Deep jungle hikes, climbing mountains, looking for animals in nature and sipping cocktails on a lovely beach; Sabah in Borneo has much to offer for making your backpacking experience perfect as it should be.
I want to share a secret with you about one of my best travel experiences in Sabah, Borneo.
A lovely stay in Sabah, Borneo
Staying in the tropical green in Sabah, Borneo whilst being surrounded exclusively with ecstatic bird sounds and faraway animal shouts.
Even the thought of it already feels like a dream. Right?
When I visited Sabah in Borneo, I was looking around online for a nice and affordable hotel or guesthouse in the area.
Sepilok forest edge resort
I decided to stay at the Sepilok forest edge resort, which is located in the middle of the tropical jungle in Sabah; somewhere on the way to Sandakan.
The resort is surrounded by a bunch of amazing activities (read further below). The natural environment around the resort is truly stunning.
The Sepilok forest edge resort is a place where you need to stay for a few days.
Lay off, relax and absorb the amazing atmosphere of Sabah in Borneo in a perfect guest house that offers you a pool, nature, natural bird sounds (and spotting) and an amazing breakfast view.
One of the best views I ever had at breakfast
Getting up in the morning at the Sepilok forest edge resort in Sabah, Borneo is a stunning and very unique experience. I was a having a nice cup of coffee with some orange juice, right after I got up from my bed.
I was surrounded by a beautiful variation of different tropical plants, pleasing jungle sounds, and a mild, but humid breeze.
The coffee was great, the moment was breathtaking. Quiet, but filled with appreciation and fondness.
The restaurant in Sepilok forest edge resort is pretty good.
There are many options when it comes to ordering food, so you can always count on a good meal at your accommodation.
The bar-restaurant area is also very pleasant in the evenings for playing a game, having a good chat together with a refreshment or two.
A swimming pool, pleasing bird sounds, and cold beers
What else do you need for a perfect holiday?
I spent many hours in and around this beautiful pool.
The pool here was a perfect place to relax after a half-day activity before noon. A good swim in the morning was also great to wake up to breakfast.
Jungle activities in Sabah, Borneo
Sabah in Borneo is filled with amazing activities.
Either if you love to hike, or rather prefer to take it easy; there always is an option for anyone.
Just next to the Sepilok forest edge resort, you can visit either one of these activities:
- Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Center
- Sun bear conservation center
- Rainforest discovery center
- Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary
- Fireflies Mangrove Cruise
Every activity will be an amazing experience.
The area is beautiful. Borneo is famous for deep rainforests and beautiful animals.
This is what you will get when you do an activity in Sabah.
Wild orangutans & a beautiful jungle hike
You need to pay a visit to the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Center when you are in the area.
It is one of the best examples of a good jungle activity in Sabah, Borneo. And, this is where I spotted my first wild orangutan ever.
The place is a rehabilitation center, meaning that wild orangutans that lost their home or orangutans that lived in captivity get rehabilitated for re-entry into the jungle.
The orangutan center is located on the edge of the deep rainforest in Sabah, Borneo. So the orangutans live in the wild jungle, but they get treated well with healthy food and lots of love by the orangutan keepers of the orangutan center.
The Sepilok orangutan rehabilitation center is a great place for spotting wild orangutans in an ecological and ethically correct way.
Just next to the orangutan rehabilitation center there are a few good paths that lead into the jungle for a 1-2 hour short hike.
I really enjoyed the jungle hike. The natural environment was a delight.