Day 1 Sandakan – Telupid – Imbak Canyon Conservation Area (D)
The Imbak Canyon Conservation Area (ICCA) covers 30,000 hectares of pristine rainforest renowned for its rich biodiversity. This wilderness area is a sanctuary for a wide range of wildlife including iconic species such pygmy elephants, orangutan and gibbons plus over 250 species of birds. The tour programme includes a mix of jungle treks, night walks and four-wheel drive safaris to allow you to experience the rainforest and search for wildlife.
Pickup from the airport or your hotel in Sandakan and begin your journey to Imbak Canyon Conservation Area. The first stretch of the way takes around 2 hours on sealed roads to the town of Telupid. 1230 hours transfer to four wheel drive vehicles for the rest of the journey which takes 2-3 hours, depending on weather and road conditions. Arrive at the Imbak Canyon Studies Centre (ICSC) around 1500-1530 hours and check in to your room. 1630 hours go on short walk near the HQ in search of animals and birdlife. Have dinner at 1900 hours. After dinner board your 4WD vehicle and depart on a 1-2 hour night drive along one of the tracks in the conservation area (weather permitting). Your guide will use spotlights to search for nocturnal wildlife in the canopy and along the sides of the track. Some of the species spotting on these night drives include Malay civet cats, Thomas’ and giant red flying squirrels, Sambar deer, Mouse deer and more. Overnight at Imbak Canyon Studies Centre (deluxe resthouse room).
Day 2 Imbak Canyon (B/L/D)
Wake up at 6 am and try to spot gibbons and other wildlife near the park HQ. Then return to the HQ and have breakfast. In the afternoon go on a 2-3 trek to look for birds and mammals. After dinner go on a night walk to try to spot tarsiers and other nocturnal animals. Overnight at Imbak Canyon Studies Centre (deluxe resthouse room).
Day 3 Imbak Canyon (B/L/D)
Wake up at 6 am and go on 4WD safari to search for wildlife. After lunch go to the spectacular 39-metre wide Imbak Waterfall. From there trek back through the pristine rainforest to the park HQ. Dinner at the park HQ. After dinner board your 4WD vehicle and depart on a 1-2 hour night drive along one of the tracks in the conservation area (weather permitting). Overnight at Imbak Canyon Studies Centre.
Day 4 Imbak Canyon – Sandakan (B)
0600 hours optional dawn birding and wildlife walk. Gibbons are usually heard calling in the mornings near the park HQ. On occasions they are sighted in the forest near the park accommodation. 0730 hours take breakfast at the park HQ. After breakfast depart Imbak Canyon and drive back to Sandakan. Be dropped off at the airport or your hotel.
English speaking guide, tours & transfers, entrance fees, meals as indicated and 3 nights stay at Imbak Canyon.
Airfare: KK - Sandakan – KK, alcoholic beverages and juices
2 adults per order
Standard Resthouse room at Imbak Canyon Studies Centre. Room has ensuite bathroom and fan. Electricity is switched off around 2200 hours each night.
Kota Kinabalu (BKI) – Sandakan (SDK) on Malaysia Airlines MH2042 (Dep 0700, Arr 0740) or Air Asia AK6492 (Dep 0635, Arr 0720) or MASWings MH3093 (Dep 0725, Arr 0815). Sandakan (SDK) – Kota Kinabalu (BKI) on Malaysia Airlines MH3094 (Dep 1810, 1905 Arr).
Note: Itinerary is a rough guide to activities. The programme may change depending on weather, road conditions and any wildlife watching opportunities that present themselves.
We recommended that you arrive in Sandakan the night before the tour. If you wish to arrive in Sandakan on the morning of the tour there are a number of flights that arrive around 0800 hours. You would then need to wait around for 2 hours before the transfer to Telupid.
If you do not need the transfers from and to Sandakan and wish to make your own way to Telupid, please contact us for the price. The tour price is cheaper without the Sandakan transfers.
These tours operate on the principle that you may be in a small group of other people.Back to top
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