8-Day Sumatran Orangutan & Barumun Nagari Wildlife Sanctuary Package
8-Day Tour Overview
|Day 1: Medan City Garden Oasis||Day 2: Medan to Bukit Lawang|
|Day 3: Bukit Lawang to Berastagi||Day 4: Berastagi to Lake Toba|
|Day 5: Samosir Island Exploration||Day 6: From Lake Toba to Padang Sidempuan|
|Day 7: Barumun Nagari Wildlife Sanctuary||Day 8: Hotel to Airport transfer|
What to Expect:
Day 1 : Medan
Welcome to Sumatra! You will be greeted by your driver at Kualanamu International Airport where you will then travel from Medan to your hotel in Bukit Lawang.
Medan is the capital city of North Sumatra province and is Indonesia’s fourth most populous. Known as the gateway to the cultural and natural wonders of Sumatra Island, the city is surrounded by tropical rainforests, volcanic landscapes, and waterfalls.
Your overnight accommodation (subject to availability) is located 12kms outside of the city centre in a charming riverside hotel. A peaceful city oasis escape from the traffic and bustling metropolitan area of Medan.
Hotel Deli River is located along the Deli River on Medan’s city outskirts (12kms). Here you can acclimatise, relax in comfort by the infinity pool, enjoy the Indonesian and fusion-cuisine options in their open-aired restaurant, unwind or appreciate the local wildlife from the comfort of your terrace, set amidst a serene tropical garden. A perfect place to begin your Sumatran adventure.
Medan to Bukit Lawang – A Gateway to Wild Adventures (4-hour drive)
Your journey from Medan to Bukit Lawang, a charming riverside village, is an adventure in itself. During this 4-hour drive, you’ll witness the transformation of the urban landscape into the lush, untamed beauty of North Sumatra’s jungle-clad wilderness.
Bukit Lawang: Where the Wild Calls Home
Nestled on the banks of the Bohorok River, Bukit Lawang is the welcoming gateway to one of the most pristine and biodiverse ecosystems on Earth – Gunung Leuser National Park. This UNESCO World Heritage-listed site is a vital sanctuary for critically endangered species.
Leuser Wildlife Jungle Trek:
Upon arriving in Bukit Lawang, you will embark on a 3-hour Leuser Wildlife Jungle Trek, led by experienced local guides. Your journey will take you deep into the heart of the rainforest, where you’ll encounter diverse wildlife and lush vegetation.
Within the rainforests of Gunung Leuser, you might have the privilege of spotting the elusive Thomas Leaf Monkey, a rare and captivating primate. The skies above are adorned by the magnificent Rhinoceros Hornbill, an iconic bird species known for its large and unique casque. But the real stars of the show are the orangutans – these gentle, red-haired giants, who share nearly 97% of their DNA with humans, offer a once-in-a-lifetime wildlife encounter. Besides orangutans, monkeys and apes, you’ll also encounter a tapestry of rainforest residents, from inquisitive macaques to colorful birdlife.
After a day of exploration, you’ll return to the village and find comfort in the embrace of the serene EcoLodge, or a similar eco-friendly accommodation. Here, the sounds of the jungle provide the perfect lullaby as you prepare for a new day of adventure.
Bukit Lawang to Berastagi – From Jungle to Highlands in Berastagi (5 hours drive)
As you leave the enchanting jungle village of Bukit Lawang, your journey takes you to the highlands of Berastagi. On this scenic 4.5-hour drive, you’ll experience diverse landscapes and the stunning presence of Mount Sinabung.
Berastagi: The Highland Haven of Abundance
Nestled at an elevation of 1,340 meters above sea level, Berastagi is a picturesque highland town renowned for its fertile volcanic soils. This rich landscape has made Berastagi a bountiful source of agriculture, with verdant fields that yield various crops. The town’s cooler climate provides a perfect setting for the cultivation of fruits, vegetables, and flowers.
