Kinabatangan Wildlife Safari
Our MOST popular tour featuring our very own multi-award winning Sukau Rainforest Lodge. Experience the best wildlife in Borneo on this trip as you go exploring for wildlife by river boat or overland, surely an experience of a lifetime. Trust us, you'll probably want to come back again, and again.
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DAY 1 : SEPILOK - SUKAU RAINFOREST LODGE
You'll be greeted upon your arrival at Sandakan Airport by our friendly guide and captain. We proceed to watch a video show about the plight of the Orang Utans and the rehabilitation efforts ongoing at the Centre. Walk ten minutes through the rainforest on wooden boardwalks to witness the feeding of the orang utans at 1000hrs then we continue to the newly completed enclosed nursery area for young orang utans. If the Orang Utans are feeling particularly friendly, you may even get the chance to get up close to the Orang Utan so be sure to hang onto your belongings. Thereafter visit the Borneo Sun Bear Conservation Centre to learn about conservation of the world's smallest bear.
After lunch, we head to the Sandakan jetty where we'll embark on a Borneo Eco Tours speedboat for a 2½ hours boat journey up the Kinabatangan River to the multi awards winning Sukau Rainforest Lodge. Don't worry as the ride is not choppy and it won't be just boat ride as there will be opportunities along the way to view wildlife and birds, and if you're lucky, even the shy Bornean Pygmy Elephants. Cool down with a refreshing drink and cold towel upon arrival while our friendly manager helps you check-in. Take a few moments to savor afternoon tea before we head out into the wild on your first river safari.
Every boat is equipped with eco friendly outboard engines (used along the main river where the current is strong) and electric motor (used during wildlife viewing in the small tributaries) in search of wildlife and birds. Take loads of photographs as the wildlife extravaganza puts on a show. If you don't see a Proboscis monkey on your first river cruise, ask for a FREE Night Cruise on us! Return for a solar heated hot shower after sunset before enjoying a candle light buffet dinner overlooking the mighty river. Be sure to try on our in-house Sarongs (local wear) which is cooling and helps keep away any mozzies. Dinner is followed by a slide show and interpretation by our in-house naturalist guide. Stay overnight at the Sukau Rainforest Lodge. (Lunch & Dinner)
DAY 2 : SUKAU RAINFOREST LODGE
An early morning call at 0530hrs to catch the rainforest waking up is in store. If conditions are just right, you might even wake to a surreal heavenly experience shrouded in mists. After a light breakfast, we embark on a morning river cruise in search of waking wildlife and birds which are most active in the morning on our way to the Kelenanap Ox-Bow lake. Return to a full breakfast awaiting you, taking the time to just immerse yourself in the surroundings.
After breakfast, proceed for an educational walking tour along the lodge's Hornbill Boardwalk with our in-house naturalist after which you'll have some time to relax. If you're itching for more activity, we have many optional activities on offer like a pampering Foot Spa treatment, Batik Painting for the family, our soon to be completed Dip Pool and various other leisure activities. There is also a different free activity everyday so be sure to ask us. After afternoon tea, we head out onto the river once again in search of more wildlife. Breathe in the rainforest and capture the moments as we return at sunset from our final river cruise. Candlelight dinner and overnight at Sukau Rainforest Lodge. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
DAY 3 : SANDAKAN - TRANSFER OUT
After breakfast, return to Sandakan by boat. Enjoy a quick lunch before we proceed to the airport for the 1430hrs flight to Kota Kinabalu. For those who are taking the evening flight, we'll have time to visit the Rainforest Discovery Centre which has an impressive information center. Take a birds eye-view of the centre from the canopy walkway and tower before exploring the botanical gardens, home to various species of flora including orchids and agricultural plants. For those interested, we then proceed to the Sandakan Memorial Park which is a memorial built to remember lost POWs during World War 2. Return to the Sandakan airport for your evening flight. (Breakfast & Lunch)
Tours and transfers, accommodation and meals as specified, entrance fees and English speaking guide.
