Whether it’s an individual jungle trek, a completely pre-planned trip through North Sumatra or a very special photo tour for photographers and filmmakers – we make your holiday a magical experience – completely according to your ideas. We have a team of highly experienced guides who are looking forward to showing you their home. Have a look!
Indonesia is home to some of the most important forests and biodiversity in the world. Matchless, the Leuser Ecosystem stretches at the core of the vast rainforest of Indonesians island Sumatra. Up to 10.000 feet tall the forest-covered mountains safeguard its inhabitants like a fortress.
The rainforest of Gunung Leuser National Park is home to some of the most endangered species on Earth. It shelters countless plants and animals and remains the last stronghold of four of the planets most threatened species: The elusive Sumatran Tiger, the world’s smallest rhinos, forest elephants and one of the smartest great apes in the world – Orangutans.
In Indonesian, “orangutan” means “person of the forest”. Sumatra’s jungle is home to the densest population anywhere on Earth. An idyllic place called Bukit Lawang is the gateway to that tropical paradise. Thanks to ecotourism, a significant part of this Indonesian rainforest is being preserved.
With our offer we would like to give you a unique experience of the real tropical life of Indonesia! All our tours are sustainable, variable and customisable to your personal wishes.
No matter if you are a family with small children who needs an easy way through the jungle or a photographer who wants to find more secret places far from any other human being. All our guides grew up around Bukit Lawang and know the jungle like the back of their hand. No matter what you wish to experience, our team will bring your there safely.
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We, Anto & Senta, are an Indonesian ∼ German couple who loves nature, adventure, animals and traveling through the wilderness. Both of us couldn’t survive without any green around us, so Bukit Lawang is the perfect place for us to be.
We believe that community-based, ecological tourism is the only chance to preserve and protect the last remaining places of the wonderful Indonesian rainforest with its unique ecosystem and huge biodiversity. In Gunung Leuser National Park endangered animals like Sumatran Orangutans, Rhinos, Sumatran Tiger, Hornbills and Elephants find habitat and protection.
With our jungle treks and our incredible lovely team we would like to abduct you into that incomparable piece of nature to pass on knowledge about the importance of our rainforest and to share magical moments with you…
Sumatra Animal Aid rescues, fosters, feeds, castrates & vaccinates the street cats and dogs of Bukit Lawang. Conny, passionate animal lover & head of the organisation, set up the project on her own in 2020 and has been financing it entirely on her own ever since.
Two fenced dog yards with huts for rescued dogs, as well as four cat houses have been built in Bukit Lawang so far due to Conny’s initiative. As a result, more than 130 cats and 40 dogs have already been castrated and a large number vaccinated. Sumatra Animal Aid not only helps the four-legged strays, but also supports the people in the village who lovingly care for the animals with a monthly salary.
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Most people in Sumatra live in very poor conditions, which understandably means that little attention is paid to the health of their (domestic) animals. Often cats and dogs are poorly fed, suffer from diseases or, in the case of dogs, are sold to the meat market when the owners have no money left. When Conny’s team hears about such a situation, they try to buy the dogs. In one case, a former dog seller could even be won over as an active employee for the animal work. Now she lives off the salary she gets for caring for animals!
However, Conny and her team do not have an easy task: the nearest veterinarian is a 4-hour drive from Bukit Lawang, which makes it difficult to treat emergencies. There is no animal shelter in all of Sumatra. Many locals have little knowledge about the needs and treatment of animals, the idea of prevention is unknown to most and, above all, too expensive. The work of Sumatra Animal Aid therefore makes an enormous and lasting contribution to reducing the misery of street animals in Bukit Lawang and the surrounding area!
The island kingdom of Indonesia houses a tropical mountain rainforest, active volcanoes amid spectacular mountain landscapes, fantastic beaches and one of the most diverse animal and plant worlds. Especially the island of Sumatra is a dream destination for nature-loving vacationers as well as for those who are interested in the traditional culture of Indonesia. Sumatra is one of the most diverse islands in Southeast Asia. You could spend years of discovering all its secrets…
The mountainous National Park stretches in the north of Indonesian’s island Sumatra. Besides Borneo, it’s the last remaining place on earth where you can find Orangutans and Sumatran Tigers living in the wild. With thousands of species and plants, it is one of the most biodiverse rainforests in the world.
Rhinos, Tigers, Forest Elephants and Orangutans were once found together throughout Southeast Asia. But deforestation and poaching mean that Gunung Leuser National Park is now the only place in the world where they still coexist. Main reason for this is the problematic cultivation of oil palms.
