Sukau-Kawag Danum Rainforest Tour
A package combining our award winning Sukau Rainforest Lodge with the newest rainforest lodge in Danum Valley, the Kawag-Danum Rainforest Lodge. A great combination of wildlife river safari in Sukau and trekking in the Danum Valley rainforest at a great affordable rate. Highly recommended for those who want to experience the wonders of the Danum Valley rainforest but are on a tight budget. Kawag-Danum sits on the edge of the Danum Valley conservation area.
- Observe Orangutans at the Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre
- Learn and get a glimpse of Sun Bears at Borneo Sun Bear Conservation Centre
- 03 Nights stay at Sukau Rainforest Lodge, National Geographic unique lodges of the world, Superior Room. Travel to SRL by speedboat
- 02 afternoon river cruises and 02 early morning river cruise in search of Borneo's wildlife and birdlife
- Nature walk along Hornbill Boardwalk and Attenborough Boardwalk to learn about the flora in the area and maybe even sight some wildlife and bird life
- Experience the uniqueness of Gomantong Cave and its surrounding in search of wild orangutans and then witness the amazing bat exodus at dusk
- At Sukau Rainforest Lodge, enjoy a night safari river cruise through Kinabatangan River to spot nocturnal wildlife (Optional Tour)
- After breakfast in Sukau Rainforest Lodge, explore the elephant migration path on a 2-hour Rasig Wildlife Trek (Optional Tour)
- 02 Nights stay at Kawag Danum Rainforest Lodge
- Jungle trekking at Danum Valley
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 : Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre - SUKAU RAINFOREST LODGE
You'll be greeted upon your arrival at Sandakan Airport by our friendly Guide and Captains. Get acquainted before we make our way to Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre where you'll learn about the plight of the Orang Utan and see firsthand the conservation efforts. 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 2.5 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. 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. Stay overnight at the Sukau Rainforest Lodge. (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.
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 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 : SUKAU RAINFOREST LODGE - Gomantong Caves
We take an early morning river cruise along the Menanggol River by silent electric motor in search of wildlife, waking to the cacophony of the rainforest before returning for a full breakfast. We have time to relax or enjoy one of our optional activities. After lunch, we make a 27 km overland journey to the Gomantong Cave. The cave is surrounded by primary rainforest, rich in fruiting wild figs which makes it an ideal place to spot Orang Utans in the wild. We'll spend our time exploring the cave and its surroundings until sunset, when you'll be overwhelmed by the exodus of over two million bats heading out for the night, swiftlets coming in to nest as well as raptors (eagles) swooping in and preying on the bats. Return to Sukau Rainforest Lodge for overnight stay.(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.
DAY 4 : SUKAU RAINFOREST LODGE - Lahad Datu - Kawag-Danum Rainforest Lodge
Another early morning is in store as we prepare to journey to Danum Valley. After breakfast, proceed 2 hours overland to Lahad Datu before our onward journey 80minutes overland to Kawag Danum Rainforest Lodge. Be greeted upon arrival with a welcome drink and a short briefing before checking into your room. After lunch at the dining hall, proceed at 2:30pm for a 2km guided trek, passing streams along the way with the chance of wildlife sightings. After dinner, take a guided night drive in search of nocturnal wildlife (weather permitting). (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
Day 5 : Kawag-Danum Rainforest Lodge
After breakfast, proceed for 2.8km guided trek into the rainforest with the chance for wildlife encounters and sightings. Don’t forget your swimming attire for a dip at the ‘Ali Baba Waterfall’ at the end of the trail. Enjoy lunch back at the lodge. In the afternoon, enjoy river activities nearby on the Kawag River before returning to the lodge for dinner. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
Day 6 : Kawag-Danum - Lahad Datu - Kota Kinabalu
After an early breakfast, enjoy a final guided walk to a nearby trail. Check-out after lunch for your return to Lahad Datu and your afternoon flight back to Kota Kinabalu. (Breakfast & Lunch)
THINGS TO BRING: Please bring along swim wear, towels, sun block lotion, personal toiletries, drinking water bottle, insect repellent, torchlight, hat, binoculars, leech socks, walking shoes & raincoat.Borneo Eco Tours is moving towards a plastic-free environment, so, please join our movement by bringing your own refillable water bottle during your time with us.
Please note that Kawag Danum only accepts CASH TERM for any transaction at the lodge. It is advisable to bring your own bottled water as there is no water dispenser, mineral water is available for purchase. Soft drinks are not available, but there is free flow of coffee and tea upon request.
Please make sure you are holding an air ticket to Sandakan to begin your trip and a flight back to Kota Kinabalu from Lahad Datu at the conclusion of your trip. Ask us if you're unsure what to book and we'd be glad to help!
Tours and transfers, accommodation and meals as specified, entrance fees and English speaking guide.
