About Bukit Lawang

Bukit Lawang is located 80 km away from Medan, in the province of North Sumatra. The village is famous for the orangutan’s rehabilitation center, as well as the entrance of Gunung Leuser National Park to see the animals in their natural habitat. The tropical rainforest is a World Heritage Property by UNESCO due to its biodiversity.

In the forest reserve orangutans, different species of gibbons, macaques, wild elephants and tigers and many insects, butterflies, frogs and its very characteristic flora and fauna can be found.


Native to Indonesia and Malaysia, orangutans are currently found only in rainforests on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra, though fossils have been found in Java, the Thai-Malay Peninsula, Vietnam and Mainland China. There are only two surviving species, both are endangered: the Bornean Orangutan (Pongopygmaeus) and the critically endangered Sumatran Orangutan (Pongoabelii). The name “orangutan” comes from the Malay-words “orang” (man) and “(h)utan” (forest); hence, “man of the forest”.

There are different activities discovering Bukit Lawang and its surrounding, as well as exploring the rainforest to encounter wildlife. You can go tubing or rafting down the river, visit the bat cave, dig into the life of the villagers, rice fields and plantations, or you can go on an expedition in the jungle.


Right in front of Garden Inn you can have a refreshing swim. Streaming down from the mountains, the water is fresh and clear.

Trekking in the jungle

Don’t miss out on a trek in the jungle with our experienced guides to encounter the orangutans and other wildlife in the rainforest. Children, adults, experienced mountaineers or beginners – everyone can join on a trek due to several easier and more challenging routes through the jungle Gunung Leuser National Park. Coming back to Garden Inn by river rafting is a fun and adventurous experience.

Groups include at least 3 people and up to 6 people.

Equipment required, if you spend the night in the forest :

  • Comfortable sport shoes
  • Light sleeping bag or bed sheet
  • Pants and sweat shirt. It can be cold in the evening.
  • Swimsuit and towel

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Prices for trekking and rafting (per person)

Trek  ½ day (3 hours)                                           :      35.00 €

Trek 1 day (6 hours) + come back by rafting  :      55.00 €

Trek 2 days/1 night   + come back by rafting  :      90.00 €

Trek 3 days/2 nights + come back by rafting  :      120.00 €