Gunung Leuser National Park, Sumatra
Gunung Leuser National Park is a national park covering 7,927 kmÂ² in northern Sumatra, Indonesia, straddling the border of North Sumatra and Aceh provinces. The national park, named after Mount Leuser (3,381 m), protects a wide range of ecosystems. Together with Bukit Barisan Selatan and Kerinci Seblat national parks it forms a World Heritage Site, Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra.
Gunung Leuser National Park is one of the two remaining habitats for Sumatran Orangutans (Pongo abelii). In 1971, Herman Rijksen established the Ketambe research station, a specially designated research area for the orangutan. Other mammals found in the park are the Sumatran Elephant, Sumatran tiger, Sumatran rhinoceros, Siamang, Mainland Serow, Sambar deer, and Leopard Cat.
Things to See & Do
* Orangutan Feeding Station in Bukit Lawang.
* Bat Cave near Bukit Lawang
* Elephant Camp at Tangkahan
* Waterfalls in the jungle
* Wildlife trekking
Cruise Season - Jan - Dec
Currency - Rupiah (IDR)
Language - Indonesian
Electricity - 2 round pins European style
Land Area - 7,927 kmÂ²
Time - GMT plus hours seven hours
International Country Telephone Code - +62
Travel Links - Medan holds the nearest big airport for accessing the region.
For Ketembe or hiking Gunung Leuser, you could fly to Kutacane from Medan (30 mins) or Banda Aceh (on Wednesdays and Fridays).
Bus services are available from Medan to Bukit Lawang and Kutacane. There is also a service to Ketambe from Kutacane.