Michael Chang (Monday, 17 December 2018 20:16)
We, myself and my two daughters, signed up for the two day trekking program in Dec 2018. It was amazing to be in the jungle and observing animals on their turf.
The hike was not a easy one, and our guides, Jim and Sardy did a fantastic job showing us around and did all the heavy lifting, literally, of the food and supply. They spotted creatures with their
eagle eyes and showed us monkeys, orangutans, gibbons, and etc. The set up at the camp by the river is well stocked for being in a jungle and the cook was able to prepared a very good meal. We were
well taken care of.
BukitLawang Jungle Trekking managed the Medan airport pick up, home stay at Bukit Lawang and trip back to Medan. It was very convenient, professional. I would highly recommend it.
Florian et Sibel (Thursday, 08 November 2018 02:03)
Nous sommes partis en petit groupe pour un trekk de 2 jours 1 nuit.
Le rythme de la marche était parfait et adapté, les guides toujours très agréables, nous donnant des informations sur toutes les magnifiques espèces qui nous entouraient. Nous avons vu beaucoup d'
orang outang et de nombreux autres singes... Nous nous sentions à l'écart du monde mais toujours bien entourés !
La soirée au camp était également magique. Nous avons pu partager un bon repas sous les étoiles avec notre groupe.
En résumé je recommande les yeux fermés !
Terima kasih, danke sehr, merci beaucoup !
Merci à Easy, Martin et tois les autres guides ! Vous êtes au top !!
Mireia Hernández (Tuesday, 18 September 2018 05:51)
This has been simply the part best of my trip to Indonesia. We've never had an experience like this before, and we simply loved it. We spent 3 days on trekking (2 nights), and we enjoyed every single
part of it. We saw many animals, especially the amazing Sumatran orangutans, swam in the river, exchanged many interesting insights with our guides, and we did tubbing down the river back to Bukit
Lawang on the last day (it is a MUST!).
Breathtaking jungle trek, it has been simply awesome!
Bukit Lawang has exceeded our expectations!!!
The Oliver Family - UK (Wednesday, 12 September 2018 05:17)
We organised a 3 day jungle trek, cooking class and Elephant sanctuary trip all through B-L Jungle Trekking, over our 6 day stay in Sumatra.
Communication was great.
All the trips were great. Our guides in the jungle really took care of everyone. The food and snacks were really good. Our cooking course was an experience and again our guide even took us to the
food market in the morning and ensured we saw lots.
The Tangkahan elephant sanctuary is a long drive but definitely worth it.
BLJT even helped us with accommodation and made sure we ended up with good family accommodation in Bukit Luwang.
We would highly recommend this tour company as all our questions were answered and our expectations were definitely met.
Keep up the good work!!
Kremer N (Saturday, 08 September 2018 03:19)
Vanuit België deze privé-tour geboekt voor mijn man, zoon van 12j. en mezelf. 2 dagen, 1 nacht. Al na een uur of 2 zagen we 3 oerang oetangs. 1 met een baby. Veel andere apen, toekan, pauwen, varanen
gezien. De gidsen Adi en Erwin waren super lieve mensen. We kregen een zeer degelijke uitleg. Je voelt dat Adi dit met hart en ziel doet en zeer begaan is met het natuurbehoud. Hij is ook voorstander
om de dieren niet te voederen en ze in hun natuurlijke habitat te houden. De beide gidsen zorgden ervoor dat we in ons kleine groepje zoveel mogelijk zagen. Onderweg kregen we fruit, ongelooflijk hoe
ze dit doen, Erwin had alles mee in zijn rugzak en toverde telke malen een prachtige fruitmand tevoorschijn. In het kamp hadden we een kok die voor ons een uitgebreide maaltijd maakte. Zeer lekker!
Adi trakteerde ons s'avonds op enkele goocheltrucs. Adi Copperfied!!! :-) De overnachting in de jungle was ook een unieke en superleuke ervaring. Op de 2de dag nog een korte trek gedaan en dan terug
naar het dorp met de tubing, lekker genieten. Kortom, iets om niet meer te vergeten. En zoals Adi zegt: machtig, prachtig! Nogmaals onze dank aan het volledige team.
Susi Gerhardt (Tuesday, 14 August 2018 13:53)
From we e-mailed Janine and Dodi the very first time, we felt we were in prof. hands. Prompt replies to our questions, changes and requests. We booked 2D1N trekking together with private transport
Medan-Bukit Lawang , and after our trekking tour further on to Lake Toba and back to Medan. Every single arrangement went exactly as agreed and planned. So here is thanks to our guides and cook;
Daniel, Andy and Robin. We were in the best and most competent company, Daniel's English and expert knowledge of the jungle, Andy who was so good at at finding orang-utans, and Robin the best chef
ever! After a long day's walk we relaxed in our camp, had a swim, a lovely evening in the company of our guides and slept in our own shelter with mosquito net, mattress and pillow. We did the rafting
back which we can recommend - we got wet but not our belongings. We can highly recommend others to book simular . Our transports were with good and helpful drivers.
ps: great to experience how dedicated the guides were concerning trash and plastic. The guides picked up what ever was left on the ground and brought it back to the camp!
Amy Wallace (Wednesday, 23 May 2018 23:21)
We booked the 2 day 1 night tour through Dodi who was extremely helpful and friendly. The tour was absolutely fantastic, we had brilliant guides who were very knowledgeable about the jungle and
animals. The trek was great fun and everyone was very respectful of the animals. I felt this was a very ethical way of getting to see the orangutans in their natural habitat, it was an amazing
experience. The food was great and we slept well in the jungle. I highly recommend this to anyone. Thank you Jonny and Martin for being great guides!
Martina Ramrath (Sunday, 20 May 2018 14:36)
Inzwischen sind wir wieder gut in Deutschland angekommen. Nochmals herzlichen Dank für den tollen Dschungel Treck!!� Es war soooo schön, unsere Vorfahren aus nächster Nähe beobachten zu können und
unsere Guides waren sehr lieb und haben sich ganz toll um uns und alles gekümmert!!
