• Tobameer
  • Samosir
  • Tangkahan
  • Bohorok

Bouwsteen rondreis 15 dagen Noord-West Sumatra

Deze avontuurlijke tour brengt u van Medan via het Tobameer en Bukittinggi naar Padang. De tour is uitermate geschikt voor gezinnen met opgroeiende jeugd en avontuurlijk aangelegde reizigers die graag van de begaande wegen willen afwijken.

De reis voert u vanaf Medan langs de jungle en orang oetans bij Bukit Lawang, waar u ook een spannende raft kunt doen. Vervolgens naar het Tobameer om de Batak clultuur te beleven. Een bijzondere stop in het olifanten reservaat Barumun Nagari Wildlife Sanctuary waar u ook de Sumatraanse tijgers kunt zien. Verder via het Minangkabau hoogland naar de prachtige stad Bukittinggi en het meer van Maninjau, alvorens we heerlijk kunnen genieten van de eilandjes, jungle en watervallen bij Sungai Pisang, een wit strand in de buurt van Padang.

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Included and excluded

Included :
•Accommodations based on bed and breakfast
•Private car or van with driver, including fuel, his meals and overnight stays
•Excursions and entrance fees, dinner with vocal group on Samosir and Ferry Parapat-Samosir-Parapat
•Permit, local guide for 3 hours of jungle trekking on day 2
•Rafting program on the Wampu river, professional rafting guides, 1x lunch during the rafting, rafting boat, life jackets and helmets on day 3
•During your stay in Barumun Nagari Wildlife Sanctuary 2 x breakfast, 2 x lunch, 2 x dinner
•Rimba Lodge including 3 x breakfast, 3 x lunch, 3 x dinner

Not included :
•Flight tickets
•Other meals
•Tips and personal expenses
•Guide (price on request)
•Travel and cancellation insurance ( mandatory )
•Booking fee and contribution Emergency Fund € 30 per booking
•SGR contribution € 5 per person
•CO2 compensation € 22 per person

Dag 1 Arrival Medan, transfer to hotel

Selamat datang, welcome to Medan! Upon arrival in Medan you walk straight to the immigration booth to get your visa free stamp in your passport. It is valid for 30 days maximum, calculated from the first day you arrive in Indonesia regardless of the time of arrival or departure. In Medan your driver is waiting for you with a piece of board with your name on it. He will drive you to Hotel Deli River, a little family hotel just outside the big city Medan. The hotel is surrounded by a beautiful tropical garden and has a swimming-pool. Depending on the time of your arrival you can make a short city tour or acclimatise at your hotel.

Dag 2 Medan - Bukit Lawang

In the morning, you will make a short city tour in Medan. The city is one of the largest cities in Indonesia. Busy, dusty and hot, but quite an experience to drive through. Many becaks "bicycle taxis" and mopeds with which the local people travel. Drive past colonial buildings and visit the Sultan of Deli's palace. Then you travel in about 3 hours to Bukit Lawang, the orang utan rehabilitation center. Bukit Lawang is located along the beautiful Bohorok River. It is an impressive nature reserve with impenetrable jungle above a wild flowing river. In this nature reserve you can see the orangutans in their natural environment. The sporty hiker can go on a multi-hour jungle trek together with a local ranger. This requires a reasonable condition and shoes with a good profile. You spend the night in the Eco lodge Bukit Lawang or Sam's Bungalows in Bukit Lawang.

Dag 3 Bukit Lawang

Bukit Lawang hosted an Orang Utan rehabilitation center until a few years ago. Captive orangutans were re-educated in the rehabilitation camp to regain life in the National Leuser Park. At regular intervals (and sometimes still) they were fed by the rangers on the 'Piedingtime': a corruption of feeding time, which includes not only a time, but also a specific feeding place. In the morning you will make an approximately 3 hour trekking accompanied by a local ranger. A brisk walk through the jungle to see the Orangutans, Siamang (long arm monkeys), Thomas Leave Monkeys, Long Tailed Macaque and Gibbons and other jungle animals. Good condition and shoes with a good profile are required.

of optioneel Raft excursie Bohorok

The Wampu river runs straight through the jungle of the Gunung Leuser natural park. After breakfast you go to the village Mariki by jeep, Mariki is the starting point of the raft that takes more or less 4 hours. We stop half way at a waterfall, where you can have a natural shower and where we have lunch. The ending point of the raft is the bridge in Bohorok. Local certified guides accompany the raft. Minimum age is 10. If you want to add the raft to your program there will be one extra overnight stay in Bohorok .

