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North Sumatran Highlights

10-Day This safari has it all! Personal encounters with wild elephants and orangutans, river tubing down beautiful rivers, exploring incredible bat cave ecosystems and witnessing some of the most amazing environments.

From AUD$2,100 per person

Experience the rainforest and discover the magic as you get up close and personal with wild Sumatran Elephants and Orangutans. This conservation tour is action packed and not available for any other tour operators!

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Experience the very best of North Sumatra on this action filled 10 day adventure with experienced senior Wildlife Leader, Amy Robbins.

Start your adventure with a drive into gibbon territory, to the eco village of Batu Katak, new to eco-tourism. Soak away the drive from the city in the babbling waters of the river before going in search of resident primates; gibbons, pig tailed and long tailed macaques. If the weather permits, take a torch into the forest surrounding your picturesque river-side chalet and search for nocturnal wildlife. Experience breath-taking cave systems here where you will wade through an underground river to emerge in the beautiful Karst forest.

Visit world renowned Bukit Lawang alongside the Gunung Leuser National Park, famed for its’ wild and semi-wild orangutans and experience life-changing encounters with this critically endangered species. Enjoy the musical prowess of the locals as they entertain you in the evenings while you dine on delicious local food.

After arriving in Tangkahan, the hidden jewel of Sumatra, tube along picturesque rivers, trek into the wilderness of the forest and look for unique Sumatran flora and fauna. Experience the beauty of forest edge communities and explore riverside villages where you’ll become involved in the daily life of the local people.

Camp alongside the forest with the locals and spend time with the critically endangered Sumatran elephant. Your adventure gives back to elephant conservation by including a donation to The Sumatran Ranger Project, to help them mitigate and prevent human-elephant conflict, one of the greatest threats to elephants in Sumatra.

This adventure will guarantee you life-changing encounters, new friendships and the joy of immersion in a different culture. You will sleep in comfortable accommodation throughout the adventure and enjoy mouth-watering Indonesian food cooked by local people. This adventure is unlike any of our others and has it all – variety, fun, rivers, wildlife, conservation, forest and caves.


  • Walk with the Conservation Response Unit elephants in Tangkahan
  • Witness wild orangutans and other primates
  • Immerse yourself in the beauty of the Gunung Leuser National Park
  • Taste delicious traditional foods 
  • River tube from village to village and swim in hidden waterfalls
  • Explore incredible caves in Bukit Lawang and Batu Katak
  • Camp overnight on the forest edge.

Best Time of Year to Travel

February - November

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1 Positions Remaining

16-Oct-2020 to 25-Oct-2020


Single – $2100

Twin share –

Family – (total for two adults + two children)

Tour Leader: Amy RobbinsAmy Robbins

Amy is head of Primates at Auckland Zoo and has worked with primates and a wide variety of other species for almost 20 years. She has travelled extensively, working with primates in Africa and Asia and has led Raw adventures since 2013, making her the most experienced wildlife leader on the team!

Level 2: Medium - Explore!

If you are in good health and your level of fitness is average, you can have a great time on this trip. The usual trekking distance is 3 to 5 kilometres at a time. Some of the terrain may be steep; in which case, if you feel that you are unable to participate, we provide optional activities for you to enjoy. Camping and other outdoor activities are also included that are not physically strenuous.

This tour requires a medium level of fitness to be able to fully enjoy the physical adventures, although we can easily cater to varying fitness levels.

Best Time of Year to Travel

February - November

Signature Encounter

Signature Encounters are unique, enchanting, private, and small-group focused. Our wildlife guides are highly skilled and knowledgeable and include real-life encounters in the itinerary, providing you with the finest travel experiences possible.

Note that the advertised dates for Signature Encounters cannot be changed.

Custom Encounters, hosted by a Raw Wildlife guide of your choice who stays with you throughout the entire tour, can also be arranged. Please see Custom Packages for more information.

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“Seeing wildlife in the wild was amazing...”

Very hard to just give one highlight! but seeing wildlife in the wild (e.g. orangutans, gibbons, monkeys) was amazing as were the guides and assistants. loved being in the rainforest, on and in the river, visiting the various projects. Attention, care and assistance of guides fantastic.
– Jane Healey, October 2016
Tour: North Sumatran Highlights

“I loved my entire time”

I can't say I have just one highlight as I loved my entire time with the RAW team. From the experiences in the jungle to the people we met I really feel like I came home with a new goal.... to assist in any way I can!
– Sarah Donald
Tour: Wild Jungle Safari

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