Tour Code: SUK2Duration – 3 days/2 nights – begins about 08.00 hrs from Sandakan Airport or your Sandakan hotel

In preparation for your Kinabatangan 3 Day Safari, take a few minutes to read this fabulous article written by Anthony Dennis for the Travel section in Australia’s Fairfax Media and published on 21 August 2015 – Kinabatangan River Safari, Sabah: In search of Borneo’s smallest creatures (this article will open in a new window)


Book your Kinabatangan Safari tour by 31 December 2019, for travel through to 14 December 2020, and get a 10% discount on 2019 prices.

Accommodation in Borneo Villa and travel from Sandakan by boat ………. $A780 per person

Discount does not apply to high season  – 01 July to 31 August

Travel must be completed by 15 December 2020.

Reservations accepted until 31 December, 2019 and subject to availability – be quick to avoid disappointment!

Day 1
Orang-utans on the feeding platform at Sepilok
On arrival at Sandakan Airport around 08.00 hrs, you will be met and transferred to Sepilok Orang-utan Rehabilitation Centre for an audio visual presentation in the theatrette (note that if you are already staying in Sandakan, we will arrange to pick you up from your accommodation). Walk ten minutes through the rainforest on timber boardwalks to witness the feeding of the orang-utans which takes place at 10.00hrs. You will have plenty of time to watch the orang-utans until they disappear back into the jungle. You can then visit the Borneo Sun Bear Conservation Centre to learn about conservation of the world’s smallest bear, and second rarest species of bear, after the giant panda.

Return to Sandakan for lunch, and then head to the jetty for a 2 1/2 hr boat trip to Sukau Rainforest Lodge, travelling along Sabah’s longest river, the Kinabatangan River, with opportunity to view birds and wildlife in virgin mangrove, wetland and rainforest habitats. Check into the Lodge on arrival.In the late afternoon, take a river cruise using boats powered by electric motors, in search of some of the 10 primate species, including Proboscis monkeys, as they settle down on treetops for the night along the Kinabatangan River. The Sukau area is home to Borneo pygmy elephants, orang utans, proboscis monkeys and all eight species of hornbill found in Borneo.Return to the lodge for solar heated hot shower, candle light dinner overlooking the bank of the river, and slide show conducted by naturalist guide. After dinner an optional night safari cruise (at a surcharge) spotting nocturnal animals, crocodiles and birds.

Overnight at Sukau Rainforest Lodge. [Lunch and Dinner included]

Male Proboscis Monkey

Sukau Rainforest Lodge has undergone extensive renovations to upgrade all its facilities since 2010.

Since 2016 the lodge works have included the construction of a new restaurant/jetty adjacent to the former restaurant/jetty and also the expansion of the kitchen.

The new Sukau Rainforest Lodge offers guests added facilities to enhance their jungle experience.

New Accommodation at Sukau Rainforest Lodge

New Accommodation at Sukau Rainforest Lodge - day room


Day 2

Wake up to the calls of gibbons and hornbills. Depart the lodge at 06.00 hrs on a morning river cruise up the Kinabatangan River to view more birds and wildlife. Proceed to the Kelenanap ox-bow lake. If time and weather permit, you may be able to participate in a short jungle walk. The area around the lake is known for its herd of Asian elephants which you might be lucky enough to see while in the area. Experience the wilderness of Borneo.Return to the lodge for a late breakfast, then take an educational tour on the Hornbill Boardwalk which is located behind the lodge, with the in-house naturalist.

If you are itching for more activity, there are many optional activities on offer such as a pampering Foot Spa treatment, Batik Painting for the family, and various other leisure activities. There is also a different free activities everyday so be sure to ask.

After afternoon tea, head out onto the river once again in search of more wildlife. Wild Orang-utan are often encountered on this cruise. Breathe in the rainforest and capture the moments as you return at sunset from your final river cruise

After dinner, an optional night safari cruise (a surcharge applies) spotting nocturnal animals, crocodiles and birds.

Overnight at Sukau Rainforest Lodge. [Includes Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner]

Elephants on the river bank near Sukau
Rhinoceros Hornbill

Day 3

After breakfast, return to Sandakan by boat. You will have lunch at Sabah Hotel.After lunch (around 13.00 hrs) you will transfer to the Rainforest Discovery Centre (about 30 minutes from Sandakan). Proceed to the canopy walk for a spot of bird watching – you may catch sight of the Hornbill. You will also be taken on a short walk along a constructed trail through the jungle – about 45 minutes; and then on to the botanical garden.

From the Rainforest Discovery Centre, you will be transferred to the Australian war memorial at the World War II Japanese Prisoner of War camp. You will be able to visit the information gallery and also walk the loop trail.

Transfer to the airport for your evening flight to Kota Kinabalu, or alternatively, to your accommodation in Sandakan. [Breakfast and Lunch included]

POW Camp at Sandakan



The 20 rooms, multi international award winners, is managed by Borneo Eco Tours. It was originally built in 1995 in traditional Malaysian architecture using several Borneo hardwood species. It was rebuilt in 2010, offering upgraded facilities. 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. The lodge was named by National Geographic Adventure Magazine in 2009 as one of the top 50 jungle lodges in the World.Birdlife is especially rich here including 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.

Melapi Jetty and Restaurant at Sukau Rainforest Lodge on the Kinabatangan River, Sabah
Melapi Jetty at Sukau Rainforest Lodge

Please bring along swim wear, sun screen, hat, personal toiletries, insect repellent, drinking water bottle, walking shoes, binoculars, camera, light raincoat and flashlight (torch).

Tour Code Destination Duration Inclusions 1 Person 2 People 3 People
SUK2 Sukau/Kinabatangan 3d/2n Full Board and land transfer
Superior room
$1,240 $620 $620
SUK2 Sukau/Kinabatangan 3d/2n Full Board and boat transfer
Borneo Villa
$1,730 $865 $865

Prices per person in Australian Dollars and valid 01 April 2019 to 31 March 2020 (E.O.E.) Refer to General Booking Conditions

Peak season surcharge applies 01 July to 31 August – $75 per person (twin share)

Includes tours, entrance fees (excludes camera fees), accommodation and meals as indicated, and English speaking guide.

Photographs copyright to Penny Favilla, Albert Teo (Borneo Eco Tours), Sukau Rainforest Lodge, Katie Clews and Phil Youdale