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3 Days Wildlife and Sightseeing Experience in Sandakan

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Witness the animals in their natural habitat!

Description

Start your journey from Kota Kinabalu and travel to Kinabatangan by road to view wildlife and birds in its virgin rainforest habitat. You will also visit Labuk Bay for the close encounter with Proboscis Monkeys and thereafter Sepilok Orang-Utan Rehabilitation Centre where orphaned and injured Orang-Utan brought to Sepilok to be rehabilitated to return and fend for themselves back to the wild.

Highlights

Visit Labuk Bay

Experience the wilderness of Borneo

Visit Sepilok Orang-Utan Rehabilitation Centre

Qualified English or Malay speaking guide

Complimentary drinking water

Location

Sukau

A trip up the river at dawn or dusk is the best opportunity to see the wildlife. You might even sight the Bornean pygmy elephant wandering along the river banks.

Many major local tour companies run lodges in the Sukau, Bilit and Abai area with packages that include accommodation (ranging from backpackers to luxurious river lodges), transportation, meals and guided tours. Optional tours can be arranged for night cruise as well to spot crocodiles, birds and nocturnal animals. A few lodges also offers night walks to spot for nocturnal animals or insects.

Itinerary

Day 1

Meet at your hotel and drive overland approximately 6 to 8 hours to Sukau Kinabatangan passing through rustic countryside studded with villages.

Take a short boat transfer to Borneo Nature Lodge.

Time for orientation, and check-in.

Relax by the river before embarking by boat up-river at 4:30PM along Sabah’s longest river, Kinabatangan with opportunity to view wildlife and birds in its virgin rainforest habitat. Search for some of the primates species including the endemic Proboscis Monkeys as they settle down on treetops. Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary is on the best places in Southeast Asia to observe wildlife.

07:00 Depart from Kota Kinabalu
08:15 Photo stop at Pekan Nabalu
08:45 Depart to Telupid Town
11:00 Lunch by own at Telupid’s local restaurant
12:00 Depart to Sukau Kinabatangan
15:00 Arrive at Borneo Nature Lodge. Check-in
16:30 Afternoon cruise
19:00 Dinner

 

Day 2

Wake up to the calls of birds, insects and animals.

At 6:00AM, take a morning cruise up to The Kinabatangan River and onto Kelenanap Ox-Bow Lake for bird watching and in search of other wildlife.
Depart early morning and visit Labuk Bay for the close encounter with Proboscis Monkeys and thereafter Sepilok Orang-Utan Rehabilitation Centre where orphaned and injured Orang-Utan brought to Sepilok to be rehabilitated to return and fend for themselves back to the wild. Sepilok is a primary lowland forest; a fine showcase of Borneo’s remaining rainforest. Witness the feeding of Orang-Utan from a platform in the forest and later watch the 25 minutes scheduled video documentary show. Transfer to hotel for check-in.

06:00 Morning Cruise
08:00 Breakfast at the lodge
10:00 Depart from Borneo Nature Lodge
11:30 Visit Labuk Bay
12:30 Depart to Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre
13:00 Lunch by own expenses
14:30 Visit Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre
15:00 Feeding
16:00 Depart to hotel
16:30 Arrive at hotel

 

Day 3

Return overland back to Kota Kinabalu

08:00 Breakfast at hotel
09:00 Depart from Sandakan

10:00 Mile 32

11:30 Arrive at Telupid Town

12:30 Depart from Telupid Town
14:30 Arrive at Kinabalu Park
16:30 Arrive at Kota Kinabalu

Borneo Nature Lodge

Located along the banks of Kinabatangan River, Borneo Nature Lodge is nestled among tropical surroundings and wildlife. All rooms are air-conditioned and come with a mosquito net.

Rooms are spacious and overlook tropical greenery. Ironing facilities and slippers are provided. En suite bathrooms include shower facilities.

The lodge has a common lounge where guests can enjoy programs on its flat-screen satellite TV. Fishing and barbeque facilities are available.

Guests can enjoy a selection of Asian and international cuisine in the restaurant and bar.

 

Sandakan

Guests will stay one night in Hotel Sandakan or Livingston Hotel (subject to availability).

