26/07/16……….. Brace yourselves folks, for more Orangutans!!!
We looked at taking a trip to Semenggoh Orangutan Sanctuary…. It’s very similar to the rehabilitation centre we visited in Sepilok…. The Orangutans at Semenggoh are semi-wild, they are free to roam around in the jungle.
The cost of an organised tour was 85RM (Malaysian Ringgits) per person….. By making our own way there, using public transport, and including the entrance fee, we did it for 14RM each.
For anyone following our blog for travel tips, it’s the number 6 bus from the main bus station in Kuching.
We arrived at Semenggoh…. There is a long walk from the entrance to the sanctuary.
We had a safety briefing from one of the Rangers…..”Don’t go too close to the apes…. No flash photography…. No food in the area…. Silence at all times… etc, etc”.
We went to the feeding platform but we only got to see one young female orangutan.
She came swinging down from the tree-tops, grabbed some fruit, and went back into the trees. She hung from a rope, ate the fruit, and then disappeared into the jungle again.
She didn’t come any closer.
The tourists are asked to be very quiet whenever Orangutans are around, but there was a mother (human) carrying a baby. The baby kept crying and screaming. This probably scared the young orangutan away, and prevented any others from coming near.
In the afternoon, we headed back to Kuching….. It poured down with rain…… We walked along the waterfront in the rain, but it became so heavy, we decided to go back to our hotel to do some research and plan for our next adventure in the Philippines.
Ray has been wearing a hat which he had previously bought in Vietnam to protect him from the sun….. However, it was now falling apart…. It had lost its shape, and had faded from the sun…. So, at Semenggoh, he bought a new one…..It was very sad to say goodbye to the Vietnam hat, it’s been a good, and well travelled companion.
However, his new hat is very swanky and even has a flappy thing at the back to protect his neck from the sun.
“Mel, are you sure I don’t look a wally in my new hat?”
“No darling, no more than you did in the previous one!”… Mmmm
We returned to Semenggoh a few days later…. An afternoon visit.
As we got nearer to Seminggoh, the sky turned black, a storm was coming… Oh, no, we wouldn’t see any Orangutans.
However, as soon as we got there, we saw three young Orangutans, high up in the trees.
One of them came down to feed. It was hanging from a rope, while eating bananas.
Then, it took a coconut high into a tall tree and started cracking the shell against the tree, to drink the coconut water and eat it.
Another Orangutan started to make his way down, when suddenly, the heavens opened and it poured with rain.
Orangutans don’t seem to like the rain… The first one disappeared.
The second one stayed up in the trees….. It was holding large branches and leaves above its head, just like an umbrella….. It was so comical.
It rained heavily for over an hour. It was a tremendous storm with thunder and lightning.
We didn’t see any more Orangutans…. It was a pity about the weather…. We probably would have had three close encounters!!
Our two trips to Semenggoh had been hindered by the weather and screaming kids, but we were still very fortunate to see Orangutans in the wild.