You may just be able to catch that ultimate in close up photos of such animals found only in Borneo, leaving you with a glimpse of nature in its undisturbed form. Cruising on Garama River and Menanggul River for rainforest natural beauty, poring Hot Spring, a walk in Tropical Lowland Dipterocarp Forest of Borneo.
Unique wildlife in Boreno
Meet and greet at Kota Kinabalu Airport and transfer to hotel. Depart from Kota Kinabalu on an overland 2 hours drive via coastal highway Kota Kinabalu / Beaufort, towards Southwest part of Sabah. Depart for a cruise through the tranquillity and serenity of mangroves, nipah palms, scrubs and secondary vegetation. Enjoy the serene setting and nature’s river trail, while the Proboscis Monkeys take a good and staring look at you, quite unalarmed by your presence. Other wildlife like Macaque Monkeys, the rare silver Langur, birds and reptiles, flying foxes and water buffalos would greet you occasionally.
The cruise will take a pleasant 1½ hours approximately. While returning (weather permitting), watch the sunset as the daylight fades into dusk and thrill yourself to the spectacular experience of hundreds of fireflies lighting up the trees. Upon return to jetty, traditional Malaysian dinner is served before returning to Kota Kinabalu.
Poring in Hot Spring and walk on Canopy
Transfer to Poring Hot Spring in 3 hours drive. On the way to Kundasang, pass by small towns and villages until stop by at Nabalu Fruit Market for a break. Poring Hot Spring, a natural wonder where hot sulphur spring bubbles out of the earth and a canopy walkway (41m) span for 157m from tree to tree, a rare opportunity to get a bird’s eye view of the rainforest. A must visit is the Treetop Canopy Walkway.
After lunch in resort, depart to Kinabalu National Park, enjoy the cool and fresh air of the park. Have a visit to the Exhibition Hall, Slide Show and Mountain Garden (One of the biggest attractions at the Park).
Early morning wake up, breakfast and drive to Sandakan across the ridges of Crocker Range passing native villages and oil palm estate among others. On arrival at Sandakan town, the rest of the day is at leisure.
Tropical Lowland of Borneo
To go Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre (approximately 30 minutes). Proceed to the free roaming area feeding platform. Witness the 1000hrs feeding of Orang Utans. At this centre, observe man’s closest relative “the Orang Utan” being rehabilitated to become wild in their natural habitat and experience a walk in the Tropical Lowland Dipterocarp Forest of Borneo.
At 1100hrs depart Sepilok and transfer to jetty in Sandakan followed by an hour boat cruise up to the Lower Kinabatangan River Sanctuary where you will take your lunch at Abai Jungle Restaurant. This is a wonderful journey of discovery which starts from the waters of Sulu Sea of Sandakan Town through a magnificent scenery of the Mangrove Forest. After lunch, free and relax at our nature board walk before cruising for searching other wildlife. After dinner, a night cruise leads you to witness the fire flies.
Searching animals along river
Wake up by the calls of nature. Early morning take a river trip to Pitas oxbow lake to observe wildlife and experience the unique of the lake. After breakfast, an option to join our tree planting project with the locals and lunch with them at Abai Village. This project is specially designed to help the locals.
After lunch, cruise upriver to Sukau village in search of primates especially the Endemic Proboscis Monkeys, birds and other wildlife. Arrive Sukau; check in at the river lodge. In the late afternoon, take another river cruise to Menanggul River, a small tributary of the Kinabatangan.
After breakfast, depart overland to Gomantong Birdnest Caves. Upon arrival, 15 minutes walk on the plank walk to the cave. Explore the largest bird's nest cave in Sabah, home to millions of bats and swiflets. The nests of the swiflets are collected for the famous Chinese edible bird nest soup. Then, continue journey by land to Sandakan, drive up hill to the Puh Jih Syh Chinese Buddhist Temple, which offers a panoramic view of the Sandakan Bay before lunch at the English Tea House.