Semengoh Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre



If you're stationed in Kuching and wish to do more than shopping, then there are quite a number of interesting day trips to take. One of them is the Semengoh Wildlife Rehab Centre, where travellers would normally go to, for a glimpse of Orang Utans in their natural surroundings. The word 'rehab' is a little misleading - sounds like an institution for drug or alcohol dependent inmates. This could be true for certain captive pets for example, I once had the 'privilege' to meet a berok (macaque) who was completely addicted to cigarettes. His master would reward him with a cigarette after a day's work plucking coconuts at the plantation and once there was a white cockatoo that had to have his coffee in the morning to get rid of his morning blues. Imagine! Pets are just as prone to addiction as we are.

Semengoh Rehab Centre is a sanctuary. a place where orphaned or illegally incapacitated animals like the orang utan, sun bears, gibbons, even hornbills are brought to once having been confiscated from their owners/ customs or brought in by members of the public and rangers.

So how do I get there?

If from Kuching city, it's a 45min drive south to the centre. You can either take the STC (Sarawak Transport Company) bus No 6, 6A, 6B, or 6C from opposite the Public Bank in town, on Jalan Tun Abang Haji Openg. That costs about RM2 per person per way. Tell the bus driver you wish to be dropped off at the Semengoh Rehab Centre and the bus will stop you at the gates. Give yourself another 30minutes for the stroll from the gates to the centre.

If you're short of time, try to flag down a white mini van, sometimes, if they have no passengers, the driver may be obliged to take you to the centre for only RM4 per person per way. But then, you may have to negotiate the price with them and make sure they agree to it before hopping into the van. The plus side to the van is that they can drive all the way into the centre's parking area which saves you the time for the 30min walk to the centre from the gates. And if you want them to wait for you, just let them know but pay for the returning trip only when you leave the centre.

If you don't mind forking out some money for a taxi, it's about RM30 per way per taxi.

Once you get to the gates, you will be required to purchase an entry permit for RM3 per person.

And what is there to do at the Centre?

For those wanting to see the orang utans, it is best to be at the centre by 8.30am or 3.00pm daily. These are the feeding times.

Before heading off to see the orang utans, a ranger will brief visitors on the orang utans, a short note on what to do and what not to do and then it's off to the feeding area.

A feeding platform is located off the path some 10minutes walk into the jungle. This is where semi-wild orang utans are fed twice daily with a healthy mix of fruits, vitamins, bottles of milk with mixed boiled beans /sugar cane/sunflower seeds and fresh young coconuts. The ranger lays a buffet spread on the feeding platform and once that's done, he normally calls out to the orang utans by their names. Visitors are requested to keep as quiet as possible. In a few minutes or so, a rustling in the trees from the far distance, high up in the treetops signals the arrival of these great beings.

The orang utan swinging from tree to tree is not as you'd imagine Tarzan would do - swinging from vine to vine. These majestic beings move slowly but steadily, lending their weight to bend the pole-like tree, connecting it to the next tree, crossing the treetop highway with ease. It approaches the platform, climbs down the thick ropes and scours the buffet table where it leisurely picks up its favourite food. A ranger maintains his distance although occasionally passing the orang utan a bottle of milk and its vitamins to make sure that it goes away with a balanced diet. Don't be too disappointed though if you do not get to see the orang utans. These are semi-wild ones. They are in the process of being reintroduced into their natural habitat and as is, the rangers prefer that they come and go when they wish to. There are in fact a few who have been completely rehabilitated and do not return to the centre for their daily feed unless during months when the jungle fruits are scarce. However, there are several too who have become so used to human interaction that they simply cannot be returned to the jungle. These are especially so for ones that have been brought up by humans from young. A number of the fully rehabilitated orang utans have been repatriated to the Matang Wildlife Centre, adjacent to the Kubah National Park . Its eventual release to the adjacent jungle would allow them a larger roaming area.



Feeding times:

8.30am - 9.00am

3.00pm - 3.30pm



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Kuching & Surrounding Day Tours ~ Sarawak, Borneo

Half Day Tours (ex- Kuching)

Tours

Hrs

Daily
Departure


Min
adult


Include

Rate

AM

PM

Adult
(RM)

Child
(RM)

