Sepilok Orang-utan Rehabilitation Centre

One of only four orang-utan sanctuaries in the world, the Sepilok orang-utan rehabilitation centre was established in 1964 and now covers 40 sq kms of the Kabili-Sepilok Forest.

Why visit Sepilok Orang-utan Rehabilitation Centre ?

  • Experience a close encounter with orangutans in their natural environment
  • Learn about the rehabilitation of rescued orangutans at Sepilok
  • View these amazing creatures as they enjoy feeding time

Set up with the principal aim of rehabilitating orphaned and injured orangutan so they can eventually be returned to forest life, this centre is now one of Borneo’s most popular destinations.

There are morning and afternoon feeding sessions, so despite the thick jungle it is normally easy to see these wonderfully gentle and playful great apes in their natural environment as they come swinging through the trees for their food. There is also a regular presentation about the work of the centre, which allows visitors the chance to learn about the work being done here.

Typically guests would visit the centre when visiting Sandakan, Kinabatangan River or Turtle Island.




A visa is not required for UK passport holders.

Health Requirements

No mandatory vaccinations are required. Yellow Fever certificate if arriving from an endemic area.

Time Difference

GMT + 8 Hours

Flight Time

16 hours with one stop


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