3D2N Sandakan and River Adventure Tour
Day 1: Sepilok Orangutan/Sun Bear Conservation Centre/Rainforest Discover Centre
Witnessing Orangutans in Their Element
As you arrive at the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, you’ll have the incredible opportunity to witness the feeding of these iconic creatures. It’s not just about seeing Orang Utans; it’s a chance to photograph them in their natural habitat. Established in 1964, this center plays a vital role in rehabilitating Orang Utans that have been orphaned or displaced due to logging and forest clearance. Nestled within a magnificent mixed dipterocarp forest, this sanctuary provides a haven for these remarkable creatures. Over time, the Orang Utans here gradually become less reliant on their twice-daily feeding of milk and bananas and eventually make a voluntary return to the wild.
Continue to the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre
Your journey then leads you to the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre, where you’ll get up close and personal with the world’s smallest bear in its natural forest environment.
Afternoon Delights at the Rainforest Discovery Centre
After a satisfying lunch, your adventure continues with a visit to the Rainforest Discovery Centre, a place developed by the Sabah Forestry Department to provide a deeper understanding of the wonders of the rainforest.
Unveiling Rainforest Wonders
This center serves as a gateway to discovering the unique and vital aspects of Borneo’s rainforest. It has also earned its reputation as one of Sabah’s prime bird-watching spots. As you explore, take a leisurely stroll through the lush forest or embark on a walk along the impressive 150-meter-long canopy walkway, offering a breathtaking view of the rainforest from 28 meters above the ground.
Day 2: Sandakan/Gomantong Cave/Kinabatangan River/Sandakan
Journey to Gomantong Caves: Nature's Hidden Gem
Your day kicks off with a hearty breakfast at your hotel. Once you’ve fueled up, it’s time to embark on an unforgettable journey to the Gomantong Caves. These caves, nestled amidst Sabah’s pristine countryside, are renowned for their immense limestone formations and as a sanctuary for millions of bats and swiftlets.
As you drive for approximately two hours, you’ll be captivated by the rustic beauty of the countryside and the sprawling oil palm plantations that stretch as far as the eye can see. It’s a picturesque ride that sets the tone for the natural wonders you’re about to witness.
Exploring the Gomantong Caves
Upon arrival, you’ll be greeted by the towering entrance to the Gomantong Caves. Stepping inside, you’ll be awestruck by the grandeur of these caverns. The air is filled with an earthy, slightly pungent scent, a testament to the thriving bat population that calls these caves home.
One of the most remarkable sights here is witnessing local people collecting bird nests, a seasonal tradition. This spectacle is a fascinating glimpse into the unique relationship between humans and nature in Sabah.
Kinabatangan River: A Wildlife Haven
After your cave adventure, the journey continues to Bilit, located along the Kinabatangan River. This river is a lifeline for wildlife enthusiasts, offering a front-row seat to Sabah’s rich biodiversity.
Arrival at Borneo Natural Sukau Bilit Resort
Upon reaching Bilit, you’ll be warmly welcomed by the Borneo Natural Sukau Bilit Resort team. Your energy will be revived with refreshing drinks, and you’ll receive a detailed briefing about the resort’s routes and safety measures.
Next, it’s time to check in to your comfortable room, where you can unwind and prepare for the exciting activities ahead.
River Cruise: A Wildlife Extravaganza
At 1600 hours, the adventure resumes with a river cruise that promises thrilling wildlife encounters. Keep your camera ready, as this is your golden opportunity to spot proboscis monkeys, orangutans, macaques, pygmy elephants, and an array of exotic bird species. The Kinabatangan River’s lush surroundings make it a prime habitat for these magnificent creatures.
As the sun sets, the jungle comes alive with the sounds of nature. The sight of proboscis monkeys swinging from tree to tree and hornbills gliding through the canopy is nothing short of mesmerizing.
A Memorable Evening at the Resort
After your wildlife safari, return to the Borneo Natural Sukau Bilit Resort, where a sumptuous dinner awaits you. Dining in the midst of the rainforest is an experience like no other, as you listen to the symphony of jungle sounds.
Overnight Amidst Nature
As night falls, retire to your cozy room at the resort. The sounds of the jungle, including the calls of gibbons and hornbills, create a soothing ambiance that ensures a peaceful night’s rest.
Day 3: Kinabatangan River/Sandakan Airport
Wake Up to Nature's Symphony
On Day 3, you’ll awaken to the melodious calls of gibbons and the majestic hornbill. The jungle comes alive with the promise of another exciting day ahead.
Morning Cruise: A Wildlife Encore
After breakfast, you’ll once again set off on a morning cruise along the Kinabatangan River. This is your chance to observe more wildlife and birdlife in their natural habitat. Every moment on the river brings new opportunities for discovery and wonder.
Farewell to the Jungle
As your adventure in Sabah draws to a close, you’ll return to the resort for a final breakfast. It’s a bittersweet moment as you check out and prepare for your return journey to Sandakan.
We’ll ensure you get to your next destination, whether it’s your hotel in Sandakan or the Sandakan Airport, safely and in comfort. Your memories of this remarkable journey will stay with you long after you’ve left the rainforests of Borneo behind.
Tour Code : AG 311
Duration : 3 Days 2 Nights
Departure : 0830
Min. Pax : 2
Meals Plan : Full board