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3-Day Safari & Stay

By Sukau Backpackers B&B

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You want a no-frills encounter with Borneo's wildlife and nocturnal creatures! This option offers 4 river cruises and 2 night walks for many chances to spot wildlife!


3 days 2 nights
Group trip (30 travellers per group)
In addition to the river safaris, Sukau Backpakers will get you a little closer to the action with a nighttime jungle walk where you can spot nocturnal creatures such as spiders and owls and a morning jungle walk where you can explore the flora.
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What's included

From US$ 113.88 MYR477.27 per person
  • Return transport from Sandakan airport/hotel
  • 3 river cruises
  • 2 jungle walks
  • Meals
  • 2 nights private air conditioned double or twin bed room accommodation at Sukau Backpackers
  • Nature guide
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Your hotel in Sandakan
Your hotel in Sandakan
Other Notes

Alternatively, you can choose to be picked up at 1 pm from Sandakan Airport, or 1:30 pm from Sepilok. If you prefer this, please let us know in the booking form.


Trips available daily
Feb 26
Feb 27
Feb 28
Feb 29
Mar 01
Mar 02
Bookings should be made at least 3 days 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 - Kinabatangan River

Today you'll enjoy an afternoon and night river safari along the Kinabatangan River

Accommodation: Sukau Backpackers B&B - Private Room

  • 12:30 pm - Pick up from Sandakan
  • 04:00 pm - Afternoon river safari (2 hours)
  • 06:00 pm - Dinner
  • 07:20 pm - Night cruise (1 hour)
Day 2: Kinabatangan River
Kinabatangan River

Today you'll have two river safaris, and a morning walk

Accommodation: Sukau Backpackers B&B - Private Room

  • 06:00 am - Morning cruise
  • 08:00 am - Breakfast
  • 09:20 am - Morning walk
  • 12:00 pm - Lunch
  • 04:00 pm - Afternoon cruise
  • 06:00 pm - Dinner
Day 3: Kinabatangan River - Sandakan

Today you'll head back to Sandakan

  • 08:30 am - Check out of Sukau Backpackers
  • 11:30 am - Back in Sandakan

Meet your guide

Sukau Backpackers B&B

Sukau Backpackers have simple and comfortable cabins, well-suited for travellers who are looking for a back-to-basic experience in nature.
9 years experience
Fluent English

What others are saying

4.0 out of 26 helpful reviews
Azri Yusoff
01 Jul 2019 on Google review
Clean room with A/C, water heater & private bathroom. Nice scenery surrounded by greenaries. Free breakfast.
Kingo_ Shah
01 Jul 2019 on Google review
I like their guide so funny and sporting
Mirko Hannig
01 Jul 2019 on Google review
Stayed there 3 nights and booked a tour package. Room was basic but clean and as expected. Food in general was ok but lacking in variety. Good was their flexibility even if you booked a package: you can move activities or replace them by others. Extremely good is their guide whose name is Rex: buttom line he made the stay worth it and I fully recommend him: he has deep knowledge about animals, nature and the ecosystems there, is an unbeliebable good wildlife spotter, speaks good English, is a fun guy and great personality. If you go there ask for him. As to the rest the staff was not very helpful. They have another guide who does not explain anything and is by far not such a good spotter. All guests only chose for Rex. Also the reception lady did not speak a word and therewith did not make us feel like welcomed guests. Nevertheless overall I would give the experience 3-4 stars. BUT here is the reason why I rated with 1 star only and strongly recommend not to go there if you love animals: On our last day one of their dogs was murdered on the ground of the guesthouse (probably by any staff or member of their families and based on the injury probably by a knife attack). While all guests enjoyed dinner you could here an awful scream of that dog in the garden. Some minutes later it came to the restaurant, whimpering and severely injured. As the lung was damaged it blooded out of its mouth and blood spouted out of its wound. So other guests immediately gave notice to the reception staff but she did not care at all. So it died wretched straight in front of the restaurant. All staff passed the dead and bloody body later without further notice and no one felt responsible or surprised at all... The dead dog remained in front of the restaurant at least until midnight. So based on that shocking incident I strongly recommend to stay at another place!!
NicoleXOX, Mammoth Lakes, California
03 May 2019 on Tripadvisor
This place is great. It’s a simple, budget accommodation. The buffet lunches are good, and they are accommodating to special requests and dietary needs. It’s a beautiful lush green property, and the surrounding rainforest on the river is exquisite. Make sure you ask for an English speaking boat tour guide. We didn’t opt for the package deal. We did our tours a la cart, which worked out better because we didn’t want to do the walking tour. Definitely add on the Pygmy elephant safari! And bring extra sunscreen!!!
01 May 2019 on Google review
A spur of the moment decision to come to Borneo. This was not planned and a day before it was sorted for a 2d 1n package. I was astounded at how nice it was here. I give 5 stars due to food , accom, staff, communication and the best of tours with the best of guides. 4 days later and I was still there ! I don't think I have ever met such nice staff making it such a nice environment. Ignore anyone who says otherwise ! The rainforest is just that. Come here and you enter a rainforest . Things are not the same as in a city. It is inconceivable I will not return with a better camera and binoculars. All these pictures were taken on tours here on my 5 year old mobile ! P.s the croc is a 5m Salt water croc , not 3m away. Lan, the tracker , how does he spot these animals ? Thanks and don't ever change ! Jules. See you soon !

Sukau Backpackers B&B Policies

Flexible cancellation policy
Cancel for free 5 days before your trip starts. Cancellations after such date will not be eligible for refunds as Sukau Backpackers B&B 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

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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