- Get close to wild orangutans that roam free in trees
- Round trip from Kuching to Semenggoh by vehicle
- Entrance fees and permits
- Any amount of people can join.
If you are in Kuching, you may enjoy an opportunity to see the most famous ape of Borneo and South East Asia: the orangutan.
Literally, “orang utan” means “person of the forest” in the local malay and native languages of Borneo – such was the extent and consideration that the local people had of our biological relatives. Nowadays, unfortunately, orangutans are an endangered species by human activities carried in their natural habitat which is the great rainforest of Borneo. At the same time, there are efforts of men to protect and rescue orangutans, preserving their habitat and reintroduce them into the wild, whenever possible.
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.
The orangutan centre opens to visitors twice per day – at 9:00 am and 4:00 pm (h 16:00). Since the orangutans can wander freely in the park it happens sometimes that they get close to people. Although they are normally peaceful animals, they can become aggressive and bite if scared. You need to follow the instructions of the local stuff carefully in case of orangutans approaching.
Being a protected area, activities inside the park are organised collectively and you will be altogether with other people. Departures are from Kuching town. We recommend to have with you suitable footwear and outfit, mosquito repellent, a raincoat in case of rain – you can bring binoculars to catch a better view of the orangutans up in the trees and a camera with a telephoto lens to photograph them (remember that use of flash is forbidden).