Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge – Join a 2 Day Trip (Kinabatangan Nature Lodge), Sabah, Borneo
The 2D1N Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge Trip is a great choice for seeing wildlife if you only have limited time available and seeing an amazing array of wildlife is on your ‘to-do’ list during your holiday in Sabah, Borneo. During this Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge trip, you will stay overnight at the Kinabatangan Nature Lodge located in the Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary. The Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge is located on the banks of the Kinabatangan River, close to Bilit Village, a perfect location for starting your river cruises.
During your 2D1N Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge Trip, you will join two river cruises (one in the afternoon, one in the early morning), one night trek in the rainforest in search of nocturnal wildlife, a visit to Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre and a visit to the Rainforest Discovery Centre. Phew! At Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, you will watch the morning feeding session, where rehabilitating Orangutans visit to collect their morning snack. After lunch, on your first day, you will then be transferred to your Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge located along the Kinabatangan River, Kinabatangan Nature Lodge. From the Lodge, you will join river cruises along the Kinabatangan River with a Nature Guide in search of wildlife and birds.
Wildlife Encounters Galore during a Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge Adventure, Sabah
There are plenty of opportunities to spot the different species of primates along the Kinabatangan River, including the Proboscis Monkey and Macaques. There is also an amazing range of birdlife along the Kinabatangan River, including numerous species of Hornbills, Kingfishers and more. If you are lucky, you might see the critically endangered “Borneo Pygmy Elephants” along the river bank.
During your Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge trip, you will stay overnight at Kinabatangan Nature Lodge located on the banks of the Kinabatangan River. The Lodge offers comfortable, clean accommodation in private chalets. You will stay in an Agamid Chalet (twin or double bed, air-conditioning and ensuite shower room). If you’re looking for high-quality accommodation for your stay along the Kinabatangan River, check out our 2D1N package at the Kinabatangan Wetlands Resort.
For nature and wildlife lovers, this 2D1N Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge Trip also works well when combined with a trek through the pristine Sepilok Forest Reserve as part of the 3D2N Sepilok Trek & Kinabatangan River Trip or followed by joining the 4D3N Danum Valley Package.
Trip Itinerary – 2D1N Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge Trip (Kinabatangan Nature Lodge), Sabah, Malaysia
Day 1 (Meals: L & D)
8:00hrs – 9:00hrs: You will be collected from your hotel within Sandakan or at Sandakan Airport (you need to book a flight that arrives at Sandakan Airport before 8:00hrs) or near Sepilok. You will be transferred by minibus/coach to Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre.
1000hrs: Visit Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary. At this world-renowned centre, come face to face with human’s closest relatives, the Orangutans. Orangutans share 97% of the same DNA as humans. The Orangutans’ feeding time is at 1000 hrs. While Orangutan rehabilitation is still the primary goal at Sepilok, present aims include public education on conservation and research and assistance for other endangered species (such as captive breeding of the endangered Rhinoceros).
11:30hrs – 12:00hrs: After the feeding session at Sepilok, proceed for lunch at a local restaurant in the Sepilok area.
13:00hrs: After lunch, you will be transferred to a Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge called Nature Lodge, which is located in the Lower Kinabatangan River Sanctuary. The journey will take approximately 2 hours, passing by Kota Kinabatangan town and also oil palm plantations. Once you arrive at Kampung Bilit, you will then transfer to Kinabatangan Nature Lodge, just 3 mins by boat transfer across the River. Welcome drinks will be served upon arrival.
15:00hrs: On arrival at the Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge, you will have a welcome briefing, including an orientation of the Lodge and the surrounding area. Check into your chalet within the Agamid Wing of Kinabatangan Nature Lodge. Join the afternoon river cruise at 16:00hrs to search for wildlife and bird life along the Kinabatangan river banks. Return to the Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge around 18:00hrs to freshen up and then enjoy dinner at the Lodge restaurant in the midst of the Kampung Bilit secondary jungle.
