Klias Wetlands River Cruise - The Firefly and Proboscis Monkey Tour, Sabah, Malaysia
A day trip, tour to Klias Wildlife River Cruise - The Firefly and Proboscis Monkey Tour near Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Borneo provides a chance to spend an afternoon and evening travelling through a mangrove forest situated on the Klias peninsular. The Klias Wildlife River Cruise trip is a great and easy way to get a glimpse of the amazing wildlife of Sabah, Borneo whilst staying in Kota Kinabalu.
The Klias Wetlands reserve, where the Klias River is located, is about 120km south of Kota Kinabalu and Klias Wetlands is located in the heart of the biggest wetland reserve in the state of Sabah - Klias Wetland Mangrove Forest Reserve. It is a humble dwelling place for clans of Proboscis Monkeys - also locally known as “Monyet Belanda", wildlife such as Macaques, Monitor Lizards or “Biawak" and Water Buffalo can be seen throughout the afternoon wildlife Klias river cruise. For those who are sharp-eyed, spot the Kingfisher birds and the many Egrets along the river banks.
Seeing Wildlife Close to Kota Kinabalu with the Klias Wildlife River Cruise
Your day trip to the Klias River from Kota Kinabalu will start early afternoon, arriving back at your hotel in Kota Kinabalu by 21:45. The Klias Wildlife River Cruise trip leaves from the Klias jetty at about 4pm in the afternoon. During your river cruise through the mangrove forest you will see apes as they start feeding as dusk approaches. You’ll also, after dusk, enjoy a stunning display of fireflies. A beautiful combination.
If you have more days free during your holiday in Sabah, and seeing wildlife is a priority, then you should consider joining a 2D1N or 3D2N Kinabatangan River Cruise & Wildlife Trip instead. The Kinabatangan River cruises offer wonderful opportunities for wildlife encounters.
Trip Itinerary - Klias River Cruise & Wildlife Trip
13:30 - 14:15hrs: You will be collected from your hotel in central Kota Kinabalu. You will be transferred by coach south from Kota Kinabalu. The journey takes 2 – 2.5 hours passing through countryside and villages. Upon arrival, coffee & tea will be served with some local, homemade cakes.
16:00hrs: You will board the boat to start your afternoon river cruise (on board a comfortable and safe fiberglass boat). The cruise will take some 2 hours journey down the Klias Wetland / Garama River. Be on the lookout for Macaques, Silver Langur (or ‘Silver-Leaf Monkey’) and the highlight of the river cruise, the Proboscis Monkey.
18:00hrs: Enjoy a traditional Malaysian buffet style dinner. Catch a glimpse of fireflies slowly lighting up and decorating the mangrove trees. After dinner you will have the chance to visit the Monkey Souvenir Shop which sells local handicrafts and gifts.
19:00hrs: Listen to the crickets singing while you walk back to the coach. Depart back to Kota Kinabalu. You will arrive back at your hotel around 21:30hrs.
Trip Pre-requisites - Klias Wetlands River Cruise - The Firefly and Proboscis Monkey Tour, Sabah, Malaysia
This trip is suitable for all persons. If you have young children you should be prepared for a late finish. Minimum 2 persons booking together.
- Return road transfers by minibus or coach.
- You will be looked after during your trip by an English speaking Licensed Nature Guide.
- Join one afternoon river cruise.
- Dinner - buffet style with a selection of Malaysian dishes.
- Conservation & entrance fees.
Items not stated above. There will be an pick up surcharge for Hotels / Resorts north from Kota Kinabalu (e.g. the Shangri-Las Rasa Ria Resort). Bring small change in case you wish to buy souvenirs, or a cold Tiger beer during dinner, from the shop at Base Camp located alongside the Klias River.
Recommended Packing List For The Trip
Raincoat, cap/hat, insect repellent, sun cream, comfortable shoes / footwear, comfortable cotton T-shirt with long or short pant, binocular, camera and personal medications (if needed). Please also take a copy, or photo, of your passport with you in case there are police checkpoints on the way to Klias Wetland Mangrove Forest Reserve.
Notes - Klias Wetlands River Cruise - The Firefly and Proboscis Monkey Tour, Sabah, Malaysia
Please note the Fireflies may not been seen if there is heavy rainfall.
Prices shown are valid for trips up to 30th September 2018. For trips after this date please contact us for a quote.
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