Deramakot Forest Reserve

Deramakot Forest Reserve (DFR), located in the heart of Sabah is one of Sabah’s best destination for wildlife spotting. It has been documented that about 75% of mammals in Sabah can be found within this forest reserve such as Orang Utan, Pygmy Elephants, Tembadau (Banteng), and Proboscis Monkey, including five species of the Bornean Cats which are the elusive Sunda Clouded Leopard, Marbled Cat, Bornean Bay Cat, Flat-headed Cat and Leopard Cat.

Looking for a wildlife adventure? A visit to this mixed dipterocarp forest, will surely not disappoint. Only accessible by four-wheel drive vehicles, its takes approximately 7 hours’ drive from Kota Kinabalu to the base camp of DFR. This area is under the care of Sabah Forestry Department.

DFR provides basic accommodation with option of staying in a chalet with 3 bedrooms or dormitory rooms with bunk beds. Blanket, pillow, towel, soap and shampoo are provided.

Among the activities that you can experience at the reserve are jungle trekking, morning walk (forest is amazing in the morning), wildlife drive as well as wildlife photography. Please contact the local tour operators to book your tour package to DFR.

Deramakot Forest Reserve is the first natural tropical rainforest in the world to be certified as “well-managed” by the Forest Stewardship Council. This 55,507 hectares forest has also earned the rare distinction for being the longest certified rainforest in the world by the Forest Stewardship Council since 1997.

This forest generates an annual income of about RM10m-RM15m from its timber. The harvesting is carried out based on “Reduced Impact Logging” concept where only trees that have minimal impact on soil and the surrounding forests will be removed. Sustainable eco-tourism is seen as the alternative resources to contribute income for the ecological conservation fund.

Visitors are required to make pre-arrangement and booking with local tour operators.

Product Contact

Sabah Forestry Department
Locked Bag 68,
90009 Sandakan

Article last reviewed: March 16, 2022