Day 1 Sandakan – Telupid – Deramakot Forest Reserve (D)
1100 hours pickup from hotel in Sandakan or Sepilok and transfer to Telupid. Deramakot Forest Reserve is located approx. 190 kilometres from Sandakan. The first part of the journey from Sandakan to Telupid is on sealed roads. Arrive in Telupid around 1300 hours and have lunch (on own account). At 1400 hours depart Telupid for the 2-hour journey to Deramakot field base. Four-wheel drive vehicles are used for this stretch of the journey on approx. 70 km of sometimes bumpy gravel tracks. Arrive in Deramakot around 1600 hours, although the exact time will depend on road conditions and the weather.
Deramakot is rich in wildlife with 75% of Sabah’s mammal species found within its 55,507 hectares of mixed dipterocarp forest. Deramakot is a logging area with 10% of the forest set aside for conservation and 90% set aside for reduced impact logging. It is also the longest Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified tropical forest in the world, having been first certified in 1997.
Although it is a logging concession Deramakot is one of Sabah’s best wildlife watching destinations. Orangutan, pygmy elephants, Banteng (wild cattle), proboscis monkeys and clouded leopards are just some of the iconic species that are found at Deramakot. Upon arrival check-in to the park-style chalet accommodation. Then go on a forest walk near the base station. After dinner go on 4×4 night safari to look for wildlife. After approx. two hours of ‘spot lighting’ and searching for wildlife return to the lodge. Overnight at the lodge.
Day 2 Deramakot Forest Reserve (B/L/D)
Early morning wake up call at 0500 hours. Then depart for a pre-dawn four-wheel drive safari. Drive along the various tracks in the reserve looking for wildlife. Return to the lodge for breakfast. After breakfast go on a jungle walk (optional). Return to the lodge for lunch. Afternoon is free at your own leisure. After dinner go on another 4×4 night safari. Overnight at the lodge.
Day 3 Deramakot Forest Reserve (B/L/D)
Continue to explore the biodiversity of Deramakot via treks and four-wheel drive safaris. Start the day with a pre-dawn wildlife safari. Return to the lodge for breakfast then go a jungle walk. Afternoon is free at your own leisure. After dinner go on another 4×4 night safari. Overnight at the lodge.
Day 4 Deramakot Forest Reserve – Sandakan (B)
Early morning wake up call and depart on a dawn walk through the rainforest. Return to the lodge and have breakfast. Leave Deramakot around 0900 hours and drive back to Sandakan. Arrive in Sandakan around 1400 hours and be dropped off at the airport or your hotel.
English speaking guide, tours & transfers, entrance fees, meals as indicated and 3 nights stay at Deramakot
Airfare: KK - Sandakan – KK, alcoholic beverages and juices
2 adults per order
The park-style accommodation is basic but has air-conditioning and attached bathroom.
Kota Kinabalu (BKI) – Sandakan (SDK) on Malaysia Airlines MH2042 (Dep 0700, Arr 0740) or Air Asia AK6492 (Dep 0635, Arr 0720) or MASWings MH3093 (Dep 0725, Arr 0815). Sandakan (SDK) – Kota Kinabalu (BKI) on Malaysia Airlines MH3094 (Dep 1810, 1905 Arr).
We recommended that you arrive in Sandakan the night before the tour. If you wish to arrive in Sandakan on the morning of the tour there are a number of flights that arrive around 0800 hours. You would then need to wait around for 3 hours before the transfer to Telupid.
If you do not need the transfers from and to Sandakan and wish to make your own way to Telupid, please contact us for the price. The tour price is cheaper without the Sandakan transfers.
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