Sabah Rainforest Safari

Embark on a 8-day ultimate Borneo Wildlife experience, blending Kota Kinabalu's urban charm, the natural beauty of rainforest, and a wildlife extravaganza.
from MYR 7,617.00 MYR 8,463.00 / person
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Embark on an 8-day ultimate Borneo Wildlife experience, blending Kota Kinabalu's urban charm, the natural beauty of Kinabalu Park, and a wildlife extravaganza. Relax on Tunku Abdul Rahman Park's beaches, explore Kinabalu Park's diverse flora and fauna, and discover local tea production at Sabah Tea Garden. With some luck, encounter Borneo's Big 5 at Sukau Rainforest Lodge in Sandakan and later, explore the Virgin Jungle Reserve (VJR) at Sungai Kapur, with a stay at the newly renovated Utan Rainforest Lodge for a deeper dive into Bornean wildlife.
Key Highlights
Discover the City Scene

Before you venture into the rainforests of Borneo, spend 2 easy-going days discovering the cityscapes of Kota Kinabalu.

Comfortable Accommodations

Stay in comfortable accommodations while on this tour including at the 4-star Sukau Rainforest Lodge and the newly opened Utan Rainforest Lodge.

Wildlife Wonders

Discover Borneo's elusive species thriving in a pristine ecosystem, captivating nature enthusiasts and conservationists.

Uncover Sabah, Borneo's Avifauna

Along this rainforest safari adventure, you will have the opportunity to discover many of Borneo's bird species.

  • Tours and transfers
  • Accommodation and meals as specified
  • English speaking guide.
  • Pick-up from Kota Kinabalu and drop-off at Lahad Datu.
  • Domestic airfare (Kota Kinabalu(BKI) - Sandakan(SDK) - Kota Kinabalu(BKI))
  • Camera fee
  • Tourism Tax (TTx) flat rate of RM10 per room per night.
  • Items not mentioned
Day 1: Kota Kinabalu - Night Market
Upon arriving in Kota Kinabalu, you'll be transferred to your hotel. In the evening, we'll pick you up for a city tour, followed by a visit to the night market where you can explore a diverse range of local spices, souvenirs, fruits, and vegetables. Conclude the evening with a delightful dinner at a local restaurant before returning to your hotel.
Hotel in Kota Kinabalu
Day 2: Tunku Abdul Rahman Park (Marine)
Spend a day of sun, sea and sand on an offshore coral island. Transfer to jetty for a 30-minute boat ride to one of the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park islands for a day of relaxation on your own. Remark: Scheduled boat transfer to the island is at 0815HRS. Guest must arrive at Marina Jetty latest by 0800HRS. Proceed with another boat transfer to your next island visit. Snorkel in crystal clear water among coral reefs and rainbow-coloured fishes. Back to the boat and depart to Gaya Island for lunch before venturing for a swim or simply lazing away. Depart by boat back to Kota Kinabalu in mid afternoon.
Breakfast & Lunch
Hotel in Kota Kinabalu
Day 3: Kota Kinabalu - Kinabalu GeoPark (WHS)
Drive 2 hours overland to the foothills of Mt. Kinabalu. Take a quick stop at the local market at Pekan Nabalu to stretch your legs and savour fruits in season. If the weather is great, you’ll be able to snap a great photo of the majestic Mount Kinabalu. Head over to Kinabalu Park HQ to visit the Kinabalu Geopark Gallery and Botanical Garden. If weather permits, take a guided walk on one of the trails to explore the cool montane forest. Drive back to Kota Kinabalu and rest for the next day.
Breakfast & Lunch
Hotel in Kota Kinabalu
Day 4: Kota Kinabalu – Sandakan – Sukau Rainforest Lodge
Rise early in the morning to depart to the airport and fly over to Sandakan. Upon arrival at Sandakan Airport, we'll then make our way to the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre. There, you'll get to learn about the rehabilitation effort done at the centre through a short video screening. Make your way to the feeding platform to witness the feeding of orangutans and other monkeys around. You can also spend time observing the cheeky little younglings in an enclosed nursery area. After lunch, embark on a 2.5 hour boat journey up the Kinabatangan River to Sukau Rainforest Lodge. Right after checking-in, go on board for a late afternoon cruise in search of Borneo's wildlife and birds. It would be great to enjoy a night river cruise to spot the nocturnal wildlife, this is an optional tour you can add. Return to the lodge to freshen up and savour a scrumptious dinner at Melapi restaurant, followed by a slide presentation and interpretation by a naturalist guide.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Sukau Rainforest Lodge
Day 5: Sukau Rainforest Lodge
Rise and shine for the morning river cruise up the Kinabatangan River to Kelenanap Oxbow Lake to view more birds and wildlife. Return for breakfast, and proceed to join in a nature walk along the lodge's Hornbill and Attenborough Boardwalks with the in-house naturalist. It will be free at leisure thereafter. Take time to do your own exploring or just relax by the lodge’s dip pool after lunch. Head over to the newly refurbished Ape Gallery for an Ape Talk by our in house naturalist. In the afternoon, head out to Gomantong Caves and explore the intricate cave system. It is also known to be the largest limestone outcrop in the Lower Kinabatangan with many wildlife encounters. If you’re up for the challenge, climb up the stairs up to Simud Putih to experience the bat exodus on the platform. Head back to Sukau Rainforest Lodge for a scrumptious dinner at Melapi Restaurant and enjoy a restful night thereafter.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Sukau Rainforest Lodge
Day 6: Sukau Rainforest Lodge – Lahad Datu – Utan Rainforest Lodge
Wake up to an exciting new day! Enjoy breakfast and begin your next adventure with a 2-hour overland journey for a quick stop at the office for some light refreshments and check-in. Utan Rainforest Lodge featuring 14 air-conditioned rooms, located in the Virgin Jungle Reserve (VJR) of Sungai Kapur. Indulge in our rooms with ensuite bathrooms and heated showers, as well as our covered restaurant and open deck, dip pool, and not forgetting our bar and gift corner (completed by 1st July). Upon arrival, receive a warm welcome with a facility briefing followed by a delectable lunch and check-in thereafter. Get a taste of Sungai Kapur’s Virgin Jungle Reserve and its world of flora and fauna during an introductory walk nearby the lodge. As the day unfolds, embark on a sunset river cruise for wildlife encounters and a mesmerizing estuary sunset. If weather permits, you may witness a captivating summertime light show courtesy of fireflies as you make your way back to the lodge for dinner. After dinner, go on a night safari drive for a chance to encounter the nocturnal wildlife that surrounds our forest.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Utan Rainforest Lodge
Day 7: Utan Rainforest Lodge
Wake up to the sounds of gibbons and hornbills in the rainforest. After a quick bite, we will set out for a short morning hike. Immerse yourself in the surroundings while getting your heart racing as we visit Cuckoo Hide to photograph one of Borneo's endemic birds and other birdlife found in the area. Thereafter, return to the lodge to freshen up before enjoying a scrumptious breakfast at the restaurant. Following breakfast, if weather and sea conditions permit, we'll embark on a river cruise adventure along the coastline, venturing into the Segama River and its mangrove forest. Keep your eyes peeled for a chance in wildlife encounters, such as flying foxes, eagles, and dolphins. Head back to the lodge to relax and refresh before a hefty lunch. Explore our lodge further at the information gallery, shop for souvenirs (completed by 1st July), savour our premium in-house beverages at the restaurant and take a dip in our dip pool to beat the heat. When the sun sets, tantalise your taste buds with a delicious dinner, and proceed to head out for a night walk around the lodge. Experience the serenity of the night and keep an eye out for nocturnal creatures like civets, leopard cats, mouse deer, and moonrats that rule the night. Return to the lodge for a good night's rest.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Utan Rainforest Lodge
Day 8: Utan Rainforest Lodge – Lahad Datu
Rise and shine to the sounds of the jungle and have a hearty breakfast. Enjoy your free time at leisure and have a delectable lunch before check-out. Depart for Lahad Datu for your late afternoon flight departure time.
Breakfast, Lunch
Description Rates Single Supplement
Kota Kinabalu: Hyatt Centric
Sukau Rainforest Lodge: Deluxe Room
Utan Rainforest Lodge: Deluxe Room
MYR 7617.00
MYR 8463.00

