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Wonders of Kinabalu

Kota Kinabalu (KK) is the gateway to the rest of Sabah and the state capital. In the vicinity of Kota Kinabalu, there are various places of interest, including offshore islands, Tanjung Aru Beach, the State Museum, and the State Mosque. The Gaya Street Fair every Sunday morning and the open night markets are places where visitors can test their bargaining skills. Amongst KK's most impressive buildings is the great tower of Sabah Foundation, a 72-sided polygon that rises 30 stories. Another well known spot is Signal Hill. From here, you can get a panoramic view of the city below and the waterfront. Tanjung Aru Beach is a pristine beach, which lies only minutes away from KK and is popular with both locals and tourists. Tanjung Aru boasts of a vast expanse of ivory toned stones and crystal clear waters that are carefully hidden amidst lush green casuarinas and coconut palms. It is ideal for swimming, fishing, snorkeling, scuba diving, as well as yachting. For those of you who absolutely adore seafood, this is the place to be!

Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre

This is an opportunity of a lifetime for visitors to come in close contact with the remarkable "man of the forest" (which is what Orang Utan means in the Malay language) and to witness an exciting conservation program in action.

The Sanctuary is set in 43 sq. km of beautiful virgin rainforest 25 km from Sandakan. Its conservation program was started in 1964 to help and teach Orang Utans who may have been abandoned by their mothers, injured, or formerly in captivity fend for themselves in the wild.

The Orang Utan is well known for being man's closest relative. These animals are astonishingly gentle and highly intelligent, gazing at visitors with almost disconcerting frankness. Visitors are not allowed to touch the animals inside the Sanctuary, fearing the spread of diseases. Do not despair though. It is still possible to meet and photograph the mature female apes.

Orang Utans are so fond of human companionship that they simply refuse to go back to the wild, which is located outside the Registration Center. Visitors will be able to observe orphaned Orang Utan being taught how to climb. Proceeding on to a platform, visitors will then be able to watch semi-wild Orang Utan come in from the further reaches of the forest for their twice-daily ration of milk and bananas.

Besides Orang Utan, the Sanctuary also houses highly endangered Sumatran rhinos and (occasionally) other animals such as elephants. In addition, there is also an Information Nature Education Center and a mini-theater where a documentary video on the work of the Sepilok Orang Utan Sanctuary is shown. To ensure that you don't miss the feeding session, do arrive about an hour earlier to register and enjoy other activities.

It is possible to take a taxi to Sepilok and have it wait for your return. Alternatively, there are also infrequent buses marked "Sepilok" leaving from the station near the Central Market. All tour operators offer guided excursions that include transport.

Daily Feeding Time: 10 a.m., 2.30 p.m.
Entrance Fee: RM10 per person
Still Cameras: Free
Video Cameras: RM10

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