This unique adventure in North Sumatra offers an exclusive opportunity for you to get hands on with ongoing conservation efforts in remote villages and forest restoration sites. In addition to soaking up the culture and discovering the breathtaking beauty of this friendly and welcoming Indonesian island you will also be involved with a number of tasks such as permaculture, restoration of former palm oil plantations, preparing new tree nurseries or identifying and recording native plant life in newly flourishing areas. You also have the opportunity to visit the superb Leuser Nature School which aims to incentivise local farmers to become guardians of the forest by providing free education for their children in exchange for their involvement in forest restoration and protection efforts. All your hard work is rewarded with three relaxation days in Bukit Lawang including a jungle walk in search of wild orangutans.
Day 1 (Sunday 15 March 2020): Medan
Meet at the Deli River Hotel (or similar), located in a peaceful setting just outside the city where you can spend the rest of the day relaxing, before the team gathers for a welcome meeting and dinner this evening. Meals: dinner.
Day 2 (Monday 16 March 2020): Medan - Bukit Mas
This morning we set off by jeep for Bukit Mas where we will spend the next three days. We will stay at basic shared accommodation which is ideally located at the Permaculture Centre itself. Once we've settled in we will meet the local team and get stuck into the project this afternoon. Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Day 3-4 (Tuesday 17 - Wednesday 18 March 2020): Bukit Mas
For the next two days we will get involved in a range of activities in the Bukit Mas area, including assisting with permaculture and restoration and even trying out some your Indonesian language skills with the children Leuser Nature School! Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Day 5 (Thursday 19 March 2020): Bukit Mas - Tangkahan
After breakfast we transfer to the village of Tangkahan (approx. 4 hours' drive), a hidden paradise on the edge of Gunung Leuser National Park. On arrival we check into the Mega Inn (or similar), where we will stay for the three nights. This afternoon you may wish to explore the local area or simply relax in the grounds, before dinner. Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Days 6-8 (Friday 20 - Sunday 22 March 2020): Tangkahan
Spend 3 days visiting, and assisting at, projects in the local area, accompanied by your local guide. Activities could include anything from preparing tree nurseries to walking transects with the restoration team leader and more. Meals: Breakfast, packed lunch, dinner.
Day 9 (Monday 23 March 2020): Tangkahan - Bukit Lawang
After breakfast we set off for the scenic drive to Bukit Lawang, on the banks of the Bohorok River (approx. 4 hours). Check into the Bukit Lawang Cottage (or similar) where you will enjoy a relaxing end to your trip.
Days 10-11 (Tuesday 24 - Wednesday 25 March 2020): Bukit Lawang
On either Tuesday or Wednesday we will have an amazing opportunity to take part in a trek through the primary jungle of Gunung Leuser National Park during which we will hopefully spot wild orangutans (up to 6 hours walking). This may be the only opportunity you have to see these incredible primates during the trip so participation is highly recommended (N.B. wildlife spotting can never be guaranteed). There is also a range of other activities for you to take part in, bookable and payable locally, or simply relax and enjoy exploring this wonderful area. Meals: Breakfast.
Day 12 (Thursday 26 March 2020): Bukit Lawang - Medan
We drive back to Medan this morning, stopping for lunch en route. We will enjoy a final night in Medan, staying overnight at the Deli River Hotel (or similar), and this evening we enjoy an authentic Indonesian farewell dinner. Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Day 13 (Friday 27 March 2020): Medan
This morning you will check out of the hotel and the group will disperse for onward travel or flights home (booked yourself). Meals: Breakfast.
What is included
- A minimum £585 donation to SOS and their local partners (if self-funding; to be fundraised if not)
- Transfers and transport on days 2-12
- Orangutan jungle trek
- Accommodation throughout
- Most meals, as per itinerary
- drinking water for project days and transfers
- English-speaking local guide
- Different Travel UK tour manager
What is not included
- International flights
- Airport transfers
- Indonesian visa (if required)
- Lunches and dinners on days 9-11
- Optional activities
- Drinking water on free days
- Drinks, laundry, souvenirs etc.
- Travel insurance
- Single room supplement (£225)
15 - 27 March 2020
£1950 (inc. £150 deposit)
£1,365 (inc. £150 deposit) plus fundraise £585 for SOS
This trip is graded as Project trip.
Photos © A Walmsley and Sumatran Orangutan Society.