Semenggoh Nature Reserve
Semenggoh Nature Reserve
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  • DrQuresh M
    Mumbai, India292 contributions
    A must visit place if in Sarawak
    Very good friendly and knowledgeable wardens . They try their best to ensure the tourists have a sighting of the orangutans . We were lucky , we saw and photographed 2 families of mother and child . The electric buggy is a must for senior citizens to avoid excessive walking and is not expensive
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 March 2023
  • Beverly K
    Omaha, Nebraska16 contributions
    I saw the king!
    Beautiful reserve. Well maintained and the staff are warm and welcoming. If orangutan are seen, it is usually mothers and babies and males. Unexpectedly, even in the rain, the king of the orangutan group dropped from the trees and stayed with us for about a half hour. He is magnificent.
    Visited February 2023
    Written 3 March 2023
  • haejina
    Singapore, Singapore169 contributions
    Glad we paid for the buggy
    If you are driving here yourself (and not following a tour bus), do consider adding on a ebuggy ticket. We came with three young kids and I cannot imagine hustling my kids up the long slope when the weather was so hot. The buggy brings to you a carpark “near” the main feeding area. The buggy driver told us it was “one minute away” but I think he meant the entrance to the trail leading to the feeding area. We had to walk in a forested area, along an uneven path (muddy, thanks to the rain earlier that day) for 5 mins before reaching the platform. So grateful that three orang utans made an appearance and our trip wasn’t wasted. We were warned that it was fruits season, meaning food were plentiful and the orang utan might not appear to eat the offered food. Other things to note- this place only opens 4 hours a day -8 to 10am and 2-4pm. We were told that they do not adhere strictly to the feeding times (9am/3pm) and it depends on when the orang utan decides to appear. Also, bring insect repellent and a fan/umbrella.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 16 March 2023
  • richardford2017
    Exeter, United Kingdom198 contributions
    A Special Afternoon In The Company Of These Magnificent Orang-utans
    Firstly the 4 star rating: The Orang-utans really deserve the full 5 stars, but the only reason I am holding off 1 star is the distance from the entrance to the feeding station (it’s over 2 km away, sure you can hire a buggy, at an extra cost and the distance is mostly uphill. In this heat it is energy sapping) A simple solution would be just to change guests the extra 5 ringgits (£1) because no one tells anyone how far the distance is and we were no different and indeed walked. It took us about 30 minutes Now to the positive bits and wow were there a lot, mother and baby, up close and being feed, older Orang-utans coming down through the trees, the knowledgeable rangers calling them and parting valuable information about each one and finally we were blessed with an appearance of the King himself and the wait was worth it Please support this attraction as the Orang-utans who live here are mainly rescued, some were born here and it’s important this type of facility continues. We were proud to do our small bit and the rewards were memories that will stay with us, as pictures below show
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 April 2023
  • Travelbug1155
    San Francisco, California535 contributions
    We’ll worth visiting
    We were touring around Kuching and picked up a grab car early in the morning and made it out to the rehabilitation center around 915. We opted to take the electric buggy which saved us a 25 minute uphill walk in the early morning heat it was a wise decision, because as soon as we got there, they let people down for the first feeding, which was about a five minute walk down the path. The Rangers made a good effort to call, the orangutans a young adult showed up and ate some of the offerings he put on a nice show. We were told that a adult and mother were back up in the parking lot and everyone quickly ran back up there to find a mother within 15 feet of the parking lot very calmly, watching and feeding on coconuts and bananas. She stayed there for so long that everyone got bored, taking pictures and selfies with us , a very calm and inquisitive orangutan mother and baby. It was a fantastic first experience and after a month in Borneo, we had a nothing close to the first experience we had here. Really amazing
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 April 2023
  • EvolvedBonobo
    Democratic Republic of the Congo174 contributions
    Great opportunity to see orangutans up close!
    Great experience near Kuching to see orangutans up close. The venue is only open for two 2-hour periods each day (a morning session, and then a 2-4p afternoon session), so be sure to time your trip properly and arrive what when it opens to ensure you don't miss the feeding, which starts about 30 minutes after they open each session. I hired a Grab and paid him to wait for me and bring me back to Kuching afterward. Also good to pre-register for the tickets to save time.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 26 April 2023
  • Lisa P
    Boca Raton, Florida55 contributions
    Excellent day out
    The nature reserve is fabulous. It is most definitely a nature reserve and not a zoo. Therefore you are not guaranteed to see any orangutans but going outside fruiting season your chances are much higher. We were very lucky as the day before the group didn’t see any during the morning feed, however if you attend the morning feed and are unlucky you are plowed to come back in for the afternoon session. It was a truly wonderful and moving experience. We saw an adult male, a mother and her baby, two juveniles and the alpha male. When you buy your ticket you can pay extra to take the electric buggy up to the feeding station. I would recommend this as the hill is fairly steep and it was a hot day
    Visited April 2023
    Written 29 April 2023
  • Alex H
    Port St. Mary, United Kingdom1,313 contributions
    An amazing ethical experience
    Purchasing a ticket in the morning means you can use this ticket for the afternoon feeding session as well. We came for the morning feeding session and were very lucky as we saw 7 orangutans, unfortunately excluding the king. Nevertheless it was an amazing experience. This place is very ethical and the orangutans are not forced whatsoever to do anything. They have the option to come and get the food given on the platforms but they don’t have to if they don’t want to. NB - Highly recommend getting the shuttle service as the walk to/from the entrance is a killer in the heat.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 May 2023
  • Baldtotravel
    Singapore, Singapore300 contributions
    Orangutans!
