Located on the island of Borneo, Malaysia’s Sabah Province has beautiful jungles, home to colourful and endemic birds and amazing animals. Join us as we not only explore Sabah’s wildlife, but also learn about their conservation from the heroes on the ground. From the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, to the Danum sValley, every location on this tour has been handpicked to give you a great taste of Borneo’s wildlife.
You'll be greeted upon your arrival at Sandakan Airport by our friendly Guide and Captains. Get acquainted before we make our way to Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre where you'll learn about the plight of the Orang Utan and see firsthand the conservation efforts. We proceed to watch a video show about 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 1000 hr. 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 2.5 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. Stay overnight at the Sukau Rainforest Lodge.
An early morning call at 0530 hr. 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.
We take an early morning river cruise along the Menanggol River by silent electric motor in search of wildlife, waking to the cacophony of the rainforest before returning for a full breakfast. We have time to relax or enjoy one of our optional activities. After lunch, we make a 27 km overland journey to the Gomantong Cave. The cave is surrounded by primary rainforest, rich in fruiting wild figs which makes it an ideal place to spot Orang Utans in the wild. We'll spend our time exploring the cave and its surroundings until sunset, when you'll be overwhelmed by the exodus of over two million bats heading out for the night, swiftlets coming in to nest as well as raptors (eagles) swooping in and preying on the bats. Overnight stay
Another early morning is in store as we prepare to journey to Danum Valley. After breakfast, proceed 2 hours overland to Lahad Datu before our onward journey 80 minutes overland to Kawag Danum Rainforest Lodge. Be greeted upon arrival with a welcome drink and a short briefing before checking into your room. After lunch at the dining hall, proceed at 2:30 pm for a 2 km guided trek, passing streams along the way with the chance of wildlife sightings. After dinner, take a guided night drive in search of nocturnal wildlife (weather permitting).
After breakfast, proceed for 2.8 km guided trek into the rainforest with the chance for wildlife encounters and sightings. Don’t forget your swimming attire for a dip at the ‘'Ali Baba Waterfall’' at the end of the trail. Enjoy lunch back at the lodge. In the afternoon, enjoy river activities nearby on the Kawag River before returning to the lodge for dinner.
After an early breakfast, enjoy a final guided walk to a nearby trail. Check-out after lunch for your return to Lahad Datu and your afternoon flight back to Kota Kinabalu. Tour Ends.
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