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“Has potential but needs a lot of thought”

Deramakot Forest Reserve
Ranked #10 of 31 things to do in Sandakan
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 12 June 2014

We felt that to enjure 2.5 hours ( each way) on a dusty, bumpy palm oil lined road there needs to be a decent "reward"
The basecamp accomodation is adequate with A/C, fans & hot water but there is not much else.
We spent 3 hours spotlighting along the roads for 1 decent civet cat sighting. We had top guides but feel that your chances of seeing wildlife along the road is not good.
Because it is a managed forest the animals must be there but how to show them to tourists is a problem unless you spend a lot of time jungle trecking.

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Reviewed 27 February 2014

We came across this little known or visited part of Sabah by pure luck. It turns out it has some of the best wildlife spotting opportunities in all of Sabah and virtually no one knows about it.

It is run by the forestry department and seems to be a scientific centre as well - when we were there, there was a Japanese researcher with loads of photos from his night cameras of the big forest cats including clouded leopard.

The staff were super helpful and explained all about the sustainable logging they do and it was a relief to hear something positive after seeing so much oil palm before. It is not easy to get to but well worth the effort. We saw 4 orangutans and elephants and the night drive and river cruise was excellent.

The food and lodging is quite basic but it was fine for what it was and cheaper than Danum Valley.

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