Located in Sumba Island, Manupeu Tanah Daru National Park consists plenty of steepy slopes. The slopes rise from the sea reaching height of 600 meters. The park is a habitat of 87 species of birds, all are protected. 7 out of them are endemic to the island including Cacatua sulphurea citrinocristata, Rhyticeros everetti, Treron teysmannii, Ficedula harterti, Coracina dohertyi, Nectarinia buettikofer. The first two birds are rare and almost extinct. The park is also home for 57 butterfly species, 7 of them are endemic to the island; Papilio neumoegenii, Ideopsis oberthurii, Delias fasciata, Junonia adulatrix, Athyma karita, Sumalia chilo, dan Elimnia amoena. In term of flora, there are 118 species including Toona sureni, Sterculia foetida, Schleichera oleosa, Alstonia scholaris, Tamarindus indica, Aleurites moluccana, Syzygium sp., Casuarina sp.) and Lantana camara.
Interesting sites :
Beaches ; Aili, Hipi, Maloba, Marabakul
Caves : Jaga, Pattamawai, Bakul, Ngaduredu, Ngacupadano
Visitor Activities :
Jungle trekking, camping, bird watching,
Best time to visit : March until June and October until December yearly
How to get there : Take a flight from Jakarta to Denpasar (Bali). Continue by flight to Tambolaka. Take a drive to Waikabubak about one and half hours.
Manupe Tanah Daru National Park Office
Kantor: Jl. Perintis Kemerdekaan
PO Box 15, Kupang 85228
Nusa Tenggara Timur
Telp. (0380) 832211