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Deramakot Forest Reserve

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Deramakot Forest Reserve

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Full-Day Sepilok Orangutan and Sandakan City Trail from Kota Kinabalu
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Full-Day Sepilok Orangutan and Sandakan City Trail from Kota Kinabalu

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Designed to delight nature lovers, this day tour allows you to observe orangutans in their natural habitat at the Sandakan Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre. Under the guidance of sanctuary staff, observe orphaned orangutans and long-tailed macaques being fed and follow a nature trail through the tropical rain forest. Eat a typical Malay lunch at a nearby restaurant and then embark on a city tour of Sandakan, one of Sabah’s earliest settlements home to haunting cemeteries, Chinese temples, and colonial mansions. Hotel or airport pickup and drop-off are included.   
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brendanryan wrote a review Mar 2020
London, United Kingdom5 contributions
Great opportunity to get away from the crowds and immerse yourself in the forest, although limited opportunity to get off the the road into the forest. Orangutan and Pygmy Elephants and some great birds were the highlights. Only saw a fresh footprint of Clouded Leopard. Accommodation was good. Spoke to some others staying at the Forest HQ who thought that it was very expensive. I didn't pay so can't comment on this
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Date of experience: March 2020
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sarahw0716 wrote a review Mar 2020
Riverview, Canada56 contributions19 helpful votes
My boyfriend and I did the 3 day 2 night visit to Deramakot through Adventure Alternative Borneo, and absolutely loved it. Our guide Adi was incredible. She managed to spot wildlife up in the trees that we never in a million years would have noticed! We spotted the very rare marble cat, several leopard cats, a mother and baby orangutan (from a distance), slow loris, flying squirrel, civets, hornbills, a gibbon, several macaques, two types of owls, two types of deer, wild pigs, and more. However the most incredible sighting was a group of 30+ Borneo pygmy elephants! We encountered the group twice. The second time, they blocked the road for about 45 minutes, and we drove behind them just watching them. It was unreal! The accommodations were better than what I was expecting. They were basic, yes, but spotless and very comfortable. The staff was very friendly, and kindly cooked vegan meals for us at our request (though a couple of reminders were necessary). The food was delicious!
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Andrew H wrote a review Feb 2020
Venice120 contributions3 helpful votes
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Deramakot is a jungle reserve 2 1/4 hours down bumpy roads from the main road. It is truly isolated and wild. This means amazing opportunities for safaris, both during the day and the night. Our sightings included gibbons, orang-utans, leopard cats, civets and many, many species of bird. The accomodation is basic but the staff are incredibly friendly and helpful.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Andrew wrote a review Jan 2020
Los Angeles, California4 contributions1 helpful vote
We had a simply amazing time in Deramakot. This place is truly remote jungle so there is plenty of wildlife but you have to work to see it. Night drives, morning drives, bush walks and just plain old keeping your eyes open around the lodge. Our guide was amazing and could not have been more flexible with what we wanted and persistent looking for wildlife. Don’t expect to see everything on your list but do expect to see lots that isn’t including creatures you’ve probably never heard of. The accommodation is basic but more than made up for by the staff who will bend over backwards to look after you.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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CMK788 wrote a review Jan 2020
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I went to Deramakot forest reserve with Adventure Alternative Borneo. Pros -The forest here is stunning. Although a lot of it is secondary, it’s still absolutely mesmerising. -The trucks are well set up. They have a little cushion to sit on and they are open air. They are also great if you love the wind in your face rather than walking in the humidity. - The food is quite nice. I’m vegetarian and they made an effort to provide some good options. -The chalet rooms are clean and spacious. You have your own en-suite and air conditioner. -The guide Mac was a lovely guy. He was knowledgeable and friendly. He was also kind enough to wait with me until my bus arrived and navigate some of the language barriers you face at the bus stop. -The wildlife viewing here was good, however not mindblowing. The highlights for me were the leopard cat, red langur, colugo, banded civet and samba deer. I didn’t see elephants,orangutans , Proboscis monkeys, any of the other cats or a western tasir. We did get a glimpse of a gibbon, however we couldn’t really see it, we could hear it and we just saw it swinging motion through the branches, but didn’t properly see it. I understand it’s nature, not a zoo, however ideally I would have liked to see more primates, cats or an elephant. Cons -This place is quite expensive. It was $638 US for 2 nights and 3 days. At Uncle Tans on the Kinabatangan river I only paid 498 ringgit for 2 nights and 3 days, this also included complimentary pickup from Sepilok and lunch on the first and last day. I also saw more wildlife at Uncle Tans. Although Uncle Tans is MUCH more basic, as in you don’t have hot water, no windows or doors on the hut and you sleep on mattresses on the floor, I thought the experience was amazing for the price. Deramakot on the other hand is another 2000 ringgit more. I have also been on similar safaris in Sri Lanka and Nepal for 1/3 of the price. I think to make the experience better they should either bring down the cost or offer complimentary pickup and drop off from Sandakan (closest airport)(they wanted to charge 350 ringgit each way) aswell as lunch on the first and last day. -It’s a bit of a nightmare to get to. Not that the route is hard, but the buses are not reliable. I went to catch a bus there, and they had cancelled two of them, therefore the next bus coming was much later. I ended up having to get a grab to make it in time which cost me 241 ringgit, an unexpected expensive trip. Then on the way back, we left at 8.15am, got to the bus stop at 11.15, the public bus arrived within minutes, however wouldn’t let me get on and told me to get the mini bus (they just have some sort of an arrangement). The mini buses don’t leave until it’s full, and they wanted to charge me for two seats to accomodate my luggage, which was double the cost of the public bus. I was pretty annoyed at this stage, so I refused to catch the mini bus out of their sheer rudeness of preventing me getting on the public bus, and then trying to charge me for two seats. The mini bus sat there another 40 minutes until it was full. The next public bus was almost a full hour late, then it stopped for lunch just after I got on (40 minutes), then it broke down for 15 minutes not long after. I ended up making it just in time to drop off my baggage, however I only made it 5 minutes before it closed at 4.10pm. The staff said it would take between 4-6 hours to get to Sandakan, however it took me 8 hours, it was just lucky I had booked a later flight to be on the safe side.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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