Auch der Transport vom Lake Toba nach Bukit Lawang hat super geklappt!
Euch weiterhin viel Erfolg und alles Liebe!
Martina und Ralf
Lucie (Tuesday, 06 March 2018 06:15)
Very pleasant stay and awesome jungle trekking. The trekking was professional, all inclusive (the food was just stunning!) and I felt save all the time. Both guides were great and I also appreciated
the deep knowledge about the animals and jungle itself. We also stayed a few nights at the accommodation. The place has a great atmosphere, everyone is so nice, happy and helpful. I really like the
restaurant, not just the food was tasty, but there are many people coming in, someone always plays guitar and all together it creates a nice evening. I would recommend it to anyone. Thanks Dodi &
Janine and their great team for great days spent in Bukit Lawang, we truly enjoyed it and will come back if we'll be around. Good luck guys you're doing an awesome job!
Stacey (Saturday, 03 February 2018 06:27)
We booked the 2 day one night trek through Janine and Dodi for November last year. They were really helpful, booking us in to the guesthouse and arranging our transfer to and from Medan airport,
everything was sorted for us. The trek was a great experience, the guides were really nice and always there to help with the difficult climb or to explain about the different animals and plants that
we were seeing on the way.. We had amazing food and played games in the camp in the evening and then visited a nearby waterfall the next day before rafting back to the village. I'd definately
Monika (Wednesday, 10 January 2018 12:03)
I did a 2 day 1 night trip. It was absolutely amazing. The untouched nature and the home of many monkeys, makes it a true experience. Communication with Janine and Dodi went very well: fast and
clear. The guides are really nice and caring. They make sure that you arrive at the riverside in one piece, but also give you mental support when it's getting difficult to climb. The riverside is
very relaxing and the food they prepare is very nice. Rafting back is really cool and is a great ending of the trip! However, the jungle tour was not my only trip. I also did the batcave trip and the
coconut carving workshop. I can really recommend planning your trip to Bukit Lawang with Dodi and Janine. I had an amazing weekend. Thank you Janine and Dodi. Sampai jumpa hopefully.
Fernando (Saturday, 30 December 2017 11:52)
We did a three day jungle trip and it was a wonderful experience. All the family enjoyed the jungle treks (although it was hard work at times but rewarding). We saw lots of orang-utans and took many
photos. The jungle was genuine and the tent accommodation and food made you feel that you were in a real jungle trip. The guides were wonderful and very knowledgeable - also very patient with all of
us (particularly as we are not very young) but the children had an adventure every day. We would certainly recommend them.
Peter (Wednesday, 29 November 2017 10:11)
A few weeks we (my partner , our son and myself) did the two day jungle trekking. It was a wonderful experience. Lots of monkeys and Orang Utans, a large lizard, delicious food and last but not least
our wonderful guides Adi, Sardi and…..They helped us walking in the jungle when the track got very steep, helped us with carrying our luggage when it seemed to be too heavy, told us about medicinal
plants, entertained us with some magic (card) tricks which I still don’t understand and cooked delicious food. I have never known that pineapple can be so tasty! We sttill greatly enjoy the memories
of this wonderful trip.
Lee McRae (Tuesday, 28 November 2017 03:06)
Just got back from the three day Trek in the jungle which included about ten hours trekking and a raft trip back to the jungle town of Bukit Lawang. All in all a super trip. Our guides Ronny and Easy
treated us really well, had grown up in the jungle so were able to help us find the most beautiful routes. The food was great, stuffing myself with so much pinnapple each time we stopped for a break.
Easy showed is lots of card tricks and kept us entertained before we drank our sweet ginger tea before bedtime. Accommodation was super but just what is required out in the jungle. Definitely do the
raft trip at the end... You get drenched! 10/10, make sure to ask for Easy and Ronny!
Maša (Sunday, 24 September 2017 06:11)
My partner Ondrej and I spent an amazing week in Bukit Lawang this August 2017. It seems we even brought a bit of it back to Ljubljana, Slovenia with us, as the place and the people remain in our
thoughts (alas, no playful gibbons wake us up in Ljubljana with their funny morning sounds). We booked our 3day/2night jungle trek with Janine and Dodi, who put us up at their guesthouse Bukit Lawang
Indah and also arranged our transfer from Medan airport despite our late arrival, so we started off with a great night ride to Bukit Lawang. Our 3day jungle trek was one of the most beautiful
experiences. Of course, encountering no less than 9 orangutans including 2 large males up close is unforgettable. But as our expert guide par excellence Adi would say: “This is not a competition”.
And what made our trip and time so truly great were the amazing people: our incredible guides Adi and Ronie and our master chef Daniel - they rule! People write about guides feeding the wildlife, and
during our trek we also encountered some groups who, in our shared opinion, went too close or guides pressured by tourists to chase down more orangutans. But Adi and Ronie are the opposite. As one of
the guides with the most seniority and experience, Adi is the person you want taking you into the jungle: he‘s knowledgeable, thoughtful and respectful of the environment, the animals and the people
in his care, he loves what he does, but when night falls and it’s time for some card games and tricks in the middle of the jungle, he’s gonna make you laugh till you cry. Our last climb down to the
second camp proved too overwhelming for me, it was very steep and I have a bit of a fear of heights, but that’s where Ronie came in: he kindly sent my partner on his way and then guided me down like
the best and most patient climbing instructor, step by step and liana by liana, at the most difficult passes even holding my hands – in what we came to call “the jungle tango”. My deepest thanks,
Ronie! Last but not least, we never expected to have the best dinner of our lives in the middle of the jungle, thanks to Daniel. This was a feast, mind blowing! Also, thanks for a great time to our
very like-minded fellow travelers Anneloes, Sander and Kevin. And a piece of advice to future fellow travelers: when you return from the trek, exhausted but so happy, make sure you don’t just rush
off, but take some time in Bukit Lawang to relax, take in your experience, sit on the terrace of Dodi and Janine’s place, have a Bintang and listen to the guys playing the guitar.
