Kinabatangan Wetlands Resort – 3-Day Wildlife Package Sabah, Borneo
A 3D2N stay at Kinabatangan Wetlands Resort ticks two boxes – providing a range of opportunities for viewing some of the spectacular and often endangered wildlife of Borneo in its natural home and staying at a lovely high-quality Resort along the Kinabatangan River.
During your 3D2N Wildlife Package at Kinabatangan Wetlands Resort, you will join the following wildlife viewing activities – 2 x late afternoon river cruises, 1 x early morning river cruise, 1 x night river cruise, 1 x guided night walk along the boardwalk. Optional activities are also available to add onto your 3D2N package at the Resort, such as supporting a tree-planting project, learning prawning or the local fishing technique (at a surcharge).
Enjoy fantastic wildlife in comfortable surroundings – 3D2N Wildlife Package at Kinabatangan Wetlands Resort, Sabah, Malaysia
The Kinabatangan Wetlands Resort is located in the midst of a rainforest reserve and surrounded by pristine freshwater swamps and mangrove forests. With a focus on protecting and conserving the rainforest, the Kinabatangan Wetlands Resort is built on stilts and raised wooden walkways. You will be staying in a very comfortable and roomy Deluxe Chalet. Each Deluxe Chalet is equipped with air conditioning, a bathroom, a TV with selected Astro channels, and a decked balcony area.
If you want to visit Sepilok Sanctuary too during your holiday in Sabah Borneo, why not add on a Half Day Sepilok Sanctuary Trip in the morning before you start your 3D2N Wildlife Package? Or, for a 6-day wildlife adventure, you could combine this package with the 3D2N Danum Valley Package and go trekking in an ancient rainforest in Danum Valley Conservation Area.
Trip Itinerary – 3D2N Wildlife Package at Kinabatangan Wetlands Resort, Sabah, Malaysia
Today follows a similar itinerary as Day 1 of the 2D1N Wildlife Package at Kinabatangan Wetlands Resort – find a more detailed daily itinerary on this 2D1N Trip page.
~ 11:45 Meet the representative from Kinabatangan Wetlands Resort at the Sandakan Yacht Club Jetty (or add on the return transfer option above). At 12 noon, you will board the Resort’s boat for your transfer to Kinabatangan Wetlands Resort located in Abai, Kinabatangan. At ~14:30, upon arrival at the Resort, you will check into your Deluxe Chalet. Late afternoon you will join a river cruise along the Kinabatangan River to search for wildlife along the river banks. If weather permits, we shall continue to observe the fireflies shimmering in the trees as the evening falls before we cruise back to the resort. Once back at the Resort, you will have time to freshen up before enjoying dinner in the midst of the jungle. After dinner, you will join a guided night walk along the boardwalk to spot nocturnal creatures. Overnight at Kinabatangan Wetlands Resort.
06:00 – Wake up to the sounds of the rainforest and start the day with an early morning river cruise for more wildlife sightings. Enjoy your packed breakfast during the river cruise. Towards the end of your river cruise, you will visit the local fishing village, Kampung Abai. Interact with the local Orang Sungai (River People) and observe the daily activities in this tiny fishing village.
09:30 – Return to the Kinabatangan Wetlands Resort for breakfast.
13:30 – Enjoy lunch in the Resort’s restaurant.
14:30 – After lunch, you can choose to explore the resort’s grounds or chill out on the balcony of your Deluxe Chalet. **You could choose to add in one of the optional activities (at a surcharge)**
16:00 – Go for afternoon tea and enjoy some tasty local snacks.
16:30 to 18:30 – Join a late afternoon river cruise adventure along the small Kinabatangan River tributaries in search of more wildlife.
~19:00 – Enjoy dinner at the Kinabatangan Wetlands Resort.
20:30 to 22:00 – After dinner, join a night river safari along the river in search of nocturnal wildlife.
Overnight at the Kinabatangan Wetlands Resort.
09:00 – After breakfast, you are free to explore the nature boardwalk around the lodge area. Take your binoculars with you as you may see some interesting wildlife and birdlife in the trees nearby the Resort.
10:00 – Check out from Kinabatangan Wetlands Resort and transfer back by a river cruise to the Sandakan Yacht Club Jetty. Arrive at the jetty around 11:30hrs. Make your own journey from Sandakan Yacht Club Jetty (or add on the return transfer option above).
Trip Pre-Requisites – 3D2N Wildlife Package at Kinabatangan Wetlands Resort, Sabah, Malaysia
This trip is suitable for all people.
- Accommodation in a Deluxe chalet (twin / double beds, fan, private bathroom – indoor and outdoor shower) at Kinabatangan Wetlands Resort.
- Activities:- 4 x river cruises in Abai, Kinabatangan (1 x morning, 2 x afternoon, 1 x night river cruise), 1 x guided night nature walk.
- Land and boat transfers are as stated in the itinerary.
- Meals as stated in the itinerary.
- Guiding by an English-speaking licensed Nature Guide.
- 0% Sales & Service Tax on the tour price as applicable from 6th May 2019.
Transfers to Sandakan Yacht Club, Flights, alcoholic & non-alcoholic beverages, travel insurance, meals not stated in the itinerary, tips
Recommended Packing List For The Trip
To get the most from this trip, please bring with you a raincoat, cap/hat, insect repellent, sun cream, comfortable trekking 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), essential toiletries, towel. Please take your passport with you on this trip – your passports will be checked at the Kinabatangan Lodge.
Notes – 3D2N Wildlife Package at Kinabatangan Wetlands Resort, Sabah, Malaysia
The area you will be staying in is located in a low-risk Malaria area. However, we advise our clients to visit their physician/doctor for the latest recommendation on protection against Malaria. All tours are subject to weather conditions.
The prices shown are valid for trips up to 31st March 2024. For trips to the Kinabatangan Wetlands Resort after this date, please contact us for a quote.
Trina & Bruce Moore, New Zealand –
Truly an experience of a lifetime, just Wow!! We traveled by fast speedboat 1.5hr into the jungle to stay in our luxury Lodge at Kinabatangan Wetlands Resort, completely isolated from anywhere, no other way in but boat. We were so lucky to have seen so much wildlife in their natural habitat, crocodiles, snakes (lots of them, although got use to seeing them), only 1 big spider (thank god) fluorescent scorpions, turtles, squirrels, flying squirrels, frogs, Proboscis Monkies, Silver leaf monkey, Albino silver leaf monkey, Long tail Maques, mouse deer, bearded pig, wild boar, civets, kingfishers, eagles, Hornbills, rhino beetles, colourful butteries lots of frigging mosquitoes and YES… Wild Orangutan!!!!, such amazing creatures and something I will remember forever. Didn’t get to spot the pygmy elephants or the leopard. Did some night tours with our guide – the heart races a bit as the noises in the jungle can be a little intimidating, however seeing the river banks twinkling like Christmas trees with the fireflies under the perfect night sky was magical.
Tammy (Melbourne, Aust) –
Stayed as a group of 3 families consisting of 6 adults and 5 kids aged 8-12. Our stay was amazing – well above all expectations. We witnessed a huge array of animals in their natural habitat, ate delicious and plentiful food (even for fussy kids), enjoyed spacious, comfortable rooms (loved the outdoor shower), appreciated the wealth of knowledge of our guides and loved experiencing the natural beauty of the rain forest. We were even treated to an amazing thunderstorm which we woke to. The friendly service and attention to detail from staff was impeccable. It truly was a wonderful life experience for all within our group. I’d definitely recommend and would readily rate it 5 out of 5. Thank you for a magical stay!