3D2N Sandakan and Kinabatangan Tour
In this immersive journey, you’ll embark on a 3-day exploration of the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre, and the Rainforest Discovery Centre. Get ready to witness the captivating world of orangutans, the world’s smallest bears, and the enchanting rainforests of Borneo. Let’s dive into this remarkable experience.
Day 1: Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre
Witnessing the Icons of the Forest
Your day begins with a morning departure from your hotel in Sandakan or a meet-up at Sandakan Airport. From there, you’ll embark on a journey to the world-renowned Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre. This center, established in 1964, plays a vital role in the conservation of these magnificent creatures.
The Orangutans' Second Chance
The Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre was created to rehabilitate orphaned and displaced orangutans. These primates, affected by logging and deforestation, find a second chance here. As you arrive, you’ll have the privilege of witnessing the feeding of these iconic orangutans in their natural habitat.
A Glimpse of Freedom
The center is nestled within a magnificent mixed dipterocarp forest that provides a natural home to the orangutans. Over time, these primates become less dependent on their twice-daily feedings of milk and bananas at the center. They eventually regain their independence and voluntarily return to the wild, symbolizing hope for their species.
Encounters with the World's Smallest Bears
Your journey continues as you venture to the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre. This enchanting place offers a unique opportunity to get up close and personal with the world’s smallest bear species in their natural forest environment.
Unveiling the Wonders of Borneo's Rainforests
After a satisfying lunch, your adventure leads you to the Rainforest Discovery Centre, a project developed by the Sabah Forestry Department. This center offers incredible insights into the marvels of the rainforest and serves as a gateway to understanding the uniqueness and significance of Borneo’s rainforests.
A Birdwatcher's Paradise
The Rainforest Discovery Centre has become one of the prime bird-watching spots in Sabah. Take a leisurely stroll through the lush forest or traverse the 150-meter-long canopy walkway, perched 28 meters above the ground. From this vantage point, enjoy breathtaking views of the beautiful rainforest canopy.
Day 2: Gomantong Cave and Kinabatangan River
Exploring Nature's Hidden Treasures
Day 2 of your adventure promises more natural wonders as you embark on a journey to Gomantong Caves and the Kinabatangan River.
Gomantong Caves - A Natural Marvel
Your day begins with breakfast, followed by an exploration of the Gomantong Caves. These caves are famous for being the largest limestone and bird nest caves in Sabah. Home to millions of bats and swiftlets, they offer a fascinating glimpse into the natural world.
Witness the Bird Nest Collection
If you visit during the right season, you’ll have the opportunity to witness the local people collecting bird nests from these caves. It’s a centuries-old tradition that continues to thrive in this unique environment.
Kinabatangan River - A Wildlife Sanctuary
Continuing your journey, you’ll reach Bilit by the Kinabatangan River. Here, at 1600 hours, you’ll embark on a river cruise in search of wildlife. The area is teeming with diverse species, and you may have the chance to spot proboscis monkeys, orangutans, macaques, pygmy elephants, various bird species, and other wildlife.
A Memorable Evening
After your river cruise, an early dinner will be served at the lodge. The tranquil ambiance of the jungle at dusk adds to the magic of this experience. Following dinner, you’ll return to Sandakan and be dropped off at Hotel Hsiang Garden for a restful night.
Day 3: Transfer to Sandakan Airport
Your adventure concludes on Day 3 with breakfast at your hotel. You’ll be picked up and transferred to Sandakan Airport, marking the end of this unforgettable journey through Borneo’s natural wonders.
Tour Code : AG 310
Duration : 3 Days 2 Nights
Departure : 0830
Min. Pax : 2
Meals Plan : Full board