Here's a couple of the amazing orangutans we were so lucky to observe:
Thank you for everything, Dodi & Janine & your team!!
Keep Bukit Lawang the incredible place that it is. And where we hope to return.
Maša & Ondřej
Hannah (Tuesday, 19 September 2017)
"Jungle trek, Jungle trek, in Bukit Lawang..."
actually I don´t know how to describe this beautiful nature we saw, the sounds of the rain forest, the "Wow" when we saw all the monkeys...and how much fun we had with Erik and Sardi in the Jungle.
Thank you so much guys, we enjoyed our two days trek in the Jungle a lot. Trekking and singing in the Jungle, jumping into the river, hearing storys about Orang Utans and Playboys of the Jungle, see
all the beauty of the forest and his animals...you made that trip for us unforgettable!
Anne Bradley (Monday, 21 August 2017 14:39)
Our Bukit Lawang Jungle trekking experience was absolutely wonderful and the highlight of our Indonesian Adventure! The guys took such great care of us from beginning to end! I was traveling with my
mother who is in her 60s. Her dream was to see Orangutans in the wild. She was nervous about both being in the jungle and hiking on our three day trek. Our guides quickly eased her nerves as they
took amazing care of us. Our three guides Easy/Ardo, Andre and Ronie became my jungle brothers. They worked so hard to make our experience wonderful and to keep us both safe. They were amazing! They
fanned my mother when she was hot, massaged her shoulders during times of rest, carried her belongings, held her hand for hours as the trail was difficult, pushed her in a raft when we needed to
cross the river, swam next to her when she wanted to float in the river current and doted on her every move. I felt at ease knowing my mother was %100 percent cared for. Our guides all spoke great
English and taught us many things about the flora and fauna of the jungle. It was great to see how much they truly cared for the rainforest and the orangutans. We saw guides from other tour companies
feeding the wildlife. Our guides strongly opposed this and expressed how this was not in the best interest for the apes. We were able to see 12 different orangutans, the white handed gibbons and all
four species of monkeys that live in the forest! We also saw many other cool reptiles and insects that live in the jungle. Our guides pointed out many things we would not have seen without their keen
eyes and allowed us plenty of time to observe and enjoy the jungle and it’s animals. Another thing that was amazing was the food. I was not sure what to expect, but they fed us like queens. We had
our own cook who made us amazing Indonesian food. We had 8-9 different dishes during dinner, some of which the ingredients came from the jungle. We had the freshest fruit throughout our trek and even
had BBQ’d chicken on a spit by the river for lunch one day. There was more food than we could eat! We had such a memorable experience! There is not one negative thing I could say, the mosquitoes
weren’t even bad. I totally recommend a Bukit Lawang Jungle trekking experience. If you are super lucky, Easy, Andre and Ronie will be your guides!
Yannick, Kenny & Alexis (Thursday, 10 August 2017 01:26)
What a great experience!!!
Thanks to all the staff of BukitLawang-Jungle Trekking and most notably to Mowgli the best guide we have never seen :)
Sandra Krueger (Monday, 07 August 2017 14:19)
Liebe Janine, lieber Dodi,
nach 3 wunderbaren Wochen sind wir nun wieder zurück in Deutschland. Unsere Reise in Singapur & Indonesien war in jeder Hinsicht und mit all Ihren Bausteinen unvergesslich und wirklich
All die spektakulären Landschaften, lebendige Städte, Vulkane, das Meer… DER REGENWALD. Ja, der Regenwald. Dieser Teil der Reise hat uns am aller besten gefallen. Abgesehen von diesem einzigartigen
Lebensraum mit seinen wundervollen tierischen Bewohnern die wir während des 3 tägigen Trekks mehrfach bewundern durften, waren es insbesondere auch die Menschen die uns sehr beeindruckt haben.
Angefangen von dem netten und zuverlässigen Kontakt während der Planung bis hin zur Organisation vor Ort. Unser super Fahrer (Name leider vergessen, sorry) der unzählige Stunden auf uns warten
musste, da wir Verspätung hatte und uns auf Hin- und Rückweg gekonnt und sicher durch den unfassbaren Verkehr in Medan gebracht hat. Jimmy der uns dann um 02:00 Uhr morgens mit bester Laune durch den
Strömenden Regen zum Jungle Inn gebracht hat. Ein so herzlicher Empfang bei euch im Restaurant…die Betreuung eures gesamten Teams hat uns einfach nachhaltig beeindruckt.
Diese Freundlichkeit und Freude, das Wissen über die Natur und die tolle Art alles darüber zu vermitteln. Die Guides die wirklich scheinbar alles können, super gut englisch sprechen, Touristen
führen, barfuß über Stock und Stein laufen als wären es Wolken �…fantastisches Essen kochen, bis hin zum Entertainment vom allerwitzigsten (und das obwohl Spieleabende sonst eher keinen Anklang bei
Danke deshalb noch einmal an Jimmy, Sardi, Daniel und Adi. Die Tage in Bukit Lawang waren wirklich ein Erlebnis, das wir nicht vergessen werden. Wir haben uns in jeder Situation so super aufgehoben
und sicher gefühlt. Immer eine helfende Hand, wenn man beim Klettern nicht mehr konnte, absolute Professionalität bei der Etwas „aufregenden“ Begegnung mit der sagenumwobenen Mina, und einfach die
besten „Chaos-Autoreifen-Rafting-Kapitäne“ die wir kennen!!
Alle Daumen hoch hoch hoch!!
