Jungle Edie
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North Sumatera in your travels Are you planning to visit North Sumatera in your travels to Indonesia? Do you want to do something different in your travel this time? We'd be more than happy to welcome you to volunteer at '' Jungle School Adventure Volunteers''. We are looking for both temporary and long-term volunteers, international or local. You can volunteer with us and enjoy the beautiful landscape of Rain forest, What you can do to help depends on your interests, skills, and time commitment. We welcome people with any skill level. Volunteers can help with Our Projects a) Teaching and sharing at Jungle-School b) Tree Planting c) Help Local Community What We Offer Homestay community and Accomodation. Breakfast. Lunch Dinner
Bukit Lawang, Indonesia
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RonGibson
London, UK49 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2013 • Friends
Jungle Edie was amazing. He had a driver pick us up in Medan and bring us all the way to Bukit Luwang through all the palm plantations. In Bukit Edie set us up in the Jungle Inn, and it was a monstrous room. Very comfortable. Just be sure to keep the windows mostly closed due to the monkeys. And yes you will see them, and they will try to sneak into your room to check out what you brought with you!
Now onto the hike with Edie. It was tough. That's to say the least. I really didn't think I was going to be able to do it. But our group convinced each other that we could carry on. And we did. Right until I couldn't move anymore- and that was when we reached camp. I collapsed into the river and stayed there for a while. A little freaked out when a monitor lizard floated by- yes you are still in the jungle. Be aware of your surroundings! On our hike, which lasted about 6 hours, we saw so many orangutans and babies. So many photo opportunities. And the jungle was quiet and serene around us.
Once at the camp, which was a large wooden platform covered in tarps, we saw several monitor lizards, a tiger paw print in the sand (scary), and one of the female orangutans and her baby came to check us out and watch us for a while.
The meal cooked for us, in the middle of nowhere, in a little pit fired by wood, was one of the better meals I had in Indonesia- from any restaurant. The food was plentiful, and surprisingly tasty.
The night went by slowly, the wooden platform is not the most comfortable (I'm not 20 anymore).
The following morning we had some breakfast, relaxed in the river, took some more photos, and watched while Edie and his assistant set up the inner-tubes for our trip back to Bukit. We all hopped in the tubes and slowly floated home. The river isn't rough and only has a couple spots where you speed up and bump around a bit. It was just a pleasant trip down the river.
The following day we left Bukit, but we will always remember this trip- one of the best I've ever been on.

Some tips: Bring water, lots of it, more than 2L per person. Bring a sleeping pad, maybe a super light weight blow up. Bring cash for Bukit, there are no machines in the town and no one takes anything other than cash. Have Edie organize all your transfers, to and from Bukit, and to other sights in Sumatra. He will take care of everything.
Written December 18, 2013
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Ryan T
Melbourne, Australia2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2013 • Friends
Just, wow! Late December, myself and a friend travelled from our home in Melbourne, Australia, to have the experience of a life time in Gunung Leuser National Park with Jungle Edie's company. We arrived in Bukit Lawang a few days earlier than our trek was scheduled to start as I had been working in Bali, and so the night before our departure Edie organised a dinner meet-up for us to be introduced to his team. Unfortunately, Edie was not going to accompany us on our 4 day, 3 night trip into the jungle, so we were introduced to Leng. Leng is fantastic person with a blooming personality and was always there to assist Andrew and I during the trek. I HIGHLY recommend you request Leng to accompany you if Edie is unavailable.

On the morning we were scheduled to depart, Edie had hiking bags delivered to our residence at On The Rocks Bungalows so we could pack all our things and get ready to go. Since childhood I have always had an immense fascination in wildlife, and wanting to see the world's most majestic animals in their natural habitat, so this experience was very important to me. It had to be perfect. The morning trek started very slowly - our western legs unaccustomed to the jungle floor - and Leng showed us how the locals would extract rubber from rubber trees, as well as showing signs on a particular tree where a sun bear had climbed up. It was surprisingly close to Bukit Lawang! We reached the border of the jungle, and looking back, mumbling an optimistic 'let's go!', we set off into the wilderness.

Before long, we had our first orang-utan encounter. Now, I don't want to seem rude but I was very unimpressed by the fact that this poor orang-utan and her baby were surrounded by a flock of tourists staring up at her taking pictures. The environment felt like she was trapped and it was uncomfortable to watch. Most of the people around this tree were the people who do 1 day treks - something I highly do NOT recommend as it does not provide you with the true jungle experience at all.

