RAINFOREST HOLIDAY TREKKING GUIDELINES

Before you enter this amazingly beautiful yet fragile habitat, please read the information below.

This habitat contains one of the rarest great apes and many endemic species found nowhere else on earth. We want to leave the jungle as we find it, so that our future generations can appreciate it. Remember, this advice is not only to protect the wildlife, but also to protect you and make sure that you have the best experience possible.


Orangutans, like the other great apes in Africa are genetically close to humans. Therefore orang-utans are susceptible to catch many of our diseases. A simple cough or cold to us can be potentially fatal for an orangutan. Many tourist industries in Asia and Africa that allow human populations to visit great apes have strict instructions including no entry if visitors are sick, 10m space between you and the apes and a maximum of one hour with the animals. Our guides stick to these guidelines strictly so please follow what they say. You don't want to be the cause of an orangutan getting sick or worse, a baby dying, just so you could get a better photograph.


Orangutans in the Bukit Lawang area, although habituated to human presence, have been rehabilitated to survive in the wild. These guidelines are to protect both them and us, an orangutan that has no fear for humans can be potentially dangerous; they are intelligent and very, very strong.


1. Maintain a distance of at least 10 metres from the closest orangutan (as is in other great ape tourism sites in Africa). The  
    potential for disease transfer is very high due to the close genetic relationship between them and us. Pneumonia,
    influenza, tuberculosis, hepatitis A, B & C, parasites and even the common cold can be passed to them, and potentially
    be life threatening. If an orangutan approaches you, move away slowly.
2. You are allowed to stay for a maximum of 1 hour at the feeding platform, please listen to the guides.
3. Do not feed the orangutans (or any other of the primate species) under any circumstances.
4. Do not smoke, eat or drink when an orangutan is present. Do not make any loud noises or get in-between two
    orangutans, especially a mother and their offspring. Mothers are very protective of their young and could potentially
    become aggressive. Disturbance like this also disrupts natural behaviour.
5. If an orangutan makes kiss-squeak vocalisations, throaty grunts or growls, breaks or throws branches it is a sign of
    irritation and these are aggressive threats. It is best to move on and leave the orangutan alone to minimise stress.
6. Do not leave any litter in the forest. This also includes fruit peels/skins. Although you may think these are natural, they
    have been grown out of the jungle, carry your germs and aid in disease transmission.
7. Do not remove damage or alter any of the vegetation in the forest.
8. If you need to go to the toilet, dig a hole at least 30cm deep and bury it afterwards. Do NOT leave toilet paper in the
    jungle.
9. Do not go trekking OR to the feeding platform if you are sick. We can re-schedule your trip without any loss of your
    money. Trekking is hard, hot and has high humidity, therefore trekking when you are sick is not pleasant anyway.

OUTDOOR ADVENTURE & TREKKING

LOCAL TRANSPORTATION:

Private transport upon arrival in the area of Bukit Lawang is not included. You may choose to rent a private motorbike (petrol not included) for your use during your time in Bukit Lawang (must be paid for prior to your arrival in Bukit Lawang) or you can use public transportation to explore the surrounding area and villages of Bukit Lawang.