Named after two rivers that flow through it, the Kabili-Sepilok Nature Reserve is home to an interesting and diverse array of wildlife and vegetation, consisting mainly of dipterocarp and mangrove forests. Established in 1964, the reserve is approximately 4,294 hectares and is important for the protection of Orangutans.
Sepilok is home to over 335 species of birds and, Borneo's icon, the Bornean Bristlehead. Other than the Bristlehhead, the Black-Crowned Pitta, Bornean Banded Kingfisher, Diard's Trogon, Rufous-Collared Kingfisher, Rhinoceros Hornbills, and the Giant Pitta are all highlights of Sepilok.
BIRDing locations + trails
The best birding spot at Sepilok can be found at the Rainforest Discovery Centre (RDC).The 620 meter long canopy walkway is the highlight at RDC making it easy to view canopy birds at eye-level. Trails such as the Kingfisher Trail, Ridge Trail, and Pitta Path are all fantastic spots for birding. A guide is not compulsory at RDC, but if you are new to the area, getting a guide may increase your chances of seeing more species.
There are several resorts, homestays, and bed and breakfasts at Sepilok, so finding a place to stay is not a problem.
Sepilok is located approximately 25 kilometres from Sandakan town itself, the reserve is reachable via a sealed road.