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4 Days Primate & Orangutan Trekking in Sandakan, Borneo, Malaysia

Sepilok Jungle Resort, Jalan Rambutan, Sepilok Mile 14, Sandakan, Sabah, Malaysia

Primate Trekking Tour in Borneo, Malaysia

Experience firsthand the wonder of the forest filled with wildlife such as Orangutan, Pygmy Elephants, snakes, and birds whilst doing the fascinating river cruising and jungle trekking. The highlight of this safari is the Biggest Nose of Borneo - The Proboscis Monkey found only in the island of Borneo. Your wildlife adventure in Borneo begins here!

Overview

  • Main wildlife to be viewed: Proboscis Monkey, Sun Bear, Orangutan, birds
  • Starting point and ending point: Sandakan

Highlights

  • Trip to Gomantong Cave
  • Kinabatangan River cruise
  • Visit to Rainforest Discovery Center
  • Visit to Sun Bear Conservation Center
  • Transfer based on SIC basis
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Park entrance fees
  • Daily meals

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3 activity days in English
Spoken languages: English
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Accommodation

On your first night, you will be accommodated at Sepilok Jungle Resort, while your second and third nights will be at Bilit Adventure Lodge.

Bilit Adventure Lodge

Bilit Adventure Lodge has 16 standard air-conditioned rooms and eight standard fan rooms with attached bathroom. Hot shower and tea / coffee making facilities are only available in the standard air conditioned rooms. Prepare to be pampered with the natural surrounding and the beautiful garden around the lodge. There is no five-star resort setting and facilities as it is located in the jungle but the staff will try their best to fulfill all your needs to make your stay a memorable one.

Program

Day 1: Arrival at Sandakan and visit to Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Center, Sun Bear Conservation Center, and Rainforest Discovery Center

Meet on upon arrival at Sandakan Airport (SDK) or pick up at respective hotels. Transfer to Sepilok Jungle Resort, unpack yourself, and freshen up. Take a five minute leisure walk to the nearby Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Center, watching one of the nature’s most endangered animal species, the ‘Orang Utan’ or ‘Man of the Jungle’, in local language swing from branches to branches towards to the feeding station in the forest. Watch the scheduled video show program (25 minutes) and visit to the exhibition hall.

Take a short walk to Sun Bear Conservation Center to see the world's smallest bear in its natural environment. Lunch enroute at Sepilok Jungle Resort.

In the afternoon, have a second visit to Sepilok Orang Utan Centre. After Sepilok, continue a visit to Rainforest Discovery Center situated within the famous Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve. The Exhibition Center and the Plant Discovery Center offers rich information about the nature in the area.

After that, get a chance to walk on a suspension bridge and ending it with the only canopy walk in Sandakan. Standing on 28 meters above the forest floor is truly amazing. After that, go back to your accommodation for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 2: Gomantong Cave and Kinabatangan River

After breakfast, drive overland (two and a half hours) to reach Gomantong Cave to explore the largest limestone and bird nests cave in Sabah where millions of swiftlets make the cave their home.

Drive onwards to Bilit, Kinabatangan River, home to the 10 species of primates namely Proboscis monkeys, langurs, macaques, orang utan, slow loris, western tarsier, eight species of hornbills such as Rhinoceros Hornbill, Pied Hornbill, Black Hornbill, Helmeted Hornbill (50 kilos, 120 centimeters), kingfishers, bubuls, trogons, flycatchers, sunbirds, broadbills, herons, mangrove snakes, vipers, estuarine crocodile, asian elephants, and many many more wildlife.

Upon arrival, you'll receive a warm welcome by the staff and have lunch at Bilit. By 3:30 p.m., have an afternoon tea with some local bites. After a short briefing by the nature guide, take an afternoon cruise (4 p.m.) along the Kinabatangan River (Sabah’s longest river at 560 kilometers) where you can observe wildlife on the boat itself. Dinner and overnight stay at Bilit Adventure Lodge.

