The Bohorok Orangutan Centre at Bukit Lawang

The Bohorok Orangutan Centre at Bukit Lawang

The Bohorok Orangutan Centre at Bukit Lawang
4.5
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
We arrange jungle trekking tours through the rainforest of Gunung Leuser National Park, starting from the village Bukit Lawang,located in northern Sumatra,Indonesia. It is one of the last places in the world where you have the unique chance to observe the rare Sumatran orangutan in his natural habitat. The Gunung Leuser National Park is further habitat for many other species of exotic animals,flowers and plants. Since 2004, the tropical rainforests of the Gunung Leuser National Park together with 2 more national parks on Sumatra, are part of the UNESCO World Heritage.
Duration: More than 3 hours
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Anne clarie
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Loved our stay here. Saw orang utan and gibbons and so much more. Everyone must stay at least one night in the jungle. Great place for a jungle Sumatra.
Written 18 February 2020
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Alex J
Athens, Greece1,135 contributions
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Jul 2019
Amazing experience. We must have seen around 10 orang utans, most are semi-tame, and they were actually quite bold, coming very close to us and even trying to (and succeeding in) stealing our fruit. Parts of the trek were demanding, so ask ahead. If you are interested only in seeing orang utans, you do not need to go for the long trek - that one follows the short trek and involves quite a lot of upway walking on slippery ground and you don't really see any orang utans any more.
We visited with the guides from Thomas Retreat, they were called Yoga and Raining. Both were amazing. They were knowledgeable and seemed truly interested in getting us to see as much as possible.
Visiting this center is an amazing experience. The animals seem happy (they reproduce) and even if one could say that by being exposed to tourists, they are not completely in their natural habitat, by visiting, you also do your own little bit in contributing toward the protection of orang utans as well as the rainforest.
Written 11 September 2019
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Karen B
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2018 • Couples
We travelled with Trailfinders. The organisation was superb. We had a guide for our 3-day stay called Gandar who was very knowledgeable and thoughtful. A ranger called Ayub was assigned for the Orang Utan trek; frankly he was a genius, we saw eight including one very close encounter. We wouldn't hesitate to recommend any aspect.
Written 22 September 2018
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kitty37421
Chattanooga, TN330 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Friends
trek in the jungle it is wonderful.. the guides know there stuff. the animals are wild so be careful . carry water. very hot and steep.
Written 30 July 2018
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bubmorridon
Richardson, TX11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Couples
Worth the drive from Medan to be close to nature. Book Jungle Edie as your tour guide. He will purchase park permits and help with hotel and transportation from Medan. We stayed at Heritage Hotel.
Written 29 July 2018
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kushka532018
Santa Fe, NM1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017
I went to this years ago but little has changed judging by the recent reviews. It was an unforgettable experience that needs to be handled with care, since wild orangutans can be quite dangerous. The distance between you and them needs to be maintained and respected, so not a good place for kids. Quite special though.
Written 4 July 2018
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ReginaL799
Moscow, Russia138 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017
When I was there, the center itself was closed, but it didn't stop anyone from taking trek to the jungle with a guide, offered to me by my establishment. My guide was very young guy and I was afraid he'd be inexperienced, but we saw a lot of orangutans in few hours time and interacted with them. The trip up to the jungle and trekking around was a bit challenging, no, you don't need to be in good athletic shape, as I am anything but, however, you need to be in good general health. There is a little climbing involved, and terrain is very uneven with steep hills, you should be careful walking around. There was also a dangerous orangutan female, Mina, around (don't know if she's still alive), I never saw her, but be aware that you can be attacked by her.
The prices for treck are set and were very affordable last time I've checked.
Written 15 June 2018
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Jason B
Medan, Indonesia16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Solo
In order to buy a ticket for a feeding you have to go to an office and pay a gov't official a bit of money (200,000-300,000, i forget) Loads of tour guides and trekking companies will direct you to other places...but google maps should take you to the right place. There is NO NEED to go on a trek to see the orangutans, Trekking is nice and all, but if you just want to see the apes and get on with your trip, this is the way to go. The trekking guides will tell you that trekking is the best way, but they would, wouldn't they? After you get your tickety thing from the gov't office, you will walk upriver (without crossing the river until you see a boat on a rope for crossing the river. then you will hike a little ways, (10-20 min) up the mountain and the magical experience happens. Because so much effort is put into diverting tourists from this cheaper, easier option, the groups there are usually pretty small.
Written 16 May 2018
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Philip L
Glasgow, UK7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Family
Well worth the visit it is a jungle area with all sorts of wildlife this is an open range zoo. We saw a large male in the trees that came down to us as well as a mother and young on the platform. As well as a range of other monkeys. This was quite a unique experience we will not forget
Written 1 January 2018
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SS L
12 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Couples
I have mixed feelings about this activity...
I'll start with good points:
- of course it's a marvellous experience to see free orangutans who look happier than those locked in zoos cages

- I suppose it can bring awareness to people to associations who try to conserve these cousins of ours and by all means you should!

The negative points:
- not all tourists nor guides respect the guidelines of having these creatures around cause I saw :
* some people smoke both tourist and guide
* some guide just for the sake the tourists getting good photos, would do whatever to make them turn e.g continously whistling and that was even irritating for me!
* some guides pretended or for real gave food e.g banana just to get them to turn even though we're not supposed to
* some people from both sides seemed to stand too close!

- I think there should be limit of how many people to see 1 orangutan in 1 time cause I can imagine it must be irritating for them to be surrounded by so many people who take photos (I think some people don't always remember to turn off their flash!), keep trying to get their attention by doing whatever, smoke, make noise e.g talking to each other, etc.

PS I'd also encourage tourists who visit this area, Bukit Lawang, and surroundings e.g Tangkahan etc. to donate to the locals who are animal farmers. Because for some odd reason, the management or owner of palm oil plantations in these areas put grass poison so grass cannot grow on these lands so the lcoal farmers' live stock e.g cows are so thin, you can see their ribs cause they can't get enough food! The farmers, we suppose, ate also too poor to buy hay for their cows to eat. Then it's of course a vicious cycle that these cows cannot produce milk nor have enough meat for the farmers to sell or to consume by themselves, thus the poverty cycle will never end!
Written 31 August 2017
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