Domestic airfare (Kota Kinabalu(BKI) - Sandakan(SDK) - Kota Kinabalu(BKI)), camera fee and items not mentioned.
|RATES PER PERSON||SINGLE SUPPLEMENT|
|Superior||RM 1820.00||RM 380.00|
High season surcharge: MYR 160 (July & August)
Great News! Newly built Villa at SRL are coming your way starting from 01 June 2017, click here to see more. If you have made your booking with us and would like to upgrade to our new Villa, you may just pay the price difference!
Every international adult guest who stays at SRL contributes MYR 20 for Conservation Contribution (CC).
Valid till 31 March 2018.
All rates are inclusive of 6% GST.
Just to let you know that we have spent the most amazing week. The hotels/lodges were of very good standing, and the sceneries were breathtaking. Special mention to Lankayan Island (which does not belong to your organisation I know :) but what an amazing island!!)
Thank you, we have nothing to complain. Regards.
Guillaume Lépinay, France, 03-09 Jun 2017
thank you very much for the great experience. We had 3 wonderful days in Sukau Ecolodge, our guide, Joy, was amazing, we saw many animals and everything was well organised.
I hope to come back to Borneo again and have more trips with you guys!
Alessia Zangari , Italy, 02 – 04 Jan 2017
Absolutely wonderful tour company. From start to finish. Great communication & help with everything! We stayed 3 nights & 4 days at the Sakau rainforest lodge & wish we would have stayed another 1 or 2 nights! Brilliant day trips by boat. Loved the Proboscis monkeys & Sepilok Orang-utan sanctuary. (Wanted to stay longer) loved the sun bears. Literally Screamed & cried my way around the bat cave. Due to the 5 million cockroaches!!
Our guide Fernando was just the best!! No rush for anything.Food at the lodge was excellent & all local produce. Saw a mum & baby orangutan on the boardwalk near the lodge & got woken up at 6am by the Mackak moneys running across the roofs or our lodges! (Wonderful) Was so peaceful & back to nature. The only down sound is we had 2 very noisy Americans arrive Who seemed to be totally unaware that people wanted a peaceful retreat & by staying quiet you encourage the nature around you to stay close. We heard every single word that was spoken by them from the room next to us. Which kinda affected our group. But this in no way is a fault of the lodge or Borneo Eco tours. My only advice would be that we should have asked to move rooms to make our stay as peaceful as we wanted. But all in all It was just perfect & everything was so organised & professionally run
Sarah Bird, United Kingdom, Dec 2016
Outstanding service, special commendation to our guides
After checking the company credentials and options offered by Borneo Eco Tours we sent an email direct with a list of things we wanted to fit in to our two weeks in Borneo. They designed a flexible itinerary including recommended flights to ensure we arrived everywhere in good time. We didn't want to do three river cruises - the standard package - at Sukau Rainforest Lodge so were pointed to other activities available, no problem at all.
The guides for all our activities were outstanding; enthusiastic, on time, polite and passionate about ecological issues and preservation.
Another unexpected and pleasing experience was that our tour groups were small in number - sometimes we were on our own with our guide! The largest travelling group was 8 of us.
We had no issues with our accommodation booked via Borneo Eco Tours. We just picked a hotel from the good range associated with the company, this made that process as easy as the rest.
Do not be concerned about discomfort at Sukau Rainforest Lodge, it is in fact very well equipped for visitors unused to the tropical climate.
The only disappointment of our whole trip was missing the Hornbill walk at the Sukau Rainforest Lodge. The walk was scheduled to start at 10.30am but the guide took a group at an unscheduled earlier time unbeknownst to us.
I recommend this company to others who desire ecologically and socially responsible travel and prefer to leave a smaller footprint behind whilst you enjoy some of Borneo's attractions.
