Seeing the amazing orangutans at Semenggoh so close was the absolute highlight of my trip to Kuching. In fact, I loved it so much I went twice, once for the morning feeding and once in the afternoon. Both times there were several orangutans around, at the feeding stations and around the car park. The second time I was also lucky enough to see Ritchie, the very impressive alpha male - but the real stars were the cute babies and their mothers.
The park rangers are great; they know all the animals by name and will tell you lots about them if you ask, while making sure that everyone is safe. You must follow their instructions at all times.
Some people complain that the animals don't turn up - well, this is not a zoo, it's a place where the orangutans can live semi-wild. Surely it is up to each visitor to Semenggoh to do their research beforehand and know what to expect. Sometimes you're lucky, sometimes you're not. If you are really keen to see these amazing creatures, make sure you have some flexibility in your schedule to come again. It's easy to get to by bus and a lovely walk through the forest.
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