    Although we were only in Kuching for a short stay, we booked a last minute breakfast feeding tour of the Semenggoh Nature Reserve. Although we didn’t see any orangutans, we were since told this was because it’s ‘fruiting season’ thus the forest has plenty of fruits for the orangutans to eat. This is a good thing, and although we were disappointed, knowing that the forrest can sustain these creatures is positive for everyone. Next time, we’ll check prior to our trip!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 16 July 2023
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lesley t
5 contributions
Dec 2023 • Solo
Lucky enough to see 3 orangutan today. Mission accomplished, in spite of not expecting to see any. What a wonderful experience.
Written 28 December 2023
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Agnieszka O
Wroclaw, Poland40 contributions
Sept 2023 • Family
We saw two orangutans. For me and my family, this is certainly not the top attraction. If you have an alternative sightseeing option, think carefully about what to choose.
Written 27 October 2023
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Ravee
Perak, Malaysia4 contributions
Sept 2023 • Couples
Great place to see orang Utans- 9 am and 3pm. Only during these times they come out for the food. They are magnificent and the forest rangers are informative
Written 17 September 2023
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Anand1351
Singapore, Singapore2,735 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
I still don’t understand why people go there, in fact we also visited and realised it’s a tourist trap and nothing.
There is an entrance fee for foreigners and on top of that you need to buy 2 way Tram ticket else walk up the hill for 20min.
After Tram drops you then you walk further 10-15 min and then see from a distance 1 Orangutan.
It was a joke, my guide told me that staff said that in morning sessions there were 500 tourist and 1 single Orangutan.
Avoid this trap. Once we reached there - we barely stayed there for 5-6 minutes and we also saw similar tourist walking back within 5 min or so.
Absolute waste of time.
Written 12 August 2023
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MarkandBrendaK
Coburg, Australia44 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
We visited for the afternoon feeding. It was fruiting season so weren’t certain of a sighting, there had been none in the morning. However we were very lucky. Seduku, a 52 year old female, visited for the first time in over a week. She entered the feeding area about 2.30, ahead of schedule, and confidently strode through the visitors to perch low down in a tree near an amenities block to diffidently take fruit from an attendant. Soon after a male descended noisily to the platform to quickly grab bananas, paw paw and coconut and then effortlessly climb back up a tree above us to greedily eat it all, before descending to take all of the remaining sugar cane. There were another mother and child nearby who seemed reluctant to approach with so many people around.
Tips:
- Scan the QR code on arrival to register, a prerequisite to purchasing your tickets.
- Don’t waste time on arriving. The first orang-utan arrived well before the official feeding time of 3pm.
- The 15 min walk to the feeding area is mainly uphill. So if you are getting the trolley bus one way, use it to go in and then enjoy a leisurely walk out.
Written 2 August 2023
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Baldtotravel
Singapore, Singapore300 contributions
Jul 2023 • Couples
Although we were only in Kuching for a short stay, we booked a last minute breakfast feeding tour of the Semenggoh Nature Reserve. Although we didn’t see any orangutans, we were since told this was because it’s ‘fruiting season’ thus the forest has plenty of fruits for the orangutans to eat. This is a good thing, and although we were disappointed, knowing that the forrest can sustain these creatures is positive for everyone. Next time, we’ll check prior to our trip!
Written 16 July 2023
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Gail J
Earlswood, UK184 contributions
Feb 2023 • Friends
Well worth the travelling outside the city to support the reserve who are looking after the wellbeing and survival of the Orangutans in Malay.
It was lovely to see them free in the environment.
Written 22 June 2023
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amy2302
Prague, Czech Republic9 contributions
Jun 2023 • Friends
We decided to take the walk to the feeding area, instead of the buggy. The walk took around 15-20 minutes and was along a road through the park. There were some inclines but nothing too strenuous. It was a nice stroll through nature.

We were able to see four orangutans on our trip. It was truly breathtaking. I understand that you are not guaranteed a sighting, but I think that suggests that the orangutans are still wild and they aren’t forced encounters.
Written 13 June 2023
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Eugene K
Petaling Jaya, Malaysia209 contributions
May 2023 • Family
A worthwhile visit if you're in Kuching. Just about half an hour from the city center, this Orang Utan sanctuary does offer quite a bit of other activities besides the Orang Utan's themselves. They are free to roam about so catching a glimpse of them is not guaranteed -- especially during the fruiting months after the rainy season.

As it is a sanctuary, visits are limited to two slots a day and actually, all you need is around 2-2.5hours including travel time. When there are more attractions on the walk-in, perhaps you can consider spending an extra hour.
Written 6 June 2023
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purplebackpack
Singapore, Singapore197 contributions
May 2023 • Couples
Come early, not close to feeding times. This is not a zoo and the animals are not on schedule. Walked about 10 minutes to the feeding area/ platform, keep mobile on Silent mode and DO NOT open your bags to drink water or to snack.
Anwar, the Big One, was not there but came down to the Electric Buggy station area. Everyone rushed over to see . It was quite an experience. Seeing is believing!
Written 2 June 2023
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