Leuser Ecosystem Orangutan Experience

Travel Type : Small groups and family friendly
Expedition Grade : Moderate to difficult in parts (some hilly jungle trekking required)
Activities : Orangutan viewing, elephant viewing , wildlife viewing, bird watching and more
Accommodation : Jungle lodge, hotels and tents
Transport : Private AC Car and on foot
Giving Back : You will be supporting The Orangutan Project (TOP) in their work protecting orangutans and their environment as well as other vital environmental research. You will also be helping friends of the national park in regenerating areas of cleared rainforest.
Trip Duration (days) : Eight (8)
Price : AUD$2,390 ex Bali / Jakarta (twin share). Single supplment $260 Groups of 4 or more can apply for special rates
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Our 8 Day Sumatra Leuser Ecosystem Orangutan Experience will take you to the 1 million hectare Leuser are on the island of Sumatra. This area houses the largest population of sumatran orangutans, approximately 80% of the entire wild population of 7,000. Leuser Ecosystem is also home to an enormous population of other wildlife including the thomas leaf monkey, pigtail macaque, longtail macaque, gibbons, lizards, turtles, hornbills and more. Your home on this trip will be a mix of both basic guest houses, hotels and tents. You will be escorted from one destination to the next by an experienced Orangutan Odysseys local guide.

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Day 1 : Arrive Bali / Jakarta
You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel for your overnight accommodation.

Day 2 : Early morning flight to Medan
You will be greeted at the airport by an Orangutan Odysseys representative and transferred to Tangkahan wth lunch along thew way in a local restaurant . Tangkahan is famous for its elephant safaris and wonderful jungle scenery. You will walk over the suspension bridge across the river and check into the Mega Inn. An afternoon arrival will see you exploring the surrounds of this beautiful area before returning back to the Mega Inn for dinner. (B,L,D)

Day 3 : Elephant Trek - Bukit Lawang
This morning you will head off to a nearby elephant rangers Station. There, elephants which were once used to help rangers monitor the nearby jungle, now offer a unique elephant experience. After helping the rangers feed and bathe the elephants, you will take a walk with them through the river and jungle. The elephant trek will terminate at the Mega Inn where you will check out and then take your 4WD vehicles through the palm oil plantations and drive to Bukit Lawang, approximately 3 hrs away.

In Bukit Lawang you will check into your accommodation and then head off an afternoon trip around the small village town. In the evening, you will meet your guide for the trek tomorrow and go through the plan for the trip into the jungle. (B,L)

Day 4 : Leuser Eco System
Today you start your three (3) day trek into the Leuser Eco System. You will head into the hills on the other side of the Bohorok River. On the trek you will see orangutans, thomas leaf monkey, pigtail macaque, longtail macaque, gibbons, lizards, turtles, hornbills and more. Your camp site will be close to a stream or on the Bohorok River. Overnight in tents. (B, L, D)

Note: For those not wanting to camp either one or two nights in the jungle we can offer day treks returning each afternoon to your lodge accommodation. Or on the 3rd day and optional day whitewater rafting (gentle grade). 

Day 5 : Leuser Ecosystem Wildlife trek
Today you will awake to the sounds of the jungle. After breakfast you will continue your trek deeper into the Gunung Leuser National Park, away from the more frequented locations of day trekkers. It is hoped you will see more orangutans, mothers with babies and possibly a male. Your guides will point out various plants that are used in traditional medicine as well as poisonous plants that cannot be consumed safely by humans. Overnight in the jungle in tents. (B, L, D)

Day 6 : Leuser Ecosystem - Bukit Lawang
Today you will continue your jungle trek and head back towards Bukit Lawang sometime after lunch by river tubing back down the Bohorok river. Once in Bukit Lawang you will check into your room and then have free time to wander around town and maybe have a swim in the Bohorok River. (B,L)

Day 7 : Bukit Lawang - Medan
After spending a restful night at your guest house, you will drive back to Medan and check into your hotel. In the afternoon, you will have a tour of Medan township which has a fascinating history. (B,L)

Day 8 : Medan - Home
For those heading back to their original port, you will be transferred to the airport and for those staying on to explore Indonesia further,we bid you farewell. (B)



Our goal is to provide our guests with a unique experience, to observe wild and semi-wild orangutans in their natural habitat. We will provide you with a safe platform to observe other wildlife Borneo has to offer including proboscis nose monkeys, gibbons and more. We will also provide you with comprehensive information about the destination you are in so that you are fully informed of your surrounds. Further, Orangutan Odysseys has partnered up with The Orangutan Project which supports conservation programs in both Borneo and Sumatra. Each guest's fare includes the cost of a deluxe one year orangutan adoption package. 

You are embarking on an adventure to places and amongst people whose lives are very different from your own. Many aspects of life in Indonesia will seem unusual. Remember that these are often the same aspects that make an area an exotic and attractive destination. While boat expeditions are considered easy, no trek is easy, even those rated "easy or moderate". In addition to the personal physical challenges you may face, travel conditions can present unexpected obstacles, such as rough and bumpy roads and changeable weather. To prepare for this "pack" a flexible and relaxed attitude. Bring a spirit of adventure and inquiry, a healthy sense of humour and a willingness to encounter the unexpected and you will find your trip to Indonesia the adventure of a lifetime!

Can't find a trip date below that meets your travel needs? No problem. Just contact us on +61 417 973 355 or email Hayley at hayley@orangutanodysseys.com and we can customise dates to suit you.

Why not think about seeing more amazing locations in Indonesia after your orangutan expedition? For more details about some of the exciting trip extensions on offer to other parts of Indonesia click here.

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