Kinabatangan River Abai and Sukau

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3 Days / 2 Nights
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Grab your camera and get ready for a wonderful wildlife safari in the Kinabatangan River!
Witness amazing wildlife in their natural habitat and enjoy relaxing safari river cruise on this Borneo eco-tour.

Abai and Sukau in the Lower Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary are the best places for secluded encounters with wild orangutans, proboscis monkeys, bornean pygmy elephants, crocodiles, tropical birds and many other species.

  • Get up close and personal with the Orangutan in Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre
  • Get a glimpse of Orang Sungai‘s village in Abai. The Orang Sungai “River People” are a group of indigenous people native to the sate of Sabah
  • Witness Borneo’s abundant wildlife up close as you embark on a safari river cruise on the Kinabatangan River
  • See fireflies at night glittering like Christmas lights in their natural environment
Day 1
Arrive Sandakan - Sepilok - Kinabatangan River
Day 2
Kinabatangan River
Day 3
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 tour guide
  • Entrance Fees

Is this your ideal tour?

This tour is ideal for those who are passionate about wildlife. Kinabatangan River offers some of Sabah’s best opportunities for seeing wildlife.
This tour does not require a high degree of physical fitness, as much of the wildlife viewing in Kinabatangan is done from small motorized boats. The Kinabatangan River is not the ideal place for hiking as the area consists largely of mangrove swamps and flood plains.


Day 1Arrive Sandakan - Sepilok Orangutan - Kinabatangan River

Pick up: 08.00am (Sandakan airport or hotel)

Upon arrival in Sandakan airport you will be taken to Sepilok Orangutan 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 you will be taken to the Outdoor Nursery where you will see juvenile and baby orangutans climbing and playing on the rope and in the trees.
After the outdoor nursery 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 depart for a 2-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 2Kinabatangan River

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 in search of wildlife. 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” people and take part in a tree planting project.

After lunch head further up the river, changing lodges for final night 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 3Depart Sandakan

After breakfast, head back to Sandakan by boat with the opportunity to spot more proboscis monkeys, birds and crocodiles. Upon arrival in Sandakan, proceed to your hotel or airport.