Day 1: Dinner

Day 2: Breakfast

Day 3: Breakfast

Bird watching

Exploring cave and bats watching at Gomantong cave

Fishing (experience local methods of fishing along the river)

Jungle trekking

Night walk

Photography

River cruise (morning/evening/night cruise in search of wildlife)

Tree planting

Village walk

Complimentary drinking water

Fees for entrance where applicable

Meals as stated in itinerary

Qualified English/Malay Speaking Guide

Tours

Transportation

Twin-sharing accommodation in Borneo Nature Lodge

Twin-sharing accommodation in Sandakan

Any other item not mentioned

Personal expenses

Video/camera fees (chargeable at RM5.00 per camera)

Arrival by flights

You can fly to Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA) direct from Kuala Lumpur, Penang, or Johor Bahru.

In lieu of the Covid-19 pandemic, you can opt to postpone your trip once it is safe to travel again. Kindly contact the property owner for more information. 

Borneo Trails is a Sabah based operator managed by a team of seasoned professionals relevant to the industry. Its viable network throughout the region and across boundaries manifest the past and present commitment to all our travel partners, customers and friends alike.

You will be charged RM5.00 per camera for this trip.

Reviews

We had three nights here as part of our package, the rooms are very basic yet comfortable, food was fine, service was excellent. There is a water cooler in the main restaurant to enable you to fill your water bottles.
The main reason for your visit here is to see the flora & fauna along the banks of the Kinabatangan river by boat. We were lucky enough to have a boat pretty much to ourselves and our guide for the first day, then we were joined by another couple who unfortunately didn’t speak English and they shared our guide.
Cruising up and down the river and tributaries you get to see a huge amount of wildlife. We were lucky enough to see a lone Pygmy Elephant on the bank, apparently the heard had gone through several days earlier. The guides and boat drivers are very good at spotting and do their utmost to ensure that you have a pleasurable stay. We very much enjoyed our stay & seeing the extensive array of wildlife from crocodiles to hornbills to orangutan & many more, the king fishers are exquisite.
Be sure to bring walking boots and a good bug spray.

– Barders745, United Kingdom (TripAdvisor)

 

This is a beautiful jungle lodge accessible only by boat. We stayed 2 nights. Room was very comfortable and tastefully decorated. They even had sarongs for us to wear. Pleasant verandah out front to sit and watch monkeys, have your coffee. The AC exhaust fuels the hot water, quite ingenious. We did an evening and morning cruise, saw lots of wildlife including many bird species: hornbills, eagles, an owl, pigeon species, storks, sun-birds, bee-eaters, dollar birds and others. The guides were very adept at spotting animals. We also saw a monitor lizard, many proboscis monkeys, macaques, and even a flying lemur. Only minus about the place was the food. It is terrible. I told the boy three times that I am vegetarian and he kept bringing out plates of squid and ham. Vegetables were bland but fruit was good. I recommend bringing snacks. Also if possible rubber boots and insect repellent for the forest walk, though they did happen to have boots my size.

– W. Scott, Australia (TripAdvisor)

 

We stayed here as part of a trip a deal tour. The accommodation was clean and comfortable and food OK. We took 2 sunrise boat trips and 1 sunset boat trip. We saw lots of animals in the wild. Would recommend this for a 2 night stay. 

– B. Sue (TripAdvisor)

 

We spent three nights here and it’s location is fantastic. From the Lodge we went on three river cruises ( small boats with 6 – 8 POB) searching for monkey’s, crocs, birds, snakes and Pygmy Elephants. We managed to get 100’s of photo’s of everything apart from the Elephants which we only just missed. The accommodation is fairly basic, there is aircon from around 6am to 10pm and ceiling fans the rest of the time. We found this quite adequate and slept well. Our only criticism was the room was dusty and the towels had a real musty smell like they had been rolled up damp and had remained that way for some time. There is no TV so do have a book to read for relaxation times, each cottage has a verandah and outside seating where you can just chill out. The food is good and drinks (beer and wine) can be purchased. There isn’t a variety of wines, I think it was Chardonay only but your not really there for the wine are you.
Our boat Captain was great his ability to spot creatures from the boat was uncanny, and we have many great photo’s thanks to his expertise. There was also a road trip during the stay to visit Gomantang Caves, which was not a highlight and I have covered that in a separate review. Do keep you windows locked, the long tailed Macaques WILL get inside your room if you don’t. Overall, our stay at Borneo Nature Lodge was great and a genuine highlight of our Borneo trip.

