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“A great initiative, close up action!”

Shangri-la Rasa Ria Nature Reserve
Ranked #1 of 8 things to do in Tuaran
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Owner description: The Rasa Ria Nature Reserve was established by Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort & Spa, Kota Kinabalu in collaboration with the State Wildlife Department of Sabah. This protected ecological space aims to facilitate rehabilitation programmes for endangered species of animals as well as those endemic in Sabah. The Rasa Ria Nature Reserve provides a home until they ready to be rehabilitated into their natural habitat. *Following 20 years of joint management between Sabah Wildlife Department (SWD) and Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort & Spa (RRR), the Orangutan Rehabilitation and Conservation Programme has ultimately reached a successful conclusion. The wildlife conservation programme at the Nature Interpretation Centre continues, with expanded conservation education and activities. Visitors can now trek deep into the nature trails with rangers to learn about exotic plants, native to the area and found throughout the in the 64-arce Nature Reserve.
Reviewed May 18, 2012

The whole family really enjoyed this trip to see orangoutangs in their native environment. There was an educational piece to this as well, and we came away knowing a little more, having an appreciation and understanding for these lovely animals.

3  Thank travelMcs
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Reviewed April 19, 2012

This is a kind of feeder centre for the more well-known Sepilok facility near Sandakan, so not just an entertainment for tourists; it does serve a serious purpose in rehabilitating orang utans prior to their eventual (hopeful) re-introduction to the wild.
And of course it's about 5 mins walk (if that) from the hotel.

You're likely to get pretty close views of the three or four they have there (at the time of writing), and if you aren't smitten by Ten Ten you have no heart or soul :0)

2  Thank IanSamways
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Reviewed December 22, 2011

We took a trip to the Rasa Ria resort to see the Orangutans at the nature reserve. This is an excellent option if you dont fancy heading to Sepilok. The orangutans are living free in the reserve though sometimes there are also younger ones that the rangers keep as well. this is a first stage rehab centre for young orangs from babies. when older they are transferred to sepilok (plane trip away in another district). the reserve is beautiful and you do get to see the orangs relatively up close and personal. you won't get to cuddle them but they will come within a few feet and closer if they decide they might want to liberate your food, cameras or hats :) numbers vary but you will see hordes of other monkeys enjoying the benefits of free food plus birds and other denizens of the reserve. there is a intro video first to tell you about the work being done in a pleasant room.

Was definitly worth the trip and I was told by other travellers that a better experience than Sepilok which apparently suffers from large numbers of visitors (depending on your timing) and limited viewing. numbers are restricted on the tour at Rasa Ria so always plenty of room to see the orangs from the viewing platforms. The guides are knowledgeable and helpful and obviously devoted to their furry charges.

if you are coming from KK, its around 30 mins from city depending on timing and traffic.

But BE WARNED. Tour guides often don't point it out and ours certainly didn't but you should be aware of the walking requirements for this tour. if coming from outside resort, you get dropped off at the Ocean wing and have at least a 10 min walk through the resort to the reserve. if you have small or elderly people, this may not suit you. the walkways are mostly shaded and flat but in the tropical heat it can be a hike. my 5 yr old complained bitterly but she is a bit of a whinger about walking. also the trek into the nature reserve to get to the viewing area is largely uphill along dirt tracks around 40 - 60 degree slope in places. if you are very infirm, unfit, pregnant etc this may not be the tour for you. footing can be a little slippery depending on rainfall. i am lamentably overweight and managed it by taking it easy. i wouldn't want to do it carrying children of any age or if you have bad knees, hips etc.

You may have to wait awhile before the organgs come out to the call of the guides.. be prepared for smallish kids to whine and be bored. but when they do turn up it is great.

on a separate note the resort is gorgeous and wish I had stayed there for a few days instead of the place we went instead.

18  Thank lushlykelly
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Reviewed October 23, 2011

The nature reserve was fantastic. We visited the Orang Utans, did the canopy walk (which was a disappointment) and went on a nocturnal nature watch. The nature watch was made really special but our guide Leslie. He had so much passion for his job and was so informative! We spotted bear cats which we wont forget!

2  Thank p0rtia
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Reviewed October 6, 2011

If you have done the Poring canopy trip forget the canopy at this reserve, but do go and see the orangutans at feeding time.

The kids ranger for a day activity was not really worth it.

2  Thank GAKill
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