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Kinabatangan River Premium Lodge

Venture into the rare, pristine wilderness of Sabah’s longest river, with our Kinabatangan River Premium Lodge stay at one of the world’s leading ecolodges – Sukau Rainforest Lodge. Have an opportunity to see proboscis monkeys, langur monkeys, macaques, gibbons, orangutan, saltwater crocodiles, bearded jungle pigs, hornbills, a variety of birds, pygmy elephants & many more unique wildlife.

Tour Highlights


  • World’s Leading Ecolodge
  • River Cruise the Kinabatangan River and Oxbow Lakes
  • Excellent Guides
  • Visit to Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary, Borneon Sun Bear Conservation Centre & Gomantong Caves
  • Tailored Programs, Private Guide & VIP Options

All images are are taken on location by our Managing Director – PADI Platinum Course Director Richard Swann.

Kinabatangan River Premium Lodge

Ex-Sandakan Our Kinabatangan River Premium Lodge stay offers visitors the opportunity to experience Sabah’s longest river and the second longest in the whole of Malaysia. Rising from the eastern Witta Range of Sabah, the Kinabatangan River begins its 350 mile (563km) north-easterly course towards the Sulu Sea. Approximately 20 oxbow lakes form part of the lower regions of the river. Created over time and separated from the main river as erosion and deposits of soil changed the river’s course, oxbow lakes are paradise for bird watchers.

River People, or Orang Sungei, live in small settlements spread out along the river. It’s fascinating to see their self sufficient, peaceful homes fully operational, making a living through fishing the lakes and rivers and farming vegetables on its banks. They use the forests of the Kinabatangan as a source of building material, firewood food and medicine. Early morning and late afternoon rivers cruises are the best way to enjoy the river and encounter wildlife.

We suggest staying along the river for two nights since this provides the opportunity for morning and evening river safaris and day time trekking. However if you are short on time we also arrange day trips, 2Day 1Night and 4Day 3Night stays for our Kinabatangan River Premium Lodge.

Sukau Rainforest Lodge

Built on stilts near the river’s edge, Sukau Rainforest Lodge offers a balanced mix of unique jungle experience and comfort of deluxe facilities to maximise your adventure at Kinabatangan River. The lodge comprises of a bar lounge, a gift shop, Gomantong Hall meeting place, education centre, Hornbill Boardwalk with two elephant passes, three open decks for wildlife viewing, an enclosed garden, a riverside Melapi restaurant, open sun-deck & river jetty.

All rooms have attached bathroom and shower water is supplied through rainwater harvesting and hot water by solar heaters. Air is cooled by cross ventilation air currents and ceiling fans. Lighting is supplemented by oil lamps using recycled cooking oil. The river tours are conducted by boats powered by electric motors and four strokes outboard engines, enabling guests to be immerse in the river’s natural environment without disturbing its wildlife. Guests have the option to go to the lodge by land or by boat.

Itinerary At A Glance

We have 2D1N and 4D3N programs for Kinabatangan River Premium Lodge stays, but here’s a sample for 3D2N:

Kinabatangan River Lodge Wildlife

Day 1 – We will arrange your transfer from either Sandakan airport or your accommodation in Sandakan town, to the Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre to witness the famous conservation work reintroducing the orphaned primates into the wild. Then, a visit to the Borneo Sun Bear Conservation Centre to learn about the world’s smallest bear.
After, you will be transferred to Sukau Rainforest Lodge at Kinabatangan River, which will take about 2 hours by land or 2 hours 30 minutes by boat. Upon arrival, check-in, and lunch is served. Proceed to join the afternoon river cruise to search for wildlife in their natural forest habitat. Once back at the resort, dinner will be served followed by a slide presentation and interpretation by naturalist guide.

Day 2 – It’s an early start to the day, with a river cruise at 6AM, to the Oxbow Lakes to spot more wildlife. Returning to the resort, breakfast will be served then you will proceed for an educational tour along the lodge’s Hornbill Boardwalk with a naturalist. After, lunch will be served followed by an in house Orang Utan talk activity. In the afternoon, enjoy another river cruise in search for more wildlife. After wildlife spotting along the Kinabatangan River, once again, at the resort dinner is served.

Day 3 – Breakfast is served at the resort before your land or boat journey back to Sandakan. After lunch, we will proceed to the airport for the 1430hrs flight to Kota Kinabalu. If you are taking the evening flight, you will have a chance to visit Rainforest Discovery Centre, the home to various species of flora and explore its botanical garden, enjoy a beautiful view of the centre from the canopy walk and hanging bridge. Then, a visit to Sandakan Memorial Park for a short visit before taking the flight.

Since we offer tailor-made packages, please refer to your personal itinerary prepared by our travel consultants as some walks/ river cruises above may change depending on your tailored trip.

We recommend continuing your wildlife adventure with a trip to Danum Valley after your Kinabatangan River Premium Lodge stay.

Your Safety is Our Priority

At all times you are in safe hands. We take our responsibility as a travel agent very seriously and have a number of verifications in place to ensure that we are offering quality locations to our clients and describing them honestly.

Suggested Flights

FLIGHT FROMDESTINATIONFLIGHTDEPARTSARRIVES
Kota KinabaluSandakanMalaysian Airlines MH204207150755
Kota KinabaluSandakanAir Asia AK649206300715
SandakanKota KinabaluMalaysian Airlines MH204714001445
SandakanKota KinabaluAir Asia AK649514301515
SandakanKota KinabaluMalaysian Airlines MH309418101900
SandakanTawauMalaysian Airlines MH309309301010
SandakanTawauMalaysian Airlines MH309516101650
SandakanKuala LumpurMalaysian Airlines MH271117402020
SandakanKuala LumpurAir Asia AK519515151755

 

 
2D1N, 3D2N or 4D3N full board meals, Visits to Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre, Borneo Sun Bear Conservation Centre (3D/2N , 4D/3N) and Gomantong Caves (4D/3N), Entrance fees, Air-conditioned Lodge Accommodation with En-suite Bathroom, Return road/boat transfers, English-speaking guide, River cruises 1 late afternoon (2D/1N), 1 morning, 2 late afternoon (3D/2N), 2 morning, 2 late afternoon (4D/3N). Unlimited Coffee and Tea.
Airfares, Video/Camera entrance fees at Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre, Night Walk, Alcohol and carbonated drinks, Drinking Water, Other items not explicitly stated.
Lightweight clothing long sleeves long pants/trousers, Binoculars, Leech Socks, Insect repellent, Raincoat or poncho, Good walking shoes, Hat.
Due to weather conditions, activities may be subject to re-scheduling to best meet operations, as well as clients health and safety. Wildlife cannot be predicated nor guaranteed because it is a spontaneous chance to spot any in their natural rainforest habitat.