Kinabatangan River Adventure Tour

Travel type
Small groups and family friendly
Expedition grade
Easy to Moderate
5 Days
Hotels & jungle lodges
$2215.00 (AUD)

ex Sandakan (Sabah, Malaysian Borneo) based on twin-share accommodation


Single supplement available


Discover a natural marvel of Borneo and Malaysia™s second-longest river, the Kinabatangan Floodplain that stretches over 560 kilometres along the east coast of Sabah. This pristine waterworld is one of the best ways to encounter the wildlife of Borneo as you cruise throughout the mangrove and riverine forests in search of orangutans, pygmy elephants, crocodiles and proboscis monkeys. Experience remote villages that dot the landscape allowing you to enjoy traditional cultures, food and crafts of those who have adapted to living in this wild part of Borneo.

You will commence your tour from Sandakan along the east coast of Sabah and travel straight to your nature resort to experience an introduction to the tropical rainforest of Borneo. The Rainforest Discovery Centre provides comfortable wildlife viewing opportunities along the treetop canopy walkway and trails surrounding the education centre.

From here we travel to the riverine forests of the Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary where you will experience exploring the mangroves to keep an eye out for species who have adapted to this incredible landscape such as proboscis monkeys, silvered langurs, and crocodiles etc. Short jungle treks will connect you with villages where you can experience local culture and purchase arts and crafts.

From here, we return to Sandakan to visit the Sabah War Memorial and learn about Sabah™s history during World War II and cease the trip in Sandakan Airport for onward travels.



*Subject to change due to local conditions

Day 1: Arrive Sandakan - Rainforest Discovery Centre
Pick up from Sandakan airport/Sandakan area around lunchtime, transfer to Nature Resort for check-in. In the afternoon go for a bird walk at the Rainforest Discovery Centre. Return to the resort for dinner and optional night walk. Meals: D.

Day 2: Sandakan - Kinabatangan River
Early morning walk around your nature resort (NR), return for breakfast. Check out from NR and travel back to the Rainforest Discovery Centre for a short trail or canopy walk before continuing on to the Borneo Nature Lodge along the Kinabatangan River for lunch. Enjoy an afternoon river cruise (share-in basis), dinner at the lodge and optional activity see below. Meals: B, L, D.(River cruise locations will depend on current wildlife sightings, this can be discussed with your guide). Optional tours e.g. Night Cruise, Night Walk & Tree Planting can be arranged at the lodge with minimal rates depending on the weather condition

Day 3: Kinabatangan River
Early morning river cruise to Kelenanap Ox-bow Lake and then embark on a short jungle walk (weather permitting) back to the lodge for breakfast. Free for the day to visit the nearby village or explore the boardwalk surrounding the lodge. At 4:00 pm embark on another river cruise. Return for dinner at the lodge and enjoy an optional night cruise. Meals: B, L, D.

Day 4: Kinabatangan River
After breakfast, check out from Borneo Nature Lodge and return to Sandakan and drop luggage at Four Points by Sheraton Hotel then enjoy lunch at English Tea House before spending the afternoon free at your own leisure to explore Sandakan or swim in the rooftop pool. Overnight at Four Points by Sheraton Hotel. Meals: B.

Day 5: Kinabatangan -  Sandakan - Tour ends
After a leisurely morning breakfast, check out from Four Points by Sheraton Hotel. Proceed to Sandakan War Memorial to pay respects and learn about Sabah™s history during World War II before continuing onto Sandakan Airport for onward travels. End of services. Meals: B. Notes: Recommended departing flight would be from 2:00 PM onwards, earlier can be arranged  





Our goal is to provide our guests with a unique experience, to observe wild tropical biodiversity in their natural habitat. We will provide you with a safe platform to observe many endemic, rare and unique species of wildlife throughout Borneo. We will also provide you with comprehensive information about the destination you are in so that you are fully informed of your surrounds prior, during and following your expedition. 

Furthermore, Orangutan Odysseys has partnered up with The Orangutan Project which supports conservation programs in Borneo - so travelling with us you are directly supporting their orangutan conservation efforts and environmental programs. And finally by supporting ethical and eco-tourism you are helping support the locals and the environment.