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4 Day Jungle Wildlife Tour in Malaysia

Turtle Islands National Park, Sabah, Malaysia

Unforgettable Wildlife Tour Malaysia

Join Sandakan Hotspot Tours and Travel on a once-in-a-lifetime wildlife tour in Malaysia! Your satisfaction is their philosophy and the measure of their success. Their experienced, reliable, and capable staffs are dedicated to meet each and every one of your needs, ensuring you a worry-free holiday. Explore the wonder of forest filled with wildlife such as the biggest nose of Borneo, the proboscis monkey (found only in the island of Borneo), orangutan, pygmy elephants, snakes, and birds whilst doing the fascinating river cruising and jungle trekking.

Overview

  • Minimum group size: 2
  • Starting and ending point: Sandakan
  • Main wildlife to be viewed: turtle, orangutan, proboscis monkey, silver leaf monkey, hornbill, macaques, pygmy elephants, birds, gibbons, hornbill, and nocturnal mammals
  • Type of vehicle used in the tour/safari: tour van for 8 persons and couch bus for 16 persons

Highlights

  • 4 days of wildlife tour, jungle trekking, and river cruise
  • Entrance fees to the national park, rehabilitiation center, and sanctuary
  • Chance to see turtles, elephants, andvarious primate species
  • Visits to Turtle Islands, Sepilok, and Labuk Bay
  • Transportation service (returning trip)
  • Breakfasts, lunches, and dinners
  • 3 nights of accommodation

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Accommodation

During the wildlife tour, you will stay in Turtle Islands National Park on your first night. Then, for your second and third nights, you will stay in a resort in Bilit in a twin sharing cottage room with attach bathroom and air-conditioning.

Program

Day 1: Sandakan - Selingan Turtle Islands

  • 08:50 Pickup time from Sandakan Town hotel lobby
  • 09:30 Depart from the jetty with a speedboat and take about an hour boat ride to Turtle Islands National Park - On arrival at Turtle Islands, go to the reception counter for check in and get room key. Free leisure, roaming on the beach, sunbathing, swimming, or snorkeling in the sea can be done during the day or after lunch.
  • 12:30 Lunch at the cafeteria
  • 18:30 Parks Exhibition Hall (opened daily)
  • 19:00 Video show
  • 19:30 Dinner at the cafeteria - Standby at the cafeteria until the announcement from the park rangers that will inform you about the sighting of mother turtle coming ashore to lay eggs. Follow the park rangers to the nesting site and witness the egg laying process collecting of eggs and the tagging of the mother turtle. Next is to witness the planting of turtle eggs in the hatchery. If you are lucky, you may witness the baby turtle being released to the sea for the first time.
  • Overnight on the island

Day 2: Selingan Turtle Islands - Sepilok - Labuk Bay - Kinabatangan River

  • 06:30 Breakfast at the Cafeteria - Please return your key to the reception counter and make sure you take nothing but photograph and leave nothing but footprints.
  • 07:00 Depart from Turtle Islands
  • 08:00 Arrived at the jetty at the mainland
  • 30 minutes’ drive to Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre - Upon arrival, observe the feeding of orangutan take a walk in the forest of Borneo.
  • 09:00 Orangutan video show
  • 10:00 Orangutan feeding session
  • 10:30 Juvenile orangutan feeding session
  • 20 minutes’ drive to Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary - You will catch the feeding session of proboscis monkeys at the sanctuary.
  • Simple lunch
  • A journey by land to Bilit by the Kinabatangan River and arrive at a lodge - Upon arrival at the resort, you will be greeted and refreshment will be served followed by a briefing featuring the overview of the resort routes and safety.
  • Check in to your room
  • 16:00 2-hour river cruise. On this river cruise, you will search for wildlife that is so prevalent in the area. There’s a good chance to see proboscis monkeys, orangutans, macaques, pygmy elephants, birds, and other wildlife.
  • Return to the resort
  • Dinner
  • 1 hour’s night nature walk with an in-house naturalist in search of nocturnal mammals (weather-permitting)

Day 3: Kinabatangan River

  • 06:00 2-hours misty Kinabatangan River cruise
  • Breakfast at the lodge
  • 2 hours’ trekking
  • Lunch at the lodge
  • 16:00 2-hours river cruise to spot more wildlife
  • Dinner at the lodge
  • 1 hour’s night nature walk in search of nocturnal mammals (weather-permitting)
  • Overnight at the lodge

Day 4: Kinabatangan River - Sandakan

  • 06:00 Wake up to the calls of gibbons and hornbill
  • 2 hours’ early morning cruise along the Kinabatangan River
  • Breakfast
  • 12:00 Drop off at your respective hotel in Sandakan or at Sandakan Airport (SDK) for your onward flight (preferable flight time: after 14:00)

Location

This wildlife tour in Malaysia will start and end in Sandakan, and you will get to visit Selingan Turtle Islands National Park, Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre, Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary, and Kinabatangan River.