Mount Sinabung: The Sleeping Giant Awakens
Mount Sinabung, although majestic, is an active stratovolcano which occasionally awakens from its slumber. The volcano’s eruptions have reshaped the area and instilled a sense of awe and respect among its inhabitants.
Fruit & Flower Market:
Upon reaching Berastagi, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the lively Fruit & Flower Market. The market is a vibrant spectacle of colours and fragrances, showcasing fresh local produce and an array of colourful blooms.
In the heart of Berastagi, you can visit Gundaling Hill, which offers panoramic vistas of the surrounding landscapes. It’s the perfect spot to soak in the natural beauty of the Karo Highlands.
Overnight Stay at Grand Mutiara or Similar:
The day’s journey comes to a close with a comfortable stay at the Grand Mutiara or a similar cozy lodging. Here, you’ll be able to reflect on the day’s adventures and anticipate the unique experiences that await you in Berastagi.
Berastagi to Lake Toba – Discovering Indonesia’s Aquatic Jewel (4.5 hours drive + 1 hour by ferry)
Today’s journey leads you to one of Indonesia’s most remarkable natural wonders – the iconic Lake Toba. The approximately 4-hour drive, with stops, promises an enriching travel experience.
Lake Toba: A Geological Marvel
Lake Toba, also known as Danau Toba, is nothing short of geological grandeur. Formed by a colossal super-volcanic eruption some 74,000 years ago, it stands as the world’s largest volcanic lake. This breathtaking body of water stretches over 1,700 square kilometres, encompassing Samosir Island, a haven of culture and history.
Exploring on the Way:
Your route takes you through Dokan, a traditional Karo village, where you’ll have the chance to step into the timeless world of Karo Batak culture. Here, a stop at a traditional Karo house provides insight into the local way of life, rich in heritage and tradition.
Sipiso Piso is a magnificent waterfall plunging dramatically from a great height. If time allows, consider embarking on a leisurely walk that will lead you to the waterfall’s base. The journey can take around two hours, and it’s a rewarding experience for nature enthusiasts and photographers.
As you arrive in Parapat, you’ll embark on a one-hour ferry journey across the tranquil waters to Samosir Island, a place steeped in Batak culture and charm.
Overlooking Lake Toba in Tuk Tuk, Samosir:
Nestled on the shores of Lake Toba, Tuk Tuk on Samosir Island offers a unique vantage point for witnessing the sheer majesty of this aquatic gem. Your overnight stay here promises magnificent views, and you’ll fall asleep to the gentle lullaby of the lake’s waters.
Samosir Island Exploration – A World Within Lake Toba
Samosir Island is a world unto itself, cradled within the heart of Lake Toba. To truly appreciate the island’s allure, it’s essential to understand its remarkable origins and the treasures it holds.
The Story of Samosir:
Samosir Island is an island within an island, nestled in the center of Lake Toba. It was born from the colossal eruption of a super-volcano around 74,000 years ago. Today, it’s a tranquil haven steeped in Batak culture, adorned with lush landscapes and picturesque views.
Exploring the Charms of Samosir:
Your day on Samosir Island promises a journey through its many highlights. Venture to Tomok and Ambarita, where you’ll encounter historical relics and Batak architecture. In Tomok, the ancient stone graves of Batak kings stand as silent witnesses to bygone eras. Ambarita is known for its stone chairs and tables, once used for tribal meetings and judgments.
A visit to a traditional weaving village allows you to witness the age-old craft of creating Ulos, the intricately woven ceremonial cloths of the Batak people. Mount Pusuk Buhit, one of the mystical mountains on Samosir Island is a sacred peak central to the Batak creation myth. Conclude with an exploration of pristine waterfalls, where you will discover the island’s natural beauty. You will return to your picturesque accommodation in Tuk Tuk, where the tranquility of Lake Toba and the enchantment of Samosir Island await.
From Lake Toba to Padang Sidempuan – A Glimpse of Transition
Leaving the serene shores of Lake Toba behind, you’re about to embark on a journey to Padang Sidempuan, a city of transition and connection.
