Why Choose Sumatra EcoVentures
Don't just come and see North Sumatra..... make it better and contribute to making it change
Sumatra EcoVentures is a small tour operator with the aim of being a social enterprise and run a sustainable ecotourism business in North Sumatra, which will aim to benefit everyone that is involved.
We are aware of our impact on the environment and we are dedicated to preserving the delicate environments in which we live. We take our responsibility for eco-friendly travel and sustainable ecotourism seriously. Because of this we have put together a Eco Sustainable Program (see below), which we follow and aim to develop.
Sumatra EcoVentures understands that in many rural areas, local people have very little income. They want to open up their villages and natural attractions to visitors but often lack the knowledge of how to responsibly. This causes many problems, mainly rubbish & plastic being left, causing comtamination to the area.
As part of our Eco-Sustainable Program, we aim to develop relationships with these people and work with the community to develop sustainable eco-treks and tours which cause the least amount of impact to the area. A balance must be found between the enviromnent, economic growth and social-cultural preservation which then benefits all.
We are commited to bringing tourists to these more rural areas, away from the mass crowds. To promote responisble travel and educate local people about sustainable tourism practices and nature conservation. By training local people, we give them an alternative income by preserving their environment rather than destroying it for oil palm.
Our commitment is to provide our guests with the best possible service, by meeting all your needs, giving you an real authentic experience whilst supporting local communities.
Sumatra EcoVentures is concerned about your and our guides health and safety. All our guides in Bukit Lawang are Members of the Indonesian Tourist Guide Assosiation and all the local guides we use are experienced trekking guides. They will happily share their knowledge of the area, local flora and fauna. They will all be happy to explain about their ethnic origins, cultures and history of their place, making each trek, tour, adventure informative and an authentic experience.
We have between us, many years of experience. Having been a traveller and volunteer for many years in Asia I can bring this knowledge and understanding to provide the best and safest service.
We know what it can be like to be on a tour with other people, being restricted to the places you want to visit and the time spent there, so we are happy to personalise a trip or tour to suit your needs. We provide many types of treks in rural places which include visiting caves, intersting rock formations, waterfalls, rafting or just incredible nature.
Safety and Care
Our guides carry a full First Aid Kit during treks and tours, which are checked and replenished before each trip. Our aim is to have them properly trained in first aid precedure. All guides carry mobile phones in case of an emergency.
We take great care with regards to food and water. Food is bought fresh the morning of the trek and transported carefully. During treks, water is boiled properly to ensure that all bacteria is killed. Before every trek we check that every guest is healthy and has no serious health problems that could be an issue during the trek.
Before Your Trip
We strongly believe that responsible ecotoursim is key to preserving relatively untouched forests and natural wonders. With many communities living on the border of the national park with little income, providing eco-trekking and developing ecotourism is key to helping these communities with an alternative income without causing further damage to their environment or encroaching on the national park.
By providing eco and responsible trekking, we are reducing the amount of impact we & our guests have on the environment. We stand by this quote:
"Leave only footprints, take only photographs, keep nothing but memories "
We try to reduce the amount of plastic that we use and take into the jungle. We bring food in plastic containers that can be washed and used again. We ask for nasi goreng (fried rice) for lunch in the jungle to be wrapped just in banana leaf. We keep all our rubbish with us and recycle what we can. Our experienced team is dedicated to keeping their environment clean and to keep you safe and happy.
Although we do our part, it is just as much as the traveller, YOU, to do your part as a responsible traveller. Research before about the place you are too visit, try to learn about the local culture and customs and respect this when travelling. Try to give something back, volunteer your time, even if only for a few hours. There are a few Volunteering opportunites in Bukit Lawang. Sumatra, like a lot of Asian countries are over-run with rubbish and plastic. Bring with you resuable cutlery and straw, a resuable water bottle and fabric bag for shopping. If your a smoker, buy a small container to put your cigarettes butts in. Our Visitors Information page for North Sumatra gives some information on this.
Our Eco Sustainable Program
We offer Eco-treks in nearby secondary forests where wild orangutans live, using local people as guides, thus giving them an income and a reason to protect the remaining forests
Our jungles trek are responsible treks, our guides do not feed orangutans, keep their distance and do not leave litter
We use and employ local people in the areas where we offer treks, thereby supporting them and giving them an income
We aim to search for new areas bordering the national park, educate the local people and offer treks or tours in these areas, developing community based sustainable tourism.
To develop more Eco-treks in other areas bordering the National Park, working alongside local people for a sustainable future for nature and human
To actively promote and encourage tourist to visit local handi-craft shops and businesses to support the local people
We offer and actively promote other actvities in and around Bukit Lawang so we and visitors are supporting local livelihood and giving back to the local economy
We are involved with the ROAR project: to reduce and actively recycle. Working towards reducing single-use plastic in Bukit Lawang and want to start recycling and upcycling projects with the local community as a way of income
We are working alongside Bukit Lawang Care Community in Bukit Lawang, helping to clean Bukit Lawang and initiate recycling in all the guesthouse and rubbish collection.
We support a local eco-farm and offer eco-tours to visit the farm and learn about local organic farming and permaculture
10 % of our jungle trekking and tour profits go towards our projects, or buying trees, or other local conservation/environmental projects
With a special interest in Sumatra Orangutans, we aim to start a research project to understand how a small population of orangtuans survive in a human-dominated environment.