You want to best of Borneo's wildlife but on a tight budget? Stay at the award winning Sukau Rainforest Lodge, a charter member of National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World and see many of Borneo's rare and endangered species including the Bornean pygmy elephant, orangutan and proboscis monkey. Travel at a reduced price by going overland instead without compromising the wildlife and lodging experience.
This tour includes a stay in our Superior rooms and travel to SRL by overland. For an upgrade to our new Villa rooms and travel by boat, please see the BB7D tab.
Day 1 : Sepilok - Sukau Rainforest Lodge
You'll be greeted upon your arrival at Sandakan Airport by our friendly Guide and Captains. Get acquainted before we make our way to Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre where you'll learn about the plight of the Orang Utan and see firsthand the conservation efforts. We proceed to watch a video show about the plight of the Orang Utans and the rehabilitation efforts ongoing at the Centre. Walk ten minutes through the rainforest on wooden boardwalks to witness the feeding of the orang utans at 1000hrs then we continue to the newly completed enclosed nursery area for young orang utans. If the Orang Utans are feeling particularly friendly, you may even get the chance to get up close to the Orang Utan so be sure to hang onto your belongings. Thereafter visit the Borneo Sun Bear Conservation Centre to learn about conservation of the world's smallest bear.
After lunch, we head onwards by van to the multi-awards winning ecolodge Sukau Rainforest Lodge. Cool down with a refreshing drink and cold towel upon arrival while our friendly manager helps you check-in. Take a few moments to savor afternoon tea before we head out into the wild on your first river safari.
Every boat is equipped with outboard engines and electric motor. With its clean and quiet operation, the electric motor will be turned on to manoeuver the boat only during wildlife viewing (if location and river current permits). This way, you’ll be able to truly enjoy the wildlife experience without disturbing the peace and quiet of the natural surroundings. Take loads of photographs as the wildlife extravaganza puts on a show. Return for a hot shower after sunset before enjoying a candle light buffet dinner overlooking the mighty river. Be sure to try on our in-house Sarongs (local wear) which is cooling and helps keep away any mozzies. Dinner is followed by a slide show and interpretation by our in-house naturalist guide. Stay overnight at the Sukau Rainforest Lodge.
: Lunch and Dinner
: Sukau Rainforest Lodge
Note on Camera Use at Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre:For any camera with zoom lens from 100 to 400mm, video camera or other video recording equipment for personal use are chargeable at RM10.00 per unit. For any camera (fixed-lens - 400mm and above ) or any film-making equipment are chargeable at RM1,000.00 per unit.
Our Night Cruise comes Highly Recommended by just about all our guests
For the comfort and convenience of our guests, it is recommended to travel light by preparing an overnight bag for your stay in Sukau Rainforest Lodge. Complimentary storage in Sandakan will be provided for any extra luggage. (For guests departing & returning to Sandakan Only)
Please bring along sun block lotion, personal toiletries, torch light, insect repellent, drinking water bottle, walking shoes, binoculars, camera, hat & raincoat.
Day 2 : Sukau Rainforest Lodge
An early morning call at 0530hrs to catch the rainforest waking up is in store. If conditions are just right, you might even wake to a surreal heavenly experience shrouded in mists. After a light breakfast, we embark on a morning river cruise in search of waking wildlife and birds which are most active in the morning on our way to the Kelenanap Ox-Bow lake. Return to a full breakfast awaiting you, taking the time to just immerse yourself in the surroundings.
After breakfast, proceed for an educational walking tour along the lodge's Hornbill Boardwalk with our in-house naturalist after which you'll have some time to relax. If you're itching for more activity, we have many optional activities on offer like a pampering Foot Spa treatment, Batik Painting for the family, our Dip Pool and various other leisure activities. There is also a different free activity everyday so be sure to ask us. After afternoon tea, we head out onto the river once again in search of more wildlife. Be sure to capture the moments and enjoy yourself as we return at sunset from our final river cruise. Return for dinner and overnight at Sukau Rainforest Lodge.
: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Feel free to explore the boardwalk at the back of our lodge at your own leisure. Who knows you may get lucky and spot an Orang Utan!
Experience profound relaxation and comfort at Halia Spa, Sukau Rainforest Lodge, as we provide an 'escape from the ordinary' by offering you a blend of both traditional and modern Spa treatments.
Day 3 : Sandakan - Transfer Out
After breakfast, return to Sandakan by overland journey. Enjoy a quick lunch before we proceed to the airport for the 1430hrs flight to Kota Kinabalu. For those who are taking the evening flight, we'll have time to visit the Rainforest Discovery Centre which has an impressive information center. Take a birds eye-view of the centre from the canopy walkway and tower before exploring the botanical gardens, home to various species of flora including orchids and agricultural plants. For those interested, we then proceed to the Sandakan Memorial Park which is a memorial built to remember lost POWs during World War 2. Return to the Sandakan airport for your evening flight.
: Breakfast and Lunch
THINGS TO BRING: Bring along sun block lotion, personal toiletries, torch light, insect repellent, drinking water bottle, walking shoes, binoculars, camera, hat & raincoat.
We are moving towards a plastic-free environment, so, please join our movement by bringing your own refillable water bottle during your time with us.
Rates For Travelling Until 01 April 2020
|Rooms||Rates Per Person||Single Supplement|
|Superior||RM 1682||RM 420|
High season surcharge: MYR 168 (July & August)
Upgrade to villa: All our 20 new villas are now up and ready for guests. If you have booked a superior room in advance but want to upgrade to a villa, you can! Just pay the price difference and you’re all set!
The following discounts apply to tours that include Sukau Rainforest Lodge ONLY:
- Children age 3 and below – Free
- Children ages 4 to 12 may share a room with ONE adult – 25% discount
- Children ages 4 to 12 may share a room with TWO adult – 50% discount
Please note that children aged 13 and above pay full price.
Contact our tour consultant at for further information.
Giving Back: Every international adult guest who stays at SRL contributes MYR20 for Conservation Contribution (CC).Read More
Tours and transfers, accommodation and meals as specified, entrance fees and English speaking guide.
Domestic airfare (Kota Kinabalu(BKI) – Sandakan(SDK) – Kota Kinabalu(BKI)), camera fee and items not mentioned.
Tourism Tax (TTx) flat rate of RM10 per room per night.