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Bukit Lawang National Park

Written By Rio Gonzales on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 | Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The Sumatran Orangutan (Pongo abelii) is the rarer of the two species of orangutans. Living and endemic to Sumatra island of Indonesia, they are smaller than the Bornean Orangutan. The Sumatran Orangutan grows to about 4.6 feet tall and 200 pounds in males. Females are smaller, averaging 3ft and 100 pounds.
Compared to the Bornean Orangutan, the Sumatran Orangutans possess a lighter and longer pelage, a longer face, a smaller stature, and flanges that are covered in small white hairs
Gunung Leuser National Park is a national park covering 7,927 km² in northern Sumatra, Indonesia, straddling the border of North Sumatra and Aceh provinces.[1] The national park, named after 3,381 m height of Mount Leuser, protects a wide range of ecosystems. An orangutan sanctuary of Bukit Lawang is located inside the park. Together with Bukit Barisan Selatan and Kerinci Seblat national parks it forms a World Heritage Site, Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra
The tourist village of Bukit Lawang, in North Sumatra, Indonesia, is the main access point for the rainforests of the Gunung Leuser National Park. Visitors can see Sumatran Orangutans at the nearby rehabilitation centre and for jungle treks. Bukit Lawang is situated 86 km by road north-west of Medan, passing through Tanjung Langkat, Binjai, Bohorok nestling on the banks of the Bohorok river.
A flash flood hit Bukit Lawang during November 2003, killing a substantial proportion of the village and destroying nearly all the buildings including tourist hotels.[1] Ironically , construction was already underway to move the village away from the river’s edge, where it had been constructed without government permission.

Tourism has significantly declined as a result of the flood and tourist fears of terrorism in Indonesia. As at April, 2006, however, the orangutan rehabilitation centre along with many hotels remain open for business.
PLACE TO STAY IN BUKIT LAWANG
01. Jungle Inn has 9 rooms all with different jungle designs ranging from 100,000Rp – 400,000Rp per night.
02. Eco-Lodge has 34 rooms with 4 different styles. From Rp 100,000 – Rp355,000 per night.
03. Garden Inn and Restaurant has 7 rooms and one house with rooms between Rp 100,000 – Rp250,000 and the house for Rp 300,000 per night.
04. Indra Valley Inn and Restaurant has 2 bungalows and 2 standard rooms. Located at the top end of Bukit Lawang. Prices from Rp150,000Rp untill Rp 250.000

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