Visiting Bukit Lawang The Sanctuary of Orangutans

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In Bukit Lawang The Sanctuary of Orangutans, there is natural beauty and unique culture of the local community. There are many uniqueness, starting from the village (desa), sub-district (kecamatan), district (kabupaten) and provincial levels.

In Indonesia, each province has different and interesting characteristics. Each province has a different and unique culture and lifestyle.

Bukit Lawang is a small tourist village on the bank of Bahorok River in North Sumatra province of Indonesia. Situated approximately 86 km northwest of the city of Medan, Bukit Lawang is known for the largest animal sanctuary of Sumatran orangutan (around 5,000 orangutans occupying the area) and also the main access point to the Gunung Leuser National Park from the east side.

Discover the Sumatran jungle and have an outdoor adventure with orangutans to keep you company at the jungle village of Bukit Lawang.

Literally meaning “door to the hills”, Bukit Lawang is a small village situated at the south of the Mount Leuseur National Park. It’s located about 90 kilometers northwest of Medan, the capital city of North Sumatra.

The government is taking good care of the preservation of nature and maintaining the condition of the forest.

The environment is also well maintained.


Visiting Bukit Lawang The Sanctuary of Orangutans, we will witness routine community activities in unique traditional cultures. And there are special dishes and food as part of culinary tours that are delicious and yummy.

Bukit Lawang is a gateway to the legendary Sumatran jungle with it’s steep slippery terrain and muddy slopes, exploring the jungle here is a true adventure. Trek through the breathtakingly thick jungle and be transported into to new world.

It is the gentle giants of the jungle, the orangutans, which are the main attraction here. Bukit Lawang is one of the best places in the world to meet this rare and endangered primate.

See these graceful creatures swing through the forest canopy as they forage for fruit. This is one of the largest stronghold communities of orangutans, with more than 5000 of them living in the here.

The Orangutan rehabilitation center is where young orphaned orangutans are trained to live in the wild. The center has been operating since 1973 and today attracts visitors from around the world who come here to catch a glimpse of these amazing orphaned creatures.

The number of orangutans in the jungle has decreased as a result of hunting, animal trading and a damaged environment.

The rehabilitation center helps orangutans regain their natural habits by putting them through intensive training before their release back to the wild.

Once a primate heads back the jungle, the rehabilitation center keeps providing it with food supplements and regular check-ups.

Overnight trekking is a favorite among visitors. Most people choose a two-day trek to increase the chance of seeing orangutans and other wildlife in their natural habitat.

It is dangerous for travelers to head off alone in the jungle so every trek should be guided by a professional. Make sure you inform the guide if you are especially interested in seeing a specific plant or animal.

Guide rates include basic meals, guide fees, permit and camping equipment.  Make sure you also ask your guide to visit the bat cave. Remember to leave early in the morning because you won’t want to miss a moment of your jungle experience.

If overnight is too much you can arrange a guide to take you on a trek for a few hours. There are also a number of short walks around Bukit Lawang that don’t require a guide or permit.

Take a wild ride down the rapids of Sungai Bohorok using a rubber tube. This should be done only under the supervision of a professional guide as the rapids here can be extremely strong.

Get up close and feed the orangutans. There are two feeding times: at 08.30 am and 3.00 pm; at these times you can feed them milk, bananas and other food supplements supplied by the rehabilitation center.

All the activities within the Mount Leuser National Park should be done under the permission and guidance by the staff of the rehabilitation center.

If you’re up for a challenge, try hiking to the peak of Mount Leuseur (3,404 meters). This epic trek takes about 10-14 days. The small village of Angasan is a suitable starting point.

The first five days will be spent trekking through virgin rain forest where rare primates can often be seen. You need to be physically fit and accompanied by a guide.

In this place there are also regular events or activities held every year, both national and international.


The journey to Bukit Lawang The Sanctuary of Orangutans is now very easy. We can enter through various modes of transportation.

From Medan use a car or a bus to get to Bukit Lawang. Buses depart frequently from Pinang Baris bus terminals (located at Jalan Gatot Subroto). The trip takes around 3 hours.

If you are traveling in a group or want something more convenient instead of the public bus, you can rent a car with arranged trips through most of the main tourist destinations. National Car Rent (+624157744) which is located at Jl. Balai Kota 2 is a good alternative.

As you venture deep into the Sumatran jungle, you’ll have little way to get around but to use your feet and walk. Trek through the wild and muddy jungle and try and catch a glimpse of the native wildlife.

The park is home to Sumatra’s and the world’s most exotic animals including elephants, tigers, sun bears, gibbons clouded leopards as well as the famous orangutans.

Hike the hills for some incredible views of the spectacular landscape.  For a true adventure go rafting and ride the wild rapids of the river.

The condition of the infrastructure is getting better. Starting from highways, airports, trails, ports, bridges, stairs, even some places can be reached by toll roads.

We can visit by plane, car, ship, bus, motorcycle and bicycle. At some point, we can take the train. We can also walk freely.


In Bukit Lawang The Sanctuary of Orangutans, as technology getting better. We can easily find locations for mini markets, shops (warung kedai), Money Changer, ATMs, Bank BRI BCA BNI Mandiri, BTPN Bank Nagari BJB, supermarkets, and restaurants. So we will not starve or lack the necessary items.

If you are sick and need help, you can also visit clinics, drugstore pharmacies (apotek), practice doctors, hospitals, and health centers (puskesmas).

In this place we can also look for places of worship such as mosques, churches, and others.


Finding place to stay in Bukit Lawang The Sanctuary of Orangutans is very easy. We can stay at home stays, hotels, inns, hostels and other places.

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Experience and Reviews

There are already many visitors have visited Bukit Lawang The Sanctuary of Orangutans, there are many interesting stories that are told. Like feeling satisfied, happy, wanting to come again, sleep well, and almost no one is disappointed or complains to come here.

So, visitors will find out on how to find the best hotels, where is exactly located, why it is amazing, how much is the fare and rate, who are the people, whom to ask, and when is the best time to visit.

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