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7 Days: Sabah Wildlife Trail - Borneo

Visit the region of Sabah with the greatest concentration of wildlife in Borneo. Opportunities to see Orang-utans, Proboscis Monkeys & Green Turtles laying their eggs on the beach.

  • Koka Kinabalu
  • Kinabalu Park
  • Poring Hot Springs - Sabah Tea Garden
  • Sukau - Sandakan
  • Seligan - Turtle Island
  • Sepilok-Orang-utang Sanctuary
  • Gomantong Cave
  • Kinabatang River cruise
  • Ox Bow Lake

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DAY 01 Koka Kinabalu

Upon arrival into Kota Kinabalu International airport, meet & greet and transfer to hotel. Check-in, rest & relax. Overnight at Beverly Hotel, Kota Kinabalu (run of house) or similar.

DAY 02 Kinabalu Park - Poring Hot Spring - Sabah Tea Garden (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

After breakfast, check-out from the hotel and we will depart to Kinabablu Park. We travel across the Crocker Range of mountains with panoramic views of surrounding countryside. Whilst en-route to Kinabalu Park, we catch the magnificent sight of Mount Kinabalu, South East Asia highest peak.

Kinabalu Park is a World Heritage Site with incredible mega bio-diversity of flora and fauna, a heaven for nature enthusiasts. On arrival, enjoy a guided nature trek along one of the many trails in the park before proceeding to Poring Hot Springs which offers visitors the opportunity for an invigorating dip into its hot sulphur springs. For a closer look at nature, take the 41 meter high canopy walk which offers a spectacular view of the Borneo Rain forest flora and fauna below. Lunch is included.

In the afternoon, we continue our journey to Sabah Tea Garden. Check-in into our longhouse on arrival (triple share). You may then participate in blowpipe & batik painting at Sapaon Recreational Area or relax before dinner at the Tea House. Overnight at Sabah Tea Longhouse (Guesthouse with basic amenities)

Notes: Sabah Tea Longhouse is based on the Rungus Longhouse. It is quite different form the Murut Longhouse, equally to be found in Sabah. The houses are not perched on excessively high stilts; they are usually only about three to five feet above ground. Sabah Tea Longhouse offers basic features such as, mosquito net, ceiling fan, wash basin, build-in counter, individual door lock, common hallway, common bathroom (6 toilets & 14 bathrooms with water heater).

DAY 03 Sabah Tea Garden - KG Lunati Baru (Fish Massage) - Sandakan [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Today we set off early at 06:00am, for a morning walk to enjoy the beautiful sunrise and views of Mountain Kinabalu and the undulating tea plantations covered with cool mist.

Later we enjoy a typical Malaysian breakfast at your Tea House and participate on a tea factory educational Tour. Check-out after the tour and drop by the souvenir shop before depart for KG Lunati Baru. Lunati Baru is where you can enjoy an invigorating Fish Massage and also learn about the tagal fish conservation.

Afterwards we collect our packed lunch and depart to Sandakan. The journey takes about 3 – 4hrs to reach Sukau, where upon arrival we then take a short boat transfer & check-in to one of the riverside lodges.

Later we take a boat upstream along Sabah’s longest river, for a great opportunity to view the abundance of wildlife and birds in their original habitat of virgin mangrove and rainforests. This is a great opportunity to see many different types of primates including the Proboscis Monkeys playing in the treetops. Overnight at Sukau Lodge

DAY 04 Sukau - OX Bow Lake (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Wake up to bird song. There is nothing like the noise of the jungle, with insects, birds and animals all competing to be heard. At 6.00am we take a morning cruise up the Kinabatangan River and onto Kelenanap ox-bow lake for birdwatching and in search of other wildlife.

We take a short jungle walk (if weather permits) and experience the wilderness of Borneo before returning to the lodge for breakfast. Free at leisure to explore the surrounding areas or nearby village. In the evening, enjoy a boat cruise along the river to see the many species of flora and fauna of the rainforest. Overnight Sukau Lodge.

DAY 05 Sukau - Sandakan - Sepilok Orang-utan Sanctuary (Breakfast & Lunch only)

Today we depart for Sandakan, where en route, we take a brief stop at the Gomantong cave and have lunch at Sandakan. Check-in to the Sepilok Nature Resort and later our guide will meet you for your tour of the Sepilok Orang-utan Sanctuary where young orang-utans are coached to enable them to return to their natural habitats. Overnight Sepilok Natural Resort.

DAY 06 Sepilok - Turtle Island (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Meet your guide and proceed to the jetty for your boat transfer to Turtle Island. Check-in at Turtle Island Guest house and relax before lunch. Enjoyed the sun, sea or snorkel around the beautiful Island. Be prepared to watch part of the complex life cycle of the green turtle as they come ashore for their egg laying. Overnight Turtle Island Resthouse – Standard Room.

DAY 07 Turtle Island - Sandakan Airport (Breakfast & Lunch only)

After breakfast, return to Sandakan where we have a city tour, visiting the water village, central market & buddhist temple. After the tour we have lunch at an English Tea House before our drop-off at Sandakan airport.

Suggested time of flight departure from Sandakan is 2.00pm (Tour does not include flight tickets).

Private and Small Group Departure Dates & Price

Twin share (£)

weekly departures

From £845

Contact us for your holiday price based upon your preferred departure date.

We can also arrange private guided tours, please contact us to discuss.

Price Includes (The prices shown are 'per person' FROM, subject to airfare confirmation)

  • Accommodation for 6 nights at above stated hotels and room category;
  • Tours and Transfers as mentioned in the itinerary with an English Speaking Guide / Driver;
  • All tours and transfers.
  • Entrance Fees at above stated;
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary.

Price Does Not Include

  • Travel Insurance,
  • Incidental charges such as room service, mini bar etc
  • Voluntary Tipping for Guide.
  • Flights Tickets and airport Taxes.


  • Items to bring for Sabah Wildlife Trail: Sweater, hat, raincoat, good walking shoes, long sleeve shirt, T-shirt, long trousers, shorts, torch, insect repellent, camera with fast film and sunglasses.
  • Certain portions of the overland journey from Kota Kinabalu to Sandakan, approximately a stretch of 56km is on unsealed road, certain amount of discomfort should be expected.
  • This tour gives great opportunities to see an abundance of different animals and birds. However as these animals and birds are in their natural habitat, we can understandable not provide an absolute guarantee that a specific species will be seen during the tour.

Flights: We can obtain international flights in various seat class's with many reputable airlines. We can also provide flights from many UK regional airports. Depending upon availability and route we will try to arrange direct flights when possible, however allocation can be limited. If you wish to be booked on a particular airline, please specify at the time of booking (supplement may apply). Alternatively, for the cheapest deal we recommend you book your international flights at time of booking, as this can save you £££s off your final holiday price.

Accommodation: We take a great deal of time and effort to source our hotel selection in each city for our travellers enjoyment. We can arrange hotels in all standards depending upon your requirements, however the standard hotels are superior 4 star. We also monitor our established hotel selection continually based upon each of our customers feedback received over the years. Please visit our Hotel page for full accommodation details.

The itinerary is designed according to the most updated information of the flight available, although occasionally the sequence in which cities are visited and duration of time spent in each city can change due to local conditions which are out of our control. The above itinerary highlights the main attractions that are to be visited each day. Further places of interest may be visited during your stay, which will provide unique ethnic and cultural handcraft shopping opportunities. We reserve the right to change, amend or alter the itinerary, although we will act in your best interests to handle any amendments. Please refer to the booking form for detailed terms & conditions.











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