Sandra & Gerriet
Sarah & Peter
Bielefeld, Deutschland im August 20117
Elisabeth O'Quinn (Tuesday, 18 July 2017 17:07)
We had the best time with Bukit Lawang Jungle Trekking and really did not want to leave the jungle! Everyone was so friendly and helpful and Dodi made us feel right at home upon our arrival. Our
guides Easy and Ronnie were so much fun and also experts at their jobs. We were able to see many orangutans and also other wildlife such as a peacock! Along with the hiking, we spent time tubing,
playing games, singing, and swimming in the river. Highlight of our time in Indonesia. Hope to come back and do the 5 day trek! :) Thanks for an amazing time in Bukit Lawang!
Helmie and Jos (Monday, 10 July 2017 01:53)
We had such an amazing time in bukit lawang thanks to Bukit Lawang Jungle trekking. Dodi was very welcoming when we arrived. The two day jungle trek was amazing, also because of our guides Jimmy and
Ronnie. Special thanks to Ronnie who was so helpfull during the hard trek. We had so much fun with him and he let us to the male orang oetan.
Julia (Tuesday, 27 June 2017 08:24)
Bukit Lawang is an amazing little village in the jungle. I loved the culture, the atmosphere, the people, the nature, the wildlife and the food! This is definetely my new happy place and I cannot
wait to come back.
The Jungle Trek is simply amazing, we saw so many orang utans!
The Bukit Lawang Indah is the perfect place to stay. It is simple, but it has everything you need. We felt like home and the food was the best I have had during my whole 3 months in Asia. But the
best about this guesthouse are the people - I did not feel as a guest, but as part of their family. Dodi, the owner, is so friendly and makes everything to make you feel at home. And all the guides,
especially Joni and Jimmy, are also extremley friendly, open-minded and lovely. We had so much fun with them during our local village tour and at night, playing guitar and singing together! I can
only recommend everyone to visit this place and I promise to be back as soon as possible. Thanks for everything, Dodi & Co! Lots of love, Julia :)
Jesse (Monday, 03 April 2017 23:44)
What can I say?
Beuatiful little village. The trekking was amazing and the Orangutans were out of this world. But what really made the experience were the amazing guides led by Harry and his team. Dodi was a
wonderful host and made us feel like family. He even called in some friends to play some guitar and sing for us the night we returned from our trek.
We will always remember this amazing paradise. Harry and his card tricks in candle light while listening to "jungle music" at night. Ask for Harry to guide you and you will not regret it. Amazing
person he is.
Dodi thank you very much for everything. Can't wait to come visit again in the future.
Dirk (Tuesday, 14 February 2017 20:03)
Thanks Johny for the very good trecking.
I make a 3 day trecking with Johny and Rony. They will be very nice, good and competent guides. They everytime have had a very good view of all of the group and keep care for everybody into the
group. Johny is a specialist in find and comunikate with the Orang Utan.
I never will forget this moment, we are still allone into a part of the jungle and he find a Orang Utan far away in the top of the trees. He will comunicate with him that it will slowly come down
with a baby at here body and a child following them.
The Orang Utans will slowly move on and I will make the great experiance to spend some minutes alone and very closed with them. Wow :)
I will recomend this guide, the company and Daniel, who cooked fantastic into the junglecamp.
Johny also have been very helpful after the treck
Hope to come back and see them again
Thank you very much
Dirk from germany
My.riam (Wednesday, 18 January 2017 10:58)
Janine und Dodi machten unseren Aufenthalt in Bukit Lawang zu einem Highlight unserer Indonesien-Tour! Sie organisierten sowohl den Flughafen-Transfer, als auch die Jungle-Tour und das
Elefanten-Waschen. Vielen Dank, es war wunderbar in Bukit Lawang.
Canan & Andreas (Thursday, 22 December 2016 03:27)
WIR, Gäste aus Germany, Hamburg.. Bedanken uns für vier wundervolle Tage bei Dodi&Janine und dem gesamten Team. Wir haben eine unvergessliche Jungel Tour gemacht. Wurden herzlich aufgenommen und
haben lecker gegessen. Das gesamte Angebot ist nur zu Empfehlen! Wir haben uns sehr wohl gefühlt.
Auch waren wir am letzten Tag den Kindergarten besuchen. Wenn ihr Zeit haben solltet, die Kinder freuen sich über euren Besuch. Dieser lebt auch von Spenden und wer einmal dort war, wird sehen was
für wichtige Arbeit geleistet wird vielleicht eine kleine Spende oder Süßigkeiten für die Kinder dort lassen.
Wir werden definitiv wiederkommen. .
In diesem Sinne, in Hamburg sagt man Tschüß, dass heißt auf wiedersehen :-) .
Canan & Andreas
Steffi (Monday, 28 November 2016 15:42)
Thanks to Janine and Dodi for the very warm welcome in Bukit Lawang and a just perfect days there. It started already with a very smooth transfer from the airport in Medan to Bukit Lawang. On the
next day we started our 2 days jungle trekking - an experience we do not want to miss, and that we can strongly recommend. Perfect wildlife and nature, very nice guides, good food... everything you
On our spare day before going back to Medan, we decided to go for a half day walk with Mira to experience the local life in the villages around Bukit Lawang. Some hours that we also keep in vey good
Julia (Wednesday, 14 September 2016 11:36)
Zwei Freund und ich waren im August in Bukit Lawang und haben die traumhaft schöne und unvergessliche Tour durch den Dschungel gemacht!
