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3 Day Kinabatangan River Safari in Kinabatangan, Sabah

Nature Lodge Kinabatangan, Kinabatangan, Sabah, Malaysia

Kinabatangan River Safari in Sabah Malaysia

Explore the jungle that is Kinabatangan River with Nasalis Larvatus. Nasalis Larvatus is the scientific name of the endangered and endemic primate of Borneo, the proboscis monkey; a reflection of the rare qualities of the individuals who operate this tour and travel agency. They know what it takes to make a holiday in this beautiful state a truly memorable experience for guests!

Key information

  • Group size: Minimum 2 and maximum 10 persons.
  • Children policy: Children from the age of 1 year are allowed to participate under the supervision of a parent or guardian.Children aged 12 years and above are considered adults at this property.
  • Starting point and ending point: Sandakan or Sepilok
  • English and Malay speaking guide
  • Conservation levy included in the price

Highlights

  • 2 guided night walks
  • Morning and afternoon river cruises
  • See monkeys, crocodiles, birds, and other wildlife
  • Explore and see the flora and fauna of Kinabatangan River
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Road and boat transfers included
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers

Styles


3 activity days in English
The organizer also speaks: Malay
Group size: Maximum of 70 participants
Airport transfer included: Sandakan Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
15:00
Check-out Time:
08:30

Facilities

  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Restaurant
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry
  • Parking lot
  • Tour assistance

Located along the Sungai Kinabatangan, Nature Lodge Kinabatangan is the only trace of civilization within the proximity. Be prepared to get all misty eyed over the surreal lush greenery, intended to be left untouched for your viewing pleasure. It is, of course, free to indulge yourself with nature’s most promising scenery.

Nature Lodge Kinabatangan (NLK) was established on January 1, 2005 and is formerly known as Trekkers Lodge Kinabatangan. It is located in Kg. Bilit at Sukau area (approximately seven hours' drive from Kota Kinabalu City and two hours drive from Sandakan Town). Guest will be transferred by boat from the Kg. Bilit jetty to Nature Lodge Kinabatangan, just three minutes across the river.

Nature Lodge Kinabatangan is out of the normal tourist route and specially built by using recycle wood to specially create a more relaxed and natural ambiance as well as to minimize the environment impact. As contribution to the local people, all staff are from the villages around Kinabatangan and are trained continuously to provide professional services to our customers.

Program

Day 1: Arrival

10:30 Meet and greet at Wisma Khoo Siak Chiew Building (in front of RHB bank) by your friendly driver of the day. Once on board, your driver will provide a short briefing about the journey.

11:30 You can also choose to meet and greet at Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Center (Sepilok café) or any lodges within Sepilok area by our friendly driver of the day. A short briefing for those who just get on board.

11:45 A transit stop at Mango Garden Restaurant, Sepilok, where you can have your lunch amidst a green garden surrounding. You can buy snacks and drinks from a small grocery shop next to the restaurant, use the toilet or the Wi-Fi before you start the two and half hour journey to Nature Lodge Kinabatangan.

12:30 Depart Mango Garden Restaurant, Sepilok on a country road with secondary forest, plantations, small villages, and occasional local shops on either side of the road. Your driver will make a stop at Medan Selera Kota Kinabatangan to pick-up more guests. Toilet is available at this stop for a fee. You are now more than half way through the journey and this is your last toilet stop before reaching Bilit Village, Kinabatangan which is about one hour journey on road.

15:00 Arrive at the lodge. Welcome drink and orientation

16:00 Evening cruise to watch an abundant wildlife along the Kinabatangan River.

18:00 Back to lodge, freshen up and dinner

20:00 Night trekking in the wilderness of the jungle to spot nocturnal animals

  • 21:30 Back to the lodge for overnight

Day 2: Wildlife activities at Kinabatangan River

05:30 Wake up to the calls of birds. Morning river cruise

07:30 Back to lodge for breakfast

09:00 Meet your guide for a walk along Kinabatangan River. Be on time for the meet up as your guide will provide a briefing before the trek starts. Take a leisure walk along Kinabatangan River and see the different species of trees and plants along the trail.

