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Orangutan Centre and Sandakan City Tour

In the heart of Borneo, a remarkable adventure awaits – the Orangutan Centre and Sandakan City Tour. This captivating journey takes you deep into the lush rainforests, providing an up-close encounter with one of the most fascinating primates on the planet, the orangutan. Beyond the wildlife, Sandakan City offers a vibrant mix of culture and history, making this tour an unforgettable experience.


Exploring the Orangutan Centre

Witnessing Orangutans in Their Natural Habitat

The tour begins as you depart from your hotel in Sandakan or meet at Sandakan Airport. Our first destination is the renowned Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, a place where you can witness the feeding of these iconic creatures and capture incredible photographs of them in their natural habitat.

Established in 1964, this centre plays a crucial role in rehabilitating orphaned and displaced Orangutan. Nestled within a magnificent mixed dipterocarp forest, it offers a conducive environment for these remarkable animals to regain their independence and eventually return to the wild.

A Glimpse into Orangutan Conservation

Your visit to the Orangutan Centre isn’t just a chance for fantastic wildlife encounters; it’s also an opportunity to understand the vital work of conservation. The centre’s efforts to rehabilitate Orangutan and preserve their habitat are awe-inspiring. You’ll gain insights into the conservation initiatives that are helping these endangered species thrive.

Sandakan City Exploration

Sandakan: A Historical Gem

After a morning filled with Orangutan adventures, we transition into exploring Sandakan City, which holds a significant place in Malaysian history. Our first stop is the Australian War Memorial Park, where the infamous Sandakan-Ranau Death Marches commenced in 1945.

This park serves as a solemn tribute to the 2700 Australian and British prisoners of war and others who lost their lives during World War II. It features the Commemorative Pavilion, the Memorial Cairns, and the Sandakan Memorial, all of which provide a poignant reminder of the sacrifices made during this tumultuous period.

A Glimpse into Colonial Life

Our journey to the Orangutan Centre and Sandakan City Tour continues with a visit to Agnes Keith’s House, a meticulously restored colonial-era mansion that now functions as a museum. Step back in time and immerse yourself in the lives of Agnes and Harry Keith, who played a significant role in the history of Sabah. Agnes, an author, has left behind a legacy of books that offer a unique perspective on early life in Sabah.

Local Flavours at Central Market

For a taste of Sandakan’s vibrant culture, we’ll visit the Central Market. Here, you’ll encounter a bustling marketplace where local produce and fresh seafood are sold. Explore the colourful stalls, interact with friendly vendors, and perhaps sample some delicious local delicacies.

Local Flavours at Central Market

Our final stop for the Orangutan Centre and Sandakan City Tour is Sim Sim Water Village, a picturesque community where houses are built on stilts above the water. As you wander along the wooden walkways, you’ll be captivated by the serene beauty of the sea and gain insight into the unique way of life of the local residents.


As the day draws to a close, we offer convenient drop-off services at Sandakan Airport or your respective hotel. The Orangutan Centre and Sandakan City Tour are a perfect blend of nature, history, and culture. It promises an enriching and memorable experience that will leave you with a deep appreciation for the natural world and the historical significance of Sandakan.

Package Details

Tour Code : AG 200
Duration : ±7 hours
Departure : 0830
Min. Pax : 2
Meals Plan : Lunch included

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