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“What a wildlife experience”

Semenggoh Nature Reserve
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Semenggok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre Tour from Kuching
Ranked #1 of 89 things to do in Kuching
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
San Diego, California
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“What a wildlife experience”
Reviewed April 26, 2013

A visit to he Semenggoh Nature Reserve is an absolute must for anyone visiting Kuching. Easily reached via mini-bus arranged by a tour desk in your hotel, one needs only relatively short walks to two feeding stations, where Orangutans appear magically singly and in pairs of mother and young out of the jungle to feed at feeding platforms on bananas and sweet potatoes. Red and gray squirrels take their chance to a bite as well while the Orangutans are busy munching their meal on a tree branch. It is an awe inspiring sight and an experience that will stay in one's memory for a life time.

Feeding times are at 9am and at 3pm, and it is probably better to visit in the morning in that in the tropics afternoon quick showers are not unusual. Also Temperature and humidity may be a little lower in the morning. Biting insects were not in evidence during our late March visit.

Visited March 2013
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“Lots of visitors”
Reviewed April 26, 2013

We visited this centre in the morning as a group and there were plenty of orangutans to see. We were at the kiosk when two Orangutans came walking up the road and decided to join us at the kiosk. Your ticket will allow you to visit again in the afternoon.

Visited April 2013
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Reviewed April 24, 2013

We've now been to Kuching twice and the to Semenggoh three times. The first time we went was in February when it was not fruiting season, so we saw two mothers with babies and several young males, I practically had to drag my husband out when it was time to leave.

We went again in November when it is fruiting season and didn't see nearly as many orang-utans - and we had a total downpour our first visit (this is a great place to bring a waterproof camera, it's a seriously wet corner of the world). Even though you're less likely to catch them in the fruiting season, it's still worth going (I also find it very encouraging that they have been successfully rehabilitated to the extent that they don't come in for a free meal.) The cost of entry is negligible and you're supporting an excellent cause.

The park rangers are also excellent and do a great job of ensuring that the crowd stays quiet and doesn't antagonise the animals.

Visited November 2012
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“Brilliant- how to DIY”
Reviewed April 20, 2013 via mobile

Brilliant centre, went on 20 April and saw a mother and baby up close, two further males at feeding time, then the alpha male on the way out of the park.

We went in the afternoon and got the K6 bus at 1pm, cost 3MR each, takes about 45 mins. It takes you to the bottom of the hill of the reserve where you buy your ticket (10MR) It's then a 15 min trek up the hill to the reserve. There isn't much to do in the reserve if the orangutans aren't around I imagine. Feeding was at 3pm. And we headed down the hill for the 4pm bus. Plenty of time, and a brilliant experience.

Bus from Kuching goes from Jalan Masjid and I copied this from the timetable:

Departure times: 7:15am, 10am, 1pm and 3:30pm

Return to Kuching: 8:15am, 11:15am, 2:15pm and 4:15pm.

However the driver told us last bus was at 4pm.

Total to do it yourself: 16MR each, amazing value.

Visited April 2013
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“Up, close and (almost) personal with the orangutans”
Reviewed April 19, 2013

DO NOT MISS OUT on this when you're in Sarawak. The orangutans are plentiful and they're so cute! Especially the mommies with their kiddos. Toward the end of the visit, the orangutans even "walk" you to the visitor parking lot. We've got two or three pairs of mom-and-baby duos walking along with us. They even stopped occasionally to pose like models for us. Completely natural. Loved it!

I went with a package deal that includes transportation and entrance fee to the center (RM45). Morning is the best time to go to ensure that you have transportation back to the Kuching town. This is especially important if you are going with the public bus (Bus 6 and/or K6). The first bus leaves the Kuching town (near waterfront) at 7:15 AM and you have been advised to be at the Center by 8 AM in time for the feeding at 9 AM.

You'll be briefed by the rangers and the key thing is not to get too close to the orangutans (especially at the end of the visit) and not to use flash photography or point any long sticks/umbrellas at the orangutans. You'll see them swinging high up in the branches so if possible, use a good camera with zoom capability for best pictures!.Enjoy the lovely orangutans!

Visited April 2013
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