Ich hatte ein paar Wochen vorher mit Janine kommuniziert und sie war wahnsinnig offen und hilfsbereit. Sie hat uns nicht nur die Tour organisiert, sondern auch den Transfer vom Flughafen nach Bukit
Lawang, die Übernachtungen in ihrer Unterkunft, den Transfer von Bukit Lawang nach Berastagi, eine Vulkantour in Berastagi und wieder den Transfer zurück zum Flughafen! Das war einfach wundervoll, da
wir alles vor unserer Ankunft geplant hatten und wir somit eine sehr entspannte Zeit auf Sumatra hatten :-)
Als wir in Bukit Lawang angekommen sind, wurden wir sehr freundlich von Dodi willkommen geheißen. Bei einem leckeren Willkommens-Drink hat er uns alles zu der Tour für den nächsten Tag erklärt und
wir waren schon sehr gespannt. Wir haben die Nacht vor und die Nacht nach der Tour in der Unterkunft von Janine und Dodi geschlafen - sehr einfach, aber super gemütlich und das Essen im Restaurant
ist sehr zu empfehlen :-)
Am nächsten Tag ging es dann los in den Dschungel! Wir hatten zwei super nette Guides, die uns alles im Dschungel gezeigt und erklärt haben. Wir haben uns total wohl und gut betreut gefühlt! Wir
haben 17 Orang-Utans während der Tour gesehen!! Das fanden wir alle wahnsinnig beeindruckend! Diese Tiere sind einfach wunderschön und diese in der Natur zu erleben ist einfach ein absolut
unvergessliches Erlebnis! Während der Tour wurden wir außerdem ausgiebig mit Essen versorgt und alles war super lecker! :-) Im Camp angekommen, hatten wir auch ein sehr leckeres und gemütliches
Abendessen mit unseren Guides und dem Koch zusammen... Am nächsten Tag hatten wir nach dem Frühstück noch eine tolle Zeit und viel Spaß in einem kleinen Wasserfall und nach reichlich Stärkung mit dem
besten Obstteller, den ich jemals irgendwo gesehen habe, ging es mit den Tubes zurück nach Bukit Lawang. Wir hatten die Tage im Dschungel und in Bukit Lawang eine wahnsinnig schöne, erlebnisreiche
und unvergessliche Zeit! Ich kann Janine, Dodi und das ganze Team nur absolut weiter empfehlen! Ihr macht einen unglaublich tollen Job und ich wünsche euch nur das Beste! :-) Liebe Grüße, Julia
Ulrike (Saturday, 02 July 2016 05:45)
We had such an amazing time with these guys. Our guides Cendra and Lili were fantastic, especially with our two kids (aged 6 & 7) and always made sure they were safe - and well entertained!
Everything was taken care of - they organized a driver to pick us up from the airport, and then Dodi (the owner) and the guides picked us up at Bukit Lawang to guide us to our guesthouse and help
with the luggage. We set off the next day, saw plenty of orangutans and were fed lots of beautiful Indonesian food. The guides were very respectful of the orangutans and didn't lure them with food.
We still got to see some pretty close up, including famous Mina!
At night we stayed in a tent that even had some self-inflating air mattresses,so we only had to take some lightweight sleeping bags. The cook prepared some lovely food, which we all enjoyed under the
stars - then he taught us a card game and we shared some stories around the campfire. Next day after a swim in the river, some songs and lunch, we took the "jungle taxi" (tyre tubes) back to the
village. Rounded off by dinner at Dodi's restaurant (try the gado-gado!!). Brilliant experience that we won't forget.
And a big thanks to Janine for patiently answering all my questions.
Martin (Monday, 27 June 2016 05:27)
This was a beautiful trip. Me and my friend booked a 3-days-tour because other travellers recommended to go minimum 3 days. Now, afterwards, I would recommend the same.
We arrived at the airport. Dodi picked us up. On the way to Bukit Lawang we stopped in a little restaurant to eat something.
On the next day we started our tour with Nico and Lili. Really funny guys. With Nico you can talk good english. He can understand a lot and tell a lot about the jungle. You feel that they really care
about "their" forest and they're not just doing their job as a tourist-guides.
Lili carries a load of fruits (mandarines, pineapples, bananas, passion fruits, ...) and tasty lunch in his backpack. We were so well-fed!
We had a really lucky tour. We've seen wild orangutans and gibbons really close.
When we arrived back in Bukit Lawang there was a really funny party at the Indah restaurant, because of a birthday of a foreign student. So funny to sing, drink and play guitar with all the guides,
Dodi and other residents of bukit lawang. Definitely the most intense connection with Indonesians. Really great!
All in all this was one of the best tours I did in Indonesia because of the deep and intense touch with the nature.
Thank you very much Nico and Lili for the guide, Alan for the tasty food and the organisation of our stays in the jungle camps and Dodi and Janine for the booking and the organisation.
Family van Son (Monday, 24 August 2015 00:15)
As a Dutch family with two teenagers, we did a five day jungle tour. The tour was amazing because we really saw a lot of the jungle. Wild and semi wild urang-oetangs, black gibbons, beautiful birds
and the sleeping spot of the tiger. The guides were very professional, kind and good cooks. We have enjoyed every minute of the tour.
Besides this tour, we did some elephant riding and wild water rafting. Everything was organised very well. Dodi and Janine know how to make you welcome and comfortable as guests in Bukit Lawang.
Hilde van Wageningen (Friday, 14 August 2015 07:19)
With my sister, her son (17), daughter (14) and my daughter (17) I did the 3-day jungle trek. An unforgettable experience! The trek through the jungle was pretty tough, but for everyone to do in our
company, with great thanks to our guides Johnny and Harry. The food during the trek was fantastic, amazing what the cook and the guides conjured forth in the rainforest. The atmosphere in our group
was very good and relaxing and we always felt safe. Dodi and Janine have everything well organized (eg staying in Bukit Lawang ) and are also very friendly and helpful. Recommended!
Met mijn zus, haar zoon (17), dochter (14) en mijn dochter (17) deed ik de 3-daagse jungletrekking. Een onvergetelijke ervaring! De tocht door de jungle was best pittig, maar voor iedereen in ons
gezelschap te doen, met grote dank aan onze gidsen Johnny en Harry. Het eten tijdens de trekking was fantastisch, geweldig wat de kok en de gidsen tevoorschijn toverden in het regenwoud. De sfeer in
onze groep was heel goed en ontspannen en we voelden ons altijd veilig. Dodi en Janine hebben alles goed georganiseerd (o.a. ons verblijf in Bukit Lawang) en zijn daarnaast ook heel vriendelijk en
behulpzaam. Een aanrader!
