Orangutan Jungle camp & Lake Toba program
Tour code SUMTJ 07
Day 1. Arrive in Medan with a morning flight.
Depending on your arrival time into Kuala Namu airport, you will depart for Bukit Lawang, a small village located along the Bohorok River bordering Mount Leuser National Park in North Sumatra. Bukit Lawang is one of the best places in the world to meet orangutans, the gentle giants of this jungle, to witness them swinging gracefully throughout the forest canopy.
Once you have checked in to your overnight jungle accommodation, you will be introduced to your experienced local guide.
Day 2. Bukit Lawang – Overnight jungle trek and camp.
After breakfast, your guide will meet you at 8:30am from your guesthouse and you will start your journey into the jungle of Gunung Leuser National Park to see orangutans, shortly uphill from the Bohorok River. On your trek, your knowledgeable guide will brief you about the rainforest and its biodiversity, Gunung Leauser’s local wildlife, flora, and fauna.
Parts of your trek through the rainforest will take you along the clear waters of the Bohorok River, passing memorable scenic viewpoints over the valley. If you are fortunate enough, you may encounter many gibbons (white-handed and black), Thomas leaf monkeys, pigtail macaques, flying squirrels, Sumatran peacocks, hornbills, monitor lizards and wild orangutans.
By noon, alongside the crystal waters of Bohorok River, you will enjoy your local lunch and swim if you wish. Your trek will continue upstream amidst the magical rainforest to encounter more wildlife, and species of plants and trees.
By 3:30pm you will arrive at your river campsite. You can rest, relax, and enjoy with light refreshments, or go for a swim whilst your dinner is prepared or “jungle buffet”, using a wide range of local food. Once the sun sets, you can experience the evening underneath the starry skies above from the rainforest floor, warmed by the different wildlife sounds of the jungle and campfire.
All meals and overnight camping equipment are inclusive and will be provided.
Day 3. Bukit Lawang – Berastagi.
Shortly after waking up to the sounds of the jungle, your breakfast will be served. After breakfast you will have another chance to discover the Sumatran wildlife (tortoise and river-butterflies) around the campsite, trek again or relax and swim in the Bohorok River. You can choose to return to Bukit Lawang by foot trekking through the jungle or with the “jungle taxi” – also known as river tubing – where you float through the rainforest and riverside villages of the Bohorok River.
Once you arrive back to Bukit Lawang, you will be transported to the mountainous pine-forest village of Berstagi. Situated in the Karo highlands between two volcanoes, Berastagi is the agricultural heartland of North Sumatra. With fertile volcanic soil and cool temperatures, it is perfect for growing fresh fruits and is famous for its passion fruits. This lovely subdistrict offers views of two active volcanoes, the majestic Mount Sinabung and Mount Sibayak. Overnight stay will be your choice from one of our hotel partners.
Day 4. Brastagi – Samosir island, Lake Toba.
On your way to Parapat, we will pass through the Karo highlands with stops during the trip at the tribal kings’ house of the Simalungun Batak in Pematang Purba, and Sipiso-piso waterfall. In the afternoon, from Parapat, by ferry, you will be transported across Lake Toba to Samosir island. Your hotel options are located lakeside, overlooking the grand Lake Toba.
Lake Toba and Samosir island were both formed after the eruption of a supervolcano 75,000 years ago. Samosir island is almost the size of Singapore and is the largest island within an island in the world. Lake (Danau) Toba is the largest lake in Southeast Asia and one of the deepest lakes in the world. At the heart of Samosir is the Toba Batak people and their culture.
Day 5. Samosir – tour to Tomok and Ambarita.
On this beautiful island you can visit the typical Toba Batak villages: Tomok with its kings’ tombs, Ambarita with its execution tables. After lunch (optional) continue to visit Lumban Suhi-Suhi village famous for all kinds of handcraft and weaving Ulos (traditional Batak textiles). After that drive to Sianjur Mulamula village you will have magnificent views over Lake Toba and see 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 built the first settlement at Sianjur Mula mula (Sianjur at first). In the late afternoon, back to the hotel.
Day 6. Samosir – Medan by the plantation route.
Today you can cross back to Parapat by ferry. After arrival in Parapat depart for Medan via plantation route. You drive along endless palm, rubber, and cacao plantations and through the historic city of Pematang Siantar. Here you can buy the famous peanut cookies, Ting Ting, Teng Teng etc. In the afternoon you arrive in Medan we will drop you to hotel Deli River Medan for overnight stay.
Hotel Deli River is located along the Deli River on Medan’s city outskirts (12kms). Here you can relax in comfort by the infinity pool and or enjoy the Indonesian and fusion-cuisine options in their open-aired restaurant set amidst a lush tropical garden, making it the perfect place to end any Sumatran jungle adventure.
Day 7. Medan.
We will transfer you to the airport for your flight to your next destination.
- 2 to 3 persons USD $610.00 Per person
- 4 to 6 persons USD $580.00 Per person
- 7 to 10 persons USD $565.00
- Single room supplement USD $250.00
The price is inclusive of:
- overnight accommodation in twin rooms in comfortable hotels
- breakfast daily
- transport in a comfortable air-conditioned minibus
- a driver, his meals and overnight accommodation costs
- entrance and parking fees
- permit to enter Mount Leuser National Park
- overnight jungle trek and camping (x1 breakfast, x2 lunch, x1 dinner, and camping equipment)
- cost of the ferry Parapat – Samosir vice versa