Orang Utan & Jungle Trek – Campsite Tour Package
$944 USD per room (Double Occupancy) – Orang Utan & Jungle Trek – Campsite Tour Package includes:
- Round-trip transfers between airport and hotel
- 5 Days and 4 Nights hotel stay
- Private air-conditoned car
- Basic camping equipment including simple sleeping mat and blanket
- Meals specified in the program
- Local English speaking guide
- English speaking trekking guide
|Single Supplement||$138 USD per night|
|Single Traveler||$901 USD per night|
|Peak season surcharges apply.|
Hotels You Stay At
Santika Dyandra Hotel features top-class accommodations and the city’s largest convention center. Medan is the center of government and commercial activity for Indonesia’s western region. Despite being one of Indonesia’s largest melting pot cities, this historic city has retained much of its old-world charm.
Ecolodge Bukit Lawang was established to complement and serve as an outlet for the activities of the Bohorok Environmental Education Centre. Herein we aim to increase awareness towards biodiversity conservation and the implementation and management of proper ecotourism.
Staying in the Ecolodge Bukit Lawang is not only a unique experience but also a personal statement in support of sustainable tourism.
The facility provides an unprecedented opportunity to be immersed in North Sumatra’s unique rainforest environment while directly contributing to the conservation of the critically endangered Sumatran orangutan – with proceeds donated to the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme.
You arrive in Medan, the main city in northern Sumatra. We wil thendrive about 1.5 hours to the centre for a city tour. You will visit the Maimun Palace built in 1888 in Malayan. The Maimun Palaceis built in Middle-East style and belonged the Sultan of Deli. We then visit the Grand Mosque Almashum which was built in the same period as the Maimun Palace. Finally, we will visit the colorful Chinese temple, Vihara Gunung Timur. You will then be transfered to your hotel.
Medan is the fourth largest city in Indonesia after Jakarta, Surabaya, and Bandung. With a population of about 2 million people it is the largest city outside of Java. There is no single ethnic group forming a majority; the largest ethnic groups are the Chinese, Javanese, Toba-Batak, Minangkabau, Mandailing Batak, Karo Batak, Southern Indians, and Northern Indians, and there are many more ethnic minorities.
Each ethnic group contributes to thousands of tasty, mouth-watering dishes found in every corner of Medan. They offer to locals and tourists alike dozens of food streets and hawker centres to suit their appetite at any time of the day.
After breakfast, we will drive about 3 hours to Bukit Lawang, a small tourist village situated on the edge of Gunung Leuser National Park. It is the most accessible place to spot the orangutans in the park.
Most of the views en-route are plantation of oil palm and rubber and also occasional market set very near to the road. We will need to cross a river via hanging bridge to get to our hotel. Porter can assist you in taking your luggage. Negotiate a price for this service.
The rest of the afternoon will be free. Enjoy the scenery from the veranda of your hotel room.
About Bukit Lawang
What started out to be just two small huts is now a functional research facility. Camp Leakey is where all of the research the OFI conducts on orangutans is done. The camp now consists of about 19 miles of trails, rain forest, and swamp land for the rehabilitated orangutans and the wild orangutans that made their home there. The OFI takes in ex-captive, hurt, and orphaned orangutans. Once the ape is in the care of Dr. Galdikas and her staff, it is raised (if it is young) or treated for any diseases or injuries in the Care Center. The orangutans in the care center are taken each day by their keepers to Camp Leakey to be allowed to play in their natural habitat. This is done to slowly acclimate the orangutans back into the forest so one day they can be released. Once the orangutan is old enough and deemed suitable, it is released back into the wild. Some orangutans never learn to fend for themselves and for that reason can never leave the care center and the staff. Some orangutans do not want to leave the base of the OFI (where the staff eats and lives) and will venture back from time to time to visit the staff and volunteers.
After breakfast, we will first visit the feeding platform of orangutans. From the platform you will walk about 6 hours in the park. The walk is not always flat, but involves some ups and downs. A bit hard but in return you get a very nice experience. You will possibly see gibbons, Thomas leaf monkeys, long tail and pigtail macaques, flying squirrels, Sumatra peacocks and hornbills. A wild orangutan might cross your way. Your guide will explain to you many things about the rain-forest. And he will show you many different kinds of plants and flowers. Your will camp at a peaceful place in the park. The campsite is an authentic and basic camp. Tents are bamboo shells covered with tarpaulins stretched over a branch. The front and back of tent are open, but offer adequate protection against the rain. A real jungle camp! Your guides will cook some delicious local food for you.
- Those bringing camera/video camera into the park will be charged Rp 50,000/150,000
- WHAT TO BRING!
- Shoes with good profile (additional sport sandal/slipper for crossing river)
- Long sleeves (trousers & shirts)
- Light clothes like t-shirt and shorts
- Rain coat
- Plastic or waterproof bag for your personal belongings
- Insects repellent
- Toilet paper
- Lightweight sleeping bag if needed (as experienced it is not needed as we have simple blanket & mat for the guests)
- Personal medical kit and recommended; anti diarrhea medicine, dehydration salt, aspirin and antibiotic.
About the Orangutan Sanctuary
The orangutan sanctuary at Bukit Lawang is located within the Gunung Leuser National Park. Together with Bukit Barisan Selatan and Kerinci Seblat national parks, it forms a World Heritage Site, the Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra.
In order to ensure that these orangutans are fed properly, a platform is built to help those orangutans that have been released to the wild after their rehabilitation. As they are semi-wild, they sometimes have trouble finding food on their own in the wild. They can come to the feeding platform for some milk and bananas. Wild orangutans occasionally come to the platform too. So the feeding platform is meant as the first place for the orangutans to come for help, rather than plantations or village where conflicts can occur. When the orangutans are getting enough food on their own, they will not come to the platform because the food they find in the wild is more exciting than just milk and bananas! So although it is a marvelous sight to see the orangutans at the platform, it is also good news when they do not show up, as that means they are surviving well in the wild without help.
In the morning, you will be awoken by the magical sounds of the jungle. Unforgettable jungle experience! This will be the final trek of your rain-forest adventure. We will still have about 3-4 hours walk in the park in search for the Sumatran wildlife. The walk ends by the river side from where you start your tubing experience. You will float down the river on car tubes, about 20 minutes to your hotel. You will find it fun rafting and a relaxing way to enjoy the scenery of the rain-forest. After a short rest we return to Medan (about 3-hour drive) for overnight stay at Santika Dyandra.
Bahorok or Bohorok is a subdistrict of Langkat Regency. Its capital is Bohorok town, and Bukit Lawang is a major local tourist attraction for viewing orangutans.
The Bohorok river, which is a tributary of the Wampu River, joins the Wampu in the subdistrict.
Bohorok had previously been called Tanjung by the Malays as it was the meeting point of the two rivers.
Bohorok was involved in trade along the Wampu river, buying salt at Pangkalan Brandan from the Kampar Malays there. Tengku Tan Deraman, son of Tengku Djukdin, son of Tengku Panji Sakar, son of Tengku Syahmardan, son of Sutan Husin, was the first to promote the cultivation of land for farming.
After breakfast, we will take a 1,5-hour drive to the Kualamu Airtport. From there you will be driven to the airport for you flight home or next destination.
Not Included in Tour Package Price :
- Airport departure tax
- Camera/video surcharge at the Gunung Leuser National Park
- Drinks, gratuities and expenses of a personal nature
- Travel insurance
- Porter service
- Meals not mentioned in itinerary
- Personal expenses
- Tips and donations
- Peak season surcharge
- Any other optional item