We stayed four nights with Jakob and his family, in their new guest house alongside the family residence. Three minutes from Rantepao, but in the country, with a lovely view over fields from the balcony. Good, healthy breakfast and dinner, really affordable. Simple room with double bed, minimal furnishings, but secure and quiet (fellow guests and transferred there from noisy downtown accomodations), with nice hot water showers, common space, and very responsive and concerned hosts. motorbikes to rent inexpensively. The guest house still has some finishwork to come, but that never intruded on our experience. Best of all were Jakob's in-depth knowledge and insistence on making sure we had a great visit, combined with wonderful guiding by his son Jansen. If you need all the amenities of a hotel, reserve a hotel. But if you don't, this homestay will ensure a really enjoyable visit with interesting, hard-working, honest, knowledgeable, and conscientious local folks.
We stayed at Mama Tia during two nights in August 2019. This place were suggested us by a couple of French travellers that we met in Macassar. So we wrote to Yacob a whatsapp and the next day we had a room in his home (literally, as the deluxe room were full so we slept downstairs in his house).
The home is located a bit outside the main village or Rantepao (only 5 minutes by motorbike), in a quite forest. There is no noise at night, and in the morning you are waken up by the sing of the rooster, which I found very nice :)
The room was very simple but clean, cheap and with a anti-mosquito net.
Breakfast is included, it is also simple but nice and served in a beautiful wooden balcony with views to the forest.
Yacob's son, Yanson, is a young and intelligent boy, and he was our personal guide during the two days. He speaks very good English, and he explained to us about the traditions of his land. They rented us motorbikes and together we went to three different events related to funerals. One of them was actually the funeral of his friend's grandmother, so we had the opportunity to know personally the family, which were very hospitable and friendly with us.
I recommend staying in Mama Tia homestay to have a warm contact with the people of Tana Toraja.
A very good guesthouse. We were 3 in a room with a big matress. Yacob and his family was very welcoming. We have dinner all together which is very pleasant.
His son Yansen, was our guide, he speaks English very well, and explain us the Toraja culture and funeral ceremony. All of the family was very helpful and adorable.
About the equipment: there is WIFI, electricity, mosquito net and repellent, towels, breakfast, lunch and dinner offered (we decided to pay more because of the very cheap price of a night). The bathroom is very rustic with a Turkish toilet and a big water basin.
It is a rustic but it is part of the game, it is a local house. The experience was unforgettable but still confortable.
We are travelling since 2 months 1/2 in Indonesia and our stay at Mama Tia Homestay is one of our best experience. We stayed only 2 nights... It was too short ! Yacob and his family are so nice and welcoming ! We loved sharing their daily life for a while. The room is simple, clean and the bed is confortable. The meals were good and always shared with the family.
Yacob Kokke is also a great guide, here is his phone number : +6281241652407 (whatsapp). He was already busy when we came so we visited with Yansen, his son, very nice.
They also rent motorbike if we prefer to visit by ourself. The homestay is not in Rantepao center but it's not a problem as you can walk (2km) or go by motorbike. But, as we ate all our meals with them, we didn't even need to go to Rantepao... When we arrived and left, they came to pick us and drop off to the center. Easy !
We will definitely go again if we go back to Rantepao !