Semenggoh Nature Reserve
Semenggoh Nature Reserve
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  • Baldtotravel
    Singapore, Singapore356 contributions
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    Orangutans!
    Although we were only in Kuching for a short stay, we booked a last minute breakfast feeding tour of the Semenggoh Nature Reserve. Although we didn’t see any orangutans, we were since told this was because it’s ‘fruiting season’ thus the forest has plenty of fruits for the orangutans to eat. This is a good thing, and although we were disappointed, knowing that the forrest can sustain these creatures is positive for everyone. Next time, we’ll check prior to our trip!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 16, 2023
  • Explorer
    Singapore, Singapore19 contributions
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    Highlight of my trip
    This is a must visit for anyone visiting Kuching. It is located about 30 minutes outside the city. I took a Grab car from my hotel which cost RM23. I asked the driver if he could wait for me and drive me back to the hotel, he agreed for RM50. The ticket into the reserve cost RM10 for foreigners, and the buggy cost RM15 to and from the feeding centre. It is free of charge to walk, but be prepared for a 20 to 30 minute walk in the heat. I was very fortunate to see five Orangutans, but please understand that this is not a zoo and is not guaranteed to see them. The rangers are very professional and helpful in answering questions. I went in the morning and was lucky that the weather was dry. Please bring an umbrella in case it rains. The feeding times are from 9 to 10am, and 3 to 4pm. Do check the website for updated information.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written March 4, 2024
  • Mayank
    London, United Kingdom213 contributions
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    Worth a visit
    Just like Sepilok, I would say that this is a sanctuary worth visiting. We waited a while at the feeding areas for the Orangutans to turn up but it wasn’t to be. However, on our way back to the park entrance, we saw 7 orangutans on the side of the road. This turned out to be far better than seeing them from the viewing platform.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written April 2, 2024
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Peppercat33
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK132 contributions
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Jan 2020
We knew it would be fruiting season and chances of seeing Orangutans were slim. What tourists are not told is that it is fruiting season all the year around, how else would they live in the wild if food isn't provided by humans?
We spent 40 mins in a taxi and the same going back, not an insignificant amount of time or money. We went in the afternoon between 3pm and 5pm for the 4pm feeding. We were told one had been seen in the morning session so were keen to get up to the feeding point. In actual fact the guide kept us in the holding area talking about the orangutans until 4.20 then led us up to the feeding point. He took no fruit with him and after about 15 minutes of calling said they were not there so we may as well call it a day. No more efforts were made and we were encouraged to leave.

As were had been told an orangutan had been spotted the day before we decided to make our way there again the next day. The reserve was open between 8am and 10am with feeding supposedly between 9am and 10am. We walked up the road to the meeting point at 8am and were not collected for the guides speech until 9am (away from the feeding point). After 30 minutes of being told we would see nothing as none had been spotted for days , I asked about the previous day siting. The guide seemed surprised and said possibly one was sighted in the distance.

We were also told that we would need to be very quiet despite the fact that loud chainsaws and drills were being used within meters of the feeding station. The guide said that they had to do maintenance so chose to do it during less busy times. Once again we were taken to the feeding station for the last 30 mins, once again the calls were made and once again no fruit was taken by the guide, who later informed us that they had a policy of not deliberately feeding so that they would get used to foraging for themselves. Obviously not a policy they always apply.

The guide eventually admitted that the staff knew where the orangutans were as they had been sited deep in the jungle in the last few days. That's why they knew they wouldn't come down and which is why the whole thing was just a deception.
I love animals and would have been happy to donate the entrance fee and taxi fares and saved ourselves a very tiring and disappointing experience.
What has angered me is their total deception. If the Orangutans are virtually impossible to see during certain months then close the place, get the maintenance done and charge slightly more during other times.

And to the guide who casually suggested we all revisit during April, for a lot of people Borneo is a trip of a lifetime. Perhaps in the meantime you could spend some of your ill gotten money on repairing and reopening walks in the park or better still use it to provide decent housing for those poor wretched crocodiles before the WWF catches up with you. For a place dedicated to saving and preserving wildlife you ought to be ashamed of those conditions that you have them living in.
Written February 2, 2020
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tham2015
Singapore, Singapore421 contributions
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Sep 2019
There are two feeding times per day for the orangutans. Visitors are ushered to the spot for viewing and keep very quiet while patiently waiting for the orangutans to come out for food. We were told some people had no luck and did not see any orangutans at all despite repeated visits to this nature reserve. We were in luck the day we went and two orangutans appeared and even did some swinging stunts after their meal. It was a good experience to see the orangutans in the carefully maintained natural setting of the Reserve.
Written February 12, 2020
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Jonathan W
Singapore, Singapore146 contributions
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Dec 2019
We saw no orangutans during our visit, sadly. I understand from the guides that they hadn't been sighted for the entire week of our visit (the last week of December). This was due to our mis-timed visit during the fruiting season.

There are timed visits during the course of the day: One at 9am and a second at 3pm. Guides attract apes by depositing foot. When fruit is abundantly available, orangutans have no reason to turn up.

