Sumatra

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Highlights

• Visit Bukit Lawing Orangutan sanctuary
• Visit the Rhino Breeding Centre at Way Kambas
• See the mountains, jungle and volcanoes of Sumatra
• Hike through rural villages
• Learn about the tribal Batak of Lake Toba
• Explore Bukittinggi and learn about it's matrilineal society
• Journey to Krakatoa and climb 'Child of' Krakatoa
• Search for wildlife in Way Kambas

Fact File

• 20 land days
• Maximum 16 travelers
• Start in Medan and finish in Jakarta
• All meals included
• Includes 2 flights
• Activity Level: 3

 

The lush island of Sumatra, with its many tribes, cultures, wildlife reserves, jungles, rivers, spectacular waterfalls and crater lakes is a joy for any traveller interested in natural beauty and diverse cultures. We travel south along the rugged Bukit Barisan mountain range, exploring a number of fantastic sights and cultures enroute including the Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre ("Bukit Lawang") and the Elephants of Tangkaha, as well as spectacular Lake Toba and where the proud Batak people call home. We cross the equator before reaching Bukittinggi, home to the Minangkabau people, one of the few remaining matrilineal societies in the world.

We fly south to Jakarta and cross the Sunda strait by speedboat to Krakatoa volcano , famous for the 1883 massive eruption creating a powerful tsunami and changed the earths climate for several years. In 1927 the volcanic island, known today as Anak Krakatoa, emerged out of the collapsed caldera. We land on Anak Krakatoa and climb to a spectacular viewpoint.

We continue to Way Kambas National Park, which is home to a myriad of wildlife included the very rare Sumatran rhino, with only 100 rhinos worldwide is considered the world's most endangered large animal. We explore this seldom-visited park on foot, by jeep and by boat. The highlight is likely visiting the Rhino Breeding Centre, where we meet with the rhino veterinarian who oversees the rhino feeding as we can spend time with at least one of the 7 rhinos in their wild setting. Permits are a challenge but ElderTreks appears to be the only tour operator able and willing to take on this challenge to offer an unforgettable visit and to create local, sustainable economic benefit to help save these magnificent and rare creatures. We return to Lampung for our last night in Sumatra before flying to Jakarta for our homeward flights or to join our Java, Bali & Komodo adventure.

FROM: $5195 USD

DATES, PRICES & AVAILABILITY

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Accommodations

Comfortable, well-located accommodations with private bathrooms throughout. 5 nights with ceiling fans but no air conditioning in hot locations (Bukit Lawing and Way Kambas) and 3 night in Lake Toba which is typically cooler).

Comfort notes

Some rough roads and long drives.

Itinerary - detailed itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Medan
Day 2: Drive to Bukit Lawang
Day 3: Orangutan Rehabilitation Reserve
Day 4: Jungle Hike, to Brastagi
Day 5: Lake Toba - Samosir Island
Day 6: Lake Toba Boat Excursion
Day 7: Lake Toba
Day 8: Minangkabau Highlands - Padang Sidenpuan
Day 9: Cross the Equator, to Bukittinggi
Day 10: Cultural West Sumatra and the Singgalang Walk
Day 11: Bukittinggi and the Minangkabau Culture
Day 12: Sianok Canyon, the Great Wall, Japanese Tunnels, to Padang
Day 13: Fly to Jakarta, drive to Anyer
Day 14: Speedboat to Krakatoa, hike to viewpoint, drive to Lampung
Day 15: To Way Kambas National Park, Night Walk
Day 16: Sumatran Rhinos Breeding Center
Day 17: Jungle Boat Journey, Village Visit and Cooking Class
Day 18: Lampung, Farewell Dinner
Day 19: To Jakarta
Day 20: Departure
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