Sandakan is a place that promising all kinds of exotics surprise, not only has intriguing past but Sandakan also is the gateway to the rich wildlife of Sabah. Sandakan also known as The Nature City which it also reserves forest where Orang Utan are helped to re-adjusted to life in the wild. Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre also is one of the biggest and most well known Orang Utan sanctuaries in Malaysia. Over 100 Orang Utans roam free with the forest.

Have you always dream about a close encounter with an orangutan? At this centre you're able to see the orang utans in their rehabilitation programs. At Sepilok, the orang utans are divided in groups. The most independent ones are released in the wild after a certain period of time; you can watch them during feeding-time and you can take the picture during feeding time.

Aside from that, Sandakan also famous with Selingan Turtle island, the island where endangered marine turtle come ashore to lay their eggs. Selingan Turtle Island laying approximately 40km off the coast of Sabah and surrounded by the emerald waters of the Sulu Sea, the island is a breeding site for both hawksbill and green turtles looking to come ashore and lay their eggs.

The possibility of visitors seeing a 99% chances mother turtle lay her eggs or new hatchlings is high throughout the year. The sight of giant turtles hauling themselves up the beach, sometimes hundreds at a time, is unforgettable. It is also possible to handle hatchlings, incubated and born in the breeding centre located on the island, before being released back into the surrounding waters.

There is a limited amount of basic accommodation available on Selingan Turtle Island and this often books up many months in advance especially for high season dates. It is therefore advisable to book as far in advance as is possible.

Not only that, Sandakan also offered you enormous experience to explore wildlife especially at Kinabatangan River with 560km length which is the second largest river in Malaysia. The river and its surrounding rainforest wetlands make up one of the richest ecosystem on the planet and Kinabatangan also is one of only two known places on earth where 10 primate species be found. This is one of the best area in South East Asia to see abundance of wildlife in its natural habitat such as Wild Borneo Elephants, Orang Utan, Maroon Langur, Borneo Gibbon (endemic to Borneo), snakes, crocodiles, civet cats, monitor lizard, macaques, otters and many more. Kinabatangan River also is heaven for birdwatchers. Among the primates that can be found are the Proboscis Monkey, Orang Utan, Bornean Gibbon, close to 250 birds, 50 mammals, and 20 reptile species are also found there. Besides that, 8 hornbill species also can be found in Borneo and Kinabatangan habitat also home to 1056 plant species.

Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre

Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre is the oldest and the biggest orangutan rehabilitation in the world that covers 4,294 hectares Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve is a virgin jungle reserve rich in tropical rainforest and mangrove swamp. It was gazette in 1964 as a purposed to rehabilitate the orphaned baby orangutans back to the wild.

Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary

Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary that is located 38 kilometers from Sandakan city and situated at the center of a mangrove forest, while being close to the seashore as well. The wild proboscis monkeys come out from mangrove vegetation to feed as the food is served on their own feeding platform provided. This is the only place in Borneo with the opportunity to see this monkey in the very close range. Normally, three to five groups of proboscis monkey come out to feed, silver leaf monkey and hornbill can also be seen at the sanctuary.

Food

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

  • 4 river cruise on Kinabatangan River
  • 3 jungle trekking
  • Turtle sighting session
  • Watching 1 orangutan feeding sessions
  • Watching 1 proboscis monkey feeding session
  • Transportation (returning trip)
  • 3 nights of accommodation
  • 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, and 3 dinners
  • Tour guide
  • Entrance fees

What's not included

  • Camera / video recording fees (if applicable)
  • Beverage
  • Non-stated items
  • Other Incidental charges
  • All airfare
  • Tipping / gratuities
  • Porterage

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 40% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
4 days / 3 nights
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Special discount

Children below 10 years old are eligible for a special discount of 50% per person.


1. This only applies if the child sharing one room with 2 adults and using extra bed.

2. Child age according to year of birth (not date of birth).
Thursday October 1, 2020
(4 days / 3 nights)

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