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Manado Safari Tours & Travel
The final leg of our epic trip to Borneo and Indonesia was 4 days in N Sulawesi in Tangkoko Nature Reserve. Highlights were the amazing strangler figs, amorphophallus, spectral tarsiers and charismatic black crested macaques.

David Solangs and local guide Meidi were our personal guides for the 4 days. They were absolutely amazing at spotting wildlife and very informative. David was brilliant throughout our time in Sulawesi. He made our stay a very pleasant, enjoyable and fun experience, dealt with any issues which arose promptly and efficiently and answered any questions we had quickly. He was always professional and positive and very flexible to suit our requirements. He has extensive knowledge of and passion for flora and fauna, not just in Sulawesi but more widely. He is an excellent communicator and great company. We also share a similar passion for wild animals and plants and have learnt a lot from David during our time in Sulawesi.

If we return to Sulawesi David will be our first choice tour guide. If any of our friends intend to visit Sulawesi we will advise them to ask for David.
Aug 06, 2018
4D/3N Tangkoko Package and Novotel – May 2018
Manado Safari Tours & Travel
Just wanted to tell you that we had an amazing time!

When we arrived in Jakarta, the FM7 bus was waiting for us and we all checked into the hotel with no problems. Everyone loved the FM7 especially the pool, sauna and massage. It was a great way to relax for 2 days before we flew to Sorong.

Both of our sight seeing tours were really great. It was nice to have something to do each day and the guides were especially good. We loved the city tour and also the hiking tour in West Java.
Feb 12, 2018
Jakarta City Tour - January 2018
Manado Safari Tours & Travel
We are a family with two children, aged 11 and 8 and we ended our one month trip to Indonesia with Tangkoko Overnight Tour and Mahawu Volcano Trekking. We were so glad that we booked this tour with Safari Tours and Travel, because we really enjoyed these two days (we really regretted that we did not have more time to spend here!). Especially we want to thank David, our tour guide. He was very informative (always explaining things on the way!), always made sure we had anything we needed, he was great with the kids.

Everything on the trip was perfect (except for weather on the second day) – the room, the meals, the driving …In Tangkoko forest we saw Tarsiers, black macaques, a male knobbed hornbill feeding a female in her tree hole, owls, flying lizard, tarantella, big colored butterflies... The macaques climbed and played sometimes within a meter of us watchers--a spectacular wildlife experience. So was walking around the jungle in the dark.

North Sulawesi is a great place to stay and with Safari Tours & Travel you are on a good way to have a perfect vacation.
Sep 20, 2017
Tangkoko Overnight Tour and Mahawu Volcano Trekking – August 2017
Manado Safari Tours & Travel
I did a 5 day stay in Tangkoko. I was picked up from the Aryaduta Hotel by David and after a 2 hour drive arrived at the great accommodation. David and guide Meidy were my personal guides for the 5 days. They were absolutely amazing with spotting local wildlife and very informative. I highly recommend these guys. Everything was just perfect. The rooms, the meals, the chefs, the outings, the friendly atmosphere of other locals and visitors. An amazing place for wildlife photography. A truly wonderful experience.
Jul 24, 2017
Hotel pick-up and transfer to Tangkoko. 5 days stay with all meals and guides provided. Transfer from Tangkoko to Tomohon Hotel. End of services.
Manado Safari Tours & Travel
Dear Manado Safari Tours & Travel,

We safely arrived back in the Netherlands after a wonderful trip in Indonesia.
The 4 days we stayed in Manado were very special and the excursions which Safari Tours & Travel had organized for us were a wonderful experience.
We had booked three excursions there:
04 Feb-2017: Minahasa Highland Tour.
05 Feb-2017: Bunaken Snorkeling Trip.
06 Feb-2017: Manado City.

About each tour day we are very satisfied, everything was perfectly and efficiently organized. Snorkeling in the clear seawater between vast numbers of colorful fish and coral, during the Bunaken-trip, was fantastic.
Especially we want to thank David, our tour guide during the Minahasa- and Manado City tour.
David is an excellent guide, with great knowledge of the area and interesting places. But he is also a very nice, helpful and flexible person and he adjusted the program perfectly to our wishes. Without the contribution of David, certainly our stay in Manado would not have succeeded so well.
Among other, thanks David we finally managed to find a place where my wife could eat her favorite fruit ,namely: the durian (David will remember:-).

Finally, we wish all the employees of Safari Tours & travel in Manado the best for the future and especially David, thanks again!

