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9 Days / 8 Nights
Availability : Year-round
Kota Kinabalu
Lahad Datu
Tour Details

Experience the wild Borneo on this Nature-Filled Adventure in the beautiful state of Sabah, Malaysia.

Sabah Adventure is exciting trip that encompasses all the natural wonders of Sabah. With this tour, you can climb the majestic Mount Kinabalu, discover the wildlife of the Kinabatangan River and explore the pristine rainforest of Danum Valley.


  • Climb the majestic Mount Kinabalu, the highest peak in Borneo which boasts the richest and most diverse assemblages of plants in the world.
  • Experience the thrill of the rapids on a exhilarating rafting adventure down the Padas River.
  • Observe Borneo’s abundant wildlife up close as you embark on a safari river cruise on the Kinabatangan River.
  • Venture to Danum Valley to witness one of the oldest and most pristine rain forests on the planet which houses a wide variety of species of birds, animals, and plants.

Brief Itinerary

Day 1
Arrive Kota Kinabalu
Day 2 - 3
Climb Mount Kinabalu
Day 4
Padas River Rafting
Day 5- 6
Kinabatangan River
Day 7 - 9
Danum Valley

What's Included

  • Accommodation for the nights listed in the itinerary
  • All internal transport as per the itinerary
  • Sightseeing tours / activities where specified
  • English speaking guide
  • Entry Fees
  • Meals as specified
  • Mountain Ranger and climbing permit
  • Via Ferrata Trainer and equipment
  • Tourism Tax (RM 10 per room/night)


Mount Kinabalu

Mount Kinabalu is the highest peak in Malaysia at 4,095 m above the sea level, you are strongly advised to be in a physically fit condition.

Do NOT climb Mount Kinabalu if you have a history of suffering from the following ailments: Heart Disease, Hypertension, Chronic Asthma, Peptic Ulcer, Severe Anaemia, Diabetes, Epileptic Fits, Arthritis, Palpitation, Heptitis, Muscular cramps and Obesity.

Padas Rafting

Padas rafting is grade III-IV which means it has moderate/challenging rapids – suitable for rafters aged 12 to 55.
The rafting class III is characterized by rapids with moderate, irregular waves which may be difficult to avoid, while rafting class IV or advanced has intense, powerful but predictable rapids requiring precise boat handling in turbulent water.


Day 1 Arrive in Kota Kinabalu

Upon arrival in Kota Kinabalu you will be met at the airport you will be transported to your hotel.

The rest of the day is free for your own leisure.

Overnight at the hotel in Kota Kinabalu

Day 2Mount Kinabalu

After breakfast meet the driver at the hotel and depart for an adventurous experience on Mt. Kinabalu.
Upon reaching the park, register at the Kinabalu Park’s office and begin your climb up to Pendant hut. Ascend for approximately 5-8 hours (depending on individual fitness level) through diverse forest which is home to many species of plants. No special mountaineering skills are required, but a certain level of fitness is essential.

Climbers are required to attend a mandatory Via Ferrata briefing upon arrival at Pendant Hut. The rest of the afternoon is free to enjoy this captivating setting and prepare for tomorrow’s summit climb and via ferrata.

Overnight in a simple dormitory-style accommodation with shared bathroom.


Day 3Mount Kinabalu - Via Ferrata

Set off for the challenging summit trek in the dark hours of the morning in time to catch a mesmerising sunrise (approx. 2.5-3.5 hours). The views from the summit really are spectacular and it makes the whole adventure worth it.

Descend to Sayat Sayat, the starting point of the Via Ferrata. Walk the Torq is an easy route which encompasses a Monkey Bridge, a Tyrolean traverse and a balancing beam – highest point at 3,520m a.s.l.
DIFFICULTY: Walk the Torq route on Mount Kinabalu is for those want to experience the majestic mountain in a different way. Walk the Torq is an easy route suitable for anyone aged between 10 and 70 who are fit and healthy. If you can climb a ladder, you can do the via ferrata! This route takes approximately 2 to 3 hours.

Descend to ‘7.5 mark’, the starting point of the Via Ferrata. Low’s Peak Circuit is an exciting route which encompasses a Nepalese bridge at 3,580m and suspension bridge at 3,600m a.s.l.
DIFFICULTY: Low’s Peak circuit is the World’s Highest Via Ferrata. Low-s Peak Circuit on Mount Kinabalu is for those want to experience the majestic mountain in a different way.
Low’s Peak Circuit is fairly hard and physically demanding, and it’s suitable for those with above average fitness and have no fear of heights. This route takes approximately 4 to 5 hours.

The ropes and ladders of Mt Kinabalu ‘s Via Ferrata allow anyone to experience the most spectacular scenery. After the Via Ferrata experience, descent back to Penand Hut for breakfast and trek down to the Timpohon Gate where a mini bus will be waiting to return you to Kota Kinabalu.

Overnight at the hotel in Kota Kinabalu


Day 4Padas River Rafting

This morning depart for Padas River for an adrenalin-pumping day of white-water rafting. Padas River, graded as class III-IV, has turbulent rapids with powerful waves. You will be driven for about 1.5 hours to Beaufort train station where you will board a small local train to Pangi Station. This railway was built by the British colonist in 1898 and until today is the only railway in the State of Sabah.

On arrival, a briefing on rafting techniques and safety procedures will be conducted by the River Guide. After the briefing, all rafters will put on their rafting gears, life jackets, helmets and collect their paddle.Enjoy the exhilarating ride down the White rapids (about 30 km). Arrive at the ending point, change to dry clothing and enjoy a delicious lunch. Take the train back to Bangi station and return to Kota Kinabalu late afternoon.

Overnight at the hotel in Kota Kinabalu


Day 5Fly to Sandakan - Sepilok - Kinabatangan River

Early morning, transfer to Kota Kinabalu airport for a short flight to Sandakan.

On arrival, transfer 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 6Kinabatangan 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 7Sukau - Danum Valley

Early morning transfer to Danum Valley Conservation Area office in Lahad Datu (about 2-hour drive). Then after registration continue to Borneo Rainforest Lodge (about 2.5-hour drive).

Enjoy the changing landscape of the regenerated forest to virgin rainforest of a million years old.
Borneo Rainforest Lodge is nestled in the heart of Sabah’s largest protected forest, alongside the Danum River.
The entire Danum Valley Conservation Area is a primary rainforest, which means it has never been logged before and is completely untouched.

After a brief orientation and lunch, proceed for a guided walk along the Nature Trail for an introduction to the rainforest ecosystem.

In the evening see a slide presentation on Danum Valley Conservation Area, then join a night safari on an open-air truck. Using a powerful spot light the guide will point out nocturnal species.

Overnight at the Borneo Rainforest Lodge


Day 8Danum Valley

Rise early this morning and enjoy a whole day in the beautiful Danum Valley. Start your day with the Canopy Walkway, a rope-style bridge built 26 meters above the forest floor. The view is magical. In the early mornings, mist hangs over the rainforest, forming a white veil from which only the tallest treetops emerge.

After breakfast hike to View Point Trail and Kadazandusun Burial Site. Stop along the trail to admire the variety of flora and fauna and spectacular views.
On the way down, enjoy a refreshing dip in the natural Jacuzzi pool.

After lunch (if weather permits) enjoy an extended hike to look for orangutan, birds and other wildlife along nature trails or go for a relaxing Water Tubing session down the Danum River.

As darkens falls, proceed for a guided night jungle walk in search of nocturnal species.

Overnight at the Borneo Rainforest Lodge


Day 9Depart Lahad Datu

This morning enjoy a short jungle walk. After lunch, check out and transfer to Lahad Datu airport.