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“Nice and easy access from KK and great to see the little orang-utans”

Shangri-la Rasa Ria Nature Reserve
Ranked #1 of 7 things to do in Tuaran
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Owner description: The Rasa Ria Nature Reserve was established by Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort & Spa, Kota Kinabalu in collaboration with the State Wildlife Department of Sabah. This protected ecological space aims to facilitate rehabilitation programmes for endangered species of animals as well as those endemic in Sabah. The Rasa Ria Nature Reserve provides a home until they ready to be rehabilitated into their natural habitat.
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“Nice and easy access from KK and great to see the little orang-utans”
Reviewed 11 August 2013

A short ish hop from Kota Kinabalu and set in the grounds of the Shangri-la Rasa Ria hotel. A lovely big expanse of jungle space with feeding platforms where the baby (2-3 year old) orang-utans come to eat. Fascinating to see and amazing to watch them. Their ability to hang off branches with a foot whilst eating a piece of fruit and smelling another piece and waving is unbelievable and I'm convinced they're just showing off, and actually chilling out and watching us!

Agree with the previous reviewer about the mossies - bring your spray or come prepared with body sprayed beforehand (and don't miss any spots - feet and ankles in particular). But this is a jungle so just be prepared!

10/10 and definitely worth a trip. For kids around 10 years old, they can also do a ranger experience and help prepare the food for the orang-utans.

Visited July 2013
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“Bring mossie spray”
Reviewed 9 August 2013

The orangutans were very cute but I was eaten alive by mossies while standing on the feeding platform. Make sure to wear long pants or apply a lot of repellent.

As an aside, the Rasa Ria Resort is stunningly beautiful.

Visited August 2013
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“Easily accessible from KK”
Reviewed 11 July 2013

Please note that this is not the main Sepilok Orang-utan Rehabilitation Centre - a fact that isn't very clear from some of the reviews posted on the Sepilok attraction, where the two places seem to be confused with each other. You can easily see orang-utans in the wild at the Nature Reserve at the Rasa Ria Resort, which is a 45 minute drive from KK (cost us RM150 return for a taxi and RM65 pp entry fee). The main Sepilok Reserve is way over on the eastern side of Sabah. There are apparently four young orang-utans being rehabilitated at the Rasa Ria centre at the moment, but we only saw three of them on our visit, as well as other smaller grey monkeys. There are two viewing times per day and you need to book in a couple of days in advance as there are limited places available.

If you have mobility issues, this may present problems as the track up to the viewing platforms, while not long, is just that, a track, and quite rough and steep in parts.

Visited July 2013
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“We Just Had To Adopt”
Reviewed 11 June 2013 via mobile

We have spent the last 3 days seeing the baby Orang-Utans at the nature reserve, we have been lucky enough to see Itinban, Katie & Wulan & we are hoping to see Tenten tomorrow which will sadly be our last adventure with these beautiful animals. We decided to adopt our favorite Itinban he's just so cute. We would also like go say that the rangers are very helpful & friendly. This trip was always planned just to visit these little guys & we haven't been disappointed - I hope we get back again one day.

Visited June 2013
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“Playing the Crowd”
Reviewed 4 June 2013 via mobile

We visited the Sanctuary during our fabulous holiday at Rasa Ria recently. The sanctuary does very worthwhile work looking after orphaned Orang Utans, with a rehabilitation rate of two a year; a great achievement and long may it continue.
Do visit the sanctuary and go and see the Orang Utans. The are two sessions, one at 10 am and the second at 2 pm. We went in the afternoon when it was very, very hot. The instruction was to wear long sleeves and long trousers, and use insect repellant. In my opinion the long sleeves and long trousers seem a bit unnecessary, but the Rangers are the experts so go with what they tell you. As for the insect repellant - use it on all exposed skin. We used Jungle Formula Maximum and had no problems whatsoever. There were others in our session however who appeared not to be so fortunate.
The trail is not particularly arduous or steep. There are a number of tree roots you need to watch out for, but if you are in good health and can put one foot in front of the other, then you should be able to get to the viewing platforms. You might want to take a small bottle of water with you.
The Orang Utans are being fed when you go up into the forest canopy. They are beautiful creatures and of course almost human in their antics and yes, I am sure they have a sense of humour and play the crowd. Of course you are there to see the Orang Utans but do watch out for the small grey monkeys. They are very mischievous. After a while the Orang Utans will get bored of eating and possibly of the crowd and go off into the forest. Do not despair and do not go back down from the viewing platform. Be patient and stay quiet, and they will return when there are less people around and it is not so noisy. You will be rewarded for your efforts, we certainly were. We could almost touch them when they came back for a second time, they were that close.
Once you have done all that, go back down from the forest, change into your swimming gear and cool off in the sea or in the pool.

Visited May 2013
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