Sabah Rainforest Safari

Embark on a 8-day ultimate Borneo Wildlife experience, blending Kota Kinabalu's urban charm, the natural beauty of Kinabalu Park, and a wildlife extravaganza.
MYR 7,617.00 MYR 8,463.00 per pax


Embark on a 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 the Borneo's Big 5 at Sukau Rainforest Lodge in Sandakan and later, explore the Tabin Wildlife Reserve with a stay at the newly renovated Tabin Rainforest Lodge for a deeper dive into Bornean wildlife.


8 Days 7 Nights

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Tour Highlights

  • Discover Borneo's elusive species thriving in a pristine ecosystem, captivating nature enthusiasts and conservationists.
  • Along this rainforest safari adventure, you will have the opportunity to discover many of Borneo's bird species.
  • Before you venture into the rainforests of Borneo, spend 2 easy-going days discovering the cityscapes of Kota Kinabalu.
  • Stay in comfortable accommodations while on this tour including at the 4-star Sukau Rainforest Lodge and the newly opened Tabin Rainforest Lodge.

Day 1: Kota Kinabalu - Night Market

You’ll be picked up at your hotel before proceeding to the night market where you get to feast your eyes on an array of local spices, souvenirs, fruits and vegetables. Relax as your guide introduces you to the local way of life. Enjoy a scrumptious dinner before we return to the 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 Gamantong 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 – Tabin 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.

Then, embark on a 2.5-hour overland journey to reach our new ecolodge; Tabin Rainforest Lodge, featuring 12 air-conditioned rooms, located on the northeast corner of Tabin Wildlife Reserve.

Indulge in our rooms with en suite bathrooms and heated showers, as well as our covered restaurant and open deck, dip pool, and not forgetting our bar and gift corner.

Upon arrival, receive a warm welcome with a facility briefing followed by a delectable lunch and check-in thereafter.

Dive into Tabin Rainforest's world of flora and fauna during an introductory walk around the lodge. As the day unfolds, embark on a sunset river cruise for wildlife encounters and a mesmerising 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

Tabin Rainforest Lodge

Day 7: Tabin 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 early morning hike. Immerse yourself in the surroundings while getting your heart racing as we visit Ground 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 Cuckoo 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 our highlight, the endangered Irrawaddy dolphins.

Head back to the lodge to relax and refresh before a hefty lunch.

Post-lunch, go on for a rainforest hike where you’ll visit our Mammal Hide. There, you’ll be able to see the camera traps that we have set up and see the many footage we have captured whilst learning about the nocturnal animals in the area. Have light refreshments in the hide before we return to the lodge for free at leisure.

Explore our lodge further at the information gallery, shop for souvenirs, 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 safari drive 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

Tabin Rainforest Lodge

Day 8: Tabin Rainforest Lodge – Lahad Datu

Rise and shine to the sounds of the jungle and make your way to our Crested Fireback hide and seek out this elusive endemic bird. Return for a hearty breakfast and enjoy your time free at leisure. Make sure to stop by the souvenir corner for some last-minute shopping and take one last quick dip in our plunge pool before check-out.

Have an early lunch before departing to the airport for your late afternoon flight.

Breakfast, Lunch


Rooms Rates Per Person  Single Supplement
Kota Kinabalu: Hyatt Centric
Tabin Rainforest Lodge: Deluxe Room
Sukau Rainforest Lodge: Deluxe Room
Per Adult
MYR 7,617.00
MYR 8,463.00
MYR 2,914.00
Kota Kinablau: Hyatt Centric
Tabin Rainforest Lodge: Deluxe Room
Sukau Rainforest Lodge: Borneo Villa
Per Adult
MYR 7,939.00
MYR 8,821.00
MYR 3,234.00

Price Remarks
  • 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 Tabin Rainforest Lodge (July - August)
    MYR 300.00 per person at Sukau Rainforest Lodge (July - August)
    MYR 100.00 per person at Hyatt Centric (28 January - 03 February /15th July - 25th August / 24th December - 01 January)
  • Children Discount on Room Sharing Basis at Tabin Rainforest Lodge and Sukau Rainforest Lodge
    • 3 years and below: FREE STAY
    • 4 - 11 years old:
      • 25% OFF when travelling with ONE parent.
      • 50% OFF when travelling with BOTH parent
    • 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.
  • 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.


Tours and transfers
Pick-up from Kota Kinabalu and drop-off at Lahad Datu.
English speaking guide.
Meals: 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 5 dinners.
  • Hotel in Kota Kinabalu (3 nights)
  • Sukau Rainforest Lodge (2 nights)
  • Tabin Rainforest Lodge (2 nights)


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.

Things to Bring

  • Swim wear
  • Towels
  • Sun block lotion
  • Personal toiletries
  • Drinking water bottle
  • Insect repellent
  • Torchlight
  • Hat
  • Binoculars
  • Leech socks
  • Walking shoes
  • Raincoat

Additional Notes

  • 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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