Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary

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1. Posted by dcmam (Budding Member 2 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hi everyone,

We are booked on a tour of Malaysia, including Sandakan and the orangutan Sanctuary. From the look of the itinerary, we are only there for a morning. I'm afraid this won't satisfy our curiosity about orangutans or desire to see them.

I'm sure many of you have been to Sepilok... How good is it? What else might we be able to fit in while visiting Kuching or Kota Kinabalu for observing orangutans outside of a zoo?

Thanks for any help,

2. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

The river bank is pleasant to just stroll along or dine. Easy to also catch a ferry over to the fortress

Try this link:

3. Posted by lizp (Full Member 77 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hello David

Sepilok is good, its the best sanctuary I've been to in SE Asia.
Most tours only spend a morning (or less!) at Sepilok. Its a pity you booked a tour or else you could have gone independantly as its easy to get to from Sandakan. Are you going onto Kinabatangan? That is a great place and although you won't see orang utans, you will see the proboscius monkeys.

Outside Kuching there is the Semenggok rehab centre where they have a few orang utans, but to be honest I wouldn't recommend it, as its not a nice place and you may not even see the orangs.
As far as I know there's nothing in the KK area.

Sorry its not very encouraging news, unless you can extend your stay in Sandakan and go back to Sepilok later....


4. Posted by SpaceCadet (Full Member 71 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hi David,

"The traveler sees what he sees. The tourist sees what he has come to see." -G.K. Chesterton (Quoted from another forum)

I guess you have what it takes to be a traveler, coming to Malaysia in search of orang utan. ;)
2 years ago when I last visited Semenggoh Rehabilitation Centre in Kuching, there was not a single orang utan kept in enclosure. All of them were released into the tropical forest surrounding the rehab centre. Therefore, make sure you are there during the morning feeding session because that's the only time you can actually get to see them(up close and personal). If you missed that, you might have to wait until the afternoon feeding session. Morning visit is sufficient because the place is not that huge.

Have fun!


5. Posted by kc9090 (Budding Member 2 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Beside you visit the Sepilok at sandakan, Kinabatangan Floodplain might be worth to visit ther as well... it's also in sandakan..



[ Edit: sorry, no promos in the forum please ]

6. Posted by dcmam (Budding Member 2 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Thanks everyone!!!