Oranga-time

Trip Start Nov 01, 2011
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Trip End Nov 01, 2012


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Flag of Indonesia  , Aceh,
Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Bukit Lawang is a small town on the edge of the Gunung Leuser National Park, and the park is renowned for the variety of primates living there. The most famous being the Sumatran Orangutan.

We found a great guesthouse right on the edge of the park, and from our room we could see deep in to the jungle, and we would be disturbed during the night by monkeys playing on the roof outside our window.

To view the Orangutans we organized a guide and spent a day trekking in to the national park, where we were lucky enough to catch a glimpse of these great apes.

One of the Orangutans living in the area is famous for all of the wrong reasons. A female called Nina had her baby snatched by poachers several years ago, and Nina has decided to take it out on every human she has encountered since. It was quite a scary briefing, being told what to do if we were to come across her, and judging by the scars and tales of broken bones that all the guides have, we were very glad we didn't.

Seeing Orangutans in the wild was magic, although we also paid a visit to an orangutan orphanage nearby where we were able to see the animal much closer.

After three days and two nights we headed south to Berastagi taking a 5 hour bus to get there.
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