5-Day Naturally Sabah: Join In

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Tour type

Tour Level: Moderate

Tour Comfort: Standard

Tour Period: 5 Days

English    Kota Kinabalu, Sandakan - Kinabatangan

tour highlights

  • Explore the lovely city of Kota Kinabalu
  • Admire the scenery of native villages & palm oil plantations
  • Trek along lush forest trails on Mt Kinabalu
  • Take a boat ride on the Kinabatangan River
  • Stop off at the Orang Utan Sanctuary in Sepilok

tour details

Begin your adventure at Kota Kinabalu with time to explore the city before heading to Kinabalu Park – a UNESCO World Heritage site. Here you’ll find Mt. Kinabalu, the highest mountain in Malaysia, towering majestically above the jungle at 4,095m. On a trek along forest trails, learn about the unique rainforest as you pass native villages and palm oil plantations on the way to Sukau / Bilit. A scenic boat ride along the Kinabatangan River offers a rare chance to spot macaques, hornbills, orangutans, languors & the Borneo Pygmy Elephant. Next, visit the Orang Utan Sanctuary at Sepilok and observe how orphaned orangutans are trained to be returned to the forest. You’ll end your tour with a boat ride to a coral island in the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park to swim, snorkel or relax on the beach.

Meet your guide upon arrival at Kota Kinabalu airport and transfer to hotel (3 Star) or hotel of similar standard. Rest of the day is free to explore the city on your own.

Accommodation at Shangri-La Hotel.

Meals includedNone
08:00 hours Depart for a two-hour drive to Kinabalu Park, nominated by UNESCO as a World Heritage site. Enjoy the spectacular mountain scenery as you drive through the Crocker Range to the Park Head Quarters. We shall stop at local fruit and handicraft stalls enroute. The Kinabalu Park is home to Mt. Kinabalu, the highest mountain in Malaysia which towers majestically at 4095 m (13431 feet). Spend the rest of the day trekking along cool forest trails to see and learn more about our unique insect eating plants, orchids and the rain forest. In the late afternoon, check into your accommodation for the night (twin bed with attached hot water showers and toilet).

Accommodation at Kinabalu Pine Resort.

Meals includedBreakfast
08:00 hours Depart after breakfast for Sukau in Sandakan. The drive will take about 5 hours passing through the towns of Ranau and Telupid. The scenery consists of native villages and palm oil plantations. Upon arrival at Sukau/Bilit, check-in to your accommodation at the lodge. The lodge is situated along the banks of the Kinabatangan River and surrounded by riverine forest. Later this afternoon, we will take a boat ride along the Kinabatangan River. The forest here is home to the Proboscis monkey, an endemic of Borneo. The proboscis monkeys live in groups and come down to the river edges to sleep for the night.

Also seen here are Long Tail and Pig Tail Macaques, Hornbills and if luck is with us, wild Orang Utans, Silver & Maroon languor and the Borneo Pygmy Elephant might show themselves. Overnight in twin bed rooms with attached Bathroom & Showers.

(Remarks: River cruise by boat is always on shared basis / join in.)

Accommodation at Bilit Rainforest Lodge or similar.

Meals includedBreakfast
Early morning, proceed on a river cruise to observe wildlife and experience the early morning river ambience of the longest river of Sabah. Then, return to the lodge for a late breakfast. Rest of the day, free to enjoy the natural surroundings. In the late afternoon, at 16.30pm, proceed on another river cruise to search for wildlife. Return to the lodge for dinner. Overnight in twin bed rooms with attached hot water showers.

(Remarks: River cruise by boat is always on shared basis / join in.)

Accommodation at Bilit Rainforest Lodge or similar.

Meals includedBreakfast
08:30 hours After breakfast, depart overland for the Gomantong Caves. Explore this fascinating cave, which is home to millions of swiftlets and bats. The swiftlet's nests are collected for the famous Chinese Bird's nest soup. After tour, transfer to your hotel or to the airport for your onward journey.

Meals includedBreakfast


  • Land and boat transfers
  • River cruises
  • Entrance fee to Gomantong
  • English speaking driver
  • Twin shared accommodation in Sukau/Bilit
  • Meals as stated in the programme B= breakfast, L= lunch, D= dinner


  • Domestic airfare and/or International airfare to/from Malaysia (quoted separately, if requested)
  • Surcharges for other language guides
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Personal expenditure, such as drinks, souvenirs, laundry, camera fees, communications, postage, gratuities etc.
  • Meals and services other than mentioned in the programme
  • Drinks with meals


  • All boat tours are on Seat-in-basis
  • Bright coloured clothes not advisable
  • The Gomantong Cave charges MYR 30 per camera and MYR50 per video camera. Prices subject to changes.
  • Gomantong Cave
  • Special permission is needed and separate charges are levied for professional photography or filming
  • Basic accommodation and meals at the lodge in Sukau/Bilit
  • The company reserves the right to change or cancel should conditions beyond our control render it necessary.
  • Certain parts of the tours on offer are provided by independent third parties, such as airlines, hotels, transport operators and local tourist offices. Diethelm Travel is therefore not responsible for any loss, injury or damage caused thereby to the tourists, including those occurring outside of the normal touring programmers. Additional expenses incurred due to delay, accident, natural disaster, political actions and unrest shall be borne by the tourists.
  • We advise that due to frequent flight changes, delays and cancellations by the various domestic airlines and trains we cannot fully guarantee that the proposed itinerary can be carried out as planned. Based on our experience, changes of departure times and/ or cancellations can occur at very short notice even after confirmation of a flight has been received. The same applies for train travel: Schedule changes occur frequently; often without prior notification. In case of schedule changes or flight cancellations we always try everything possible to arrange an alternate programme within the framework of the original quoted costs. However, we reserve the right to charge any cost exceeding the original budget to the tour operator/ travel agent or to the participant of a tour after consultation with the agent.
  • Programmers, prices, services and conditions are based on those valid at the time of proposal submission and are subject to change thereafter without advance notice until all services have been paid in full.
  • For air ticket reservations, we require the guests' full names AS THEY APPEAR IN THEIR PASSPORTS including passport details. Airfares and reservations are always subject to change.
  • Please be advised that prices may be adjusted periodically in case of fuel price increase by our suppliers and hotel room availability at time of booking
  • This is a quotation only and reservation for services has not been made nor has availability been checked.

  • What to bring
    Good walking shoes
    Change of clothes
    Sun block
    Insect repellent
    Torch or flashlight
    Items of personal use
    Binoculars (optional)
    Camera (optional)
Tour code: PKBCNS5A

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