Often referred to as the hidden paradise of Sumatra, Tangkahan’s lush jungle and topography makes it a marvelous tourist spot that remains largely undiscovered. This village in the incredible Gunung Leuser National Park is located on the junction of two rivers, Batang Serangan and Buluh. The park is one of the world’s most biologically diverse conservation areas, home to some of the planet’s most endangered species.
Effected in the past by logging and poachers, today this reserve has been transformed as an eco-reserve. The local people have acted to turn their situation around and conserve their precious surrounds. Come and meet the elephants who together with the rangers, patrol the forest to keep illegal loggers and poachers out.
Here the clear, bluish green rivers set against the panoramic view of the Sumatran jungle creates a truly mystical atmosphere. Come and discover this hidden jungle paradise and you won’t regret it.
Come and experience an adventure in the jungle. Trek through rugged landscape. Hike up muddy tracks while you try and spot exotic wildlife that makes this place its home. For a hike with a difference, try elephant trekking where you can explore the jungle on the back of an elephant. Swim in the pristine waters of an unspoiled jungle river. Experience the relaxing atmosphere of the natural surrounds, a world away from the hustle and bustle of city life. See the elephants of the jungle take their daily bath with a visit to the elephant camp, a 15 – 20 minute walk from Tangkahan.
Take a shower and get a massage at the same time with a swim under a waterfall. There is a small waterfall just before the two rivers meet. Or, if you’ve got the energy, another larger waterfall is located about an hours trek up the Buluh River but at times the track dissapears so you will have to walk in the river. Listen to the sounds of the jungle as you take in breathtaking sights of unspoiled natural beauty.
From Medan take public transport from Pinang Baris Bus Terminal to Tangkahan. The bus takes 4 – 5 hours.
Alternatively you can hire a car or taxi to take you directly to Tangkahan. The trip will take around three hours.
The best time to visit is June to October.
There is a small fee to enter the park and cross the river.