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Designed as an extension to our Festival of Wildlife, enjoy three days of jungle boat trips and excursions on the Kinabatangan River, followed by a couple of days at Sepilok, home to the Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre.

Staying at a convenient riverside lodge, you will enjoy a full programme of jungle trips and excursions on and around the Kinabatangan River, a wildlife sanctuary of immense significance.

This is followed by a short stay at Sepilok, with visits to the Rainforest Discovery Centre, Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre and Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary, all of which are actively engaged in conservation and environmental education programmes.

Typical itinerary

  1. Day 1: Transfer from Lahad Datu to Sukau Rainforest Lodge on the Kinabatangan River

    From Lahad Datu, you drive north to the village of Sukau beside the Kinabatangan River (approximately 2 hours drive). Your accommodation is the award-winning Sukau Rainforest Lodge, perched on the bank of the Kinabatangan River, where a first-class wildlife experience is combined with conservation and community development.

    Depending on your arrival time there may be a late afternoon/early evening boat trip to see wildlife.

    Accommodation: Sukau Rainforest Lodge, 3-nights

  2. Days 2-3 : Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary

    During your stay in Kinabatangan Wildilfe Sanctuary, a full programme of activities will enable you to understand the complex ecosystem. These include  an early morning bird walk, boat trips on the river, jungle walks and a night excursion - all accompanied by the lodge’s local naturalist guides.

  3. Day 4: Transfer to Sepilok, visit the Rainforest Discovery Centre

    This morning you rise early for the transfer downriver by boat. On arrival at Sandakan jetty, you will be transferred to accommodation in Sepilok. In the afternoon you will visit the Rainforest Discovery Centre nearby. 

    A visit to the centre is key to understanding the uniqueness and importance of Borneo’s rainforests through various indoor and outdoor activities. Here, you can discover life in the rainforest canopy from the 347-metre-long walkway, as well as from the ground on the network of trails.

    Accommodation: Sepilok Nature Resort, 2-nights

  4. Day 5: Visit Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, Sun Bear Conservation Centre & Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary

    In the morning you visit Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre to learn about these endearing creatures and hear about the remarkable rehabilitation work that is done here. The remainder of th day is dedicated to another two visits that are key to understanding Sabah’s wildlife: the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre and Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary.  

  5. Day 6: Morning in Sepilok, afternoon transfer to Sandakan and depart

    This final morning is at leisure, so you can take the opportunity to revisit one of the rehabilitation centres, just a short walk from the resort, or relax by the lake before check-out. Early afternoon, depart for Sandakan airport to catch a flight to Kota Kinabalu.

Key info

  • Duration and price excluding international flights: 6 days from £1,995 pp
  • Single supplement: From £490
  • Group size: 12
  • Departures:
    1. , Limited spaces
  • Included in the price/package:
    • 5 nights hotel/lodge accommodation
    • All meals
    • Domestic flights
    • Transfers
    • Guided wildlife excursions
  • Activities available:
    • Boat trip
Featured locations:

Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary

The Kinabatangan River snakes through Sabah’s lowlands for 560kms to reach the Sulu Sea. Along its length, a river safari will reveal a mosaic of riparian forest, oxbow lakes, nipah swamp and mangroves which supports a wide variety of mammal and birdlife who have grown surprisingly tolerant of human presence.

  • Where: Sabah State
  • Ideal for viewing: Wallace’s hawk eagle, orangutan, proboscis monkey, pygmy elephant, Sumatran rhino
  • Excellent for: Wildlife festivals, Photography tours with Nick Garbutt, River safaris, Orangutan watching, Birdwatching

Sepilok Forest Reserve & Orangutan Sanctuary

Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary is renowned for its work in rehabilitating orphaned orangutans, However, set in primary lowland rainforest, the reserve has much more to offer. The forest boardwalks make exploring easy, the birdwatching is superb and there is a tremendous variety of snakes and frogs to see.

  • Where: Sabah State
  • Ideal for viewing: Bornean pygmy elephant, mouse deer, orangutan, slow loris, western tarsier
  • Excellent for: Photography tours with Nick Garbutt, Orangutan watching
Featured accommodation:

Sepilok Nature Resort

This simple lodge, situated close to the Sepilok Forest Reserve entrance, is extremely comfortable and convenient for visiting the nearby Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary. It offers spacious accommodation in air-conditioned chalets, set in beautiful tropical gardens and connected by boardwalks to the main building.