16 Days Sumatra Adventure Overland — Alfa Prima Tours & Travel

16 Days Sumatra Adventure Overland

Sumatra (Indonesian: Sumatera) is an island in western Indonesia and part of the Sunda islands.It is the 6th largest island in the world, an area of 473,481 square km, and a population of nearly 55 million people. The people of Sumatra are multi-lingual, multi-diverse and multi-religious, there are over 52 languages spoken.

A majority of the people in Sumatra are Muslims(87%) while 10% are Christians, 2% are Buddhist and 1% Hindu. Sumatra has a wide range of vegetation types which are home to a rich variety of species, including 17 endemic genera of plants.Unique species include the Sumatran Pine which dominates the Sumatran tropical pine forests. Sumatra is home to 201 mammal species and 580 bird species such as the Sumatran ground Cuckoo, the island has about 300 freshwater fish species as well.

Famous are the Sumatran tiger, elephant and orangutan, in 2008 the Indonesian government announced a plan to protect Sumatra’s remaining forests with its incredible flora & fauna. Sumatra is the largest producer of Indonesian coffee, small-holders grow Arabica coffee in the highlands while Robusta is found in the lowlands. Arabica coffee from the regions of Gayo, Lintong and Sidikilang is typically processed using the Gilling Basah(wet hulling) technique which gives it a heavily body and low acidity.

Day 1
Arrival Medan – Bukit Lawang

Today you arrive in Medan, the main city in northern Sumatra. Depending on arrival time you’ll get a short city tour of Medan visiting the Maimun palace built in 1888 in Malayan and Middle-East style and belonging the sultan of Deli. At the opposite of the palace is Mesjid Raya (Grand Mosque Almashum) built in the same period of the Maimun palace. The last visit is one of Medan’s finest Chinese temple, Vihara Gunung Timur. Afterwards drive to Bukit Lawang, a small tourist village popular with its rehabilitation centre of orang utan. It is located at the edge of Gunung Leuser National Park, one of the largest national park in the world containing over 800,000 ha of virgin rainforest. It is not far (approx 95km) but because the road are quite poor the drive will take about 3 hours. You’ll pass by landscape with views of oilpalm plantation and exotic countryside. Upon arrival, check-in to your accomodation and free to relax. Enjoy the scenery from the veranda of your hotel room.

Day 2
Orang Utan Tour & Jungle Trek, Sleep In Tent

First orang utan tour. You’ll visit the feeding platform where semi-wild orang utans are fed and trained to live in the wild. It is a marvelous sight to see the orang utans coming out of the forest by swinging freely from branch to branch. In the fruit season the orang utans may not come out as they may get enough foods from the forest but it happens not often. After the feedings, jungle walk approx 6 hours deeper in the park to explore more tropical flora and fauna. You’ll walk via small often muddy and hilly paths, seldom flat walking. Good physical fitness is required. A bit hard but worth it. It gives you a big chance to see exotic plants, birds, wild orang utans, gibbons and other monkeys. Simple packed lunch on trails. Your campsite lies by the riverside. It is authentic and basic. Tents are bamboo shells covered with tarpaulins stretched over a branch. The front and back of tent are so open, but offering adequate protection against the rain. A real jungle camp!

Day 3
Back To Bukit – Jeep Trip To Tangkahan

Day 3 : Back to Bukit Lawang – Jeep trip to Tangkahan  Final trek of your rainforest adventure and return to Bukit Lawang village. On the way you probably still encounter tropical wildlife. Upon arrival, short rest and then jeep trip to Tangkahan, a beautifully remote jungle settlement on the other side of Gunung Leuser national park. The trip takes about 3-hours passing by rural areas and plantation tracks, a bit bumpy drive but great fun. Upon arrival, check-in to your rainforest lodge and relax.

Day 4
Elephant Tour – Safari River

Experience time with the biggest mammal in the world. You’ll take one hour elephant riding on a comfortable howdah through the forest path. Steep slopes and dense vegetation will bring you the excitement of the jungle. After the ride, join and help mahouts bathe the elephants in the river. You are allowed to wash and scrub them. Once they are finished, then your turn. The elephants will spray you water. Nice shower! After elephants, safari river. You’ll float down the river on car tube (tubing) till waterfall. Afterwards walk back to your accomodation.

Day 5
Tangkahan – Berastagi

Morning drive approx 6 hours to the cool and picturesque hill town Berastagi (1300m), the setting dominated by two active volcanoes Sinabung (2417m) and Sibayak (2172m). It is the homeland of the Batak Karo, one of the six Batak tribes that inhabit the province of North Sumatra. The first two hours, driving over bumpy plantation tracks. Then an asphalt road till Berastagi. Stop and wander around local fruit market before check-in to hotel.

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