Diet van Wageningen (Tuesday, 11 August 2015 14:14)
We had a very good jungle trekking with a group of 5 people, 2 guides and (in the evenings) a cook. The trek was though, but beatifull. We saw a lot of wild life, such as orang-utans (friendly, but
also less friendly ones), a turtle, other monkeys, varans, and even a cobra! The giant ants were also amazing! The guides, Johnny and Harry, were very professional, and at night they turned out to be
good entertainers as well. Our cook managed to prepare real good food out there in the jungle! Also the sight of it was amazing: fruit made up with flowers etc. Dodi and Janine were really friendly
and helpfull. We had a wonderful time!
Nina Zennipman (Tuesday, 11 August 2015 07:05)
We kwamen op maandag, einde van de middag aan in Bukit Lawang. Dodi stond ons op te wachten en we werden gelijk geholpen met onze zware koffers. We werden uitgenodigd voor een welkomsdrankje in het
restaurant van zijn ouders, we voelden ons gelijk welkom. We stelden wat vragen over de trekking en kregen duidelijke antwoorden. De volgende ochtend maakten we kennis met onze twee gidsen, Johnny en
Harry, waarmee we 3 dagen en 2 nachten de jungle in zouden gaan. Het was warm en zwaar maar de gidsen lieten ons genoeg drinken en rusten en ze wisten heel veel te vertellen over alle geluiden en
beesten die we zagen en hoorden. Ik heb me geen moment onveilig gevoeld. We hebben wilde en semi wilde orang utans gezien.het eten was ontzettend goed en we kregen elke dag veel vers fruit. 'S avonds
deden we spelletjes, het was allemaal heel gezellig!! Al met al was het heel zwaar maar ik zou het niet gemist willen hebben!
We arrived in Bukit Lawang in the afternoon on a Monday. Dodi was already waiting for us and we immediately people helped us with carrying our suitcases. We got a welcome drink from Dodi in his
parents restaurant, we felt welcome and at comfortable. We had a few questions about the trekking and the answers were clear and satisfying. The nest morning we met our guids, Johnny and Harry. We
went for three days and two nights. It was warm and though, but our guides made sure we had enough rest and we drank enough water. Johnny and Harry knew a lot about all the animals and their sounds,
all the plants etc. I never felt unsafe, they were very alert all the time. We saw wild and semi wild orang utans. The food was very tasty and every day we got a lot of fresh delicious fruits.
Sometimes it was though but It was all worth it!
Simon Juon, Dodis best Swiss Friend (Wednesday, 27 May 2015 23:08)
I was picked up in Bukit Lawang by Dodi, the son of owner of the Hostal Indah and from the beginning to the end I always felt familiar to him and his friends/guides. In these days when I made a 2-day
jungletrek and a 1-day elephantriding-washing I was enjoying one of my best experience in my life with a helpful, nice and always smiling Dodi. I just can recommend you to do this experience with him
in the middle of the jungle in Bukit Lawang. Such an always laughing guy who made me feel familiarly all the time during my stay there you have to do it! The awesome food with a grest variety, the
knowledge of the guides and the time generally there made this all unforgettable for me. Hope to see you soon! Regards Simon
Judith (Thursday, 05 February 2015 16:49)
Ich kann mich meinen Vorschreibern nur anschließen: ich habe mich wahnsinnig wohl gefühlt im guest House bukit lawang indah, das essen war einfach fantastisch, so gut wie dort, habe ich die ganzen
3,5 Wochen in Indonesien nicht mehr gegessen. Die Betreiber des guest House und vor allem deren Sohn Dodi und dessen Frau Janine, eine deutsche Auswanderin, waren absolut herzlich und hilfsbereit.
Wir haben u.a. eine zwei-Tages-Tour in den Nationalpark gemacht. Die Tour war echt klasse: top organisiert, mit englisch-sprechenden guides aus Sumatra, wieder sehr gute Verpflegung und natürlich die
Highlights: zahllose wilde Tiere, die man in unmittelbarer nähe erleben kann. Meine favourite war eine Black Siamang Mutter mit Kind, aber natürlich auch die Orang-Utans, tukane und vieles
Also, absolut empfehlenswert, ich würde jederzeit wieder genau dasselbe buchen!
email@example.com (Thursday, 05 February 2015 03:54)
erwartungen bei weitem übertroffen!
zuerst einmal muss ich erwähnen, dass wir diese reise mit einer gewissen erwartungshaltung angetreten haben (aufgrund der positiven vorberichte). aber was wir hier alles erleben durften, ist einfach
nicht zu toppen.
pünktlich wurden wir am flughafen medan vom pick-up-service abgeholt. unser quartier bezogen wir im guesthouse bukit lawang indah. die zimmer dort sind zweckmäßig eingerichtet, sauber und äußerst
geräumig. zum guesthouse zählt auch ein restaurant. es bietet eine große auswahl an einheimischen und internationalen gerichten. so gut wie hier haben wir nirgendwo anders in bukit lawang gegessen.
das guesthouse sowie das restaurant werden liebevoll von dodis eltern betrieben. dodi und seine deutsche frau janine wohnen auch im ort und organisieren von dort aus alle trekking touren.
wir haben uns vorab schon für die 2-tage-jungle-trekking-tour entschieden und wurden nicht enttäuscht. die zahlreichen tierarten, die wir hier beobachten durften, waren zum greifen nahe. trotzdem
haben die local guides stets darauf geachtet, den lebensraum der tiere nicht zu beeinträchtigen. die sichtung eines orang utan jungen im schlepptau seiner mutter war das absolute highlight der tour.
alle local guides sprechen fließend englisch, kennen sich bestens mit der einheimischen pflanzen- und tierwelt aus, kümmern sich um die komplette verpflegung und sind immer für einen spaß zu haben.
der krönende abschluss der zweitätigen tour war die wildwasser-tubing-fahrt zurück nach bukit lawang.
auch andere touren wie das elephant-camp im tangkahan, die besichtigung der bat caves und ein schländern über den wochenmarkt sollte man sich auf gar keinen fall entgehen lassen.
zur unterkunft sei noch gesagt, dass fast täglich spontane spiele- und musikabende geboten sind, auf denen einheimische zur gitarre greifen und zum mitsingen animieren. generell herrscht einfach eine
sehr herzliche und lustige atmosphäre und man hat wirklich das gefühl, dass dodi und janine das wohlbefinden ihrer gäste sehr am herzen liegt.
wir waren bestimmt nicht zum letzten hier!
