Sabah Nature Safari
Explore Sabah's fantastic beauty on a 7 day journey with us, capturing the best parts including the nearby Tunku Abdul Rahman marine park islands, the Mount Kinabalu world heritage areas, turtle watching at Selingan island and round the trip off with 2 nights at the multi-award winning Sukau Rainforest Lodge to experience the wildlife of Borneo.
This tour includes a stay in our Superior rooms and travel to SRL by speedboat. For an upgrade to our new Villa rooms, please see the Rates tab.
Day 1 : Kota Kinabalu - Night Market
Arrive in Kota Kinabalu and transfer to Hotel. We will pick you up in the evening for a brief sunset tour covering Signal Hill overlooking the city centre and the offshore islands. Visit the night market to bargain for the wide array of local spices, souvenirs, fruits and vegetables. Proceed to a restaurant for dinner before we return to your hotel. (Dinner)
Day 2 : Gaya Island Rainforest Boardwalk Tour
Immerse yourself in a nature trek in Gaya Island, located 30-minutes by speedboat from Kota Kinabalu. Trek to one of the trail and learn about the unique medicinal plants, tropical hardwood trees and tropical Dipterocarp rainforest. After the trek, enjoy a packed lunch by the beach before venturing for a swim, a snorkel (rental surcharge) or simply laze away. A great way to dispel the jet lag as you’ll almost certainly be well relaxed and rested after this. (Breakfast & Packed Lunch)Snorkeling gear is available for hire at a surcharge. Only packed lunch and transfers provided.
Day 3 : Kinabalu Park World Heritage Site
Drive 2 hours overland to the foothills of Mt. Kinabalu at 1500m above sea level. Have a short stop at Pekan Nabalu market to savour local fruits in season. Visit the Education Centre and Mountain Garden in Kinabalu Park Headquarters. If weather permits, take a guided walk on one of the trails in the cool surrounding to explore the montane forest. Return to Kota Kinabalu and stay overnight in hotel. (Breakfast & Lunch)Camera Fee is not included.
Day 4 : Sandakan - Selingan Island
Transfer to Kota Kinabalu airport for morning flight (40 minutes) to Sandakan and arrive before 0800 hours. On arrival, transfer to jetty for 1-hour boat ride to Selingan Island. Free at leisure to explore island, swim and snorkel. After dinner, wait for signal from the Park Ranger before proceeding to watch Green Turtle lay eggs on the beach, transplanting of eggs to hatchery and release of baby turtles to the sea. Stay overnight in Twin-Share room. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)Please make sure that you travel light to Selingan Island.
Flash photography and videography of turtles is strictly prohibited. Camera fee is not included.
Snorkeling gear available for hire at a surcharge.
Note: (November-February) Please be advised that our trip to Selingan Island involves boat journey via the Sulu Sea. In the event of inclement weather condition during or before the boat journey, the company will have the absolute discretion to cancel or postpone the trip if it is deemed that the journey will jeopardize the safety of our passengers. In the event of cancellation, a replacement tour will be offered. The company will not be liable for any compensation.
Day 5 : Selingan Island - Sepilok - Sukau rainforest lodge
Return to Sandakan by boat. Transfer to Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre. 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, and then we continue to the newly completed enclosed nursery area for young orang utans. Thereafter visit the Borneo Sun Bear Conservation Centre to learn about conservation of the world's smallest bear.
After lunch, transfer to Sandakan jetty for 2½ hours boat journey to the multi awards winning Sukau Rainforest Lodge along Sabah's longest river, Kinabatangan with opportunity to view birds and wildlife. Take a river cruise using electric motor in search of wildlife and birds. Enjoy candle light dinner overlooking the riverbank followed by slide show and interpretation by naturalist guide. Stay overnight at the Sukau Rainforest Lodge. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
Note on Camera Use at Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre:
For any camera with zoom lens from 100 to 400mm, video camera or other video recording equipment for personal use are chargeable at RM10.00 per unit. For any camera (fixed-lens - 400mm and above ) or any film-making equipment are chargeable at RM1,000.00 per unit. Mode of payment is cash only.