– Timberbluemountain, Australia (TripAdvisor)

We stayed here for two nights during our Borneo Tour. We were 2 of a group of 23 and as there were only a few lodges we all had the place to ourselves.
The rooms were basic but comfortable. It is not the cleanest place I have stayed, but a little bit of dirt never hurt any one.
The food was the best I experienced during my whole time in Borneo. Breakfast was to die for. The biggest omelettes ever, all freshly cooked in front of you, hash browns, beans, bacon etc, fruit, toast and preserves, juice tea & coffee. Lunch was a soup, two or three choices of a main with rice and salad, fruit and desserts and similar in the evening.
As we were travelling as part of an escorted tour, three mini river cruises were included. Between us there were three motor boats which took us up and down the river in search of wildlife. We saw loads. Proboscis monkeys, long tailed monkeys, hornbills, egrits and eagles. We saw a couple of baby crocodiles and a big beastie. About 20 foot long. Didn’t get too close to that one. We were lucky enough to see an orang-utan in the wild, but it was high up in the trees and too far away for photos, But the unmistakable orange was there. The icing on the cake was the elephant. We had almost given up hope of seeing any. They were definitely there as we could smell them and hear them behind the trees crackling the branches as they moved about and they were trumpeting to each other. After about 20 min/30 min a baby displayed its trunk through the bushes, and then a bigger elephant swiped the baby back into trees and came out down to the river bank. It had a drink and munched on the reeds and sprayed water over itself. It was sooo good to see it in its natural environment I almost cried.
There was also a night walk and a night river cruise available at an extra cost. There was not much to do between cruises but it was nice just to sit out on the lodge terraces, or wander down to the jetty and do a bit of fishing with the boat boys. The boat boys did a brilliant job by the way.
I still can’t get over the fact that I was lucky enough to visit this place.
Thank you so much to all at the lodge 🙂 xxWe stayed here for two nights during our Borneo Tour. We were 2 of a group of 23 and as there were only a few lodges we all had the place to ourselves.
The rooms were basic but comfortable. It is not the cleanest place I have stayed, but a little bit of dirt never hurt any one.
The food was the best I experienced during my whole time in Borneo. Breakfast was to die for. The biggest omelettes ever, all freshly cooked in front of you, hash browns, beans, bacon etc, fruit, toast and preserves, juice tea & coffee. Lunch was a soup, two or three choices of a main with rice and salad, fruit and desserts and similar in the evening.
As we were travelling as part of an escorted tour, three mini river cruises were included. Between us there were three motor boats which took us up and down the river in search of wildlife. We saw loads. Proboscis monkeys, long tailed monkeys, hornbills, egrits and eagles. We saw a couple of baby crocodiles and a big beastie. About 20 foot long. Didn’t get too close to that one. We were lucky enough to see an orang-utan in the wild, but it was high up in the trees and too far away for photos, But the unmistakable orange was there. The icing on the cake was the elephant. We had almost given up hope of seeing any. They were definitely there as we could smell them and hear them behind the trees crackling the branches as they moved about and they were trumpeting to each other. After about 20 min/30 min a baby displayed its trunk through the bushes, and then a bigger elephant swiped the baby back into trees and came out down to the river bank. It had a drink and munched on the reeds and sprayed water over itself. It was sooo good to see it in its natural environment I almost cried.
There was also a night walk and a night river cruise available at an extra cost. There was not much to do between cruises but it was nice just to sit out on the lodge terraces, or wander down to the jetty and do a bit of fishing with the boat boys. The boat boys did a brilliant job by the way.
I still can’t get over the fact that I was lucky enough to visit this place.
Thank you so much to all at the lodge 🙂 xx

– P. Suzanne, United Kingdom (TripAdvisor)

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