Theres (Friday, 23 January 2015 09:52)
Einfach fantastisch, herzlich und unvergesslich!
Wir wurden bereits am Flughafen zuverlässig und pünktlich abgeholt. Der Empfang war gleich ganz herzlich. Das Hostel in dem wir schliefen " Bukit Lawang" war auch grossartig. Und die Tour durch den
Dschungel mit den Guides war absolut faszinierend und unvergesslich. Vielen dank für die tolle Betreuung. Wir kommen auf jeden Fall wieder.
marion (Wednesday, 21 January 2015 20:24)
best personal treat and knowledge!
i had a great stay including personal pick-up from the bus station late in the evening
the tour was amazing, my guide had great knowledge of all the orang utan backround
the treck was really interesting, the apes breathtaking and also the food prepared by the guides was great!
the couple organising the tours will help you with everything you need in advance - thank you Dodi and Janine! always would do it again with them!!
Daniel (Saturday, 17 January 2015 04:06)
Wir waren vier Wochen im August 2014 in Indonesien unterwegs und unsere zweite Station war Bukit Lawang um eben eine Tour durch den Dschungel zu machen. Wir haben uns für die 2-Tages-Tour
entschieden. Ich selbst könnte mir auch eine längere Tour vorstellen, wobei für meine mitreisenden die 2 Tage ausreichend war. Würde den Dschungel-Trek auf alle Fälle wieder machen.
Eli & Björn (Tuesday, 04 November 2014 01:05)
My boyfiend and me decided to make a 3 days / 2 nights junlge trek in bukit lawang. It was really easy to organise for us because we only had to tell our arrival at the airport. A driver picked us up
from the airport and about four hours he delivered us to our accomondation for the first night at Bukit Lawang Indah. We talked with Dodi and he explained us lot's of interesting facts about the
At the next morning we stated our trek with a nice couple (thanks to Jikra & Martina for being a great team) and the crew from jungle Eddie (Tara, Marcel and Herman, thank you so much :)). It's
really hard to hike and climb up and down always, but that's nature. We are not the sportiest persons in the world however we did it! Everyday we have seen animals like macaque or orang utan. It's
like an other world to see this animals in their home, so this time humans are visitors. It's not like a zoo. You can try the fresh fruits from the jungle and see the primal life. The crew always
cared about us in every situation. They carried our lunch, helped us to walk trough the rivers and climbing.
It was our first jungle trek and we decided to make a longer one the next time in the future. I olny can advise it!!!
Hint: It's easy to inform for germans because Dodis wife Janine is german! During our stay they birthing their little girl! Congratulations. Really cute mixture ;)
Ronja & Stephan (Tuesday, 19 August 2014 04:06)
Great trekking experience and excellent organisation by bukitlawang-jungletrekking.com
We did a private trek in late July 2014 spending 4 nights in the Jungle, which was very nice as we got to go deeper into the forest, had been fortunate enough to see truly wild Orangutans and were
virtually alone for almost 3 days. If you have the time and love nature, we would definitively recommend to go for a longer tour.
The area immediately surrounding Bukit Lawang can be somewhat busy with tourists, particularly at feeding times and around the places frequented by the semi-wild Orangutans and you initially have to
pass through some plantations. However, once in the park, we absolutely enjoyed the pristine forest, the stunning camp sites that our guides picked each night, the excellent food that they prepared
for us and the spectacular wildlife we were able to observe.
As for the organization, Janine & Doni managed everything very smoothly even though we booked on very short notice. Airport pick-up and drop-off, organization of a team of three very
knowledgeable, kind and fun guides/cooks/porters, shoes for hiking (for 1 Euro) as well as accommodation in Bukit Lawang in their guesthouse for two nights (basic and functional, with a good
Benjamin (Thursday, 14 August 2014 04:40)
Amazing jungle trekking with bukitlawang-jungletrekking.
We had the most wonderful week in the jungle and at bukitlawang-jungletrekking guesthouse.
If you have the slightest concerns about traveling all the way to Sumatra to see orangutans, including questions such as do we get to see any orangutans, how are the people, do the guides speak
English, is it too expensive, is it safe etc. well don’t worry at all ; )
We had newer met any of the people from bukitlawang-jungletrekking before we arrived and they proved to be the nicest, friendliest people you can imagine.
Ask to talk to Janine, Dodi or the guide Johnny and they will make sure you get an amazing stay. We saw plenty of wildlife including Thomas leaf monkeys, gibbons, orangutans, peacock, monitor lizard
etc. and in the evenings they cooked the best food while telling us the local tales and jokes.
We came a bit unprepared and were met by people who just wanted the best for us. They went around town to make sure we had proper trekking shoes and only charged 1 Euro for them. They provided extra
blankets and even borrowed us their personal bag because we were one short.
If you want to be in good and fun hands while experiencing the jungle and wildlife we can only recommend bukitlawang-jungletrekking.
Sofie and Benjamin
Neil from Western Australia (Thursday, 24 July 2014 23:22)
I spent a day in Bukit Lawang in March 2012 and was lucky enough to be taken into the jungle to view the wild Orang Utan by Adi our guide ( Bukit Lawang Jungle Tecking ) and experienced a fantastic
event when we located a mother with her young one on her back in the Jungle high up on the mountain. This was an experience I will never forget and we were able to view these beautiful animals in
their wild state and from a very close up position. Adi and his family are lovely people and very good at what they do and you are made to feel very welcome. I felt it a privilege to be with them in
this most beautiful part of the world and hope to get back there one day with my family to show them what I was lucky enough to see. I can absolutely recommend this once in a lifetime experience to
anyone who wishes to experience what is becoming a very rare event and feel sure you will be as thrilled as I was. Adi and his family will ensure you are well looked after in their beautiful village.