Felicity_6169, Australia, November 2016
We enquired on line from Australia. Borneo Eco Tours proposed an itinerary that met our preferred tour options at a reasonable cost. They were on time very time with well maintained and operated vehicles - cars and boats. At different times we had different guides and drivers. All were friendly and knowledgable. We visited attractions in KK, Sepilok, Sukau and Danum valley and saw many birds and animals.
We rate them very highly and would travel with them again.
BigKev633, United States, November 2016
We booked three tours with Borneo Eco Tours before arriving in Borneo. The services offered by the booking team were fantastic. I asked a number of questions and received quick, helpful responses throughout the booking process. The website is also great with lots of information . Once booked I was provided with a booklet on things to do in advance and what to take on each tour - this confirmed the reviews I had read online that BET is an established, well organised business.
Mount Kinabalu Day Trip: We were collected by Adam (tour guide) with another guide driving the bus. We were provided with a pack and detailed itinerary of all our trips. There were two pairs on the tour so only four in the minibus. Adam provided us with lots of information about KK as we departed the city and proceeded to drive to Mt Kinabalu. We stopped at a market for a look / fruit stop / toilet stop en route. We got some good photos there. Our travel companions for the day were nature enthusiasts and had expressed an interest in seeing the biggest flower so we built this into the day. Also visited the treetop canopy walk (worth it), sulphar baths (didn't go in but don' think we missed out) and the botanical garden at Mt Kinabalu. Adam was so full of knowledge about the plants and wildlife - we were super impressed.
Quad Biking: Again collected at the hotel lobby at the designated time by Jason and Melvin. Driven out to Kiuli for the Quad Biking where we were greeted by Jo. This is a community project and provides Jo and his family with income and involves his local community. Quad bikes were new and clean. Good helmets and googles. There were four on our tour and we covered 20km on road off-road. Jo was fab, really caring and making sure that we were all comfortable going down awkward hills etc. At the end of the tour we were given noodles and juice that his aunt had made us. It really felt like part of the community. There was a random aussie chap on the bus home that wasn't explained who he was but we fell asleep almost immediately. A good way to see the countryside that you wouldn't ordinarily get to see.
3D 2N Borneo Eco-Lodge Tour: Wow. Collected at our hotel by Fernando who was super informative about the orangatuns and asked if I was a model so that obviously helped. Met the rest of the group at Sepilok for Orangatuns. Watched an interesting video about their plight, watched the feeding and headed to the nursery. Very well organised. Sun bear sanctuary next which was ace - they were so active!! Buffet lunch at the Sabah Hotel which was actually very good with lots of choice. We opted for the slightly cheaper option so were bussed to the Lodge whereas the rest of the group (20 people) were taken on boat. Bus had wifi and we were collected by a speedboat for the final 10 minutes. This worked to our advantage as we had a private bus and a private speedboat. Warmly greeted at the lodge which has been awarded a national geographic prize for unique lodges of the world. Room was great, comfy beds and a good bathroom but air con only during the day. Lots of unique crafts int he room which could be purchased. First river cruise in the pm with leaf monkey's, probscisos monkey's and hornbills seen. We had the official tour guide To steering our boat and he was knowledgeable and interesting. We understand the other half of the group didn;t have as good a guide. Food at the lodge was very good with variety. We bought some drinks from the bar and although slightly more expensive than the centre of KK or Sandakan these were not expensive by any means. We did the night cruise and would recommend as it offers a different dynamic to the cruising. You do have some spare time / time to yourself between the morning and afternoon cruises so bring a book / pack of cards. Orangutans happened to arrive in the garden of the lodge so To escorted us all out to see. Back into Sandakan for lunch, rain forest discovery centre and war memorial. All very interesting and we saw more orangutans in the wild.
Tour company are honestly fab and I would not hesitate to book another tour with them.
