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Sabah, Malaysia

Kinabatangan River Safari

Why go: Orangutans, Elephants

Best time: All months

  • Location Sabah, Malaysia
  • Time 2 days to 3 days
  • Noun dumbbells enabled Effortless
  • Dollar From $84.72 USD to $573.83 USD
This is your chance to live out the fantasy of becoming a National Geographic documentary director. As you forge your way down the river have your zoom lens camera at the ready for the supporting cast of orangutans and proboscis monkeys lounging in the treetops. At times the stars of the show, the pygmy elephants, can be a little shy, hiding in the tall grass, but if you are lucky you can capture some epic water crossings.

Choose from 2 options

3-day safari

3-day safari

  • Noun dumbbells enabled
  • Noun dumbbells disabled
  • Noun dumbbells disabled
  • Noun dumbbells disabled
  • Noun dumbbells disabled
  • Effortless difficulty

Take an extra day to unwind at the Kinabatangan River, and give yourself more time to see the wildlife such as elephants, monkeys and orangutans that live around the Kinabatangan River.

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3-Day Safari (Dorm)

Standard itinerary
Group trip Group (Group Size: ) 3 days 2 nights
Earliest available Aug 21, 2019
Guided By:

Nasalis Larvatus

No reviews
7 years experience

From
123.42 USD

Per person

  • Return Transport Included
  • Flexible Cancellation
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3-Day Safari (Own room)

Standard itinerary
Group trip Group (Group Size: ) 3 days 2 nights
Earliest available Aug 21, 2019
Guided By:

Nasalis Larvatus

No reviews
7 years experience

From
178.55 USD

Per person

  • Return Transport Included
  • Flexible Cancellation
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3-Day Safari (Own Room)

Standard itinerary + Nighttime jungle walk, Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, Gomantong Caves
Group trip Group (Group Size: ) 3 days 2 nights
Earliest available Aug 21, 2019
Guided By:

Borneo Natural Sukau Bilit Resort

No reviews
4 years experience

From
308.29 USD

Per person

  • Return Transport Included
View & Book

3-Day Safari (Dorm)

Standard itinerary + Nighttime jungle walk, Sepilok Rehabilitation Centre, Gomantong Caves
Group trip Group (Group Size: ) 3 days 2 nights
Earliest available Aug 21, 2019
Guided By:

Borneo Natural Sukau Bilit Resort

No reviews
4 years experience

From
268.07 USD

Per person

  • Return Transport Included
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3-Day Safari (Own room)

Standard itinerary + Nighttime river safari
Group trip Group (Group Size: 1) 3 days 2 nights
Earliest available Aug 21, 2019
Guided By:

Sukau Greenview B&B

No reviews

From
126.20 USD

Per person

  • Return Transport Included
  • Flexible Cancellation
View & Book

3-Day Safari (Dorm)

Standard itinerary + Nighttime river safari
Group trip Group (Group Size: 1) 3 days 2 nights
Earliest available Aug 21, 2019
Guided By:

Sukau Greenview B&B

No reviews

From
116.08 USD

Per person

  • Return Transport Included
  • Flexible Cancellation
View & Book

3-Day Safari (Own room)

Standard itinerary + Nighttime jungle walk
Group trip Group (Group Size: ) 3 days 2 nights
Earliest available Aug 21, 2019
Guided By:

Sukau Backpackers B&B

No reviews
8 years experience

From
139.10 USD

Per person

  • Return Transport Included
  • Flexible Cancellation
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3-Day Safari (Own room)

Standard itinerary + Nighttime jungle drive
Group trip Group (Group Size: ) 3 days 2 nights
Earliest available Aug 22, 2019
Guided By:

Borneo Sandakan

No reviews
9 years experience

From
347.74 USD

Per person

  • Return Transport Included
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3-Day Safari & Additional Wildlife

Standard itinerary + Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, Sun Bear Conservation Centre, Gomantong Caves
Group trip Group (Group Size: ) 3 days 2 nights
Earliest available Aug 22, 2019
Guided By:

Borneo Sandakan

No reviews
9 years experience

From
382.64 USD

Per person

  • Return Transport Included
View & Book

3-Day Safari (Own room)

Standard itinerary + Nighttime river safari, Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Center, Sun Bear Conservation Centre, Gomantong Caves
Group trip Group (Group Size: ) 3 days 2 nights
Earliest available Aug 22, 2019
Guided By:

Bilit Adventure Lodge

No reviews
15 years experience

From
247.84 USD

Per person

  • Return Transport Included
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2-day safari

2-day safari

  • Noun dumbbells enabled
  • Noun dumbbells disabled
  • Noun dumbbells disabled
  • Noun dumbbells disabled
  • Noun dumbbells disabled
  • Effortless difficulty

Enjoy a 2 day stay around the Kinabatangan River, with activities such as river safaris to see wildlife such as elephants, monkeys and orangutans that live around the river.

