Day 1 Arrive Kota Kinabalu
Upon arrival at Kota Kinabalu Airport, meet and transfer to your hotel for check-in. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at 3* Hotel.
Day 2 Poring Hot Springs – Kinabalu Park (B/L)
0700 hours – pickup from hotel in city and depart on a 3 hours drive to Poring Hot Spring. . En route, make a stop at Nabalu village to savour local fruits and to shop for local handicrafts. Upon arrival, observe wildlife on the canopy walkway 100 feet above the forest floor and take a dip in one of the soothing, hot mineral springs set in beautifully landscaped gardens. Proceed to the World Heritage site of Kinabalu Park. Explore the mountain gardens – home to many species of orchids, pitcher plants, birds, insects and butterflies – with your guide before returning to Kota Kinabalu in the late afternoon. Overnight at 3* Hotel.
Day 3 Mamutik or Manukan Island Day Trip (B/L)
Just 15 minutes boat ride from Kota Kinabalu, are the beautiful coral islands of the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park. Offering pristine white beaches, clear water and coral reefs, this is the perfect getaway from the town. After collection from your hotel, take a short boat ride to one of the outlying islands for a day of relaxation and swimming. Mask and snorkel are provided. Basic washroom facilities are available on the island. Enjoy lunch on the island. Return to Kota Kinabalu mid-afternoon. Overnight at 3* Hotel.
Day 4 Sepilok – Kinabatangan River – Sukau (B/L/D)
Pick up from hotel and transfer to airport for early morning flight to Sandakan. Pick up from Sandakan airport and visit the Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary where captive orangutans are reintroduced into the wild. You will be able to observe them at their feeding stations in the rainforest and at the nursery (if open). Watch the feeding session at 1000 hours. Then proceed to the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre (BSBCC). This centre rescues captured sun bears and is involved in sun bear conservation, welfare rehabilitation and education. Over 30 sun bears live at the centre in the bear house and outdoor enclosures. 1130 hours travel by road to Sukau. Arrive at Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge around 1330 and have lunch. 1630 hours go on a river cruise up the Kinabatangan River to the Menanggul River in search proboscis monkeys, birds, reptiles and other wildlife. Overnight stay at the Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge (non-air conditioned).
Note: The nursery at Sepilok is sometimes closed to visitors. This occurs if any of the young orangutan are sick. As such there is no guarantee that the nursery will be open.
Day 5 Oxbow Lake – Kinabatangan River – Sukau (B/L/D)
Early morning, take a boat trip for bird watching and wildlife viewing at the nearby Ox Bow Lake. Trek the lush riverine forest along the lake and then return to the lodge for breakfast. In the afternoon, venture on another river cruise down the Menanggul River and along the Kinabatangan River. Return to the lodge at dusk. Evening at leisure. Overnight at the Kinabatangan Riverside lodge.
Day 6 Sukau – Tabin Wildlife Reserve (B/L/D)
After early breakfast, leave the lodge and drive two hours overland to Lahad Datu. Upon arrival, continue at 0930 hours for the scheduled transfer to Tabin Wildlife Reserve on a gravel road for about an hour and a half. Check into the charming timber bungalow of Tabin Wildlife Resort which comes complete with private balcony and hot water shower, a real luxury in the forest. A variety of birds, insects and even small mammals can be sighted quite easily within the resort which is set amongst the rainforest alongside the Lipad River. Discover the rich variety of jungle herbs, some endemic, used for generations by local folks for the treatment of various ailments. In the afternoon, visit the Lipad mud volcano which serves as a mineral salt lick for wildlife. After trekking through the jungle for twenty minutes, arrive at the elevated bare area of the mud volcano. Try to identify the multitude of animal footprints here. Walk up the observation tower and admire the contrasting landscape of the bare area and its surrounding thick forest where birds are commonly sighted. After dinner, enjoy a slide presentation on Tabin’s uniqueness, followed by a Night Safari to look out for nocturnal wildlife and birds.
Day 7 Lipad Waterfalls (B/L/D)
You may opt to join the early morning bird walk to discover some of Tabin’s rich collection of almost 300 bird species. After breakfast, trek through the lush green rainforest known for its rich diversity of plants and animal species to visit Lipad Waterfall. Take a dip in the natural pool and enjoy a natural and refreshing shower under the waterfall. Alternatively explore the surrounding vegetation or simply relax. In the afternoon you may wish to try out the Tabin Rainforest Foot Soak made with a natural blend of herbs, to relax tired muscles after long jungle treks.
Day 8 Tabin Wildlife Reserve – Lahad Datu (B/L)
After breakfast, stroll to the nearby rock pool or river side where groups of macaques and other small mammals can sometimes be seen. Choose to take a dip in the river or simply listen to the sound of nature before saying goodbye to Tabin. Depart on the scheduled transfer at 1430 hours to Lahad Datu airport.
English speaking guide (except for day 3 Mamutik island daytrip), tours & transfers stated above, entrance fees, meals as indicated 3 nights stay at 3* Hotel with breakfast in Kota Kinabalu, 2 nights stay at Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge, 2 nights stay at Tabin Wildlife Resort.
Airfares for KK- Sandakan and KK-Lahad Datu, juices, carbonated & alcoholic beverages, optional tours, camera and video fees
2 adults per order
Surcharge will apply, please contact us for more information.
Day 4 - Kota Kinabalu (BKI) – Sandakan (SDK) on Malaysia Airlines MH2042 (Dep 0700, Arr 0740) or Air Asia AK6092 (Dep 0705, Arr 0750) or MASWings MH3093 (Dep 0725, Arr 0815). Day 8 - Lahad Datu (LDU) – Kota Kinabalu (BKI) on MASWings MH3023 (Dep 1740, Arr 1835).
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