So time you visit to Borneo carefully.
Written January 2, 2020
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Adam P
Trowbridge, UK4,828 contributions
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Feb 2020 • Couples
We came here in February, when it is very unlikely to see an orangutan, although this is clearly stated. Interesting walks through tge jungle, and plenty of information boards. Visit any time of year and you may be lucky.
Written February 14, 2020
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TallPaulLondon
Walton-On-Thames, UK129 contributions
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Mar 2020
One of the main reasons we came to Kuching was to visit the nature reserve and see the men of the forest.

However we only saw one these and she was persuaded to come out of the forest with some fresh milk.

There are 32 orang-utans here in 10,000 hectares of forest and so the probability of seeing one of these creatures is pretty remote. Combine this with the fact that between November and April there is enough food in the forest then there is very little chance of seeing them at all. This is not made clear when you book a trip.

In addition there is very little information about the creatures themselves and how the nature reserve has supported them.

Overall we only spent 40 minutes at the site and we totally underwhelmed on what we saw. This was a real case of over promise and under deliver and we felt totally ripped off.
Written March 22, 2020
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charlotte B
Southampton, UK151 contributions
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Aug 2019
One of our main reasons for coming to Borneo was to see the Orangutans and we were not disappointed. We visited in August and saw some. We ended up visiting the reserve twice as we were so amazed the first time that we wanted to try and see them again. We visited both times in the morning session which is 9-10.

The staff are very friendly and their passion for the animals come across. They say it nice and clear that you are not guaranteed to see the animals and it is actually a good sign if they don't come as this means that they are finding food in the forest.
Some of the keepers take you down to the feeding area'platform and you have to wait quietly and patiently. 2 small Orangutans came the first time we were there. They were climbing up the ropes. The second time we went there was four and one of them was one of the big males. It was such an incredible sight! The keeper was giving it banana but to see the male next to a human made you realise how big it was. When it gets to near 10 o'clock they ask you to leave the park. You have to exit the park and there is no where around to wait/sit to wait for the afternoon session.

We got a taxi the first time which we paid over the odds for, I think it was around 190RM. The second time we got a grab which cost us 22RM each way. It took around 30 minutes to reach the reserve from the city center. Both our taxi and our grab drove us all the way up to the top of the entrance as it is a bit of a walk from the ticket booth. You pay to get in at the ticket booth and the cost is 10RM each.

Amazing experience, We would love to come back again!
Written May 1, 2020
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Lisa P
Boca Raton, FL53 contributions
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Apr 2023
The nature reserve is fabulous. It is most definitely a nature reserve and not a zoo. Therefore you are not guaranteed to see any orangutans but going outside fruiting season your chances are much higher. We were very lucky as the day before the group didn’t see any during the morning feed, however if you attend the morning feed and are unlucky you are plowed to come back in for the afternoon session. It was a truly wonderful and moving experience. We saw an adult male, a mother and her baby, two juveniles and the alpha male. When you buy your ticket you can pay extra to take the electric buggy up to the feeding station. I would recommend this as the hill is fairly steep and it was a hot day
Written April 29, 2023
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Trail736987
Bolton, UK25 contributions
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Aug 2019
a must do if your in this part of the world. take an umberalla as there is an inclination for you to be urinated on from above just putting you in your place. be careful where you put your hands as other wildlife such as snakes and spiders make their homes here but such a fabulous exprience and very cheap. We were lucky and sighted a few from a viewing platform this has been my third visit over the years highly recommended and memorable
Written January 10, 2020
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Peta B
368 contributions
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Sep 2022 • Friends
Going to Semanggoh Nature Reserve was my first experience to see orangután in their natural habitat.

I wasn’t sure what to expect going to a nature reserve. It was very touristy as they have two feeding times per day and only allow you to visit at those times. Suggest to arrive 30mins prior to the times advertised to be safe and arrive to the feeding area.

We saw Annuar (a 24 yr old male) down on the feeding platform, who was very impressive with his large cheek pads and his long hair is gorgeous. Could easily pass for a shampoo commercial! And we saw a mother with two little ones up on the ropes.

Wouldn’t been nice if everyone stayed quiet yet people kept talking which took away a little of the atmosphere, yet I was still happy with my first orangutan experience.

Highly recommend if in Borneo.
Written September 27, 2022
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haejina
Singapore, Singapore186 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Family
If you are driving here yourself (and not following a tour bus), do consider adding on a ebuggy ticket. We came with three young kids and I cannot imagine hustling my kids up the long slope when the weather was so hot. The buggy brings to you a carpark “near” the main feeding area. The buggy driver told us it was “one minute away” but I think he meant the entrance to the trail leading to the feeding area. We had to walk in a forested area, along an uneven path (muddy, thanks to the rain earlier that day) for 5 mins before reaching the platform. So grateful that three orang utans made an appearance and our trip wasn’t wasted. We were warned that it was fruits season, meaning food were plentiful and the orang utan might not appear to eat the offered food.

Other things to note- this place only opens 4 hours a day -8 to 10am and 2-4pm. We were told that they do not adhere strictly to the feeding times (9am/3pm) and it depends on when the orang utan decides to appear. Also, bring insect repellent and a fan/umbrella.
Written March 16, 2023
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