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 forests 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.
The small village of Bukit Lawang lies 90 km west of North Sumatra's capital Medan at the entrance to Gunung Leuser National 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.
We are called Sumatra GREEN Life Adventure because we strongly believe in ecotourism.
“Responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment, sustains the well-being of the local people, and involves interpretation and education.” (source: www.ecotourism.org)
For us as jungle guides, conserving the environment goes without saying and is in our mind intrinsically linked to the well-being of people living here in Bukit Lawang. After all, the rainforest provides a source of income for many locals with its resources as well as in form of tourism but also just in general terms of a comfortable, nature-bound life.
By training and employing local people, in Bukit Lawang but also on our North Sumatra tours to Berastagi and Lake Toba, we commit to our concept of eco-friendliness by providing them an income opportunity lest they participate in illegal activities such as fishing, logging, etc. which are harmful to the jungle and in turn to the people.
And by educating you about the rainforest and the life in a small Indonesian village, we hope to create an awareness for the problems as well as the joys in this part of the world.
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 wildlife and his concern for its preservation.
With Sumatra 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.
Ren, a native of Bukit Lawang, started guiding in Gunung Leuser National Park ten years ago. He has been gaining wide-ranging experience with different trekking companies in Bukit Lawang before he joined our team two years ago. He is passionate about the jungle and trekking. He is also a big joker and we’ll guarantee that you’ll have a lot of fun hiking with him through the jungle.
Anto Sipayung has been a professional jungle guide for eight 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.
James moved to Bukit Lawang four years ago and started out as one of Baik’s assistants. Now, he accompanies all of our guides on treks and is on his way to get his guiding licence for the National Park. If you need help during the trek, James is the one to ask and he’ll support you anytime.
Indra is also 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 extensive 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.
In our small shop we sell handicraft produced by villagers from Bukit Lawang: bags made from recycled plastic, bags and cases woven from tandok grass, necklaces carved from coconut, painted orangutan postcards on handmade paper….
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.
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.