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Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre Tour

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Key Highlights
  • View orang utans close up in their natural habitat at the world′s largest orang utan sanctuary
  • See a truly inspiring nature conservation program in action
  • Enjoy a city tour and visit a local village built on stilts
  • Complimentary hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?



    8 hours

    Start time


    Meeting Point

    Your hotel in Sandakan City Only.
    (Please mention your hotel name and address at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, please contact the local activity operator 24 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details.)
    For Private tours, please also mention your preferred start time.

    Ending Point

    Your hotel in Sandakan City Only.

  • Overview & Itinerary
    Overview Meet gentle shy orangutans in their natural habitat at a unique wildlife sanctuary on this delightful tour.

    The Orangutan Rehabilitation Center in Sandakan is located in the middle of the lush Sepilok Forest Reserve. Spread across 43 sq km of land, it is the largest orangutan sanctuary in the world.

    The Center specializes in caring for baby orphan orangutans and teaching them the survival skills they would have learnt from their mothers under normal conditions.

    The orangutans are not kept in captivity, but rather come and go as they please while becoming used to living in the wild again after being held in captivity by various people. Dozens of other wildlife species are also treated here, including sun bears, gibbons, Sumatran rhinos and the occasional injured elephant.

    You will have the chance to see the appealing orangutans close up and to watch the fun of feeding time.

    You can take this tour as part of a larger group or opt for a private tour for a more personal experience.


    The Sandakan Orangutan Rehabilitation tour is available in two options – coach and private. The private option offers greater flexibility and the convenience to do the tour at your own pace. Air fares are not included in the tour price.

    Early morning, board a plane for historic Sandakan, one of Sabah's earliest settlements, where you can visit the Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary. A guide will go with you. If it is raining and the road condition is bad, a 4WD will be used.

    You will arrive at the Center where registration of names will take place. A boardwalk leads you to the Viewing Gallery and Feeding Platform where the apes are fed milk and bananas twice a day at 1000h (10:00am) and 1500h (3:00pm) by the rangers. Feeding time also attracts long-tailed macaques to the area. See young, orphaned orangutans being taught survival skills so that they may eventually return to their natural habitat.

    At the Center visitors are restricted to walkways. Some of the apes have become accustomed to human presence but touching them is strongly discouraged. Though orangutans are naturally shy and gentle, the more mischievous ones may try to grab your camera or hat, in which case you should call for a ranger as trying to wrestle the 200 pound apes may not be a good idea!

    During your visit you can either walk along a nature trail to see vegetation and animal life in the tropical rainforest area of the Centre, or watch a nature video at the Nature Education Center in the Sanctuary.

    After departing the Center you will stop for lunch at a local restaurant in Sandakan.

    In the afternoon you will be taken on acity tour of Sandakan. The tour includes a visit to the Observation Pavilion, Central Market, Chinese Temple, Church and a drive to the Water Village to see the houses of local tribes perched on stilts above the water.

    After the Sandakan city tour you will be dropped at the Sandakan Airport for your flight to Kinabalu.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions
    • Sandakan Airport pick-up and drop-off
    • Return airport transfer in Sandakan
    • Entrance fee for the Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary
    • English-speaking guide
    • Lunch
    • Video/ Camera Fee at Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary approx (RM 10.00)
    • Air fares are not included in the tour price
  • Please note & Additional info
    Please note

    Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming departure details.

    Return airport transfer in Sandakan only, not in Kota Kinabalu. For those who are staying in Kota Kinabalu, make your way to Sandakan Airport.

    Kota Kinabalu hotels will be imposed surcharge approx. MYR 35.00 per person (imposed surcharge for out of hours transfers)

    Air fares are not included in the tour price.

    You are advised to book the return flight SDK / BKI - MH3094 (ETD: 1900hrs). Flight schedules are subject to changes without prior notice.

    Surcharge applied exit - outskirt hotels (e.g Nexus Karambrunai, Shang-ri la Rasa Ria, Beringgis etc) will be imposed surcharge as per below rates :

    Coach - MYR 50.00 per passenger (return)

    Private - MYR 80.00 per passenger (return)

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have

  • Customer Reviews
    • Exciting and informative tour

      This trip really added to our experience of Sabah by giving us access to a less developed area of the country, a bit of an adventure with a turboprop plane trip to a little...

      David Robertson, United Kingdom, 27/Jan/2013
    • A very special day

      Our Sepilok Orang Utan tour was a very memorable one. We elected to take a private tour, as we tend to be independent travellers, and tours are generally not our thing. We were...

      Dr Ian G Pearson, Australia, 11/Oct/2011
    • Great tour made excellent by Ken, our guide

      Because we had booked the early morning flight from KK, returning early evening, we had about 9 hours for our individual tour of Sepilok and Sandakan, which maybe with another...

      Barrie Parker, Australia, 26/Jun/2011

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