Dag 4 Bukit Lawang - Lake Toba

Today a long 8 hour ride via the plantation route to Samosir. In the afternoon arrival in Prapat on Lake Toba from where you cross the lake to the island Samosir, situated right in the centre of Lake Toba.

Dag 5 Dag 6 Lake Toba - Samosir island tour and dinner at Marysca restaurant

We visit several authentic Batak villages with their typical saddle back roof houses. The Batak people were among the first people that settled in Indonesia. They came by boat from Indo China. The houses are still built in the shape of a boat – saddle back roof. The population here is Christian and the Batak people are known for their beautiful voices and music. Today you can visit the characteristic Toba Batak villages Tomok, with the King’s Tomb, Ambarita with its execution tables and Simanindo for traditional Toba dances. Dinner in the cosy restaurant Marysca's with Rony’s vocalgroup.

Free program Lake Toba

Another full day on the island of Samosir. You can (optionally) take a boat trip on the lake, cycling, hiking or just swimming at the hotel. It is special to take a day trip to Tatea Bulan with your driver and Rony. High in the mountains there is a pilgrimage site of the Batak kings and the ancestors are honored. A very devout visit, with beautiful panoramas. Along the way you will also visit the sacred sources of AEK Sipitu Dai. During our visit, the washing place was quickly emptied in order to show something of the sacred.

Dag 7 Samosir - Barumun Nagari

Samosir - Padang. You drive along the south side of Lake Toba with beautiful rice fields and high Batak King Tombs. Along the way you will pass the hot sulfur springs at Sipoholon. At the place Tarutung, centre of the Protestant Batak Church, you’ll turn into the direction of Padang Sidempuan. Overnight stay at hotel Natama or Mega Permata in Padang Sidempuan. (about 8 hours)

Dag 8 Op safari in het Barumun Nagari Wildlife Sanctuary

Safari in het prachtige Barumun Nagari wildlife reservaat en rehabilitatie centrum. Hier kunt u beschermde diersoorten zien zoals de Sumatra olifant, vele soorten tropische vogels, zwarte Gibbons en de Sumatra tijger. De diverse dieren zijn van elders waar ze moeilijk konden overleven naar het reservaat gebracht. Het welzijn van de dieren is de eerste prioriteit daarom is het niet toegestaan op de olifanten te rijden. In na middag kunt u de olifanten in de rivier zien baden. De Gibbons leven er in vrijheid en u kunt ze zien in het bos. Er zijn momenteel in november 2018 twee tijgers in het Barumun Nagari reservaat die in een grote open omheining verblijven.

Dag 9 through the Minangkabau highlands to Bukittinggi

The route to Bukittinggi in the Minangkabau highlands takes you today again through the mountain range Bukit Barisan of Sumatra. It is an impressive trip where you enter the highlands of the Minangkabau through a “wall” of tropical rainforest. Along the way you will cross the equator in the town of Bonjol and the Jambi nature reserve. In the afternoon arrival in the cool and pleasant town of Bukittinggi. 2 nights in hotel Denai or hotel Pusako in Bukittinggi. (about 9 hours)

Dag 10 Nature, palace and history of Bukittinggi

Bukittinggi - excursion to Pagaruyung, Batusangkar, the Harau nature reserve and Lake Singkarak. In the palace in Pagaruyung you can see the different aspects of the matriarchal community pattern of the Minangkabau. The Harau nature reserve is famous for its large rock formations and beautiful butterflies. At Batusangkar are historical rock inscriptions in Sanskrit. On the way back to Bukittinggi you will pass the lake of Singkarak. Overnight in Bukittinggi.

