• Location: Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
  • Duration: 8 hours (approx.)
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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

What You Can Expect

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

Feeding time at the Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Center in Sandakan

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. 

Customer Reviews

Lynda M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 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.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 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!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 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

Leonard M Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 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.

Helen B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 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.

Margaret R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 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.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

We had a brilliant time on our trip the guide was so well informed and very helpful , well worth the money .

louise h

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 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.

John D R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

A great day in Sandakan. We flew in from Kota Kinabalu early and spent the morning at Sepilok. The Orangutans didn and #39;t come to the feeding platform, but we did see them up in the trees as we walked the boardwalk. We were entertained by several Orangutans outside at the Nursery. the tour was brilliant!

sharon m

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

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