Naturally Sabah - 8 Days
Welcome to Kota Kinabalu. Upon arrival, you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel.
Overnight: Kota Kinabalu
Kota Kinabalu - Mamutik Island - Kota Kinabalu. Just a 20 minute boat ride and you'll arrive at the beautiful coral islands of the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park. Offering pristine white beaches, clear water and coral reefs, this is perfect place for a day of relaxation and swimming. Snorkel in crystal clear water among coral reef and tropical fish or explore jungle trails before returning to Kota Kinabalu.
Overnight: Kota Kinabalu | Breakfast
Kota Kinabalu - Taun Gusi. Today travel north to Taun Gusi Village in Kota Belud, which is known as the rice bowl of Sabah. It's a scenic journey through paddy fields and rubber plantations, passing native houses with majestic Mount Kinabalu as the background. Upon arrival meet your host family and in the afternoon there's the opportunity to go horse riding, visit a place that makes swords (Bajau Parang Making) and bathe in the river. You spend the night at the home of your host family and gain a fascinating insight into village life.
Overnight: Taun Gusi Village Homestay | Breakfast, Dinner
Taun Gusi - Kundasang. Wake up to the calls of roosters and enjoy the tranquility of the village. Start the day by visiting the ‘Valley of Paddy field” which is a vast low valley of lush paddy fields. Transfer to Kinabalu National Park where you visit the education centre and mountain garden, home to various species of the flowering Rhododendrons, carnivorous pitcher plants, orchids, ferns, and birds. If time and weather permits, take a guided trail walk.
Overnight: Kundasang | Breakfast
Kundasang Memorial Park
Kundasang – Sepilok. This morning visit the Kundasang memorial park and discover Sabah's WWII history, before heading to Poring, 1,500 ft above sea level, and east of Kinabalu Park HQ. Explore tropical lowland rainforest and the jungle trail leading up to the treetop canopy walkways, suspended 41 meters above the forest floor across giant Mengaris trees. Next proceed by road to Sepilok, where this evening we experience the Sepilok Jungle Nightwalk.
Overnight: Sepilok Nature Resort | Breakfast
Sepilok - Sukau. Your first stop today is the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, where orphaned and injured orangutans are reintroduced into the wild. We take a walk through the Tropical Lowland Dipterocarp Forest and visit the outdoor nursery where around 25 young orphaned orangutans are housed.
Depart Sepilok and transfer to jetty in Sandakan for a scenic hour boat cruise up to the Lower Kinabatangan River Sanctuary to Sukau, through a magnificent scenery of the Mangrove Forest. After lunch it's time to relax and look out for nature from the boardwalk, make sure to bring along your binoculars. Look out for any moving tree branches, as you might have the chance to spot the wild orangutan, silver leaf monkeys, birds and other wildlife. Later in the afternoon, take another cruise in search of more wildlife until the sunsets and by night fall you'll see the twinkling fire flies. After dinner at the lodge, you can experience the jungle at night from the nature boardwalk, searching for birds, snakes, insects and other wildlife with your nature guide.
Overnight: Abai Jungle Lodge | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Wake up to the calls of nature. Early this morning take a river cruise to the Pitas oxbow lake to observe wildlife before returning to the lodge for breakfast. Then there's the opportunity to take part in a tree planting project with the locals before enjoying a simple lunch arranged by the villagers at Abai village.
After lunch cruise up river to Sukau village in search of primates especially the endemic Proboscis Monkeys, birds and other wildlife. After check-in at Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge and time to relax, you take another late afternoon cruise to Menanggul River, a small tributary of the Kinabatangan.
Overnight: Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Sukau - Sandakan. Early this morning after breakfast take a two hour boat cruise back to Sandakan with the opportunity to spot wildlife en route. Your tour ends with a transfer to Sandakan airport. Flights should be booked after 2pm.
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