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, Indonesia.
The focal point of village life here is the river running through the
heart of it. And its main attractions are the Orangutan rehabilitation
center, crossing the Bahorok River and climbing steep, jungle-clad
Bukit Lawang might be one of the best places to meet this exclusive
and unique primate. It’s one of the largest stronghold communities of
orangutans, with more than 5000 of them occupying the jungle.
Founded in the early 1973, Bukit Lawang was set up to preserve the
decreasing number of orangutans as the negative result of hunting,
animal trading and damaged environment. The rehabilitation center helps
orangutans regain their natural habits by getting trained through
certain programs before released back to the wild. Once a primate heads
back the jungle, the rehabilitation center keeps provididing it with
supplements and regular check-ups.
First, travel to Medan by air. Daily international flights are
available, flight from Medan to Singapore, Malaysia. The domestic flight
hook up Medan to Jakarta, Aceh, Pekan Baru, Padang, Batam and
You can arrange your flight through the airline services listed
- Garuda Indonesia (www.garuda-indonesia.com)
- Jatayu Airlines (www.jatayuairlines.co.id)
- Air Asia (www.airasia.com)
- Adam Air (www.flyadamair.com)
- Silk Air (www.silkair.com)
Then use a car or a bus to this area. If you’re going to take a bus,
get to Pinang Baris bus terminals (located at Jalan Gatot Subroto) by
cab from the airport and then take the frequent public bus to Bukit
Lawang for a three-hour trip.
If you travel in a group or wish for 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.
Geting around is basically what you’re going to enjoy doing in this
spot. You can either trek the jungle, hike the hills or go rafting.
Overnight trekking is the major favorite among visitors. Most people
choose to have a two-day trek in order to have the chance to witness the
orangutans and other unique creatures in their habitat. Every single
trek should be guided by a professional to prevent notorious event that
might occur in the wild. Make sure to inform the guide if you have
special interest to specific flora or fauna before trekking. Guide rates
are including basic meals, guide fees, permit and camping equipment.
Ask your guide to visit the bat cave. And leave at the earliest
morning to better experience the wilds.
Rafting at Sungai Bohorok
You can also ride the Sungai Bohorok rapids using tubes. This should
be done under the assistance of a professional guide. The stream can be
extremely tough and strong.
If you wish to feed the orangutans directly, there are two feeding
times daily: at 08.30 am and 3.00 pm; you could 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 professionals provided by the
If you’re up to the challenge, you may consider hiking to the peak of
Mount Leuseur (3,404 meters), which 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
Most of the hotels in Bukit Lawang run by the local citizens. Here
are alternatives to stay in during your visit to Bukit Lawang:
* Bukit Lawang Eco Lodge (+628126079983), an eco-friendly lodging
situated in the forest
* Noras Homestay & Restaurant (+62813620706561), situated on the
rice field side and the materials are dominated by bamboo huts.
* Wisma Leuser Sibayak
* Wisma Bukit Lawang Indah
* Indrah Valley
* Garden Inn
* Jungle Inn
Most of the lodgings have restaurants, so you can ask the owner to
provide your meal. Along the river, there are some small cafes with
chill surrounding; here you can have fruit salad, nasi goreng and
snacks. Local pizza’s also available at Tony’s restaurant.
You can buy souvenirs at a shop near the Bahorok River.
Some visitors argued that the regulations is way too strict and
stiff, but do realize that the wrong contact by human could harm the
orangutan. That’s exactly what made their population scarce in the first
* Make sure you are in your best health, fit and well prepared
because the Sumatran jungle is not an easy path.
* Bring along a mosquito & leech repellant.
* Sunscreen and mineral water supply are highly recommended .
* Make sure you wear special shoes with grip, since the ground is always
* Long sleeves and long pants are considered as the best outfit to
conquer the jungle fiesta, unless you think that you can outshine
* Heavy rains are mostly downpour at the afternoon; please bring your
rain jacket and a water resistant bag to keep your items.
* Do not litter, make sure to collect your trash, any type of trash.
* Dont feed the animals you encountered in your trek
For more info please visit: www.bukitlawangtrust.org
Bukit Lawang Visitor Centre, open from 08.00 am to 15.00 pm
PHKA Ranger Station opens from 07.00 to 15.00 pm.
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Supported by : JavaTourism, Lintang Buana Tours