Orangutans, Bukit Lawang
Holidays to Bukit Lawang, Indonesia
Overhead, the sky is a clear, cloudless blue, and around you the verdant jungle is full of birdsong and the susurrations of the leaves, in the distance, half-hidden among the leaves, a flash of orange catches your eye - an orangutan.
In the lush jungles 90 kilometres northwest of Medan, nestled at the eastern side of Gunung Leuser National Park is Bukit Lawang, a small village where an orangutan rehabilitation centre was set up by a Swiss organisation in 1973, and this is the best place in the world to get an up-close view of these beautiful, endangered creatures.
In 2003 a flash flood resulted in a great deal of damage to the village and to the orangutan conservation areas, and after rebuilding, tourism allows the locals to pursue sustainable methods of preserving the area’s fragile ecosystems, so not only do you get to witness the majestic orangutans in their natural habitat, but your visit will directly aid in their care and conservation for years to come.
Jungle trekking is the main attraction in Bukit Lawang, but there are also river tubing rides, the chance to float down the Landak River, or swim in the safe swimming areas among the lush jungle grottoes. Or you can visit the local bat cave, wander the picturesque rice paddies and rubber plantations, or head down to the Friday markets to see what local treats they have in store.
Incredible jungle surroundings
Magical encounters with rare orangutans in their natural habitat
Bukit Lawang Trip Ideas
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