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“The most amazing experience”

Semenggoh Nature Reserve
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Half-Day Semenggoh Orangutan Centre Tour from Kuching
Ranked #1 of 88 things to do in Kuching
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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“The most amazing experience”
Reviewed May 3, 2013

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.

Visited April 2013
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“What about the crocs?”
Reviewed May 2, 2013 via mobile

This should have been a five rating from us. We visited twice to see the beautiful animals- which we were amazed by! However, on our second visit we came across 3 crocodiles in tiny, dirty pens. Apparently they had been rescued 20 years ago- we were led to believe they have lived in these appalling conditions ever since. I would hardly call this a rescue mission! When we spoke to the wardens they were obviously very embarrassed by this revelation. Please do visit this good cause- but lets not forget about these beautiful creatures too. Hopefully by people questioning this, something may happen to improve their poor living conditions. The park is very reasonably priced, so I'm sure visitors would not mind paying a little extra to provide sufficient conditions for the crocs.

Visited May 2013
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“Conveyor belt Orangutan watching”
Reviewed May 1, 2013

We went in the morning at feeding time. There were bus loads of people. We walked at short distance through the jungle trek and stood on viewing platforms with a lot of other tourists. The Orangutans were nice to watch and there were red and black squirrels there too. However, it kind of just felt like a zoo, what with all the other people there and didn't really feel like a natural experience. Probably best to go outside of feeding time to avoid the tourists.

Visited May 2013
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“Waste of time”
Reviewed May 1, 2013

Waste of time as there are only a few orangutans and far up or moved away. Nothing else to do there. Far and waste of time completely.

Visited April 2013
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Perth, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Wild orang utans free to come and go as they please”
Reviewed May 1, 2013

We loved it! The orang utans are wild and they are not fenced in to the reserve, so sometime they're there and sometimes they're not. We were lucky and saw eight of them. I recommend it most highly, but before you think about getting close to the orang utans make sure you check the photos in the visitors centre.

Visited April 2013
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