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Welcome to Sumatra Orangutan Tour! Visiting Sumatra is synonymous with endless action as it has unique activities for the most adventurous travelers. About 100 km northwest of the capital, Bukit Lawang is a riverside town on the edge of Mount Leuser National Park. In the past, this village was a kind of sanctuary for orangutans and although no longer exists, it is still a good basis for watching our red-haired cousins. Mount Leuser National Park is listed by UNESCO as one of the most biodiversity areas of the planet. In addition to primates, the park is home to hundreds of species of other mammals and birds, most of them rare or endangered. A private guide is essential during the visit, both to help us locate the orangutans in the jungle dens and to protect the delicate ecosystem.
During our Sumatra Orangutan Tour, we will do several walking routes through the interior of the jungle and we will have the opportunity to experience what it feels like to spend a night camping on the banks of a river in the middle of nature. We will visit several waterfalls and continue our adventure by doing an incredible rafting in a unique and fascinating location such as the Wampu river.
Finally, we will finish our trip with a guided tour of the city of Medan, where we will discover the authentic urban Indonesia, including the ruined Dutch colonial buildings, the Sultan’s Palace and the street food stalls that come to life as the Sun.
Arrival at the new Kuala Namu International Airport, Medan. Upon your arrival our guide will be waiting for you. Then in a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle we will go to Bukit Lawang. On the way to Bukit Lawang you will have a stop at the rubber and palm oil plantations and a crocodile farm.
Bukit Lawang is a very interesting destination to visit, where we can relax on the banks of the impressive rivers, go hiking in the jungle of the Gunung Leuser National Park and cruise the river streams.
Arrival in Bukit Lawang, check-in at the hotel
Accommodation: Bukit Lawang Cottage or similar
Today after breakfast, we will start our Sumatra Orangutan Tour doing a trekking to the jungle to explore the nature of Gunung Leuser National Park and see the orangutans in the wild. We will be in the place that houses more quantity of tropical Flora and Fauna than in any other place in Indonesia, like; Thomas leaf monkeys, long-tailed macaques, gibbons, black gibbons, and other rainforest flora and fauna.
We will begin the true trekking inside the Gungung Leuser National Park. A beautiful and hard experience with flora and fauna that we found during our walk, listen to the singing of great birds like the Horn bill and apes like the Siamang or Black Gibbon, Orangutans and Macaques.
We will look for an area next to a river to camp and spend the night, prepare the fire and prepare dinner
Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner
Accommodation: Camping in the jungle
Breakfast in the jungle, then after clearing up the entire camping site, we will continue the walk. The Gunung Leuser jungle is all uphill and downhill in the middle of a condensed rainforest, great views of greenery in all directions. A great variety of Flora, Fauna, Insects of all sizes and shapes await us, non-stop. In the afternoon arrival at Bukit Lawang and rest.
Meals: Breakfast – Lunch
Accommodation: Bukit Lawang Cottage or similar
After our breakfast, we head to the Wampu river by mini bus to start our adventure. It is a unique experience in which you will have excellent opportunities to see the birds, listen to their singing while they fly over the river, with luck we can get to see other land fauna, even elephants come to drink water from the river. We will enjoy rafting. Arriving at the waterfall on the bank of the Wampu river, there we take the opportunity to have lunch and bathe.
In the afternoon, you will have coffee before returning to the hotel.
Meals: Breakfast – Lunch
Accommodation: Bukit Lawang Cotagge or similar
After breakfast, free morning to enjoy Bukit Lawang. Then we will drive towards Medan, the 3rd largest city in Indonesia. We can visit the Grand Mosque, the Sultan’s Palace, the Chinese temple, etc.
Accommodation: Le Polonia Hotel or similar
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to the next destination. End of our service in this unforgettable Sumatra Orangutan Tour.
Our favourite time for travel in Indonesia is between April to October, although Indonesia is a great year-round destination, offering memorable experiences for all kinds of adventures. July to August are the peak summer months. In West to Central part of the weather is delightfully warm and it’s a popular time for travellers to visit for holidays, whilst if you wish to travel from October to April, the Eastern part Indonesia, like Banda and Raja Ampat, would be the best option.
If you wish to have a relaxing journey in Indonesia with less crowds, the shoulder months of April to June and September to October are ideal and slightly more economic. If you must travel in ‘high season’ but want to avoid the crowd, worry not, there are numbered of unbeaten track in Indonesia ready to be explored.
Here below are the information during jungle trekking in Gunung Leuser National Park, it is necessary to bring as follow :
For camping mat, we provide you with simple thin mat, and for mosquito spray or lotion you can buy anywhere in the village before start the trekking, it is easily to find the mosquito spray. For camping mat if you want more comfortable mat, we suggest to bring the inflatable one,
For your own preparation:
The city of Medan will welcome you who travel by air at the Kualanamu International Airport (KNO). Located in the Deli Serdang Regency, about 2 hours drive from Medan. The new Airport was opened in 2013 to replace the 85 years old Polonia Airport, that was getting too close to the city.
You can also get to Medan by sea from Penang (Malaysia). Passenger ships also operate between Medan and Jakarta.
We have classified our tours in 3 different classes. Always check which one suitable for your condition. If you have any doubt, you may consult to our travel expert.
Easy: Suitable for most people in good health. These trips can include short walk for days with around 2–3 hours in good paths and at low altitudes.
Medium: A reasonable level of fitness or technique is required, as these trips can require sustained endurance levels as the trip may include longer days of approximately 5-6 hours of activity or/and in higher altitudes, or snorkelling in strong current.
Hard: These trips are physically demanding and best suited for people with a high endurance level, good level of fitness and exercise regularly. Days can be long around 7-8 hours of activity, often at high altitudes, in remote regions and sometimes without a support vehicle nearby. Travellers may be required to carry their backpack, trip with trekking overnights without access to normal toilets or accommodations.
A private speedboat adventure
Rivers less visited by tourists