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Expedition Jungle

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Bukit Lawang, Indonesia
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About Expedition Jungle
Expedition Jungle is one of the longest established trekking and tour operators in Bukit Lawang. We guarantee a professional, safe, eco friendly adventure tour to those looking to experience the wilds of Gunung Leuser National park and the natural beauty of North Sumatra. We are a fully registered, insured and licensed Indonesian and UK tour operator. We have a proven track record for providing trips to families, honeymooners and budget travellers looking for an alternative to the beach holiday. We only use licensed, local, English speaking guides with a profound knowledge of the park and the flora and fauna within. Contact us for a no obligation offer for your trip to North Sumatra. Join one of our fixed date, group tours or let us create a private tailor made itinerary to fit your schedule.
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hawkowl wrote a review Apr 2020
Sanibel Island, Florida1,107 contribution20 helpful votes
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This trek was the highlight of my trip to Indonesia, and one of the best wildlife experiences I have ever had, thanks to our amazing guide Tirta. We had fantastic looks at a family of Orangutans, as well as monkeys, bats, birds, and some beautiful jungle scenery. Tirta even managed to show me a Great Argus pheasant, a bird I have dreamed of seeing for years. I had a great picnic lunch and learned so much about the forest, the wildlife, and the history and culture of the area. I can’t wait to return to spend more time exploring this beautiful part of Sumatra.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Sean H wrote a review Dec 2019
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Loved the tour, people, food, and location. The people here went above and beyond to ensure we had a great 5 day trek. Clare planned an amazing trip for us and answered all our questions before. Our guide, Eddy, was the great too! I’d highly recommend this company
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Daniel H wrote a review Nov 2019
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4 days in the jungle, thanks to Tirta (our guide), Colok (Tirtas father, very experience jungle guide) and the rest of the crew, Aji and Leng for making us survive in the jungle. Was such a amazing time even though i got really ill the first night and throw Up every 3 nights but Tirta and the rest of the crew took good care of me! Fantastic tour with so nice people! Daniel Hannesbo
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Kathy wrote a review Nov 2019
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I decided last year that I wanted to do something different & special to mark my big 5.0, so in September we travelled as a family with two teenage girls on the Jungle expidition to Bukit Lawang & Tangkahan with two nights in the actual jungle. And adventure it was! As a company, Clare gathered her team & communicated with me all the way, helping with any questions, concerns I had. From the moment we were picked up at the hotel to returning to the airport we were looked after. Our guide was very patient & incredibly fit! I underestimated the humitity & endless hills/slopes in the jungle, but he helped me in particular, in every way he could. The cook was amazing for what he could whip up with very limited cooking pans & tools, & I quickly came to realize that I shouldn't have lugged extra food with me thinking that it might just be fish to eat. Another lovely suprise was that we didnt have to carry sleeping bags etc but that and nets were set up for us on arrival at each camp. We were privelliged to see a young orangatan interacting with a guide within our first 2hrs of trekking, many monkeys, & the most beautiful scenery up so close. (Spotting orangutans isn't guaranteed as they move around in the jungle!) In the village we didnt realize that it was a 15 minute trek along a windy path to the guesthouse, but where given the option of luggage being carried for equivalet of 5 Aust dollars, which was very humbling & appreciated. The guesthoue owners owned a resturant & they were a very sincere & gentle couple. I think when you travel to such remote, different places as this you have to go with the mindset that if you order any Western food it will probably not come close to what you meant, but experiencing the local food is a treat & part of the adventure. As a Westerner, I realized that we take so much for granted in our pampered world. The lengths that these simple living people have gone to make us comfortable is to be commended, a shower, a wetern toilet, netting, I think one of the highlights for me was travelling to Tangkahan & washing the elephants. I had some reservations because I had read some reviews about elephants not fairing so well in these countries. After this trip we went into Singapore & visited the zoo. I've no doubt that in the zoo environment elephants would get everything medically that'd ever need, but after seeing them in Tangkahan, I think they are so much happier in their own enviroment on the edge of the jungle & in, with their herd, & with supervised, limited access to people. I have never knelt down & talked to an elephant before, felt his skin & touched his eyelashes as he lazily lay in the river. My teenage daughter got a 'back rub' by one as we posed for photos with pumpkin juice all down her back! It was wonderful & clear to see how much the mahouts cared for them & the way they are attempting to continue this work. There was no rushing or pushing & with the limited group visiting, there was enough for everyone to spend time with the elephants & I commend the way the handlers ran it. So glad we took the 2 hour off road ride there. As far as immunisations, malaria tablets etc we took every precaution ` but have to admit, there was really very little mozzies etc at the time we travelled. In regard to rain, at the end of Sept early Oct we experienced mainly dry days, high humidity, & some spectacular storms at night. And the most useful thing I brought was a sarong! Our family joke was how many uses does a sarong really have! My answer many! Very little travellers at that time of year too. Watch out for the monkeys, they are very bold! The one time we left a window open in the guesthouse they came in and ransacked my chocolate stash & biscuits. All in all, we had an amazing time & a once in a lifetime adventure!
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Robert and Juley wrote a review Oct 2019
Adelaide, Australia14 contributions
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My wife and I did the 6 day jungle trek (and 3 days in Bukit Lawang) in September 2019. We had a truly wonderful time and will never forget our time there. Clare and her team organised everything so incredibly efficiently and well; from the initial booking arrangements to the wonderful Sumatran people who worked as guides, porters and cooks. They could never do enough for you and nothing was done with attitude or begrudgingly. We have never seen such an incredible work ethic and those of us with all the high tech gear and what we believed to be fitness were shown to be not much compared to these guys with very little materially yet abounding in incredible strength, stamina and fitness...all with a smile on the face. In 100% humidity they were hauling heavy, like really heavy, home made hessian 'back packs' up and down steep, overgrown and slippery jungle paths (did I mention the packs were heavy?). They are a credit to their people and will forever serve as a reminder to me of what we as humans are truly capable of with the right mindset. The stay in Bukit Lawang and the trek itself was filled with great food and time with new friends; united by a love for what is different and for what is mostly still wilderness, requiring a step out of one's comfort zone with an opportunity to challenge oneself mentally and physically in an incredible location and to get a little taste of life as it was meant to be. It was an opportunity to have a fully immersive experience; being in that jungle and in that moment far outweighs any book or documentary and gives one a chance to reflect on how fortunate we are as humans to be designed to gain meaning and happiness from simply 'taking a walk in the park'! Yes, as others have said, it is not an easy walk...the humidity, the thick jungle, the steep and muddy inclines and the ill defined path (not forgetting the day walking up the river for 6 hours) can make it potentially quite taxing, but you soon settle in to a rhythm and pace as it dawns on you how fortunate you are to be there. The leeches make for some comedy and the daytime mosquitoes are a little pesky, but none compare to the morons who go into the jungle and talk at the top of their voices while you are trying to quietly watch a mother orangutan and her baby...fortunately once one gets in to day 2 and deeper in to the jungle, the chance of encountering these people diminishes. One of the highlights is the final day tube ride back to Bukit Lawang; an exhilarating 2 or so hour trip that provides for a thrilling way to end a trip of a lifetime.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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