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DILI to FATUCAHI, MANUFAHI DISTRICT, TIMOR-LESTE

 


TIMOR-LESTE REPTILE & AMPHIBIAN SURVEY
PHASE IV: DUE SOUTH

Leaving Dili we drove east to Manatuto through the arid northern coastal habitat, on a fairly good road with occasional potholes.

Arid north coast panorama, near Manatuto, Manatuto District.
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Water buffalo in a north coast wallow.

At Manatuto we turned south to cross the central montane backbone of Timor in the direction of the south coast, turning west again shortly before we hit the coast.

 

 

 

Montane panorama, in the centre of island, Manatuto District

Is that a road?
Crossing the mountains.

Driving now through wet forest and a heavy thunderstorm, we passed through the town of Natarbora and the settlement of Fatucahi to reach the Franciscan convent of St Antonio d'Lisboa.

Convent of St Antonio d'Lisboa.

This was to be our base for the next three days and we were made very welcome by the head monk, Father Cornelius. The entire journey, although only 157 kms, had taken 7.5 hours due the poor state of the road in the mountains, and our occasional stops to photograph scenic montane views, and to allow a funeral cortege to pass us.

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