The former capital of the Bugis kingdom, the historic market town of Sengkang overlooks Lake Tempe with its traditional floating houses and wonderful bird life, making it an interesting stopover when travelling from Makassar to Toraja.
Around an eight-hour drive from Makassar, Sengkang is famed for the floating village of Lake Tempe, where the houses are built on stilts, fishing and weaving supports the local economy and the children go to school by boat. The whole region is a maze of waterways and Lake Tempe is the largest body of water in Sulawesi. The area is also renown for silk weaving and the town pulsates with the ticking of the weaving looms which you can hear from afar. If you are looking for a souvenir a beautiful silk scarf or colourful sarong could easily fit the bill.
The floating village can be reached by boat and the journey takes around an hour from the harbor on Lake Tempe. Bird lovers will be in their element, so look out for water birds and waders as you travel to the traditional floating village of around 30 homes, inhabited by fishermen and their families. While you are here, it’s a great opportunity to drink tea and eat pisang goreng (fried bananas), with the locals, while riverside life unfolds before you.