Sulawesi for All
Sulawesi is remoter than Bali and Java and accessible facilities are more difficult to find. Nevertheless, travel with a wheelchair in Sulawesi is possible, and visitors with disabilities can certainly explore many of its beautiful sides. Explore Sulawesi with us!
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Travel with a wheelchair in Sulawesi – Where to Go
Sulawesi, former Celebes, located between Kalimantan (Borneo) and Maluku is divided by the equator. High volcanic mountains are covered with dense forests, while vast rice fields stretch through its valleys and plains. Famous are the Toraja, an ethnic group living in a spectacular countryside of rugged mountains and lush valleys. Many of their beliefs and values are still deeply rooted in ancient animistic practices, as for example their lavish and exotic funeral traditions. Makassar, formerly Ujung Pandang, has been the site of numerous fierce wars between coalitions of Portuguese, Dutch and the local people. Today, history is still alive in the proud Makassarese. The white sandy beaches of Bira are famous for diving and its local traditional boat building.
We bring you to the best places in Sulawesi and make sure you can get there when you are having a disability or travel with a wheelchair.
Toraja is known for impressive boat-shaped traditional houses decorated with colourful wood carvings, and for burial sites carved into rocky cliffs. To preserve the beauty of this setting, a group of 10 Toraja settlements has been submitted to UNESCO for world heritage nomination.
Kete Kesu is one of the oldest villages in Toraja and has a rather spooky burial site at the outskirts of the village.
Lemo is a famous rock grave sites with numerous graves and Tau Tau set up into a steep cliff. The Tau-Tau are re-dressed regularly.
Londa is a another rock grave with a balcony of Tau Tau. Caves serve as graveyard of the Toraja people, with coffins stuffed into every corner.
Batutumonga: A breathtaking journey into the slopes of Mount Sesean to the tranquility of the remote Lokomata rock.
Lokomata, a remote mountain, a huge round rock with decorated doors to the ancestors’ graves, surrounded by mysterious jungle.
Suaya is a royal burial site and an easy accessible location to see the Tau-Tau, wooden images of the deceased.
A beautiful small village with large, boat-shaped houses, Palawa is one of the last centers of traditional weaving.
On the Ceremonial ground of Bori over a hundred menhirs have been erected in honor of the deceased.
Kambira, some houses in a bamboo forest with an old baby grave tree – a mystical early morning experience.
The Makassarese have a reputation for their rough character, particularly in comparison to the soft-spoken Javanese. The city mirrors this with a distinctive charm. Among Makassar’s attractions are the Dutch Fort Rotterdam and the Makassarese Benteng (Fort) Somba Opu in a large park. At Pantai Losari, Makassar’s ocean waterfront, numerous foot stalls open up in the evening and offer local specialties.
Limestone hills, the world’s second largest karst area to the north of the city house a number of caves with prehistoric rock paintings, amongst them the oldest known work of art produced by man.
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The colonial Fort Rotterdam, located at the sea-side in Makassar, represents Dutch rule in Sulawesi for nearly 300 years.
The citadel of the Sultans of Gowa, Benteng Somba Opu, is now an open-air museum in an extensive park at the outskirts of Makassar.
Paotere is a traditional port where goods from all over the archipelago are loaded and unloaded from large traditional wooden ships.
Leang Leang Caves: The limestone Mountains of Maros contain the oldest rock paintings known worldwide.
Snorkel Paradise Bira
Bira in the south of Sulawesi is known for its white sandy beaches, diving and snorkeling.
Traditional boat building in Tanah Beru is recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
South Sulawesi is characterized by mountains, rice fields and the sea.
In Tanah Toa strict traditional rules apply: black clothes, no modern devices.