Orang-utans, possibly the coolest things on Earth!
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People i met here, who contributed to and improved my trip: Julia (Russia), Robin (England), Marcus (Finland), Hannes (Sweden)
On Monday Hannes, Robin, Marcus, Julia and I got our backsides into gear and hired a car for the afternoon to go out to Semenggoh Wildlife Centre, the home of some of the most unbelievable creatures on Gods green Earth! The 20km journey started badly as we missed our turn-offs and ended up heading to who knows where. After a few stops for directions, we eventually got back on track and made it to the centre for feeding time at 3pm.
I couldn't believe my eyes when I walked into the main quadrangle at the centre, as we were greeted by the back of a massive orang-utan sat on a wooden platform, with people only metres away from it.
We were told that we should walk 200 metres down a path to the main feeding area, where a tasty selection of fruits had been laid out for any interested animals. On our way up the path, we came across a really pretty iguana, at least thats what i believe it was, and after a quick photo made it to the viewing area. By this stage i was dripping with sweat from walking such a short distance due to the humidity and heat. One orang-utan turned up and munched his way through a selection of coconuts and bananas, before climbing high up into a tree and relaxing with a full belly.
We soon got news that a mother and baby had emerged back at the entrance to the park and we rushed back down the path to be greeted by the two of them enjoying their Dinner. They really were adorable, especially the baby, who had the cutest face. After 10 minutes they waddled off down a path holding hands like something you see in a movie! Another mother and child soon arrived as did several other individuals, all making for an action packed experience. One of the orang-utans also pulled down a phone cable that was unable to hold its weight, seemingly then showing its annoyance at one of the wardens for clearly not making it strong enough to hold a 200kilo creature!
After we had been there for over an hour, the heavens opened, but rather than having a detrimental effect on proceedings, this actually made them more interesting.
The following day we picked up our Indonesian visas with very little hassle and even got an apology from the woman for making us wait (she wasn't so bad afterall). We spent our last evening in Kuching at the games arcade and then went to watch the Transformers movie at the cinema. Everything had come together nicely for us in our last few days in the city, so we left with fond memories.