Caroline S, , October 2016
We did the river safari tour with a 2 night stop at the Sukau lodge and it was one of the highlights of our honeymoon. All the staff are helpful and knowledgable. We saw plenty of Orangutans as well as various birds and monkeys. Due to Air Asia cancelling flights, we had to adjust our tour and we were glad we did as travelling back by car we saw the rainforest discovery centre and sandakan war memorial. Both were interesting. Fantastic lodge as part of the tour, food was wonderful! Thanks for a great tour.
Penguin_penguin8, United Kingdom, October 2016
It was easy to book and Cindy was very patient with my questions and delays. We were met at the airport with a clear sign and the Tour was exactly as planned - ONLY MUCH BETTER! We went to Selingan Turtle Island and saw turtles laying eggs, the rescuing and safe incubation of these and we stood in the evening with hatchlings flipping all around being released into the sea! VERY SPECIAL!!
Next day we were transferred to a VERY FLASH HOTEL! we were transported to see the fascinating and personable Probiscus Monkeys and after that we wandered around Sandakan and enjoyed the local people then a relaxing swim in the hotel pool and lovely restaurant meal. After a great breakfast we were transported to see the charming and gorgeous Orangutans and special Sun Bears. Wonderful!! We had also arranged a driver to take us to Semporna and this went perfectly! We highly recommend this very professional Tour Company.
nomadsathome, New Zealand, October 2016
These folks really know what they're doing. Granted the rainforest is under huge pressure in Borneo, but where it does still exist I cannot think of a better way to see it than to travel with BET and visit the Sukau Rainforest Lodge. The whole experience is extraordinary. And it helps greatly if you're also lucky enough to get an extraordinary guide like Jamil.
aaN8488YM, United Kingdom, October 2016
We did the 4D3N Orang-utan Search tour and it was incredible, truly one of the best experiences of our lives. From start to finish all aspects of the tour were 10/10. All the guides were so friendly, knowledgable and spoke excellent English, special mention for our guide for the first two days Hamit.
The Sukau Rainforest Lodge couldn't have been more perfect, the room was lovely and big, great bed and sitting area by the bathroom. All the staff were so friendly and happy to help and the food was amazing and plentiful, the sweet & sour prawns were the best I've ever had! One of the highlights too was the boardwalk behind the lodge, we were so lucky to have two wild Orang-utans swinging in the trees just above our heads on one of the days, unforgettable.
All the river cruises were fantastic, we saw so many wild animals and birds the list would go on and on and on! And our trip to Gomantong Cave was another highlight watching the exodus of thousands of bats at sunset.
An incredible experience and one we'll never forget, thanks to all at Borneo Eco Tours & Sukau Rainforest Lodge!
Guacamole182, United Kingdom, October 2016
There will be minor noise disruptions during the day due to ongoing construction of our new villas some distance (50-100m) away but this should steadily decrease as the construction progresses further away. We apologize for any inconvenience but hope the newly installed inverter air-conditioners will help minimise the disturbances caused.
The 20 rooms, multi international award winner, has just been recognized by National Geographic as a National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World. Awarded the Best Nature Lodge in Sabah by Sabah Tourism in 2013/2014, named by National Geographic Adventure magazine in 2009 as one of the top 50 jungle lodges in the world and the winner of the 17th World Travel Awards 2010 as Asia's leading Green Hotel, is managed by Borneo Eco Tours. Built in 1995 in traditional Malaysian architecture using several Borneo hardwood species, it went through a major RM2 million renovation in 2010. It is built on stilts with a bar lounge, gift shop, plunge pool, Gomantong Hall meeting place, education centre, Hornbill Boardwalk, three open decks for wildlife viewing, an enclosed garden, a riverside Melapi restaurant, open sun-deck, river jetty. Commencing in 2016 until the end of 2017, an expansion and upgrading of facilities located some distance away is being undertaken that might have some disruption for our present guests. All rooms have attached bathroom and shower water is supplied through rainwater harvesting and hot water by solar heaters. Air is cooled by cross ventilation air currents, ceiling fan and since July 2016 energy saving inverter air-conditioning. Lighting is supplemented by oil lamps using recycled cooking oil. River tours are conducted by boats powered by electric motors and eco-friendly outboard engines.
