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.
Sights to see in Bukit Lawang
Bukit Lawang itself is crowded on weekends and holidays from local tourists and very noisy. The village is built along the Bohorok River. On both sides there are many warung, cafes, souvenir shops, and each Amount of budget accommodation.
Most visitors take the two day trekking tour into the Gunung Leuser National Park and spend a night in the jungle. Such a tour is about Rp. 800.000.
You should bring your own on tour a rucksack, warm clothes (it gets cold at night in the jungle), possibly a pillow (which I missed). Even if the animals approaching up to 10m, is to take pictures of Orangutans need a telephoto lens (at least 200mm).
Travel to Bukit Lawang
There is a direct bus connection to travel from Medan's Pinang Baris bus terminal to Bukit Lawang ever 30 minutes (Rp. 15.000). The more comfortable travel alternative again is a taxi that costs about Rp. 600.000 from Medan. The tour takes 3 to 4 hours.