- Get close to wild orangutans that roam free in trees
- Greet locals in a traditional longhouse of Sarawak
- Round trip from Kuching town to Semenggoh and Annah Rais on private vehicle
- Entrance fees and permits
- Maximum 30 persons.
The best Sarawak has to offer lies in its countryside! While you’re in Kuching, you may enjoy the opportunity to see in just half day two important landmarks not far out of town before venturing in further away locations: the orangutan centre of Semenggoh and the Annah Rais longhouse.
This half day trip idea includes a vehicle and a local person to drive you to these two destinations. You can schedule the visits by morning (8am) or afternoon (2 pm).
The first stop will be at the orangutan centre. Orangutans are one of the most distinctive species of Sarawak and Borneo. These apes are highly intelligent creatures – to the extent that the name itself is rooted in the local word orang, meaning “person” and hutan, “forest”. The orangutan centre of Semenggoh is managed by the forestry department of Sarawak and it’s an open area of forest where the orangutans can roam freely from trees to trees, where the most prominent human activity is confined to occasional feeding on wooden platforms which the orangutan can approach as they please. (Note: since the orangutans can wander freely in the park, it may happen sometimes that they get close to visitors. Although they are normally very peaceful animals, they can become aggressive and bite if scared or feeling threatened. Throughout your visit there, you must follow carefully the instructions of the local stuff carefully in case of orangutans approaching. Use of camera flashes is forbidden.)
After feeding time, you will get back on vehicle and proceed towards Annah Rais. Annah Rais is one of the best maintained longhouses in the area. The longhouse is a typical and traditional form of native architecture of Sarawak where locals have been living for centuries. Each village groups a series of homes, typically long shaped, around a main one. In the case of Annah Rais, there are 80 families living there. The majority of the villagers are still living according to their traditional lifestyle. Much of the village economy revolves, apart from tourism, on rice, cocoa, pepper and rubber planting. While at Annah Rais you can take a walk through the longhouse and the village complex and be in company of the locals.
Later you will be taken back to Kuching by your guide, who will leave you at your hotel or selected place within town (including airport, if requested – however if you have to catch a flight, please be aware you need to be there at least 2 hours in advance).