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“Excellent jungle trip with Adi”

Bukit Lawang - Jungle Trekking Sumatra
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Owner description: "Trekking for the school and helping local communities" We are a unique trekking experience that aims to protect the biodiversity of the rainforest whilst supporting the local community. By trekking with us you will directly benefit the local villages as 50% of proceeds will go towards to provide free education and key skills. The program is now focusing on our new school, run by a dedicated team of local teachers. Our aim is to teach children in the local community English, key skills and about the environment, conservation jungle with priority given to orphans and the poorer children in the villages. Trek or volunteer with us to help local children.
Reviewed 23 October 2016

We looked through TripAdvisor reviews in advance of heading to BL and noticed that a person called Adi, popped up quite a lot. We enquired with him via email regarding accommodation and a two day trek. His blog has a lot of useful information and confirmed that he was a professional guide. Adi was waiting for us when we arrived at BL. He took us to his homestay in the next village, where his sister lives with her son. We stayed here the night before our trek and his sister cooked us a lovely chicken curry for dinner and a tasty breakfast before we left for our trek in the morning. We set off on our trek at 9am. Adi was very knowledgeable of the plants as well as the animals in the jungle. We were really lucky to see around 10 orangutans in the morning. Adi is also very conscious not to feed or interact with the Orangutans as they can suddenly turn aggressive (they are wild animals after all!) - not like some of the guides who were continually feeding them - probably to ensure they got a good tip at the end of the day. We stayed in a hut away from the main camp, which is just outside the national park (hence the reason why they have been able to build the hut). It is a perfect location with great views of the jungle - several orangutans had just gone by before we arrived. We had great food and played cards for hours - Adi taught us a card game called Joker which was good fun. The next day we went on a morning walk and in places it got very steep, but Adi is a very good guide and we felt assured he knew what he was doing. We ended up back at the river and headed down on the tube raft back to BL. We stayed one more night in the homestay - it is very basic, there is no a/c or mosquito net but you get to interact with the locals away from BL. Adi’s sister is a great cook and made us some of the best meals we have had in Sumatra!

Overall, it was an amazing experience and Adi made us feel really welcome. We would definitely go back and spend more time with Adi and his team.

As an aside - Adi also runs a volunteering programme for teaching English to the local children. Volunteers stay at the homestay where the teaching takes place. Adi is a very genuine guy who really cares about educating children so if you are looking for a volunteering opportunity in Sumatra - I would definitely recommend this.

3  Thank Lucy G
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Reviewed 4 October 2016

We did a trek with Adi Jungle Tour two days and one night, 4 días in total.

First, we were picked up at the airport in Medan, and drove to Bukit Lawang (about 4 hours by car, the roads are not very good). Adi and his family greeted us, and we slept in the Learning Center, where they teach English to children and adults.

The next morning, we started in the early morning the jungle trek, fantastic. Not too hard, you just have to carry a small backpack with water and some clothes.

After a few hours, we find wild orangutans. We saw several female and babies, real giants males as well as other animals (peacocks, gibonnes, etc.). It is really amazing, you run out of words. Sumatra is not as exploited as Borneo, you're really only in the jungle and you can see the animals peacefully.

To end the day, we swam in a river and slept on top of a hill, in The Hat, a cabin that they have built and is very special, you have a stunning views and you are surrounded by nature, it is very normal to find different monkeys morning in the window.

The next day we returned to the village by tubing down the river, very funny. We slept in the learning center, which allowed us to know the local culture.

The next day, we went to bath in Tangkahan elephants, including babys, and a huge male; although it is possible to do elephant riding, we didn't, however, it looks like healthy and not exploited. Finally they took us back to the airport of Medan.

The whole trip was fantastic, highly recommended. Adi is a beautiful person, helps you in everything and has a lot of knowledge of the jungle.

1  Thank Dani V
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Reviewed 7 September 2016

I highly recommend doing this jungle tour when visiting Bukit Lawang. I did the two days, one night jungle tour and seen heaps of monkeys and orangutans. We slept over night in a wooden hut that was built off the ground which was also a major plus to keep us out of the storms that often happen in the tropical weather. It was one of the best experiences ever!
Adi also has his own school where he teaches the kids English. We helped Adi out for the afternoon at the school and the kids were great! It was an awesome way to end our Bukit Lawang adventure.
When booking with Adi it was also great to know that our money is going to a local organisation and towards his school that is a great opportunity for the local kids within the community.
I would love to go back again one day.

1  Thank Ashley W
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Reviewed 6 September 2016 via mobile

Did a jungle trekking with Bugin Inn. Great guide (Chandra) who could tell us everything about the jungle and the wildlife. Service during the trekking was really good, freshly prepared food and fruit. Sleeping in the jungle is definitely something everyone should do to get the real jungle experience.

1  Thank Fleur H
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Reviewed 24 August 2016

Spent two weeks teaching English to children and adults for We Care Program in a village outside Bukit Lawang organised by Adi. Adi is very friendly, helpful and provides great correspondence before you arrive and during your time. He has a lot of connections and other projects going on which means whatever you arrange doesn't have to be limited to the obvious tourist activities in the area. He can arrange for an authentic experience with accommodation in the villages and treks away from where most of the guides go to give you a unique trekking experience.

The English teaching at We Care Program is challenging at first for those who haven't taught before but great for those who are ready to throw themselves into it and a great experience regardless of if you're considering teaching as a future career or if you just want something else to do during the day. You only teach for two hours a day which gives you time to lesson plan and explore the local area - lots of trips you can do to caves, hot springs, rivers etc. You stay with Adi's sister and her family. The accommodation is basic but very clean and homely and his sister is very friendly and a fantastic cook! The house is also less than a ten minute walk to the entrance of Bukit Lawang.

Thank Elizad93
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