Kuching City Tour
~ tour description


3

9.00

2.00

2

Transport,
driver/ guide,
entrance fees

70

35

Semenggoh Orang Utan Wildlife Centre
~ tour description


3

8.15

2.00

2

85

43

Crocodile Farm & Mini Zoo Tour
~ tour description


4

9.00

2.00

2

90

45

Fairy & Wind Caves Tour
~ tour description


4

9.00

2.00

2

105

50

Sarawak Cultural Village + Cultural Show
~ tour description


4

8.30

2.00

2

120

60

Annah Rais Bidayuh Longhouse
~ tour description


4

8.00

1.30

2

110

55

Semenggoh Orang Utan & Crocodile Farm
~ tour description


4

8.15

2.00

2

130

65

Crocodile Farm & Annah Rais Longhouse
~ tour description


5

9.00

2.00

2

130

65

Semenggoh Orang Utan & Annah Rais Longhouse
~ tour description


5

8.15

2.00

2

135

68

Matang Wildlife Centre
~ tour description


4

9.00

2.00

2

100

50

Serikin Border Trading & Fairy Cave
~ tour description


5

8.00

1.00

2

145

73

Santubong Wildlife Cruise
~ tour description


4

-

4.30

2

300

150

Mangrove & Irrawaddy Dolphin Watch
~ tour description


4

8.30

-

2

Transport,
driver
/guide,
entrance fees

280

140

Full Day Tours (ex- Kuching)

Tours

Hrs

Daily
Departure


Min
adult


Include

Rate

AM

PM

Adult
(RM)

Child
(RM)

Kuching City (South & North) Tour
~ tour description


7

9.00

-

2

Transport,
driver /
guide,
entrance fees
& lunch

110

55

Kuching City & Sarawak
Cultural Village

~ tour description


7

9.00

-

2

160

80

Semenggoh Orang Utan, Annah Rais
Longhouse & Crocodile Farm

~ tour description


8

8.15

-

2

185

93

Annah Rais Bidayuh Longhouse
& Semenggoh Orang Utan

~ tour description


7

9.00

-

2

175

88

Semenggoh Orang Utan,
Crocodile Farm & Fairy Cave

~ tour description


8

8.15

-

2

205

105

Semenggoh Orang Utan,
Annah Rais Longhouse & Fairy Cave

~ tour description


8

8.15

-

2

205

105

Bako National Park –
Proboscis Monkey

~ tour description


7

8.30

-

2

200

100

Gading National Park –
Rafflesia Flower

~ tour description


6

9.00

-

2

200

100

Gading National Park &
Fairy Cave

~ tour description


7

8.30

-

2

225

115

Lemanak Iban Longhouse
~ tour description


12

7.00

-

2

335

170

Kubah National Park
~ tour description


7

8.30

-

2

240

120

Borneo Highland Day Trip
~ tour description


6

9.00

-

2

290

175

Sarawak Cultural Village
& Semenggoh Orang Utan

~ tour description


7

8.30

-

2

195

98

Tanjung Datu National Park
~ tour description


7

8.30

-

2

600

300

Satang Island Day Trip
~ tour description


7

8.30

-

2

340

170

Kuching Caving (On booking)
~ tour description


8

9.00

-

2

meal;
transport;
guide

from
199

-

Kayak in Kuching (On booking)
~ tour description


6

8.30

-

2

transport,
kayak, oars
and life jackets
mineral water

188

188

Borneo Highlands Kayaking and
Semengoh Orang Utan Rehabilitation
Centre Adventure Trip
(On booking)
~tour description


6

8.00

-

2

transport ,
kayak,
oars and
life jackets,
mineral water,
lunch

218

218

The Tringgus Trail
(4WD Adventure)
(On booking)
~ tour description

7

8.00

-

2

transport;
mineral water

260

260

The Bau Gold Mining
History Trail
(On booking)
~ tour description

7

8.00

-

2

transport;
lunch;
Water;
Souvenir photo

350

350



Please Note:

~ The seat-in-coach can only be conducted with the minimum number of person/adults required
~ Pick-up and drop-off service from hotels at Miri town centre
~ Services of an English Speaking Driver / Guide
~ Visa application to Brunei (if required) to be arranged on own expenses
~ Touring by air-conditioned car, van or coach (depending on the group size)
~ Rates are inclusive of entrance fees where applicable
~ Child age between 4-11 years old
~ Any unused services are non-refundable, non-exchangeable and non-deductible
~ 100% cancellation charge applies for NO SHOW OR CANCELLATION within 48-hrs
~ In the event of unforeseen circumstances, the local operator reserves the right to alter, amend or withdraw the package anytime with or without prior notice.

Redemption Instructions :

~ 24 hours prior to travel date, please call our local tour representative (during working hours) to reconfirm your booking details. Pick up time is required 30 minutes prior to tour departure time.

Postponements of Trip:

* Please be advised that the trip will not be allowed to be postponed unless we are advised of any changes at least 3 working days before trip commencement date

**Please Note that there will be a non-refundable handling charge on payment made. Conditions apply.

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