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“Great chance to see Orangutan close up”

Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary
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$112.00*
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Full-Day Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre and City Tour in Sandakan
Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Sepilok
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Reviewed March 15, 2013

The sanctury is home to 300 Orangutan. The main purpose of your visit is to view the feeding platform at meal times to see some. We saw 5 I don't thing you will be disappointed. We got a lot closer to them than we did in the wild.

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Reviewed February 27, 2013

We stayed at the Sepilok Resort down the road and visited the Sanctuary twice at feeding times and once for a night walk. Given that all the Orangs are rescue animals we did not expect a true wild experience ,however all the Orangs are free to roam and only return to the sanctuary at feeding times. Over time they are being weaned from human contact and returned to the wild. The information and video at the sanctuary are very good as is the opportunity to see Orangs up close. If visiting take a telephoto lens as the feeding stage is a reasonable distance from the public viewing platform. We saw about 8 Orangs on each visit and this whetted our appetite for the wild Orangs we were to see later in the Kinabatangan area of Sabah. It would be a shame to miss out on this educational chance to prepare for the truly wild cousins up river.
We also had the opportunity of a private guided night walk with an excellent ranger who took us along sometimes crumbling boardwalks for an hour after dark. We met one of the Orangs along the way plus many other nocturnal animals from flying squirrels to spiders. This was a real highlight and very inexpensive.

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Reviewed February 21, 2013

We walked from our accommodation, Sepilok Jungle Resort, to the rehab centre. There was a small entrance fee and camera fee but these guys are basically self funded so what the heck. The centre is a wonderful wooden structure that blends in nicely with the rain forest, there they have the ticket office, video-education centre and souveneer shop. They supply a locker for your bags as the orangutans get curious sometimes and a bag snatched by an ape is difficult to retrieve ! There is a board walk through the jungle to the viewing platform & out again, mabey 1 km all up, the platform is constructed so that everyone can see the apes. The number of orangutans to see can vary but we got lucky and saw 7 indivduals, adult and juvinile. You have to remember this is a rain forest so an umbrella is a good idea. We did the morning session to enjoy the relative cool morning air. The boardwalk is slippery when damp so sensible shoes are a must as is insect repelent. the walk through the jungle is wonderful, full of birds & butterflies. If we get a chance we would do it again, for now it's a must for anyones bucket list.

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Reviewed February 13, 2013

The bus from Sandakan cost MR5 each way and takes about 45 minutes to get there. Costs MR30 for a day ticket and MR10 for a camera. I went to the morning 10am and afternoon 3pm feedings. Both were really good. Saw a lot more orangutans at the afternoon feeding. There is a fair bit of construction work going on so part of the walking trail is closed. There's not much to do between the two feedings so walked up to the rainforest discovery centre. About a twenty minute walk each way.

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Reviewed February 11, 2013 via mobile

We went only for the afternoon feeding and the viewing platform was nearly empty. 3 orangutans came and hung around for about an hour. Price was a bit high for what we did but it does go towards the rehabilitation of the orangutans. It may be a better value if you go for both feedings and when the walking trail is open (they told us that a tree had fallen on the walkway but after reading other reviews here it sounds like it has been closed for at least a few months)

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