Dag 11 Bukittinggi city tour and Lake Maninjau

During the city tour you first visit the former Fort de Kock located on a strategic position where you have a beautiful view over the surrounding landscape. Then you can visit the Minangkabau museum, the colourful market and the famous Karbouwengat (Ngarai Sianok). The sportive hiker can take a walk of about an hour through the Karbouwengat to the silver town of Kota Gadang where the car will be waiting for you. From Kota Gadang departure for the mysterious Maninja Lake, descending along the road with forty-four curves. Overnight stay at Bukittinggi.

Dag 12 van Bukittinggi naar het strand van Sungai Pisang

Na het ontbijt vertrek richting Padang via de prachtige Anai vallei en Anai waterval. Via de mooie 44 haarspelden bochten weg rijden we naar Padang. Daar gaan we naar de haven om over te varen naar het het strand van Sungai Pisang. Een heus Robinson Crusoe strand met snorkelen bij de mooie koraaltuien, trekking in de achterliggende jungle of gewoon relaxen op de veranda van uw “hut”.

Dag 13 Vrije dag Rimba lodge

De dagen in en rond de Rimba lodge kunt u naar eigen keuze indelen. Maak bijvoorbeeld een jungle trek... U kunt een korte wandeling maken of een hele dag op expeditie gaan, op zoek naar het wildlife in de jungle. Kom oog in oog met de zwarte makaken en andere apen en spot de vreemde vogels.

Dag 14 Vrije dag Rimba lodge

De dagen in en rond de Rimba lodge kunt u naar eigen keuze indelen. Doe bijvoorbeeld de dagexcursie naar de watervallen... Een volle dagexcursie waarbij u Sungai Pinang, een klein traditioneel vissersdorp, bezoekt. U zult dan een landschap van rijstvelden doorkruisen, omringd door bergen en vervolgens een rivier door het hart van de jungle beklimmen tot een waterval waar vijvers je verwelkomen voor een verfrissende duik. Onderweg kunt u groepen makaken of langurs tegenkomen en zelfs het melodieuze en krachtige zingen van de siamangs horen.

Dag 15 Vertrek uit de Rimba lodge

Na het ontbijt vaart u terug naar de bewoonde wereld. U wordt naar het vliegveld van Padang gebracht voor uw volgende bestemming.

Deli River

Small and clean hotel, just outside de bustle of Medan. Spacious and beautifully situated on the river Deli. From the swimming pool view on the river. Friendly and helpful staff. Number of rooms: 8 Facilities: swimming pool, good restaurant Deli River is managed by Tri Jaya Tour & Travel, our agent on Sumatra. meer info more info Informations supplémentaires

Bukit Lawang Cottages

Simple but clean hotel, with cottages on the ground floor. A hanging bridge over the river Bohorok is the entrance to the hotel. In the open restaurant there’s plenty of choice. The spacious rooms are equipped with a fan, no air-conditioning and there is an outdoor shower. In the vicinity you can go on a hike to the orang-utans. meer info more info Informations supplémentaires

Tabo cottages - Samosir

The cozy and small-scale Tabo cottages is located directly on the Toba lake. The hotel has around 40 rooms, ranging from Superior (Basic, private bathroom with hot water), Deluxe (spacious with private veranda and fan), Batak cottages (separate cottages with the same Deluxe amenities) and Junior suites, overlooking the lake and an extra sofa bed and coffee-tea facilities. The hotel has its own bakery, restaurant and swimming pool with views over the lake. meer info more info Informations supplémentaires

Samosir Villa resort

Samosir Villa resort is quite recent (2012) and beautifully situated in the village TukTuk on the island Samosir. Of course it’s very nice to go for a swim in lake Tobe, but there’s also a great swimming pool. All rooms have a small balcony with view on Lake Toba, TV and a safety box. VIP rooms have also a small fridge. WiFi available. At weekends and on national holidays there can be many local tourists at the hotel. meer info more info Informations supplémentaires

