Located 25km west of the city of Sandakan in Sabah, the town of Sepilok is famous for Borneo's star attraction - the fuzzy and sadly endangered orangutan. At the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre visitors can watch orangutans in there natural habitat with viewing galleries and feeding platforms getting you close to the action. The numerous trails that lead through the centre are wheelchair-friendly making it welcoming for all. The recent addition of an outdoor nursery is even more of a reason to visit with a chance to coo over the undeniably cute youngsters. Feeding time (10am and 3pm) each day attracts not only the resident orangutans but long-tailed macaques as well.Read More
Within the area there is also a Sun Bear Conservation Centre, home to a number of rescued sun bears - the smallest bear species and the best tree climber - and the Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary, a private reserve home to 300 of the striking-looking monkeys famous for their large, floppy and quite unique noses. Endemic to Borneo, the proboscis monkeys are attracted to feeding platforms with sugar-free pancakes twice a day, which also attracts silver leaf monkeys.
There's little of interest in Sepilok town itself but there's a handful of accommodation options that are conveniently located for visits to the wildlife centres. The attractive chalet-style lodges are surrounded by tropical forest and also offer easy access to the Rainforest Discovery Centre where visitors can walk among the canopy.
Here are some popular itineraries that include a visit to Sepilok. Alternatively, if you would like to include a visit to Sepilok on a bespoke touring itinerary to Borneo, take a look at our tailor-made holiday planning section.