Semenggoh Nature Reserve Tours

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There are few places in the world with a healthier population of young orangutans than the jungles surrounding the Semenggoh Nature Reserve near Kuching. This thriving population of wild orangutans owes its success to the three-decade-old rehabilitation program at the Semenggoh Wildlife Centre, situated within the 2.6-square-mile (6.8-square-km) reserve. So many orangutans were successfully reintroduced into the surrounding forest that the habitat reached capacity, and all rehabilitation activities were moved to the Matang Wildlife Centre inside Kubah National Park. During its years of active rehabilitation, the center cared for nearly 1,000 endangered animals, with birds, mammals, and reptiles representing dozens of species.

While rehabilitation efforts have ended, visitors to the reserve can still observe some of the program’s “graduated” orangutans—now living in the surrounding forest reserve with their offspring in tow—during twice daily supplemental feedings. Since the orangutans are free to roam, there’s no guaranteed sightings, but many of them stop by the center regularly for a free meal of fruit, eggs, and sometimes hidden vitamins.

Two trails take visitors through the primary rainforest, where it’s sometimes possible to spot rescued gibbons, crocodiles, river terrapins, or porcupines from a safe distance.

Practical Info

The reserve is located 14.9 miles (24 km) south of Kuching, and takes about 40 minutes to reach by car. While the No. 6 bus line from Kuching can take you close to the destination, most guided tours of the reserve include round-trip transportation from your hotel accommodation. The reserve is open every day from 8am to 5pm, but the best time to observe wild orangutans is during the morning or afternoon feeding sessions at 9am and 3pm. Sightings are never guaranteed, and during the fruit season when natural food is plentiful, orangutans may not appear at all.

Occasionally, an orangutan might approach visitors at the reserve headquarters. Keep in mind that should this happen, you should keep at least 20 feet (6.1 m) between you and the animal; touching, feeding, or making any other direct contact with the animal is not permitted.
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Address: Jalan Tun Abang Haji Openg, Kuching, Malaysia
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Hours: 8am–5pm daily
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Admission: Park entry fee
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Semenggoh Orangutan Centre with Rainforest Walk from Kuching

Visit Semenggoh Orangutan Centre, a wildlife centre dedicated to rehabilitating orangutans, on a half-day tour from Kuching. Alongside your guide, you’ll embark on a short hike through the rain forest in order to watch the semi-wild orangutans at feeding time. Learn about the 20 orangutans who live in the surrounding forest, many whom arrived injured or orphaned, and admire the surrounding fauna. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Semonggoh Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre Tour from Kuching

Venture south of Kuching to Semonggoh Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre and get an up close look at how dedicated locals and naturalists help to preserve, protect and rehabilitate orangutans that have been injured, orphaned or captured. Watch as these giant primates roam freely and witness rainforest feedings as part of this unique trip, which includes a short trek into the jungle and hotel pick up and drop off.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Sarawak Semenggoh Wildlife Centre Tour

Visit one of the main orangutan rehabilitation centers in Sarawak on this wildlife tour. Make your way in an air-conditioned vehicle with a driver to the Semenggoh Wildlife Center. Stroll the trails of the center and try to spot the orangutans. Witness a scheduled feeding of the animals that have not yet been released into the wild.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Private Tour: Kuching Sightseeing Tour and Overnight Village Homestay

Discover Sarawak’s culture, history and natural beauty on this private 2-day Kuching sightseeing tour from Kuching. Visit the Semenggoh Wildlife Centre, where injured or illegally captured animals are rehabilitated in safety. Explore Kuching with your private guide and admire top attractions including Tua Pek Kong Temple, St Joseph Cathedral, the Syariah Court, Satok Market and the Astana. Marvel at archaeological relics in Sarawak Museum. Enjoy an overnight stay with a host family at the Bidayuh Longhouse in Annah Rais, and gain insight into the village’s rich history and heritage.
  • Duration: 2 days
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Sarawak Semenggoh Wildlife Centre Tour

The Semenggoh Wildlife Centre is the biggest Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre in Sarawak; established in 1975 as a sanctuary for the injured and orphaned orangutans. Together with the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre in Sabah this is the most well known rehabilitation center for tourists to visit. Tourists should not mistake both Semenggoh and Sepilok as actual tourist attractions
  • Duration: 3 hours
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6Days Sarawak - Unveil the Secret

Unveil the secrets of Sarawak in 6 days. Learn the history of Sarawak and discover Sarawak rich flora and fauna. Meet with the Ibans, tribal people who live in longhouses. Reputed to be the most formidable headhunters on the island of Borneo, the Ibans of today are a generous, hospitable and placid people.
  • Duration: 6 days
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