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Kinabatangan Borneo Wildlife Safari Tour, Sabah, Malaysia - 3 Days

Kinabatangan Borneo Wildlife Safari Tour, Sabah, Malaysia

Borneo Wildlife Safari along the Kinabatangan River

This leisurely-paced 3-day Kinabatangan Borneo Wildlife Safari Tour, Sabah is available on request and based at the multiple award-winning Sukau Rainforest Lodge and their sumptuous new villa rooms.

On arrival at Sandakan, you will transfer to the Orang-utan Rehabilitation Centre in time to watch the apes feeding. Since 1964, this organisation has been dedicated to rescuing Orang-utans orphaned due to deforestation and poaching, then raising and preparing them for a return to the wild. This is followed by a tour of the nearby Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre, which is focused on rehabilitating and releasing orphaned and ex-captive bears back into their natural habitat.

The next stage in this Borneo wildlife safari involves a boat trip up the Kinabatangan River  to Sukau Rainforest Lodge. As the longest river in north Borneo, there is plenty of opportunity to watch wildlife from the water, possibly spotting some of the shy Bornean Pygmy Elephants or crocodiles on the banks as you drift past.

"Thank you so much for your excellent organisation of our trip. The sighting of so many birds and wildlife has exceeded our expectations. All our guides and drivers have done a great job with their knowledge and patience, so that I could take a lot of great photos!" - Mark Westright

It's an early start the following morning for a morning river cruise to the Kelenanap Ox-Bow lake in search of waking wildlife and birds that are most active in the morning. In the afternoon you can explore the rainforest around Sukau Lodge or simply relax at the foot spa or dip pool. If you are feeling more active you can take part in batik painting or other leisure activities. An evening river cruise is a must to enjoy the sunset and watch the nocturnal wildlife come out of hiding. Throughout your Borneo wildlife safari you will have access to our professional naturalists, who can give you detailed insight into Borneo's nature and conservation efforts.

On return to Sandakan, there will be an opportunity to visit Rainforest Discovery Centre and explore the magnificent botanical gardens.

Highlights of this Kinabatangan Borneo Wildlife Safari Tour, Sabah include:

  • Observing wildlife and birds by day and night as you cruise the Kinabatangan, the longest river in north Borneo
  • Sumptuous accommodation at the award-winning Sukau Rainforest Lodge
  • A visit to Sepilok Rehabilitation Centre for orphaned Orang-utans
  • A tour of the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre

Want to explore more of the natural wonders of Sabah, check out our 2-day Kinabalu Park Safari Tour

Alternative Tour Name: Kinabatangan Wildlife Safari Tour in Borneo
Day 1
Day 1 - sepilok - sukau rainforest lodge

You'll be greeted upon your arrival at Sandakan Airport by our friendly guide and captain. We proceed to watch a video showabout the plight of the Orang Utans and the rehabilitation efforts ongoing at the Centre. Walk ten minutes through the rainforest on wooden boardwalks to witness the feeding of the orang utans at 1000hrs then we continue to the newly completed enclosed nursery area for young orang utans. If the Orang Utans are feeling particularly friendly, you may even get the chance to get up close to the Orang Utan so be sure to hang onto your belongings. Thereafter visit the Borneo Sun Bear Conservation Centre to learn about conservation of the world's smallest bear.

After lunch, we head to the Sandakan jetty where we'll embark on a Borneo Eco Tours speedboat for a 2½ hours boat journey up the Kinabatangan River to the multi awards winning Sukau Rainforest Lodge. Don't worry as the ride is not choppy and it won't be just boat ride as there will be opportunities along the way to view wildlife and birds, and if you're lucky, even the shy Bornean Pygmy Elephants. Cool down with a refreshing drink and cold towel upon arrival while our friendly manager helps you check-in. Take a few moments to savor afternoon tea before we head out into the wild on your first river safari.

Every boat is equipped with eco friendly outboard engines (used along the main river where the current is strong) and electric motor (used during wildlife viewing in the small tributaries) in search of wildlife and birds. Take loads of photographs as the wildlife extravaganza puts on a show. Return for a solar heated hot shower after sunset before enjoying a candle light buffet dinner overlooking the mighty river. Be sure to try on our in-house Sarongs (local wear) which is cooling and helps keep away any mozzies. Dinner is followed by a slide show and interpretation by our in-house naturalist guide. Stay overnight at the Sukau Rainforest Lodge new Villa rooms. (Lunch & Dinner)

Day 2
Day 2 - sukau rainforest lodge

An early morning call at 0530hrs to catch the rainforest waking up is in store. If conditions are just right, you might even wake to a surreal heavenly experience shrouded in mists. After a light breakfast, we embark on a morning river cruise in search of waking wildlife and birds which are most active in the morning on our way to the Kelenanap Ox-Bow lake. Return to a full breakfast awaiting you, taking the time to just immerse yourself in the surroundings. After breakfast, proceed for an educational walking tour along the lodge's Hornbill Boardwalk with our in-house naturalist after which you'll have some time to relax. If you're itching for more activity, we have many optional activities on offer like a pampering Foot Spa treatment, Batik Painting for the family, our Dip Pool and various other leisure activities. There is also a different free activity everyday so be sure to ask us. After afternoon tea, we head out onto the river once again in search of more wildlife. Breathe in the rainforest and capture the moments as we return at sunset from our final river cruise. Candlelight dinner and overnight at Sukau Rainforest Lodge new Villa rooms. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Day 3
Day 3 - Sandakan - transfer out

After breakfast, return to Sandakan by boat. Enjoy a quick lunch before we proceed to the airport for the 1430hrs flight to Kota Kinabalu. For those who are taking the evening flight, we'll have time to visit the Rainforest Discovery Centre which has an impressive information center. Take a birds eye-view of the centre from the canopy walkway and tower before exploring the botanical gardens, home to various species of flora including orchids and agricultural plants. For those interested, we then proceed to the Sandakan Memorial Park which is a memorial built to remember lost POWs during World War 2. Return to the Sandakan airport for your evening flight. (Breakfast & Lunch)

Wildlife Reviews
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  1. Amazing sightings of birds & wildlife
    Mark Westright05 Jul 2018







    Hello there! Thank you so much for your excellent organisation of our trip. The sighting of so many birds and wildlife has exceeded our expectations. All our guides and drivers have done a great job with their knowledge and patience, so that I could take a lot of great photos! Many thanks to Osman and William, Hazwan and Chiew, Mohammad and Jan (Tabin) and Ned (Danum Valley). We felt comfortable in all accommodations, staff everywhere was always friendly and food was delicious. We will highly recommend your company!

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Why book with Borneo Eco Tours?

What started out as a small tour operator of 10 staff back in 1991, has evolved into a huge family of over 150 dedicated team players! With over 25 incredible years of experience under our belt, it's no wonder Borneo Eco Tours is recognised as the Borneo Specialist™, and we can assure you that our impressive team of Tour Consultants and Specialist Guides are committed to making your holiday in Borneo a truly memorable one. Here at Borneo Eco Tours, we strive to uphold our sustainable development agenda. Together with Sukau Rainforest Lodge and Borneo Ecotourism Solutions and Technologies (BEST) Society, we are adopting the Sustainable Development Goals as a guide in not just doing more good, but less harm. This is especially when we develop and implement any community and environmental projects throughout Sabah, Borneo. We believe that your holiday in Malaysia should be exceptional & unforgettable. It should refresh and inspire you. We call ourselves The Borneo Specialist because we’re passionate about our home Borneo, and after 27 years of providing extraordinary holidays, we have what it takes to delight you.

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