Project Description

Rafflesia Tour

Wildlife And Flowers In Batu Katak (1-Day Tour)

This EcoTravel tour will take you to Batu Katak, a small village nestling alongside Berkail River about 1 hour to the Northeast of Bukit Lawang. This region is an undiscovered jewel featuring orangutans, black gibbons, the highest flower of the world (Amorphophallus Titanum) and the biggest flower of the world, Rafflesia.

Duration: one day
Intensity level: average
Tour price: 50 EUR per person
Group size: minimum 3 people, maximum 6 people
Start: at 08:30 am – Fridays and Sundays, in blooming season only

Tour description

This 1-day Sumatra EcoTravel tour starts at 08:30 am with a transfer (about 1 hour) to Batu Katak, a simple, traditional village. The main income of the villagers is from rubber and palm oil, with tourism picking up slowly. On arrival we meet our local guide who will provide first-hand information. Then we start walking up through rubber plantations to the Berkail River and follow it upstream heading towards Gunung Leuser National Park. The area is mostly wet, mossy and often rocky. While hiking through beautiful nature your guides are looking out for the biggest and the highest flowers in the world, the Rafflesia Flower and the Amorphophallus Titanum. During this tour we also often see wild orangutans and many other monkeys like long tail macaques, pig tail macaques, Siamangs, Thomas leaf monkeys or silvertail macaques. After the tour you will have lunch by the riverbank, during a rest you can swim and relax. In the afternoon, a car will take you back to Bukit Lawang. The flowers are very rare to see as they only bloom for 4-5 days. Of course, we can only offer this tour in the blooming season – just ask on arrival!

Includes: certified English speaking EcoTravel guide, porter, local guide, return transport, fresh fruits, lunch, drinking water
Excludes: permit to enter the national park 150.000 IDR / person
What to bring: comfortable hiking shoes or good sports shoes, small day bag, long trousers & T-shirt in bright colours, long socks, mosquito repellent, sun lotion, swim wear and toilet paper

Gallery: Batu Katak

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