SABAH; Kota Kinabalu-Sandakan; Kinabalu National Park, Poring Hot Springs, Sukau Village, Kinabatangan River Cruise, Ox-Bow Lake, Gomantong Caves, Selingan Turtles Island; Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre.
Day 1: KOTA KINABALU-KINABALU NATIONAL PARK
Depart from your hotel at around 08:30 for a 2-hour drive into the Crocker Range. Enjoy superb mountain views as you travel to the Kinabalu Park at about 1,500m above sea level. Check into your accommodation and after lunch, we shall explore one of the many trails that lead through the tropical Montane Oak and Chestnut Forest. Overnight at mountain lodge or similar. (Lunch & Dinner)
Day 2: KINABALU NATIONAL PARK-PORING HOT SPRING
Drive to Poring Hot Springs, Lowland Dipterocarp Forest makes most of the vegetation at Poring and it is an excellent place to view lowland birds and some mammals. A shoer trek to the canopy walkway for a bird’s eye view of the Tropical Rainforest. Overnight at mountain lodge or similar. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
Day 3: KINABALU NATIONAL PARK-KINABATANGAN RIVER
Depart for a 4-hour drive to Sandakan Kinabatangan River passing through scenic countryside, rice fields, local villages and plantations. Visit Gomantong Caves famous for the Chinese delicacy, the bird nest. Upon arrival, check-in to the Kinabatangan River Lodge. The lower reaches of Kinabatangan River has the greatest concentration of wildlife in Borneo. The most famous creature of all, guaranteed to be sighted, is undoubtedly the bizarre Proboscis Monkeys. Late afternoon, proceed for a unique river cruise to search for the Proboscis Monkeys. Overnight at River Lodge in Sukau. (Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)
Day 4: KINABATANGAN RIVER-SANDAKAN
Wake up to the sound of Borneo. As the birds are most active at this time, take another boat trip, this time to the Ox-Bow lakes. The many dramatic and beautiful birds of the Kinabatangan region that may be sighted include the elegant Egrets, several species of Kingfishers, the Oriental Darter which dives underwater to catch its prey, the swift and vividly coloured Bee-eaters and Hornbills. After lunch, overland to Sandakan town. Overnight at hotel. (Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)
Day 5: SELINGAN ISLAND
Transfer to jetty for Selingan island for swimming, sunbathing or snorkelling. In the night, wait for the famous Green Turtles to come ashore to lay eggs. Overnight at the chalet. (Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)
Day 6: SEPILOK-AIRPORT
After breakfast, depart the island to Sepilok Orang Utan Sanctuary to visit the Orang Utans which have been orphaned, illegally captured and injured being rehabilitated to be sent back to the wild. Transfer to Sandakan airport for flight to next destination (i.e., direct flight from Sandakan to Kuala Lumpur via AirAsia or fly back to Kota Kinabalu by Malaysian Airlines). TOUR ENDS or Extension Stay in Kota Kinabalu. (Breakfast, & Lunch)
Inclusive in the Programme:
* All land and sea transport
* All accommodation (based on twin-share basis)
* English speaking tour guide throughout
* All meals as indicated above
* All excursions as per programme
* All entrance fees
International airfare to/fro Sabah, Camera & Video fees where applicable, anything not indicated in the above itinerary, tips, other personal expenses.
Items to Bring: Sweater, hat, raincoat, good walking shoes, long sleeve shirt, T-shirt, long trousers, shorts, torchlight, insect repellent, camera with fast film, and sunglasses.