Tangkahan Tour & Elephant Washing


Discover the hidden tropical paradise of Tangkahan! At only 2,5 hours from Bukit Lawang, this place offers you the possibility to join an eco-friendly activity with elephants : the bath time. Our Sumatran elephants will enjoy the bath ritual even more if you join washing them!  Go to Tangkahan by jeep or motocross and explore its wonderful surroundings (hot springs, waterfalls, river). After a traditional lunch, wash the wonderful Elephants!


Duration: one day (7-8 hours)
Intensity level: low
Group size: minimum 1 people
Departure Time: at 09:00 am

What to bring : your camera, comfortable walking shoes, swimsuit, flip flops or sandals, one change of clothes, plastic bag, towel, mosquito repellent, sunscreen, bottle of water

800,000 IDR / PERSON

*by motorbike if only 1 person

1,100,000 IDR / PERSON

*by car if 2 people or more


After breakfast, your guide will pick you up at your guesthouse around 9:00 am and take you to your 4x4 vehicle or motocross with your driver (according to the option chosen)

Your driver will take you to Tangkahan in 2.5 hours through our bumpy and unsurfaced jungle roads. On the way you will witness the destruction our wonderful rainforest through the  endless landscapes of palm oil plantations with the Gunung Leuser National Park in the background. A sad and unforgettable scenery!  

You will stop on the way and chill out at the hot springs. Cross the Buluh River through a huge wooden bridge and discover the natural and unspoilt environment of Tangkahan. Take a swim in the river and discover natural hot springs, where you will have time to relax. Perfect time to experience the jungle vibes!


Enjoy your included lunch in this amazing hidden paradise before going to the Elephant Sanctuary and meeting the Sumatran giants.   

Around 3:30 take part of the eco-friendly elephant washing activity operated by CRU/LPT Tangkahan. Lembaga Pariwisata Tangkahan (LPT) is a local organization formed with the purpose to develop eco-tourism as a new form of lively hood and in this way prevent illegal logging. As regards the CRU (Conservation Response Unit), it is a team of Sumatran Elephants saved from illegal poaching and their mahouts that helps safeguard the national park to protect it from encroachment. By joining the elephants in their bathing ritual you will support this local initiative. We are aware that elephant activity is under worldwide criticism but we are only supporting this unique ecotourism activity in Tangkahan as it supports the elephants, the local villagers but also prevents the rainforest from illegal poaching and encroachment. 

The Sumatran Elephants love their bath ritual (twice a day at 10:30 am and 03:30 pm) and will enjoy even more if you wash and brush them!  Taking a bath with them and playing around with the babies is definitely an unforgettable experience! After bathing, feed them with bananas to reward them after their working day through the jungle.

On the way back to Bukit Lawang, you will cross undeveloped areas so take the time to observe the everyday life in rural villages.

End of the day, your guide will bring you back to your guesthouse around 6:00 or 7:00 pm. 

Tour includes : transport by car/motocross, driver, petrol, licensed English speaking guide, lunch, all entrance permits for the national park, tickets for crossing the Buluh River, local guide (CRU/LPT), stop at the hot springs, Elephant bathing & feeding up to 1 hour.

Tour excludes :  1 bottle of water 

Our Mission : Shaping a better future for amazing rainforest, its amazing wildlife and the local community of Bukit Lawang


3,50 euros donated




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