MYR 2792.00
MYR 2792.00
Kota Kinablau: Hyatt Centric
Sukau Rainforest Lodge: Borneo Villa
Utan Rainforest Lodge: Deluxe Room
MYR 7939.00
MYR 8821.00

MYR 3112.00
MYR 3112.00
  • Validity
    Rates are valid for bookings made from now until 31st March 2025 and for travel between 15th February 2024 – 31st March 2025.
  • Availability
    This tour runs everyday. Prior booking required.
  • High Season Surcharge
    • MYR 100.00 per person at Utan Rainforest Lodge (March, July - August)
    • MYR 300.00 per person at Sukau Rainforest Lodge (March, July - August)
    • MYR 168.00 per person at Hyatt Centric (28 January - 03 February / 15th July - 25th August / 24th December - 01 January)
  • Transfer Inclusion
    This tour package rates include pick-up at Kota Kinabalu and drop off at Lahad Datu. Additional charge per person applies for pick-up and drop-off outside this area and pick up time may vary.

Additional Notes
Children Discount on Room Sharing Basis at Sukau Rainforest Lodge & Utan Rainforest Lodge
  • 3 years old and below:
  • 4 – 11 years old:
    • 25% OFF when sharing a room with ONE adult / parent.
    • 50% OFF when sharing a room with with TWO adults / parents.
    • This is a kid friendly tour, discount is applicable to children based on their birth year and following room sharing policy in certain property. Contact our consultant to know more.

Camera Fee at Gomantong Caves

Note on Camera Use at Gomantong Caves for personal use are chargeable at RM30.00 per adult and RM15.00 per child. Video camera for personal use, commercial use and film making is chargeable at RM50.00, RM1,000.00, and RM10,000 respectively.

Bring Your Own Bottle

Borneo Eco Tours is moving towards a single-use plastic free environment! So, please join our movement by bringing your own refillable water bottle during your time with us. Our vans and coaches are prepared with water containers so that you can refill your bottle anytime throughout the tour.

Double or Twin Bed

Double or twin bed cannot be guaranteed and are subject to availability upon check in.

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Sukau Rainforest Lodge is an award-winning ecolodge situated along the Kinabatangan River in Malaysian, Borneo offering the best of wildlife and nature experience. Sister company of Borneo Eco Tours.

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Lot 1, Pusat Perindustrian, Kolombong Jaya, Mile 5.5, Jalan Kolombong, 88450 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah (60) 088-438300
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