The Lower Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary which covers an area of 26,800 hectares, forms part of the Kinabatangan region which is the largest floodplain the Malaysia covering a total of 23% of the land area of Sabah or 16,800 sq.km. Gazetted in 2005 as a gift to the Earth, it has a diverse ecosystem from coastal mangrove swamp, to riparian, freshwater and dipterocarp and oxbow vegetation teaming with wildlife supporting ten species of primates including more than 1,000 orang utans, proboscis monkeys, more than 300 Borneo pygmy elephants, 50 species of mammals, 20 species of reptiles and over 1,026 species of plants.
Birdlife is especially rich here (over 325 species have been sighted in the area) including eight species of hornbills, kingfishers, darters, owls, kites, eagles, broadbills, doves, storm storks, herons, hawks, ospreys, falcon, pheasants, parakeets, bee eaters, woodpeckers, pittas, bulbuls, forktails, babblers, warblers, flycatchers, orioles, flowerpeckers, spiderhunters, among others.
- 2014-2015 Malaysia Tourism Awards - WINNER / Best Hotel Services / 3 Star Hotel Category
- 2015 PATA InSPIRE Awards - WINNER / Best Independent Accommodation
- 2013 Sabah Tourism Awards - WINNER / Best Nature Lodge
- 2013 Wildasia Responsible Tourism Awards - WINNER / Most Inspiring Responsible Tourism Accommodation Provider
- 2010 - 17th World Travel Awards - WINNER / Asia's Leading Green Hotel
- 2009 Sabah Tourism Awards - Finalist, Excellence in Hotel Services - Nature Lodge
- 2009 - 16th World Travel Awards - Finalist / World's Leading Eco-Lodges
- 2009 - 16th World Travel Awards - Finalist / Asia's Leading Eco-Lodges
- 2009 - National Geographic Adventure's Magazine (Top 50 Ecolodges / Jungle Category)
- 2008 - 15th World Travel Awards - Finalist / Asia Leading Green Hotel
- 2008 - 15th World Travel Awards - Finalist / World's Leading Eco-Lodges
- 2006 - ECOCLUB.com Ecolodge Awards - 3rd Prize Winner
- 2006 First Choice Responsible Tourism Awards - Highly Commended/ Best small hotel
- 1999 IH&RA Green Hotelier Awards - 1st Runner-up
- Top 10 Ecotourism Hotspots by ShermansTravel.com
- 1999 The Green Hotelier of the Year 1999 Award - Winner
- 1997 British Airways Tourism for Tomorrow Award - Best Lodge Pacific Region Winner
We are incredibly excited to unveil our newly built Villas! The villas are exquisitely designed and furnished with a unique Borneo flavor that we hope will provide you with extra comfort and will further heighten your Borneo experience during your stay with us.
- Villas are 60% larger than our superior rooms
- En-suite bathroom features Hans-Grohe hot water rain and hand showers and are 100% larger than our Superior room en-suite bathrooms
- Private balcony with patio chairs
- Option of twin sharing and king-sized bed arrangements
- Energy saving inverter air-conditioning supplemented by ceiling fan
- Villa rooms are fully mosquito netted. All windows and balcony doors have insect screens
- 100% LED lighting
- Decorated and furnished with Borneo styled crafts and motifs
- More privacy, away from main areas
Four villas will be available from 01 June 2017 onwards, with an additional four more in July 2017 onwards.
We are offering a very special introductory discounted rate now as we are continuing to bring more villas onstream and thus there might be some noise and visual disturbances. These should be minimal by July 2017, as construction progresses further and further away from our villas opened to guests.