9D8N Eastern Wildlife Tour

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    Start your journey with a visit to Sepilok – view a feeding at the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Center, visit the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Center, and stroll the canopy walk at the Rainforest Discovery Center. Spend the evening at Paganakan Dii, and fall asleep to the sounds of the rainforest.

    Next up is the Abai Homestay, where you will be welcomed into your host family's home, and experience the hospitality of traditional Orang Sungai. Participate in their day-to-day activities such as fishing, planting rice, and traditional boat making. Learn about community conservation efforts in preserving their sensitive environment, and plant a tree to support their carbon-offset program. Help your host cook a traditional meal and eat your meals with the family.

    At Danum Valley Field Center, your days will consist of early morning nature and wildlife observations, short hikes surrounding the field center, longer walks for those with a high fitness level, and siesta time by the river during the hot afternoon. Go on night walks to find nocturnal creatures, add additional 4x4 activities such as the night safari and morning sunrise tour. You will get a chance to experience the 130 million year old Borneo rainforest by discovering many different species of flora and fauna.

    At Tabin Wildlife Resort, you will trek to one of the mud volcanoes, visit a waterfall, and go on night drives in search of nocturnal wildlife.

    Trip Details

    Accommodation
    • Paganakan Dii Tropical Retreat

      Ridge hut with air-conditioning, fan & hot water shower (private with ensuite)
    • Abai Homestay

      Private room with communal areas including shared bathroom and toilet
    • Tabin Wildlife Resort

      Lodge with private bathroom and hot shower, air-conditioning and private balcony
    • Danum Valley Field Center

      Standard twin-sharing
    Food*information available upon request
    Facilities & Services*information available upon request
    Guides*information available upon request

    Program

    Day 1 - Day OneBe met by your guide on arrival to Sandakan airport and transfer to your hotel in Sepilok. In the afternoon head out to Sepilok and explore the Sun Bear Centre, Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, and the Rainforest Discovery Centre with your guide. Spend the late afternoon on the canopy walk of the RDC and search for wildlife with your guide. Free evening at the lodge.
    Day 2 - Day TwoPick up at Paganakan Dii at 8am, and transfer to Sandakan jetty for the 2 hour boat ride into Abai. Take in the amazing view of mangrove forests and wildlife as you enter the estuarine area of the Kinabatangan area. Upon arrival at about 11am, register and check-in at your homestay. Get to know your host family and enjoy a hearty home-cooked lunch.

    After lunch, embark on a village sightseeing walk. Get a feel of what life is like for locals by wandering around the village into fruit orchards, school, tree nurseries, or paddy plantation. Try your hands at mending fish nets or traps, craft-making or paddy planting.

    During your tea break, listen on to the Community Abai Project (CAP) initiatives on eco-tourism and conservation in the area. After tea time, go on a river cruise to a nearby Oxbow lake to spot wildlife. When you return to the village, help with cooking if you want and eat dinner with your host family.
    Day 3 - Day ThreeWake up early for breakfast before going out to the community forest restoration site by boat, spotting wildlife along the way. Look for seedlings in the forest and walk along clearly marked trail with your guide. Participate in tree planting and learn of the Kinabatangan Floodplain's complex ecosystem.

    Upon your return to the village, have lunch and germinate seedlings in tree nurseries before relaxing for the afternoon. After tea time, continue to relax on your homestay porch or go fishing and learn traditional prawn trapping. Alternatively, you can also play soccer with the village kids, or watch the sun sets over the river. After dinner, go on a night river safari, spotting fireflies and nocturnal wildlife along the way.
    Day 4 - Day Four7.30am After breakfast, bid goodbye to your host family for their hospitality. Transfer to Sukau jetty, where you will be met by your private driver at 9am - 9.30am to take you to Lahad Datu airport. Upon registration at Tabin's office outside the arrival hall of the airport, transfer to a local restaurant in town for lunch. After lunch, embark on a 2.5 hours journey to Tabin Wildlife Reserve. Check in and wander around the surrounding areas - the Lipad river area is home to a surprising variety of birds, insects and small mammals. Discover the rich variety of jungle herbs, some endemic, used for generations by local folks for the treatment of various ailments.

    In the afternoon, trekking from the Elephant trail to the active Lipad mud volcano which provides a mineral salt lick for wildlife, arrive at the elevated bare area of the mud volcano which is frequented by wildlife and birds. Try to identify the multitude of animal footprints here. The adventurous can try the effects of the volcanic mud, said to be responsible for a fine complexion. Trek from the mud volcano back to the main road.