On your route to Padang Sidempuan, you’ll pass through the charming town of Balige. This is your chance to catch a glimpse of the local way of life and experience the authentic atmosphere of a traditional market.
Padang Sidempuan – Where North and West Sumatra Unite.
Situated between North and West Sumatra, Padang Sidempuan is a vibrant crossroads of culture and history. As you reach Padang Sidempuan, you’ll be accommodated at the Mega Permata Hotel. A stay at Mega Permata ensures you are well-rested and ready to continue your adventure through the landscapes of Sumatra.
Day 7:Barumun Nagari Wildlife Sanctuary – A Haven for Endangered Species
Today you will delve into the heart of the Barumun Nagari Wildlife Sanctuary (BNWS). Here’s what you can look forward to:
BNWS – Where Conservation Meets Nature’s Majesty:
The Barumun Nagari Wildlife Sanctuary is a testament to the dedication of conservation in North Sumatra. This sanctuary plays a crucial role in the preservation of endangered species, including the magnificent Sumatran tiger.
In the BNWS, you’ll have the remarkable opportunity to witness a diverse range of endangered wildlife, such as the iconic Sumatran elephants, colourful tropical birds, and the agile black-furred gibbons. This sanctuary is their safe haven, a refuge from challenging circumstances, and a place where their well-being is paramount.
The stars of the sanctuary are, undoubtedly, the majestic Sumatran tigers. Rescued and rehabilitated with utmost care, these incredible creatures now reside in a spacious open-air enclosure. Their journey to recovery is a testament to the dedication of BNWS in preserving these endangered big cats. To date, the sanctuary has celebrated successful tiger breeding, contributing to the revival of this critically endangered species.
Sumatran tigers, critically endangered, have fewer than 400 individuals left in the wild. They face habitat loss due to deforestation and rampant poaching driven by the illegal wildlife trade. Conservation programs like the Barumun Nagari Wildlife Sanctuary are crucial in protecting and rehabilitating this iconic species, offering a glimmer of hope for their survival.
Your Visit, Their Future:
As you explore this sanctuary, you play a vital role in supporting the conservation of these magnificent animals. It’s important to note that, in line with ethical wildlife practices, riding the elephants is not allowed here. The gibbons enjoy their freedom in this protected paradise, and you may be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of their agile acrobatics in the trees.
After your enriching day at the BNWS, you’ll return to the comfort of Mega Permata for another night’s rest. Here, you can reflect on the vital conservation efforts you’ve witnessed and your role in ensuring a brighter future for Sumatra’s incredible wildlife.
Hotel to Airport transfer (2 hours)
Your journey concludes as you depart from Padang Sidempuan, heading to Dr. Ferdinand Lumban Tobing Airport for your outbound flight. This two-hour drive marks the end of your adventure, leaving you with cherished memories and a sense of awe from the wonders of Sumatra.
If you have more time to discover Sumatra, Padang Sidempuan serves as a gateway for exceptional adventures. It is a launching point for overland journeys into the scenic wonders of West Sumatra, offering rich cultural experiences and breathtaking landscapes. Additionally, nearby is where the a new species and one of the world’s rarest great apes, the Tapanuli orangutan was discovered.
The price for the above program for :
- 2 persons – 3 persons is US$ 950.00 per person
- 4 persons – 6 persons is US$ 870.00 per person
- Single supplement is US$ 225.00 per person
- 7 nights in above mentioned hotels in double/twin room
- Daily breakfast
- Transport in comfortable air conditioned car incl. fuel as mentioned in the program
- Driver, his meals and overnight accommodation costs
- Entrance and parking fees to visit the objects as mentioned in the program
- Permit and local guide to see the Orangutans with 3 hours jungle trekking in Bukit on Day 2
- Passenger & Transport Ferry from Parapat – Samosir, vice versa
- Lunch at Barumun Nagari Wildlife Sanctuary
- Air tickets
- Personal expenses such as: drinks, souvenirs, lunch, dinner
- Donations and tips