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Borneo, the third largest island in the world, is breathtaking due to its lush jungles, striking beaches, and extraordinary wildlife. This 8-day Borneo wildlife tour showcases the best of Sabah's wildlife and includes visits to the renowned Sepilok orangutan sanctuary and a safari along the Kinabatangan River. Travel to Sandakan, Sukau, and the Danum Valley to view this spectacular display of Borneo's wildlife. 
Orangutan in the wildOrangutan walking through the jungleSepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation CenterOrangutans
  • Visit the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Center to see orangutans.
  • Join Borneo Sun Bear Conservation Centre to learn more and see sun bears
  • Explore Danum Valley, the world's oldest rainforest
  • Observe wildlife and birds by taking a riverboat trip
Places Visited
  • Asia
  • Borneo
  • Malaysia
  • Borneo Rainforest Lodge
  • Danum Valley Field Centre
  • Kinabatangan
  • Sabah
  • Sandakan
  • Sukau Rainforest Lodge
Activity Level: Relaxed
Involves minimal physical effort and is typically associated with leisurely activities. Activities are low-intensity or last less than a few hours each day.

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Day 1: Sandakan

Arrive at Sandakan Airport and be greeted by their friendly guide. Transfer to your accommodation, and then enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure.

Day 2: Sepilok - Rainforest Discovery Center

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
In the morning, go to the Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Center. Following a brief introduction to the center's significant projects, take a 10-minute stroll into the rainforest to see the orangutans being fed before seeing them at the outdoor nursery. You then proceed to the Sun Bear Conservation Center, which is quite nearby, to learn more about the world's tiniest bears.

Afterward, explore the adjoining elevated canopy walkway, which is suspended 25 meters above the ground, at the Rainforest Discovery Centre (RDC). After dusk, take a supervised night walk to look for nocturnal animals. Go back to the hotel.

Day 3: Sandakan - Sukau Rainforest Lodge

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After lunch, head to the dock to board a speedboat for the 2.5-hour trip to the multiple-award-winning Sukau Rainforest Lodge, where you'll get the chance to see wildlife and birds. Take a riverboat to look for animals and birds. Enjoy a romantic supper by candlelight while watching the river, followed by a slide presentation and explanation from a naturalist guide. A night is spent at the Sukau Rainforest Lodge.

Day 4: Sukau Rainforest Lodge

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Rise and shine for the morning river cruise up the Kinabatangan River to Kelenanap oxbow lake to view more birds and wildlife. After breakfast, join in the nature walk along the lodge's Hornbill Boardwalk with the in-house naturalist. After lunch, it will be free at leisure. In the afternoon, proceed for another river cruise for more wildlife. Overnight at the Sukau Rainforest Lodge.

Day 5: Sukau Rainforest Lodge

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend the day at your leisure or select from a large range of extra tours that are offered. Check out their add-on tours. Sukau Rainforest Lodge is a great place to spend the night.

Day 6: Sukau Rainforest Lodge - Lahad Datu - Borneo Rainforest Lodge

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Get up early and get ready to go to Danum Valley. After having breakfast, drive for two hours to Lahad Datu before continuing to the award-winning Borneo Rainforest Lodge. Upon arrival, check in and have lunch. Attend a slide show and go on a nature trail that leads to a canopy walkway in the evening. If the weather is favorable, go spotlighting to see some of the night creatures. Stay the night at the Borneo Rainforest Lodge in a standard room.

Day 7: Borneo Rainforest Lodge

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend the entire day searching the forest for wildlife and birds before ascending to an escarpment with old gravestones. Trek to a waterfall and cool off in the rock pools. After having lunch, re-enter the lodge. Investigate more paths in the afternoon. Spend the night at the Borneo Rainforest Lodge.

Day 8: Borneo Rainforest Lodge - Transfer Out

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
Return to Lahad Datu and catch a late-afternoon flight back to Kota Kinabalu.


Sukau Rainforest Lodge

Sepilok Nature Resort

Sepilok Nature Resort Lounge
Nature Surroundings of Sepilok Resort
Sepilok Nature Resort - Common Area

Borneo Rainforest Lodge

Borneo Rainforest Lodge - Reception
Borneo Rainforest Lodge - Main Lodge Dining
Borneo Rainforest Lodge - Lobby Area

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  • 7 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 5 Dinners
  • 7 Nights Accommodations
  • 2 Days Locally Hosted Guide Service
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • English Speaking Guide
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • RM10 per room per night mandatory Tourism Tax in Malaysia collected by cash upon check-in.
  • Domestic Flights
  • Tourism Tax of MYR 10 per room per night


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Chance for unpredictable weather but with fewer visitors.


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The trip was terrific with great planning on your part. Most of the adventures were not mainstream and somewhat off the beaten path which made it especially enjoyable!! We felt taken care of and you all were readily available to respond to questions and issues. I would highly recommend your company and friends have already expressed interest based on our pictures and excitement.
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