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1 day Kinabatangan River Safari

1 day Kinabatangan River Safari
1 day Kinabatangan River Safari
1 day Kinabatangan River Safari
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At a Glance

At a Glance

Take a day out from Sandakan or Sepilok to Kinabatangan River. If you're lucky, you'll see elephants, orangutans, crocodiles and other wildlife on a safari down the river. Depending on the number of guests, Nasalis will use a 14-person or 20-person boat for the river safari.

Details

12.0 hours
Join-in trip
Up to 10 persons

Activities

Wildlife & Animals
Boat Tour
Elephants
Orangutans

Suitable For

Solo Travellers
Couples
Small Groups

Trip Highlights

Kinabatangan River Safari

Choose this if...

You want to spend a day with Borneo's wildlife! Embark on a river cruise and get a chance to spot elephants, orangutans, crocodiles and other widlife.

What's included

What's included

  • Return Transfer from Sandakan
  • 1 dinner
  • 1 river cruise
  • 1 river guide
  • Lunch
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Where You'll Meet

Where You'll Meet

  • Wisma Khoo Siak Chiew building in Sandakan 15 mins before selected timeslot Details
Wisma Khoo Siak Chiew building in Sandakan
Wisma Khoo Siak Chiew, Pusat Bandar Sandakan, Sandakan, Sabah, Malaysia

Availability

Availability

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Prices shown in SGD

What You'll Do

What You'll Do

This is a sample itinerary and may be weather-dependent.
Day 1: Sandakan - Kinabatangan River - Sandakan
Sandakan - Kinabatangan River - Sandakan

Whistlestop trip to see the wildlife on Kinabatangan River

  • Wisma Khoo Siak Chiew building in Sandakan (Wisma Khoo Siak Chiew, Pusat Bandar Sandakan, Sandakan, Sabah, Malaysia) - 15 mins before
  • 10:30 am - 11.30 am: A brief stop in Sepilok for lunch or buy snacks/drinks (own expenses).
  • 03:00 pm: 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.
  • 04:00 pm: Put on your life jacket and start river cruising along Kinabatangan River in search for wildlife and bird-life.
  • 06:00 pm: Back to the lodge and head back to Sepilok for dinner.
  • 08:00 pm: Dinner will be served at Mango Garden Restaurant Sepilok.
  • 09:00 pm: Your transfer will bring you back to your hotel within Sandakan

Meet your guide

Meet your guide

Nasalis Larvatus

Named after the proboscis monkeys that live around the area, Nasalis Larvatus is dedicated to bringing the best of Borneo’s wildlife and culture to all travellers who arrive at the lodge. Guests will be well looked after by their warm team of hospitable staff and experienced nature guides, who promise a memorable, activity-packed stay and an all-rounded immersive experience of Borneo!
9 years experience
Community-Based
Litter-Free
Wildlife-Safe

What others are saying

What others are saying

4.6 out of 19 helpful reviews
Aofaine Mullins
25 Feb 2020
Such an amazing trip! A once in a lifetime experience. The only hiccup was on our checkout morning. We had an early checkout, and were told we would have breakfast before we left. We quickly ate breakfast at the restaurant, so that we wouldn’t be late for our 07:20 checkout. As I was leaving, they presented me with some vegetarian food, which I couldn’t accept as we were running. Then we got to checkout, and the staff had kindly prepared a breakfast package for us. In short, we had 3 breakfasts available to us. An improvement in the communication that occurred between staff at checkout, restaurant staff and us would have spared some food goo to waste. A tiny complaint. I would not hesitate to recommend this company to any who wished to go to the Kinabatangan River. Henry, our guide, was brilliant. He and our boat-operator made such a huge effort to find an elephant for us to watch. We really appreciated it.
Aubery Anthony David
01 Jun 2019

Awesome tour packages and great accomodations! I had amazing experiences. Polite, friendly and well trained staff. Will I consider for a come back? Definitely!!

Aubery Anthony David
01 Jun 2019

Awesome tour packages and great accomodations! I had amazing experiences. Polite, friendly and well trained staff. Will I consider for a come back? Definitely!!