As an optional extra during your Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge tour, you can choose to join a short local dance session after dinner before you join your night trek. During this activity, you will learn a traditional dance from one of the tribes found in Sabah, such as Sumazau (a KadazanDusun dance) or daling daling (a Bajau dance).
After dinner, go for a guided night walk behind the Lodge to enjoy the wilderness and watch sleeping birds and nocturnal creatures of the jungle.
Overnight at the Kinabatangan Nature Lodge in an Agamid Chalet (with twin or double bed, aircon and ensuite Shower Room). Click here to see photos of the accommodation for the Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge trip.
Day 2 (Meals: B)
06:00hrs: Join an early morning river cruise to see more birds and wildlife.
07:00hrs: Return to the Kinabatangan riverside lodge for breakfast. After breakfast, you will proceed to check out of your Chalet.
08:30hrs: Start your transfer by minibus/coach back to the Sepilok area.
10.30 – 11.00hrs: Arrive at the Rainforest Discovery Centre. Embark on a journey along the Rainforest Skywalk, Sabah’s longest canopy walk, and soak in panoramic views across the rainforest canopy. Hopefully, you’ll see some of the exotic birds found here and possibly a sighting of an Orangutan. You’ll join a guided walk along one of the marked trails to visit “Old Sepilok,” the tallest tree at the centre. It’s like meeting a giant from the rainforest’s ancient past. If time permits, you will also visit the botanical garden and see some of the endemic flowers of Borneo.
12.30 – 13.00hrs: Continue your journey back to Sandakan and transfer to either your hotel or Sandakan Airport (recommended flight AK6497 ETD 2.50 pm or later). We hope you’ve enjoyed your Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge Trip.
Trip Pre-requisites – 2D1N Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge Trip (Kinabatangan Nature Lodge), Sabah, Malaysia
This 2D1N Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge trip is open to all.
Trip Inclusions – 2D1N Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge Trip
- Return road transfer from Sandakan or Sepilok area and return boat transfers to the Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge from Kampung Bilit.
- Meals (1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch & 1 Dinner).
- Visits & entrance fees to Sepilok Rehabilitation Centre visit and the Rainforest Discovery Centre.
- At the Kinabatangan River: 2 x river cruises (1 morning & 1 late afternoon), 1 x guided night nature walk. The Kinabatangan River cruises included with this trip will travel as far upstream as ~7km to Pontian Point and downstream a maximum of ~ 10 km to Tenegang Besar Point.
- 1-night accommodation in an Agamid chalet (twin/double/triple beds, ensuite shower room and toilet, aircon) within the Agamid Wing of Kinabatangan Nature Lodge.
- Guided throughout your trip by an English-speaking licensed, experienced and friendly Nature Guide.
- Access to free-flow coffee/tea and fresh water at the restaurant at the Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge.
- 0% Sales & Service Tax on the tour price as applicable from 6th May 2019.
Trip Exclusions – Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge Trip
Camera/video conservation fee at Sepilok Sanctuary (RM10 per item) and the Rainforest Discovery Centre (RM10 per item), soft drinks or alcoholic drinks, and 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). The new Tourism Tax – the Tourism Tax is currently set with a flat rate of RM 10 per room per night and will be charged to Non-Malaysian or Foreign tourists from 1st September 2017.
Upgrades are available for this tour – see add-on options above. Tour price is based on joining a shared trip.
Recommended Packing List – Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge Trip
To get the most from this trip, please bring with you a raincoat, cap/hat, insect repellent, sun cream, good walking shoes, a comfortable cotton T-shirt, long sleeve top, long or short trousers, binoculars for observing wildlife, a head torch for night trek, camera and personal medications (if needed). Please take your passport with you on this trip – your passports will be checked at the Kinabatangan Lodge.
Notes – 2D1N Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge Trip (Kinabatangan Nature Lodge), Sabah, Malaysia
If weather, or other factors (e.g. landslide), 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 Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge trip price is valid for trips taken up to 31st December 2023.