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8 Days North Sumatra & Barumun Nagari Wildlife Sanctuary program

Day 1                                                              

Arrival into Sumatra 

Upon your arrival into Medan, your private driver will transfer you from Kualanamu airport to your accommodation. Located along the Deli River on Medan’s city outskirts (12kms), Hotel Deli River is where you can relax by the infinity pool, take a historical city tour (depending on your arrival time), enjoy the Indonesian and fusion-cuisine options in their open-aired restaurant set amidst a lush tropical garden – or all the mentioned – making it the perfect place to begin any Sumatran jungle adventure.

Day 2
Medan – Bukit Lawang (4 hours drive).

In the morning depart to the villages Bohorok and Bukit Lawang situated near the Orang Utan rehabilitation centre. The route to the villages is scenic. Once you arrive in Bukit Lawang our driver will introduce you to the experienced local guide. In order to see Sumatran wildlife such as the Orang Utans, Siamang (black-furred gibbon), Thomas Leaf Monkeys, long tail Macaque and varieties of Sumatran birds, you will make an easy jungletrek of 3 hours with an experienced local guide through the impressive tropical primary rainforest. Overnight stay in an Eco lodge, either Bukit Lawang Cottage or Sam’s Bungalow or Eriono Guesthouse. Your accommodation in Bukit Lawang is located on the banks of the Bohorok river.

Day 3
Bukit Lawang – Brastagi (5 hours drive).

North Sumatra

Today you will drive to Brastagi via Medan. Impressive route through the jungle to the mountain village of Brastagi in the Karo highlands. Brastagi has a volcanic soil which is ideal for growing fruits such as passionfruit, mangosteens, Tamarillo (Solanum Betaceum) which is locally called Terong Belanda, oranges and a variety of flowers. In Brastagi you will visit the colourful market. Then you go to Gundaling hill where you can view two active volcanoes. Overnight stay in hotel Mikie Holiday Resort or Sinabung Hills in Brastagi.

Day 4
Brastagi – Parapat/Samosir island (4 hours drive + 1 hour by ferry)

Impressive route to Lake Toba via pineapple, clove and ginger plantations. Stops en route at traditional village of Dokan to see original Karo houses where people still live. In these traditional houses, named Si Walun Jabu, 8 families occupy one house. Cattle, pigs and water buffaloes live below the house. You can visit a house and see their way of life. If you want go inside to traditional houses kindly give a donation to the families. Hereafter depart for the tribal kings’ house of the Simalungun Batak in Pematang Purba and the Sipisopiso falls. In the afternoon you will arrive in Parapat at the famous Lake Toba from where we cross over to the island of Samosir. The car will make the crossing as well. 2 overnight stays on Samosir island in Tabo Cottage or Carolina Cottage or Zoe Paradise Waterfront Hotel all located right on the lakeside.

Day 5
Samosir – tour to Tomok, Ambarita and Simanindo.

On this beautiful island you can visit the typical Toba Batak villages: Tomok with its kings’ tombs, Ambarita with its execution tables and in Simanindo you can see traditional Batak dances (optional). After lunch (optional) continue visit Lumban Suhi-Suhi village famous for all kinds of handcraft and weaving Ulos (traditional Batak textiles). After that drive to Sianjur Mula mula village where you will have magnificent views over Lake Toba and Nai Sogop Waterfall. Mount Pusuk Buhit is believed to be the sacred area of Batak Culture. Generally people believe that the Batak King derived directly from mount Pusuk Buhit and then build the first settlement at Sianjur Mula mula (Sianjur at first). In the late afternoon back to the hotel.

Day 6
Samosir Island/Parapat – Barumun Nagari Wildlife Sanctuary.

(7 hours) In the morning you cross the lake back to Parapat. After that drive to Barumun Nagari Wildlife Sanctuary. This is a beautiful route along the southern shores of Lake Toba and the Bukit Barisan mountain ridge. 2 overnight stay in Barumun lodge

Day 7
Barumun Nagari Wildlife Sanctuary.

On this day you will do many activities with elephants, walking and feed them. In the sanctuary you are able to see the endangered wildlife, including the Sumatran elephants, various tropical birds, black-furred gibbons, and Sumatran tigers. The various animals have been rescued from places where they had poor living conditions, or were victims of people-wildlife conflict. Wildlife welfare is a priority at the Barumun Nagari sanctuary, therefore riding the elephants is not allowed. The gibbons live freely, and there is a good chance to spot them during your visit at the sanctuary. Currently, there are two Sumatran tigers in Barumun Nagari. The tigers are rehabilitated to good health in a spacious open-air enclosure

Day 8
Barumun Nagari Wildlife Sanctuary – Airport Padang Sidempuan. (2 hours)

Today we will transfer you to the airport to catch your flight with .. at … to your next destination.


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
  • Ferry Parapat – Samosir vice versa
  • 3 days 2 nights Barumun Nagari Wildlife Sanctuary incl. 2 x breakfast , 2x lunches + 2 x dinners


  • Air tickets
  • Personal expenses such as: drinks, souvenirs, lunch, dinner, except meals on day 6 and day 7
  • Donations and tips