Sumatra Overland Tour, Medan to Ketambe Wildlife Trips by overland and tour activity includes riding elephant, jungle trekking, camping and river rafting.
How amazing of Sumatra land. You should visit once in your life time. Because Sumatra is one of big island in Indonesia, from Aceh to Bandar Lampung includes Riau archipelago as well as Belitung island. In this travel program, we would like to present one of the islands in Sumatra Land. The tour program is to get to know more what Sumatra has it, especially what we are offering to you visiting North Sumatra and Ketambe within Aceh province. How to get there, what to see and what do in North Sumatra and Ketambe, follow designed Sumatra Overland Tour itinerary we have customize based on our journey to these place. Just to let you know that the journey to Ketambe takes about 8 hours from Medan, we will provide comfortable land vehicle includes air con. this is to ensure you have conveniences during the routes to Ketambe from Medan and return.
Estimation driving time to one place to another places:
From Medan airport driving to Tangkahan for 4hrs, Tangkahan to Bukit lawang 3hrs, Bukit Lawang to starting point of rafting 3hrs then to Brastagi 4hrs, Brastagi to Katambe Kutacane 6hrs.
Tangkahan is sometimes mentioned as the HIDDEN PARADISE IN SUMATRA. It is definitely hidden and for many a paradise. It is the perfect place to get off the beaten track, but still have access to nice food and comfortable bungalows. Click to enlargeTangkahan is an interesting place in many ways. Interesting for what it has to offer and an interesting background. The elephants, the jungle, and the clean rivers are obvious attractions. What makes Tangkahan different is that it is a good example on how community based eco-tourism can stop illegal logging, improve livelihood, and develop a sense of pride amongst the locals. This development on the border of Leuser National Park where the bigger river Batang Serangan meets the smaller river Sungai Musam is the hidden paradise of Tangkahan.
Join the forest rangers on their elephants when they patrol the jungle!
Float down the clear river!
Go jungle trekking!
Soak yourself in hot springs!
Imagine yourself a little hairier and better with your toes and you’ve got Bukit Lawang’s main attraction: the orang-utan.
Click here to find out more!Bukit Lawang is one of the most accessible places to spot this reclusive primate, thanks to an orang-utan conservation programme that has been operating on the eastern edge of the Gunung Leuser National Park since the 1970s. The national park is one of the orang-utan’s last remaining strongholds, with more than 5000 animals thought to be living in the wild.Since the village is only 96km northwest of Medan, Bukit Lawang is also one of the easiest places from which to make the leap into the jungle, a diverse and rugged forest crisscrossed by clear, fast-flowing rivers. Many tourists slip-slide through the mud and undergrowth on multi-day treks and hobble back to the village to recuperate.Bukit Lawang was extensively damaged by a flash flood in November 2003, which killed 280 people and destroyed much of the riverfront development. The essentials of the town and tourist infrastructure have been rebuilt but the community is still grieving for lost relatives and livelihoods.
For the best rafting in Indonesia, Wampu River is an enthusiasts dream! The rivers available for experts, alike, with an exciting and fun challenge for half, one, and two day trips. For those who want a longer, more impressive experience,Located in between the two regencies in North Sumatra, Karo and Langkat. In Karo district, the river is called Lau Biang. Being in Langkat known Wampu river. The water is crystal clear and fairly swift, flowing directly from the dense forests of Gunung Leuser National Park. The main route for rafting is usually started from a village Kaperas in Marike to bridge Bahorok in Langkat District. Mileage approximately along the 22 miles, 4-5 hours normal travel time. Level of difficulty between class II – III. If you want even longer rafting route can be started from the Middle Rih village, Karo District. Only way to this village is quite difficult, in addition must pass the road off road for 3 hours, should be followed also by trekking for 3 hours. But do not worry because you will be treated to panoramic views at the starting point of rafting.
Brastagi and Sibayak Volcano
Berastagi’s two active volcanoes are its main attractions. Sibayak, probably the most accessible of Indonesia’s volcanoes, is 2,100 meters high and relatively easy to climb (but people have died while climbing). It takes about 3 hours to climb and the hot springs at its base are very relaxing after climbing down the other volcano, at 2,400 meters is higher, steeper and much harder work. Berastagi’s altitude of 1,300 meters gives it a cool and comfortable climate. The countryside around Berastagi is the main fruit, vegetable and flower growing area for northern Sumatra and is famous for its passion fruit. Berastagi has a colorful fruit market, but the presence of so many tourists means that you are unlikely to get a good deal.
Mt. Sibayak 3.23 N, 98.52 E, summit elevation 2212 m, stratovolcano (Indonesian:Gunung Sibayak) is a small stratovolcano overlooking the town of Berastagi in northern Sumatra, Indonesia. Although its last eruption was more than a century ago, geothermal activity in the form of steam vents and hot springs remains high on and around the volcano. The vents produce crystalline sulfur, which was mined on a small scale in the past. Seepage of sulfurous gases has also caused acidic discolouration of the small crater lake. Sibayak is a term from the Karo Batak language referring to a founding community. It is relatively easy to climb and has been a tourist attraction since colonial times.
It seems that Ketambe – local name is Balai Lutu – is just a place like every village, situated on the only non-coast road, splitting Aceh into east and west. The village Ketambe is about one kilometer long. Houses existing only left and right side near the main road. The river Alas flows from north to south about 100 meters parallel to the road. There are a mosque and a basic school. If you pass, you wouldn’t realize that it is a very special place. Its position at the border to the Gunung Leuser Nationalpark makes it famous. Ketambe is a perfect starting point to go for trips into the jungle to see really wild living orangutans. There were also sumatran tigers, elefants and rhinos seen. A lot of other big and small apes are found and the birdlife is outstanding. If you lucky, you can see the very seldom found Rafflesia in bloom (the biggest flower in the world). For hikers are possibilities for short and longer treks into the hilly jungle and even to the top of the Mount Leuser (3381m). There are caves, hotsprings and waterfalls. In the river Alas its possible to go swim, do fishing, make a wave ride with an inner tube or do an organized rafting trip.