EXPERIENCE SUMATRA WITH SWS
A guided experience where you will have the exclusive chance to see how palm oil impacts people on the local and global level, how reforestation is being accomplished, and how everyday heroes are rescuing orangutans in need. Go trekking in the jungle, encounter orangutans that share 97% of our DNA and bathe elephants in the river.
Proceeds go directly to conservation of pristine rainforest in Sumatra, home to critically endangered Sumatran orangutan, rhino, elephant and tiger.
TRIP DATES : March 3 - 16, 2019
COST: $2,750 CAD + HST
- Accommodations: Shared hotels and cabin (Single Room supplement: $550 CAD)
- Cabin stay in restoration site
- Meals: Most meals. Please allow $100-300 for meals that are not included
- Trekking and camera permits for Gunung Leuser National Park
- Elephant washing
- All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
- Transportation: Private vehicle, boat, ferry
What's NOT included:
- International air (also applies to trans-border flights)
- Airport taxes
- Applicable tourist visas
- Entrance fees not listed
- Tips or gratuities
- Meals not mentioned
- Optional tours or optional admissions
Fly into Medan
Meet at the hotel and have dinner together to taste some local Indonesian cuisine and get to know all our fellow travelers.
Orientation at Orangutan Information Center in Medan (private transport to OIC and use of office room).
A Sumatra Conservation Story: We will introduce the NGO we are working with (Orangutan Information Centre & Sumatra Wildlife Sanctuary), and give background of the animals we will see and the team working to save them. On this project we have teamed up with a conservationist recognized for his efforts by National Geographic
Travel by private bus to Bukit Lawang for 3 nights.
We will spend 2 full days of trekking in Gunung Leuser to see the critically endangered orangutan. Seeing these amazing animals that share 97 percent of our DNA in the wild will leave you breathless. We will also have a chance to wash elephants.
Drive by private bus towards Lake Toba.
A large natural lake occupying the caldera of a supervolcano. Here you will be able to take in the Batak culture of the area and experience a different side of Sumatra.
Back to Medan.
To unwind before going to the restoration site, take a trip to the Medan Zoo to see where an orangutan was kept and rescued. Return to the city followed by a night of desserts and coffee at a Sumatran Coffee House
Restoration site camping trip.
The NGO we are working with in Sumatra is the world’s first to successfully turn a palm oil plantation back into forest. Ride by private bus to the edge of palm oil plantations where you will continue on by motorbike to get to the reforestation site. The night will be spent on a platform in the middle of the forest. There is no running water and sleeping is on mats under mosquito netting. You will learn how the team has successfully restored hundreds of hectares of rainforest. You will be given the opportunity to plant a tree in your name or a loved one's name. It is a beautiful and unique experience witnessing a young forest being created.
Return to Medan for a night of relaxation before heading home the following day.
Depart Medan at any time.
Your traveling partner
Even though Gita was born in Indonesia, her first visit to Sumatra was in 2015 on an assignment for Photographers Without Borders. She completely fell in love with the land and the people. She now calls North Sumatra her 3rd home!. Fluent in Bahasa Indonesia, she will make sure you experience Sumatra to the fullest.