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Deramakot Forest Reserve

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Incredible place for wildlife enthusiasts

We spent 3 nights in Deramakot as part of our 9 day trip to places around Sandakan including... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Abhijit S
nice mammal watching

Deramakot is an expensive reserve, do book from Adventure Alternative Borneo directly to get the... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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Deramakot Fmu, Sandakan, Malaysia
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

1  Thank Abhijit S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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

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

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

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

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

3  Thank EDH_Traveler
Reviewed 8 March 2018

This was a truly educational experience, putting many preconceptions into perspective i.e. sustainable logging, ecotourism, economic development, etc. It is not only suitable for children but imperative to their awareness and development. Do not come if you are a hypocrite who will cry about seeing...More

10  Thank OliveGoh
Reviewed 17 February 2018

We knew when we booked our stay that it wouldn’t be luxurious. The basic but adequate accommodation is a bumpy two hour drive from the nearest village, and I didn’t enjoy the food although my husband thought it was ok. I’m not marking the holiday...More

Thank WilmslowGirl
Reviewed 13 January 2018 via mobile

My husband and I visited Deramakot Forrest Reserve for 3 days / 2 nights, with morning treks and night safaris. We saw many civet cats, leopard cat and birds. We encountered two groups of elephants, which we heard and followed for 8 kilometres, but didn’t...More

Thank Dorthe H
Reviewed 9 January 2018

Our guide, Siti, gave up her office job for something more interesting. Her enthusiasm, and incredible spotting abilities, made the trip for me. The itinerary was principally 4WD safaris, covering a lot of ground to maximise chances of seeing big, obvious things, like elephants, orang-utans...More

4  Thank arkitrekker
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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|
Response from WilmslowGirl | Reviewed this property |
Hi. No, no WiFi and no phone signal Regards Fiona