Day 01 Sandakan/Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre/Kinabatangan River (L/D)
Meet on upon arrival at SDK airport or pick up at respective hotels as listed on above. Transfer to Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre, watching one of the nature’s most endangered animal species, the ‘Orang Utan’ or ‘Man of the Jungle’, in local language swing from branches to branches towards to the feeding station in the forest. Watch the scheduled video show programmes 25 mins) and visit to the Exhibition Hall. Lunch enroute at SJR. After lunch, we drive overland to Bilit, Kinabatangan River, home to the 10 species of primates namely Proboscis monkeys, langurs, macaques, orang utan, slow loris, western tarsier, 8 species of hornbills such as Rhinoceros Hornbill, Pied Hornbill, Black Hornbill, Helmeted Hornbill (50kg, 120cm), kingfishers, bubuls, trogons, flycatchers, sunbirds, broadbills, herons, mangrove snakes, vipers, estuarine crocodile, asian elephants and many more wildlife. Arrive at Bilit around 1500hrs, check into your accommodation. By 1530hrs, have an afternoon tea with some local bites. After a short briefing by the nature guide, take an afternoon cruise (4.00pm) along the Kinabatangan River (Sabah’s longest river at 560km) where you can observe wildlife on the boat itself. Dinner & overnight stay at Bilit Adventure Lodge.
Day 02 Kinabatangan River/Ox-Bow Lakes/Kinabatangan River (B/L/D)
Wake up early in the morning to start the day with an early river cruise at about 6.00am. After the 1
hours boat cruise, proceed back to Bilit Lodge for breakfast. Late morning, depart for a guided jungle
walk through the riverine forest to Danau Bilit (Ox-Bow Lakes) for wildlife sighting, an opportunity
to meet the ‘bloodsuckers’ in the jungle – leeches! Stay calm and relax, treat your ears to the many
fascinating sights and sounds of the jungle wildlife. Trek back to Bilit Lodge to freshen up and have
your lunch. After lunch, free and relax. Late afternoon 1600hrs, get ready for another afternoon river
cruise to a different part of the river to see more wildlife. Dinner and stay second night at Bilit
Day 03 Kinabatangan River/Morning Cruise/Gomantong Cave/Sandakan Nature City/Airport (B/L)
Breakfast. By 0830 hrs, depart Bilit for Gomantong Cave. Explore the largest limestone & bird nests cave in Sabah where millions of swiftlets make the cave their home. After cave, return to Sandakan for lunch. Afternoon, depart for Sandakan Nature City Tour. The City Tour includes a visit to Sandakan Memorial Park, Puu Jih Shih Buddhist Temple, located on a steep hill top where you can have a magnificent view overlooking Sandakan Bay & Town Centre. Then, continue to one of the oldest church in Sabah, St. Michael’s Church where you can see a century old building where Christianity is preached. Drive to the Central Market where you can see the local produce and fresh seafood being sold. Visit to the Agnes Keith Museum to learn about the life in the colonial days on Agnes & Harry Keith. Harry was the first conservator of the Forestry Department in Sabah. Final stop at the nearby English Tea House where you may have another spectacular view of Sandakan Nature City. Here, you may have your own choices of refreshment (own account). After tours, transfer to Sandakan airport/hotel.
What to bring (recommendations):
Raincoat (wet season Nov-Feb), cap/hat, insect repellent, sun cream, good walking shoes or trekking boots, socks, (leech socks are available for sale), torch light, comfortable cotton T-shirt with long or short pant, binocular, camera, personal toiletries and medications.
Optional activity like tree planting and night walk is available at the jungle resort