Please make sure that you travel light to Sukau Rainforest Lodge
Day 6 : Sukau
Take a 0600hrs morning river cruise up the Kinabatangan River to Kelenanap oxbow lake to view more birds and wildlife. After breakfast, proceed for an educational tour along our Hornbill Boardwalk located behind the lodge with our in-house naturalist. In the afternoon, we proceed for another river cruise for more wildlife. Stay overnight at the Sukau Rainforest Lodge. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)Experience profound relaxation and comfort at Halia Spa, Sukau Rainforest Lodge, as we provide an 'escape from the ordinary' by offering you a blend of both traditional and modern Spa treatments. Enjoy special deals when you book online!
Day 7 : Sandakan - Departure
After breakfast, return to Sandakan by boat journey. After lunch we will proceed to airport for the 1430hrs flight to Kota Kinabalu. For those taking the evening flight, we will have a chance to visit Rainforest Discovery Centre. Take a bird view of the centre from the canopy walk and hanging bridge, explore the botanical garden, home to various species of flora. Proceed to Sandakan Memorial Park for a short visit before taking the flight. (Breakfast & Lunch)
THINGS TO BRING: Please bring along sun block lotion, personal toiletries, swim wear, torch light, insect repellent, drinking water bottle, walking shoes, binoculars, camera, hat & raincoat.Please be informed that transfer from Sukau to Sandakan will be strictly by overland basis (at a surcharge) in order to reach airport in time for any departure flight before 1330hrs.
Please make sure you are holding air ticket to Sandakan.
Tours and transfers, accommodation and meals specified, entrance fees and English speaking guide.
Domestic airfare, camera fee and items not mentioned. Snorkelling gear available for hire at a surcharge, Tourism Tax (TTx) flat rate of RM10 per room per night.
|RATES PER PERSON||SINGLE SUPPLEMENT|
|Superior||RM 4265||RM 890|
|Villa||RM 4645||RM 1190|
High season surcharge :
RM 160 per person at Sukau Rainforest Lodge (July & August)
RM 45 per person at Dreamtel ( 1 - 7 Oct, 24 Dec - 01 Jan, 6 - 12 Dec, 15 -19 Feb 2018)
Upgrade to villa: All our 20 new villas are now up and ready for guests. If you have booked a superior room in advance but want to upgrade to a villa, you can! Just pay the price difference and you’re all set!
Giving Back: Every international adult guest who stays at SRL contributes MYR20 for Conservation Contribution (CC).Read More
Rates are valid from 01 April 2018 till 31 March 2019 and inclusive of 6% GST.
Effective 1st September 2017, foreign guests will be charged a flat rate of RM10 per room per night for all Tourism Tax (TTx) registered hotel classifications in Malaysia.
From the point of being picked up at Kota Kinabalu airport by Osman right through to being dropped off at Sandakan airport to return to KK everything was perfect. The area around the foothills of Mt Kinabalu is stunning with amazing wildlife to be seen. Selingan Island was a magical experience! Watching a turtle laying eggs was incredibly special. What really struck me was the care and attention staff at the Island give to the whole process. Finally, my time at Sukau lodge was an absolute delight! The lodge itself is beautiful and very comfortable. The food was fantastic, the staff were attentive and couldn't do enough for you. I did a number of river cruises and each was better than the one before. I opted to pay extra for the night cruise and it was worth it. Nasirun was an amazing spotter- he managed to see and show us wildlife in pitch black darkness using just a spotlight. What made the trip even better were the guides. Melvin in KK, Kurt at Selingan Island and Nexter at Sukau Lodge were all fantastic, very knowledgeable, passionate about their job, passionate about wildlife, friendly, professional, excellent spoken English and incredibly easy to get on with. Thank you to all of them for making my trip so memorable- they well and truly are an asset to the company.
