Just thought i would update as we have just got back from 5 nights in Bukit Lawang and loved every minute of it - we did go to the Jungle Inn and the 2 top rooms there are amazing but they were too expensive for us at 450,000 a night so we walked about 1 minute down the river and stayed at Jungle Tribe which only has 2 rooms which are directly on the river with the balconys facing the river and the jungle - even spotted an orangutan from our balcony on the second day we were there - i would recommend this place 100% lovely bright rooms, monkey visit the balcony every day and the restaurant just next door is really great and the staff so friendly and helpful - only a 2 min walk to the canoe that you get over to the feeding station and also Darwin who runs the place is also a guide - but we found that out too late and had already been grabbed by someone else !
We went to Bukit Lawang by public bus from Medan which cost us 25,000 each but think we were charged too much as i think it should only be 14,000 each and drops you 1km out of Bukit Lawang and a bekak is about 5000 each to get to the town - then there is the walk along the river - but worth going further up the river as you are more likely to see orangutans - but getting back to Medan we got private transport for 60,000 each but this drops you directly where you want to go so no more taxi fares when you get to Medan - cheaper for us than getting the public bus back !
I would 100% recommend a trip to Bukit Lawang and definately stay at the Jungle Tribe
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Jungle Tribe is a small guesthouse and restaurant located in Bukit Lawang, Sumatra in a breathtaking location next to the Bohorok River and opposite the beautiful rainforest of Gunung Leuser National Park, famed for being one of the last places in the world that you can spot orangutans in the wild. It's not uncommon to spot an orangutan or a hornbill from the comfort of your room or from the restaurant. We can offer the whole jungle package to individuals, small groups and families including airport transfers, accommodation and jungle trekking. We pride ourselves on providing this experience with full regard and care for this amazing ecosystem. We are committed to offering eco-friendly experiences which have minimal impact on the environment. Our boutique style rooms are perfect for those wishing to experience the jungle in comfort and the Jungle Tribe restaurant is well acclaimed providing an eclectic mix of Indonesian and Western food. Drop by for a meal or sample one of our Jungle power juices in preparation for a Jungle trek. Jungle Tribe has recently been refurbished and changed management. We are a family run guesthouse looking to provide each guest with a relaxing, comfortable stay and a perfect introduction or re-acquaintance with the jungle. We are passionate about Bukit Lawang and the jungle. We want people to enjoy this beautiful part of the world and pass on the message to others that it must be protected. We can offer trekking and a variety of day tours such as cycling, bird watching and cooking lessons. We are fully committed to following the National Park guidelines and we use only licensed, local guides who also follow these guidelines. Return transfers from Medan can be provided as well as hire of our adapted mini bus and driver to take you to other parts of Sumatra. We welcome families and have car seats for children aged from 1 to 12. Our location has direct access to a safe part of the river where kids can paddle and play. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Jungle Tribe Bukit Lawang, Sumatra