Compare and Book

2-Day Safari (Dorm)

Standard itinerary
Group trip Group (Group Size: ) 2 days 1 night
Earliest available Aug 21, 2019
Guided By:

Nasalis Larvatus

No reviews
7 years experience

From
106.47 USD

Per person

  • Return Transport Included
  • Flexible Cancellation
View & Book

2-Day Safari (Own Room)

Standard itinerary
Group trip Group (Group Size: ) 2 days 1 night
Earliest available Aug 21, 2019
Guided By:

Nasalis Larvatus

No reviews
7 years experience

From
134.80 USD

Per person

  • Return Transport Included
  • Flexible Cancellation
View & Book

2-Day Safari (Dorm)

Standard itinerary + Nighttime jungle walk
Group trip Group (Group Size: ) 2 days 1 night
Earliest available Aug 21, 2019
Guided By:

Borneo Natural Sukau Bilit Resort

No reviews
4 years experience

From
110.01 USD

Per person

  • Return Transport Included
View & Book

2-Day Safari (Own Room)

Standard itinerary + Nighttime jungle walk
Group trip Group (Group Size: ) 2 days 1 night
Earliest available Aug 21, 2019
Guided By:

Borneo Natural Sukau Bilit Resort

No reviews
4 years experience

From
125.94 USD

Per person

  • Return Transport Included
View & Book

2-Day Safari (Dorm)

Standard itinerary + Nighttime river safari
Group trip Group (Group Size: ) 2 days 1 night
Earliest available Aug 21, 2019
Guided By:

Sukau Greenview B&B

No reviews

From
84.72 USD

Per person

  • Return Transport Included
  • Flexible Cancellation
View & Book

2-Day Safari (Own room)

Standard itinerary + Nighttime river safari
Group trip Group (Group Size: ) 2 days 1 night
Earliest available Aug 21, 2019
Guided By:

Sukau Greenview B&B

No reviews

From
91.04 USD

Per person

  • Return Transport Included
  • Flexible Cancellation
View & Book

2-Day Safari (Own room)

Standard itinerary
Group trip Group (Group Size: ) 2 days 1 night
Earliest available Aug 21, 2019
Guided By:

Sukau Backpackers B&B

No reviews
8 years experience

From
125.19 USD

Per person

  • Return Transport Included
  • Flexible Cancellation
View & Book

2-Day Safari (Own room)

Standard itinerary + Nighttime jungle drive
Group trip Group (Group Size: ) 2 days 1 night
Earliest available Aug 22, 2019
Guided By:

Borneo Sandakan

No reviews
9 years experience

From
299.18 USD

Per person

  • Return Transport Included
View & Book

2-Day Safari (Own room)

Standard itinerary + Nighttime river safari, Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Center, Sun Bear Conservation Centre, Gomantong Caves
Group trip Group (Group Size: ) 2 days 1 night
Earliest available Aug 22, 2019
Guided By:

Bilit Adventure Lodge

No reviews
15 years experience

From
174.50 USD

Per person

  • Return Transport Included
View & Book

3-day safari

  • Noun dumbbells enabled
  • Noun dumbbells disabled
  • Noun dumbbells disabled
  • Noun dumbbells disabled
  • Noun dumbbells disabled
  • Effortless difficulty

Take an extra day to unwind at the Kinabatangan River, and give yourself more time to see the wildlife such as elephants, monkeys and orangutans that live around the Kinabatangan River.