Domestic airfare, camera fee and items not mentioned, Tourism Tax (TTx) flat rate of RM10 per room per night.
Note on Travel Insurance
Customers are encouraged to purchase their own travel insurance before travelling to Borneo. We recommend you to select a travel insurance policy that covers not only your medical expenses (including emergency repatriation) but also personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage. Doing so can prevent major disruptions and additional costs.
Rates For Travelling Until 31 March 2019
|RATES PER PERSON||SINGLE SUPPLEMENT|
|Superior||RM 4780||RM 665|
|Villa||RM 5350||RM 1115|
High season surcharge :
RM 240 per person at Sukau Rainforest Lodge (July & August)
Rates For Travelling From 01 April 2019 and Onwards
|RATES PER PERSON||SINGLE SUPPLEMENT|
|Superior||RM 5293||RM 853|
|Villa||RM 5823||RM 1447|
High season surcharge :
RM 252 per person at Sukau Rainforest Lodge (July & August)
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!
The following discounts apply to tours that include Sukau Rainforest Lodge ONLY:
- Children age 3 and below - Free
- Children ages 4 to 12 may share a room with ONE adult - 25% discount
- Children ages 4 to 12 may share a room with TWO adult - 50% discount
Giving Back: Every international adult guest who stays at SRL contributes MYR20 for Conservation Contribution (CC).Read More
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.
Great guides, Amazing wildlife, beautiful lodge.
I spent 3 nights and 4 days staying at Sukau Rainforest Lodge with Borneo Eco Tours.
The guides picked me up at my hotel in Sandakan, and were super knowledgable, kind and organized throughout the whole week. They took me to Sepilok Conservation Center (amazing!) and then to the lodge by boat. The trip was great.
The lodge is incredible, my only complaint being the food - western style carbs, no protein for vegetarians, no local food to try.
goodgollymissmolly19, United States, 25 April 2018
I had a wonderful 10 day trip with Borneo Eco Tours.
As a single traveler, I was put with other small groups most of the time, although some days I was the only person. The sights in Sandakan city were interesting and I learned a lot about the history of the area, but the three animal centers/reserves in Sepilok and Labuk Bay were fantastic! The time at the Sukau Rainforest Lodge was a highlight of a lifetime. Although it is unfortunate that the wildlife is forced close to the river because of palm plantations everywhere else, it does make for extraordinary wildlife viewing. My guide was very knowledgable and a bird expert. We saw so many things, many because of his sharp eyes. The staff were very helpful and the lodge comfortable. I also had a good time at Kawag Danum and two days in the city of Kuching where I enjoyed a great bike ride around the city
Suzanna Voigt, United States, 7 Jan 2018
The tour was really amazing, Nexter and Adzel were really fantastic guides and I got to see most of the birds I was hoping to see. I'm really happy I chose to do this tour, as I wouldn't have seen anywhere near as much if I had tried to do it on my own.
I gave Nexter a tip before we parted, and it was my intention to give one to Adzel Neil one as well, but I had been distracted at the time and completely forgot! So I feel rather badly about that, and am hoping to send him something by mail. I know he doesn't work directly for Borneo Eco Tours - do you have an address where I could send him something?
Liam Christopher Hughes, Canada, 20-27 Oct 2016
NOTE: Wheelchair-friendly and adapted rooms are also available at the lodge.
Weâ€™re also proud to announce that Sukau Rainforest Lodge is now certified with the Travelife Gold Certification! To know more about the certification and Travelife, go here.
Presently, Sukau Rainforest Lodge has 40 rooms; 20 Superior Rooms and 20 Borneo Villas. The lodge has also been branded as a National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World and has received numerous awards and recognition namely, the Best Nature Lodge in Sabah by Sabah Tourism in 2013/2014, Asiaâ€™s Leading Green Hotel for the 17th World Travel Awards 2010, and Best Independent Accommodation by PATA InSPIRE Awards 2015.
The ecolodge was built in 1995 in the style of traditional Malay architecture using several Borneo hardwood species. Erected on stilts on the banks of Kinabatangan River, Sukau Rainforest Lodge offers a nature and wildlife experience that goes hand in hand with luxury and comfort. The lodge also includes the Melapi Restaurant on the pier, Gecko Lounge and Bar, a plunge pool, Gomantong Hall meeting area, Hornbill Boardwalk and Attenborough Boardwalk for nature walks, Kadai gift shop and also Halia Spa amongst other conveniences.
Sukau Rainforest Lodge is doing its best to uphold its ecolodge ethos by using a Green & Sustainable policy as a guideline which both staff and guests are encouraged to follow. Some of the lodgeâ€™s sustainable practices includes rainwater harvesting for shower and solar heating to generate hot water supply. All rooms are also equipped with energy saving inverter air-conditioning and LED light bulbs. Besides that, river safari cruises 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 double bed and queen-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