Sepilok, Sandakan, Sabah, Malaysia.
Rating : nature resort
Check-in time - 14:00pm
Check-out time - 12:00nn
appreciate the ancient rhythms of the forest, the best thing one could
do is to stay at least a few days in Sepilok Nature Resort, a most
beautiful compound bordering on the protected area (it is actually not
uncommon to have Orang Utans or pythons wandering around among the
chalets) and perfectly integrated with the surrounding forest.
Set in a
spectacularly landscaped private area of manicured lawns and rolling
hills, the fully air-conditioned (and very comfortable) twin bed chalets
feature beautiful lake or jungle view verandahs and private bathrooms
with hot water; the surrounding garden - which would take half a day to
explore - offers and amazing array of tropical plants and grasses and a
collection of more than one hundred and fifty different Asian orchid
species. Front office, tour information desk and restaurant are all
integrated in the resort main building built with charming traditional
wooden interior reflecting a truly tranquil setting, overlooking the
green shimmering curtain of lowland tropical rainforest canopies with
some formations reaching almost 80 to 120 feet. A view of the beautiful
natural lake at the heart of the resort is a sight not to be missed.
Guest can enjoy a sumptuous meals cooked by our chef with a fusion of
local and western cuisines served in the central building under cove rd
terraces in a serene setting overlooking the lake and virgin rainforest.
Orang-Utan Rehabilitation Center (where young captive or abandoned Orang
Utans are being helped by a highly trained and motivated staff to
re-adjust to a life in the wild, and where a Sumatran rhino breeding
program is in progress) and the actual Sepilok Forest Reserve are just a
few minutes' walk away, and the Resort staff are happy to organize
birding, trekking and river trips to the neighboring areas (including
the fauna rich Sukau area along the Kinabatangan river and Turtle Island
off North of Sandakan)
amongst a veritable treasure trove of tropical plants and grasses, hug
trees and spectacular orchids in bloom, the quaint bungalows of the
Sepilok Nature Resort are within walking distance of the world-famous
Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve, precious home of the last wild
Orang-Utans of Northern Borneo.
Combining rich traditional style with contemporary luxury, Sepilok
Nature Resort is the ideal starting point for most other wildlife land
destinations in Sabah such as the fauna rich Kinabatangan River and the
surrounding Sukau area. Sepilok Nature Resort also offers the perfect
setting for relaxing after a long plane trip, before continuing on a
diving holiday to Lankayan.
biggest mistake one could do while visiting the Sepilok lowland tropical
forest would be watching the orangutans. Watching only the orangutans,
that is: because this formidable stretch of wilderness-wisely preserved
and just a few miles away from the modern hustle and bustle of Sandakan
offers an unequal opportunity to observe the utterly complex mechanisms
of nature at work in the tropics and in comfort.
then - and only then - that one will be able to hear the hypnotic,
cicada-like song of the tree frogs, the booming, cackling call of the
great hornbill, the soft rustling of the dead leaves on the forest floor
at the passing of a bronze skink. Only then the metallic shine of spider
eyes will be apparent, only then the dead brown little branch will start
walking with the hesitant steps of the stick insect, and it is only then
that the bright green leaf buds on a low shrub will suddenly take the
coiled shape of the pit viper waiting in ambush.
having admired for as long as needed the delicate grace of the big
red-haired apes with their extraordinary prowess in tree-climbing and
upside-down vine-dangling, and after having been dutifully moved to the
depth of their heart by their soulful gaze (no other primate looks at
you like an orangutan does), the visitors should stay a little longer in
the forest and take a leisurely stroll along the well marked trail in
the company of a biologist and guide from the Rehabilitation Center.