Toledo Inn

Nice hotel on Samosir island with rooms housed in Batak style cottages. The hotel is located directly in the town of Tuk-Tuk on Lake Toba and all rooms have a beautiful view of this lake. All simple rooms have a bathroom, TV and private balcony. Number of Rooms: 134 Facilities: Swimming pool, restaurant, internet access. meer info more info Informations supplémentaires

Barumun Nagari lodge

Eenvoudig guesthouse met simpele, maar schone kamers. Er zijn een paar kamers afgestemd op Westerse toeristen met westers toilet en warme douche. Tijdens verblijf in het guesthouse zijn lunch en diner inclusief. meer info more info Informations supplémentaires

Hotel Denai

Hotel Denai is a comfortable hotel in Bukittinggi. Suitable for both business travellers and tourists. Located in a beautiful garden you can enjoy the beautiful view of the Merapi (or, in minagkabau, Marapi) and Singallang Mountains. Number of rooms: 70 Facilities: Swimming pool, 24 hour room service, restaurant and bar, laundry service. meer info more info Informations supplémentaires

Novotel - Bukittinggi

Novotel Bukittinggi is located in the city center, at walking distance from Jam Gadang (Bukittinggi icon), Pasar Atas and Benteng Fort de Kock, and close to Jambatan Limpapeh. Novotel Bukittinggi is about 76 km from the Minang Kabau International Airport. Located in the heart of the fabulous Bukittinggi; Jam Gadang (city monument) and Pasar Asat, a famous traditional market, are close by. There you will find various souvenirs, specifically handmade by local artisans. Just inside Pasar Ateh you can enjoy the delicious dishes of Minangkabau. Around Novotel Bukittinggi, many other tourist attractions await you This hotel has not yet been visited by us meer info more info Informations supplémentaires

Rimba lodge Sungai Pisang

The Rimba lodge is the ultimate place to enjoy the beach, jungle, coral and fish. The lodge has very simple rooms, of which we usually use the Harimau lodges (Dlx). It has a double and single bed and an open-air bathroom with a western toilet and hot running water. The Penyu and Owa Owa lodges (Spr) are slightly smaller and only have cold running water. The Kalaolodge (fam. Room) has 2 bedrooms and a living area and a shower with hot water. The Lumba Lumba lodges are very simple with a shared bathroom / toilet and we do not offer them. The Rimba lodge can only be reached by boat, has the jungle at the back and a house reef in front of the beach. Trekking, snorkeling trips and many other activities are organized. meer info more info Informations supplémentaires



Medan is the capital of the province of North Sumatra and has more than 2.5 million inhabitants. In the Dutch East Indies period there were many plantations outside the city, especially rubber did well. The 1965 book "Rubber" by M.H. Szekely-Lulofs gives a good picture of what the world looked like at the time and how the Netherlands was firmly in control around the Deli river. Later it was mainly the Chinese who attracted trade and power. Now Medan is a modern city, where many old buildings still remind of the colonial period.

For the western tourist, Medan doesn't have much to offer: the Sultan's palace is nice to visit, as is the Chinese temple. Take a look at the great mosque Masjid Raya Al-Mashun, you will be welcomed (outside the services) and shown around.

Our favorite Deli River hotel is located just outside the city, on the Deli River. The accompanying restaurant Omlandia serves delicious Indonesian, Indian and Western dishes. The pecel (kind of gado-gado with delicious sauce) is a must!
In the center there is also a wide choice of hotels, but they still lack the atmosphere. Perhaps the former hotel de Boer, now Grand Inna, will come close.

Bukit Lawang


Bukit Lawang is the place that is often called Bohorok, the river of the same name. Bukit Lawang is located in the Gunung Leuser National park and is mainly visited to spot the orangutans. The former orangutan rehabilitation center is located directly on the river. Until a few years ago, the great apes were trained here to be able to live from nature after a life as a pet. That is now a thing of the past. No orangutans have been kept in captivity for years and the work of the rehabilitation center is about to end.

