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Nestled within tropical gardens, the 23 chalets of the Sepilok Nature Resort are the perfect base from which to explore the neighbouring Kabili-Sepilok Rainforest Reserve which is home to all manner of flora and fauna, including those famous orange fellows, the orangutan.
Tropical plants, grasses, trees and rare orchids compete for ground-space in the hugely bio-diverse Kabili-Sepilok. The reserve is also home to a variety of birdlife, insects, snakes, mousedeer, macaque and proboscis monkeys, gibbons and rehabilitated orangutan, who are cared for in the Sepilok Orangutan sanctuary. There is also a Malaysian Sun Bear rehabilitation centre here, so visitors get the chance to catch a close up glimpse of two of Malaysia's most endearing endangered species.
The modest timber chalets at the Sepilok Nature Reserve are air-conditioned, with ensuite bathroom with hot water, televisions, and a lake or jungle view veranda, from which to look out for wildlife, or watch a tropical storm. The onsite restaurant serves a simple cooked western breakfast, with Malaysian dishes served for lunch and dinner from the open air pavilion, overlooking the central lake.
Spending a night or two at the Sepilok Nature Resort means that guests can take their time exploring the trails and boardwalks or the rainforest reserve in search of wildlife, traverse the canopy walkway, and attend a few feeding times at the Sepilok Orangutan sanctuary (hint - the afternoons are usually a lot quieter). Quite simply, it's the perfect introduction to a rainforest adventure in Borneo.
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Night walks are also offered by the Forestry commission in the neighbouring Kabili-Sepilok, for visitors to catch a glimpse of nocturnal species, though private night walks can also be arranged.
Katie, Original Traveller