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“Great place to have a first encounter with orangutans!”

Orang Utan Sanctuary
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Reviewed 1 July 2014

We were lucky enough to see orangutans in the wild but this was a great place to start. Well informed staff as well.

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Reviewed 29 June 2014

We had been lucky enough to see an Orang Utan in the wild on our River Safari at Nature Lodge so seeing any at the Sanctuary was an added bonus. We were very lucky again and 7 juveniles came to the first feeding in the morning and 3 in the afternoon. In between we explored the forest trails and the little cafe for lunch which was excellent. Many tour companies were only there for either feeding which could result in not seeing an Orang Utan at all if none come to that feeding so to maximise opportunities, it is worth spending the day there. The contact with the animals is just right and I imagine the number of visitors would be distressing to the animals if they were allowed to handle them. As it is, the juveniles are in control of the level of contact and can stay away if they wish. A good establishment and enjoyable day.

Thank Gemsimist
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Reviewed 28 June 2014

We were lucky and saw 8 Orang-Utans (and lots of monkeys). The volunteers are wonderful and it is very easy to access the viewing platform.
They definitely need to be supported.

Thank W9937FMChris
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Reviewed 26 June 2014

We were pretty lucky a young female orang-utan just walked over a path and tried to get our attention. First we were a bit afraid of what she was planning to do. We were worried that she might just interested in our camera. ;) But after a while we noticed she was just curious and had no bad intentions. We played with her and she started to cuddle and share her food. We were in love. Amazing!

Next to this there are some nice walking trails. Feeding time is something you can't miss. Feeding times are 10.00 am and 15.00 pm. But the best experience was the real contact with the ape otherwise I think it'll be a bit boring. Be aware of the fact it can be disappointing as well. It's possible you only see the apes during feeding time... If they show up.

It's advisable to do in combination with for example the Rain forest Discovery Center. All together it'll be a full day. It's on a 20 min. walking distance.

Take minivan 14 from the local bus station in Sandakan at 9.00 am. You'll be just on time for the 1st feeding. They'll drop you off for 6 MYR (12 MYR return). Be on time. Full is full.

1  Thank paulavisscher
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Reviewed 25 June 2014

Orang Utan Sanctuary is a must place to visit for Sandakan visitors. There you get to see the Orang Utangs in their natural environment during their feeding time. It kinda feels like being in zoo without the cages or that chained feeling. Ok it is a bit artificial with a lot of tourists with cameras and a guy handing bananas to monkeys but still a nice experience.

Thank Hannu-Pekka
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