3D 2N - Sukau Wildlife Adventure

Gomantong caves, Sabah
Kinabatangan night cruise
Kinabatangan night cruise and Kingfishers
Kinabatangan oxbow lake
Kinabatangan Borneo Pygmy elephant
Kinabatangan saltwater crocodile
A Sukau nature lodge along the Kinabatangan
Sepilok orangutan sanctuary

3D 2N - Sukau Wildlife Adventure

From MYR 1,362.00 nett per person
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This 3-day adventure is the perfect way to immerse yourself in the wild and rich natural beauty of Sabah in comfort - suitable of travelers of all shapes, size and age. 

The Kinabatangan River is the second longest river in Malaysia stretching 560 kilometers from its source in the mountains of southwest Sabah to its outlet at the Sulu Sea on the eastern side of Sandakan. The area is teeming with wildlife and many indigenous species such as the Proboscis Monkey, Bornean Orangutan and the Borneo Pygmy Elephant can easily be spotted as you cruise up and down the river. 

Another highlight of the tour is the Gomantong Caves, renowned for their valuable edible swiftlet nests (which are harvested for bird's nest soup). This cave system boasts it's own unique eco-system of cockroaches, bats, a variety of raptors such as the Crested Serpent Eagle, kingfishers and other feathered species.

The Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre was opened in 1964 to help protect and rehabilitate orphaned baby orangutans from logging sites, plantations, illegal hunting or those kept as pets. Here the orphaned primates are trained to survive before being released back to the wilds.

Sandakan, the capital of the district, boasts a rich and colourful history. For centuries the treasures of Borneo's forests attracted traders in search not only of edible bird's nests but rhinoceros horn, ivory and hornbill casques for the emperor and wealthy mandarins of China. Other resources of value included hardwood resin, rattan, beeswax, fragrant woods and oil-rich nuts. Formerly part of the Bruneian and Sulu empires, Sandakan also saw its fair share of action during the Second World War.

Day #1 - Sandakan - Sepilok - Sukau Meals included: Lunch, Dinner

Your adventure begins early in the morning where we whisk you away on arrival at Sandakan airport to the Sepilok Orang-Utan Rehabilitation Centre which is a short half-hour drive away. At the centre you'll get to see orphaned Orangutans feeding and monkeying around and maybe even learn a little bit about these adorable primates and their individual stories.

Next up is a comfortable two-and-a-half hour drive through the rustic Bornean countryside then a short boat ride up the Kinabatangan River to Borneo Nature Lodge. On arrival there will be a quick orientation briefing followed by lunch. After you've checked in and had a short rest it's back into the boat in search of wildlife.

IMPORTANT NOTE: We highly recommend that you book a flight that arrives in Sandakan by 8:00 am or you might not be on time for the Orangutan feeding session.

OPTIONAL TOURS / ACTIVITIES: Night Cruises, Night Jungle Walks and Tree Planting activities can be arranged with the lodge at minimal cost. Night activities normally begin at 8:00 pm.

Day #2 - Cruise the Kinabatangan Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Take an early morning cruise (approximately 6:00 am) up the river and onto Kelanap Ox-Box Lake - the still waters of the lake are perfect for camping out to do some serious birdwatching and to stakeout any other wildlife that may happen along the way. Weather permitting you might even be able to take a short jungle walk before returning to the lodge for breakfast.

The rest of the day is at your own leisure; explore the surrounding area or the nearby village or maybe even just sit back and enjoy the soothing sounds of the jungle around you. Don't miss out on the late afternoon cruise - you might just be lucky enough to happen upon a herd or two of the famed and elusive Pygmy Elephants that regularly frequent the river banks to feed, bathe and do other elephanty-things.

Day #3 - Sukau - Gomantong - Sandakan Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

After an early breakfast head on over to the Gomantong Caves which is famed for its edible bird's nests. Explore the Simud Hitam cavern by boardwalk. The cavern boasts a complex eco-system; cave cockroaches (and some albino ones at that), bats, swiftlets, snakes, and long-legged centipedes are just some of the wildlife you'll see just a short time.

The journey continues after a quick lunch stop at a local restaurant with a tour of Sandakan city. Explore the many landmarks of Sandakan which may include the Central Market which boasts an amazing variety of fresh seafood and agricultural products, Sim-Sim Water Village a fishing village with houses built on stilts overlooking the open sea, and Puh Jih Syh Buddhist Temple which offers a panoramic view of Sandakan Bay. Your guide will also point out other places of interest along the way.

The tour ends with a quick trip back to the airport to catch your evening flight on to your next exciting destination.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Entrance fees to some places of interest including but not limited to Agnes Keith's House and the Sandakan War Memorial is at personal expense and upon request. We also suggest booking your departing flight from 6:00 pm onwards.

Most of the activities on this adventure will take place outdoors in natural surroundings. The itinerary is subject to change based on weather conditions. Due to traveling times we also suggest that you plan your flights properly and that you ensure that you have purchased travel insurance


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  1. Things your should prepare when visiting Sukau
  2. Things you should know about conditions at Borneo Nature Lodge
  3. Things you should know BEFORE making travel arrangements

  Things your should prepare when visiting Sukau

  • Waterproof backpack to store your items while on the river cruise
  • Trekking shoes for jungle walks (preferably water-resistant)
  • Water-resistant jacket (or a wind breaker and poncho)
  • Sunglasses and hat (for daytime activities)
  • Hand-held torch
  • Personal toiletries
  • Refillable water bottle (0.5 - 1 liter)
  • Sun block
  • Insect repellent


Things you should know about conditions at Borneo Nature Lodge

  • Lodge accommodations are basic and clean (with hot water and proper toilet facilities)
  • Electricity supply is consistent but energy conservation measures may apply at various times during the day


Things you should know BEFORE making travel arrangements

  • Your flight into Sandakan should arrive by 8:00 am to ensure that your itinerary proceeds as planned
  • Your flight out of Sandakan should depart after 6:00 pm to ensure that you can optimize your itinerary in Sandakan

What's Included


  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • 2 nights’ accommodation at Borneo Nature Lodge
  • Entrance fees to some attractions
  • Return transfer to your hotel / airport in Sandakan
  • English-speaking guide

What's NOT Included


No exclusions specified.

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