Watch orphaned orangutans being fed at a wildlife center within a nature preserve, and then see a different side of Sarawak at a traditional pottery factory and on a heritage walk.
Depart from the pier and enjoy a leisurely drive to the Semenggoh Wildlife Center, where injured and abandoned animals are rehabilitated. Although the center cares for a variety of mammals, birds and reptiles, the orangutan remains the favorite among visitors.
The word “orang” is Malay for “person” and “utan” is derived from a word meaning “forest,” and at times the primates behave just like people. Their facial expressions are particularly demonstrative.
In the wild, orangutans spend their days foraging for fruit, eggs, flowers and the occasional lizard. At Semenggoh, their food is placed on platforms, and before long the orangutans can be seen emerging from the forest to dine. They may take their food back to a tree or eat while hanging from a rope, but regardless you will have an excellent, up-close view. The platforms are considered “halfway houses,” and as the great apes re-acclimate to life in the rainforest they are seen less frequently.
Following the feeding, you will visit a pottery factory that produces a variety of ceramics. Most of the potters in Kuching are Chinese and descended from potters that arrived in the 19th century. For an even more in-depth look into Kuching’s history, you will follow part of the Heritage Walk in town, before returning to the pier.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 2-hours of easy to moderate walking/standing. There are natural and uneven surfaces to negotiate and the pathways can become slippery when wet. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; a bottle of water and a towel from the ship; and binoculars are recommended. Flat, closed-toe, comfortable hiking or sport shoes with a non-slip sole are recommended.