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“Great location, excellent project” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Shangri-la Rasa Ria Nature Reserve

Shangri-la Rasa Ria Nature Reserve
Pantai Dalit Beach, Tuaran 89208 , Malaysia
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Ranked #1 of 5 things to do in Tuaran
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Sevenoaks, United Kingdom
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“Great location, excellent project”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2013

We were staying at the hotel and even though we went to Sepilok orang utan sanctury and stayed on the Kinabantangan river where we actually saw 2 orang utans in the wild - this was still a great experience. We went on the orang utan feeding afternoon trip and had wonderful views of the orang utans. The guides were informative and really good with our and other children in the group. Some guests might comment that the entry ticket is quite expensive, but the hotel and guests funds this project and enables a huge number of local schools to visit to spread the important environmental message. The only disappointment was the initial video which was pretty dull - despite such a gripping topic.

Visited February 2013
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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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“Great to see the orangutans in their natural environment!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2013 via mobile

I went to Borneo desperate to see orangutans (not in a zoo!). We were staying in Kota Kinabalu and the main sanctuary is in Sepilok which is about a 6hour drive away so not really something we wanted to do. We decided to come to the Rasa Ria nature reserve as an alternative but I'm really glad we did.
The men working in the sanctuary and lovely and really interesting to chat to about the orangutans. When we went there were 4 young orangutans in the reserve and they have a free roam so we only saw 2 the afternoon feeding we went. It was amazing to see them swinging through the trees towards us and the great relationship they have with the keepers.
My only criticism is dont go there expecting to see anything other than what you pay for. We were under the impression that paying for our ticket meant you could also have a walk around the reserve for as long as you want but you literally get a certain amount of time to walk to the feeding platform, watch the orangutans then leave. It would be a much better experience to be able to spend some more time wandering around the reserve! As you only get to attend one small area for a small time I think it's over-priced!

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Brisbane, Australia
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“highlight of our stay in kota kinabalu”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013

My family really enjoyed the viewing of the orang a tangs, the day we visited two came into the feeding platform the older one would not let the younger one down from the canopy to the feeding platform eventual the younger one outsmarted the older one it was so amusing to watch. We also visited the canopy walk with a very knowledgable guide it is only small but worth it if only for the views you get from the walkway. There is a steep walk up hill to the feeding platform and a steeper descent from the canopy walk but both are managable if you take it slowly. Wear sensible footwear and clothes and bring insect repellent as it is a wet humid jungle environment.

Visited November 2012
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“Great way to see Orang U Tans in natural environment”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013

Not a fan of zoos so it was lovely to see these animals in a much more natural environment. This nature reserve is also serving a worthy cause. Orangutans were very playful on the day we visited (saw 2 out of the 4). One was such a show off and in the process broke of part of the wooden structure viewing platform we were on! They get very close to you. I was so busy taking photos I didn’t realise just how close I was to one of them till I stop using the camera.
Word of warning, COVER UP! The mosquitos were so thick you could see them flying around it swarms. I wore jeans, trainers and wrapped a sarong around my shoulders. It’s humid but better you were something long and light than become lunch for the mozzies. There was a guy wearing shorts who had used repellent and was still being bitten. There is also no disabled access so if you find it difficult to walk / climb stairs, it’s not for you. Apparently there’s a video that is shown but wasn’t shown to our group for some reason. Took us an hour to get there on the shuttle bus from Tanjung Aru Shangri La hotel (RM30) and one and a half hours on way back due to traffic. Entrance fee was RM65 (if you’re a guest at the Rasa Ria it’s apparently RM50). You can stay up there for about an hour. The orangutans can be very entertaining though and the guides are friendly and on hand to answer any questions you may have. This attraction is great for adults and children alike even if like me you’re not an animal lover.

Visited February 2013
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“Doing a great job rehabiltating young Orang U tan.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2012

The Nature Reserve at Rasa Ria operates in conjunction with the world renown Orang U Tan Sanctuary at Sepilok, near Sandakan. The eventual aim is to return rehabilitated young, orphaned, Orang U Tan to the wild. There is also a diverse animal population in the reserve including, Bear Cats, Mouse Deer, Macaque monkeys, squirrels, porcupine, monitor lizards and diverse bird life. In addition the resort has other environmental and rehabilitation initiates in place. As at June 2012 it was also providing funding to for the rehabilitation of young pygmy elephants, which are not in the reserve, as there is not enough room, but elsewhere.
All monies raised in Nature Reserve activities go towards these initiatives.
The range of activities and costs are:
Orang U Tan Viewing
In House Guests
Adults RM50
Children RM10
Non Guests
Adults RM65
Children RM10
Adults RM10
Children RM5
Note: Children’s price is for 6 – 14 years old. Children Below 6 years old are not encouraged to join in any nature activities.
Jungle Walk
Adults RM40
Children RM17.50 (8 to 14 years old)
Bird watching RM40
Nocturnal Animals Watch
Adults RM20
Children RM10
Summit Breakfast RM65
Forest Garden Introduction RM20
Plant a tree program RM45
Foster an animal program RM160 (includes Oran U Tan)
Ranger for a day RM50 (children’s program)
Canopy Walk RM40
Orang U Tan & Canopy Walk RM70
Night Walk
Adults RM20
Children RM10
If you are visiting the reserve consider that you will be going into a jungle environment. It will be hot and humid and there may be mosquitoes etc. The paths are up and down hill and can be a bit rough and slippery. Wear sensible shoes and clothes and use mosquito repellents. Don’t expect to be able to touch, nurse, cuddle or feed the Orang U Tan as they are being rehabilitated with the intent of returning them to the wild. I have sponsored 4 Orang U Tan, at Rasa Ria, over the years and all have been returned to the wild.
I recommend a visit to the nature reserve for a close up experience with young Orang U Tan, in a natural environment, plus other wildlife.

Visited June 2012
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