Sepilok Travel Guide

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Sepilok Things to Do

  • visit the Orang Utans in Sepilok

    Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Center's goal is to protect all kinds of wildlife especially the rare Orang Utan. In Sepilok, you'll mostly find orphan, injured or confiscated Orang Utans - some people hold them as a pet. Sepilok tries to feed them up, train them and release them into the wild again when they are ready. This is not so easy...

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  • Sepilok Orang Utan Sanctury

    It is possible to come to the Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre two times during the day to watch the Orang Utan come to eat at the feeding platforms. It is a great experience. And you will be amazed how cute these Orang Utans are!

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  • Visitors Centre

    There's an interesting visitors centre that worth a look around where you can read up on all you ever need to know about the furry orange ones along with a large array of cute photos (especially of the babies). There's also a who's who gallery of all the orang-utans that are within the centre with their names, year of birth, distinguishing features...

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  • Feeding Time

    We turned up with the crowds for the 10 am feeding frenzy and watched in amazement as the orang-utans lazily made their way right past us with one particular chap doing multiple head-over-heel rolls along the boardwalk to the feeding platform. We then watched in amusement as the ever mischievous macaques stole whatever food they could from...

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  • Waiting to be fed

    We arrived at the feeding platform about 15 minutes before the 10am feeding and this chap (I assume it's a chap and not a chapess) was waiting rather patiently for some food.

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  • Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre

    The Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre was established in 1964. Its main purpose was to rehabilitate orphaned orang-utans whose habitat was disrupted by logging, deforestation and poaching. Included are orang-utans that were rescued or confiscated from unlicensed owners. The orang-utans are trained to adapt to the jungle environment so that...

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  • Sepilok Orang Uran Sanctuary

    As mentioned by fellow travellers, this is one of the must-sees in Sepilok.Although, you are not guaranteed to see any Orang-utans, but the chances are high :P Please do not bring water bottles, food must be hidden. Do not provoke the lovely creatures. Just stand back and watch...You do have to pay a nominal fee to use your camera, proceedings go...

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  • Rainforest Discovery Centre

    The Rainforest Discovery Centre in Sepilok, just down the road from the Sepilok Jungle Resort and the Orang-Utan Rehabilitation Centre, had at the time of writing this tip just been opened. We went for a walk around the grounds as part of a nighttime walk from SJR but unfortunately the centre itself was shut (it being nighttime and all!). If the...

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  • Sepilok Orang Utan Rehab Centre

    Feeding times are at 10AM and 3PM. Other than watching the Orang Utan video and the feeding, there is not much else to do here. You can get quite up close and personal with the beautiful orang utans. They aren't scared of humans. They each have a unique personality and are wonderful creatures.There are lockers in which to leave personal belongings...

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  • Visit SEPILOK Orang Utan Rehab-Center

    About an half-hours drive from the city of Sandakan,in the Malaysian Sabah District of North Borneo , the Sepilok Rehabilitation Centre was founded in 1964, to rehabilitate orphan orang utans. The site is 43 sq km of protected land close to the Kabili Sepilok Forest Reserve. Today around 60 to 80 orang utans are living free, another 25 orphans are...

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  • Sepilok Orang Utan Sanctuary

    The sanctuary started in 1964 for rehabilitation of orphaned baby orang utans from logging-sites, plantations and illegal hunting, returning them to the wilds as soon as they are ready. More than 4,500 hectares of virgin jungle were designated sa forest reserve and sanctuary for orang utans.The best time to visit is the feeding time at 10am and 3pm...

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  • Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre

    About 15 mins drive from East Coast town of Sandakan, is the world’s largest Orang Utan (‘Wild Man of Borneo’) sanctuary. This Rehabilitation Centre is managed by the State Forestry. Orang Utan which have been abandoned by their mothers, or which were formerly in captivity are cared until they are fit to be returned to the wilds. Watching these...

