Your day-by-day itinerary
Medan is Sumatra’s bustling capital and the gateway to North Sumatra. We have picked a small hotel just outside the city centre in a peaceful Kampung area with a swimming pool so you can relax and unwind after your International flight. The next morning you’ll be picked up by your becak driver (a motorised sidecar) and taken through the local countryside and villages with your guide. They will take you to a local family home where they make homemade banana chips and mini donuts that they sell to make a living. You can even try your hand at making some yourself!
Swinging with the Apes
Take a walk on the wild side, trekking through dense Sumatran jungle and crossing rushing rivers to meet playful orangutans swinging between the treetops. Spend 2 days exploring Gunung Leuser National Park staying in a small hotel on the edge of the rainforest. Hike into the heart of the jungle, wobble across wooden bridges and scramble between the trees, eventually arriving at the optimum spot to witness semi-wild orangutans.
Deep into the Jungle
Get lost in the UNESCO World Heritage Sumatran jungle where the trees chatter with monkeys and the waters sparkle. This trip into the isolated jungle wilderness will take you into the untamed heart of Sumatra, packed with monkeys, exotic birds and giant rafflesia flowers. You’ll stay in a rustic bungalow right by the Kualsa Buluh River, and feel a million miles away from the modern world.
Volcano Craters of Berastagi
Head for the cool emerald hills where volcanoes puff smoke rings into the sky and lush fields stretch into the horizon, leaving the steamy lowland heat behind. While not a beautiful place itself, Berastagi is surrounded by some of Sumatra’s most breathtaking scenery. You’ll stay in Berastagi, and with a guide climb the Sibayak volcano, its crater coughing tendrils of sulphurous smoke into the air.
Fairytale in Samosir
Stay on Samosir Island, stranded in the rippling waters of volcanic Lake Toba. You’ll stay in the small and brilliantly named village of Tuk-Tuk, with uninterrupted views across the lake and densely wooded jungles as the backdrop. You can visit the villages, head to Siminando, the centre of Samosir culture and visit the unusual Batak tombstones. It’s a beautiful, unusual and welcoming place.
On a Deserted Island
Escape to a secret tropical island with sugar-soft sands and swaying palms. Cubadak Island is a hidden nook of paradise and you’ll have the place practically to yourself. Stay in a beautiful rustic resort owned by a welcoming French couple, making it a heavenly island hideaway with delicious food to boot. Spend your days hiking to Cubadak’s interior, snorkelling coral reefs and collapsing on the sand.