Orang Utan & Lake Toba
5D/4N Orang Utan & Lake Toba
Tour code : INSUM 1
Day 1 : Arrival Medan – Bohorok / Bukit Lawang
Pick up from airport and city tour visiting the sultan palce of Malay Deli-Maimoon, colorful Buddhist temple vihara Gunung Timur and black domed grand mosque Almashum built in 1906 by ducth architect. Then drive to Bukit Lawang, the orang utan rehabilitation centre located in Gunung Leuser National Park. This is one of the largest national park in the world containing over 800,000 ha of virgin rainforest. Afternoon to relax. Accommodation available in Bukit Lawang are simple but comfortable enough nicely located by the river side on the outskirts of the park. The rooms comes up with traditional Indonesia shower with only cold water. (Travel time approximately 4 hours drive)
Day 2 : Visit the Feeding Site Of Orang Utan – Berastagi
Walk along the river side till the crossing point where a small canoe waits and takes you to the other side of the river. Followed by a short hike up to visit the feeding place where the orangutans are fed and trained to live in the wild. It is a marvelous sight to see the orangutans coming around by swinging freely in the jungle in order to reach the feeding spot. After the visit, jungle trek about 2-3 hours deeper in the park to explore more tropical flora and fauna. Walking in the forest is always via small often muddy and irregular paths. You will go up and down hill (seldom flat walking). Those who don’t like this trek can relax before departure to Berastagi, a mountain resort situated on the Karo plateau on about 1400 meter above the sea level. It is the homeland of the Karo Batak, one of the six Batak tribes that inhabit the province of North Sumatra. Before arriving at hotel in Berastagi, stop and wander around local fruit market. (Travel time approximately 6 hours drive)
Those bringing camera /video in the feeding place will be charged additional Rp 50,000 for video and not refundable in case the Orangutan does not show up during the feeding time. At certain time, usually in the fruit season the Orangutan might not appear in the feeding place as they might get fed enough by nature deep in the wild but it happens rarely.
Day 3 : Berastagi – Lake Toba / Samosir Island
Scenic drive to lake Toba, one of the deepest and largest crater lake in the world with stop at Dokan, a small Batak Karo village with a number of traditional houses still being inhabited where eight families live in together in each house and you can have a look inside. Second stop at Sipiso piso waterfall located at the edge of lake toba. Next stop at Pematang Purba, the sight of the former palace (Long House) of Batak King Simalungun. The building is not inhabited anymore but the sight will give you a good idea of how the king used to live. From Pematang Purba you will continue your way following a small road (sometime in bad condition) to Prapat, a resort town on shore of lake toba. Upon arrival across onboard (by public boat) to Samosir island where you will stay for two nights. Atahe boat will probably stops several times to drop other passengers. You will be dropped right in front of your hotel. (Travel time approximately 5 hours drive + 45 minutes boat ride)
Day 4 : Discover Samosir
Today you will explore the natural beauty and cultural aspects of Batak Toba. You will visit Ambarita where the remnant megalithic culture of Batak Toba lies in front of wooden traditional houses. Continue to Simanindo to see the folkdance perfomed by the villagers. Here you also can visit a museum built in typical Batak style. On returning to hotel visiting Tomok village with its very old and nicely decorated sarchopagus.
Day 5 : Samosir Island – Medan Airport
Across back onboard ( by public boat ) to Parapat and return to Medan passing by town of Pematang Siantar with is vast view of oilpalm and rubber plantation. Upon arrival direct transfer to airport for you onward flight. ( Travel time approximately 45 minutes boat ride + 5 hours drive )