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Sepilok Restaurants

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    by CGarnett Written Apr 14, 2004

    The Banana Cafe is just another reason to stay at the Sepilok Jungle Resort. The food is yummy, and the portions are generous. They also offer a few western dishes (eg fried eggs for breakfast, hot dogs for lunch) for those who are craving them.

    Favorite Dish: Loved the chicken curry!

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Sepilok Transportation

  • Getting to the Centre

    Take the local bus, painted blue, with the words "Sepilok Batu 14" from the bus station at the Sandakan market on the waterfront. The fare is RM3.50 for the 30 minute journey. The last bus back to Sandakan leaves at 4:30 pm.

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  • Mt Kinabalu to Sepilok or back to KK

    Firstly we went from Mt Kinabalu to Poring Hot Springs in a minivan organised by the staff at Mt K headquarters. We stayed at the Springs for one night.The staff at Poring Hot Springs organised a minivan for 5 people. 3 of us were heading to Sepilok Jungle Resort. 2 were heading back to KK. The 2 going to KK were dropped at a different bus stop in...

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  • Best with Bus

    We went to Sepilok from Kota Kinabalu Park. We made a mistake. It's best to depart for Sepilok from Kinabalu Park with bus. The trip will take you about 3-4 hours. Buses ply through these 2 places quite frequently. Nothing to concern about. We went back to Kota Kinabalu in a bus from Kinabalu Park, which is about 2 hours from the park. The whole...

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Sepilok Shopping

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    by Willettsworld Written Sep 8, 2010

    Within the main reception building is a small shop that sells a load of orang-utans souvenirs such as T-shirts, mugs, badges, fridge magnets, soft toys, photos, posters...you name it. I did find a shop selling similar stuff at cheaper prices in Sandakan near the old town mosque on Lebuh Empat.

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Sepilok Warnings and Dangers

  • Unpredictable Monkeys

    I can't really say that I like monkeys too much. Yes, they're cute and everything but they're also very unpredictable and can attack even if not intimidated. I'm talking about the macaques that like to speed up and down the rails along the boardwalk so watch out for them. You should also just take care with the orang-utans and try and face them all...

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  • Mosquitoes and Repellants

    If you are the type who is easily bitten by mosquitoes, put on repellant prior to arriving at Sepilok. Apparently the smell of these repellants in your bags will arouse the suspicion of the wildlife, who might come looking for you!!

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Sepilok Tourist Traps

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    by syetan Written Jun 9, 2007

    As per the usual system in Malaysia, foreigners pay more for entry; a lot more. Apparently you are all very rich people, even the student backpackers.

    Unique Suggestions: There's nothing you can do about it, so grin and bear it.

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Sepilok What to Pack

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    by syetan Updated Jun 9, 2007

    Luggage and bags: A small bag with your camera and perhaps a spare shirt (it can get quite humid).

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: I'd recommend shoes; otherwise mosquitoes might get your toes!! Loose, comfortable clothing will do.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Keep the mosquito repellants in the car/bus. I'd bring deodorant or perfume (in the car too please) for later as you could end up sweating a lot.

    Photo Equipment: The orang-utans rarely stay still so a basic camera might not be able to capture good shots. I also used a video camera-it's well worth it.

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  • Rules and Regulations

    Before you walk to the feeding platform, you're asked to leave bags, food and bottles of drink at the centre HQ. You also not take any repellents as they are a health hazard to the animals should they get hold of them; you should not enter any restricted areas, touch or feed any animals. If you do take bags into the reserve, take precautions...

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  • Show Up Early

    It's best to get to the sanctuary early. You need time to get the tickets and stuff. Plus they have a very interesting video presentation of the sanctuary, on how the orang utans are rescued from the wild and finally releasing them back to their natural habitat. Unlike most people in KL, the orang utans are almost on time to come out for their...

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  • Enjoying

    This tip is going to be about the Sepilok Orang-Utan Centre. This tip is under construction. I will try to add more information to this tip as soon as I can.

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