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 your choice to stay at either Abai Homestay or Eco Camp, both of which are located in the Kinabatangan Floodplains. The Kinabatangan River is the second longest river in Malaysia and is known for its exceptional biodiversity. Consisting of five distinct habitats – waterlogged and dry forests, saline and freshwater swamps, and limestone habitats – the lower Kinabatangan has one of the most diverse concentrations of wildlife in Borneo. Expect to see proboscis monkeys, crocodiles, langurs, gibbons, and many species of birds. Pygmy elephants and orangutans are also common. A visit to the river includes dusk and dawn boat cruises, and light trekking.
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 4×4 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.
• Paganakan Dii Tropical Retreat
Ridge hut with air-conditioning, fan & hot water shower (private with ensuite)
• Eco Camp
10 A-frame raised huts (mattress on the floor – all bedding including mosquito net provided) with a private bathroom and shower.
OR • Abai Homestay
Local village homes – private rooms with communal areas including shared bathroom and toilet (usually squat toilet and bucket shower). All bedding including mosquito net provided.
• Tabin Wildlife Resort
Lodge with private bathroom and hot shower, air-conditioning and private balcony
• Danum Valley Field Center
*information available upon request
*information available upon request
*information available upon request
Be 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.
Pick up at Paganakan Dii at 10am, for the 2 hour journey to the welcome center. Upon arrival, briefing on orientation and local culture followed by registration, welcome drinks and lunch. After lunch, short transfer by boat downriver for check-in at camp. Settle in and chat with your guide about the day’s program and at late afternoon, depart on a wildlife river cruise to spot wildlife along the river. Return to Eco Camp before dark. After dinner, embark on a night walk within the camp area for chances of spotting nocturnal wildlife such as tarsier, slow loris and sleeping birds.
Early morning wake at 6am for birdwatching on the boardwalk at the camp surroundings. After breakfast, visit the local forest restoration project site by boat and participate in tree planting. Learn about the community effort in their forest restoration project. Return to camp for lunch. After lunch, spend time relaxing or go fishing with the local boys. In late afternoon, depart for another wildlife cruise on the river. Upon return, dinner will be served and embark on another night walk after dinner.
Early morning wake for a river cruise. Return to Ecocamp for breakfast and proceed with transfer to welcome center for check out at 10:45am followed by a one hour land connection 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.
Join 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.
After 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 4×4 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.
Wake 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 4×4 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 4×4 night drive (additional activity at your own expense).
Spend 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 4×4 night drive (additional activity at your own expense).
Wake 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 11:30 AM. Expect to arrive Lahad Datu by 1:30 PM.
All accommodations, meals, activities and guide as specified in programme. Overland and boat transfers from Sandakan Airport – Sepilok – Eco Camp Kinabatangan – Lahad Datu – Tabin – Lahad Datu – Danum Valley – Lahad Datu, Eco Camp conservation and community fees and DVFC entrance fees. Coffee, tea and drinking water.
Spending money, tips & gratuities.
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.