How to get there & back again:
The closest airport to Sepilok is the Sandakan airport. See my post Sandakan for further details.
From the airport a taxi will cost you 50 RM and the same to return to the airport from your accommodation. It is estimated that the taxi will take you approximately 40 mins dependent on traffic. However, we arrived at the airport departing from Sepilok Forest Edge in 20 minutes.
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Rustic chalets, nestled amongst the banana leaves, with views of green from your windows and surrounded by retreat, laid back vibes is the only way to describe this resort. This place is absolutely wonderful with calls of Orangutan and roars of Sun Bear to be heard from afar whilst you breathe slowly and take in this magical place.
The staff are friendly, knowledgeable and go out of their way to ensure you have an enjoyable stay. The rooms are nothing short of beautiful and make you feel like you’ve stepped into a luxury set of Tarzan. The bathrooms are creatively crafted with authentic touches of natural decore such as bamboo taps.
The outdoor and undercover dining areas are great places to eat and challenge your travel companions to any of the ample board games provided.
The circular splash pool is its own zen arena. If you can brave the heat bask in the sun and soak up the rays poolside on the lounges or for those searching for shade their is ample foliage and huts to keep you covered.
We left for a night to the Kinabatangan River and upon returning were welcomed with open arms and uninterrupted access to the resort facilities until our flight to KL that evening. Check out my post Kinabatangan River for all you need to know for this adventure.
The hotel has its own restaurant with delicious meals. If you are looking to share some bites then certainly try the basket of chicken and the Hawaiian pizza.
For cheap, yummy and filling meals then the cafe at the Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre is the place to be. We had chicken fried rice with egg for 10 RM and could not finish the serving.
Sepilok is a conversationalist and nature lovers melting pot with both the Sun bear and the Orangutan Rehabilitation Centres within walking distance to Sepilok Forest Edge.
- Sun Bear Rehabilitation Centre
This place and these creatures really found their way into my heart. You can view the Sun Bears, particularly the juveniles, from relatively close distance and/or through the telescopes to get a real close up image. The staff are super knowledgeable and have a true sense of affection for these animals. You can make a donation whether in monetary value, adopting a Bear or by purchasing gifts for the Sun Bears.
The thing that really stuck out for me was that there is not as much information in comparison to the Orangutan about their battle with extinction, their poaching experiences and the hardships these creatures have faced before coming into the centre. I certainly urge you to visit this place and I hope you too continue to share the need to protect these animals .
Visit http://www.bsbcc.org.my/ for more info.
2.Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre
You cannot come all this way without spending some time at the Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre. There are feedings in the morning and afternoon and you ticket is valid for the entire day. Therefore if you visit in the am you come back again and enjoy the afternoon feeding.
It is absolutely amazing witnessing these creatures up close. I encourage you to spend some time in the nursery and witness the resemblance between Orangutan Baby and child which is uncanny. Here we spent hours laughing and simply being in complete awe of these creatures.
- Rainforest Discovery Centre
The RDC is only 2 km from the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre. This place is run by the Sabah Forest Department and aims to provide environmental education. There is a plant discovery centre, rainforest discovery walk, boating on the lake on weekends and Public Holidays and a canopy walkway to provide a birds eye view. This place is great for families or individuals who do not intend on hiking or trekking whilst in Borneo.
Overall Sepilok is great visit for nature lovers, conservationists and families who wish to get in touch with the Borneon Wildlife.