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Sepilok Nature Resort

Sandakan, Borneo, Malaysia

Sepilok Nature Reserve's quaint collection of wooden chalets are positioned around a lake within beautiful gardens. This is the perfect location for exploring the Sepilok Rehabilitation Center, home to the adorable Orang Utans of Borneo.

At a Glance

  • Perfectly integrated with the surrounding forest, it is not uncommon to have orang-utans or pythons wandering among the chalets - very few places can make this claim

  • Next door to the Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary, so perfect place to watch these amazing species being cared for by the rangers

  • A ideal lodge to relax at before your early morning journey to Lankayan Island

  • Amazing views in the main restaurant out to the Borneo rainforest

  • Delicious local cuisine

Adventure, Wildlife, Family, Honeymoon

Insider's View

An encounter with the beautiful Orang Utans or ‘wild men of Borneo’ is an unforgettable experience, they are so bizarrely human and quite adorable!

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Insider's View

Head to their upstairs lounge for an early evening drink – lovely atmosphere and views.

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Insider's View

Wander across to the Urang Utan Rehabilitation Center, skip the video to get the best views of the youngsters.

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Call us on 858 345 1762 to start planning your vacation to Sepilok Nature Resort or take a look at our itineraries to Borneo


Hidden amongst a veritable treasure trove of tropical plants and grasses, huge trees and spectacular orchids in bloom, the chalets of the Sepilok Nature Resort are within walking distance of the world famous Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve, home for the last wild Orang-utans of Northern Borneo. Here, there is also a Sun Bear Conservation Center where you can get up (reasonably!) close to the Bornean Sun Bear.

All the timber chalets are set around a beautiful natural lake and have attached private bathrooms with lake or jungle view verandas. The garden they are set in is huge and has over 150 different species of Asian Orchid and it would take half a day to explore it in its entirety. Meals combining flavors form both the east and west can be enjoyed on the terrace of the lodge's restaurant, accompanied by the hypnotic chorus of the tree frogs.

Please note that a stay here can only be booked through Scott Dunn as part of an itinerary with at least 7 nights accommodation in total.


The Sepilok Nature Resort has simple but comfortable air-conditioned twin bed chalets with en-suite bathrooms with hot water, and private verandas overlooking the lake or the jungle.


Children are made to feel very welcome at Sepilok Nature Resort and will love the location and adventures it promises. However, there are no specific facilities available for children.


Facilities at Sepilok Nature Resort are kept to a minimum to remain sustainable. However, a delicious fusion of local and Western dishes are served on a serene covered terrace overlooking the verdant jungle; a wonderful way to enjoy your dinner.


Visit the Sepilok Orangutan Reserve where young orangutans are being helped to adjust to life in the wild and where there is also a Sun Bear Conservation center. Birding, trekking and river trips are also easily organized.

Location & Directions

Sandakan, Borneo, Malaysia

Sepilok Nature Resort is located just 5-minutes walk to Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Center, Sandakan, Borneo.

When to go

Like the rest of Malaysia, Sabah’s climate is hot and humid. Expect temperatures in the high 20s and low 30s throughout the lowlands. The state’s rainfall averages about 300cm annually and though it rains throughout the year, the heaviest rainfall generally occurs between October and January. At higher elevations the temperature is refreshingly cool, dropping to colder temperatures at night. Mount Kinabalu has its own climate and, above 3500m, temperatures can drop to freezing.

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Call us on 858 345 1762 to start planning your vacation to Sepilok Nature Resort or take a look at our itineraries to Borneo

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