Orangutan Jungle Trek In Sumatra, Indonesia 🇮🇩 | Kelly Gets Injured 😱
The moment we have all been waiting for! This day did not disappoint! Join us as we walk along the riverside village of Bukit Lawang and head up into the jungle of the Gunung Leuser National Park. The Lonely Planet called it one of the world’s “most important and biologically diverse conservation areas.” This UNESCO site is home to many birds, tigers, rhinoceroses, and primates, including the critically endangered Sumatran Orangutan. With only 6,000 orangutans left in the world, we came to trek lightly in the hopes of seeing the wild and semi-wild orangutans in their natural environment. Here are some of the beautiful animals we encountered on today’s trek: Thomas monkeys, orangutans, macaques, a turtle, and huge ants.
On this jungle trek adventure, we definitely had some reservations about encountering apes in the wild. We are already a little afraid (and fascinated) by monkeys. Our experience is that they are mischievous and sometimes naughty or aggressive. When were were on Komodo Island in Flores, we learned how deadly Komodo Dragons can be. Being from Alaska, we have a deep respect for black bears, brown bears, and moose. So, anytime we go into nature to look for wildlife we know that this is their home, we need to give them lots of space, we can’t make loud or sudden moves, and we want to use Leave No Trace best practices.
We hope you enjoyed this video. Feel free to SHARE this out with your friends and family who might be interested in this type of adventure. In our next video, we have coffee and breakfast next to the river before hiking out of the deep jungle to go river rafting. Later that night, we get to enjoy a delicious, home-cooked meal with our guide, Bendy’s family. We are still singing the Jungle Trek song that Bendy taught us, and we have added it at the end of each video so you can enjoy it, as well.
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We are the Bags Packed Family: Jonathan and Kelly with our three children. We sold our home in Alaska, USA, eight years ago, and headed overseas. We are teachers and found fantastic teaching positions in India. Two years later, we moved to the United Arab Emirates. Three years after that, during the beginning of the pandemic, we made the move to our current teaching jobs in Indonesia. We love traveling and finding adventures as a family. We hope that our travels will inspire and provide our children with the confidence to meet new people, try new foods, and enjoy learning a new language. We hope our vlogs will inspire you to get out and travel, too!
0:00 Beginning the Trek
4:45 Rubber Trees
6:41 Gunung Leuser National Park
9:14 More Orangutans
13:33 Mommy Orangutan
16:01 Turtle, Monkeys, and Trees
21:09 Camp Site
23:09 Lost Footage
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