This Sumatra EcoTravel tour starts at 08:30 am with a pick up by air-con car and off-road transfer to Tangkahan. Jungle roads which can be bumpy take you through small villages. Witness the destruction of the rain forest through palm oil plantations stretching to the horizon – a sad image you will never forget. On arrival and after registering with the park office you will enjoy a delicious lunch in the Mega Inn restaurant overlooking the river. Then you need to make up your mind how to spend the next 2 hours in this hidden paradise: A short walk from the restaurant and a swim across the river would take you to a natural hot spring, where you will have time to swim and relax. Alternatively, you are welcome to discover the local village and visit a local school joined by our EcoTravel team. Afterwards you have the great opportunity to meet the famous Sumatran elephants. You will join the daily bathing ritual and help washing the elephants in the Buluh river (up to 1 hour), operated by our partner CRU/LPT Tangkahan. The journey back to Bukit Lawang starts in Tangkahan after elephant bathing at 4:30 pm, travel time is around 2,5 hours again.
We are happy to offer another optional elephant experience: “Walking With Elephants” or “Angon Gajah” is a tour for visitors who want to be close to elephants in their natural environment without taking part in elephant back riding. This exclusive and intimate 3-hour tour gives EcoTravel guests the chance to spend time with the mahouts, help washing the elephants in the river and walk alongside the elephants as they explore the jungle. Please let us know in advance as there are daily limits, so bookings have to be made early!