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Friday, October 1, 2010

Sarawak Malaysia with Kids: Visiting the Orangutans

Orangutan @Semengoh Reserve

We had left the hotel at 7 am in order to be at the Semengoh Reserve by 8:30 to see the morning feedings and we were ready to head back to Kuching and Damai Beach to get some lunch. The walk into the forest to see the Orangutans had been good, but the kids were tired and starting to get hungry. We were on a group tour, so we had to wait for one more couple who had not yet returned to the van, when we heard some sounds in the distance. A bit of brush rustling and shifting and we saw her. She came out alone at first and gave us the once over. She looked back into the woods and out came her young child.

Coming out of the Woods Orangutan Semengoh

Seeing a wild Orangutan up this close was a rare treat, but we were also a bit unnerved. The guide recognized this Orangutan and said she had a habit of being a bit protective of her young children and that we should remain calm and non-threatening. Okay I thought, I am able to do that. Jeff, on the other hand started to call our kids, who were very interested in seeing her up close back to a safe distance.

Orangutan Semengoh

She kind of hung out for a while, not doing much or going anywhere, just looking at us. After about 15 minutes she piled her babe up onto her back and she walked down the hill. It was about this time the last members of our group started to walk back up to the van, ironically, they had walked further into the woods in an attempt to catch the apes up close and we had stayed back because of the kids.

The Semengoh Orangutan Reserve is about a 45 minute drive from Kuching on the island of Borneo and is open most days with a long lunch on Fridays. It is a great opportunity to see some of Asia's native aninmals in the wild and in a protected environment. It is a fun and safe day trip from your hotel and a great way to show the kids some of the attempts to save this majestic creature.

Getting there: You can travel by taxi or hire a “guide” through your local hotel. We did the latter and included a stop at a Crocodile Farm (a post for another day for sure!) From what we have heard, Semengoh is much smaller than the Sepilok Reserve and the chances of seeing Orangutans tends to be less in Semengoh, but we lucked out that day.

Would we go back, you bet, now it is just a matter of planning the next trip!

This post is part of Photo Friday over at Delicious Baby. For more great photos check them out here.

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At October 1, 2010 at 2:18 PM , Blogger Camels & Chocolate said...

We did this in Sabah during our honeymoon this summer, but your orangutans are massive compared to the ones we saw! So cool!

At October 1, 2010 at 3:14 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, how awesome to see orangutans in their native environment! Looks very fun.

At October 1, 2010 at 6:58 PM , Blogger Soultravelers3 said...

VERY cool, we will have to check that out when we get to Asia soon for the winter.

Hope to meet you guys too!

At October 1, 2010 at 10:17 PM , Blogger Amy @ The Q Family said...

So cool! Our photo friday this week is about monkeys we met in Thailand. :) Looks like it's the monkey business photo friday.

At October 2, 2010 at 5:15 AM , Blogger Global Butterfly said...


At October 3, 2010 at 10:42 PM , Blogger Wanderluster said...

Fantastic photos. OMG. This is high on my list of must-visits but now it's moved up even higher!


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