Gunung Leuser National Park
6 Days 5 Nights Trip
Sumatran Orangutan and Elephant Ride Tour
Day 1: Medan – Bukit Lawang
Arrival in Kualanamu airport in Medan, the main city in northern Sumatra. Then, drive on about 4.5 hours to Bukit Lawang, a small tourist village popular with its rehabilitation centre of orang utan. It is located at the edge of Gunung Leuser National Park, one of the largest national park in the world containing over 800,000 ha of virgin rainforest. You will pass by some plantations of oilpalm and rubber. Arrive in Bukit Lawang, check-in to your accomodation and free to relax. Enjoy the scenery from the veranda of your hotel room.
Overnight at ECO LODGE / RINDU ALAM (or similar), simple accommodation but clean and nicely located by the river side on the outskirts of the park. The rooms comes up with traditional Indonesia shower “mandi/bucket shower” with only cold water, no hot water.
Day 2: Orangutan Tour & Jungle Trek, Sleep in Tent (B,L,D)
First orang utan tour. You will visit the feeding platform where semi-wild orang utans are fed and trained to live in the wild. It is a marvelous sight to see the orang utans coming out of the forest to the platform by swinging freely from branch to branch. In the fruit season the orang utans may not come out as they may get enough foods from the forest but it happens not often. After the feedings, walk deeper ± 6 hours into the Gunung Leuser National Park to experience the rainforest, of course you will hike up and down the hills while constantly searching for wild animals in their natural habitat. You have a big chance to see gibbons, thomas leaf monkeys, longtail and pigtail macagues, flying squirrels, Sumatra peacocks and hornbills. A wild orang utans might cross your way. Your guide will explain you many things about the rainforest. And he will show you many different kind of plants and flowers. Packed lunch on trails. You will camp for a night by the river side. It is an authentic and basic camp. Tents are bamboo shells covered with tarpaulins stretched over a branch. The front and back of tent are so open, but offering adequate protection against the rain. A real jungle camp!Note:
- Those bringing camera/video in Gunung Leuser National Park will be charged Rp50.000 (USD 6) for camera and Rp150.000 (USD 18) for video
- WHAT TO BRING! Shoes with good profile, long sleeves (trousers & shirts), change of clothes, rain coat & dry bag for wallet, mobile etc when to protect water/rains, torch, insects repellant, lightweight sleeping bag if needed since we provide simple sleeping mat, sport sandal/slipper and bottled water if needed since we provide boiled water.
Day 3: Jungle Trek ends - Safari River (Tubing) – by jeep to Tangkahan (B)
In the morning you might be wake up by the magical sound of the jungle. Today is your final trek of your rainforest adventure which ends by the river side. From here you return to your accomodation by Tubing. You will float down the river ca. 20 minutes on car tubes that have been modified to ensure safety. Fun rafting! Upon arrival, short rest and jeep trip to Tangkahan, a beautifully remote jungle settlement on the other side of Gunung Leuser National Park. Jeep trip takes about 3-hours passing by rural areas and plantation tracks, a bit bumpy drive but great fun. Upon arrival, check-in to your rainforest lodge and relax.
Accomodation at MEGA INN / JUNGLE LODGE (or similar), basic accommodation built with simple materials to keep in harmony with nature. Facilities are minimal but it is still the best in this area. Each room has own bathroom but comes up with traditional Indonesia shower, mandi/bucket shower with cold water only, no hot water. Good to experience! To reach this accomodation, you need to cross river by canoe or hanging bridge and followed by a short walk. Porter can assist you in taking your luggages. Negotiate a price of this service. Usually it costs about Rp 15,000 per luggage.
Day 4: Elephant Tour (B)
Experience time with the biggest mammal in the world. You will take one hour elephant riding on a comfortable howdah through the forest path. Steep slopes and dense vegetation will bring you the excitement of the jungle. After the ride, join and help mahouts bathe the elephants in the river. You are allowed to wash and scrub them. Once they are finished, then your turn. The elephants will spray you water. Nice shower!
Day 5: Tangkahan – Medan (B)
Free to relax until time to leave for Medan. You need ± 4 hours drive to Medan. The first 2 hours, you will drive over bumpy plantation tracks. Then an asphalt. Before arriving at hotel (depending on your arrival time) we bring you a short city tour visiting the Maimun palace built in 1888 in Malayan and Middle-East style and belonging the sultan of Deli, grand mosque Almashum built in the same period of the Maimun palace & the colorful Chinese temple, vihara Gunung Timur. Accomodation at TIARA / SOECHI HOTEL (or similar).
Day 6: Medan – Airport (B)
Pick up from your hotel and transfer on about 1.5 hours to Kualanamu airport Medan.
Price incl: Transfer and tours program as indicated in the itinerary, Room with daily breakfast, Entrance fees, Tubing, Elephant tour, Basic camping equipment, Meals as specified in tour & English-speaking guide.
Not incl: Airfares & airport tax (40.000IDR/person), Other meals not specific, Tipping, Porter service at airport, hotel etc, Camera/video charge in Gunung Leuser National park, Personal travel insurance & Other personal expenses such as laundry, telephone call, minibar, room service.