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Sandakan Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Center Full-Day Trip from Kota Kinabalu

Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
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8 hours (Approx.)
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Offered in: English


Journey into the jungles of Borneo on this incredible tour of the Sandakan Sepilok Rehabilitation Center. Learn about conservation efforts being made to protect wild orangutans and watch a dedicated team of naturalists teach these orphaned primates the survival skills necessary to exist once they are released back into the wild.
  • Visit Sandakan and the Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Center on this trip from Kota Kinabalu
  • see the friendly orphaned orangutans at the Sepilok Rehabilitation Center
  • Visit the hilltop Puh Jih Shih Buddhist Temple
  • Breathtaking views over Sandakan Bay for amazing photo opportunities
  • Professional and fun guide will ensure a memorable and informative experience
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off and transport by air-conditioned vehicle included
Venture into the jungle on this Sandakan Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Center full-day trip from Kota Kinabalu. Enjoy the convenience of hotel pick up in the city and choose from ground transportation to the center or airport transfer (flight surcharge subject to change). 

Upon arrival at the center, follow your guide into the largest and oldest orangutan conservation center on the planet and learn how dedicated professionals work to protect orphan primates and prepare them for return to their natural habitat—the jungles or Borneo. 

This tour includes a walk along a tall wooden walkway where you’ll have a bird’s-eye view of bright orange orangutans emerging from the foliage for feedings. At 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Although these primates roam freely in the jungle, travelers should be advised that wildlife sightings are not guaranteed. 

After exploring the grounds and getting up close to the animals, you’ll head to a local restaurant for a satisfying Malaysian meal. Spend the afternoon touring Sandakan, where local markets filled with produce and handicrafts offer the perfect option for collecting souvenirs. Your guide will point out Chinese architecture and other traditional influences when you visit Puh Jih Shih Buddhist Temple. Wander the grounds and then take in the incredible views of Sandakan Bay from its hilltop location.

Your tour ends with a transfer back to Sandakan airport for your flight or coach transport to your hotel in Kota Knabalu. 

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Had a great day the guide was very...
Lynda M
, Feb 2018
Had a great day the guide was very knowledgeable and passionate about the centre. No orangutans at the feeding platform but did see one in the sunbear enclosure . There were also 2 that wandered from the glass feeding area so we also saw them close up. Lunch was great- typical Malaysian food.
Firstly, know that you have to book...
, Oct 2017
Firstly, know that you have to book additional domestic flights from Kota Kinabalu to Sandakan that's not included in the package. You will receive an email after booking the tour of the suggested times and the day will start at 4-5 AM due to the pick-up. But from your hotel at KK, the tour is very organised and makes sure you're delivered to each point. At the orangutan center, know that it is never guaranteed that you will see orangutans because it is a sanctuary in the WILD. You will see them in the nursery center behind a glass and also at the feeding platform if you're lucky. Our tour guide then took us to see Sun Bears at the center next to it Around 30 MYR at your own cost which you might as well since you flew all the way to Sandakan... During lunch we were brought to an English tea house to have English food by the sea good restaurant and great views. Our tour guide then took us on a local city tour around Sandakan and he was very knowledgable and interesting, teaching us of local culture and history. We were very lucky to have had Omar as our tour guide - he got along with everyone very well and kept us entertained with all his intelligence! Thank you so much Omar for such a great day at Sandakan!
The full day tour was great, Bennie...
, Oct 2017
The full day tour was great, Bennie met us in the morning at the centre, she made sure that we had great seats for the young OrangUtans, after their feeding we went to another feeding platform, not as many this time but other monkeys. The sun bear sanctuary was good too. After we had a wonderful lunch and a couple of beers, with another couple. We then did the city tour quite interesting. Bennie was so knowledgeable. The Day was wonderful. Massive storm after dropped off, the flight was delayed 5 hours. We can't control the weather: Oh Well Liz
Fantastic we seen a Orang Utan in...
Leonard M
, Sep 2017
Fantastic we seen a Orang Utan in its natural environment.Had a very good and passionate Guide who showed us more around Sadakan including the must see Australian War Memorial gardens and the start of the Death March.He also took us to the floating Village to see how they live which I thought was interesting.To top it off we had lunch in a beautiful English Tea Garden over looking the City.Only poor points a long day from Kota Kinabalu,and not many Orang Utans to see as in their natural environment and do not come out as much.
Amazing guide, organised and...
Helen B
, Jun 2017
Amazing guide, organised and bespoke. There was flexibility in the activities, the guide was very informative and genuinely cared about conservation and his country. We had a lovely lunch and city tour. Can not recommend highly enough and Rusli is a real asset to the company. Amazing day.
Great guide, but the tour...
Mitesh Shanbhag
, Apr 2017
Great guide, but the tour description is misleading - you only spend around 3 hours in the Sepilok Orang Utan Sanctuary, the remaining time is split between lunch at 'English Tea House' (which is picturesque but the food is quite bad) and a tour of Sandakan City that was quite boring.
Had to get up early for our flight...
Margaret R
, Mar 2017
Had to get up early for our flight to Sandakan but seeing the orang utans at Sepilok was worth the effort. If you are doing this tour from Kota Kinabalu I would suggest you fly Air Asia. We had booked our return flight with Malaysia Airlines and when we got to the airport we found out that our flight was delayed by more 2 hrs with no real explanation. Also would have liked to have had more time at the Rehabilitation Cente but I would still recommend taking this tour.
This is undoubtedly a fantastic way...
Hazel J
, Feb 2017
This is undoubtedly a fantastic way to get pretty up class and personal with the orangutans. Just fantastic. Highlight was two of these gorgeous creatures walking past us in the car park holding hands! However, I noticed that the entry to the park was 30 Ringgit about 6. I also had to purchase my flights to and from Sandakan from KK separately for another 65. Lunch at The English Tea Rooms was great, our guide was fantastic and very knowledgeable....but 220 altogether???? I'd LOVE to know where this money goes?? I would advise a DIY tour, which skips out the city tour, as it's pretty grim, and return on the 2pm ish flight
We had a brilliant time on our trip...
, Oct 2016
We had a brilliant time on our trip the guide was so well informed and very helpful , well worth the money .
The whole day was so well organised...
louise h
, Sep 2016
The whole day was so well organised and the tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and friendly.We all loved seeing the orang utan, but the bonus was the fascinating tour of Sandakan after. A trip well worth the effort.

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