Discover the Borneo Big Five on this 6-day wildlife tour starting in Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Center to Sun Bear Conservation Center. Embark by speedboat up the Kinabatangan River to Sukau Rainforest Lodge. Take an evening cruise in search of Borneo's wildlife. In the morning, take a river cruise up the Kinabatangan River to Kelenanap oxbow lake to view more wildlife. Join a nature walk along the lodge's Hornbill Boardwalk with an in-house naturalist. Journey to Gomatong Cave then prepare for your trip to Danum Valley. Explore Lahad Datu before the onward journey to the award-winning nature lodge, Borneo Rainforest Lodge. Enjoy the whole day exploring the forest for birds and mammals on this unforgettable wildlife tour.
Discover Orangutans at the Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Center
Learn Sun Bears at Borneo Sun Bear Conservation Center
The journey begins at Sandakan airport or your accommodation. Your next destination is the Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Center, where you can learn about the center's rehabilitation efforts through a video. You will then visit the feeding platform to observe the orangutans being fed at 10 AM daily. In the secure nursery area, you can watch the playful young infants. You then visit the Sun Bear Conservation Center to learn about the world's smallest bears. After lunch, you board a speedboat for a 2.5-hour journey up the Kinabatangan River to the Sukau Rainforest Lodge. After check-in, you go on an evening cruise to search for Borneo's wildlife and birds. The night is spent at the Sukau Rainforest Lodge.
Note: Remember to arrive in Sandakan no later than 0800 hours. Or, if that's not an option, it's advised to fly in and spend the night in Sandakan or Sepilok before the tour starts.
Rise early for a morning Kinabatangan River cruise upstream to Kelenanap Oxbow Lake to spot more birds and wildlife. After breakfast, join the lodge's naturalist on a nature walk along the Hornbill Boardwalk. The afternoon is free. Embark on another river trip to see additional animals. Spend the night at the Sukau Rainforest Lodge.
Embark on an early-morning river cruise along the Menanggol River using a silent electric motor to search for animals, waking up to the sounds of the rainforest before returning for breakfast. Relax or participate in extra activities. After lunch, travel 27 kilometers overland to the Gomantong Cave, surrounded by a primary rainforest rich in fruiting wild figs, providing the perfect location to see orangutans in the wild. Spend time exploring the cave and its surroundings until dusk, when over two million bats migrate out for the night and swiftlets come to nest, with raptors (eagles) swooping in to catch prey. Return to the Sukau Rainforest Lodge for an overnight stay.
Day 4: Sukau Rainforest Lodge | Lahad Datu | Borneo Rainforest Lodge
Get ready for an early start to your journey to Danum Valley. After having breakfast, you'll travel for 2 hours by land to Lahad Datu and then head to the internationally recognized Borneo Rainforest Retreat nature lodge. After arrival and check-in, enjoy lunch and the option to attend an evening photo display, explore the nature path, and walk the canopy walkway. Weather permitting, you'll go spotlighting to see some night species before retiring for the night at the Borneo Rainforest Lodge.
Spend the whole day looking for animals and birds in the forest before climbing to an escarpment with antique gravestones. Explore a waterfall, then cool off in the rock pools. Re-enter the lodge after lunch. In the afternoon, explore additional routes. Make your home for the night at Borneo Rainforest Lodge.
Day 6: Borneo Rainforest Lodge | Return Home
1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
Up until check-out, you are free to do as you choose. Then depart towards Lahad Datu to take a late afternoon flight back to Kota Kinabalu.
Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!