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Sandakan: Orangutan Encounter & Kinabatangan River Cruise

Product ID: 149399
Visit the largest and oldest Orangutan conservation centre on earth and learn how dedicated professionals work to protect orphan primates and prepare them for return to their natural habitat. Embark by boat along Sabah's longest river to observe wildlife.
About this activity
Duration: 8 hours
Starting time 8:00 AM
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide

Pickup included

Your hotel or the airport in Sandakan
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Visit the largest and oldest Orangutan conservation centre on earth
  • Learn how dedicated professionals work to protect orphan primates and prepare them for a return to their natural habitat
  • Cruise by boat along Kinabatangan river, taking opportunities to spot wildlife and rare birds in their natural rainforest habitat
Full description
Meet & greet your guide at your hotel or the airport in Sandakan and drive for about half an hour to Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Center, where orphaned and injured Orangutans are brought to be rehabilitated to return and fend for themselves in the wild. Witness the feeding of orangutans from a platform in the forest and later watch a 25-minute scheduled video documentary show.

Then, drive for about 2.5 hours through rustic countryside studded with villages before taking a short boat transfer to Borneo Nature Lodge. Stop for lunch and relax by the river before embarking by boat along the Kinabatangan river. View wildlife and birds in their rainforest habitat and watch Proboscis Monkeys as they settle down on treetops. After the river cruise you will be driven back to Sandakan and dropped at your hotel or the airport.
  • Return transfer in Sandakan (airport/hotel)
  • Guide
  • River boat cruise
  • Lunch
What’s Not Included
  • Air ticket to Sandakan
Customer reviews

Overall rating

3.9 / 5

based on 12 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.1 / 5
  • Organization
    2.9 / 5
  • Value for money
    3.4 / 5
  • Safety
    4.3 / 5
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Monkeys are adorable! And the sun bears))) We were lucky: the bear climbed right in front of us on a stump and posed with might and main! It is advisable to take binoculars on an excursion, but since tourists are unlikely to have it, it would be nice for the organizers to rent binoculars.

December 22, 2019

It was amazing. Even when it rained it was a huge experience

The best trip I was on here in Malaysia. Guide was engaged and capable of his job. Will remember this trip a long time to come. Cannot be compared to the tours in Kota Kinabalu. It wasn't that good there. But here in Sandakan, the trip was perfect. Thanks again. ❤❤

January 12, 2019

Awesome !!

The day is very long, but well worth it.For us the day started at 3am,with an hours drive to airport from Kota Kinabulu (KK),short flight to Sandakan, approx 45 minutes (own flight arrangements needed),we were met by our pick up driver & collected 2 other people from a jetty with our guide Abdul.A 15 minute drive to Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre for opening time.Like most of the local people we met,Abdul was passionate about the wildlife on Sandakan,this experience was amazing coming so close to an awesome animal in their own environment.After this we were taken for lunch before proceeding to the river cruise some 2 hours away.Again once on the water we saw the local wildlife Hornbills,long & short tailed Macaque monkeys,Proboscis monkeys,baby Crocodiles,the pride & joy of this cruise Pygmy Elephants albeit they were hiding in the Elephant grass.When booking this trip either stay in the area for the night or book the very last flight as its 2 hours plus from airport.

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September 27, 2018

Organized by

Borneo Starcruise Sdn Bhd

Product ID: 149399