Anne and Rene (Thursday, 12 June 2014 10:42)
We spend approximately a week in Bukit Lawang and did a three-day-trip through the jungle. It was awsome! Our two guides took really good care of us and showed us all the variety of mammals, insects
and explained trees and plants. The food-supply and the organisation was perfect. They will help you with everything.
Nothing to complain.
They have they own restaurant and accommodation, which I can just recommend!
We had a awsome time!
Theo (Monday, 09 June 2014 07:03)
9th June 2014
I have just come back from a wonderful trekking experience with Bukit Lawang Jungle trekking. The guide was exceptional, pointing out and spotting all manner of animals. Just as importantly, we were
fed really well! I really recommend going on this tour - we did 2 days and 1 night. Thank you for the great memories Theo
Barbier (Friday, 06 June 2014 01:49)
Exelent séjour dans la jungle. Une rencontre très émouvante avec les oran-outang et tous les autres annimaix du parc. Une équipe super sympa qui sait s amuser et partager ses connaissance de la
jungle . Il faut pas hésiter a se promener dans le village a la rencontre de population.
Bref un détour obligatoire lorsque qu on est en Indonésie pour défendre la jungle face au plantation des palmiers pour l huile de palme
Nesrin and Philipp (Tuesday, 22 April 2014 10:30)
We stayed in Bukit Lawang in early February this year. The people here are really friendly and helpful. We did the two day jungle trek and were really happy with it. It was our best experience in
Indonesia. The wildlife we saw was spectacular in the middle of a real green jungle. The jungle guides ate really fun and know alot about the jungle and the animals.. We recommend it to anybody
travelling around Sumatra.
Olga from Russia/ Germany (Thursday, 06 March 2014 12:09)
Bukit Lawang was my first destination on the island Sumatra. Doddy and Jeny,people,who have organized our Jungel-Trek were very friendly and nice.We have contacted these people only by internet and
everything that was discussed, was done.They made us (we were 4 people) picked up from the airport.You have brought us to the village. Room in our bungalow were very clean.After dinner, the guys
from the villagehave made a little concert for us.They have played guitar and sang beautiful songs. It was very nice time. Jungle- Trek was very interesting and unforgettable!!!!!I would like to
say to all the guys thank you who have supported us!!!!!We was here in February 2014
Cosmoprolet (Saturday, 15 February 2014 20:20)
This is definetly the best base if you want to explore the jungle or see bule traveller in a camouflage outfit hunting for snakes . The staff is superb friendly, the food delicious and you will get
all of this for really fair prices. After you did the jungle trek you can go back there and just relax. Eventhough you are not good enough in relaxing, stay there longer and practice, practice,
Pigareva Ekaterina, Russia (Monday, 10 February 2014 01:42)
Staying in Guest houseBukit Lawang Indah was one of the most woderful time during my trip around Indonesia!! This cosy and peaceful place made me feel like at home, I've become a part of my jungle
family:) Unfortunatelly I didn't have enough time for long tracking, so I took a short one and it was also awesome! Without any doubts I'll come back here again, for sure! And I want to say BANYAK
TERIMA KASIH for all people which made my trip to be amazing!Especially for Doddy, Jeny and Niko^^
Corina (Wednesday, 05 February 2014 11:16)
I went to Bukit Lawang with my friends yesterday. We'd done the half-day trek and we had so much fun. You guys are so friendly and we are planning to go there again for the overnight trip in the
jungle. So i guess see you guys soon! and thank you.
Tobias from Germany (Wednesday, 11 December 2013 03:39)
Me and my cousin went there for 3 nights including an overnight trip to the jungle. We had an awesome time in the jungle as well as at the guesthouse. The guides and the local people will make your
stay unforgettable and you will love the people and the jungle adventure!!!
Matthias (Saturday, 02 November 2013 02:40)
Bukit lawang was my first destination of a one month journey trough Sumatra. I have done the three day trekking and it was amazing. Instead of planed three days in built lawang I stood for a week.
Very nice atmosphere and the people really cares for their guests. I can recogment everybody to visit this awesome place. Thanks again to the hole guesthouse Indah crew for making my stay
Sofia from Sweden (Monday, 28 October 2013 19:25)
I had a great time in Bukit Lawang, doing the two day trekking. Everyone who works there is so nice and helpful! Excellent service! I would definitely recommend all to stay and do trekking with there
guys! Thanks for everything :)
Natasha from England (Sunday, 15 September 2013 12:27)
I've just returned from a 2 day jungle trek and had such a great time! It was well organised, the guides were brilliant, very knowledgeable and we saw plenty of orangutans. Bukit Lawang is a lovely
place and everyone is very friendly, so we ended up staying longer than planned. We were taken care of the whole time, I would definitely recommend booking your trek with Dodi. Thanks a lot :)
Gosia fromPoland (Monday, 15 July 2013 04:59)
I spent a great time in Bukit Lawang. Thanks to our guide I could see the beauty of this place and get to know some very interesting things about animals and plants in Bukit Lawang. Dodi's staff
takes care of their guests and is very helpfull. I recommend to stay in this hostel before and after comming from jungle trekking. Nice, beautiful surroundings, good food and cheerful people. Thank
you Dodi :)
Prita (Sunday, 16 June 2013 23:24)
Thank you so much for sharing the beauties of Bukit Lawang with the world through this wonderful website! Dodi is a blast, you will have so much fun with him on jungle adventures :D
I highly recommend a visit to Bukit Lawang for all traveling through Sumatra, the only regret you'll have is that you can't stay forever, I guarantee you will fall in love just as I have! <3
Resi (Wednesday, 10 April 2013 14:15)
The site is so great. I enjoyed it here ;)
Don´t stop trekking.