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3-Day River Safari & Stay

By Borneo Natural Sukau Bilit Resort

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You're looking for a great-value safari and stay, at a good location by the river. Here you'll find simple & comfy rooms, with a friendly team.


3 days 2 nights
Group trip (15 travellers per group)
This is a full-board option which includes a nighttime jungle trek, 4 river cruises and transport from Sandakan/Sepilok. Having 3 days at the river will give you the best chance to see the myriad of wildlife that live around there!
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Trip Inclusions

From US$ 91.68 MYR380.01 per person
  • Return transport from designated meet-up point in Sandakan / Sandakan Airport / Sepilok
  • 4 river cruises
  • 1 night jungle walk
  • Meals
  • 2 nights of air conditioned dormitory accommodation at Borneo Natural Sukau Bilit Resort
  • Nature guide
  • 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.


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

Arrive at Kinabatangan River, enjoy a river safari and a night walk

Accommodation: Borneo Natural Sukau Bilit Resort - Dorm

  • 1145 hrs - pick up from Hotel Sandakan
  • Approx 1400 hrs - arrive at the resort, you will be greeted by our team and refreshment will be served. Check in to your room.
  • At 1600 hrs - River cruise in search of wildlife that is so prevalent in the area – a good chance to see proboscis monkey, orang utan, macaques, pygmy elephants, birds and other wildlife. Return to the resort.
  • Between 1800 hrs and 1900 hrs- Dinner will be served. After dinner and subject to weather conditions, follow our in-house naturalist for a night walk in search of nocturnal mammals.
  • 2000 hrs - Return to and overnight at the Borneo Natural Sukau Bilit Resort.
Day 2: Bilit Jungle Trekking - Kinabatangan River
Bilit Jungle Trekking - Kinabatangan River

Enjoy a morning and afternoon river cruise, and a jungle trek within the resort area.

Accommodation: Borneo Natural Sukau Bilit Resort - Dorm

  • Wake up to the calls of gibbons and hornbills. Proceed for an early morning cruise to observe more wildlife and birdlife. Return to resort for breakfast.
  • After breakfast, follow in house Guide for Jungle trekking within resort area.
  • Return to the resort for lunch.
  • Late afternoon, set off for another river adventure and try to spot more wildlife and birds before returning to the resort for dinner.
  • Retire for the night at the Borneo Natural Sukau Bilit Resort.
Day 3: Kinabatangan River - Sandakan
Kinabatangan River - Sandakan

Awake early for a final morning river safari, and transfer back to Sandakan

  • Rise early for another early morning cruise along the Kinabatangan to observe more wildlife and birdlife. Return to the resort for breakfast.
  • Check out and depart for your return journey to Sandakan.
  • Arrive back Sandakan by 1100 hrs.

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 36 helpful reviews
Warm & Friendly
Memorable Trip
Comfortable Trip
Good Food
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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.
Carol Diamond
31 Jan 2020 on SeekSophie
The wildlife was great! The boat trips were fruitful! The first afternoon out we saw lots of proboscis monkeys. Playing and jumping. The morning boat trip crocodiles and birds. The second afternoon we saw orangutan and her baby. It is tough to see them because they are shy. The night walks were good but we only saw birds! Cons: The resort didn’t event give bottled water! No WiFi: Didn’t help with luggage and the food was just ok. My real rating is probably 3.5.

Other Things to Know

Cancellation and Exchange Policy
While we understand that plans change, we also have to be fair to each supplier, who needs time to prepare logistics for your trip such as manpower, food, permits, and more.
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.
Flexible Date Policy
You may also change your trip date once up to 3 days before your trip starts. Any date change are subject to availability.
Packing list for the trip
Bug repellent
Leech socks or long thick socks
Torch light
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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