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9 Days / 8 Nights
Availability : Year-round
Sandakan
Pangkalan Bun
Tour Details

This trip provides an opportunity to see Borneo’s wildlife up close as well as some interesting aspects of local culture.

The tour goes deep into the heart of unspoiled nature along the Sabah’s longest river, the Kinabatangan, before continuing to the beautiful tropical rainforest of Danum Valley.
As you move further down Borneo’s south, there are more places to discover: Tanjung Puting- the world’s best place to see orangutans, Loksado with quaint rural sceneries and Banjarmasin where a unique floating market takes place every morning.

Highlights

  • Discover the incredible biodiversity of Sabah rainforest – cruising the Kinabatangan River and spotting rare and unique flora and fauna.
  • Venture to Danum Valley to witness one of the oldest and most pristine rain forests on the planet which houses a wide variety of species of birds, animals, and plants.
  • Explore Tajung Puting National Park by cruising along its network of rivers aboard a traditional klotok boat.

Brief Itinerary

Day 1 - 2
Sepilok - Kinabatangan River
Day 3- 4
Danum Valley
Day 5
Danum Valley - Kota Kinabalu
Day 6
Kota Kinabalu - Jakarta
Day 7-8-9
Tanjung Puting National Park

What's Included

  • Accommodation for the nights listed in the itinerary
  • All internal transport as per the itinerary
  • Sightseeing tours / activities where specified
  • English speaking guide
  • Entrance fees
  • Meals as specified
  • Internal flights
  • Tourism Tax (RM 10 per room/night)
Itinerary

Day 1Arrive Sandakan - Sepilok Orangutan - Kinabatangan River

Pick up from the airport upon your arrival and transfer to Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre for up-close orangutan encounter.
Walk 10 minutes through the rainforest on wooden boardwalk to witness the feeding of orangutans from the platform in the forest.
Continue to the outdoor nursery where the juvenile and baby orangutans are taught the skills they need to survive in the forest.
Proceed to Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre where the world’s smallest bears are kept and rehabilitated.

After Sepilok venture on a 2-day wildlife safari on the Kinabatangan River. First, you will be taken to Sim Sim jetty to board the boat to Abai Jungle Lodge. Enjoy a relaxing 1-hour cruise, journeying up the river. Upon arrival check into your lodge on the riverbank and then enjoy lunch.

Late afternoon head out on a safari cruise on the Kinabatangan River. At dusk, you may have the chance to see proboscis monkey and other wildlife than the area is famed for.
Before dinner you will experience a night cruise to witness the glittering fireflies on the mangrove trees.

Overnight at the Abai Jungle Lodge

LUNCH | DINNER

Day 2Kinabatangan River - Sukau

Wake up early and embark on a river cruise to the Pitas Lake in search of wildlife species that are significantly active during pre-dawn or early morning hours.
The rest of the morning is at your leisure to explore the rainforest on a boardwalk located behind the lodge or visit the village of the native “orang sungai” people and take part in a tree planting project.
After lunch head further up the river to Sukau. Switching lodges gives you a great chance to see more wildlife.
Upon arrival at the lodge head out on another safari cruise on the Menanggul River, a tributary of the Kinabatangan River.

Overnight at the Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge

BREAKFAST | LUNCH| DINNER

Day 3Sukau - Danum Valley

Early morning transfer to Danum Valley Conservation Area office in Lahad Datu (about 2-hour drive). Then after registration continue to Borneo Rainforest Lodge (about 2.5-hour drive).

Enjoy the changing landscape of the regenerated forest to virgin rainforest of a million years old.
Borneo Rainforest Lodge is nestled in the heart of Sabah’s largest protected forest, alongside the Danum River.
The entire Danum Valley Conservation Area is a primary rainforest, which means it has never been logged before and is completely untouched.

After a brief orientation and lunch, proceed for a guided walk along the Nature Trail for an introduction to the rainforest ecosystem.

In the evening see a slide presentation on Danum Valley Conservation Area, then join a night safari on an open-air truck. Using a powerful spot light the guide will point out nocturnal species.

Overnight at the Borneo Rainforest Lodge

BREAKFAST| LUNCH | DINNER

Day 4Danum Valley

Rise early this morning and enjoy a whole day in the beautiful Danum Valley. Start your day with the Canopy Walkway, a rope-style bridge built 26 meters above the forest floor. The view is magical. In the early mornings, mist hangs over the rainforest, forming a white veil from which only the tallest treetops emerge.

After breakfast hike to View Point Trail and Kadazandusun Burial Site. Stop along the trail to admire the variety of flora and fauna and spectacular views.
On the way down, enjoy a refreshing dip in the natural Jacuzzi pool.

After lunch (if weather permits) enjoy an extended hike to look for orangutan, birds and other wildlife along nature trails or go for a relaxing Water Tubing session down the Danum River.

As darkens falls, proceed for a guided night jungle walk in search of nocturnal species.

Overnight at the Borneo Rainforest Lodge

BREAKFAST | LUNCH | DINNER

Day 5Danum Valley - Fly to Kota Kinabalu

This morning enjoy a short jungle walk. After lunch, check out and transfer to Lahad Datu airport for your flight to Kota Kinabalu.

On arrival, meet at the airport and transfer to your hotel.

Overnight at the hotel in Kota Kinabalu

BREAKFAST | LUNCH

Day 6Kota Kinabalu - Fly to Jakarta

At leisure till transfer to the airport for your flight to Jakarta (currently there aren’t any direct flights from Kota Kinabalu to Pangkalan Bun, and a stopover in Jakarta is required).

Arrive in Jakarta and transfer by shuttle bus to your hotel near to the airport.

Overnight at the hotel near Jakarta airport

BREAKFAST

Day 7Fly to Pangkalan Bun - Tanjung Puting National Park

Transfer by shuttle bus to Jakarta airport for your flight to Pangkalan Bun.

Upon arrival in Pangkalan Bun you will be driven for about 30 minutes to Kumai port to begin a journey by private Klotok to Tanjung Puting National Park.

The “Klotok” is a traditional two-storey wooden river boat specially built to navigate through shallow waters and narrow sections of the river. The friendly boat crew consists of Capitan, cook and tour guide. The Klotok is very simple but equipped with mattress with blankets, pillows and mosquito nets. A very basic toilet is located at the back of the boat.

Enjoy the scenery and admire the surrounding nature as you sail up river.

Overnight onboard

BREAKFAST | LUNCH | DINNER

Day 8Tanjung Puting National Park

With a private Klotok for the entire tour, the itinerary is flexible in order to accommodate your preferences.

You can opt to visit the Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre of Pondok Tanguy, to witness the feeding time of the new ex-captive orangutans.

Or you can journey up the creek to Camp Leakey where the older orangutans are reintroduced into the rainforest. At the Camp Leakey you will have the opportunity to walk in the rainforest with your guide and spot a variety of wildlife such as orangutans, gibbons, macaque and birds. In the afternoon you can visit the feeding station to see the feeding time of the rehabilitated orangutans. Before dusk return to the Klotok for dinner.

Overnight onboard

BREAKFAST | LUNCH | DINNER

Day 9Depart Pangkalan Bun

After breakfast, cruise down the river until Kumai port and transfer to Pangkalan Bun to catch your outbound flight.

BREAKFAST

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