Sabah Wildlife Safari
Wildlife! Wildlife! Wildlife! We've put together the best of Sabah Wildlife. Sandakan, Sukau and Danum Valley to bring you this extravaganza of Borneo's best wildlife. You will not find this combination anywhere else but with us. Highly Recommended!
Day 1 : Sandakan
Upon arrival at Sandakan Airport, meet up with your guide before transferring to your hotel. Spend the day free at leisure.
Day 2 : Rainforest Discovery Centre
In the morning, proceed to the Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre. After a short introductory video, we'll walk ten minutes through the rainforest to witness the feeding of the Orang Utans at 10am. Visit the Borneo Sun Bear Conservation Centre to learn about conservation of the world's smallest bear. Thereafter, visit the Rainforest Discovery Centre RDC that has an excellent interpretation centre about the rainforest and explore the nearby 28 meter tall 343 metres long canopy walkway. After sunset, you'll be taken on a guided night walk in search of nocturnal animals. Return to your hotel. (Breakfast & Lunch)
Day 3 : Sandakan - Sukau Rainforest Lodge
After lunch, we transfer to the jetty and embark on twin engine speedboat for a 2½ hours journey to the multi awards winning Sukau Rainforest Lodge with the opportunity to view wildlife and birds. Take a river cruise using electric motor in search of wildlife and birds. Enjoy a buffet dinner overlooking the river followed by a slide show and interpretation by our naturalist guide. Stay overnight at the Sukau Rainforest Lodge. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
Day 4 : Sukau Rainforest Lodge
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 the lodge's Hornbill Boardwalk 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)
Day 5 : Sukau Rainforest Lodge
Spend the day free at leisure or if you'd like, why not choose from a wide variety of optional tours available. See our add-on tours. Stay overnight at the Sukau Rainforest Lodge. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
Day 6 : Sukau - Lahad Datu - Danum Valley
Proceed 2½ hours overland to Lahad Datu for lunch. After lunch, we drive 83km to the award winning nature lodge, Borneo Rainforest Lodge. Explore nature trails and the nearby river. In the evening a slide show and if weather permits we go spotlighting in search of nocturnal animals. Stay overnight at the Borneo Rainforest Lodge. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
Day 7 : Danum Valley
Early morning birdwalk before breakfast. Spend the whole day exploring the forest for birds and mammals, leading up to an escarpment with ancient burial coffins. Trek to a waterfall for refreshing dip in rock pools. Lunch at the lodge. In the afternoon, explore more trails leading to canopy walkway. Stay overnight at the Borneo Rainforest Lodge. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
Day 8 : Departure
Morning trek in search of mammals and birds. Return to the lodge before departing for Lahad Datu. Take the afternoon flight back to Kota Kinabalu. (Breakfast & Lunch)
Tours and transfers, accommodation and meals as specified, entrance fees and English speaking guide.
Domestic airfare, camera fee and items not mentioned.
Rates For Travelling From 01 April 2017 and Onwards
MYR 7,466 per person
Single Supplement : MYR 1201
High season surcharge : MYR 106 at Borneo Rainforest Lodge (Mar, Apr, 15 July - 15 Oct, March 2016), MYR 240 at Sukau Rainforest Lodge (July, August)
Every international adult guest who stays at SRL contributes MYR 20 for Conservation Contribution (CC).
All rates are inclusive of 6% GST.
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
I am not sure who is the boss in your company, but please tell them, we did so enjoy our time at the Kinabatangan. Your company does things the right way, so people can enjoy their trip. The Sukau Rainforest Lodge is a happy place, and the people, beds, setting and food were lovely. Hazwan was an excellent guide, and we saw lots of wildlife that he pointed out.
I shall be writing a letter to the biggest weekend travel article paper in this country, so if it is published, I shall send you a copy. This is because it is safe to travel to Sandakan, and east Sabah, though the government has a travel warning. Last time my article was published, so we will cross fingers and see.
Have a good week, bye for now, from Leola Gilliland.
Leola Dianne Gilliland, Australia, 12 - 14 December 2014
We greatly enjoyed our trip in Sabah organised by Borneo Eco Tours. Thanks to you for having organised this trip for us. The guides, Dean and Joy, were excellent.
Biswajit Munshi, Australia, 12 - 14 December 2014
Exciting boat journey to resort. Good first impression of lodge and very impressed with standard of accomodation. All staff are very welcoming and friendly, food is very good (especially soups!). Afternoon boat trip was amazing. Then early morning trip was sublime (best trip of all). Great second afternoon trip and unbelieveable night trip (How does the guide see the animals?). Our guide Fernando (Alonso) was knowlegeable, friendly, entertaining. It was practically perfect. I t was the sheer joy of being on the river, seeing the tropical forest and the wildlife, that was really the thing that will remain in my memory.
Young, United Kingdom, 16 Oct 2014
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 with two elephant passes, three open decks for wildlife viewing, an enclosed garden, a riverside Melapi restaurant, open sun-deck, river jetty. Commencing in 2016, an expansion and upgrading of facilities located some distance away is being undertaken that won't be disruptive to 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