While some parts of the forested areas in Kinabatangan remained preserved, many parts of it have gone through trees re-planting project as part of forest restoration or being converted to plantation. You will be able to spot the traditional fish trap set-up by the local villagers, using bottles.

The locals catch their fish using a unique method: They collect 10 or so plastic water bottles and attach about a foot of fishing line to them. Along the line, are sub lines with a hook and a piece of fruit which they toss into the water and let them float down stream. If and when a fish takes the bait, it will drag the bottle down with it, but the buoyancy brings the bottle back to the top and the fish fights back until it is too tired to continue. The locals look for the bottles that are bobbing up and down in the water and simply go over with their boat and reel the fish in.

On the way back to the lodge, stop by at the composting area. As part of the ‘Go Green’ project, Nasalis Larvatus have adapted this concept of composing organic waste such as foods and plants materials and growing their own organic vegetables to serve guests.

  • 12:00 Lunch. Free and easy
  • 16:00 Second evening cruise to different location to sight more wildlife along Kinabatangan River
  • 18:00 hrs: Back to lodge, freshen up and dinner will be served at the restaurant.
  • 20:00 hrs: Take the opportunity to learn the steps of our local dance before night trek.
  • 20:30 hrs: Equip with torch and boots, get ready for night trekking to watch sleeping birds and nocturnal creatures of the jungle
  • 21:30 Back to your room. Overnight.

Day 3: Departure

  • 05:30 Get ready for another river cruise before you check-out
  • 07:30 Back to lodge for breakfast
  • 08:30 Bid your farewell to the Nature Lodge Kinabatagan staff before travelling back to your drop off point.

Location

Formerly known as Elopura, Sandakan is a city in Sabah, Malaysia, located northeast coast of Borneo. Widely popular as the golden place of Borneo where you can basically see everything that Mother Nature can offer.

From sea turtles, (Selingan Turtle Island), to Orang Utan (Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Center), to the smallest ever bear you will ever see (Bornean Sun Bear), to the wildlife of Kinabatangan River, Sandakan’s definitely worth a space in your long list world travel itinerary!

Food

During this tour, you will be provided with two breakfasts, one lunch, and two dinners. There will also be a free flow of coffee and tea at the lodge.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

The following drinks are included:

  • Coffee
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • River cruises (2 morning and 2 afternoon)
  • 2 guided night walk
  • 1 guided jungle walk
  • Services of in-house guide
  • Return road transfer (from Sandakan, Sepilok, or Kinabatangan)
  • Return boat transfer
  • Airport transfers
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Free flow of coffee and tea
  • Conservation levy

What's not included

  • Tourism tax of 10 RM per room per night (to be paid directly at Nature Lodge Kinabatangan upon arrival)

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by transfer

Below are the schedule pickup point and time:

  • Sandakan Town at Wisma Khoo Siak Chiew Building entrance or Sabah Hotel: 10:30 - 10:50 a.m.
  • Sandakan Airport at arrival hall or Gloria Jean cafe (near to arrival hall): 11:00 - 11:20 a.m.
  • Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre or lodges in area: 11:30 - 11:50 a.m.
  • Nature Lodge Sepilok: 12:30 p.m.
  • Medan Selera Kota Kinabatangan = 13:30 - 13:50 p.m.
  • (if you are coming from Kota Kinabalu or Semporna by bus)

The check out time from the lodge is at 08:30 a.m., expected time to arrive drop off point:-

  • Nearest Bus Stop to catch bus to Lahad Datu/Tawau/Semporna: 09:00 - 09:10 a.m.
  • Sepilok Areas: 10:10 - 10:30 a.m.
  • Sandakan Airport: 10:50 - 11:20 a.m.
  • Sandakan Town: 11:30 - 11:50 a.m.

**All arrival time may change depending on road condition

**Note: All transfer are based on Seat In Coach (SIC)

Airport: Sandakan Airport Airport transfer included: Sandakan Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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