Meet The Sumatran Elephants (1-Day Tour)
The peaceful jungle village of Tangkahan is a hidden paradise – and only a 2,5 hour drive from Bukit Lawang (one way)! Famous for its Sumatran elephants it also offers a natural, unspoilt environment. This is where you will experience a unique jungle adventure. By joining our Tangkahan Adventure EcoTravel guests also add to the benefit of the local community.
Duration: full day
Intensity level: low
Tour prices: 78 EUR / per person
Group size: minimum 2 people, maximum 8 people
Start: at 09:00 am – Mondays and Thursdays only
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 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!
Includes: transport by car/minibus, driver, petrol, licensed English speaking guide, lunch at Mega Inn Restaurant, drinking water, all permits for the national park, tickets for crossing the Buluh River, local guide (CRU/LPT), stop at hot springs, visit to a local school, Elephant bathing up to 1 hour
Optional: “Angong Gajah” (Walking With Elephants): + 46 EUR / person NOTE: CRU/LPT Tangkahan does not offer this tour as a private tour! Other travellers will also accompany the trek with the same elephant – official indication is a maximum of 3 persons per elephant!
What to bring: a change of clothes, raincoat, swimwear, small towel, insect repellent, sunblock, sun glasses, plastic bag (for wet clothes), toilet paper
Package options: Our Tangkahan Adventure can be booked with our packages Orangutans & Elephants or The Jungle Book. This 1-day tour is also a perfect add on to our packages Adventure – Get Active!, Sumatra Highlights or Jungle Meets Beach.
Note: Our EcoTravel tour does NOT include elephant riding! But we do not have any influence on the elephant activities in Tangkahan as they are not run by our team. EcoTravel Bukit Lawang is just a middle person to book this activity.