Hiking and Birding in the Mbeliling Nature Reserve – waterfalls and Lake Sano Nggoang


This walk will be relaxed as you will always be on the lookout for birds, butterflies and other animals and insects.


 DAY 1  - Cunca Rami Waterfall

After breakfast you will be briefed by your Guide on this three day tour combining hiking, camping and staying at a local home stay in the mountains one hour from Labuan Bajo on the main Trans Flores highway in the direction of Ruteng. You will be hiking in the Mbeliling bird sanctuary which we are hoping will become a full national park. Ecolodges Indonesia has 8 hectares of land on the edge of this sanctuary which we will protect. You have to be reasonably fit for this tour but age should not be a barrier.

You will begin your hike in Mbeliling and commence the 4 – 5 hour walk with your porters to the peak of the Mount Mbeliling.  This walk will be relaxed as you will always be on the lookout for birds, butterflies and other animals and insects. The walk will take you via the Cunca Rami waterfall a suitable place for your picnic lunch. Water is available at any time and should be taken at regular intervals. This is a beautiful hike and you should take the opportunity to learn more from your guide.

In the early evening, you should reach your camp site and prepare for an evening in the forest in this beautiful area. An evening bird walk should reveal more species followed by a night walk after the evening meal.

 DAY 2  - Lake Sano Nggoang

If the weather permits, you will experience a dawn sunrise and then proceed for an early morning bird walk followed by breakfast. After breakfast a relaxed hike to Lake Sano Nggoang amongst beautiful scenery both around and to this lake. Here your accommodation will be in a local home stay where you will have dinner. You will meet some of the local people of this area and learn about their customs.

The lake is one of the deepest crater lakes in the world. The area around contained many birds with some endemics.(e.g. Flores Monarch) and attractive flora.

 DAY 3 - Hot Springs, Labuan Bajo

After breakfast with your local hosts you will proceed for a hike around part off the lake and see some of the local agricultural activities and do further bird watching. Then you will proceed to the hot springs where you will have lunch. After a short rest at the Springs, vehicle will take you back to the lodge.

The cost includes vehicle from Labuan Bajo to drop and pick up, tents, food, water, Guide and porters and home stay twin or single room.


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