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2D1N Kinabatangan River Safari

By Nasalis Larvatus

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At a Glance

At a Glance

Catch the wildlife highlights of Malaysia Borneo on this exciting 2D1N adventure! Embark on morning and afternoon cruises along the Kinabatangan River to capture the perfect river views and shots of new wildlife with each trip – stretching 560km as the longest river in Sabah, Kinabatangan is home to an incredible number of species, including proboscis monkeys, silver langurs, Oriental darters, orangutans, and even herds of pygmy elephants. For those looking to learn more about the local culture and stories, the nature lodge offers additional activities such as tree planting and batik silk painting to keep you occupied in between your thrilling adventures into the wild.

Details

2 days 1 night
Join-in trip
Up to 20 persons
Flexible Cancellation

Activities

Wildlife

Suitable For

Solo Travellers
Couples
Small Groups

Trip Highlights

Kinabatangan Jungle Walk
Jungle Night Walk
Kinabatangan River Safari

Choose this if...

You want to discover the best of Borneo’s wildlife in a short yet activity-packed retreat!

What's included

What's included

  • Accommodation - 1 night at Nature. Lodge Kinabatangan - Dorm
  • Return Transfer from Sandakan
  • 2 river cruises
  • Meals when you're at the lodge and free flow of coffee & tea
  • Lunch on the 1st day
  • Tourism Tax (RM10.00per room./night) **Applicable for standard room only.
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Where You'll Meet

Where You'll Meet

  • Wisma Khoo Siak Chiew building in Sandakan: 10:30am Details

Getaways

Getaways

From Kuala Lumpur (6.0 hours)
You will need to take a three hour flight from Kuala Lumpur to Sandakan, Sabah followed by a 2 hour car ride to Bilit. Return transfer from Sandakan is provided by the host.

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What You'll Do

What You'll Do

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

Take a river safari cruise and view nocturnal insects up close on a night walk!

Accommodation: Nature. Lodge Kinabatangan - Dorm (Shared)

  • 10:30am - Pick-up at Wisma Khoo Siak Chiew building in Sandakan
  • 10:30am - Pick-up at Wisma Khoo Siak Chiew building in Sandakan
  • 10:45am - Meet your friendly driver of the day at the Wisma Khoo Siak Chiew Building (in front of RHB bank)! Once on board, look forward to a short briefing about the journey.
  • 11:30am - You may also choose to board at the Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre (Sepilok café) or any lodges within the Sepilok area. There will be another short briefing for newcomers in Sepilok.
  • 11:45am - Take a quick break at Mango Garden Restaurant, Sepilok, where you can enjoy a peaceful lunch with garden views. Do note that lunch expenses are not included in this package.
  • 12:30am - After lunch, embark on the remaining 2.5 hours journey towards Nature Lodge Kinabatangan.
  • 3:00pm - Catch the sights of Bilit village as you arrive at Bilit jetty, then take a short trip across the Kinabatangan river to Nature Lodge Kinabatangan! Settle into your room and relax around the lodge.
  • 4:00pm - Hop on an evening boat cruise and spot unique wildlife along the scenic Kinabatangan River – look out for proboscis monkeys, silver langurs, hornbills, and the smallest elephant in the world!
  • 6:00pm - Return to the lodge to freshen up and enjoy a delicious dinner at Café Haji Awang, a local business that promises to delight your tastebuds!
  • 7:30pm - Learn more about Kinabatangan’s wildlife through a presentation by a local nature guide and jot down some notes for your next cruise!
  • 8:00pm - Join a guided night walk just behind the lodge! Examine night-flying insects on a large insect screen, which has been specially set up with lights to attract nocturnal insects including beetles and moths.
  • 8:45pm - Return to the lodge and take a breather amidst beautiful nature
Day 2: Kinabatangan River - Sandakan
Kinabatangan River - Sandakan

Embark on a morning Kinabatangan river cruise before checking out!

Accommodation: Nature. Lodge Kinabatangan - Dorm (Shared)

  • 5:30am - Prepare for your scenic trip along the river – soak in the tranquil atmosphere and take this last opportunity to catch the fascinating wildlife of Borneo
  • 7:30am - Have breakfast at the lodge before returning to your rooms to pack
  • 8:30am - Bid the friendly staff goodbye and begin your trip back to your drop off point
  • 11:30am - Estimated arrival time in Sepilok
  • 12:30pm - Drop-off at Wisma Khoo Siak Chiew building in 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!
8 years experience
Community-Based
Litter-Free
Wildlife-Safe

What others are saying

What others are saying

4.6 out of 10 helpful reviews
Aofaine Mullins
25 Feb 2020 on SeekSophie
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 on Facebook
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 on TripAdvisor
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.
Kal W, Colchester, United Kingdom
01 Jun 2018 on TripAdvisor
We had an amazing time on the Kinabatangan river, saw a herd of elephants, all sorts of monkeys, a nesting orangutan, crocs, hornbills, just amazing. Our boat guide was good too. But this lodge was not great...not very clean, charge extra for every little thing (like Wellington boots hire), overcharged for a rushed visit to Gomonting caves, kept us captive for an hour after pick up from our hotel in Sepilok at an overpriced restaurant much too early for lunch. Highly recommended staying on the Kinabatangan river, but don't recommend using Nasalis Larvatus tours.
TheExplorerxoxo ,Horfield, United Kingdom
30 Oct 2016 on TripAdvisor
We booked our stay here as part of a packaged deal with Nasalis Larvatus tours and I could not recommend this tour company enough. I had an amazing time at the nature lodge we had a chalet with privet bath room as I'm traveling with my mum and it was spacious and clean with a modern bathroom! The dorm rooms looked perfectly nice as well along with the communal bathroom. The food was excellent and catered for all dietary requirements. The river cruises are incredible the views and the wild life was just as I had imagined it! The night time walks were an experience in themselves! Unfortunately we didn't get to go on the day time trek as a heard of Pygmy elephants were very close to camp! We didn't get to see them but on the night time walk we did see foot prints and could definitely hear the elephants growling! We got to see all sorts of animals on our stay but unfortunately we didn't see any orangutans which to be honest was very upsetting as seeing these amazing creatures in the wild was basically the reason for my trip to Malaysian Borneo. However our amazing guide John spotted a mother and baby as we were leaving Gomantong caves the next day I would highly recommended staying at the nature lodge! All of the staff are friendly and make you feel very welcome!

Nasalis Larvatus Policies

Nasalis Larvatus Policies

Flexible cancellation policy
Cancel for free 5 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.
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

Other Things to Know

Packing list for the trip
Binoculars
Bug repellent
Camera
Hat
Raincoat
Sunscreen
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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