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2-Day River Safari & Stay

By Sukau Backpackers B&B


2 days 1 night
Group trip
Price from USD$85.73 MYR357 per person
Sukau Backpackers' fun team will make sure you get the essential Borneo wild life shots from your boats side seat during an afternoon, night and morning river safari.
  • Return transport from Sandakan airport/hotel
  • 3 river cruises
  • Meals
  • 1 night private air conditioned double or twin room accommodation at Sukau Backpackers
  • Nature guide
Same Price as What You’d Find Locally
Free Date Change ~ 3 Days Before
Community-Based Guides
Low Carbon Footprint
Always Available to Chat
Guaranteed Trip Even with 1 Guest

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.
8 years experience
Fluent English


Trips available daily
Dec 15
Dec 16
Dec 17
Dec 18
Dec 19
Dec 20
If you require an earlier date, please request to book.


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: Kinabatagan River - Sandakan
Kinabatagan River - Sandakan

Today you'll do another river cruise and head head back to Sandakan

  • 06:00 am - Morning cruise (2 hours)
  • 08:00 am - Breakfast
  • 08:30 am - Check out of Sukau Backpackers and head back to Sandakan
  • 11:30 am - Arrive back in Sandakan



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.

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What others are saying

4.0 out of 26 helpful reviews
Mirko Hannig
5 months ago 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!!
Azri Yusoff
5 months ago on Google review
Clean room with A/C, water heater & private bathroom. Nice scenery surrounded by greenaries. Free breakfast.
Kingo_ Shah
5 months ago on Google review
I like their guide so funny and sporting
NicoleXOX, Mammoth Lakes, California
7 months ago 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!!!
Max Widdershoven
7 months ago on Google review
Even 1 star is to much for this place ! We stayed here one night to do the river safari. All 3 of us had the same diner and all 3 of us got food poisoning, 4 houres after dinner we all started Puking and we had to skip the morning safari. When they knocked on the door in the morning to ask if we were ready for the safari and we told them all of us were sick they just said oh ok and walked away.. about 2 houres later someone els knocked on the door to remind us that check out was at 9:30, No one asked if we were feeling any beter.. I highly recommend everyone to avoid going to this place !!

Other Things to Know

Cancellation and Exchange Policy
Flexible cancellation policy
You can be fully refunded for cancellations at least 7 days before the adventure start date. Other cancellations will not be refunded.
Flexible Date Policy
You can change your trip date once for free up to 3 days before your trip. Any date change will be subject to availability, and will not count as a cancellation.
Packing list for the trip
Bug repellent
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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