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Located just 132 kilometres out of Sandakan town, the river attracts travellers from all walks of life into the deep interiors of Borneo to unveil a destination in South East Asia unlike any other. Stretching a good 560 kilometres, the Kinabatangan River is the second longest river in Malaysia, starting at Crocker Range and travels upwards to the Sulu Sea. It sustains a rich ecosystem with 5 distinct habitats, which includes surrounding areas of the river such as dryland dipterocarp forests, riverine forest, limestone caves, and freshwater and saline swamps, each contributing to the most diverse concentrations of wildlife in Borneo.
Cruise along the Kinabatangan River at dusk or dawn to spot unique wildlife of many kinds, where pygmy elephants frolic in the wild, pot-bellied proboscis monkeys chill high up in the trees, silver-tailed macaques roam free, and even a chance to spot Borneo’s favourite wild man, the orang utan. If you’ve had enough the proboscis monkeys and orang utan, the Kinabatangan riverine rainforest is also home to and one of two known places in the world to host 10 species of primates! All 8 species of hornbills – the rhinoceros, helmeted, black, pied, wreathed, wrinkled, white-crowned and bushy crested hornbills, have been spotted in Lower Kinabatangan. This region is also renowned for colourful tropical birds, crocodiles, wild boars, otters, monitor lizards, tree snakes and more.
Venture into tranquillity to absorb the sights and sounds of rainforest ensemble at the Oxbow Lake, a large crescent or U-shaped billabong cut off from the main stream of Kinabatangan River, to truly get in touch with Mother Nature. Jungle walk or even cruise along the oxbow lakes in search of more endemic wildlife in the wild terrain.
The quaint location of Sukau offers a variety of jungle trails for those who prefer to explore on their feet or hop on one of the exciting night safaris in search of nocturnal creatures.
Flight : KUL/SDK MH2710 1025-1325 / SDK/KUL MH2711 1410-1710
Hotel Sandakan have. 105 tastefully furnished rooms with 14 suites.
They are fully equipped with all amenities needed for a restful stay including complimentary Wi-Fi internet access, in-room safety box, mini fridge and colour TV with satellite channels.
Nestled along the riverbank of Kinabatangan River lies Borneo Nature Lodge - an eco-friendly resort, offering the comfort without compromising the green. A natural haven for the outdoor enthusiast, Borneo Nature Lodge is your ideal lodging as you explore the melting pot of wildlife found here in Sukau.
The lower Kinabatangan is one of Sabah's most splendid natural treasures and the area is teeming with many rare and endangered animals from the fascinating proboscis monkey, Orang Utan, the estuarine crocodile, and a spectacular assembly of birdlife and if you are lucky, you might even come across the Borneo Pygmy Elephant.
A river cruise is the best way to spot these 'local residents' - an adventure you won't soon forget! Conservation in the Kinabatangan floodplain also fulfills Malaysia's pledge as a signatory to the Ramsar Convention to promote the wise use of wetlands. Currently, the lower Kinabatangan wetlands represent the largest remaining forested floodplain in Malaysia.
The Kinabatangan River is also rich in history and culture. For centuries, the floodplain contributed to economic progress in which it is believed that the river was an important link between Chinese and Bornean traders which dates back to earliest recorded Chinese voyage to Borneo in 631 AD.