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  • Raft and swim in the refreshing waters of the Kiuli River.
  • Enjoy a river safari through the Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary.
  • Explore the rainforest from above on a tree top canopy walk.
  • Meet the inhabitans of the Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre.
  • Enjoy an expert selection of hotels.
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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. ... Show More »

Enjoy a personalized vacation that best suits your needs, developed by one of our experienced destination experts. Relax during your trip with our 24/7 support and expert local guidance.

Please note that transfers to/from Danum Valley are based on scheduled transfers on sharing basis. « Show Less

Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Kota Kinabalu
    Kota Kinabalu
    • Transfer - Private - Airport (City Hotel) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 2 Kota Kinabalu
    Kota Kinabalu
    • Tour - Shared - Kiulu White Water Rafting with Lunch (6hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/City
  • Day 3 Kota Kinabalu to Sandakan
    Kota Kinabalu to Sandakan
    • Transfer - Private - Airport (City Hotel) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Kota Kinabalu - Sandakan [(45 minutes)] - Economy
    • Transfer - Shared - Airport
    • Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre
    • Lunch Included
    • Wildlife River Cruise
  • Day 4 Sandakan
    Sandakan
    • River Cruise
    • At Leisure
    • Lunch Included
    • River Cruise
  • Day 5 Sandakan to Lahad Datu
    Sandakan to Lahad Datu
    • Transfer - Shared - Sandakan - Lahad Datu
    • Danum Valley
    • Lunch Included
    • Afternoon Trek
    • Night Drive
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 6 Lahad Datu
    Lahad Datu
    • Jungle Trek
    • Lunch Included
    • Jungle Trek or Tubing
    • Night Walk
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 7 Lahad Datu
    Lahad Datu
    • At Leisure
    • Transfer - Shared - Airport
    • Lunch Included
    • Lahad Datu - Kota Kinabalu [(55 min)] - Economy
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Day 1: Kota Kinabalu

Meet your driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle and English speaking guide.

Accommodation: Shangri-La`s Tanjung Aru (5*)

Located 10 minutes from Kota Kinabalu International Airport, coral islands and the city center, just 150-minute flight time from Singapore, Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur, Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa is a tranquil retreat offering 492 beautifully appointed mountain and sea view rooms and suites, seven restaurants and bars, and a wealth of enjoyable recreational opportunities for families and leisure travelers. The resort is home to CHI, The Spa, a luxurious private spa experience based on traditional Asian healing philosophies. The spa comprises of 5 single villas, 3 couples' villas and an open Yoga Pavilion, all located on Pulau Bayu, the resort’s private island. It is one of the only two five-star spas in Kota Kinabalu.

Kota Kinabalu
Kota Kinabalu
Shangri-La Tanjung Aru Exterior
Shangri-La Tanjung Aru Exterior

Day 2: Kota Kinabalu

Meet at hotel in Kota Kinabalu and transfer directly to Tamparuli Town. The journey takes approximately 1 hours and 15 minutes to finally arrive at Borneo Wavehunters’ base camp (ending point) located at Kg. Malanggang for light refreshment before transferred to the starting point known as Pukak / Kiulu Town. Start gearing up and followed with safety briefing session conducted by a professional river guide / raft master (20 minutes session). Start rafting for about 1 hours and 30 minutes / 2 hours (depends on the water level condition – the furthest rafting distance is 15km especially when the water level is high and 9km of excursions at average water level). After rafting board a coach and transfer back to your hotel of stay in Kota Kinabalu.

 

Accommodation: Shangri-La`s Tanjung Aru (5*)
Kiulu River
Kiulu River

Day 3: Kota Kinabalu - Sandakan

Meet your driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle and English speaking guide.

Fly from Kota Kinabalu to Sandakan. The flight time is approximately 45 minutes.

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. 

Accommodation: Borneo Nature Lodge

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.

Orangutan
Orangutan
Borneo Nature Lodge
Borneo Nature Lodge

Day 4: Sandakan

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.

Accommodation: Borneo Nature Lodge
Proboscis Monkey
Proboscis Monkey
Proboscis Monkey
Proboscis Monkey

Day 5: Sandakan - Lahad Datu

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.

Accommodation: Borneo Rainforest Lodge (4*)

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.

Lahad Datu Bridge
Lahad Datu Bridge
Borneo Rainforest Lodge
Borneo Rainforest Lodge

Day 6: Lahad Datu

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.

Accommodation: Borneo Rainforest Lodge (4*)
Danum River
Danum River

Day 7: Lahad Datu

Enjoy time at leisure to explore at your own pace, or relax at your hotel.

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 55 minutes.

Accommodation:
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
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Trip Terms & Conditions

  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
  • Tour quotes do not include airfare to/from the trip start point unless noted on the itinerary
  • Cost increases in currency exchange, government fees, taxes, surcharges or hotel/lodge tariff increases between quote date and start date are payable by the client.
  • Availability cannot be guaranteed until booked. We will exercise best efforts to book hotels per the itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of tour date we may be forced to offer substitutes.
  • Payment of the program price constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions set out at www.kensingtontours.com/terms-and-conditions
  • Living Standards and practices at destination may differ from those in North America with respect to provisions of utilities, services and accommodation.

Shangri-La`s Tanjung Aru (5*): Kota Kinabalu

Located 10 minutes from Kota Kinabalu International Airport, coral islands and the city center, just 150-minute flight time from Singapore, Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur, Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa is a tranquil retreat offering 492 beautifully appointed mountain and sea view rooms and suites, seven restaurants and bars, and a wealth of enjoyable recreational opportunities for families and leisure travelers. The resort is home to CHI, The Spa, a luxurious private spa experience based on traditional Asian healing philosophies. The spa comprises of 5 single villas, 3 couples' villas and an open Yoga Pavilion, all located on Pulau Bayu, the resort’s private island. It is one of the only two five-star spas in Kota Kinabalu.

Shangri-La Tanjung Aru Exterior
Shangri-La Tanjung Aru Exterior
Fitness Club
Fitness Club

Borneo Nature Lodge: Sandakan

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.

Borneo Nature Lodge
Borneo Nature Lodge

Borneo Rainforest Lodge (4*): Lahad Datu

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.

Borneo Rainforest Lodge
Borneo Rainforest Lodge
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
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    We found Kensington of great assistance in helping us extend our recent trip to Japan with days on private tour to Nagasaki, Hiroshima and Miyajima. Astrid Di Paolo was our Kensington travel designer and was a delight to work with - very conscientious and attentive to every detail of our trip.

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