Hotel Orangutan has but one pledge: to protect and nurture the fabulous wildlife and communities of the jungle and raise awareness about the dire frailty of this unique ecosystem.
Nestled on the banks of the Bohorok River, on the doorstep of the Gunung Leuser National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site home to numerous rare and protected wildlife and plants, we will guide you to a unique and precious encounter with forgotten communities and wild species.
From this magical moment, escorted by our deeply committed team, it is our hope that a renewed respect and understanding of the jungle, its inhabitants and their extreme vulnerability to irresponsible and destructive behaviours will spring.
The Sumatran Orangutan is one of two species of Orangutans – only found on the island of Sumatra, Indonesia – they are much rarer than the Bornean Orangutan.
But, the relentless destruction of Sumatra’s rainforests has pushed the Sumatran Orangutan to the edge of extinction. With only around 14,600 remaining in the wild, the species is classified as Critically Endangered – inexorable victims of deforestation for farmlands, logging, mining, roads, international demand for palm oil and the short-sighted land-use policies in place.
The Leuser Ecosystem is the last stronghold of the species and the last place on Earth where elephants, rhinos, orangutans and tigers still co-exist in the wild. All four iconic species are now classified as Critically Endangered.
It is our mission to organise the safe and respectful encounter of people and nature with the hope that it will help to change behaviours and to open the eyes of our visitors on the reality of the jungle.
Hotel Orangutan was started by a committed team including reknowned tech innovator Neal Cross and his friend and local Iman, Abdullah Togap with the objective to advocate for local prosperity, community empowerment and orangutan protection.
Besides its mission to raise awareness of the plight of the Sumatran Orangutan, the hotel has also been a source of jobs and education for the local villages and helped setup a local transport and furniture businesses both through interest free loans and the steady supply of customers.
We are also employing locals for jungle trekking and using the profits to fund local projects through www.bukitlawang.org