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7 Days / 6 Nights
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Sandakan
Lahad Datu
Tour Details

Sabah Nature Explorer is a short but intense journey through the renowned natural wonders of the Malaysian state.

In Selingan island you will have the rare opportunity to see marine turtle nesting, and at the Sepilok Centre you can come face to face with Borneo Orangutans.

Then the tour goes deep into the heart of unspoiled nature along the Sabah’s longest river, the Kinabatangan, before continuing to the beautiful tropical rainforest of Danum Valley.

  • Witness some sea turtles laying their eggs on the beach in Selingan Island in Sabah
  • Get up close and personal with the Orangutans in Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre
  • Observe Borneo’s abundant wildlife up close as you embark on a safari river cruise on the Kinabatangan River
  • Experience some of of the oldest and most pristine rain forests on the planet in Danum Valley
Day 1
Arrive Sandakan - Turtle Island
Day 2
Sepilok Orangutan - Labuk Bay
Day 3 - 4
Kinabatangan River
Day 5 - 7
Danum Valley

What's Included

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

Day 1 Arrive in Sandakan - Turtle Island

Upon arrival in Sandakan you will be met at the airport and transferred to Sim Sim jetty to board the boat to Selingan Turtle Island. Selingan has been designated a national park to protect the newly laid eggs and vulnerable hatchlings from predators. The journey to the island will take approximately one hour.

On arrival, leisure time to settle in your room, relax on the beach or explore the tropical island’s surrounding. In the evening, a park ranger will escort you to watch one of the giant sea turtle laying their eggs on the beach and the release of the baby turtles into the sea (turtle sightings can never be guaranteed).

Overnight at the lodge Turtle island

LUNCH | DINNER

Day 2Sepilok Orangutan - Labuk Bay

Early morning heads back to the mainland and proceed 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 continues to the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre. These bears are the smallest of all sub-species and, like the orangutan, they are arboreal and are losing their habitat through deforestation. Sadly, they are also poached, captured for pets and used in Asian medicine. Keeper is 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

BREAKFAST | LUNCH

Day 3Kinabatangan River - Abai

Today 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 the river. On arrival, you will check into 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

BREAKFAST | LUNCH | DINNER

Day 4Kinabatangan 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 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

BREAKFAST | LUNCH| DINNER

Day 5Sukau - Danum Valley

Today you will be driven for about 5 hours to Danum Valley with a couple of stop en route. On arriving at the Borneo Rainforest Lodge, located beside the Danum River, the view is immediately breathtaking. The beautiful unspoilt primary rainforest canopy reaches up to over 30 meters tall.

The entire Danum Valley Conservation Area is a primary rainforest, which means it has never been logged before and is completely untouched. After a brief orientation, you will be given free time to freshen up before lunch. In the afternoon you will be taken on a guided trekking along the Nature Trail for an introduction to the rainforest ecosystem.

This evening, after a slide presentation on Danum Valley Conservation Area, you will join a night safari on an open-air truck. Using a powerful spot light the guide will point out nocturnal species.

Overnight at the Borneo Rainforest Lodge

BREAKFAST | LUNCH| DINNER

Day 6Danum Valley

Rise early this morning and enjoy a whole day in the beautiful Danum Valley. A short walk from the lodge will bring you to the canopy walkway, suspended 26 metres above the forest floor. The view is magical. In the early mornings, mist hangs over the rainforest, forming a white veil from which only the tallest treetops emerge.

After breakfast you will climb up the trail which brings you the View Point. You will stop along the way to discover the huge variety of flora and fauna. Close to the summit, you will explore an ancient Kadazandusun burial site. Upon reaching the View Point you will rewarded with a fantastic view over the valley. On your return, enjoy a refreshing dip in the natural Jacuzzi pool.

After lunch enjoy an extended hike to look for orangutan, birds and other wildlife along nature trails, or join a relaxing session of water tubing down the Danum River. As, darkens falls, enjoy a guided night jungle walk in search in search of nocturnal species.

Overnight at the Borneo Rainforest Lodge

BREAKFAST | LUNCH| DINNER

Day 7Danum Valley - Depart Lahad Datu

This morning enjoy a short jungle walk. After lunch, check out and transfer to Lahad Datu airport.

BREAKFAST | LUNCH | DINNER

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