Manupe Tanadaru National Park
Manupe Tanadaru National Park is located in Sumba Island – Indonesia. This area covers an area of 87,894.09 hectares which stretches over 3 regencies: East Sumba, Central Sumba and West Sumba. This area was formed for the benefit of water and soil conservation, biodiversity conservation, preservation of natural landscape as well as scientific support, education, cultural preservation and socio-economic development of the community.
Manupeu-Tanah Daru National Park has a high value diversity of around 118 species including suren (Toona sureni), taduk (Sterculia foetida), kesambi (Schleichera oleosa), pulai (Alstonia scholaris), tamarind (Tamarindus indica), pecan (Aleurites moluccana), forest guava (Syzygium sp.), mountain cypress (Casuarina sp.), and lantana (Lantana camara).
There are many activities that you can do in this area, such as fishing, swimming, camping, trekking and bird watching.The animals in this national park area are 87 species of birds including 7 endemic species of Sumba island namely kakatua cempaka (Cacatua sulphurea citrinocristata), julang Sumba (Rhyticeros everetti), punai Sumba (Treron teysmannii), Sumba satan (Ficedula harterti), kepodang sungu Sumba (Coracina dohertyi), and Sumba honey (Nectarinia buettikoferi). Sumba birds and cempaka cockatoos are the rarest and endangered birds, especially on the island of Sumba.
Manupeu-Tanah Daru National Park has 57 types of butterflies including seven endemic Sumba Island namely Papilio neumoegenii, Ideopsis oberthurii, Delias fasciata, Junonia adulatrix, Athyma karita, Sumalia chilo, and Elimnia amoena.
Interesting locations to visit are: Matayangu and Lapopu. Waterfalls located in Waimanu and Katikutana Villages. Some cultural attractions on Sumba Island include: Waikabubak, which is adjacent to Manupeu-Tanah Daru National Park, where many ancient graves are carved. The ancient tomb is a symbol and social status and public health (Kadung Tana, Watu Karagata and Bulu Peka Mila). Pasola, held in February in Lamboya and Kodi, in March in Gaura and Wanukaka. The best visiting season is March to June and October to December each year.You can reach the National Park from Waingapu-Lewa-Waikabubak by road with four-wheeled vehicles for about two hours, which continues to the location of the national park (Langgaliru Village, Katiku Loku Village and Watumbelar Village).