My boyfriend and I recently had a wonderful stay at Sadar Wisata over 5 days including 3 days in the jungle which I highly recommend to anyone looking to visit Gunung Leuser National Park to trek.
The owner of the Guesthouse Pindra and his wife Julela are so lovely, helpful and make you feel very welcome along with Mario who seems to help out with anything & everything at the Guesthouse. Pindra organises the trekking and arranged taxis for us from / back to Medan which worked out well. He also has a great laugh & is always smiling :)
At the Guesthouse we stayed in one of the large bungalows which is basic but comfortable and the bed had a have mosquito net. We ate all of our meals in their restaurant which are cooked by Julela and are very tasty and good value - we miss her cooking! There is Wi-Fi in the restaurant area which didn't always work and often cut out.
Our trek was guided by Abdul who I can't recommend enough as well as Mario who carried the camping gear and made us delicious hot meals to come back to. The tent which we camped in was basic and made from plastic sheeting which was great at keeping the rain out but not so much ants and insects. It's not a problem though if you know what to expect - it is the jungle after all!
Whilst trekking over the 3 days Abdul spotted 18 orangutans, a black haired gibbon, rhinoceros hornbills, squirrels, lots of macaque and thomas leaf monkeys amoung other animals. Abdul also pointed out interesting insects, fruits and fungi and is generally very knowledgeable about the jungle as well as being friendly, approachable and a pleasure to trek with.
All in all a great Guesthouse with excellent hosts and guides who really made our visit :)
Lovely place, highly recommended.
Wauw, beautiful and peaceful guesthouse in the jungle and next to the river. Did a 8 DAYS jungle trek to the Lake and Kappi Mountain to fulfill my dream! My reason for visiting Ketambe was to got a real non-touristic jungle trek and found the perfect place to arrange that. The owners gave me a pleasant and warm welcome, rooms are quiet and surrounded by nature, includes a good restaurant with Wi-Fi. Because it is the oldest guesthouse in town they have a lot of experience and spoke with them for making the ultimate jungle trekking. The Trek was really good arranged, saw many animals, plants, stunning nature and even nice food all for a good price. Stayed a little longer when came back to relax. The highlight of my one year Backpacking trip through Asia. Definitely come back to this lovely place and hope to meet the family again :)
Extraordinary staff , trek in thŽ jungle amazing with friendly guid ( abdul ) and porter( mario). Room clean and very good foods.
An experience hard to come by
As an experienced backpacker who now travels with children, this was one of my all-time greatest trips. There are few people on the planet who are as happy, kind, trustworthy and good-natured as Pindra and his wife Layla, they treated us as part of their family while we stayed at the guesthouse. Pindra glued my shoe that had broken, and Layla even untangled the hopelessly messed-up bednets we brought with us, I can't thank them enough. Our children 6 and 8 years old had so much playing with the local kids who lived near the guesthouse that they didn't want to leave for the jungle trek! The flora and fauna of the Sumatran jungle is truly incredible. We saw Orangutans multiple times during our trek as well as Thomas leaf monkeys, macaques, and gibbons, but our kids equally loved the rolly-pollys the size of billiard balls, colourful beetles and flying lizards. Our guides were friendly, laid back and professional and we felt relaxed and excited for every day's adventure in their care. It is not easy to find this kind of experience anymore, where guides are not pushy and nature is truly unspoiled. If you want to protect the Indonesian Rainforest, go all the way to Ketambe for the real deal and support a local community who truly benefits from your patronage. You cannot go wrong with the Sadar Wisata guesthouse. It's a unique experience not to be missed!
In 15 year of independent travel, this was one of our best trips. Pindra, the manager was easy to communicate with via email. He greeted our family with a happy smile at 1:30am after a long drive from Medan. Layla, his wife, made tasty food and we would recommend the whole BBQ chicken if ordered in advance. The whole family was super kind to us and our two children. We went on a 5 day - 4 night jungle trek that exceeded expectations on so many levels. Our guide, Abdul, and the porters, Mario and Asbi, were knowledgeable, kind and professional. We saw incredible wildlife, plants and insects throughout the trek. We would recommend a trek, a stay and the food with a huge thumbs up! This was a great experience for a family looking for an adventure.