Very rustic but very warm welcome.
Starting point for a jungle trek with Smiley guide and his team.
I highly recommend the guide Smiley.
Professionalism, expertise, listening have made this trek very reassuring.
With of course, orangutans at the key.
But not that .... These two days will remain engraved for life in my memory.
Thank you Smiley.
Amazing Trek, Great Hosts, Stay Here.
We stayed and and trekked with this guesthouse in January 2018, and have nothing but great memories to share about it. When we arrived in Ketambe we visited each guesthouse in town before deciding where to land - Sadar Wisata was the obvious choice - super friendly and welcoming family, beautiful location next to the river, great views of the mountains, clean and comfortable rooms. Turns out the food is tasty too, and the open air (but covered!) restaurant space is also very clean and was a really nice place to hang out. Very quickly after we arrived Pindra arranged a 3 day 2 night trek for us, and we were off the next morning with his guide. Sleeping arrangements and food were basic (as they are no matter what guesthouse you trek with) - but we slept well and were well fueled for hiking through the jungle. The hot springs along the route are likely the most amazing we will ever visit and are reason enough to go trekking in the park. We were also thrilled to see orangutans on our last day, having seen signs of them for two days prior, and of course having come to Leuser and Ketambe in hopes of observing them in the wild. May your experience be as amazing as ours!
Great stay, wonderful hosts and awesome trekking!
What a fantastic place. Not only the location, but also the friendliness Pindra and the rest of the family. They will take great care of you.
Pindra made sure we had all the correct instructions to reach the place from Medan. When we were all settled we talked about the trekking plans and everything was settled pretty quickly: a 3 day trekking and and another single day trekking.
The three day trek was awesome. To delight Pindra himself was our guide and together with the porter they spoiled us. The jungle is beautiful and the locations we slept were really nice. We saw Orangutan everyday and it is just amazing to see them in the wild. Pindra and Budi (our porter) made sure we were well fed, had some good sleep and adjusted to our place if necessary. The food they cooked was amazing and we dubbed Budi the Jungle Chef as he managed to conjure up a Indonesian Rice Table in the middle of the jungle. Pindra explained us a lot about the Flora and Fauna and his English was excellent.
The single day trek I went with Buyung (as arranged by Pindra). He is a great guide. Laughs all the time, is a great spotter and likes an adventure. I saw many different animals and Orangutan again! I would definitely recommend going with him if you're in Ketambe. His facebook is Buyung-Ketambe. Look him up and contact him. He will want to show you the town as well and probably invite you at his place for a kopi or tea.
The rooms at Sadat Wisata are good and clean. The kitchen is great. They make lovely curries and great gado gado. The river is close if you want to take a cooling dive (whatch out for the current though)!
All in all: definitely 5 stars. I'm not only recommending this here, but all my friends will have to visit!
Very helpful and welcoming family run guest house, spacious room with comfortable bed, nice food, fast Wifi and beautiful surroundings. You can book trekking and other activities at the guest house. Highly recommended
A hidden paradise on Earth
You wonÕt find a better place to relax and experience what it is like to live in the jungle. Sadar Wisata is a perfect starting point for those who want to go trekking to the rain forest and see some wild animals. The bungalows are amazing, you can chill on a big terrace or go for a swim to the river that is just few meters from the guesthouse. The married couple - Pindra and Julela -are very welcoming and are always around to cook for you or organise a trek according to your needs for a very good price. Me and my friend went for a three days trek into the jungle and even though we had no expectations we managed to see a lot of wildlife including 8 orang-utans. To see a WILD orang-utan is very magical, you wonÕt have a chance to see it anywhere else in Sumatra. As Places like Bukit Lawang are nowadays so touristic that it lost itÕs authenticity and wildness.
Thank you Pindra and Julela for making us feel like home and for an experience that will stay for the rest of our lives!