Sabah is famous the world over for its adventurous and natural activities. If you have limited time in Sabah but would like to see the best the state’s best natural attractions, our Sandakan Wildlife Safari could very well be your answer. In this tour, we focus on three very unique animals; two endangered and another endemic to the state.

Sabah has one of the world’s oldest and most detailed turtle conservation programmes. Three islands have been gazetted for turtle conservation with the most famous being Selingan Island in the Turtle Island National Park. Here endangered green and hawksbill turtles come ashore to lay their eggs. The sight of the turtles coming ashore each evening after nightfall remains a spectacle that attracts thousands of tourists to the idyllic island. Another must-do activity while in Sabah is a river safari in search of the proboscis monkey which is only found on the island of Borneo. Their unique features include pot bellies, large pendulous noses, thick white tails and, loud nasal honks which they make. These primates live in a single male harem of between 10- 32 animals and are mainly found in mangrove forests, swamps, rainforests and, forested land adjacent to bodies of water.

From Sukau we visit the former capital of British North Borneo, Sandakan. Sandakan served as a major port that saw many foreigners arrive to settle and trade. Today, many tourists come to Sandakan to visit the famous Orang Utan Rehabilitation Sanctuary in Sepilok on the outskirts of the town. During World War 11, Sandakan housed a prisoner of war camp. It was home to approximately 750 British and more than 1,650 Australian prisoners who were sent to the camp during the period 1942-43. The infamous ‘Death March to Ranau’ began here where out of 2,400 prisoners, only six Australian survived. A memorial on the former camp is a sober reminder of the atrocities of war.

Highlights:
 
  • Visit a world-renowned turtle conservation island.
  • Learn all about the turtle conservation programme in the Visitor Information Centre of Turtle Island National Park.
  • Watch turtles laying their eggs.
  • Visit an orang utan sanctuary renowned for its rehabilitation efforts.
  • Cruise along the Kinabatangan River in search of wildlife.
  • Visit Gomantong Cave a hive of activity during the bird nesting season.
  • See proboscis monkeys, an unusual looking primate endemic to Borneo.
  • Enjoy bird watching.
  • Boat across ox-bow lakes.
  • Enjoy an optional evening river cruise.
  • See the city highlights of Sandakan, Sabah’s gateway for ecotourism destinations and rich with World War 11 history.
** Sightings of wildlife are not guaranteed.
 

 

 

 KINABATANGAN RIVER WILDLIFE SAFARI (3D/2N) 

 

TOUR CODE : BOS-8D 

 

 

  

 

 

Tour for 2 - 8 person on Seat In Coach basis

Ex-Sandakan.

 

DAY 01: SANDAKAN - SEPILOK & KINABATANGAN RIVER (-/L/D)

Arrive Sandakan and transfer to Sepilok to witness the feeding of Orangutans at 10am.  Continue travel to by speedboat for 2.5 hours to Sukau and change to a smaller boat in search of Proboscis Monkeys and other wildlife.

Accommodaation is at Sukau Rainforest Lodge for 2 nights.  

 

DAY 02: KINABATANGAN RIVER (B/L/D)

Wake up early to the calls of monkeys and birds.  At 6am take a river cruise to Ox Bow Lake for bird watching.   In the afternoon, continue river cruise downriver for more wildlife. 

The lower reach of Kinabatangan River has the greatest concentration of wildlife in Borneo. The most famous creature of all is undoubtedly the bizarre looking, Proboscis monkeys. Overnight atLodge (no air-condition) along the Kinabatangan River. 

 

DAY 03: KINABATANGAN RIVER - SANDAKAN (B/L/-)

After breakfast, return to Sandakan, lunch and city tour covering the market, Australian War Memorial, Rainforest Discovery Centre and canopy walk and transfer to Sandakan Aiport for your departure flight.

 

TOUR CODE : AO-SES-01     
All prices are per person  
   
Valid From 01-Apr-2014 to 31-Mar-2015  
Per pax on twin share $575
   
High Season Surcharge $70
01July - 31August 2014  

 

Tour prices do NOT include flights and airport taxes

 

 What to bring:  A small bag with comfortable lightweight clothing, swim wear, towel, walking shoes, sun protection, rain coat, insect repellent, personal toiletries, handy torch light and water bottle

A:Available - This tour is available for booking.
R:On Request - This tour is on request only
All prices are per person.
If you are interested, please contact your local agent to make the booking or alternatively email us at reservations@toursite.com.au