Sincerely,
Yosephin and Frans
Mar 01, 2017
Minahasa Highland Tour. Bunaken Snorkeling Trip. Manado City tour.
Manado Safari Tours & Travel
We are back in USA after our Southeast Asia travel. Thanks very much for arranging the Indonesia part of our journey. Freddy was waiting for us at Manado airport and provided us with a great tour of Tangkoko and the Minahasa Highlands. At Tangkoko, Freddy and the local guide (Mendi?) led us to a group of 60 or more black macaques just awakening at 0630. The macaques climbed, played, ate, squabbled, and groomed each other, sometimes within a meter of us watchers--a spectacular wildlife experience. We also got good views of tarsiers, couscous, and a male knobbed hornbill feeding a female in her tree hole. The people at Tangkoko Hill cottages were very nice and the meals were excellent. The cultural tour of Minahasa was also informative and fun. The Tomohon market was good, the knockdown houses very interesting, and we received an excellent weaving demonstration. The scenery is serenely beautiful--lovely lakes Tondano and Linow, Klabat the volcano, and terraced fields of many crops around Tomohon. Our time was action-packed.

Our stay at the Aryaduta Hotel with morning free time (to a market in town center) was fine. Looking back, Lusia was correct that we should have stayed another day! Freddy was excellent--knowledgeable about many things, and flexible in modifying the itinerary to work with our busy schedule. Manado Safari Tours did an excellent job, even better than my high hopes! And we highly recommend Tangkoko Hill Cottages. Thanks again.

PS. Tess, our 10-year-old, ranked the tour as a 10 on a scale of 1 to 5, and she enjoyed getting photographed with local girls at several stops.
Jul 20, 2016
Tangkoko, Minahasa Highland Tour - June 2016
Manado Safari Tours & Travel
“Jeremy and Manado Safari Catered to our every request!” - from TripAdvisor; July 2016

It is really hard coordinating a perfect vacation to a place literally across the world. A place you have never been to, a different time zone, a different language, etc etc. I spent SO much time trying to research on my own on all the various travel forums. When I got in touch with Jeremy it was so great to have someone who understood my needs, spoke the same language, and most importantly had our best interests in mind.

We were looking to set up a perfect diving vacation with very precise and strict requirements. There are so many options and possible itineraries. Everything Jeremy recommended coincided with my own research, but instead of just researching, he was able to contact the hotels and dive resorts locally and make all the necessary arrangements.

His driver transported us to and from the resorts as well as the hotel. Freddy, I think, was hilarious and we looked forward to our drives with him. We also did a tangkoko forest tour with him.

Jeremy made planning our vacation a cinch, the services he provides are top notch and only add to the amazing experience that is N. Sulawesi.
Jul 18, 2016
Thalassa Dive Resort, Murex Bangka Kungkungan Bay Resort , PADI Open Water, land tours - March 2016
Manado Safari Tours & Travel
David and Mehdi were two of the best guides I have had the fortune of having. It was great to have two guides who were so knowledgeable passionate about their work. They were flexible and funny and went out of their way to find the species I wanted to see. I couldn't recommend them enough. Thanks a lot.
Jun 26, 2016
Tangkoko tour May 2016
Manado Safari Tours & Travel
My family had a very pleasant tour in North Sulawesi and we are thankful to have Pak Freddy as our tour guide as he is very friendly, informative and nice. He helped us discover more of North Sulawesi.
However, it is regretful that the hotel we were staying wasn't quite good, in terms of services and sanitation (the rooms, the room's telephone and bed sheets were odour). Besides that, our guide when we were snorkelling in Bunaken was not quite helpful.
But, those were not Safari Tour's fault. Overall, Safaris has given us a 5-star service, including Kak Lusia who corresponded with us prior to our trip. We will surely come back to North Sulawesi with Safari Tours & Travel.
May 09, 2016
Minahasa Highland, Bunaken Sightseeing Tour
Manado Safari Tours & Travel
Safaris Tours & Travel are always efficient. We did a white water rafting tour from Manado with them and everything was professionnal, we really enjoyed our day. We were only 2 guests in the raft with 2 guides who knew very well the river (category 2 - 4). In the middle of the tour, we stopped to drink water and some pastries and we had lunch (simple but quite good) in a small restaurant after the tour on the way back to Manado. It was very nice to speak with our guide, Franck Kowaas before and after the tour.
Many years before, the Toraja tour was also a very professionnal one and our guide a 4* one
Jan 22, 2016
white water rafting in November 2015; many years before: Toraja land tour, volcano tour, tarsier tour
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