The first day of our tour started at Uncle Tan's Ops Base near the Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre, located about 25 kilometres to the west of Sandakan. We got there early enough in order to visit the Centre when they feed the orang-utans at 10am. After visiting the Orang-utan Centre, we got collected and transferred into a mini-bus for...more
Day 2 started early as we had a morning river safari which started at 6.30am. It was so early that there was still a little bit of mist sitting over the river as we left camp. On our way we saw hornbills, monkeys, two more orang-utans, and gibbons. We then headed back to camp for breakfast which consisted of pancakes before heading out of camp...more
The first day of our tour started at Uncle Tan's Ops Base near the Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre, located about 25 kilometres to the west of Sandakan. We got there early enough in order to visit the Centre when they feed the orang-utans at 10am (read more about this on my Sepilok page). Uncle Tan's transports you to the centre and then...more
The food was good and plentiful plus there are drinks including beer which you buy on top of the tour price. After settling in and meeting everyone, we were served dinner which was a buffet and actually far better than I expected (I actually bought some snacks just in case!).
During our time on the tour we went out on two night safari's. After dinner on the first night, we left camp for a night river safari which lasted for about 1.5 hours where our guide shone a bright flashlight along the riverbank in order to spot wildlife. We saw 2 types of kingfisher which actually sleep with their eyes open, a Malay Civet (type of weasel), an owl and a skunk type mammal with a white line along its back. On the second night, we went on an hour long night walk where we saw a number of creepy-crawlies and frogs, finishing with a tarantula which we were advised not to go to close to as it was one of the jumping variety. Enough said!
The camp is on a piece of Native Land near the Lokan River, a tributary of the Lower Kinabatangan River, located near a small village called Bukit Garam. The village features many silt wooden houses, one beside the river where we got into a boat, had chicken cages underneath. You'll pass by more isolated stilt houses on the way to the camp plus see local fisherman on the river.
Expect early morning starts. Day 2 started early as we had a morning river safari which started at 6.30am. It was so early that there was still a little bit of mist sitting over the river as we left camp. On our way we saw hornbills, monkeys, two more orang-utans, and gibbons. We then headed back to camp for breakfast. The third day started with another early morning river safari with more of the same wildlife as we had seen over the previous days.
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If you're really into photographing wildlife then this really is the place to come in Sabah. A couple from Alaska were on my tour and bought along with them a few professional looking cameras with essential telescopic lenses. Some of the photos they took were staggering and miles better than the ones I took from my little digital camera even...more
I've put all the names of what we were meant to have seen or have at least been seen here as the guys at the camp wrote them all down on a whiteboard. These are:
Silvered leaf monkey
Common palm civet
Black and red broadbill
Yellow and black broadbill
Buffy fish owl
White-bellied fish eagle
Bushy crested hornbill
Asian black hornbill
Greater racket-tailed drongo
Blue throated bee eater
Borneo blue tarantula
Least narrow-mouthed frog
Frilled tree frog