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Kuching in Sarawak

Kuching; gateway to Sarawak

Kuching is the biggest Malaysian city on Borneo and also the capital city of the state of Sarawak. Kuching is a very popular tourist destination as it serves as entry point to numerous great attractions within the heart of Sarawak. The city has enough to offer to keep tourists occupied for at least a couple of days. Popular attractions around Kuching are among others Semenggoh Rehabilitation Centre and Bako National Park. There are daily flights to Kuching from Kuala Lumpur and Johor Bharu.

Miri

Miri

Miri is the second largest city in Sarawak. Miri is the birthplace of Sarawak's and Malaysia's petroleum industry. The world famous Gunung Mulu National Park, a half an hour flight from the city, is one of the favourite eco-tourism destinations. Miri is also the main tourist gateway for the Loagan Bunut National Park, Lambir National Park, and the Niah Caves. Miri is also known for its exotic coral reefs. Due to its close proximity to Brunei; Miri is a perfect place to start your trip to the small oil state.

Mulu National Park

Mulu National Park

Mulu National Park is the biggest national park in Sarawak. The park is best known for the amazing caves. The Sarawak Chamber is the world's biggest cave chamber. It is said that 40 Boeing 747 aircraft's fit in the cave. Clearwater Cave is one of the top ten longest caves in the world with a length of over 189km. The caves aren't the only highlights at Mulu NP. The amazing pinnacles at Mount Api are absolutely stunning to witness. A visit to Mulu NP will bring your holiday in Malaysia to new heights!

Mount Kinabalu Summit Trail

A 4095 meter tall mountain

Mount Kinabalu is the tallest mountain in Malaysia and the 20th tallest in the World. Mainly because of the biological diversity the mountain is listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site. Climbing the mountain is not an easy feat for the untrained; though it will absolutely be one of the best experiences ever. Watching the sun rise in the early morning will definitely make you forget all the hardships you had to endure during the hike up.

Kinabatangan river cruise

Kinabatangan river cruise

One of the most popular destinations in Sabah is the Kinabatangan River. This river has a length of 560 kilometers and stretches through half of Eastern Sabah. Alongside the riverbanks there is an abundance of wildlife. During a river cruise you will have a chance to spot the rare orangutan, the pygmy elephant, proboscis monkeys and saltwater crocodiles. During night cruises you might spot the leopard cat, numerous sleeping birds, wild boards, snakes and many crocodiles.

Semenggoh Wildlife Centre

Map Semenggoh Wildlife Centre

The Semenggoh Wildlife Centre is the biggest Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre in Sarawak; established in 1975 as a sanctuary for the injured and orphaned orangutans. Together with the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre in Sabah this is the most well known rehabilitation center for tourists to visit. Tourists should not mistake both Semenggoh and Sepilok as actual tourist attractions; both wildlife centers are intended to rehabilitate orangutans and educate visitors at the same time. That said; nothing beats an encounter with a wild orangutan during a jungle trek in one of the national parks on Borneo. In comparison with Sepilok the wildlife center in Semenggoh is usually less crowded. As it is only a 30 minute drive from the city of Kuching; tourists can easily go to the Semenggoh Wildlife Centre.

"Any person found hunting, killing, capturing, selling, offer for sale, importing, exporting or be in procession of any trophy or flesh shall be guilty of an offence and shall on conviction be liable to a term of imprisonment of 2 years and a fine of RM30,000." Sarawak's Wild Life Protection Ordinance 1998 on the endangered orangutan.

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It is all about orangutans

Orangutan at Semenggoh Wildlife Centre

The orangutans at the wildlife center are fed twice daily between 9am and 10am & between 3pm and 3.30pm; visitors can witness this from a special visitors' platform. However, the sighting of orangutans is not guaranteed as the animals are often able to find their own food in the surrounding forests (which, of course, is a good thing). Currently, there are 26 semi-wild orangutans at Semenggoh in total; roaming free within a 740 hectare forest reserve. There is also a visitor's information center where you can find more information about the orangutans in Malaysia and the dire situation they are in. The biggest problem orangutan's face is the destruction of their habitat due to logging, mining and forest fires, as well as fragmentation of their habitat by roads. Too often orangutans are forced out of their natural habitat. Rehabilitated animals are released into the wild whenever they are ready. The main goal of Semenggoh Wildlife Centre is: "To rehabilitate confiscated wildlife that have been incapacitated or handicapped due to prolonged captivity by humans with the objective of releasing them to the forests eventually." Of course this implies that visitors should never touch, hold, feed or play with the orangutans.

"The Bornean species of orangutans is labeled endangered; numerous wildlife organizations estimate the amount of Bornean orangutans somewhere between 27,000 and 69,000."
 

Map of Semenggoh Wildlife Centre

Below you can see a map of Semenggoh Wildlife Centre (GPS Coordinates 1°23’59"N 110°19’27"E). You can simply scroll through the map with your mouse. Use the markers on the left to zoom in or out of the map.

 

How to get to Semenggoh Wildlife Centre

Entrance sign at Semenggoh Wildlife Centre

Semenggoh Wildlife Centre can be reached by bus and taxi (or rental car). In Kuching; all taxi drivers know where to find the wildlife center. The following busses from the Kuching main bus terminal will take you to the nearby Forestry Department Botanical Research Centre: No. 6, 6A, 6B, 6C. Before entering the wildlife center you will have to pay the entrance fee of RM3 to get your valid entry permit. Inside you can pay RM40 for a guide (up to 5 people) that shows you around. Semenggoh Wildlife Centre is opened daily between 8am and 12.30pm & 2pm and 4pm. You can also arrange a tour package as there are many tour offices in Kuching that offer trips to Semenggoh.

Below a list with some hotels in and directly around the city of Kuching.

 

Things to do on Sarawak

Things to do on Sabah

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