Kinabatangan Wildlife Safari (Overland)

Stay at the award-winning Sukau Rainforest Lodge, a charter member of National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World and see many of Borneo's rare and endangered species including the Bornean pygmy elephant, orangutan and proboscis monkey. Travel at a reduced price by going overland instead without compromising the wildlife and lodging experience.

Best time for this itinerary: July and August

Touring Style - Shared transfers and excursions.  private basis available at a supplement.

Prices are seasonal, include hotels, full-board, wildlife excursions and transfers. Starts from:
GBP 375 per person sharing a twin room, 

International and domestic airfares are extra.

  • Observe the endangered orangutans at Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre
  • Get a glimpse and learn about the Sun Bears at Borneo Sunbear Conservations Centre
  • 02 evening river cruises and 01 early morning river cruise in search of Borneo's wildlife and birdlife
  • Nature walk along Hornbill Boardwalk and Attenborough Boardwalk to learn about the flora in the area and maybe even sight some wildlife and bird life
Kinabatangan Wildlife Safari (Overland) at a glance
  • Day 1: Sandakan - Sepilok - Sun Bear Conservation Centre - Sukau Rainforest Lodge
  • Day 2: Sukau Rainforest Lodge - wildlife activities
  • Day 3: Departure
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Day 1: Sandakan - Sepilok - Sukau Rainforest Lodge

On arrival at Sandakan Airport, head to Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre. There, you'll be treated to an enlightening video show about the conservation efforts done at the centre. Enjoy a ten-minute walk in the midst of the rainforest and witness the feeding of orangutans at the feeding platform before observing them over at the outdoor nursery. Afterwards, head to the Sun Bear Conservation Centre next door to learn more about the smallest bears in the world.

Depart for an estimated 2 hours overland journey to the multi-award winning Sukau Rainforest Lodge. Enjoy a river cruise in search of Borneo's wildlife and birds. Return to the lodge to savour a candlelight dinner on the pier, followed by slide presentation and interpretation by a naturalist guide. Overnight at the Sukau Rainforest Lodge.

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Day 2: Sukau Rainforest Lodge

Take a morning river cruise up the Kinabatangan River to Kelenanap oxbow lake to view more birds and wildlife. After breakfast, join in the nature walk along the lodge's Hornbill Boardwalk with the in-house naturalist. After lunch, it will be free at leisure. In the afternoon, proceed for another river cruise for more wildlife. Overnight at the Sukau Rainforest Lodge.

Feel free to explore the boardwalk at the back of the lodge at your own leisure. Who knows you may get lucky and spot an Orang Utan!

Experience profound relaxation and comfort at Halia Spa, Sukau Rainforest Lodge, as we provide an 'escape from the ordinary by offering you a blend of both traditional and modern Spa treatments.

Our Night Cruise comes Highly Recommended to all our guests (available with a small fee)

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Day 3: Sukau Rainforest Lodge - Departure

Breakfast. Return to Sandakan by overland. After lunch, proceed to the airport for your flight to Kota Kinabalu. For those taking the evening flight, you'll have a chance to visit the Rainforest Discovery Centre. Take a bird's eye view of the centre from the canopy walk and hanging bridge, explore the botanical garden, home to various species of flora. Proceed to Sandakan Memorial Park for a short visit before taking the flight.

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Highlights

Kinabatangan River for exceptional wildlife cruises

The Kinabatangan River is the longest river in Sabah, and have the highest concentration of wildlife in Borneo. Dawn and late afternoon river cruises provide the perfect opportunity to see 10 primate species – usually the Proboscis Monkeys, Orangutan and Bornean Gibbon.

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Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre

The centre is located at Sandakan in east Sabah State, in Malaysian Borneo. It offers a wonderfully unique opportunity to experience orangutans up close, while remaining entirely in their natural habitat.

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Accommodation

Kinabatangan River, Sabah, Unique Lodges
Sukau Rainforest Lodge

The Sukau Rainforest Lodge leaves the lightest of footprints upon its stunningly beautiful and ecologically important natural surroundings.

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