Sophia Butt, United Kingdom, 17-23 Dec 2016
Everything went well we are now in the dreamtel hotel. Thanks for your help! We really really enjoyed our tour with your company and we will definitely recommend it to everyone!!! Thanks for everything and special thanks to our tour guides Sheila, Rahman and Eryanto. Please tell them we really appreciate their tours and personalities So hope to join one of your tours again in the future! Kind regards jenny and Sebastian
Jenny Dassow, Germany, October 2016
Tod, Isaac, Robbie and myself would like to thank you all so much for organising such a wonderful holiday. We have just returned to Australia and have such wonderful memories of our trip, I will recommend your company to all of our friends! Everything ran so smoothly, from pick up to drop off, we all were very impressed and have no complaints whatsoever!! We especially wanted to thank our guides Osman and driver William (in KK) and also a huge thank you to To in Sandakan, who were all excellent. To was especially great, was good with the kids and worked long hours. We did not have enough ringit left to provide them with a tip at the end of the trip, so I am hoping you can send us some bank details as we would like to transfer some money for a tip. Please ensure this gets to them, as they all deserve it! Thank you again. It was really wonderful, the activities, the accomodation, the food, the transport and the service were all outstanding!
Heidi Lavis, Australia, September 2016
Did a 15 day tour of Sarawak and Sabah and in every detail Eco tours were tantastic. Great drivers and guides for whom nothing was too much trouble. Wonderful hotels, all centrally located, and great food everywhere we went. Special mention to Sheila in KK whose knowledge and enthusiasm were astounding. From first email to last drop off a truely wondertul experience. Thank you
casper16167, United Kingdom, March 2016
Borneo Eco Tours is professional, knowledgeable, and they want their customers to have an enjoyable and worthwhile experience. Everything from arranging the tour online to being dropped off at my hotel after the tour went smoothly. I went on their Kinabatangan Wildlife tour and saw wild orangutans, pygmy elephants, monkeys, various birds, and crocodiles. The Sukau Rainforest Lodge exceeded my expectations. It is clean and has, really, whatever you need right in the middle of the jungle. I also went on their Selingan Island tour to see the turtles. My guide, Fernando, was dedicated and knowledgeable. Both tours were memorable experiences and well worth the money and time. I strongly encourage anyone and everyone to seek Borneo Eco Tours as your travel company while you are in Sabah, Borneo.
Audrey Metzger, United States, 03 - 07 January 2016
Everything was covered from the airport pick-up, hotels, transfers,jungle trips...perfect. Guides and drivers were charming and spoke excellent English. The whole weeks' trip was hassle free and we enjoyed every minute of it, many thanks... a trip of a lifetime. Worth every penny, thank you.
eyequackess, United Kingdom, January 2016
The lodge was fantastic. The staff were all very good. The most outstanding was Fernando - our guide, and his commitment to us as his customers.
David Hughes, Australia, 13-15 January 2015
Happy new year.
Thanks for your mail. I came back to Japan yesterday and I and my family really enjoyed staying at your lodge. Especially food and staff were very nice and I would like to go back again in future if I have a chance. Thanks for everything and I wish you all the best for this year!
Satomi Nakahara, Japan, 1 - 3 January 2015
I am impressed with the guide's knowledge especially Hamid. Sukau Rainforest Lodg and the excurison, is a beautiful place in really good order, well organised.
Evalena Nilsson, Sweden, 20 Dec 2014-1 Jan 2015
I am most impressed about the efficiency of Borneo Eco Tours's staffs. The guides are always on time, everything handled smoothly and to plan. Documnetation faultless. The vehicles are spotlessly clean! And obviously well maintained (including the boats). And on top of that, Sukau Rainforest Lodge is FANTASTIC! Such welcoming staff, great rooms and location plus eco credentials.
Melinda Michael, Australia, 24 Dec 2014 - 4 Jan 2015
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
- 2015 - 2011 TripAdvisor Hall of Fame (Five-Time Winner of the Certificate of Excellence from 2011-2015)
- 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
Currently construction is still in progress with every effort to ensure minimal disturbances and noise. So far 14 villas are available, and by March 2018 all 20 villas will be ready for reservation.