Compare and Book

3-Day Safari (Dorm)

Standard itinerary
Group trip Group (Group Size: ) 3 days 2 nights
Earliest available Aug 21, 2019
Guided By:

Nasalis Larvatus

No reviews
7 years experience

From
123.42 USD

Per person

  • Return Transport Included
  • Flexible Cancellation
View & Book

3-Day Safari (Own room)

Standard itinerary
Group trip Group (Group Size: ) 3 days 2 nights
Earliest available Aug 21, 2019
Guided By:

Nasalis Larvatus

No reviews
7 years experience

From
178.55 USD

Per person

  • Return Transport Included
  • Flexible Cancellation
View & Book

3-Day Safari (Own Room)

Standard itinerary + Nighttime jungle walk, Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, Gomantong Caves
Group trip Group (Group Size: ) 3 days 2 nights
Earliest available Aug 21, 2019
Guided By:

Borneo Natural Sukau Bilit Resort

No reviews
4 years experience

From
308.29 USD

Per person

  • Return Transport Included
View & Book

3-Day Safari (Dorm)

Standard itinerary + Nighttime jungle walk, Sepilok Rehabilitation Centre, Gomantong Caves
Group trip Group (Group Size: ) 3 days 2 nights
Earliest available Aug 21, 2019
Guided By:

Borneo Natural Sukau Bilit Resort

No reviews
4 years experience

From
268.07 USD

Per person

  • Return Transport Included
View & Book

3-Day Safari (Own room)

Standard itinerary + Nighttime river safari
Group trip Group (Group Size: 1) 3 days 2 nights
Earliest available Aug 21, 2019
Guided By:

Sukau Greenview B&B

No reviews

From
126.20 USD

Per person

  • Return Transport Included
  • Flexible Cancellation
View & Book

3-Day Safari (Dorm)

Standard itinerary + Nighttime river safari
Group trip Group (Group Size: 1) 3 days 2 nights
Earliest available Aug 21, 2019
Guided By:

Sukau Greenview B&B

No reviews

From
116.08 USD

Per person

  • Return Transport Included
  • Flexible Cancellation
View & Book

3-Day Safari (Own room)

Standard itinerary + Nighttime jungle walk
Group trip Group (Group Size: ) 3 days 2 nights
Earliest available Aug 21, 2019
Guided By:

Sukau Backpackers B&B

No reviews
8 years experience

From
139.10 USD

Per person

  • Return Transport Included
  • Flexible Cancellation
View & Book

3-Day Safari (Own room)

Standard itinerary + Nighttime jungle drive
Group trip Group (Group Size: ) 3 days 2 nights
Earliest available Aug 22, 2019
Guided By:

Borneo Sandakan

No reviews
9 years experience

From
347.74 USD

Per person

  • Return Transport Included
View & Book

3-Day Safari & Additional Wildlife

Standard itinerary + Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, Sun Bear Conservation Centre, Gomantong Caves
Group trip Group (Group Size: ) 3 days 2 nights
Earliest available Aug 22, 2019
Guided By:

Borneo Sandakan

No reviews
9 years experience

From
382.64 USD

Per person

  • Return Transport Included
View & Book

3-Day Safari (Own room)

Standard itinerary + Nighttime river safari, Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Center, Sun Bear Conservation Centre, Gomantong Caves
Group trip Group (Group Size: ) 3 days 2 nights
Earliest available Aug 22, 2019
Guided By:

Bilit Adventure Lodge

No reviews
15 years experience

From
247.84 USD

Per person

  • Return Transport Included
View & Book

2-day safari

  • Noun dumbbells enabled
  • Noun dumbbells disabled
  • Noun dumbbells disabled
  • Noun dumbbells disabled
  • Noun dumbbells disabled
  • Effortless difficulty

Enjoy a 2 day stay around the Kinabatangan River, with activities such as river safaris to see wildlife such as elephants, monkeys and orangutans that live around the river.

Compare and Book

2-Day Safari (Dorm)

Standard itinerary
Group trip Group (Group Size: ) 2 days 1 night
Earliest available Aug 21, 2019
Guided By:

Nasalis Larvatus

No reviews
7 years experience

From
106.47 USD

Per person

  • Return Transport Included
  • Flexible Cancellation
View & Book

2-Day Safari (Own Room)

Standard itinerary
Group trip Group (Group Size: ) 2 days 1 night
Earliest available Aug 21, 2019
Guided By:

Nasalis Larvatus

No reviews
7 years experience

From
134.80 USD

Per person

  • Return Transport Included
  • Flexible Cancellation
View & Book

2-Day Safari (Dorm)

Standard itinerary + Nighttime jungle walk
Group trip Group (Group Size: ) 2 days 1 night
Earliest available Aug 21, 2019
Guided By:

