This is a relaxing day involving a trip inside Bukit Lawang's bat cave, which is populated by many bats and swallows. This walk is around 1 hour from Bukit Lawang, heading through a rubber plantation, where you can see how rubber is grown and tapped. There are also many trees of Asia's famous stinky fruit, the durian in this area. (In season, durian are available for purchase from local vendors- around 20,000rp each.)
You will spend about one hour exploring the cave, before heading further through the rubber plantation to the Landak river, which sits on the edge of the jungle. The Landak river is Bukit Lawang's second river, and unlike the Bohorok river, used for tubing, the Landak river is tranquil and perfect for swimming. At the Landak river you will enjoy a BBQ lunch of chicken and fish cooked riverside by our guides, with rice and local vegetables, while you enjoy a relaxing afternoon swimming in the river.
You can also see the Tualang tree, which is an immensely tall tree frequented by honey bees due to its habit of growing branches above the rainforest canopy. As such, there are some simple steps, for honey collectors to climb the tree.
Note: itinerary is indicative only, a later start is available - as this a private activity, the timings are up to you.
9am: Your guide will meet you at your guesthouse, and lead you through the village and through the durian and rubber plantation to the bat cave
10am: Climb up into the bat cave
11:15am - Continue from bat cave to Landak river
11:45am - Reach Landak river, swim, relax
12:30pm - Enjoy BBQ of chicken and fish by the river.
3-4pm - Walk back to your guesthouse.
What to bring
You will need mosquito repellent, camera, sun block, small backpack, swimming suit, towel.
You also need to bring at least one large (1.5l) bottle of water, for each person, this you can buy locally for around $0.50.
Jungle clothing choices are flexible. You can wear either long or short clothing, longer clothing will keep the sun and mosquitoes away, but it needs to be lightweight as the weather is hot (around 30C) and humidity is near 100%.
This is not a trek, however there is some scrambling to enter the bat cave. The total distance walked is around 6km, depending on your start point, which is on flat ground, except inside the cave.
The path to enter the bat cave, as well as some parts inside, involves scrambling up rocks.
Children of any age are permitted, however very small children will probably not be able to navigate the cafe.
You can ask your guide if you want any special/different food.
BBQ lunch, guide, torch for cave, cave entrance fee
Drinks, mosquito repellent