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Experience Kota Kinabalu, Poring Hot Springs, Kinabalu Park, Gomantong Cave, Kinabatangan River, Selingan Island and more on this 7 day wildlife tour. (Private & small group)
Depart Kota Kinabalu and travel 2 hours along the ridges of the Crocker Range to Kinabalu Park. Enjoy superb mountain views as you travel to the Park at 1524 meters. Explore one of the many trails that lead through tropical Montane Oak and Chestnut Forest. Kinabalu is a botanist’s paradise with over a thousand species of orchids, numerous different rhododendrons and pitcher plants. The bird’s life is equally fascinating with most species being montane, including a number of endemics. Visit Park HQ, explore a nature trail and see the collection of plants at the mountain garden.
En-route visit the well-known Nabalu Handicraft market which has varieties of handicraft from Sabah. Visit the local Dusun tribe and learn about their culture. They live in house made of bamboo a source that is abundant in this area. Visit their house and experience the local hospitality.
Visit the Kundasang War Memorial which established in 1962 to commemorate the brave Australian and British prisoners of War who perished in Sandakan and during the infamous marches from Sandakan to Ranau during World War 2. The memorial is made up of four beautiful garden – the Australian Garden, the English Garden, the Borneo Garden and the Contemplation Garden and pool to represent the different nationalities.
Stopover at Kundasang Market where you will see the locals selling their daily harvest ranging from fruits, vegetables, flowers, raw honey etc. Transfer to Poring Hot Spring. Overnight Kelicap Lodge. (L/D)
Lowland dipterocarp forest makes up most of the vegetation at Poring and it is an excellent place to view lowland birds and some mammals. Take a short trek into the forest to the Canopy Walkway for a bird’s eye view of the tropical rainforest. The Canopy Walkway is suspended between trees at the height of 40 meters and offers an excellent opportunity to observe wildlife in the canopy.
Proceed by road to the Sabah Tea Plantation which is the only organic tea farm in Borneo and one of the few in the world. With its sprawling tea plantation surrounded by pristine rainforest in the cool mountain air, the Sabah Tea Garden beckons you to indulge in its beautiful surroundings.
Return to and overnight Kelicap Lodge. (B/L/D)
After breakfast, drive overland easterly to the district of Sandakan by the memorial route, where almost two thousand Australian and British POW last their lives along the way. The drive will take 4 hours passing through scenic countryside.
Continue the journey to the village of Sukau at the Kinabatangan River where the greatest concentration of wildlife in Malaysia and possibly all of Borneo, can be found. River cruise to Sungai Menanggol to watch the curious proboscis monkeys gather by the river bank. A good chance to see numerous species of birds and other wildlife until nightfall. Stay overnight at the riverside traditional style Bukit Melapi Lodge. (B/L/D)
Boat trips for the day at the river to view numerous species of wildlife such as orang utans, macaques, red and silver leaf monkeys, elephants, hornbills, crocodiles, civet cats, otters and the most famous creature: the proboscis monkey.
Found only in Borneo, the male of this species has a large pendulous nose, fat belly, thick white tail and webbed feet. The bird life includes egret, kingfisher, oriental darter, bee-eater, hornbill and many more. Stay overnight at Bukit Melapi Lodge. (B/L/D)
Morning, depart to the famous Sepilok Orang Utan Centre. Founded in 1964 the Centre helps once captive orang utans learn to climb and fend for themselves in the wild with the hope that one day they may return to the forest. The semi-wild orang utans may return to the platform provided by the Centre for milk and bananas twice a day during the process of returning to the forest. Visitors will get a close up view of these orang utans and have the chance to photograph them at close range. Witness the feeding of the orphaned orang utans, visiting the information centre, exhibits and video presentation on the rehab of these remarkable primates.
Visit to the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre. It is a wildlife conservation and research centre for improving animal welfare and rehabilitation of Malayan Sun Bear. It also aims to raise public awareness about the plight of the Sun bears and to raise conservation awareness about this species. The bears here are rescued and rehabilitated so they can eventually take their proper place in the rain forest.
Visitors will get to view from high level platform and see them going about their daily routines, playing, eating, climbing trees and other things. You might also have good opportunity to get some nice pictures from higher up.
Visit the information centre, AV room for video presentation on these endangered species and smallest bear on earth.
Proceed to Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary. This privately-owned sanctuary located within an oil palm estate gives you the chance to observe the unique Proboscis Monkey up-close and personal. The remarkable males spot big dangling noses and pot bellies. You will have a chance to observe the Proboscis Monkeys both young and adults leaping from tree to tree and eventually coming down to feed on young leaves, plants and rice cakes.
Transfer to and overnight at Sepilok Forest Edge Resort. (B/L/D)
Drive to the jetty in Sandakan and take a boat ride to the nearby Selingan Island where the most important turtle breeding Marine Park is found in all of South East Asia. Snorkel in the crystal clear water of the Sulu Sea; colourful tropical fishes can be seen all over the colourful and exotic coral sites. An amazing sight not to be missed for nature lovers. Turtle can be sighted swimming or even mating during certain times of the years.
This is possible due to the remoteness and protection of the marine park.
After dinner, watch turtle laying eggs on the beach, transfer of the eggs to the hatchery and release of hatchlings to the sea. It is a rare experience to watch the hugs green turtles lumber ashore every night, dig a hole with their flippers and lay around 100 eggs. The rangers will transfer these eggs to a hatchery for incubation for 50-60 days before hatchlings break out of their shells and scramble up through the sand and make their way to the sea. Only 3% are likely to survive due to disease and depredation. If females do survive, they will return in 20 years or so to the very beach where they themselves were hatched to repeat the cycle. Stay overnight at Selingan Island Chalet. (B/L/D)
After breakfast, depart Selingan Island and return to Sandakan. Proceed for brief City Tour of Sandakan. Transfer to the Observation Pavilion for a bird eye view of the town. Proceed to the Central Market where produce from the hinterland and fresh seafood are on sale here. The Market is also the focal point for socialising among the locals. Drive to the Chinese Temple where you can see the colourful interior decoration of this magnificent temple. Located on a hill it provides a commanding view. Continue the journey to St.Michael’s Church where you can see a colonial style building where Christianity is preached. Drive to Sim Sim where you can see houses on stilts above the water occupied by local tribes.
Visits the Australian Prisoner of War Memorial, where the infamous Sandakan – Ranau Marches commenced in 1945. A commemorative pavilion holds educational material and includes a scale model of the original POW camp. A path winds through the park past preserved wartime relics and towards the obelisk of black granite, erected to commemorate those who has sacrificed.
Transfer to Sandakan Airport for your departure flight. . (B/L)
Accommodation on all Sabah tours is basic. Rooms are generally twin bedded, with air-conditioning, ceiling fans, mosquito netting, (except Mountain Lodge) and attached en-suite bathrooms with hot showers.
As these lodges are in remote locations, rooms are simple, clean and comfortable. Although they provide a unique and memorable experience, you must be prepared to live without the creature comforts of home.
Please be advised that the trip to Selingan Island involves boat transfers. In the event of adverse weather conditions during or before the journeys, the boat operator has the absolute discretion to cancel or postpone the trip if it is deemed that it will jeopardize the safety of passengers. In the event of cancellation, a replacement tour will be offered.
To enquire about this tour give us a call on (1300 882 803) or simply fill out the form below.