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Kuching Orangutan Tour
Meet the Awesome Orangutans
Perfect Kuching Day Trip
A Personal Encounter
An amazing orangutan experience
The Semenggoh Nature Reserve is a totally protected area (TPA) for the habitat of semi-wild orangutans in Sarawak. Within this nature reserve is the Semenggoh Wildlife Center where visitors can have a close encounter with these adorable apes. These orangutans may have learned to fend for themselves in the wild but they do return to the centre for their feed. When fruits are scarce in the jungle. The feeding sessions take place twice a day; 0900 and 1500hrs.
Wardens from the state-run Sarawak Forestry Corporation rehabilitate other injured or captive animals as well. But often most of the work is done on orphaned or rescued orangutans. Today, there is a thriving population of healthy adolescent and young adult orangutans, which now breed in the wild.
In addition, the Semenggoh Nature Reserve encompasses a Botanical Research Centre, a Seed Bank & Nursery and the Sarawak Biodiversity Centre (SBC).
Birders may want to extend their visit here. The bird species found here include bulbuls, babblers, barbets, kingfisher, shamas, drongos, pigeons, woodpeckers and tailorbirds.
Watch the orangutans emerge from the rainforest, descending from the forest canopy
Expert insight from your experienced & informative nature guide
Visit the interpretation centre to learn about ongoing rehabilitation programs
Morning or Afternoon Options Available
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Adults (12 +): MYR 188
Children (2-11): MYR 94
Children Under 2: Free
08:00 or 14:00
Your hotel/hostel in Kuching
Monday to Sunday, year-round
Minimum 2 adults
- Comfortable transfer (Pickup /drop off is from Kuching center, within 10km radius from the city center. Pickup/drop off service outside of Kuching is available with extra charges. Please contact us for further information)
- Entrance fee
- Local English speaking national park guide
- A memorable time
What to Bring
- Wear light comfortable clothes that dry easily, shorts are fine
- Comfortable walking shoes
- Bring insect repellent, sunscreen, antiseptic
- Raincoat or poncho and plastic bag to keep phone/cameras dry
- Sun hat/cap and sunglasses
About Your Guide
The expert English speaking National Park guides have a profound knowledge of the local wildlife, flora and fauna. You will also be able to hear from and pick the brains of the sanctuary rangers who look after and care for the orangutans themselves
What You'll Do
After your hotel pickup, the half-day trip from Kuching tour starts off in a relaxing fashion with a 30-minute drive to the wonderful Semenggoh Nature Reserve, in plenty of time for the twice-daily feeding schedule time. Enclosed in a large area of lush rainforest, the wildlife centre is home to the endangered orangutans (pongo pygmaeus pygmaeus subspecies) which have been rescued from captivity and are now part of a successful rehabilitation programme.
After the safety briefing by the park ranger, there is a short 10-minute trek into the jungle. At the feeding platform, watch in fascination as the giant primates roam freely and witness feedings as part of this unique trip. Occasionally, your guide may alert you to alternative sightings of orangutans at separate locations. During the fruiting season, when there are plenty of plump fruits in the jungle, it is possible that the orangutan might not respond to the calls of the ranger or make any appearance at all. This is a positive sign, showing progress in their rehabilitation journey.
Beyond the feeding platform further into the compound, the interpretation centre showcases the ongoing orangutan rehabilitation programmes. Of interest are the family tree displays of the current batch of orangutan residents. You can even participate in sponsoring various official programmes run by the Sarawak Forestry Corporation.
Good to Know
- Reservation recommended to avoid disappointment
- Suitable for families and visitors of all ages
- Incredible, up close and personal experience with wild orangutans
- We recommend guests bring your own refillable water bottles and avoid using one-off plastic water bottles.
- During our tours, we recycle wherever possible, and try to keep our waste as low as possible. We discourage the use of plastic bags, and suggest that you bring your own dry bag or small waterproof backpack.
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See What Our Guests Are Saying
Thank you Delilah & Paradesa Borneo for an amazing experience! Our family will never forget the marvelous moments watching up to 10 different Orangutans that day at the Selanngoh Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre in Sarawak together. The delicious bamboo chicken meal at the Annah Rais Longhouse was a hit with all 4 of us – including the kids! Good luck and take good care.