Day 01: Arrive Sandakan airport this morning and head straight to Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Center, you will be arriving just in time for feeding. The world’s largest orangutan rehabilitation centre, it offers you the chance to come face to face with the huge red apes found naturally only in Borneo and Sumatra. Learn about this loveable primate, its fight for survival and the efforts in place to save it from extinction. Next, journey by road to the Sandakan jetty and continue through the jungle by a river boat to Sukau, located in the Kinabatangan river basin. After settling-in to your lodge, spend the afternoon at leisure before going in search of the indigenous birds and the rare proboscis monkeys on a leisurely cruise down the river. Today lunch and dinner will be included.
(Includes: Entrance fee to Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre)
Day 02: Rise early for a morning cruise along the Kinabatangan River to the nearby Oxbow Lake for birdwatching and in search of other wildlife. If weather permits, explore the trails alongside the river before returning to the lodge for breakfast. Enjoy some time at leisure to explore and absorb the splendour of your surroundings. Later this afternoon, take another cruise along the river to see the many species of flora and fauna that the area is renowned for. Today breakfast, lunch and dinner will be included.
Day 03: Leave Sukau behind and travel by road to Sandakan, stopping en-route at the giant Gomantong Cave. Take a short walk to the opening cavern and explore the cave system on a boardwalk. The cave has been long renowned for its swiftlet nests, which are harvested sustainably each year to make the Chinese delicacy of bird’s nest soup. Arriving Sandakan, enjoy a short sightseeing tour of the city, visiting the central market, water village and a Buddhist temple. Lunch will be included.
Please note: Whilst the accommodation used on this tour is clean and comfortable, it is pretty basic. It may have a shower only, or fan instead of air conditioning. Be prepared that some roads are in poor condition and may be bumpy.
Day 04: After breakfast, free on your own to explore the city before your transfer to the airport.