3D2N Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary Trip (Kinabatangan Nature Lodge), Sabah, Malaysia
The Kinabatangan River is the longest river in Sabah, flowing 560km to the Sulu Sea on the east coast. The lower 70 - 100km of the river form the Kinabatangan Floodplain. In 2005, 26,000 hectares of the Lower Kinabatangan were designated as a Wildlife Sanctuary - known today as the Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary. The Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary protects the area immediately alongside the river - a ‘protected corridor’. This makes it highly likely during river cruises and short treks in the Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary that you will see a wide range of wildlife including elephants (if they are in the area), orangutans, proboscis monkeys, macaques, gibbons and lots more. The Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary is also home to 200 species of birds including hornbills, kites, crested serpent eagles, egrets, blue-banded and stork-billed kingfishers and oriental darters. The Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary is one of only two areas in the world inhabited by ten species of primate, four of which are endemic to Borneo. The Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary is also one of two places in the world where four medium-sized colobines inhabit the same place: namely proboscis monkey, silvered langur, maroon langur, and Hose’s or grey langur. The Sanctuary truly is a special place for a wildlife adventure in Sabah.
Join a Range of Wildlife Encounter Activities during the 3D2N Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary Trip
During this 3D2N Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary Trip you spend two nights at a Lodge along the banks of the Kinabatangan River located in the Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary (Kinabatangan Nature Lodge
located near Kampung Bilit).
During your 3D2N Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary Trip you will join a range of
wildlife viewing activities. First stop on day 1 will be a visit to world
famous Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre to watch the morning feeding
session. “Natives” to Malaysia and Indonesia, Orangutans are only found in the
rainforests of Borneo and Sumatra. After lunch on day 1 you will then be
transferred to your Lodge located in the Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary where
you will join 4 river cruises, 2 guided night walk and a guided walk to the
Bilit Ox Bow Lake.
On the last day of the Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary trip, come and discover the valuable and edible birds nest in the largest limestone cave in Sabah where millions of swiftlets make the cave their home. These caves are located directly in the heart of 3,297-Hectares Gomantong Forest Reserve of Kinabatangan district. You will then be transferred to your drop off location in Sandakan or Sepilok area.
If you want even more from your Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary trip then why not add on
an overnight stay at Turtle Island to have the chance to watch a Turtle nesting and turn this trip into a
Turtle Island & Kinabatangan River Cruise Trip
- a great combination
for seeing Turtles and wildlife in Sabah, Borneo.
Trip Itinerary - 3D2N Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary Trip (Kinabatangan Nature Lodge), Sabah, Malaysia
Day 1 (Meals: L & D)
Today follows the same outline itinerary as Day 1 of the 2D1N Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge Trip - find a more detailed daily itinerary on the 2D1N Trip page.
If you are flying in to Sandakan Airport this morning to join the 3D2N
Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary trip
you need to book a flight that arrives at Sandakan
Airport before 8:00hrs.
Today you will visit Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary and
watch the morning feeding session. Here you will come up close and personal
with human’s closest relative, the Orangutans. For most visitors to Sabah
seeing Orangutans is at the top of their list. You get to tick this off before
lunchtime on day 1 - cool!
Early afternoon you will be transferred to the
Kinabatangan Nature Lodge located in the Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary, a ~ 2 hour transfer by minibus. You will then start
your river cruise adventures with a late afternoon river cruise to search for
wildlife and bird-life along the Kinabatangan River banks. Later, after dinner,
you will join a guided night trek into the secondary rainforest behind the
Kinabatangan Nature Lodge in search of nocturnal birds, insects and wildlife found in the Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary.
Day 2 (Meals: B, L & D)
06:00hrs: Join an early morning river cruise and see the wildlife as they awake from a nights sleep. Various species of wildlife may be seen during your river cruise in the Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary such as Proboscis Monkeys, Leaf Monkeys, Macaques, Gibbons and even the Orang Utans.
07:45hrs: Return back to the Lodge for breakfast at 0800 hrs.
09:00hrs: After breakfast you will start your trek through the nearby secondary lowland rainforest to the nearby Bilit Ox-Bow Lake. You will be led on the trek by your Nature Guide who will explain more about the plant life and insect life found in the rainforest in the Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary.
11:30hrs: Return to the Lodge for lunch at 1200 hrs.
13:00hrs: You now have a chance to rest and chill out at the Lodge before your late afternoon river cruise.
16:00hrs: Join another late afternoon river cruise along the Kinabatangan River for more wildlife sight-seeing in 'corridor of life' located alongside the banks of the river, the protected area forming the Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary.
18:00hrs: Return to the Lodge. Dinner will be served at the Lodge. After dinner, as an optional extra during your Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary tour you can choose to join a local dance session. The Lodge team will teach a traditional dance from one of the tribes found in Sabah such as Sumazau (a KadazanDusun dance) or daling daling (a Bajau dance). An opportunity for learning more about Borneo’s rich culture and having a bit of fun!
~20:00hrs: Join a guided night trek following a different trekking route behind the Kinabatangan Nature Lodge.
Overnight at the Lodge.
Day 3 (Meals: B)
Today follows the same outline itinerary as Day 2 of the 2D1N
Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge Trip - find a more detailed daily itinerary on the 2D1N Trip page.
It's an early start today with your last early morning
river cruise of your 3D2N Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary trip. After breakfast at the Lodge you will be
transferred to visit Gomantong Caves before continuing your journey back to
Sandakan (if you are catching a flight from Sandakan Airport at the end of the
trip it is recommended you book a flight departing from 14:00hrs onwards).
- Return road transfer from Sandakan or Sepilok area and return boat transfers to the Lodge from Kampung Bilit.
- Meals (2 Breakfast, 2 Lunch & 2 Dinner).
- Visit (and entrance fees) to: Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre and Gomantong Cave.
- At the Kinabatangan River, located in the Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary: 4 x river cruises (2 morning & 2 late afternoon), 1 x guided trek to an Ox Bow lake, 2 x Guided night nature walk.
- Two nights accommodation in a detached Superior Agamid chalet (twin beds, ensuite shower room and toilet, ceiling fan) within the Agamid Wing of Kinabatangan Nature Lodge.
- Guiding throughout your trip by an experienced, friendly and English speaking licensed Nature Guide.
- Access to free flow coffee / tea and fresh water at he restaurant at the Kinabatangan Lodge.
Camera/video conservation fee at Sepilok Sanctuary (RM10 per item) and Gomantong Cave (RM30 per item), soft drinks or alcoholic drinks, flights from Kota Kinabalu to Sandakan. There is a single supplement of RM212.00 on top of the trip price if you book this trip on your own (for single sharing a Chalet).
Upgrades are available for this tour - see add on options above. Tour price is based on joining a shared trip - surcharges are applicable if you add on a private boat for river cruises, private Guide or private minibus transfers.
Recommended Packing List - Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary Trip
To get the most from this trip please bring with you raincoat, cap/hat, insect repellent, sun cream, good walking shoes, comfortable cotton T-shirt, long sleeve top, long or short trousers, binocular for observing wildlife, head torch for night trek, camera and personal medications (if needed). Please take you passport with you on this trip - your passports will be checked at the Kinabatangan Lodge.
Notes - 3D2N Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary Trip (Kinabatangan Nature Lodge), Sabah, Malaysia
If weather, or other factors (e.g. land slide), makes an activity unsafe the Lodge will adapt the trip itinerary for safety reasons. There will be no refund if a trip itinerary needs to be adapted on the day due to safety reasons.
The Kinabantangan Wildlife Sanctuary trip price is valid for trips up to 31st December 2017.