Orangutan- the unique tourism of Indonesia
Why does this sound like an interesting topic?
Orangutan,the unique tourism of Indonesia-Where is Orangutans live?
There are two islands in Indonesia where the Orangutans live.
Both islands is the only place of orangutans live
Orangutan tourism in Sumatra
In Sumatra you must visit Bukit Lawang or Taman wisata Bukit Lawang.
Orangutan,the unique tourism of Indonesia -Taman Wisata Bukit Lawang
Here, you will be invited on an adventure through the jungle, including visiting the original habitat of orangutans.
Almost the entire area of Bukit Lawang is covered by dense Dipterocarpaceae forest.
And also with several rivers and waterfalls.
There are rare and distinctive plants.
Namely giant umbrella leaves (Johannesteijsmannia altifrons).
And Rafflesia flowers (Rafflesia Atjehensis and R. Micropylora)
And Rhizanthes Zippelnii which is the largest flower with a diameter of 1.5 meters.
In addition, there are unique plants, namely figs or strangulation plants. So interesting.
Orangutan in Bukit Lawang
Bukit Lawang is an orangutan rehabilitation site that has been established since 1973.
And become a Sumatran orangutan observation site in 1991.
No wonder when visiting there, many orangutans live freely in the wild which is their natural habitat.
The Sumatran orangutan (Pongo abelii) is the most endangered of the two orangutan species in Indonesia.
If compared to its ‘brother’ in Borneo.
The Sumatran Orangutan is physically and behaviorally different.
Exploring the Forest
While exploring the Bukit Lawang forest.
Tourists will be accompanied by a guide who will provide information about the orangutans there.
Bukit Lawang has a beautiful environment.
However, visitors must prepare their stamina so they don’t get tired easily.
This is because walking through the forest will take up and down paths.
What to do when you meet Orangutan
During trekking in the forest.
It’s a good idea to keep a safe distance if you meet Orangutans.
Especially when visiting during the Covid-19 pandemic.
In addition to preventing the orangutan habitat from being disturbed.
It also avoids transmission of the virus between humans and protected orangutans.
By the way not only Orangutans that you will meet in the jungle
If you are lucky you may also meet civets, Kaua Raja birds, long-tailed monkeys
Or other animals that you may have never met before.
How to go to Bukit Lawang
The Bukit Lawang area is located in the Bukit Lawang Plantation Village, Bahorok, Langkat Regency, North Sumatera.
If you land in Jakarta then you have to continue the journey to the city of Medan.
From the city of Medan, you will continue the journey to Bukit Lawang.
The distance from Medan to Bukit Lawang is about 120 KM.
You don’t have to worry about transportation problems.
Because, you can get there easily using any vehicle, either public or private transportation.
The entrance fee for foreign tourist is IDR 150.000 ( Monday-Saturday ) and IDR 225.000 ( Sunday and another national holiday)
But as a foreigner, I think you will need a guide to help you when exploring the jungle
So you need to spare more money just in case there is something unpredictable
Hostel In Bukit Lawang
1.Wak Ngah Lodging on Jalan Orangutan rate about IDR 40,000
2.Rain Forest Guest House on Jalan Orangutan, starting from IDR 50,000 to IDR 200,000
3.Fido Dido Bukit Lawang on Jalan Orangutan, starting from IDR 100,000 to IDR 275,000
4.Batu Mandi Guest House, starting from IDR 100,000 to IDR 350,000
5.Tangkahan Inn in Batang Serangan, starting from IDR 75,000 – IDR 350,000