Tedong Bonga

Do you know…the meaning of Bonga?

February 08, 2013 / by / 1 Comment

Bonga, or a Tedong Bonga is the name given to a type of water buffalo with a unique colouration only known to Sulawesi. The colouration is mainly pink to white to black with horns and blue eyes. The bonga is very symbolic standing out from the normal buffalo. With a price tag between 30,000 and 60,000 $ (compared to 1,500-2,000 $ for a regular buffalo), it is highly prized and is mainly used to show ones wealth at a Torajan funeral. The Tedong Bonga is also used as a symbol by local governments to welcome their guests. A fine example is the Tedong Bonga statue which you can find on the main road coming from Makale, just before you reach Rantepao. The statue shows a man posing with a white Tedong Bonga buffalo.

Bonga Toraja

Welcome to Bonga Toraja

February 06, 2013 / by / 1 Comment

Bonga Toraja is new in Rantepao. After living for over 3 years in the “Land of the Heavenly Kings” and meeting several tourists complaining about the way tourism is organized in Tana Toraja, we decided to give it a go and start our own independent Tourist Information and Travel Agency for Toraja. It’s our goal to inform every (future) visitor to Tana Toraja about this beautiful place: about its rich history, its culture, its traditions and of course about the unique way how the Torajans take care of their dead. We also want to inform you how to get here, where to stay, where to eat, what to visit etc. Therefore we have started this website full of useful information which we are willing to share with you free of charge. This website will never be complete and will be updated on a regular basis. Please get in touch with us if you cannot find an answer to your questions on this site. Our second goal is to help you make your stay in Toraja as smooth as possible. Bonga Toraja can help you arrange transportation to/from Tana Toraja, advise you what your best hotel options are and are happy …