Get ready to enjoy the jungle and spot some wildlife on this six-day five-night trip! At Kinabatangan Wetlands Resort, spend your time relaxing and observing nature from your room. A wide variety of birds and monkeys are regularly spotted within the area, such as the silver leaf langur, maroon langur, hose’s langur, and wild orangutans. A network of raised boardwalks cover the property for ease of night walks and morning strolls.
At Borneo Rainforest Lodge you can opt to do as much or as little as you want during your stay. Explore the excellent canopy walk, hike the coffin trail to see old Orang Sungai burial coffins, or simply lounge on your balcony and take in the lushness of the jungle. The award-winning Borneo Rainforest Lodge is the epitome of jungle indulgence; tastefully designed rooms and common areas, personalized service, scrumptious food, and well-trained guides. You cannot go wrong at this environmentally-friendly boutique jungle lodge.
• Sheraton Four Points
Deluxe room with sea view
• Kinabatangan Wetlands Resort
Deluxe chalet with private bathroom (hot & cold shower)
• Borneo Rainforest Lodge
Deluxe chalet with fans (no air-conditioning policy)
Food are available in each lodging’s restaurants.
*information available upon request
*information available upon request
Be met by your guide on arrival to Sandakan airport and transfer to Four Points Sheraton on the waterfront (30 minutes). After check in, have the afternoon at your leisure. At 6:45 PM, meet your guide at the lobby for dinner.
After breakfast, your driver will pick you up at 8:15 AM and send you to Sepilok to explore the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre with your guide. After visiting the sights, enjoy a delicious lunch at a local restaurant. Next head to Sandakan Yacht Club Jetty for the boat ride to the lodge in Abai, Kinabatangan. The 1.5 hours boat ride will take you across Sandakan Bay passing the historical Berhala Island and fishing villages.
At about 2.30pm, arrive at the lodge, check in and enjoy a cup of coffee and local banana fritters while you are briefed about the lodging and the activities. Free at leisure. After a few hours at leisure, at 4.30pm, board a smaller boat for a cruise along Kinabatangan River in search of wildlife, and admire the stunning river landscape as the sun sets. Continue to observe the fireflies shimmering as the evening falls before we cruise back to resort for dinner.
After dinner, take a walk along the boardwalks with your headlamps or torch and look for nocturnal wildlife.
Wake up for a morning river cruise to Pitas Oxbow Lake at 6.30am. Enjoy packed breakfast before visiting Abai village for a glimpse of what village life is like on the river. Return to lodge for a free and relaxing late morning on the nature boardwalk.
At 4pm, go on another afternoon cruise along the Kinabatangan river in search of wildlife, and admire the stunning river landscape as the sun sets. Return to the lodge for dinner.
Depart after breakfast at 7:00 AM for Sukau (1 hour boat ride). Continue to Lahad Datu (2 hours). Upon arrival to the Borneo Rainforest Lodge office, register and be on your way to the lodge. The drive from the office is 2 hours on a dirt jungle road. You have a chance of seeing wildlife along this drive.
The Danum Valley consists of 538 square kilometers of Class 1 Virgin Primary Rainforest, and offers exceptional wildlife viewing as it is far removed from human habitation. Renowned for its rich variety of both plants and wildlife, Borneo’s mammals include such extremely rare and endangered species as the Sumatran Rhino, Benteng, Pygmy Elephant, Clouded Leopard, Bornean Gibbon, and Maroon-Leaf Langur. Bird life is equally extensive and varied with over 275 individual species having been recorded, giving Danum Valley a reputation for being one of the best places for viewing Borneo’s wildlife.
In the afternoon, explore the many nature trails with your guide. Introduction to the forest through “Nature Trails” and tree top “Canopy Walkway” 300m in length and 26m at the highest point, for a close-up observation of the rainforest. This evening, join your guide for a 1 hour night drive, exploring the forest and its nocturnal residents. The forest comes alive with night fall, and it is the best time to experience the jungle!
Wake up to the calls of Borneo Gibbons and start your day with a guided trek to the viewpoint and burial site – Coffin Cliff. Take a short break by the natural pool for a refreshing dip before returning for lunch at the lodge. In the afternoon, go on optional activities such as guided jungle trekking, or weather permitting, water tubing session down the Danum River. Guided night walk on the nature trail after dinner.
7:00 AM breakfast. Take a morning nature walk on your last day, and get some final wildlife viewing in. Pack up and have lunch, before departing back to Lahad Datu at 1:30 PM
All accommodations, meals, activities and guide as specified in programme. Overland and boat transfers from Sandakan Airport – Sepilok – Sandakan Jetty – Kinabatangan – Lahad Datu – Danum Valley – Lahad Datu. Entrance fees, Sepilok Entrances Fees. Coffee, tea and drinking water.
Spending money, tips, gratuities, camera fee at Gomantang Cave, Borneo Rainforest Lodge optional activities
Sunscreen, insect repellent, raincoat, toiletries, cash (no ATM), hat, trekking shoes, leech sock, headlamp, swimwear, sunglasses, binocular, drybag
Daily based on a minimum booking of 2pax per departure.
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.