Sarawak Cultural Village +
Semenggoh Wildlife Centre
See Sarawak in one sunny day. This is the basic concept of Sarawak Cultural Village, where the 48,000 square miles of Malaysia's most majestic State are condensed into just 17 acres. One leisurely stroll opens seven homes to the visitor, seven cultures, including the famous longhouses of Borneo. Visit the Sarawak Cultural Village, nestled in the serene foothills of Mount Santubong about 45 minutes from the city. Popularly known as SCV, the Village is a “living museum” showcasing the seven major ethnic races of Sarawak; Iban, Bidayuh, Penan, Orang Ulu, Melanau, Malay and Chinese. Each ‘house’ is an exact replica of traditional dwellings down to the type of wood, landscaping, carvings etc. of the various communities. Visit the houses to learn their cultures and traditions. Participate in activities including craft making and preparing their various ethnic goodies. There are daily music and dance performances at the Village Theatre in the mornings and afternoons. After visit Sarawak Cultural Village, proceed to Semenggoh Orang Utan Centre.
Semenggoh Nature Reserve, the entire facility occupies an area of 740 acres, the only remaining green belt near the city which acts as a sanctuary for Orang Utan. The main attraction is undeniably the Rehabilitation Centre, a temporary home for displaced Orang Utan that has been rescued from captivity and young orphaned primates. These animals are trained or re-trained to survive in their natural habitat. They learn how to forage for natural food and build nests in the trees. Many have been returned into the surrounding area. However there are few that will never re-learn their wild skills due to their long association with and resulting dependence on humans. Take a walk on the trails and try to spot semi-wild Orang Utan. There are feeding times scheduled everyday at the feeding platform. However always bear in mind that the main aim of the Centre is to return these animals back into their habitat. Do not be disappointed if you do not see any roaming the jungles or coming back to feed as this means they are able to forage on their own and do not need human assistance. Transfer back to your hotel after the tour.