Gunung Leuser National Park is part of the 2.6 million hectre Leuser Ecosystem, considered to be one of the last strongholds for the critically endangered Sumatran orangutan, an amazing habitat. Read More

    Whether you are an experienced adventure traveller or a first time visitor to Sumatra, we can help you explore and learn about local wildlife, culture, and lifestyle! Read More

    GUNUNG LEUSER NATIONAL PARK Straddling the border of the province of North Sumatra, and covering 1,094,692 hectares lies the famous Gunung Leuser National Park. Read More

    An exquisite tour viewing the charismatic Sumatran orangutan, then taking a tour through the village. Read More

    Fancy seeing wildlife, spending time with the locals? Trek begins, Bukit Lawang's famous orangutan feeding in the Gunung Leuser National Park. Read More
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Bukit Lawang is a small village situated 86km north-west of Medan (the capital of Sumatra and the 3rd largest city in Indonesia) and the gateway to the Gunung Leuser National Park. Bukit Lawang means 'Gateway to the Hills' in Bahasa Indonesia. The town was formally most famous for the Bohorok Rehabilitation Centre (opened in 1973 and closed in 2001). 229 ex-captive orangutans were rescued from the pet trade and rehabilitated here, giving them a second chance of a 'normal' life. Although no longer operational, it now operates a feeding platform for the previously released orangutans into the area. There are two feeding sessions each day where you have a good chance of seeing some of the semi-wild orangutans that have been released back into the wild. The orangutans are fed bananas and milk. This may seem highly inappropriate; however, it is believed that a bland, unnatural diet would encourage the orangutans to search for a tastier and more varied diet for themselves.

Bukit Lawang is considered one of the best gateways to the Gunung Leuser National Park, and one of the last remaining places in the world where you can still see the Sumatran orangutan in the wild.

Bukit Lawang developed significantly from international tourism, but, in November 2003 a flash flood- which was described by locals as a tidal wave 20m high- hit the town in the middle of the night, wiping out everything in its path. The flood killed 239 people and around 1400 locals lost their homes. The impact on the tourism industry was devastating- 230 shops were destroyed as well as 35 guest houses. The industry has now begun to redevelop- now is our chance to ensure that it is sustainable and it is eco-tourism which dominates so that future generations can enjoy and benefit from the same experience that you will.

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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.