Indonesia Travel Guide

Bukit Lawang

Bukit Lawang is located at the entrance to Gunung Leuser National Park, the last strongholds of tropical South East Asian rainforest containing critically endangered and extremely rare flora and fauna. This UNESCO World Heritage Site with its ancient forest inhabits some extremely rare species, such as the Sumatra tiger, the Sumatra rhinoceros and the Sumatra Elephant. However, chances of seeing these reclusive animals are low as their population numbers are very small.

In the past it was in the Bukit Lawang Orangutan Rehabilitation Center Bahorok, which reintroduced and supported in captivity born orangutans to get around in the rain forest of Sumatra. Overall 288 orangutans were released before they have decided that the rain forest of the region cannot accommodate more animals. The possibility of observing orangutans at the feeding platform in the jungle is now restricted.

But those who takes the rigors of a 2-day trek through the jungles of Sumatra has extremely good options to observe the animals in their natural environment. Since the reintroduced orangutans are basically used to the people, they have no problem to stay right next to the small paths in the jungle, where adventurous tourists march through the rain forest.

In addition to the orangutans as the main attraction, you get fascinating insights into the Vegetatione the tropical rainforests of Sumatra while walking through the Gunung Leuser National Park. Juicy green, twisted roots, vines hanging from giant trees and wildly jumping monkey hordes provide real jungle feel. At the end of the day you relax and a swim in the Bohorok River, and take a small rafting trip back to Bukit Lawang the day after.

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INFO: orang utans in danger

Orangutans are already one of the endangered species on our planet. Nevertheless, man still reduces the natural habitat of the animals. In particular the island of Sumatra gained sad popularity for destroying tropical rainforest by burning, drainage of wetlands and the massive expansion of palm oil plantations. Many of these activities are illegal, but the Indonesian authorities are unable or unwilling to stop the process. This leaves only a few small enclaves where the 6000 surviving orangutans may exist in their natural habitat.

HOTEL: On the Rocks

Bukit Lawang Jl Kampung Sebelah I no 14D, Padang
from $ 11 p/n
The guesthouse offers 4 bungalows and a restaurant with spectacular panorama views of nature. Every bungalow has toilet with shower and is located directly at the jungle.
Phone: +62 81263031119

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