The village of Sukau in Sabah was one of the first kampongs (Malay for village or enclosure) to provide lodging and accommodation for visitors wanting to explore the exotic landscapes around the Kinabatangan River. At 560km-long the Kinabatangan is the longest river in the state of Sabah and the second longest in Malaysia. Starting high in the mountains and exiting on the coast east of Sandakan, the river and its environs are home to a remarkable variety of wildlife including pygmy elephants, wild boar, crocodiles and a total of 10 primates.Read More
Numerous lodges are scattered along the banks of the river with architectural designs inspired by the ethnic tribes and traditions of Borneo. Terraced boardwalks overlook the chocolate-brown waters of the river while tin boats ply a course downstream looking for inquisitive travellers wanting to explore the surrounding forests and perhaps enjoy a close encounter with a wild orangutan, macaque or proboscis monkey. Days at the lodges are spent leisurely looking for wildlife and wandering through the dense mangrove forests or cruising on the river, a delightful way to experience wild Borneo.
Sukau is one of many villages on and around the river and from here it's possible to visit other nearby villages where you can join in local projects, such as tree planting, and see a very traditional way of life play out before your eyes.
Here are some popular itineraries that include a visit to Sukau. Alternatively, if you would like to include a visit to Sukau on a bespoke touring itinerary to Borneo, take a look at our tailor-made holiday planning section.