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1 Day River Safari

By Borneo Natural Sukau Bilit Resort

Choose this if...

You don't have much time, but really love wildlife and nature. Who knows - you might spot an elephant or orangutan on your river cruise!


1 day
Group trip (60 travellers per group)
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.
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What's included

From US$ 58.49 MYR245.01 per person
  • Return transfer to/from Sandakan or Sepilok
  • River guide
  • 1 river cruise
  • 1 dinner
  • Lunch
  • Binoculars (available for hire @RM 30)
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Hotel Sandakan (Block 83, 4th Avenue, Town Centre, 90000 Sandakan)
Sandakan Airport
Other Notes

Alternatively, you can choose to be picked up at 12pm from Sandakan Airport, or at 12:30pm from Sepilok.


Trips available daily
Feb 24
Feb 25
Feb 26
Feb 27
Feb 28
Feb 29
Bookings should be made at least 1 day in advance. View the full calendar to request other dates.


Please note that this is a sample itinerary and may be subject to change depending on weather conditions.
Day 1: Sandakan - Kinabatangan River - Sandakan
Sandakan - Kinabatangan River - Sandakan

Whistlestop trip to see the wildlife on Kinabatangan River

  • 11:45 am - 12.30 am: Pick up from Sandakan Town or Sepilok.
  • 02:30 pm: Arrive at Borneo Natural
  • 03:30 pm Tea Break
  • 04:00 pm: Put on your life jacket and start river cruising along Kinabatangan River in search for wildlife and bird-life.
  • 06:30 pm: Back to the lodge for dinner.
  • 07:30 pm: Head back to Sandakan
  • 10:00 pm: Arrive back to Sandakan or the Airport.

Meet your guide

Borneo Natural Sukau Bilit Resort

The quaint bungalows at Borneo Natural Sukau Bilit Resort are beautifully framed by the jungle. The dedicated guides at the resort are friendly and are great wildlife spotters. The resort is also working to reduce the use of plastics by offering guests a water refill station rather than providing plastic bottles. So please bring your reusable water bottle!
5 years experience
Fluent English
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What others are saying

4.3 out of 37 helpful reviews
Warm & Friendly
Memorable Trip
Comfortable Trip
Good Food
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Caspar Bauermann
19 Feb 2020 on SeekSophie
I was a bit spectic about the low price, but the 48h were simply wonderful. The resort is super comfy. Food is good and plenty. Staff is super friendly and organized. The activities are repetitive, so ever time your excitement is decreasing a bit. Still a super relaxing place if you wanna skip an activity. Transfer was very flexible. I usually don't wrote reviews, but this one was a really. Good deal and I am happy I went.
Borsós Viktor
17 Feb 2020 on SeekSophie
Kristi Crawford
16 Feb 2020 on SeekSophie
Really enjoyed the experience- great value for a budget option. The guides were very knowledgeable, but sometimes were very quiet so it was often hard to hear them on the boats unless you were sitting at the back right next to them. Staff was friendly, resort was very clean, food was good. Got to see many animals and that’s really what it was all about for me so I was quite happy!
Brian Gray
08 Feb 2020 on SeekSophie
The only negative thing I can say is in the morning River trip, we should’ve gotten an option to go try and view crocodiles or try and find the orangutans before we got in the boat. Half the people in the boat wanted to go one way and half the other so it would’ve been better to please everyone and go in different boats. The staff are fantastic and the food was excellent and good variety.
Juan Miguel Reynoso
05 Feb 2020 on SeekSophie
The food can improve to fit the needs of a vegan. More breakfast options would be great.

Borneo Natural Sukau Bilit Resort Policies

Strict Cancellation Policy
As Borneo Natural Sukau Bilit Resort pays for your trip’s logistics in advance, you can only cancel for free within 24 hours of your booking, provided that this is at least 2 weeks before your trip starts.
Change of Date
You may also change your trip date once up to 3 days before your trip starts. Any date change are subject to availability.

Other Things to Know

Packing list for the trip
Binoculars (optional)
Comfortable light cotton casual attire with long or short pants is recommended as humidity is high throughout
Insect repellent
Items of personal use
Raincoat / Poncho
Sun screen lotion
Will I definitely see Elephants and Orangutans?

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!

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