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Sepilok Orang Utan Sanctuary

Watch as a community of orphaned orangutans play in the trees above you at this sanctuary.

The world’s first official orangutan rehabilitation center offers the rare opportunity to see the endangered species in their natural habitat. Sepilok Orang Utan Sanctuary was formed in 1964 to reintroduce orangutans orphaned and displaced by logging or hunting. Today, 10,625 acres (4,300 hectares) of the Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve is home to up to 80 of the beautiful animals, and at feeding time visitors can witness their playfulness first hand. Walking paths traverse the forest and an exhibition hall provides the story of the sanctuary. Sepilok Orang Utan Sanctuary has become one of the most popular attractions in the Sandakan region, and is a great family outing.

Under the dense forest canopy you’ll find a series of boardwalks that lead to the park’s main attractions. Keep your eyes peeled for the local residents as they swing through the trees above you. Follow the main path to reach the viewing gallery for the best chance of seeing the orangutans. 

Two daily feeding sessions draw large crowds of tourists and orangutans, and no visit is complete without witnessing the excitement. Watch as rangers hand feed the apes bananas and milk. While the orangutans are familiar with human contact, visitors are urged not to leave the designated areas, and to hold on to their possessions. Cameras, hats and bags are occasionally seen as toys by the apes. 

Tours of the sanctuary are offered and begin with a visit to the exhibition hall. Discover the plight of one of the most endangered species in the world, and hear about the efforts of the sanctuary to rectify the situation. For the more adventurous, acquire a permit to trek the 3-mile (5-kilometer) mangrove trail that ventures deep into the thick jungle.

Sepilok Orang Utan Sanctuary is located approximately 14 miles (23 kilometers) from Sandakan and can be reached by taxi or bus. The center is open daily and a fee for admission applies.

Popular Activities at Sepilok Orang Utan Sanctuary

We understand you really want to make the most out of your visit to Sepilok Orang Utan Sanctuary. So, we've rounded up a list of some fun things you can do on your visit:

Check out our Sepilok things to do page to learn about even more activities while you're here.


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Best Lodging Options Near Sepilok Orang Utan Sanctuary

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Sepilok Nature Resort ¥9,181
Sepilok Nature Resort

Sepilok Nature Resort

KM 22.5 (Mile 14), Jalan Sepilok, Off Jalan Sapi Nangoh, Sandakan, Sabah
     
    2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in Sandakan, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Borneo Sun Bear Conservation Centre and Sepilok Orang Utan Sanctuary. Rainforest Discovery Centre is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) away.

    Sepilok Jungle Resort ¥3,495
    Sepilok Jungle Resort

    Sepilok Jungle Resort

    Jalan Rambutan, Mile 14 Sepilok, Sandakan, Sabah
       
      2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in a rural location, this resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Borneo Sun Bear Conservation Centre and Sepilok Orang Utan Sanctuary. Rainforest Discovery Centre is 1 mi (1.6 km) away.

      Sepilok Forest Edge Resort ¥7,676
      Sepilok Forest Edge Resort

      Sepilok Forest Edge Resort

      Jalan Rambutan, Sepilok Mile 14, Sandakan, Sabah
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in Sandakan, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Borneo Sun Bear Conservation Centre and Sepilok Orang Utan Sanctuary. Rainforest Discovery Centre is 1 mi (1.5 km) away.

        Nature Lodge Sepilok ¥6,053
        Nature Lodge Sepilok

        Nature Lodge Sepilok

        Jalan Sepilok, Sandakan
           
          2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Sandakan, this lodge is within a 15-minute walk of Rainforest Discovery Centre and Sepilok Orang Utan Sanctuary. Borneo Sun Bear Conservation Centre is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) away.

          Paganakan Dii Tropical Retreat ¥4,702
          Paganakan Dii Tropical Retreat

          Paganakan Dii Tropical Retreat

          Mile 14, Jalan Labuk, Taman Hiburan Jalil Alip, Sandakan, Sabah
             
            2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Sandakan, this lodge is 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Rainforest Discovery Centre and within 6 mi (10 km) of Sepilok Orang Utan Sanctuary and Borneo Sun Bear Conservation Centre. Sandakan Memorial Park is 8.9 mi (14.3 km) away.

            Four Points by Sheraton Sandakan ¥4,452
            Four Points by Sheraton Sandakan

            Four Points by Sheraton Sandakan

            Lot 106 & 107 Blk Hs 11, Sandakan Harbour Square, Sandakan, Sabah
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in the heart of Sandakan, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Sandakan Harbour Mall, Saint Michael's and All Angels Church, and Agnes Keith House. Bukit Buli Sim Sim is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) away.

              The Pavilion Hotel ¥2,828
              The Pavilion Hotel

              The Pavilion Hotel

              Block A3, Bandar Labuk Jaya, Mile 7, Labuk Road, Sandakan, Sabah
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Sandakan, this hotel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Sandakan Memorial Park and within 6 mi (10 km) of Sandakan Rainforest Park and Bukit Buli Sim Sim. Sepilok Orang Utan Sanctuary and Puu Jih Shih Temple are also within 9 mi (15 km).

                My Dream Hotel ¥1,524
                My Dream Hotel

                My Dream Hotel

                Lot 161-166, Block D, Avenue 5, Bandar Utama (IJM) Mile 6, Sandakan, Sabah
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Sandakan, this hotel is 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from Sandakan Memorial Park and within 6 mi (10 km) of Sandakan Rainforest Park and Bukit Buli Sim Sim. Puu Jih Shih Temple and Agnes Keith House are also within 6 mi (10 km).