Will we make something so precious disappear forever, or take our last chance and protect it for our children and grandchildren? Help us to have a positive impact on our most important ecosystem ∼ the rainforest ∼ and take part in our ecological tourism!
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Yes there are!
Besides Borneo (Kalimantan), Sumatra is the last remaining habitat of our close relatives. There are different species of the compelling apes, like the Borneo Orangutan who found its habitat on the ground as there are no tigers left anymore on the island, or the Sumatran Orangutan who can be found swinging in the trees of Gunung Leuser National Park, behind Bukit Lawang.
Until 2015 there was a feeding platform at the entrance of the National Park to help orangutans, who lived in captivity, finding back into their natural habitat. These Orangutans are now the famous Semiwilds of Bukit Lawang. As they are used to humans, you might find them on nearly every jungle trek and watch their human likeness at close range. Some of these special semiwild orangutans have even had offspring since they were released into the wild.
You are more interested in seeing wild orangutans? The chances to spot wild exemplars are quite good on our longer treks (two to four days), as they use to live in the deeper forest. Sometimes they even come close to the borders of the national park, so if you’re lucky you can even see them on a one-day trek. But anyways they will keep their distance with us as they are more bashful than the semiwilds.
If you would like to know more about the Sumatran Orangutans, Bukit Lawang and the rainforest of Southeast Asia, read more here or come to visit us in the Indonesian rainforest!
All our jungle treks will lead into the mountains of Gunung Leuser National Park. Therefore, you need some basic fitness condition and healthy knees on all our treks. Our day tours are quite easy to walk, but for our 2-days trek (or more days) you should be in a good health condition and used to some exercises.
Don’t worry – your Jungle Guide will always be aware of your fitness & health condition and can choose a different trekking route through the National Park depending on your wishes.
Our youngest guest was just one year old, while our oldest guest past the 80s – all of them came back in full health and enjoyed their time in the jungle 😉
We recommend staying at least 4 to 5 days in Bukit Lawang. Like that you will have enough time to join one of our unforgettable overnight jungle treks and to do some more activities in the beautiful surrounding of Bukit Lawang, like exploring waterfalls and the world’s biggest flowers. However, it’s always worth to stay longer!
If you are on a tight schedule, we would recommend you one of our day tours into the Gunung Leuser National Park and short trips around Bukit Lawang, like exploring the mystery Bat Cave or visiting the traditional Friday Market.
Do you plan your next stop in Tangkahan, Berastagi or Lake Toba? We are happy to arrange your transportation, maybe even in combination with one of our memorable activities like staying in the wooden treehouses of Rumah Pohon?
Directly in Bukit Lawang there is no ATM. Also, paying by card is not very commen and mostly not possible. So you will need some cash money in Bukit Lawang, especially if you didn’t book any tours in advance.
But don’t worry: The nearest ATM is a 20-minute walk or 5-minute tuk-tuk ride away from the centre of Bukit Lawang – in the Indomaret of Gotong Royong. Just ask the next local person who you meet on your way and he or she will be happy to show you the way.
If you travel in high season, we definitely recommend you to book your jungle trek or other activities in advance as many tourists will be in Bukit Lawang.
Anyways, for us it’s always helpful to plan the schedules of our jungle guides. You are not yet sure about your travel dates? We can always handle your booking flexibly – just let us know your rough plan.
If you want to come to Bukit Lawang without any booking, that is possible of course. There will be plenty of “guides” waiting for you at the bus station. Just be careful that you don’t join the first who comes along as some of them are no experienced or licensed guides.
If your travel plans in Indonesia contain a maximum of 30 days, you will automatically get a FREE tourist visa upon arrival at the airport! In any other case you will need a visa.
Check out Indonesians entrance and visa rules here.
We recommend vaccination against rabies. However, this is not mandatory! If you are bitten by an animal (regardless of whether you have a vaccination or not), you can get a rabies shot directly at the Bukit Lawang infirmary.
We recommend you to procure a travel and health insurance for your entire trip in case something happens. Hospital and doctor bills can be very high in Indonesia…
There is a small medical station and a pharmacy nearby Bukit Lawang. Anyways, in some cases it could be better to visit a hospital in Medan. So better be safe with an insurance!
Travel insurance is within the personal responsibility of each traveller and should cover injuries, accidents and the loss of personal belongings.