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Discover the diverse wildlife of the Lower Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary on this fully comprehensive itinerary.

The lower basin of the Kinabatangan River is the largest forest covered floodplain in Malaysia and has the largest concentration of wildlife in the South East Asia.

This eco-tour will take you to explore the river by boat from Sandakan town, passing through Abai, until Sukau village.

  • Get up close and personal with the Orangutan in Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre
  • Get up close and personal with the Proboscis Monkeys in Labuk Bay
  • Witness Borneo’s abundant wildlife up close as you embark on a safari river cruise on the Kinabatangan River
  • Explore the Gomantong Caves home of millions of birds and bats
Day 1
Arrive Sandakan - Sepilok Orangutan
Day 2 - 4
Kinabatangan River
Day 5
Depart Sandakan

What's Included

  • Accommodation for the nights listed in the itinerary
  • Meals full board
  • All internal transport as per the itinerary
  • Sightseeing tours / activities where specified
  • English speaking guide
  • Entrance fees

Day 1 Arrive in Sandakan - Sepilok Orangutan

Pick up time: between 08.00am-08.30am (Sandakan airport or Hotel)

You will be picked up from your hotel or airport and transferred to Sepilok Rehabilitation Centre for up-close orangutan encounter. Walk ten minutes through the rainforest on wooden boardwalk to witness the feeding of orangutans from the platform in the forest.

After the feeding time of the orangutan , continue to the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre. These bears are the smallest of all sub-species and, like the orang utan, they are arboreal and are losing their habitat through deforestation. Sadly, they are also poached, captured for pets and used in Asian medicine. Keeper are nursing them back to health and where necessary, educating in how to be a wild bear. The intention is then to release them into the forest.

After lunch proceed to Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary. In the centre of the mangrove forests of Semawang is the Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary, where you can see Borneo’s indigenous proboscis monkeys. This privately-owned sanctuary located within an oil palm estate gives you the chance to observe these animals up close and personal.

Overnight at the Sepilok Nature Resort


Day 2Kinabatangan River - Abai

Today depart for a 3-day safari on the Kinabatangan River. You will be taken to Sim Sim jetty to board the boat to Abai Jungle Lodge. Enjoy a relaxing 1 hour cruise, journeying up river. On arrival you will check in to your lodge on the riverbank and then enjoy lunch.

Late afternoon head out on a safari cruise on the Kinabatangan River – at dusk you may have the chance to see proboscis monkey and other wildlife than the area is famed for. Before dinner you will experience a night cruise to witness the glittering fireflies on the mangrove trees.

Overnight at the Abai Jungle Lodge


Day 3Kinabatangan River - Sukau

This morning you will be awakened by the calls of gibbon monkeys and the sounds of hornbills. Embark on a river cruise to the Pitas Lake for birdwatching. The rest of the morning is at your leisure to explore the rainforest on a boardwalk located behind the lodge or visit the village of the native “orang sungai”.

After lunch head further up the river, changing lodges for final night at the Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge in Sukau village. Switching lodges gives you a great chance to see more wildlife. On arrival take a safari cruise on the Menanggul River a tributary of the Kinabatangan River.

Overnight at the Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge


Day 4Kinabatangan River - Sukau

Early morning take a river cruise to Kelenanap Oxbow Lake for birdwatching. Return to the Lodge for breakfast. The rest of the morning is free for your own leisure.

After lunch, proceed to Gomantong Forest Reserve and explore the largest bird’s nest cave in Sabah.

After Gomantong, return to the lodge and take a late afternoon river cruise on the Kinabatangan River in search of wildlife.

Overnight at the Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge


Day 5Depart Sandakan

After breakfast, head back to Sandakan by boat with the opportunity to spot more proboscis monkeys, birds and crocodiles. Upon arrival in Sandakan, you will be dropped back at your hotel or airport at the end of the tour.