A few hours later, when we had strayed farther and farther away from Bukit Lawang we got to the top of the hill where we were about to commence our descent. However, while we were walking down Leng soon told us to get running back up! Andrew and I were worried what could have caused such a scare. A tiger? Unlikely. An elephant? We would have heard it. But no, it was a mother orang-utan - very territorial - with her two children following her. After Leng's best attempts to move her out of the way, safe passage was granted and we could get past. Once we were past this orang-utan, we were not to see people form the outside world for another 3 days. Except, that is, for our HILARIOUS cook Hendrick. I'm assuming you're wondering why I'm placing such an emphasis on his hilarity, but believe me, when you meet him, you'll understand!

The rest of that day was spent adapting to the jungle environment, Leng frequently pointing out the different sounds of the jungle from the majestic hornbill to the screeching peacock. All the food we had on our stops during lunch breaks and such were sourced entirely from the jungle, such as rambutan and bananas. Before the trip I had never tasted a rambutan before. By the end, I was addicted! To summarise the day, we saw a few orang-utans, had a few close encounters with Thomas leaf monkeys, squirrels, an incredibly venomous caterpillar, a flying lizard and numerous other wonders of the jungle.

Our camp site that night was spectacular - a small little tent on the side of a smooth flowing river with the walls of a great valley blooming with jungle biome on each side. It was magical. Sitting under the stars. Dreaming. Amazed. Breathtaking.

The next day we started our ascent as if the track was almost vertical - our legs were aching and it was only about 1 hour in! However, we were young (both 18 years old) so we soon got over it. The day was fairly uneventful, yet at one point Leng randomly dropped his backpack and started running. Andrew and I were stunned, and when he came back, he told us to drop ours too and follow him. We ran down a hill, jumping over trees and branches until we came to the centre of a black gibbon clan resting in the trees. These majestic animals were making loud sounds - mating perhaps - and we had some very enriching experiences watching them.

Every night in the camp, be expected to do three things: change out of your sweaty clothes, eat a tasty dinner and play cards with Leng and Hendrick. Now, this is where you see their personalities come out. I have never met two people so happy and filled with life as I did in Sumatra. Leng and Hendrick were like little kids playing card games with us - we had an absolute blast telling them about our strange Western customs compared to theirs. This was made even more awkward for Andrew as he couldn't speak Indonesian like myself, but I'd like to think he learnt a thing or two by the end! Oh, and don't let this misinform you! Leng was EXTREMELY good with English. He had the competency equal to my own.

The third day and final day of trekking was marvellous - I interacted with a female orang-utan who came out of nowhere in the jungle and started holding my hand whilst Leng fed her food. Now, as I understand she was NOT a wild orang-utan, but one of the rehabilitated ones from Bukit Lawang. Don't expect every orang-utan to be this friendly to you! The final camp site was SPECTACULAR - situated on a river it was a hub of biodiversity, from baboons to hornbills, giant monitor lizards the size of a man to oversized bugs.

We had the opportunity to take the tube network down the river to Bukit Lawang. I HIGHLY recommend doing this - believe me, you won't want to walk back. My suggestion is, go trekking for AS LONG AS YOU CAN, as it increases the distance between you and civilisation, and subsequently, closer to the true wildlife of Sumatra. It is hard for me to describe in text how incredible this experience is. I have not even mentioned everything that happened here.

So, I know you are reading this because you are thinking about engaging Jungle Edie's services and going to Sumatra. Don't hesitate. Do it. You won't regret it. It was the chance of a lifetime. In fact, I was so stunned by it that in 2015-16 I plan on returning - this time for longer.

We also visited Tangkahan, yet as I've done the elephant thing before, I wouldn't go back. Spend more time in the wild!

My tips:
1) Wear LONG PANTS - Shorts get your feet all wet, dirty and itchy - you will thank me when you can take off mud stained pants to have rash-free skin on your legs!
2) Be fit. This is the jungle. I'm 18, but there were people there far older than I am. There is no restriction on age. If you have the motivation, you will be able to get through it.
3) Get good walking shoes - if you don't, hit yourself.
4) Use Jungle Edie!
5) Go for it, and don't look back!

I hope my rushed review helped you out. Feel free to ask questions about my trip.

In regards to pricing, you will have to ask Jungle Edie about that (it was more expensive for us as there were only two of us + guide + cook).

To Jungle Edie & Leng & Hendrick: Terima Kasih! Pengalaman ini sangat istimewa! Aku menghargai bantuanmu dan berharap untuk mengunjungi bukit lawang lagi.

~ Ryan
Written April 23, 2014
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Konstantin S
Regensburg, Germany2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2013 • Couples
As one of the very few, Jungle Edie is a CERTIFIED jungle guide.
His knowledge is amazing, and it is so much fun with him and his crew to trek through the jungle.

We did a 4 day adventure trip and saw many animals. The longer the trip takes, the higher is the chance to get to see truely wild orang utans.
The whole crew is so friendly and their food is delicious.
Nothing at all to complain. Just get some comfy sleeping bags, as the jungle ground is quite hard.

