Search for Orang-utans



Tour Code: BTS OR1

Searching for orang-utans in the wild is immensely a thrilling experience for people from all walks of life. While every effort is made to organise your tour with minimal impacts on the orang-utans and their habitat, we realise that there is dire need to consider the surge of deforestation and growing concerns on the shrinking population of orang-utans. As part of our commitment, we encourage our clients to adopt an orang-utan at Sepilok Orang-Utan Rehabilitation Centre. Funds raised from the adoption will be used for various orang-utan conservation projects.

Day 1

You will be met at Sandakan airport on your arrival. Transfer to Sepilok Nature Resort for the night. (includes Dinner)

Day 2

Tour of Sepilok Research and Development Centre. Overnight at Sepilok Nature Resort. (includes Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

Day 3

Morning visit to Sepilok Orang-utan Rehabilitation Centre. Travel by boat along the Kinabatangan River to Sukau Rainforest Lodge in the afternoon. Join the afternoon cruise to observe elusive wildlife and its unique habitat. Overnight at Sukau Rainforest Lodge. (includes Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

Sukau Rainforest Lodge

The 20 rooms, multi international award winners, is managed by Borneo Eco Tours. It was built in 1995 in traditional Malaysian architecture using several Borneo hardwood species. It is built on stilts with a lounge, gift shop, education centre, Hornbill Boardwalk with two elephant passes, three open deck for wildlife viewing, an enclosed garden, a riverside Melapi restaurant, open sun-deck, river jetty. Electricity is supplied by acoustic generator, and hot water by solar heaters. All rooms are twin bedded, with ceiling fan, mosquito netting, attached bathroom, hot shower and toilets. River tours are conducted by boats powered by electric motors and four stoke outboard engines.

Note that Sukau Rainforest Lodge underwent extensive renovations and rebuilding to upgrade all its facilities in 2010. The old rooms no longer remain. The new Sukau Rainforest Lodge offers guests added facilities to enhance their jungle experience

Birdlife is especially rich here, and includes eight species of hornbills, kingfishers, egrets, 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.

Day 4

After breakfast, proceed on an overland journey to the vicinity of Gomantong Caves. The caves are surrounded by primary rainforest which makes a perfect place to spot the Orang-utans in the wild. Immerse yourself deep into the forest through selected trails to search for the “man of the jungle”. On the return trip, you will be dropped at the Bilit Bridge for another exciting boat cruise along the Menanggol River. Enjoy the tranquillity of the primary rainforest at its best.

Overnight at Sukau Rainforest Lodge. (includes Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

Day 5

After breakfast, depart for Lahad Datu. From there, transfer along a gravel road for about an hour, to Tabin Wildlife Reserve, one of the largest wildlife reserves in Malaysia. Upon arrival, check in, unpack and have a short rest.

In the afternoon, visit the Lipad mud volcano. After trekking through the jungle for about 20 minutes, you will arrive at the elevated bare area of the mud volcano which is known to be frequented by a diverse number of animals, including deer, wild boars, elephants and birds. Watch out for, and identify footprints of animals. Climb up the Observation Tower for wildlife viewing or bird photography. (includes Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

Tabin Wildlife Reserve

Tabin Wildlife Reserve comprises an area of approximately 120,500 ha and is covered with lowland dipterocarp forest. The three largest mammals of Sabah, namely Borneo Pygmy Elephant, Sumatran Rhinoceros and Tembadau are all found within the reserve. Other wildlife such as orang utan, honey bear, clouded leopard, civet cats are found in the reserve. Of birds species, 42 families representing 220 species have been recorded.

Day 6

Today, you will trek through the lush green jungle known for its rich biodiversity of plants and animal species to visit Lipad’s Waterfall. Take a dip in the natural pool and enjoy the refreshing splash coming down from the waterfall. Explore the surrounding vegetation or just relax. Return to base in the afternoon. At dusk, go for bird watching within the reserve.

After dinner, there will be night activities to look out for nocturnal wildlife on a different route. (includes Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

Day 7

After breakfast, return to Lahad Datu and drive 83km to Danum Valley through selectively logged forest, cocoa and soft­wood plantations, before arriving at the Borneo Rainforest Lodge in Danum Valley located beside the Danum River on the edge of 438 sq km of undisturbed lowland rainforest. The Lodge is home to the full range of Sabah’s lowland fauna, including the rare Sumatran Rhinoceros, Elephants, Clouded Leopards, and Orang-utans. So far some 275 species of birds have been recorded in the area. Explore nature trails and the river nearby.

In the evening a slide show and if weather permits you will go spotlighting in search of some of the nocturnal animals. Overnight at Borneo Rainforest Lodge – Standard Chalet (includes Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

Danum Valley

The largest protected lowland dipterocarp forest in Sabah, Malaysia with an area size of 438 square kilometres. Visitors stay in Borneo Rainforest Lodge to do guided walks through lowland rainforest trails and bird watching. Other activities include night walks and drives. The lowland rainforest is home to many birds and mammals. Orang-utans, gibbons, and other primates, including the tarsier, as well as deer, wild cats and the rare Bornean Pygmy Elephant may be seen. 275 species of birds were recorded in the forest reserve.

Day 8

Early morning bird walk 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 a refreshing dip in rock pools. Return to lodge for lunch. In the afternoon, explore more trails leading to a canopy walkway.

Overnight at Borneo Rainforest Lodge. (includes Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

Day 9

Morning trek in search of mammals and birds. Return to the Lodge before departing for Lahad Datu. Take the late afternoon flight back to Kota Kinabalu. Upon arrival, meet and transfer to Hotel Shangri-la in downtown KK for the night. [BL] (includes Breakfast and Lunch)

Note that other accommodation options are available in KK – contact us for details

Day 10

Departure transfer to airport. (includes Breakfast)

Includes: Tours and transfers, airfare from Lahad Datu to Kota Kinabalu, accommodation and meals specified, entrance fees and English speaking guide.

Excludes: camera fees and items not mentioned.
Please bring along swimwear, binoculars, towels, sun block lotion, personal toiletries, insect repellent, drinking water bottle, small flashlight, hat, leech socks, walking shoes and raincoat.


Accommodation is based on resorts and lodges indicated in the itinerary. Other accommodation options are available in KK on request. Surcharges apply.

Tour prices based on single, twin share or triple share (in the case of three people). Single supplement will apply if separate rooms are required. Note that Sukau Rainforest Lodge currently accommodates only two people per room.

High Season Rates apply to accommodation at Sukau Rainforest Lodge during July/August, Borneo Rainforest Lodge during April, 15 July to 15 October and also March 2012 – please contact us for details.