengki on the island of the same name.

    HĂ©bergement : chez l'habitant

  • Jour 13 Labengki

    After a busy day kayaking, on the last evening and very close to one of the most beautiful snorkelling spots we reach the Kakaban Ecolodge on Labengki Island.

    HĂ©bergement : en Ă©colodge

  • Jour 14 Labengki - Kendari - Jakarta

    We embark at dawn on a fast boat which in 3 hours takes us to the coast of Sulawesi. Once disembarked, we install our packs aboard a 4x4 and take the road to Kendari airport. We take off for Jakarta late in the morning, then change airport to take off for Paris in the evening.

    HĂ©bergement : Ă  bord

  • Jour 15 Paris

    Arrival in Paris in the morning.

    HĂ©bergement : Ă  bord

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