Borneo Wildlife Discovery

TMY03: 10 Days Private Tours of Kota Kinabalu - Sandakan - Sepilok - Kinabatangan River - Danum Valley - Kota Kinabalu
Tour Type: Private tailor-made tour, experienced English-speaking driver guide
Accommodation: 4 to 5-star well selected hotels & comfortable resorts/lodges

  • A hot deal to discover Borneo, one of world’s largest islands.
  • Include wildlife safaris in primitive tropical rainforests of Kinabalu National Park and Danum Valley.
  • Feed Orang Utan in person, one of the closest primates to humans.
  • Enjoy leisure time on Dalit Beach.
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  Day 1 Arrival in Kota Kinabalu, Airport Pick-up
This tour will lead you to visit Sabah, Malaysia in the northern part of Borneo Island, the 3rd largest island in the world with rich biodiversity. 

Today, you are supposed to fly to Kota Kinabalu, the capital of Sabah on your own. Once landing, our local English-speaking driver guide will pick you up and send you to the hotel after warm welcoming by private car. If time permits, he or she will drive past a few landmarks of the city, including State Mosque, Tun Mustapha Tower, and City Mosque. It is a good way to get the first impression of the city. Feel free to ask for stops if you want to get off to take some pictures.

Accommodation: Grandis Hotel
  Day 2 Full Day Trip to Kinabalu National Park
In the morning, the driver guide will transfer you to Kinabalu National Park to start this Malaysia tour officially. Boasting good ecological environment, it has been included into the UNESCO World Heritage List. On arrival, the park guide will escort you to hike through the tropical rainforest and canopy walkway, during which you will see a variety of plants and birds up close, such as pitcher plants, oak trees, and rhododendrons. Remember to wear a pair of comfortable shoes. If the canopy walkway is closed, it will be replaced with a visit to the Tropical Garden there. At the end of the day, the driver guide will send you back to the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Grandis Hotel
  Day 3 Fly to Sandakan, Private Transfer to Sepilok
After breakfast, fly to Sandakan for the coming-up sightseeing. We will book the flight ticket in advance for you and the driver guide will send you to the airport according to the take-off time. It will take about 45 minutes on the plane. Upon arrival, you will see our local driver guide waiting for you at the airport exit, who will then send you to the hotel in Sepilok. The rest of the day will be your free time. You may pay a visit to the nearby Rainforest Discovery Centre, to learn some knowledge about the rainforest and hike for a short distance. Remember to return to the hotel before dusk. Today’s dinner will be served there.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: My Nature Resort
  Day 4 Visit Orang Utan Rehabilitation Center, Take a Boat to Sukau Village
Today will be a highlight of this tour: the driver guide will accompany you to visit Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Center, the largest ape reserve in the world. There, we will walk through a small rainforest to the feeding platform where visitors are allowed to watch and feed Orang Utans at 10 o'clock. Orang Utans is considered to be one of the closest primates to humans. Then, continue to visit the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre. Sun Bear is the world’s smallest bear species. There is a platform for visitors to observe them carefully. 

Then the driver guide will transfer you to the jetty in Sandakan and escort you to take an 1-hour boat ride to the Lower Kinabatangan River Sanctuary. On arrival, have lunch at Abai Jungle Restaurant there. Then, keep riding the boat to Sukau Village. Arriving there, the driver guide will help you check into a local lodge. 

In late afternoon, the local guide will escort you and other visitors to enjoy a Menanggul River cruise. You will see a variety of wild animals and plants along the way. At last, return to the lodge to enjoy dinner and stay overnight.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge
Day 5 Visit Sukau Village
In the early morning, the local guide will accompany you to Ox-Bow Lake by boat, searching for early-rising wildlife all the way, breathing fresh air and enjoying beautiful view along Kinabatangan River. Then, go back to the lodge and have breakfast. The rest time of the morning will be your free time. You may explore the village on your own. In the afternoon when it is not that hot, join the cruise team again to find more wild animals.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge
Day 6 Transfer to Lahad Datu and then to Danum Valley
After breakfast, move on to the next destination. Firstly, we will drive for about 2 hours to Lahad Datu. After a short break, keep driving for 2 hours more via gravel road to Borneo Rainforest Lodge in Danum Valley. Arriving there, unpack your luggage and then have lunch. 

In the afternoon, the local guide will accompany you to hike in the tropical rainforest and walk on the canopy walkway to look for more wildlife. If the weather permits in the evening, we will also take an open-air truck to have a glimpse of nocturnal animals.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Borneo Rainforest Lodge
Day 7 Visit Danum Valley
Today, keep exploring Danum Valley, the place with most diverse ecosystem on the earth. After breakfast, follow the local guide to Kadaza Ndusun Burial Site on foot, to see the hanging coffins. Kadaza Ndusun are the indigenous people of Sabah. Then, go to View Point for a bird's eye view of Danum Valley. At night, we will also hike around the lodge to trace more nocturnal animals if the weather is clear.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Borneo Rainforest Lodge
Day 8 Fly Back to Kota Kinabalu, Airport Pick-up
In the morning, the driver guide will send you to Lahad Batu Airport and help you board the flight back to Kota Kinabalu. The flight duration is an hour. Upon landing, the local driver guide will pick you up and transfer you to the hotel, which is surrounded by Rasa Ria Reserve beside the Dalit Beach. Then, the rest of the day will be your free time to lift the tiredness bought by the rainforest safari. You may enjoy some leisure time on the beach, like swimming in the sea or bathing in the sunshine. 

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort
Day 9 Free Day at Dalit Beach
This whole day will be left for your own plan and you can spend it as you like. For reference, you may continue to enjoy yourself on the beach; if you want to see more wildlife, you can experience a jungle walk on your own at the nearby Rasa Ria Reserve.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort
Day 10 Airport See-off
Here comes to the end of our Malaysia tour. According to your departure flight schedule, our driver guide will escort you to the airport and see you off. We hope you have had an enjoyable trip with us!

Meals: Breakfast
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This trip can be customized to meet your individual needs!
Tour Prices
Christmas & 2024 Special: 12% off - Book before Dec 31, 2023
Travelers2-3 travelers4-5 travelers
Year AroundUSD7369 USD6489USD5149 USD4529
  • Prices are per person on twin sharing basis.
  • The prices in red reflect 12% discount.
  • Any part of the itinerary e.g. tour length, activities & hotels can be tailored to your individual interests.
Price Includes
  • Economy class airfare of Kota Kinabalu/Sandakan, Lahad Batu/Kota Kinabalu
  • Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels
  • Service of English-speaking driver guides as per itinerary
  • Private transfers in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Entrance fees for mentioned sights visited
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary.
Price Excludes
  • International flight into and out of Malaysia
  • Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary
  • Personal expenses (such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.)
  • Tourism tax, guests will pay directly to hotel
  • Tips for driver-guide
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Malaysia visa fee
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