Indonesia Sumatran Orangutan and Elephant Experience EA03

5 Days From £0 (400 USD)

Take a 5 day trip to Bukit Lawang and Tangkahan for a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience the indigenous wildlife of the North Sumatran rainforest.

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Travel Style: Small Group
Start Location: Medan, Indonesia
End Location: Medan, Indonesia
Accommodation: Hotel, Camp & Lodge
Period: All Year Round
Difficulty: Suitable for Most Travelers

About The Operator

Accreditations: Responsible Tourism
Years In Business: 3

Gunung Leuser National Park is one of only a few places left in the world, from where you can still see the Sumatran orangutan in the wild as well as a whole host of other wildlife. Gibbons, Elephants, Hornbills, Thomas Leaf monkeys, Macaques and the Sumatran Tiger are just a handful of the thousand animal and plant species unique to this ecosystem. This tour takes you on a 2 day overnight wildlife spotting jungle trek in Bukit Lawang, followed by an exciting elephant trek in Tangkahan.

Bukit Lawang
Until 1996 Bukit Lawang in North Sumatra was the location of an Orangutan rehabilitation centre. The centre was forced to close its doors to new arrivals because the centre could not accommodate the ever growing number of Orangutans. Later conservation strategies recommended against the re-introduction of ex-captives into wild populations, due to the threat of disease. The Orangutans rehabilitated in this period and their off-spring still remain in the jungle around Bukit Lawang.

At the start of the 2 day trek in Bukit Lawang you will visit the morning feeding session at the orangutan feeding platform, which was built to aid the survival of the rehabilitants in the wild. During the trek you may find yourself lucky enough to spot a wild orangutan resident to Gunung Leuser National park or a whole host of other wildlife. Gibbons, Elephants, Hornbills, Thomas Leaf monkeys, Macaques and the Sumatran Tiger are just a handful of the thousand animal and plant species unique to this ecosystem.

Tangkahan is a peaceful jungle retreat, situated alongside the Kualsa Buluh river. Tangkahan was established as an eco-tourist location in 2001. Previously the area was logged and poachers hunted the animals. The local people have transformed the region, stopping the logging and forming forest ranger groups to patrol for illegal activities. With the help of FFI (Flora and Fauna International) they have developed a functional, self-sustained ecotourism destination.

There are 7 elephants based at Tangkahan, who work together with the rangers to patrol the forest and keep illegal loggers and poachers out. Joining the elephants for their afternoon bathing or taking a trek on elephant back will help to support this local initiative.


Extra Information

We follow strict guidelines around the semi wild orangutans to reduce our impact upon their wellbeing. We ask you to also follow these rules:

- Do not call the orangutans.
- Do not feed the orangutans or give them drinks.
- Do not smoke, eat, drink, cough, sneeze or spit near the orangutans.
- Always stay in a close group and never loose contact with your guide.
- When possible you should sit when watching the orangutans and maintain a distance of at least 10 metres.
- Show respect for the orangutans by being as silent as possible and using good body language (no shouting, no sudden movements, no making monkey sounds etc)
- Do not clear vegetation to get a better view.
- Do not stare at the orangutans.
- Do not use flash photography.
- Do not approach orangutans and NEVER come between a mother and her baby.
- If an orangutan comes close and you cannot move away calmly do not touch them.

This itinerary is fully flexible according to the amount of days you want to go trekking, your budget and schedule.

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Cost is based on a minimum of 2 people. (Discount for larger groups)

- All transportation
- All accommodation
- All activities
- Licensed guides
- All park permits

Day 01. Early morning pick up from Medan and journey 3 hours by private transportation to hotel accommodation in Bukit Lawang next to the Bohorok river and with stunning views of the jungle.
Day 02. After breakfast visit the orangutan feeding platform continuing on for an overnight trek spotting wildlife and learning about the flora and fauna indigenous to Gunung Leuser National Park. In the late afternoon the guide will find a suitable place next to the river to set up camp for the evening. Help out with fishing for dinner or kick back and enjoy the jungle ambience.
Day 03. Spend the morning exploring the jungle around the camp before trekking back to the village. It is also possible to river tube back to the village. From the river you get a different vantage point of the jungle and may find you spot hornbills flying overhead or various primates eating from the fruit trees next to the river. After a few hours to relax after the trek, journey 2-3 hours off road to Tangkahan. In the afternoon set off on a 1-3 hour elephant trek through the jungle. After the trek help the elephant handlers to wash the elephants in the river. Return to jungle lodge style accommodation.
Day 04. Spend the day relaxing and swimming in the pristine jungle river, visit the hot springs and the waterfall. If it wasn’t possible to do the elephant trek on the previous day or if you want to go on a 3 hour elephant trek it will be possible to do it on this day. Jungle lodge style accommodation.
Day 05. Return by private transportation 4-5 hours direct to Medan.