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A Half-day Journey to Sangeh Monkey Forest

WakaLandCruise is proud to present its newest adventure, which takes visitors on a beautiful journey, by Land Rover or Land Cruiser, to witness the nature, culture, agriculture and mystique of rural Bali.

The half-day trip focuses on the Sangeh area in Bali’s central highlands, starting with a visit to the picturesque Tirta Taman Mumbul in the village of Sangeh. A community rural tourism project is based here, and a local guide will greet guests with a welcome drink of ‘kelapa muda’ young coconut.

On the opposite side of the road is Pancoran Solas, a holy spring, which is channeled into a shallow bathing pool through 11 waterspouts guarded by statues of 11 Hindu gods.

Next a gentle trek from Pura Ulun Mumbul through a veritable food forest of fruit trees, passing small farms where guests will see cows, chickens and vegetable gardens before the scene opens up into a patchwork of rice fields.

The trail leads to the cool, dark and mysterious Sangeh Monkey Forest, home to about 700 long tailed macaques and about 2000 straight-trunked ‘Palahlar’ (Dipterocarpus Trinervis) trees. There will be plenty of time to feed the monkeys who are considerably more benevolent than their cousins at Ubud’s Sacred Monkey Forest, and the guide will provide guests with bags of peanuts.

The excursion will end at Pondok Jaka, an old and authentic Balinese compound house and farm, with a refreshing cup of tea or locally harvested coffee and Balinese cake.