Kinabatangan River Abai and Sukau

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3 Days / 2 Nights
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Tour Details

Grab your camera and get ready for a wonderful wildlife safari in the Kinabatangan River!
Witness amazing wildlife in their natural habitat and enjoy relaxing safari river cruise on this Borneo eco-tour.

Abai and Sukau in the Lower Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary are the best places for secluded encounters with wild orangutans, proboscis monkeys, bornean pygmy elephants, crocodiles, tropical birds and many other species.


  • Get up close and personal with the Orangutan in Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre.
  • Immerse yourself in Borneo’s rainforest and explore the fascinating Lower Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary. It's largest forest covered floodplain in Borneo and has the largest concentration of wildlife in Southeast Asia.
  • Get a glimpse of Orang Sungai‘s village in Abai. The Orang Sungai “River People” are a group of indigenous people native to the sate of Sabah.
  • Be amazed by thousands of fireflies at night glittering like Christmas lights in their natural environment.

Brief Itinerary

Day 1
Arrive Sandakan - Sepilok - Kinabatangan River
Day 2
Kinabatangan River
Day 3
Depart Sandakan

What's Included

  • Accommodation for the nights listed in the itinerary
  • Meals full board
  • All internal transport as per the itinerary
  • Sightseeing tours / activities where specified
  • English-speaking tour guide
  • Entrance Fees
  • Tourism Tax (RM 10 per room/night)
  • Sepilok Video and Camera Fee

Is this your ideal tour?

This tour is ideal for those who are passionate about wildlife. Kinabatangan River offers some of Sabah’s best opportunities for seeing wildlife.
This tour does not require a high degree of physical fitness, as much of the wildlife viewing in Kinabatangan is done from small motorized boats. The Kinabatangan River is not the ideal place for hiking as the area consists largely of mangrove swamps and flood plains.


Day 1Arrive Sandakan - Sepilok Orangutan - Kinabatangan River

Meet at Sandakan airport or your hotel and proceed 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


Day 2Kinabatangan River

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


Day 3Depart Sandakan

After breakfast, head back to Sandakan by boat with the opportunity to spot more proboscis monkeys, birds and crocodiles.
Drop off at Sandakan airport or hotel.