Optional night walk can be arranged and paid locally at 10 RM per person per hour. If you would like to leave a lasting mark, you may arrange to plant a tree for 10 RM per tree.

Day 3: Kinabatangan River cruise and jungle walk

Wake up to the calls of gibbons and birds and start the day with an early river cruise at about 6 a.m. After the one-hour boat cruise, proceed back to Bilit Lodge for breakfast. Late morning, depart for a guided nature jungle walk to experience the riverine forest. Trek back to Bilit Lodge, freshen up, have lunch, and take a short nap. In the late afternoon, depart for second boat river cruise. Dinner and second night stay at Bilit Adventure Lodge.

Day 4: Departure

After breakfast, depart at 8:30 a.m. and transfer to Sandakan Airport (SDK) or hotel. Optional tree planting activity can be arranged at 10 RM per tree.

Location

This safari will take you through Sepilok, Gomantong Cave, and Kinabatangan River in Sabah, Malaysia.

Kinabatangan River

The Kinabatangan River is the largest and longest river in the Malaysian state of Sabah. Originating in south west of Sabah State, the Kinabatangan River flows through eastern Sabah to the Sulu Sea on the east coast. It has a main channel length of about 560 km, a catchment area of about 16,800 square kilometers and covers almost 23% of the total land area of Sabah.

The lower basin of the Kinabatangan River is the largest forest-covered floodplain in Malaysia, covering an area of almost 4,000 square kilometers. The river and its surrounding rainforest wetlands make up one of the richest ecosystems on the planet. The floodplain itself is a rainforest wetland, and it is the largest remaining forested floodplain in Sabah.

The region is gaining increasing international fame for its biological diversity. The Kinabatangan is one of only two known places on earth where 10 primate species can be found.

The most famous attraction is the "Biggest Nose of Borneo", the Proboscis Monkey, endemic only in Borneo and recognizable by the male's long, distinctive pendulous nose and a peculiar mix of colours - grey legs, white belly and tail, and an orange coat. A trip down the Kinabatangan River almost certainly guarantees you several sightings of this large yet surprisingly graceful primate, as it flings itself forcefully from tree to tree, or watches you lazily from a comfortable lofty branch.

This is also one of the best areas in the world to see an abundance of wildlife in its natural habitat such as elephants, orangutan, maroon langur (endemic to Borneo), Bornean gibbon (endemic to Borneo), snakes, crocodiles, civet cats, monitor lizards, macaques, otters and many more. It is also a haven for birdwatchers.

Eco tourism plays a vital part, convincing local people that the environment is worth preserving for commercial as well as conservation reasons.

Food

During this safari, you will be provided with three breakfasts, lunches, and dinners.

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

Things to do (optional)

Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary

  • 1 person: 470 RM
  • 2 persons: 490 RM
  • Includes: Land transfer, English speaking guide, and entrance fees
  • Excludes: Camera fees

Sepilok Forest night walk

Approximately two hours, minimum of two persons (180 RM). Please bring along a torchlight.

  • Includes: Guide fees and permits
  • Excludes: Items not mentioned above

What's included

  • Visit to Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Center
  • Visit to Sun Bear Conservation Center
  • Visit to Rainforest Discovery Center
  • Trip to Gomantong Cave
  • Kinabatangan River cruise
  • Transfer based on SIC basis
  • Park entrance fees
  • Services of an English speaking guide
  • 3 breakfast, 3 lunches, and 3 dinners
  • 3 nights accommodation

What's not included

  • Camera fee
  • Drinks
  • Optional tours
  • Tourism tax (10 RM per room per night)

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

You can fly to Sandakan Airport (SDK) direct from Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL), Kota Kinabalu International Airport (BKI), or Tawau Airport (TWU).

Arrival by bus

You can come to Sandakan by express bus from Kota Kinabalu (six hours), Mt. Kinabalu National Park (four hours), Lahad Datu (four hours), Tawau (five hours), and Semporna (five hours).

Arrival by ferry

You can book a ferry from Zamboanga, Philippines. Travel time is approximately 17 hours.

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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