Bukit Lawang Jungle
Bukit Lawang Jungle
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Carol081
Melbourne, Australia40 contributions
Dec 2019 • Family
For 16 days my family of 11 (5 children) toured around Lake Toba, Medan,
Tangkahan and Bukit Lawang. Everyone loved the 6 hour jungle trek seeing orangutans, Thomas Leaf Moneys and various others. Private picnic lunch and tubing down rapids was a definite highlight. Guides wonderful, very capable, knowledgeable and very helpful. Bukit Lawang is a great safe place to explore.
Written January 8, 2020
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ShazF7
Shefford, UK1,369 contributions
Feb 2019 • Friends
Trek was easy. Mist guides great. Ours really good. I don't enjoy seeing animals fed. Met the large Sumatran male! Monkeys good too. No snakes, no birds, spiders, insects.. Which I live to photograph.. Bit I was there for the orangutans!
Written January 12, 2020
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Nico
Sanur, Indonesia2 contributions
Dec 2018 • Friends
Don't book a tour with Anton! A sturdy man with tatoos on his upper arm and mostly a Rastafari cap on his head. He threatened not only us but also other tourguides physically, so that we don't book a tour with them but with him. He derived his claim on us from the fact that he first found us and advised us. He is one of the really bad ones that poison the climate in the city.
Written December 25, 2018
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MelodieScotland
Kas, Türkiye25 contributions
Feb 2018 • Couples
I was so looking forward to seeing orang utan in the wild but unfortunately, I was quite dissapointed by the whole experience.

There were many groups, wandering around the same area, looking for the apes-the guides shouted to each other to alert other groups where they would be, meaning that when we did come across them, there were at least 10 other groups there. Apparently this is the off season, and we were told it’s incredible busy in the high season, where there are so many people surrounding the animals, you may not be able to see them at all, if you are stuck at the back of the group.

But the main disappointment was the behaviour of other guides and visitors, who not only got much too close, they also took selfies and fed the orang utans. I must point out that our own guide did not do this and kept us a safe distance from them-safe for both them (they can catch diseases from us) and us (they are big, strong and can be grumpy!)

We did see Thomas Leaf monkeys, tong tailed and pig tailed macaques, which was brilliant. The Park need to control the guides more and take action of the break their own rules-there are signs all over Bukit Lawang staring not to feed or go close to the orang utans,

Bukit Lawang is a great place for wildlife but the orang utan “experience” saddened me.
Written March 8, 2018
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susi_and_michi2017
Linz, Austria1 contribution
Aug 2017 • Couples
We did a 5 day Jungle Trek in Bukit Lawang. The thing about Bukit Lawang is that it is not at all about Ecotourism. It is kind of mass tourism resulting in Orang Utans not being able to life on there own and not finding sufficient nutrition on their own because a lot of guides (also guides with a certificate from the Indonesian Tourist agency) feed the Orang Utans (even with sweets and fried rice) so that the tourists can take selfies with them. This leads to Orang Utans leaving the forests in low season (when there aren't enough tourists and therefore the guides do not feed them) trying to find food at the plantations outside the jungle and getting shot by the owners or the workers of the plantations. Moreover a lot of guides do not give anything about the nature but only care about money. So when you go there DO NOT book a guide online and in advance. TALK TO PEOPLE once you arrive in Bukit Lawang and choose a guide you have a good feeling about. We did so and we got to know 2 really amazing guides: Bob and Rian. You can do the whole Orang Utan Trekking thing with them and you will have a good feeling about how they interact with nature and with the animals. But still, it is not really possible to have an adventure trip in Bukit Lawang because there is this tourist infrastructure. There are specified camps the tourist have to spend the nights in the national park and people from Bukit Lawang provide these Camps with food for the tourists. That's how it works wheather you want to go deeper in the jungle or make longer trekks you simply can't because of this infrastructure. The guides have to obey the rules of the Indonesian tourist organisation.

I wan't to make you aware of an alternative starting point for adventures in Gunnung Leuser National Park. The name of the town is Simolap and it is the hometown of Rian (our Guide). In this town there is not as much tourist infrastructure as in Bukit Lawang and if you're lucky you can probably still stay with local people and families. You can cook together, you learn about their culture and most important you can also do Jungle Trekking there. You can enjoy beautiful nature of Gunnung Leuser National Park, without the Mass tourism downsides of Bukit Lawang and you make sure that you really support ecotourism that way.
Written March 7, 2018
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Han G
Thornhill, Canada444 contributions
Oct 2017 • Couples
From Econo lodge we hired a guide and Park ranger to do jungle trekking at Gunung Leuser National Park. It was a a great day we saw few different monkeys, birds and other animals, the highlight was we encounter the Orang Utan and her baby. it was a wonderful experience that we never can forget. Recommended for naturallovers
Written January 14, 2018
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Gabrijela1972
Maribor, Slovenia341 contributions
Aug 2019
A truly wonderful experience. Beautiful nature and many animals you see along the way. Orangutans, Thomas Leaf Monkeys, Macaque Monkeys, turtles ... Great guide Nurdin told us a lot and showed us a lot of interesting things in the woods. Highly recommend!!!!
Written September 10, 2019
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JoanRuff
London, UK101 contributions
Mar 2019 • Solo
We saw 9 orangutans, 3 that were mom/baby pairs. We also saw various species of monkeys, a jungle turtle and a huge lizard. It was tough to decide between going to Borneo or here for the orangutans and I'm glad I ended up going with Sumatra.
Written April 14, 2019
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RPThorne
Sedgwick, Australia258 contributions
Dec 2018 • Couples
This jungle is truly amazing, and the orangutans are the prime drawcard. They can be seen quite easily within a few hours. Guides are required, and needed, to advise and protect you from the orangutans. You can get remarkably close.
Other animals are birds were the Thomas Leaf monkeys and the long tailed macaques, who were drawn to the overnight camping area.
We saw and heard the amazing rhinoceros hornbills from a distance, and a stunning green whip snake.
It was the rainy season, so the walk was strenuous, steep at times, muddy and wet, but worth any aching muscles!
Written December 29, 2018
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Dorota F
London, UK46 contributions
Sep 2018 • Friends
The jungle was incredible, hot ,humid and wild. Being able to see orang-utans so close and see them in the wild is the best experience ever. We had a curious small orang-utan who came down to see our group and stared at us for few minutes and then came back to her mum. It was soooo cute and amazing! The hike is quite tough so for people with any injuries or not a good fitness level I would recommend a half day trek! If you use good guides you will see orang-utans anyway.
Written October 11, 2018
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