You want to best of Borneo’s wildlife but on a tight budget? Stay at the award winning Sukau Rainforest Lodge, a charter member of National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World and see many of Borneo’s rare and endangered species including the Bornean pygmy elephant, orangutan and proboscis monkey. Travel at a reduced price by going overland instead without compromising the wildlife and lodging experience.
3 Days Duration
Small Group Social Style
relax Overal Intensity
2 days Booking in Advanced
6 Included Activities
7 Meals (3xL 2xD 2xB) Included Meals
- Tours and transfers
- Accommodation and meals as specified
- Entrance fees
- English speaking guide.
- Domestic airfare (Kota Kinabalu(BKI) - Sandakan(SDK) - Kota Kinabalu(BKI)
- Camera fee and items not mentioned
- Tourism Tax (TTx) flat rate of RM10 per room per night.
Day 1: SEPILOK - 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 onwards by van to the multi-awards winning ecolodge Sukau Rainforest Lodge. 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. If you don’t see a Proboscis monkey on your first river cruise, ask for a FREE Night Cruise on us! 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. Dinner is followed by a slide show and interpretation by our in-house naturalist guide. Stay overnight at the Sukau Rainforest Lodge.
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 soon to be completed 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. Be sure to capture the moments and enjoy yourself as we return at sunset from our final river cruise. Return for dinner and overnight at Sukau Rainforest Lodge. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
Feel free to explore the boardwalk at the back of our lodge at your own leisure. Who knows you may get lucky and spot an Orang Utan!
Day 3: SANDAKAN - TRANSFER OUT
After breakfast, return to Sandakan by overland journey. Enjoy a quick lunch before we proceed to the airport for the 1430hrs flight to Kota Kinabalu. For those who are taking the evening flight, we’ll have time to visit the Rainforest Discovery Centre which has an impressive information center. Take a birds eye-view of the centre from the canopy walkway and tower before exploring the botanical gardens, home to various species of flora including orchids and agricultural plants. For those interested, we then proceed to the Sandakan Memorial Park which is a memorial built to remember lost POWs during World War 2. Return to the Sandakan airport for your evening flight.