At Malaysian Borneo you have more than enough opportunities to spot special animals in the wild. For example, I mentioned earlier about the rare proboscis monkeys in Bako National Park , which we visited from Kuching. Another park that you can easily visit from this place is Semenggoh Forestry. Do you want to see orangutans in Malaysia in the wild? Then I definitely recommend this beautiful national park. How you get there and what you can expect I tell you here.
Objective of Semenggoh Forestry
Semenggoh was originally a wildlife center where neglected or injured animals were taken care of. Also animals whose parents had fallen prey to poachers or who were kept as illegal pets found a shelter here. The animals were cared for and later reintroduced in the nature around the national park. However, the program proved to go a bit too well and the jungle in this part of Malaysia became too full for more orangutans. On this it was decided to move the rehabilitation center. Fortunately, the government realized that Semenggoh is still of inestimable value and so it is now a national park instead of a shelter. In the jungle of Semenggoh live about thirty rehabilitated orangutans who are released after their shelter. Some of them have been given babies,
From Kuching to Semenggoh
From Kuching you can easily take the bus to Semenggoh. Of course there are many organizations that offer tours and if you like that everything is arranged for you, this is definitely a good option. However, I would advise you to simply go on your own due to two reasons. First, this saves you money. A bus ticket costs no more than one euro and the entrance to the park is 60 cents. For a tour you pay quickly about $12 to $15. In addition, you are more likely to go by bus, so you are ahead of the large, organized groups.
There are two feeding moments in Semenggoh. The first is at 9 o’clock in the morning and you are most likely to spot orangutans. To be on time, you have to catch bus 6 in Kuching. This leaves at 7 am at the mosque with the golden dome. Note: you really need this bus to be on time with the orangutans. If you take a bus later, you will not make it. The bus ride takes about an hour and around 8 o’clock we were neatly in front of the entrance of Semenggoh Forestry. Now it seems like you are an hour early, but that is not the case. The orangutans part is completely in the back of the park and this is still a solid half an hour.