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Sumatra Jungle & Tribes - 8 Days

Sumatra Jungle & Tribes

Indonesia · Private Tour · 8 Days
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Take in the highlights of Sumatra in a week. Encounter free orangutans in Bukit Lawang, witness ancestral Batak ceremonies in Lake Toba, and admire the tropical waterfalls and impressive canyons of Bukittingi. 

Itinerary

Day 1 - Medan → Bukit Lawang
Day 2 - Jungle Trek & Orangutan Encounter
Day 3 - Berastagi → Samosir
Day 4 - Samosir
Day 5 - Samosir → Sipirok
Day 6 - Sipirok → Bukittinggi
Day 7 - Harau Valley Excursion
Day 8 - Bukittinggi → Padang

What is included

  • Private air conditioning car
  • Public ferry or boat to and from Samosir island
  • 3 nights accommodation at 4* hotels with breakfast
  • 4 nights accommodation at 2* hotels with breakfast
  • Meals as mentioned in this itinerary
  • National Park permit
  • Entrance fees at all visiting sites
  • English speaking guide

What is NOT included

  • International flights
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned in this program
  • Camera/video fees in Gunung Leuser National Park
  • Tips and personal expenses
Did you know you can make this trip even better? Customize this tour

day
1
Medan → Bukit Lawang

Arrival in Medan, the main city in northern Sumatra. Depending on your arrival time you will get a city tour here. You will visit the Maimun palace built in 1888 in Malay and Middle-Eastern style, which belonged to the sultan of Deli. Visit the Grand Mosque Almashum built in the same period of the Maimun palace. Finally, visit the colorful Chinese temple Vihara Gunung Timur.

After the city tour, drive to Bukit Lawang, a small tourist village situated on the edge of Gunung Leuser National Park. It is the most accessible place to spot orangutans in the park, which is one of the largest in the world, containing over 800,000 ha of virgin rainforest and home to an impressive number of mammal species such as tigers, orangutans, gibbons, elephants and rhinos. 

En-route we will view oil palm and rubber plantations, and occasional markets set near the road. The rest of the afternoon is free. Enjoy the scenery from the veranda of your hotel room.

Overnight at the hotel.

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Medan → Bukit Lawang86 km 3h
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Ecolodge Bukit Lawang Cottages

Bukit Lawang

day
2
Jungle Trek & Orangutan Encounter

After breakfast, you will visit the feeding platform of orangutans. The platform was built to help the orangutans that have been released to the wild after their rehabilitation. As they are semi-wild, they are sometimes having trouble finding food on their own in the wild so they come for some milk and bananas. Wild orangutans occasionally come to the platform too. This is meant as the first place for the orangutans come to for help rather than plantations or villages where conflicts can occur. When the orangutans are getting enough food on their own, they will not come to the platform because the food they find in the wild is more exciting than just milk and bananas! So although it is a marvelous sight to see the orangutans here, it is also good news when they do not show up, as this means they are surviving well in the wild without help.

From the platform you will follow a 2-3 hour jungle walk to experience the rainforest. It is not a flat walk but involves some ups and downs. A bit hard but in return you get a very nice experience. You have a good chance of spotting gibbons, thomas leaf monkeys, longtail and pigtail macaques, flying squirrels, Sumatra peacocks and hornbills. A wild orangutan might also cross your way. 

Return to Bukit Lawang and short rest. Then departure to Berastagi, a hill town flanked by two active volcanoes, Sinabung and Sibayak. It is the homeland of the Batak Karo, one of the six Batak tribes that inhabit the province of North Sumatra.

Overnight at the hotel.

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Bukit Lawang → Berastagi130 km 5h
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

day
3
Berastagi → Samosir

After breakfast, scenic drive to Lake Toba, one of the deepest and largest crater lakes in the world with stop at Dokan, a small Batak Karo village with a number of traditional houses still inhabited by eight families each.

