ORANG UTAN & ELEPHANTS, 5 DAYS 2159 Reviews

Experience the stunning beauty and heartwarming friendliness of green Sumatra. Trekking and searching for orang utans and other tropical wildlife in the pristine jungle of Gunung Leuser National Park. Tubing, float down the river on car tubes! Off road with local jeep through oilpalm plantation track and rural areas. Take an elephant ride through the forest path. Joining and helping mahouts bathe the elephants.

Experience the stunning beauty and heartwarming friendliness of green Sumatra. 
Trekking and searching for orang utans and other tropical wildlife in the pristine jungle of Gunung Leuser National Park. 
Tubing, float down the river on car tubes! 
Off road with local jeep through oilpalm plantation track and rural areas.
Take an elephant ride through the forest path.
Joining and helping mahouts bathe the elephants.


ORANG UTAN & ELEPHANTS, 5 DAYS


Route : Bukit Lawang - Tangkahan - Medan 

Day 1 : To Bukit Lawang   
Today you arrive in Kualanamu airport Medan. 
Then you drive about one hour to the centre for a city tour (the availability of city tour depends on your arrival time). 
You will visit the Maimun palace built in 1888 in Malayan and Middle-East style and belonging the sultan of Deli. 
Visit the grand mosque Almashum built in the same period of the Maimun palace.
And visit the colorful Chinese temple, vihara Gunung Timur. 
From the centre, drive about 3 hours to Bukit Lawang, a small tourist village situated on the edge of Gunung Leuser National Park. 
Bukit Lawang is the most accessible place to spot the Orangutans in the park. 
And the park is one of the largest national park in the world containing over 800,000 ha of virgin rainforest 
and home to an impressive number of mammal species like tigers, Orangutans, gibbons, elephants and rhino’s. 
Enroute stop at oilpalm plantation and local market. 
Arrival in Bukit Lawang, free to relax. 
Enjoy the scenery from the veranda of your hotel room.

Day 2 : Bukit Lawang
First we bring you to the feeding platform of orangutans. 
The platform was built to help the orangutans that have been released to the wild after their rehabilitation. 
As they are semi-wild, they are sometimes having trouble finding food on their own in the wild. 
Then they can come to the feeding platform for some milk and bananas. 
Wild orangutan occasionally come to the platform too. 
So the feeding platform is meant as the first place for the orangutans come to 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 this means they are surviving well in the wild without help. 
From the platform you will follow a 2-3 hours jungle walk searching for more tropical flora and fauna. 
It is not a flat walk but involves some ups and downs. 
A bit hard but in return you get a very nice experience. 
You have a big chance to see gibbons, thomas leaf monkeys, longtail and pigtail macagues, flying squirrels, Sumatra peacocks and hornbills. 
A wild Orangutans 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. 
Jungle 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 till your hotel. 
It is a fun rafting and a relaxing way to enjoy the scenery. 
The rest of day is free at leisure. 

  • Those bringing camera/video camera into the park will be charged Rp 50,000/Rp 150,000
  • WHAT TO BRING! Shoes with good profile, rain coat & dry bag for wallet, mobile etc to protect from waters, insects repellant & drinking water
Those who want to experience more jungles of Gunung Leuser National Park can extend the walk duration into full day or even multi-day jungle trek by sleeping in the park


Day 3 : Tangkahan 
Off road with local jeep to Tangkahan. 
It takes about 3 hours passing by oilpalm plantation track and rural areas. 
A bit bumpy drive but great fun! 
Tangkahan is a beautifully remote jungle settlement situated on the other side of Gunung Leuser National Park. 
It was established as an ecotourism spot in 2001. 
Previously the area was logged and poachers hunted the animals. 
The local people have transformed the region, stopping illegal exploitation of the forest and forming forest ranger groups to patrol for illegal activities. 
Seven elephants were brought to the area to support this initiative. 
The elephants are used to patrol the forest to keep illegal loggers and poachers out. 
Joining the elephants for their daily bathing or taking a ride on elephant back will help to support this initiative too. 
Arrive in Tangkahan, transfer to your rainforest lodge and free at leisure. 
Overnight at basic lodge.

Day 4 : Medan 
It’s your time with the biggest mammal in the world. 
You will take one hour elephant ride on the back of an elephant through the forest path. 
Then join and help mahouts bathe the elephants in the river. 
The bathing is a nice experience because you can get up close and personal with the elephants. 
You are allowed to scrub and wash the elephants. 
Once they are finished, then your turn. 
The elephant will spray you water. Nice shower! 
Also chance for you to hand feed the elephants. 
After elephants just relax before boarding the car. Your next destination is Medan, 4 hours drive. 
The first two hours of travel involves driving over bumpy plantation tracks. 
Then an asphalt road will take you the rest of the way to your hotel. 

Day 5 : Departure
Back to Kualanamu airport for your onward flight.


Price is valid from January 1st to December 31st 2015 and based on low season. 
During high season (July, August and around Christmas) and the end of Ramadan prices may be higher. 
Prices are based on 2 persons staying in a double room.  
Prices for single rooms and triples are on request. 
Prices are subject to change. We are happy to make a proposal with the most up-to-date prices for you.

 

Price includes
• Car, fuel and driver 
• Local jeep from Bukit Lawang to Tangkahan (no aircondition)
• English-speaking guide (other languages on request and subject to availability) and local guide for jungle walk in Bukit Lawang
• Room with daily breakfast
• Entrance fees to visit the sites as mentioned in program including entrance fee to Gunung Leuser National Park
• Toll and parking fess
Excludes
• Flights international and/or domestic
• Lunch and dinner
• Personal expenses like drinks, tipping, souvenirs
• Camera/video charge in Gunung Leuser National Park
• Personal travel insurance
• Optional excursions and activities and their entrance fees
• Other expenses not mentioned in the program

 

 

 

 

 

 



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