Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre

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Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre

Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre
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Melissa Foord
Australia569 contributions
Couples
We loved our visit here to watch the orangutan kindergarten where the younger ones come to play and learn cognitive skills as well as eat and be cheeky. We also walked around to find 3 orangutan climbing trees and two making nests! A must see.
Written 13 August 2022
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bernadette316
Southend-on-Sea, UK89 contributions
Family
This rehab centre for orangutans does incredibly valuable work to save these superb creatures. Depending on the time you visit, you may see the youngsters being fed. You are able to watch them from two indoor viewing platforms. There is also an outdoor feeding station which is stocked at 10am. No orangutans showed up the day we were there (although some macaques turned up to raid the supplies!) which shows that the orangutans who are living independently in the area are not in need of the food on offer. That’s a positive but obviously a bit disappointing for the tourists!
Written 12 August 2022
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smum78
St. Albans, UK6 contributions
Family
Wow wow wow.. I could leave the comments at that, but I’m not sure that it would do justice to the amazing work the team do here. The facilities and work done by the centre are incredible. The experience the Orangutang roaming free and being out before everything and everyone else was also fantastic. Please help this incredible centre by anyway you can!!
Written 3 August 2022
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Neil C
Northwich, UK202 contributions
Family
We stayed close by and were able to pop in and out. The wildlife and the Orangutan are amazing. There are 2 feeding times, 10am and 3pm, the 10am one is rammed with bus tours and can get busy, the 3pm feeding was very quiet with only about 20 people there.

If you do attend be patient, the monkeys put the orangutan off feeding but they do eventually turn up.

Well worth a visit. Just of note if you have a camera lense over 400mm it’s £200 to get it in!
Written 29 July 2022
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lydias
Sydney, Australia306 contributions
Couples
Everyone who visits Sepilok heads for the Orang utan rehabilitation Centre.

Expect crowds, expect to hear people speaking to each other while you are trying to enjoy the sounds of the wild, but expect to see many orang-utans in all shapes and sizes.

We watched feeding time and was able to secure a good vantage point by arriving 30 minutes before feeding.

Trying to forget that these animals are fed by man, we were able to get amazing shots. One had to pay 10RMB per camera (phones included) and RMB1000 for any lens greater than 400mm. The animals are too close anyway to use such a powerful lens!

The nursery was underwhelming.

All in all a great must-do trip.
Written 25 July 2022
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rlttnthng
London, UK15 contributions
Solo
This is a great rehabilitation centre where you can get very close to the orangutans, who are free to roam around the forest. Feeding times are at 10am and 3pm, and you are advised to arrive at least 15min before (or 30min to avoid the queues). The centre is closed for a short period during the day and for the day at 4pm. Tickets cost MYR30 for non-Malaysians (MYR5 for Malaysians or residents), and they can be used for the whole day. If you have a camera (mobile phones excluded) you will be charged MYR10. No bags or water bottles are allowed in due to a huge group of Macaque monkeys that also frequent the place, so you will need to store them away in the lockers outside the entrance, which is free . The feeding times are not to be missed as the orangutans swing down from the trees and gather on a platform very close to the audience. The nursery further back houses more younger orangutans and mothers with their babies. The guards are very helpful and diligent in keeping everyone safe should orangutans come on to the walking bridge. All workers there do a great job of making sure there are minimal contact with humans.

There is a Bornean Sun Bear reserve just next door, with a much more well stocked gift shop. I would recommend the Sepilok Nature Resort or Sepilok Jungle Resort to stay. The Nature Resort has amazing food with local and western options (best I’ve had during my two weeks in Sabah) also with great views, so I would highly recommend having dinner there.

Sepilok is a 30min drive from Sandakan airport. I have seen people say arrive 1.5 hours before but my flight was in the early morning and baggage drop/security only took 15min. You are only able to get taxis from the nearby hotels from 6am (using Grab app or book at hotel). I booked one for 5:30am but it did not arrive.

Overall it was a brilliant experience, I went to see the orangutans three times and each time was unique and memorable. This is a must do if you are in Sabah.
Written 20 July 2022
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Flora
Leiden, The Netherlands3 contributions
Couples
Really nice to see the orangutans in their natural habitat. Many thanks to Anzar for the great transport services and advice on places to visit!
Written 11 July 2022
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tazzat7
Tonbridge, UK668 contributions
Couples
Arrived on a very hot morning and told to leave everything but our cameras in a locker or the car. Would have liked to have taken a bottle of water with us.
We watched a video about the work of the centre and the orangutans and then went to the feeding platform. A mother and baby and a young orangutan were waiting in the trees for feeding time but a large male appeared and the mother and baby quickly left. The youngster waited patiently while the adult male ate and then bravely joined in. A few macacs were loitering waiting for the male to leave.
Next was the boardwalk walk to see the young orangutans being prepared for release in the wild. We watched them play and have their breakfast and that was about it. The visit was over in a couple of hours.
This was our main reason for visiting Borneo and it seemed a lot smaller than we had expected. Still glad we went as next door is the Sun Bear Conservation Centre so two visits in one
Written 4 July 2022
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#foracoolerworld
Vienna, Austria636 contributions
Was a bit disappointed, but the organisation does a great job and such rehabilitation centres are important. Just, apart from the nursery and the feeding platform, you have limited options to walk around in the jungle. You are not allowed to take anything with you (not even drinking water), for the camera (depending on the size) you have to pay an extra-fee and can only bring one lens. So, without water and not much opportunities to walk around, it is more a short visit during feeding hour and then back. Also missed a bit information from the ranger, that bring the food to the platform, where then the crowd of tourists is waiting in front of it. A few words about the centre, the number of Orang Utans there, the work they do etc. There is a visitors centre, but not many people go there. Therefore to make the work of the centre more known, success stories, funding etc., I recommend, to say a few word to the guests, before they start the feeding. Now most tourists walk to the nursery, then the feeding platform and then leave.
Written 26 June 2022
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Kevin4321
Harrogate, UK45 contributions
Amazing place! We turned up to head to the feeding station hoping to see the Orangutans, within 2 minutes of entering we heard a rustle in the trees and a mother and baby descended not 15 feet away from us, such an amazing experience. Well worth a visit. I cannot see why you would not give the centre anything but 5 stars!
Written 24 June 2022
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