Bukit Lawang Sumatra
Bukit Lawang / Bohorok at the Bohorok river
Since 1973 exists in Bohorok / Bukit Lawang the orang utan rehabilitation centre where Orang Utans can be viewed in the jungle. Former captivated Orang Utans are here set free, back in their natural environment. As they were not used to find food on their own they were being fed extra daily. The location of the feeding places is around forty minutes walking uphill. On the way you have to cross the Bohorok river in a small sampan (traditional wooden canoo).
This feeding in the morning and in the afternoon became a major tourist attraction on Sumatra. Only at two places Orang Utans can be seen, in Bohorok / Bukit Lawang and on Borneo. People from all over the world come to see these beautiful friendly animals. Besides Orang Utans you can see here Siamang (long arm apes), Thomas Leave Monkeys, long tail Macaque, Gibbons, small deer like the Chevrotain or Mouse-deer, different kinds of reptiles and varieties of birds.
Adult Orang Utan
Thomas Leave Monkey
Chevrotains, also known as Mouse-deer.
In this impressive jungle area jungle tracks can be made for half a day or full day with a guide. Also trekkings of several days is possible whereby people stay overnight in the jungle in a tent.
Young Orang Utan
In november 2003 a major flooding happened, caused by a sudden breaking dam. During this flood the lower part of the village was destroyed. Two suspension bridges give passage to the other higher river bank. Above the wild streaming Bohorok river is located the village of Bohorok, also named Bukit Lawang.