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Orang Utan Sanctuary
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Wildlife and Eco-Tour from Sandakan with Private Transfer
Ranked #2 of 29 things to do in Sandakan
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Pottsville, Australia
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89 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2014

We had gone with the hope and expectations that we would have contact with the Orang utans maybe a similar experience we had in Bali walking and holding a Orang utan, After watching a video we were also told that they won't be taking in more volunteers until 2017 as the volunteer list is very long & we would have no contact with the Orang utans. Apparently at the time we went there was also a orphaned elephant but none one was allowed to view it. Only 3 Orang utans came onto the viewing platform and were not interested in checking out the tourists as they sat with their backs towards us and ate their bananas the left. The most exciting thing for me was I got bitten by a spider on the leg which became quite red and irritated the driver threatening to take me to the local clinic...eek! the other thing I enjoyed was taking photos of some of the tourists, I guess their travel agent had said dress for jungle exploration 'African Queen' style in full Katmandu outfits boots and all. Poor things must have been boiling as the temp in the jungle at this time of year feels like 42% plus it is only a short 5-10 minute walk along a board walk from the ticket office to the viewing platform so if your going... wear comfortable clothing & take bug spray. I was fairly unimpressed and was not compelled to adopt 1 of the 3 orphans as so many other people were lined up wanting to do so. I was happy to buy an Orang utan doll for my friend in Australia as she adopted one of the Orang utans last year.

Visited May 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Very worth a visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2014

The Orangutan Sanctuary is as worth a visit as the Sun Bear Centre next door. And both are needing support from tourists who care about wildlife and the protection of these species.

Welcoming and well organised. The animals are free to roam in their natural habitat, the rainforest within the boundaries of the sanctuary and viewing them at close hand is thoroughly interesting.

I 'adopted' a baby Orangutan for my son and his girlfriend who work with rescued animals in the UK.

Visited April 2014
Thank Maria M
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Kathmandu, Nepal
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“A great experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 June 2014 via mobile

Not only are these guys doing a great job rehabilitating captured Orang Utan, this is a real fun and interesting place to visit. We went in the morning, saw the video and listened to the talk (a little too much 'sales pitch' for me) and then went to the feeding platform. We only saw a couple of Orang Utan, so my guide suggested we come back again for the afternoon feeding (your ticket is good for the day). It was a blast, two females with infants, maybe five or six more, a few others came within a meter of us. It was during local school holidays, so the audience was less than silent, but even that did not deter their antics. Wonderful.

Visited June 2014
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west australia perth
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60 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Doing Good Work”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 June 2014

We have visited this sanctuary many times over the years and we never get tired of watching the antics of the orangutans. There are now a few trails that have opened and they are well worth visiting, we saw a few birds and insects as well as an orangutan at close quarters. You need to spend time here just jumping off the bus, take a few snaps and back on the bus does no justice to this sanctuary. We had lunch a few times at the cafe and found the food quite good. Dont forget to take the night walk through the trails, at $30RM it is great value as most of the nearby lodges charge over $100RM.

Visited May 2014
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Nha Trang, Vietnam
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“Must see”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2014

If you're going to go all the way to Borneo, you can't really leave without seeing the orang utan sanctuary. Be aware though, you can't really see anything unless you go for feeding time.

There is a jungle trail to follow but a high number of safety precautions are advised against leeches, wild sun bears and wild monkeys. As it was, we lasted about 5 minutes on the trail after a group of large wild monkeys with babies decided to attack us. The orang utans are more accustomed to human contact and are more placid we were told.

Visited April 2014
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