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5 Day Primate & Orangutan Trekking in Sandakan, Borneo, Malaysia
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Sepilok Jungle Resort, Jalan Rambutan, Sepilok Mile 14, Sandakan, Sabah, Malaysia

Wildlife & Primate Trekking Tour in Borneo, Malaysia

Partake in a unique comprehensive tour package for a true Sandakan experience with Sepilok Tropical Wildlife Adventure. Savor the wonder of the 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.


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


  • Sandakan City Tour
  • Kinabatangan River cruise
  • Transfer based on SIC basis
  • Visit and night walk at Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Center
  • Services of an English speaking guide
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Park entrance fees
  • Daily meals


4 activity days
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On your first night, you will be accommodated at Sepilok Jungle Resort, while your second night will be at Island Chalet and your third night 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.


Day 1: Arrival at Sandakan and visit to Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre and Rainforest Discovery Center

Pick up from airport or Sandakan and transfer to Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Center to watch 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 the feeding platform. Watch the scheduled video show (25 minutes) and visit the exhibition hall.

After that, visit Rainforest Discovery Center and enjoy a spectacular view from the canopy walk. Lunch enroute at Sepilok Jungle Resort. In the afternoon, you will have a second visit to the sanctuary for the afternoon feeding. At 6 p.m., proceed to Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Center with a Sepilok ranger for a night walk in the forest. Dinner and overnight stay at Sepilok Jungle Resort.

Day 2: Turtle Island

Pick up from your accommodation at 8:15 a.m. and transfer to CQ Jetty for Selingan Turtle Island. This journey by motorized boat will take about one hour. After lunch, spend your free time at leisure. Before dinner, treat yourself to a slide show featuring information of the turtle park and turtles.

After dinner, standby at the cafeteria and wait for the park ranger's signal before proceeding in a small group to the egg-laying site to witness mother turtles laying eggs, transferring of eggs to the hatchery, and releasing of hatchlings to the sea. Stay overnight at Island Chalet.

Please note that photographing of turtles is allowed only with cameras of unaided flash. Snorkeling gears are available to hire (please refer to the Island Chalet).

Day 3: Sandakan City Tour, Gomantong Cave, and Kinabatangan River

Pick up from CQ Jetty and proceed for the Sandakan city tour. The tour includes a visit to Sandakan Memorial Park, Puu Jih Shih Buddhist Temple, the Parish of St. Michael and All Angels Church, Kg Buli Sim Sim, Central Market, and Agnes Keith House. After lunch, you will continue overland to Gomantong Cave to explore the largest limestone and bird nests cave in Sabah where millions of swiftlets make the cave their home.

After that, wait at the cave entrance to witness the feeding of bathawk on millions of bats that merge out from the cave in search for food. Transfer to Bilit Adventure Lodge after for dinner and overnight stay. Optional night walk can be arranged and pay locally at 10 RM per person.

Day 4: Ox Bow Lake, Kinabatangan River

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 cruise, proceed back to the lodge for breakfast followed by a guided jungle walk in the late morning through the riverine forest to Danau Bilit (Ox-Bow Lakes) for wildlife sighting - an opportunity to meet the 'bloodsuckers' in the jungle - leeches! Stay calm and relax and treat your ears to the many fascinating sights and sounds of the jungle wildlife.

Enjoy your lunch after trekking back to the lodge. Do another river cruise in the afternoon. Dinner and overnight at Bilit Adventure Lodge. Optional night walk can be arranged and pay locally at 10 RM per person.

Day 5: Departure

After breakfast, transfer to Sandakan, arriving at around 11:30 a.m. Optional tree planting activity can be arranged at 10 RM per tree.


This safari will take you through Sandakan city, Sepilok, Turtle Island, 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.


During this safari, you will be provided with four 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 and night walk at Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Center
  • Visit to Rainforest Discovery Center
  • Visit to Turtle Island
  • Sandakan City Tour
  • Visit to Gomantong Cave
  • Kinabatangan River cruise
  • Transfer based on SIC basis
  • Park entrance fees
  • Services of an English speaking guide
  • 4 breakfast, 4 lunches, and 4 dinners
  • 4 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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