Deramakot Wildlife Tour

Deramakot Forest Reserve is arguably the top location to spot Borneo wildlife.  From fan favorites like pygmy elephants, orangutans, gibbons, and hornbills to rare finds like the elusive clouded leopard, marbled cat, binturong (bearcat),  this location is a perfect example of how sustainable forest management can promote conservation of wildlife. We recommend this Deramakot Wildlife Adventure Tour for hardcore wildlife enthusiasts and any visitor to Borneo interested in seeing wildlife away from crowds of tourists.
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About the Tour:

Borneo has many things that make it a special place to visit and wildlife is at the top of that list. Our Borneo Wildlife Adventure at Deramakot Forest Reserve gets you into the jungle and away from the crowds providing a unique way to observe the species that put Borneo on the map, in their natural habitat.

With our team of expert guides, private cooks and drivers this is that National Geographic experience you have been searching for.

Your itinerary will be determined by the type of species you wish to see.  Ideal times are just after sunset, night time, and early morning before and during sunrise.

About the wildlife:

The Borneo Wildlife Adventure at Deramakot offers you the chance to see not only Borneo’s big name species, but also rare and elusive species that are nearly impossible to see anywhere else.  Here is a list of Borneo wildlife you have the potential to spot (These are just a few. There are too many to name them all):

  • Orangutan – critically endangered
  • Bornean Pygmy Elephant – endangered
  • Clouded Leopard – vulnerable
  • Marbled Cat – near threatened
  • Helmeted Hornbill – critically endangered
  • Rhinoceros Hornbill – near threatened
  • Colugo (flying lemur) – least concern
  • Flying Squirrel (multiple species)
  • Gibbons – endangered
  • Mouse Deer – least concern
  • Sambar Deer – vulnerable
  • Banteng (Jungle Cow – estimated less than 300 in Sabah) – endangered

About the location:

Deramakot Forest Reserve is owned by the Sabah Forestry Department.  It is a sustainably managed forest, certified by the Forest Stewardsip Council and is a perfect example of how sustainable forest management can promote conservation of wildlife.

Deramakot acts as a haven for Borneo wildlife as forested habitat in the surrounding areas continues to be lost.


Day 1: Kota Kinabalu – Telupid – Deramakot Forest Reserve

  • Pick up from Sabah Kota Kinabalu hotel, proceed to Telupid. Journey approximately 4-5 hours.
  • Lunch in Telupid
  • Transfer to 4×4 for final leg to Deramakot.
  • Check-in
  • Dinner.
  • Night safari, in search of nocturnal wildlife.

Day 2:

  • Wake up early for a morning walk or continue on 4WD to witness sunrise and search for wildlife.
  • Return to Chalet for breakfast
  • Optional activities : Self-walking around the chalet, or you can hike a trail around the main complex area.
  • Lunch.
  • Optional activity : Afternoon river cruise (Subject to availability)
  • Back to the chalet and dinner.
  • Night safari, in search of nocturnal wildlife.
  • Back to chalet.

Day 3:  Deramakot Forest Reserve – Telupid – Kota Kinabalu

  • Wake up early for a morning walk.
  • Return to the chalet for breakfast
  • 9am : Check out.
  • Transfer to Telupid
  • Lunch.
  • Transfer to Kota Kinabalu.

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