    After dinner, go on a night safari in search of wildlife.
    Day 5 - Day FiveJoin the early morning bird walk to discover some of Tabin's rich collection of almost 300 bird species. After breakfast, a drive to the core area for animal's spotting and for photo session before trekking to the Lipad Waterfall through the lush green rainforest known for its rich diversity of plants and animals. Take a dip in the natural pool and enjoy a natural and refreshing shower under the waterfall. Alternatively explore the surrounding vegetation or just relax. 

    In the afternoon, try out the Tabin Rainforest Foot Soak made with a natural blend of herbs, to relax tired muscles after long jungle treks. In the evening, a dusk drive to look out for more nocturnal wildlife & birds coming out to look for food during this time of the day. After dinner, go for a night walk along the trail nearby the resort in search of sleeping birds, frogs and nocturnal wildlife.
    Day 6 - Day SixAfter breakfast, free and easy until check out. You may opt to take up a dawn drive or jungle walk to look out for wildlife that is active at this time of the day. Transfer out at 12.30pm after an early lunch. You will be back in Lahad Datu by 2.30pm.

    Depart from DVFC office in Lahad Datu at 3pm. Register at welcome center upon arrival and check-in after briefing by DVFC staff. Arrange for optional 4x4 night drive after dinner or a guided night walk. Otherwise, walk around the Field Center on your own to spot various nocturnal wildlife in the area.
    Day 7 - Day SevenWake up early for an early morning nature and wildlife observation on the tree platform with your guide at 6am to see the forest come to life. Alternatively, you can also pre-arrange a 4x4 drive to Bukit Atur for a breathtaking sunrise experience atop a canopy of trees – please tell your guide in advanced that you are interested in this and he can assist with booking accordingly (additional activity at your own expense). Return to center for breakfast and embark on a trail in the area if you wish.

    Spend late morning resting before having lunch. After lunch, take a dip at the Ulu Segama river before heading off for another trek – there are various types of trails and your guide can discuss this with you. Return to the center in late afternoon, in time to watch the sky changes colour as the sun sets. After dinner, go on an included night walk with your guide or arrange for an optional 4x4 night drive (additional activity at your own expense).
    Day 8 - Day EightSpend another full day with your guide exploring the forest – return to the tree platform at early morning for another chance to spot wildlife such as gibbons and orang utans. Wander along the trails returning to the lodge and spot birds and other creatures. Spend the rest of the day around the center or embark on a longer trail if you wish – our guide will have to determine your fitness level before taking you on a long hike. After dinner, go on an included night walk with your guide or arrange for an optional 4x4 night drive (additional activity at your own expense).
    Day 9 - Day NineWake up early for an early morning trek. Return to eating lounge for breakfast, check-out and be on your way to Lahad Datu transfer at 9:30 AM. Expect to arrive Lahad Datu by 12:00.

    Included/Excluded

    What is Included?What is Not Included?
    All accommodations, meals, activities and guide as specified in programme. Overland and boat transfers from Sandakan Airport – Sepilok - Sandakan jetty - Abai Homestay - Sukau jetty - Lahad Datu - Tabin - Lahad Datu - Danum Valley - Lahad Dat. Abai community fee, DVFC entrance fees. Coffee, tea and drinking water.Spending money, tips & gratuities
    What to Bring?
    Sunscreen, insect repellent, raincoat, toiletries, cash (no ATM), hat, trekking shoes, leech sock, headlamp, swimwear, sunglasses, binocular, drybag
    Departure
    Daily based on a minimum booking of 2pax per departure.

    Responsible Traveler

    Be aware that you will be in a reserve area and a sensitive environment. Consider your actions:

    • Cut out plastic - remove and recycle plastic packaging before coming into the area
    • Bring rechargeable batteries as disposable batteries leach toxic chemicals as they degrade in landfill, and recycling facilities are scarce in areas like the Malaysian Borneo
    • Bring your own metal water bottle – you can fill up at the eating area instead of purchasing bottled water
    • If you smoke, never throw your cigarette butts on the ground or in the forest – dispose of them in ashtrays or bins.
    • During outdoor and nature activities, take your cues from the expert local guides. Follow their instructions when observing wildlife. Be aware that you may need to take extra care in these areas to respect the natural environment.

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