Borneo Natural Sukau Bilit Resort

No reviews
4 years experience

From
110.01 USD

Per person

  • Return Transport Included
View & Book

2-Day Safari (Own Room)

Standard itinerary + Nighttime jungle walk
Group trip Group (Group Size: ) 2 days 1 night
Earliest available Aug 21, 2019
Guided By:

Borneo Natural Sukau Bilit Resort

No reviews
4 years experience

From
125.94 USD

Per person

  • Return Transport Included
View & Book

2-Day Safari (Dorm)

Standard itinerary + Nighttime river safari
Group trip Group (Group Size: ) 2 days 1 night
Earliest available Aug 21, 2019
Guided By:

Sukau Greenview B&B

No reviews

From
84.72 USD

Per person

  • Return Transport Included
  • Flexible Cancellation
View & Book

2-Day Safari (Own room)

Standard itinerary + Nighttime river safari
Group trip Group (Group Size: ) 2 days 1 night
Earliest available Aug 21, 2019
Guided By:

Sukau Greenview B&B

No reviews

From
91.04 USD

Per person

  • Return Transport Included
  • Flexible Cancellation
View & Book

2-Day Safari (Own room)

Standard itinerary
Group trip Group (Group Size: ) 2 days 1 night
Earliest available Aug 21, 2019
Guided By:

Sukau Backpackers B&B

No reviews
8 years experience

From
125.19 USD

Per person

  • Return Transport Included
  • Flexible Cancellation
View & Book

2-Day Safari (Own room)

Standard itinerary + Nighttime jungle drive
Group trip Group (Group Size: ) 2 days 1 night
Earliest available Aug 22, 2019
Guided By:

Borneo Sandakan

No reviews
9 years experience

From
299.18 USD

Per person

  • Return Transport Included
View & Book

2-Day Safari (Own room)

Standard itinerary + Nighttime river safari, Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Center, Sun Bear Conservation Centre, Gomantong Caves
Group trip Group (Group Size: ) 2 days 1 night
Earliest available Aug 22, 2019
Guided By:

Bilit Adventure Lodge

No reviews
15 years experience

From
174.50 USD

Per person

  • Return Transport Included
View & Book

What you should know

The closest city to Kinabatangan River is Sandakan, which can be reached by flight from many of the major airports in Malaysia or overland from within Borneo via ground transportation. Most of the providers will arrange to pick you up at your hotel, bus stop or airport in Sandakan. Kinabatangan river is about 2 hours' drive from Sandakan.

A guide will help you spot all the hard to notice animals hiding away in the trees. Picking the right company for your travel style will help you relax and enjoy the nature around you.

No physical activity is required, just sit back and enjoy!

All year round but the area is especially good for birding from April to October. November to March can be quite wet, but that can be a good time to get deeper access to the river and see more wildlife deep into their natural habitats.

2 or 3 days depending on which option you pick!

In case you're curious about some of the activities mentioned in the options:

River safari (river cruise): Go down the Kinabatangan river at various times of the day to improve your chances of seeing all the various inhabitants of the jungle such as pygmy elephants, probosic monkeys, orangutans, hornbills, crocodiles and many more.

Jungle walks: Walking through the jungle will allow you to get up close and see some of the various smaller animals such as kingfishers and spiders during the night and on occasion monkeys and orangutans during the day.

Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre: A research centre that takes care of orangutans that have lost their habitat or have been rescued after capture by humans. It’s a wonderful place to support and see the great apes up close during feeding times.

Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre: A research centre for improving the habitat for Malayan Sun bears. A great opportunity to observe the world’s smallest bear up close.

Gomantong Caves: A fascinating natural experience. Descending into the cave, you can see lots of swiftlets flying about, crawling insects and if you are lucky, observe the exodus of the bats. You can also find locals working to collect the birds’ nests which are made into local delicacies.  Not for the faint at heart!

You may like to stop by Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre and the Sun Bear Rehabilitation Centre to learn more about wildlife rescue efforts in the area. These are included in some of the options as well!

Please note that all prices exclude Malaysian Tourism tax of RM10 per room per night. This only applies to non-homestay and non-dormitory accommodation. We totally get you - it's a bother to have to consider this extra charge all the time. We're looking to see if the providers can incorporate this into the price so please be patient with us.

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