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“Camping in the jungle”

Reviewed 24 November 2012

My friend and I took the time out to visit the jungle while on a business trip to Singapore. Having no real idea what I was doing I searched on line and found that Bukit Lawang is the place to go if you want to see Orangutan in the wild. You can either go to a feeding station and see semi-wild creatures or get a guide, go into the jungle and get the real deal. I opted for the latter and found a guide called Doni Peski. (donipesik@yahoo.com ) He proved to be the best trip organizer I have ever had. I think most visitors are somewhat younger than girlfriend and I, but as long as you are reasonably fit its fantastic thing to do. We stayed in Medan for a couple of days - also an interesting mad place, but this Doni guy picked us up from the airport, took us to the hotel and gave us a wiz around the town, showing us the past Dutch glory...
If you want to skip the town you can go direct to Bukit Lawang and stay in one of the hotels in the village, that are basic but not bad. From there you can head off into the jungle. The costs are very modest for westerners and you can get some idea up front. It works out best if there are three in a party. Doni organized all the food and stuff for the trip and a guy went ahead to set up camp. We had a pair of boots and little else, so ended up walking down a river in our pants (we were on a business trip, so not prepared). You will need a rucksack for a change of clothes and water, but these are cheap as chips in Medan. Anyway I have gushed enough....

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Reviewed 24 March 2012

My partner and I spent a week in Bukit Lawang last December with the goal of seeing the Sumatran Orangutans in the wild. It was very important to us to ensure we found an experienced guide who was not only knowledgeable, but also respectful of the conservation of the rain-forest and wildlife. I did my research and found Obiwan, owner operator of Indra Valley Inn (www.indravalleyinn.com). Obiwan is a third generation trekking guide who's grandfather initiated the guiding in Bukit Lawang to take research scientists, and then wildlife tourists, into Gunung Leuser.
I was so impressed with Obiwan and his staff who have an intimate knowledge of all the Orangutans, and are incredibly respectful of their environment (no loud voices in the jungle :-)
If I was to do anything differently I would arrange a private car from Medan (especially if on a limited time frame) and also spend longer in the jungle. We did the day trek- but wish we had slept a night or two in the jungle. Maybe next time.

5  Thank leshaow
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Reviewed 29 May 2011

I have been trekking through the jungle in North Sumatra 4 times with 3 excellent guides, Kinol, Ronaldo and Togar. I felt so safe, had so much fun, learnt so much about Orang utans and the jungle. The highlight being seeing these fascinating animals so up close in the wild. This really is a must see, especially as they are endangered animals. Like anywhere there are good and bad guides so with that in mind please please book with these guides. Their website is www.sumatrajungletreks.com

14  Thank leaky105
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Reviewed 27 December 2013
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