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Deramakot Forest Reserve

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This is a place not for the faint of heart, but for the well-seasoned traveler

The Derarmakot Forest Reserve is a place that you must want to go to, and stay for 4 days, or so... read more

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Gerald D
Scottsdale, Arizona
Wonderful jungle adventure

We've stayed for 4 nights in Deramakot and we brought home a lot of lovely memories. The whole trip... read more

Reviewed 8 October 2018
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Deramakot Fmu, Sandakan, Malaysia
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Derarmakot Forest Reserve is a place that you must want to go to, and stay for 4 days, or so. The drive off of the main road from Sandakan is 46 km on a dirt rood, through acres of Palm oil plantations, and then...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Gerald D
Reviewed 8 October 2018

We've stayed for 4 nights in Deramakot and we brought home a lot of lovely memories. The whole trip in Sabah was perfectly organized by Adventure Alternative Borneo and the days spent in Deramakot were the highlight. Our guide was Adi and our cook was...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 7 October 2018

We spent two nights at the Reserve, organised by Adventure Alternative Borneo (AAB). During our stay we went on one night time safari drive, one early morning drive (each of about 3 hours) and one late afternoon-to-night drive (5 hours). Our guide Adik and driver...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Helen M
Reviewed 5 October 2018

The forest is about 55,000 hectares and is largely unspoilt, with only limited logging. The animals are doing well, with orang utans and gibbons etc by day, and lots of things at night, including various civets, flying squirrels, slow loris etc. Did not see any...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Daniel S
Reviewed 29 August 2018

We spent 3 nights in Deramakot as part of our 9 day trip to places around Sandakan including Sepilok, Kinabatangan and Liberan island, all organized by Adventure Alternative(AA). Deramakot is an amazing place especially if you are interested in seeing exotic wildlife. Though our wish...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Abhijit S
Reviewed 26 August 2018 via mobile

Deramakot is an expensive reserve, do book from Adventure Alternative Borneo directly to get the lowest price. Safari with AAB, ever safari time was specially arranged due to the weather to make sure you see more. Thanks our guide Siti, she was so talented and...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank FangyiZ6
Reviewed 7 August 2018

We had the privilege of spending 4 nights here as part of a 14 day trip with AA. We also visited Mount Kinabalu, Imbak Canyon, Kinabatangan River and Danum Valley - all with the same guide - Henry. We have been on many wildlife adventures...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank Ruth W
Reviewed 6 August 2018 via mobile

Our visit to Deramakot was the highlight of five weeks visiting wildlife sites in both Sabah and Sarawak. The opportunities for sightings of forest mammals (especially nocturnal one) are exceptional - the more obvious species can be seen by all tourists elsewhere, you come to...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank Michael H
Reviewed 3 August 2018 via mobile

Deramakot isn’t really for tourists so you need to be a little prepared and some of the previous reviews have covered most things. I would add to bring some tea and coffee as there wasn’t any available when we were there. On the clothing front...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank alison38
Reviewed 19 June 2018

We spent 6 nights in Deramakot this past April booked via AA Borneo. It was our 2nd visit so we knew what to expect regarding the accommodations. You only get a tiny twin bed with a pillow and thin blanket. But, you do get a...More

Date of experience: April 2018
3  Thank EDH_Traveler
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Response from Dorthe H | Reviewed this property |
In Deramakot we didn’t need leech socks, but our friend got one - yeah, gives some blood. But they where few. A good suggestion: use a good brand of fast drying out-door trousers (like the ones with zipper for nee short... More
16 June 2018|
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Hi. No, no WiFi and no phone signal Regards Fiona
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