Gunung Leuser National Park.
Is a large national park covering 950,000 hectares in northern Sumatra, Indonesia, straddling the border of the provinces of North Sumatra and Aceh.
The easiest access is from the village of Bukit Lawang, situated at the eastern side of the park.
There are many animals and birds in Gunung-Leuseur National Park including: orang-utans, white and black gibbons, thomas leaf monkeys, toucans, moon snakes and lizards. The park is also home to the Sumatran tiger and Sumatran rhinoceros, although it is very unlikely these will be seen.
Many visitors arrive wanting to see the orangutans. A brilliant experience can be found at the orangutan sanctuary, which is located at the edge of the park, a short walk from the village.
This sweet little town, 96km northwest of Medan, next to dense Sumatran jungle, is built around the popularity of its orangutan-spotting opportunities. But Bukit Lawang has much more to offer beyond our red-haired cousins. It’s very easy to while away a few days lounging in hammocks, splashing in the river and hiking in the jungle. The forests surrounding Bukit Lawang are part of the vast Gunung Leuser National Park, which is one of the richest tropical-forest ecosystems in the world. The park as a whole is home to eight species of primate plus tigers, rhinos, elephants and leopards. However, aside from orangutans, gibbons, various macaque species and the elusive Thomas leaf monkey, you’d have to be very lucky to see any other large mammals here, as oil-palm plantations extend right up to the edge of the village. At weekends, when foreign tourists are joined by masses of domestic visitors, Bukit Lawang can feel rather overrun, so try to arrive on a weekday.
In 1973 a Swiss organization set up an orangutan rehabilitation center in Bukit Lawang. The purpose of the center was to rehabilitate orangutans released from captivity. The rangers at the center teach the orangutan all the necessary skills to survive in the wild. After an intense period of quarantine, readjustment to the natural habitat and reintegration in the (semi-)wild population, the orangutan is released back into the jungle. All orangutans released are still monitored by the rangers and they still provide them with supplementary food at the feeding platform until they become fully self reliant. Out of this project the Sumatra Orangutan Conservation Programme (SOCP) was founded.
In the years after the arrival of the rehabilitation centre more and more tourists found their way to Bukit Lawang and it became one of the most popular destinations in Sumatra
Especially the young generation is rebuild the village in more sustainable way than before and they are very aware of the importance of preservation of the fragile eco system they live in. They can use all the support they can get and the income of tourism will help them in realizing their ideas for a brighter future for Bukit Lawang. So what are you waiting for, finish reading this page, pack your bags and get on your way for your jungle adventure!
HOW TO GET TO BUKIT LAWANG FROM KUALANAMU INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT MEDAN.
There are many kind of transportations that can bring you to Bukit Lawang from Kualanamu International Airport, so don’t get confused. First thing you have to know, Kualanamu International Airport is not located in Medan, this airport is located 42 km to the northeast of Medan.
Distance from Kualanamu International Airport to Medan is 42 km, distance from Medan to Binjai is 25 km, and from Binjai to Bukit Lawang is 70 km. So, it will be 137 km from Kualanamu International Airport to Bukit Lawang, estimated it will take about 4 hours.
Place to Stay.
Although there is generally no shortage of accommodation in Bukit Lawang, if you don’t mind where you sleep, if you have a particular place or room in mind, then you should book in advance. From late June through August, at Easter, and around Christmas, rooms are very busy with foreign guests, and most places will be booked up.
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