HollysHollydays, Hong Kong, China
04 Nov 2018
Combined a 2 night 3 day package at Nature Lodge Kinabatangan with a 2 night stay at Nature Lodge Sepilok, booked through the tour company (Nasalis Larvatus) that owns them. We extended the 3rd day in Kinabatangan to add a visit to the Gomangtong Caves at dusk. Be warned: you are VERY close to nature staying in the jungle! Coming from city life, it’s a bit of a culture shock being so close to all the insects and wildlife and that in itself is quite the experience. We stayed in a “private chalet” (it’s a wooden shack on stilts...) and the room and shower room/toilet was very basic, but had good air conditioning and plenty of insect screens on all vents and windows. If you are not okay with very basic lodging, then this is not the place for you. All of the boat tours and guided walks were fantastic. Amero (sp?) was an extremely knowledgable local guide and had an amazing eye for spotting wildlife. Cairo (sp?) who took us to the caves was also excellent. The hotel rents out wellies which are vital if it’s been raining - the mud is up to a foot deep in places. Make sure you take leech socks with you as there are leeches everywhere you walk in the rainforest. We saw everything on our tours: orangutans, proboscis monkeys, pygmy elephants, multiple species of hornbills, crocodiles, silver leaf monkeys, a Storm’s stork, eagles... it was incredible. The staff were fantastic - super friendly and helpful. I had a horrible stomach virus during my stay and they took great care looking out for me and preparing fruit outside of meal times for me. They let us stay in one of the empty dorm rooms after check-out time on our last day while we waited for our transfer to Gomantong.
HollysHollydays, Hong Kong, China
04 Nov 2018
Combined a 2 night 3 day package at Nature Lodge Kinabatangan with a 2 night stay at Nature Lodge Sepilok, booked through the tour company (Nasalis Larvatus) that owns them. We extended the 3rd day in Kinabatangan to add a visit to the Gomangtong Caves at dusk. Be warned: you are VERY close to nature staying in the jungle! Coming from city life, it’s a bit of a culture shock being so close to all the insects and wildlife and that in itself is quite the experience. We stayed in a “private chalet” (it’s a wooden shack on stilts...) and the room and shower room/toilet was very basic, but had good air conditioning and plenty of insect screens on all vents and windows. If you are not okay with very basic lodging, then this is not the place for you. All of the boat tours and guided walks were fantastic. Amero (sp?) was an extremely knowledgable local guide and had an amazing eye for spotting wildlife. Cairo (sp?) who took us to the caves was also excellent. The hotel rents out wellies which are vital if it’s been raining - the mud is up to a foot deep in places. Make sure you take leech socks with you as there are leeches everywhere you walk in the rainforest. We saw everything on our tours: orangutans, proboscis monkeys, pygmy elephants, multiple species of hornbills, crocodiles, silver leaf monkeys, a Storm’s stork, eagles... it was incredible. The staff were fantastic - super friendly and helpful. I had a horrible stomach virus during my stay and they took great care looking out for me and preparing fruit outside of meal times for me. They let us stay in one of the empty dorm rooms after check-out time on our last day while we waited for our transfer to Gomantong.

Covid Policies and Practices

Covid Policies and Practices

Covid Cancellation Policy
If there are strict Covid-19 regulations that prevent you from going on your trip, you may get a full refund via Seek Sophie credits (can be used on multiple bookings with no expiry) or reschedule at no additional costs. Otherwise, we would do our best to help you reschedule in other cases. Read our full policy here.

Policies

Policies

Usual Cancellation Policy (for Non-Covid reasons)
Cancel for free 7 days before your trip starts. Cancellations after such date will not be eligible for refunds as Nasalis Larvatus would have paid for your trip’s logistics already.

Helpful Questions from Our Community

Q
Will I definitely see Elephants and Orangutans?
A
No, we're afraid not. Kinabatangan River is one of the best places to see wildlife in Malaysia, as the wildlife mainly live around the small stretch of river. However, sometimes they do wander off to nearby palm plantations to feed for some weeks and then wander back to Kinabatangan River again. With wild animals, nothing is guaranteed - which is a little part of the magic too!
Q
What should I pack?
A
Binoculars
Hat
Insect Repellent
Raincoat
Sunscreen
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