Kinabatangan River is the second longest river in Malaysia, with a length of 560 kilometers it runs across the state of Sabah on the island of Borneo.
Enjoy a cruise up the Kinabatangan River with beautiful scenery on this half-day tour, explore Malaysia's fascinating wildlife, and look out for an Asian elephant or a Sumatran rhinoceros wandering along the way.
Pick up from hotel (extra charge)or meet at our Sandakan office
Pick up from any hotel within Sandakan or at our Sandakan office. Transfer overland to Nature Lodge Kinabatangan passing by small towns, oil palm plantation and the local villages. Most of the villagers are The River People (Orang Sungei"). Their main source of living income is fishing and they build boat when in time of low harvest. Some of them working with the oil palm plantation companies or during the harvesting season in Gomantong cave, they work with the company appointed to harvest the swiflet bird's nest. In some villages like Kampung Bilit, more and more villagers are directly involved in this new industry of tourism. A brief stop at Kota Kinabatangan, the nearest town from Nature Lodge Kinabatangan, to buy drinks and take photos.
Kampung Bilit jetty
Arrive at Kampung Bilit jetty. Transfer to Nature Lodge Kinabatangan, just 3 minutes boat ride across the River. Upon arrival, our friendly staff will greet you and a welcome drink and some snacks will be served. Be at the jetty by 4:00pm when our river cruise will commence.
Put on your life jacket and start river cruising along Kinabatangan River in search for wildlife and birds-life. You can spot at least 6 different species of primates along the River including the Proboscis Monkeys, the Leaf monkeys, long and short tailed macaques, gibbons and even Orang Utan. During certain period of the year, you will also catch the Borneo Pygmy elephants at the riverbank. There will also be plenty of opportunities to see the white egret, oriental darter, rhinoceros hornbills and the buffey fish owl.
By the time you get back to the Lodge, a sumptuous dinner will be served, set amidst the secondary forest of Kampung Bilit. After dinner, there will be a brief presentation on the wildlife in Kinabatangan area and also the conservation programme under taken by Nature Lodge Kinabatangan. You may want to contribute on the Voluntary Conservation Levy-VCL (RM20.00) which was initiated by WWF Malaysia and supported by the Kinabatangan-corridor of Life Tourism Association (KiTA).
You will be returned back to hotel safely within Sandakan, arriving at around 10:00pm.