At 560 kilometers, the Kinabatangan River is the longest river in Sabah, flowing from the Crocker Range into the Sulu Sea on the east coast of Sabah. The river journeys through what is arguably the last forested alluvial floodplain in Asia and is characterised by its numerous ox-bow lakes, remarkable environment of wildlife and fascinating natural habitats such as limestone caves, dipterocarp forests and freshwater swamps.
The concentration of wildlife in the lower reaches of the Kinabatangan River is extraordinary, acknowledged by experts to be the most varied and easily accessible wildlife in all of Southeast Asia. According to the World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF), the area is one of only two known places on earth where 10 primate species can be found including the Bornean Orang Utan, Proboscis Monkey and Bornean Gibbon, species endemic to the island of Borneo. Apart from its primates, the Kinabatangan River is also famous for spotting Bornean Pygmy Elephants emerging through the forest to take a drink at the edge of the river, crocodiles, hornbills, kingfishers, eagles, snakes, frogs and much, much more. A large portion of the lower Kinabatangan River is gazetted under the Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary, a protected area spreading across 26,000ha (260 sq km), providing a safe haven for the diverse wildlife found there.
- Pick up and from Sandakan airport or hotel.
- 12.30 pm – Land transfer to Sukau, Kinabatangan taking approximately 2.5 hours.
- 3.00 pm – Expected arrival at Sukau, Kinabatangan.
- 3.10 pm – Check in. Free and easy.
- 4.00 pm – 2 hour evening river boat cruise.
- 6.00 pm – Return to the lodge for a delicious dinner.
- 8.00 pm – Guests can join a night safari walk around the lodge (weather permitting).
- Wake up to the sounds of nature.
- 6.00 am – Morning river cruise to observe the Borneon wildlife.
- 8.00 am – Arrive at the lodge for breakfast.
- 8.30 am – Check out and transfer to Sandakan for a tour of the town.
- 12.00 pm – Transfer to Sandakan airport.