Until recently, the monkeys were fed on the "piets time", a name that you have to understand. For many Indonesians, the "F" is a difficult to pronounce consonant that is corrupted into a "P". Feeding time is already more understandable then, but for us Europeans still strange. A time to go. But it is still customary for the premises to go to the feeding time, because then you can be sure that you can see the monkeys up close.

However, the pied time is also a thing of the past. If you want to spot orangutans, make a jungle trek of 3 or 4 hours, together with a local ranger, who will bring some fruit or vegetables in his backpack to lure the famous orangutans.

Bukit Lawang is approximately 3 hours drive from Medan and 2 hours (via bumpy roads) from Tangkahan. It has some nice accommodations, of which the Eco Lodge and Sam's bungalows are our favorites. For those traveling with growing youth, the Bukit Lawang children's home, with 2 bedrooms, is a nice alternative.
Keep in mind that on weekends Bukit Lawang is overrun by local tourists and the Saturday nights are noisy!
You don't have to travel to Bukit Lawang for special food.

Video Gunung Leuser park



Lake Toba is the largest lake in Indonesia with a length of about 100 km and a width of 30 km. It originated from a volcanic eruption, roughly 75,000 years ago. The Toba Batakkers live around the lake, a people of predominantly Christian faith, mixed with a kind of animistic ancestor worship.

Samosir is the famous peninsula in the lake. An island tour of Samosir lets you see and experience the culture of the Batakkers. A boat trip on Lake Toba, along the island, is also a lot of fun and shows almost the same sights.

It is special to take a day trip to Tatea Bulan. High in the mountains there is a pilgrimage site of the Batak kings and the ancestors are honored. A very devout visit, with beautiful panoramas. Along the way you will also visit the sacred sources of AEK Sipitu Dai. During our visit, the washing place was quickly emptied in order to show something of the sacred.

What you should not miss is a dinner with a vocal group. The Batakkers are known for their polyphonic singing, accompanied by guitar and simple local musical instruments.
The culinary specialties of the Batakkers are not always in the taste of western visitors: dog is not exactly what we are waiting for and the Ikan Mas (kind of goldfish) takes you more time to get rid of bones than it is tasty. Fortunately, Saksang remains, a Batak dish that should not be missing during a wedding. There are two variants, of which we ignore the dog and go for the Saksang Babi of pork.
Of course you are going to eat at my kake-pinjum, my borrowed brother Rony. Together with Rosinthan he runs the Marysca Restaurant. All our Sumatra travelers get a free dinner here with a warm Batak welcome. Rony, his friends and family like to take you musically through the Batak culture with the vocal goup.

Our favorite hotels are Tabo cottages (Junior suite or Villa) and Samosir Villa resort (VIP room. At weekends the resort is overcrowded by local tourists).

Padang Sidempuan

Padang Sidempuan

From Samosir it is a full day driving on the Trans Sumatra Highway to the west. Baramun Nagari Wildlife Sanctuary is located near the town of Padang Sidempuan, which has nothing to offer tourists themselves. The large park houses a shelter for elephants and other wildlife. During a safari day you will experience the elephants in their natural habitat and you will come face to face with various strange birds, monkeys and probably one of the two (or both) Sumatran tigers.

We are short about food and favorite accommodation: There is only one accommodation and that is the sanctuary itself: simple.



Bukittinggi (high hill) is situated in the middle of Sumatra in the Minangkabau highland.
In the past this city was known as Fort de Cock, the bell tower built by the Dutch in 1926, which you still can visit on the town square.
In the Natural Park Taman Bundo Kanduang you’ll see the typical constuction of the Minangkabau in the replica of Rumah Gadang.( Rumah Gadang means Big House)
From Bukettinggi you can go to Sianok Canyon,Lobang Jepang and Lake Maninjau.

Sungai Pisang

Sungai Pisang

Sungai Pisang is a small village at a 45-minute drive south of Padang. Wooden boats are grown in the village. After another 45 minutes sailing you will arrive at the Rimba Eco lodge.