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Semenggoh Nature Reserve
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.
Address: Jalan Tun Abang Haji Openg, Kuching, Malaysia
Hours: 8am–5pm daily
Admission: Park entry fee
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Marvellous Creature Orangutan : 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
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08:00 am, depart hotel for Batang Ai Iban Longhouse, Nanga Mengkak Longhouse. After meet our guide, we continue the journey through rural Sarawak, passing pepper gardens, cocoa and rubber plantation and rice fields A few stops will be made along the way. First stop will visit the colourful native market in Serian town where a variety of jungle produce such as edible ferns, bamboo shoots and unusual tropical fruit are on display. Visit a pepper garden. Lunch en route. A native longboat awaits you at the river for 1-hour boat journey through the tropical rain forest to reach the longhouse, home of the Iban tribe. Relax on the ruai (common verandah) and spend time with the Iban people. After dinner, we have a cultural dance or warrior dance (Ngajat) from Iban people, learn about their culture and enjoy some local rice wine (Tuak and Langkau). Overnight stay.After breakfast, witness a blowpipe demonstration, followed by a cockfighting demonstration & jungle trekking (1 hour).
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Semonggoh Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre Tour from Kuching

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Semenggoh Wildlife Centre

For over 20 years, the wardens at Semenggoh Nature Reserve have been training young orangutans, who had been orphaned or rescued from captivity, how to survive in the wild. The success of this programme has left the surrounding forest reserve with a thriving population of healthy adolescent and young adult orangutans, who are now breeding in the wild. The programme has since been transferred to Matang Wildlife Centre, but Semenggoh Nature Reserve is still home to its successful graduates, semi-wild orangutans and their babies. They spend most of their time roaming the forest but frequently come back to the Centre for a free meal. If it is the fruiting season in the forest, some or even all of them may not come to feed. This in itself is a good sign and another step on the way to full rehabilitation
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Semenggoh Orangutan Centre 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.
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Kuching City Tour & Semenggoh Wildlife

Combine culture with nature on a full-day tour of Kuching that includes a visit to Semenggoh Nature Reserve and provides a perfect introduction for first-time visitors. Rather than navigating the bustling city alone, you'll travel between attractions such as the Cat Statue, Tua Pek Kong Chinese Temple, and the Clock Tower without getting lost. Plus, you'll benefit from the insider knowledge of a guide.
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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.
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Marvellous Creature Orangutan : Sarawak Semenggoh Wildlife Centre Tour

Devoted to rehabilitating injured, orphaned, or rescued orangutans, the Semenggoh Nature Reserve provides an unparalleled opportunity to watch semi-wild orangutans in action without venturing deep into the forest. This convenient door-to-door tour, in a group no larger than 10, spares you the hassle of self-drive, while ensuring you arrive in time for the morning feeding, when the orangutans are easiest to see.
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