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Jul 20, 2016 - Trekking à Bukit Lawang, Sumatra - Indonésie

Notre intérêt pour Bukit Lawang sur l'île de Sumatra était de voir les orang-outans dans leur milieu naturel...la jungle. Après avoir réservé un séjour de 5 nuits dans un sympatique Hostel au pied de la jungle, on s'informe des forfaits disponibles pour aller voir ces beaux grands primates roux. Sachant que la majorité des touristes choisissent un forfait d'une nuit et ayant toute confiance en notre forme physique de jeunes dans la cinquantaine, nous avons opté pour un 2 nuits - 3 jours qui exigent approximativement 8 heures de marche...

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Jan 29, 2011 - The end of our jungle adventure

Jungle floor isn’t comfortable. I managed to get off Ok but woke on numerous occasions needing the toilet or uncomfortable from the rock hard floor. I had been told to be careful of Snakes and Leeches when I got to the loo in the night so that put me right off. I tried to forget and drifted back off dreaming that our guides woke us in the night and told us we were moving to a 5 star hotel with the most comfortable beds. No such luck. Joss had pretty much the same experience and we finally threw in the towel and woke up at 6.30am. I...

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Jan 28, 2011 - Into the wild

Yesterday we didn’t do much, just again wandering around the guesthouse grounds and village. In the afternoon there was the most intense thunder and lightning. The thunder was so loud the ground rumbled and you could hear it cracking as if it was directly above your head. As the lightning struck the whole sky illuminated and the rain came pouring down. This lasted the whole evening and Joss lay in the hammock enjoying the show whilst I sat inside enjoying the safe haven of the room. According to the locals compared to what they are used to,...

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Jan 26, 2011 - Sumatra, Indonesia

WOWOWOW, Sumatra is incredible. I can’t believe how long we have spent in Thailand when we could have been here, big mistake. We had a great flight over with Air Asia. As soon as we took off and reached our highest peak, we sustained altitude for 5 minutes and then came in to land. I only had time to fill out our Indonesian arrival cards and I had to put my seatbelt back on. When we arrived into the airport everybody seemed friendly although wanting to give us lots of advice which I’m sure would come at a price. They have changed...

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Dec 19, 2010 - Bukit Lawang

An overnight bus and a minibus later and we have arrived in Bukit Lawang. We checking in to the most expensive room yet and went down to eat and saw an orang-utan within 5 minutes!!! We are staying at the inn across from the rehab center, even though it is not operating anymore they still do some feedings to help hungry mamas. There are many wild and semi-wild orang-utans here in the national park, only one of two places in the world they still live. We went treking for 3 hours and saw 6 orang-utans including a mom and baby and a very large...

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Apr 26, 2010 - Bukit Lawang

I flew to the island of Sumatera and headed straight to the small jungle town of Bukit Lawang as it is the place to arrange treks into the jungle (Gunung Leuser National Park) where there is a possibility of seeing orangutans in the wild. We had been trekking for an hour or so when we saw our first orangutan. It was a mother and her baby. I guess they must be used to humans coming and gawping at them as they were not phased by us at all. We stood for quite some time, just metres from this wild orangutan. It was absolutely awesome to see....

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Apr 12, 2010 - INDONESIA - Bukit Lawang, Sumatra

For a quick overview of Indonesia by the BBC, click here Flew from KL to Medan and were met at the airport by our guide. We'd originally booked a 3 night hike and camping trip into the Sumatran rainforest in Gunung Leuser National Park. However, after nearly sweating-to-death in Borneo, we'd scaled this back to a day hike and a few days visiting the Bohorok Orangutan Viewing Center from the relative comfort of a bungalow (basically a thatched hut, sans fan). While we like to think of ourselves as "tough", we melt in the heat and couldn't...

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Nov 29, 2009 - Bukit Lawang, Urangutan Habitat and More

“Where would I get a guide if I wanted one?”, I am at the desk of the Eco Lodge in Bukit Lawang, I’ve just paid the driver of the private car that brought me up here from Medan, 100 kilometres from here on the coast, told him to pick me up again three days from now and I am contemplating if I will do a jungle trek with a guide or shorter walks around the village and visit the orangutan centre. “You already got a guide sir“, the desk man says, pointing at the man who walked up with us from the car to the hotel. My driver had stopped about...

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Dec 28, 2007 - Bukit Lawang and Orang-utans

We spent the days leading to New Year's between the edge of the jungle and a vast area of rubber and palm oil plantations, with a visit to see the semi-wild orangutans of Bukit Lawang. After banana milkshakes and farewells to Mr. Moon, we caught the first ferry across the lake to Parapat, where Bean sat with the packs while I went off to find an ATM to recharge the wallet. We spend a lot of time doing this kind of thing on the road; wandering the streets looking for a place to eat, somewhere to find money, a particular place to stay. In...

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Oct 2, 2005 - Indonesia, Bukit Lawang, 21-22/09/05

Nous voici donc en Indonésie, sur l'île de Sumatra plus exactement, après avoir traversé le détroit de Malacca en ferry rapide (5 heures air conditionné à fond et musique pop indonésienne à fond aussi, comme souvent dans les bus d'ailleurs) au départ de Penang. De Medan (plus grande ville et capitale commerciale de Sumatra), nous sommes allés directement à Bukit Lawang en minibus public (jusqu'à 15 personnes compactées dans un minibus de marque japonaise). Bukit Lawang est un petit village à 90km de Medan (mais 3 heures de route) à l'entrée...

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