Otherwise I cannot wait to do such a trip again.
Jungle Edie is very much aware of the importance of the environment and he also plants trees where the forest was cut down.

Support this action and you will get the best trip of your life!
Written August 11, 2013
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Jen N
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2012 • Friends
I thought this trip wouldn't have been as great if it weren't for Jungle Edie. We got to do many exciting things like trekking through rain forests and chilling by the river. Getting to see the orangutans up close was also something I definitely won't forget. Jungle was a very kind and fun host! You won't regret choosing him as your tour guide!
Written October 6, 2012
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Tara J
Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands1 contribution
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Feb 2012 • Friends
Jungle Edie is one of the Sumatran guys who provide tours through the jungle around Bukit Lawang.

Bukit Lawang is a beautiful authentic village, only separated from the jungle by a gorgeous wild river. When you take a tour through the jungle, you can sleep in the village, where they have a lot of guesthouses, all with river view.

Tours are from 1 to 7 days and the tour guides provide you with food, water en a place to sleep. Tours start at the village, from where you just walk into the jungle. At night the tour guides set up a camp, complete with tea, cookies, a bonfire and some brainteasing games to get you through the night.

During the tour you can see a lot of wild animals, like oerang oetangs and other monkeys.
It was one of my most memorable activities in Indonesia and I would definitely recommend other backpackers to go there!

So have fun and cheers,

Tara (from The Netherlands)
Written September 25, 2012
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mportus
Bogota, Colombia22 contributions
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Feb 2018 • Couples
Adhi was our guide from jungle Edie company and he was amazing! He was patient enough to take us and see orangutans, macacos, white handed monkey and the one we named Neimar monkey!!! He also explained us about birds, their voices and even found a Tucán for us to see it (from far but saw it!). The 4 days trekking we did the food was amazing, Enid our cook did an amazing job! And for finishing tubing in the river!!! Just tons of fun!!
They were aware of our safety all the time and we had the opportunity to talk about the social projects the company runs(support a school, teach kids about the jungle)
For sure we will be back!!!
Written February 7, 2018
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dennisdj2016
Winterthur, Switzerland16 contributions
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Sep 2016 • Couples
3 years ago I did only a 2 day trip into the Gunung Leuser National Park and this time I went for 5 days and my wife for 3 days into the jungle. The trip was amazing, we saw so many animals and the guides are really nice. Everything was well organized by Jungle Edie, we really enjoyed the hiking in the jungle. The food they cooked for us was delicious and the rafting back to the village Bukit Lawang was refreshing and fun. We also visited the jungle school teaching children English and environment protection. We are looking forward to come back again some day. Thanks to Jungle Edie and his team, great job :-)
Written October 9, 2016
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Robbin H
Beuningen, The Netherlands99 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2016 • Couples
We did a 3 day 2 night trekking with Edie, Randy and 'Black Tiger'. We had a wonderful time and were perfectly looked after by chef Randy and during the trekking by Black Tiger. Great food prepared by Randy while we were trekking. 2 days drinking from the river (boiled) without getting sick. Get used to the heat before going on a multi day trekking! We encountered multiple Orang Oetangs(unforgettable), many long tail macaques and 2 pig tail macaques. Unfortunately no other monkeys or special mammals/birds. Maybe we were a bit spoiled by the Costa Rican jungles.
So if you're looking for a serious guide with respect for the jungle and a staff that is incredible, prepair for some serious climbing and swetting and book with Jungle Edie. (beware you're sleeping on really thin matrasses and absolute hard surface, expect to be broken afterwards 😉)
Written May 20, 2016
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Travelssilke
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2015 • Solo
I called Edie from Kalimantan as the prices were high overthere because of low season and me travelling solo. He gave me a good price, I jumped on a plane and his driver came to get me at the airport to get to beautifull Bukit Lawang. Couldn't be easier! A warm welcome and the next day we went for a two day tour. Amazing!! With edie as a guide we got a lot of information, saw the Oerang utans up close, many other animals, great food, trekking, sleeping at the camp, laughing, rafting, ... I would do it again! With Edie ofcourse 😄
Written December 1, 2015
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Soumya Nagesh
Austin, TX23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014
A very efficiently and skilfully run service that will take care of your local tour needs in Sumatra. We used the service for both Bukit Lawang and a trip to lake Toba and Samosir island. The person who drove us was very well acquainted with the roads and got us to both places and back as scheduled. He was very accommodating of requests for stops along the way for pictures, food and clean restrooms. He also acted as guide on the trip to lake Toba. Our guide at Bukit Lawang was very well informed and friendly. A wonderful group to use, especially if you are a first time visitor - they are very responsive on email, punctual and professional.
Written July 5, 2014
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