(Kota Kinabalu, Lahad Datu)
The calls of wild monkeys echo beneath the dense rainforest canopy as you follow the Kinabatangan River deep into the timeless virgin jungles of this remarkable natural paradise.
You’ll feel the centuries drift away as you get to know this incredible place that is virtually untouched by modern development. The world’s largest flower – the Rafflesia – blooms along the roadsides of Kota Kinabalu where you’ll also meet the rare and beautiful butterflies of the Sabah Wildlife Butterfly Park and enjoy an up-close encounter with orphaned orangutans at the Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre. Venture even deeper into the jungles in Sandakan where a range of rainforest cruises, treks and canopy walks will reveal the wild beauty of Borneo from every angle.
Your collection of unique luxury accommodation is a genuine highlight of this trip. Modern luxury in Kota Kinabalu is joined by eco-friendly nature lodges and boutique jungle camps that deliver an immersive experience of this diverse rainforest paradise. An experienced team of local guides and nature experts will be constantly at your side to lead you into remote jungle locations and reveal the many secrets of the country’s abundant wildlife and conservation efforts.
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Meet your English speaking driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle.
Today’s tour takes you north of Kota Kinabalu to the Kiulu River, past quaint villages, scenic countryside, and the rural town of Tamparuli. A short briefing conducted on the Kiulu River bank precedes your adventure. With headwaters from Mt. Kinabalu, the river provides a Grade II to III rafting experience, perfect for new comers to the sport. Deep pools punctuate the river rapids, giving you ample opportunities to indulge in body rafting or swimming. The river journey takes just between 1 and 1.5 hours, depending on the water level. The rafting adventure ends with a refreshing local lunch, then returning to the city. It is recommended to wear sandals with straps or sport shoes, shorts, t-shirt, and swimwear.
Fly from Kota Kinabalu to Sandakan. The flight time is approximately 1 hour.
Meet your driver who will then take you to the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre.
When you arrive at the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre you will see the orphaned and injured orangutans that are brought to Sepilok to be rehabilitated and returned to the forest. Sepilok is a primary lowland forest, a fine showcase of Borneo's remaining rain forest. Witness the feeding of orangutan from a platform. Afterwards, you will head to the Borneo Nature Lodge for check-in.
In the late afternoon, take a river cruise to the Menanggol River, a tributary of Kinabatangan River in search for wildlife, including the unique proboscis monkey, macaques, hornbills, kingfishers, and many others. The Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the best places in Southeast Asia to observe wildlife.
Take an early morning river cruise to the Oxbow lakes. Oxbow Lake was formed by large meanders of the river that have been cut off from the main channel. The trip will take you to see more primates and birds. After the cruise, you will return to the lodge for breakfast.
Enjoy time at leisure to explore at your own pace, or relax at your hotel.
In the late afternoon, proceed for another river cruise in the Kinabatangan to search for more wildlife.
Transfer from Sandakan to Lahad Datu.
When you arrive in Lahad Datu you will proceed to the Borneo Nature Tour office for registration and a short briefing. After, you will continue to the Borneo Rainforest Lodge, where you will be welcomed with an exotic welcome drink while the front office personnel brief you on the facilities available at the lodge.
Enjoy an afternoon trek through the forest using the nature trails and the tree top canopy walkway, 300 metres in length and 26 metres at the highest point, for a close-up observation of the rainforest.
After dinner, take a night drive in an open-top vehicle to see if you can spot some nocturnal animals.
Start the morning with a trek through the jungle. Trek to the Kadazandusun burial site – “Coffin Cliff” before proceeding to “view point” for a bird’s eye view of the area. After the trekking descend to the Jacuzzi pool for a refreshing dip.
This afternoon you have the choice of going for another jungle trek or go for a relaxing session of tubing down the Danum River.
Take a night walk where you may spot some nocturnal animals.
After lunch, you will check out of the Lodge and begin your transfer to the Lahad Datu Airport.
Fly from Lahad Datu to Kota Kinabalu. The flight time is approximately 1 hour.
Located 10 minutes from Kota Kinabalu International Airport, just a 2 1/2-hour flight from Singapore, Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur, Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort and Spa is a tranquil retreat offering 492 recently renovated rooms and suites, seven restaurants and bars, and a wealth of enjoyable recreational opportunities for families and leisure travellers. The resort is now home to CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La, a luxurious private spa experience based on traditional Asian healing philosophies. Opened on 20 December 2007, the spa comprises 5 individual Island Villas, 3 Couples' Villas and an open Yoga Pavilion, all located on Pulau Bayu, the resort’s private island.
Nestled along the riverbank of Kinabatangan River lies Borneo Nature Lodge - an eco-friendly resort, offering the comfort without compromising the green. A natural haven for the outdoor enthusiast, Borneo Nature Lodge is an ideal lodging to explore the melting pot of wildlife found in Sukau. As you soak in the refreshing scenery, you will notice that the lodge is constructed not only around and beside the trees, but also under, creating a canopy-like atmosphere.
The Borneo Rainforest Lodge is a basic and rustic international-standard lodge built beside the Danum River. Unlike mass-market tourist destinations, the lodge accommodates a maximum of 60 people, ensuring each guest a unique and individual jungle experience. The fine facilities with basic comforts make it possible to explore the incredible diversity and complexity of the rainforest and offer a unique opportunity for guests to understand the primeval Borneo Rainforest in today's conservation realities.
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