Proceed to Sipiso Piso Waterfall and Rumah Bolon, the long house of king Batak Simalungun. From this site you will continue following the lake and arrive in Parapat in the afternoon. Parapat is a small town on the shores of lake Toba. From here you will cross the lake to Samosir Island by public boat, it is an enjoyable trip. Upon arrival direct transfer to your hotel and relax.

Overnight at the hotel.

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Berastagi → Parapat110 km
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Parapat → Samosir 45min
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Toledo Inn

Samosir

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4
Samosir

After breakfast, explore the natural beauty and cultural aspects of Batak Toba by visiting Ambarita village where the remnant megalithic culture of Batak Toba lies in front of traditional houses.

Continue to Simanindo to see folkdances performed by the villagers. Here you can also visit a museum built in typical Batak style. On returning to your hotel, stop at Tomok village to see a very old but nicely decorated sarcophagus.

Overnight at the hotel.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Toledo Inn

Samosir

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5
Samosir → Sipirok

After breakfast, back to Parapat by public boat and drive up to Sipirok with view of marching mountains Bukit Barisan, a long but beautiful trip.

First stop will be at a typical Batak village Jangga Dolok/Lumban Binanga. Next stop at a colorful marketplace in Balige and a sulphur hotspring in Sipoholon.

Overnight at the hotel.

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Samosir → Parapat 45min
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Parapat → Sipirok 5h 45min
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Torsibohi Hotel

Sipirok

day
6
Sipirok → Bukittinggi

Breakfast in the hotel. 

The journey today is rather long but worthwhile as it shows you the inner part of Sumatra. The scenery of mountains, rivers, valleys and traditional villages will relieve you from weariness. En-route stop at Sijornih Waterfall and Sihepeng to see a small herb garden where several kinds of herbs are grown (cardamom, ginger, vanilla, etc). Next stop at a Muslim School, see how muslim children go to school and live nearby in very small wooden houses. 

Finally in the late afternoon we will cross the equator, from where we will take another 1,5 hours to reach the highland town of Bukittinggi. This is the heart of the Minangkabau minority that inhabits the province of West Sumatra, whose distinctive feature is their matriarchal and matrilineal society.

Overnight at the hotel.

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Sipirok → Bukittinggi351 km
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

day
7
Harau Valley Excursion

After breakfast, drive to Harau, a nature and wildlife reserve surrounded by 100-200 meters high cliffs that seem like a giant wall. In the bottom of cliffs, you can see vast paddy fields and green forests stretch into the horizon. Here the atmosphere is quiet, unpolluted, and there is beauty as far as the eyes can see. Harau also has several waterfalls with swimming pools beneath. Visit one of them before returning to Bukittinggi. 

Before or after the Harau excursion, we will take you for a Bukittinggi city tour visiting the Jam Gadang, the clock tower which overlooks the colorful market Pasar Atas, the remains of the Dutch De Kock Fort and the Ngarai Sianok valley.

Overnight at the hotel.

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Bukittinggi → Harau Valley45 km 1h 30min
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

day
8
Bukittinggi → Padang

After breakfast, you are free to relax until it's time to leave for the airport.

The trip to Padang takes about 2 hours and crosses Anai Park. If time allows we will make a stop at Anai waterfall.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Accommodations

Bukit Lawang
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Ecolodge Bukit Lawang Cottages

Berastagi
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Grand Mutiara Hotel

Samosir
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Toledo Inn

Sipirok
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Torsibohi Hotel

Bukittinggi
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Hotel Novotel Bukittinggi

Price for standard experience

Customizable private tour
Prices per person2 pax
Double Sharing
31 Mar 2018 - 30 Mar 2019$807

Photos

Minangkabau House, Bukittingi
Sumatra countryside
Orangutan, Bukit Lawang
Samosir Island ritual
Batak house, Lake Toba
Al Mashum Mosque, Medan
Lake Toba
Harau Valley

Map

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