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Nature of Borneo Tour

During this short tour, you will take in some of the key highlights of Sandakan including the world famous Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre. Departing from Kota Kinabalu this is the ideal add-on to your Borneo holiday allowing you to get a little bit closer and learn about the nature of Borneo. Sit back and enjoy an afternoon cruise along Menanggul River keeping your eyes peeled for cheeky wild Proboscis monkeys swinging from the trees and baby-faced Pygmy elephants grazing on the river banks.

Tour Departs: Daily

3 days

Guide Price

 £699  pp
Private or Group basis, Escorted
Start your journey
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Trip highlights

  • Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre at Sepilok
  • Afternoon cruise along Menanggul River
  • The limestone Gomantong Caves

Transfer from your hotel in Kota Kinabalu to the airport for an early morning flight to Sandakan. You will be met on arrival and then make your way to Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre where orphaned or captured orangutans are rehabilitated, protected and eventually returned to the wild. Witness the morning feeding of Orangutan followed by an educational video about the dedication and hard work of the centre. After lunch in Sandakan town, a two-hour road journey will bring you to Sukau where you will check-in to your lodge or cabin for the night. Late afternoon, depart for a river cruise on Menanggul River, a small tributary of the Kinabatangan to search for Proboscis monkeys and other wildlife such as the Pygmy elephant on the river banks. Return to your lodge or cabin (with air conditioning or fan) for dinner and to settle down for the evening.

Suggested Accommodation

  • 3* Borneo Nature Lodge or Bilit Rainforest Lodge

After an early breakfast visit the Gomantong Cave, famed for its edible birds nest, then take a 15 minute boardwalk to the Simud Hitam cavern and explore the cave system. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant on the way to Sandakan. Explore the city with the guided tour taking in the sights of Sandakan Central Market, Sim-Sim Water Village where house are all built close to the water surface. Next visit the Puh Jih Syh Buddhist Temple which offers a panoramic view of Sandakan Bay. Later, transfer to your hotel in Sandakan.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Four Points by Sheraton

After breakfast, transfer to Sandakan Airport ready for flight back to Kota Kinabalu.

On arrival in Kota Kinabalu, you will be transferred to your hotel.


  • Transfers from/to your hotel in Kota Kinabalu
  • English speaking local guide
  • All entrance fees as appropriate
  • Domestic flights to be booked at time of reservation
  • Overnight accommodation with private facilities based on two sharing

Not included

  • International flights from the UK
  • Tips for the guide/driver
  • Drinks during meals
  • Camera fees at Sepilok Sanctuary RM10 per party
  • Conservation fee at Gomantong Cave RM30 per person