The rainforests of Indonesia are one of the most biologically diverse landscapes in the world and provide a home for hundreds of indigenous animal and plant species.
The biggest threats to the rainforests are road development and agricultural encroachment as well as illegal logging and poaching. Even tough conservation efforts are undertaken in recent years and many tropical forest profit from government protection, the extinction of endemic plants and some of the world’s most endangered animal species remains a great threat.
Of the three national parks forming the UNESCO Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra, Gunung Leuser National Park (GLNP) in the provinces of North Sumatra and Aceh is the largest and most significant remaining forest in Sumatra. And one of the few sheltered areas aiming at the protection of many species in danger of extinction.
92 endemic species have been identified in GLNP alone. It is the only place in the world where the big Asian mammals tiger, orangutan, rhino and elephant share the same habitat. Another 130 mammal species, of which eight are primates, live in the park, and it is home to over 380 birds and 4,000 different plants.
Gunung Leuser National Park is the only place where you can still see the Sumatran Orangutan (Pongo abelii) in the wild. (The other remaining orangutan species (Pongo pygmaeus) is found on the island of Borneo.) Around 6500 orangutans still live in the ca. 1,095,000 ha of the park.
In Bukit Lawang, between 1973 and 1991, around 230 orangutans have been brought back into the forest from captivity in the framework of a rehabilitation programme. Some of them have become wild-living animals in the primary forest; however, most of them remain semi-wild and keep coming back to the secondary forest close to the village. This makes protecting the jungle and respecting the orangutans’ habitat even more important. This entails:
Other primates you will see in the jungle around Bukit Lawang are siamang, Thomas leaf monkey, lar gibbon (white-handed gibbon), pig-tailed macaque, crab-eating macaque (long-tailed macaque), silvery lutung and slow loris; as well as a variety of insects, reptiles and other animal species and of course a rich and stunning flora.
Our local guides have many years of experience in the jungle. They are keen on sharing their knowledge about the flora and fauna in the tropical rainforest with you and providing you with an eco-friendly experience. They all share a great passion for nature and the protection and conservation of the environment are close to their hearts.
We strive to teach our guests how to comport themselves with the orangutans and other wildlife in the jungle in view of protecting one of the last remaining rainforests on earth.
All our guides are certified by the Indonesian Tourist Guide Association HPI (Himpunan Pramuwisata Indondesia) and offer you professional, environment-friendly and educational treks.
Baik has been a professional guide in Gunung Leuser National Park for more than 10 years. He has also brought many of his tourists on trips around North Sumatra. Today he mostly organises jungle treks and tours around Sumatra. He has never lost his passion for the wild and his concern for its preservation.
With Green Life Adventure and this website, he wishes to reach even more people and to bring a better understanding about the importance of the rainforest’s ecosystem to them.
One of his main goals is to support local, good trained jungle guides by integrating them into his team.
Anto has been a professional jungle guide for five years and is our specialist for long treks. Even before working as a guide in the rainforest, he has already led many guests around North Sumatra and now is our guide for tours to Berastagi and Lake Toba on which he shares his insight on Sumatran culture with our guests.
Angga is a native of Bukit Lawang and has been guiding for three years. In those three years he has been eagerly studying the jungle and has obtained a profound knowledge of the rainforest. He has been spending a lot of time in the jungle on short and long treks.
Indra is a native of Bukit Lawang and grew up with a great understanding of the jungle. He started working as a professional guide in Bukit Lawang nine years ago and has a lot of experience and knowledge about jungle trekking.
He is one of our whitewater rafting captains.
At our office we meet our guests when they arrive in Bukit Lawang.
We serve you breakfast in our garden if you’ve booked one of our packages. After the trek, we will have hot and cold drinks with you here.
You can book a trek with us if you haven’t booked in advance or arrange your tour to Tangkahan, Berastagi or Lake Toba with us.
We offer village tours in Bukit Lawang, cooking classes and handicraft workshops, whitewater rafting on Sei Wampu, rafting trips to Bohorok and tubing on Bohorok River.
We also provide laundry service, money changing, private transport and tourist bus tickets.
Of course, you can also just come in, sit down and have a drink with us at the river bank.
To book a trek or one of our tours with our team, contact us via the form below or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org,
whatsapp or call us under +62 813 967 080 17.
We are looking forward to welcoming you in Bukit Lawang and sharing our passion for the jungle with you.
To confirm your booking with us, we will ask you to pay an advance either to our PayPal account under the email address email@example.com or transfer it to the following German bank account:
Lisa Egger, IBAN: DE26200411440771259900, BIC: COBADEHD044.
Prepayments are only refundable in case of emergency.
How to get to
How to get to
If you haven't booked private transport, here is how to get to Bukit Lawang:
From Medan’s Kuala Namu Airport, take the shuttle bus to Binjai (ca. 2 hours). There you take a becak (motorcycle rickshaw) and
ask to be dropped at the bus stop where the public buses to Bukit Lawang leave (ca. 3 hours).
In case you are already in Medan City, take a becak or taxi to Pinang Baris bus station.
From there, buses head directly to Bukit Lawang (ca. 4.5 hours).
Buses in Sumatra don’t really have a schedule; they will leave once enough people boarded the bus.
The first bus to Bukit Lawang departs from either Binjai or Medan to Bukit Lawang around 6am; the last at around 5.30pm.
Let us know at what time approximately you take the bus and we will pick you up at the bus station in Bukit Lawang
and bring you to your hotel.