Bukit Lawang is a small tourist village at the bank of Bahorok River in North Sumatra province of Indonesia. Situated approximately 86 km north-west of Medan, Bukit Lawang is known for the largest animal sanctuary of Sumatran orangutan (around 5,000 orangutans occupy the area), and also the main access point to the Gunung Leuser National Park from the east side.

Bukit Lawang rehabilitation center for orangutans was founded in 1973. The main purpose is to preserve the decreasing number of orangutan population due to hunting, trading and deforestation.

A flash flood hit Bukit Lawang on 2 November 2003. The disaster destroyed the local tourist resorts and had a devastating impact to the local tourism industry in the area. Around 400 houses, 3 mosques, 8 bridges, 280 kiosks and food stalls, 35 hotels and guest houses were destroyed by the flood, including 239 people (5 of them were tourists) were killed and around 1,400 locals lost their homes. Local authorities and an environmental NGO attributed it to illegal logging. Thanks to several international cooperation agencies, the site was rebuilt and re-opened again in July 2004.

DAY 1: In the morning at 8.30 am our English speaking and experienced guide will pick you up at your guesthouse. After a short walk you will cross the Bohorok River by a canoe, then you go up the hill directly to the feeding platform. Until the feeding time is over, it lasts about one hour, you can enjoy and observe your red-haired cousins from a quite close distance and take pictures to take home.

Afterwards you will continue your trek through the rainforest until a small creek and stop there again for a rest at the clear water. Then you will hike up again and walk around one hour close to unforgettable scenic viewpoints overlooking the whole valley of the Bohorok River. At this 2-days trek you will go deeper into the jungle while having a bigger chance to see wildlife there.

Your guide will point out a variety of animals and plant species to you while giving lots of explanations about the rainforest and the biodiversity. If you are lucky many gibbons, Thomas leaf monkeys, pigtail macaques, flying squirrels, Sumatran peacocks, hornbills and also wild orangutans might cross your way. Around noon you will stop at an amazing hidden waterfall in the jungle, where you can swim in the fresh and clear water before you are enjoying your local lunch. Afterwards you will trek for around 1 hour more and explore the magical rainforest up the hill to a fantastic view point with a lot of wild orchids around.

After a short break you continue trekking up stream to the Bohorok River while always searching for wildlife on the way. Around 3 pm you will arrive at your campsite there and have time for a swim and relax and enjoy your afternoon coffee and tea. Our team will cook for you over an open campfire an unforgettable "jungle buffet" with a wide range of local food. After dinner you have the opportunity of playing games, singing around the fire or just looking at the stars and reviewing the first day of your trek. Your tent will be a simple bamboo frame, covered with a plastic tent.

DAY 2: The following morning you will wake up again to the sounds of the jungle. If you are lucky you can observe the Sumatran monitor lizards, tortoises and colourful river-butterflies around the campsite. After a good breakfast you have the opportunity to trek again for 2 hours or just relax at an amazing waterfall next to the campsite.

After a light lunch it's time for you to return to Bukit Lawang. And that is around 1 hour full of fun! Because your "jungle taxi" will bring you back by traditional tube-rafting down the Bohorok River.

Source: http://sumatra-ecotravel.com

Price per person: USD 200/person, Minimum 2 person

Price includes:
One night camping in the jungle, stopp at the orangutan feeding platform & tube-rafting down the Bohorok River, all food and refreshments, guide, porter, cook, rafting skipper, equipment (tent, mattress, sleeping bag, mosquito net, tubes, safety jackets & helmets for children);

Price excludes:
Entrance permits in the Gunung Leuser National Park/camera tax (150.000 IDR/pax). Starts at 08:30 am. Note*: min 3 persons!