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Sukau and Danum Valley Tour

Tour Code: BRL2

Duration - 5 days/4 nights

Orang-utans on the feeding platform
orang-utans on the feeding platform

Day 1

On arrival at Sandakan Airport, you will be met and transferred to Sepilok Orang-utan Rehabilitation Centre for an audio visual presentation in the theatrette. Walk ten minutes through the rainforest on timber boardwalks to witness the feeding of the orang-utans at 10.00hrs. You will have plenty of time to watch the orang-utans until they disappear back into the jungle.

Male Proboscis Monkey
Male Proboscis Monkey
Return to Sandakan for lunch, and then head to the jetty for a boat trip to Sukau Rainforest Lodge, travelling along Sabah's longest river, the Kinabatangan River, with opportunity to view birds and wildlife in virgin mangrove, wetland and rainforest habitats. Check into the Lodge on arrival. In the late afternoon, take a river cruise using boats powered by electric motors, in search of some of the 10 primate species, including Proboscis monkeys, as they settle down on treetops for the night along the Kinabatangan River. Return for solar heated hot shower, candle light dinner and slide show conducted by naturalist guide.

Overnight at Sukau Rainforest Lodge. (Lunch and Dinner included)

Please note that Sukau Rainforest Lodge underwent extensive renovations to upgrade all its facilities in 2010.

The lodge is currently in the midst of some extension works (December 2016). The works include the construction of a new restaurant/jetty adjacent to our existing restaurant/jetty and also the expansion of the kitchen. The lodge continues to operate normally as the existing restaurant and kitchen are not affected by the work.

Any noise and visual disruption to guests will be kept to a bare minimum wherever possible. It is hoped that the works will be completed by the end of March 2017.

The new Sukau Rainforest Lodge offers guests added facilities to enhance their jungle experience.

New Accommodation at Sukau Rainforest Lodge - day room
New Accommodation at Sukau Rainforest Lodge - day room
New Accommodation at Sukau Rainforest Lodge
New Accommodation at Sukau Rainforest Lodge

Day 2

Elephants near Sukau Rainforest Lodge
Elephants near Sukau 
                               Rainforest Lodge

Wake up to the calls of gibbons and hornbills. A 06.00hrs morning river cruise up the Kinabatangan River to view more birds and wildlife. Proceed to the Kelenanap ox-bow lake for a short jungle walk (if weather permits). The area is known for its herd of Asian elephants. Experience the wilderness of Borneo. In the afternoon, proceed on another river cruise in search of more wildlife. Wild Orang-utan are often encountered on this cruise. After dinner, an optional (at a surcharge) night safari cruise spotting nocturnal animals, crocodiles and birds.

Overnight at Sukau Rainforest Lodge. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included)

Sukau Rainforest Lodge

Courtyard at Sukau Rainforest Lodge
Courtyard at Sukau Rainforest Lodge

The 20 rooms, multi international award winners, is managed by Borneo Eco Tours. It was originally built in 1995 in traditional Malaysian architecture using several Borneo hardwood species. It is built on stilts with a lounge, gift shop, education centre, Hornbill Boardwalk with two elephant passes, three open deck for wildlife viewing, an enclosed garden, a riverside Melapi restaurant, open sun-deck, river jetty. Electricity is supplied by acoustic generator, and hot water by solar heaters. All rooms are twin bedded, with ceiling fan, mosquito netting, attached bathroom, hot shower and toilets. River tours are conducted by boats powered by electric motors and four stoke outboard engines.

Birdlife is especially rich here including eight species of hornbills, kingfishers, egrets, darters, owls, kites, eagles, broadbills, doves, storm storks, herons, hawks, ospreys, falcon, pheasants, parakeets, bee eaters, woodpeckers, pittas, bulbuls, forktails, babblers, warblers, flycatchers, orioles, flowerpeckers, spiderhunters, among others.

Day 3

Rear of Simud Hitam Cave
at Gomantong

Rear of Simud Hitam Cave at Gomantong

Transfer from Sukau to Borneo Rainforest Lodge. A stop can be made along the way at Gomantong Caves (at a surcharge) - please ask about the caves at the time of booking.

Proceed 27 km overland to Gomantong Caves. Trek 20 minutes through the rainforest to the cave entrance. Your guide will brief you on the cave fauna including bats, swiftlets and crabs among others, and their contribution to maintaining a balanced ecology, and the significance of the caves to the local economy. When in season, witness the collecting of birds' nests by the local people using bamboo ladders and poles.

Continue 2 hours overland to Lahad Datu for lunch. Drive 83km through selectively logged forest, cocoa and soft-wood plantations before arriving at the Borneo Rainforest Lodge located beside the Danum River on the edge of 438 sq. km of undisturbed lowland rainforest. The Lodge is home to the full range of Sabah's lowland fauna, including the rare Sumatran Rhinoceros, Elephants, Clouded Leopards, and Orang-utans. So far, some 275 species of birds have been recorded in the area. Explore the nature trail and the nearby river. In the evening a slide show and if weather permits, one can go spotlighting to view some of the nocturnal animals. Overnight at Borneo Rainforest Lodge. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included)

Day 4

Early Morning at Lookout Point
Early Morning at Lookout Point
Take a Dip in the Jacuzzi Rock Pool
Take a Dip in the Jacuzzi Rock Pool

An early morning birdwalk before breakfast. Spend the whole day exploring the forest for birds and mammals, leading up to an escarpment with ancient burial coffins. Trek to the waterfall for a dip in refreshing rock pools. Return to the lodge for lunch. In the afternoon, walk along trails leading to a canopy walkway. Overnight at Borneo Rainforest Lodge. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included)

Day 5

Morning trek in search of mammals and birds. Return to the Centre before departing for Lahad Datu. Take the late afternoon flight back to Kota Kinabalu. (Breakfast and Lunch included)

Tour CodeDestinationDurationInclusions1 Person2 People3 People
BRL2Sukau & BRL5d/4nFull Board - Standard Chalet - excludes airfares$4,040 $2,023 $2,023
Prices per person in Australian Dollars and valid 01 April 2017 to 31 March 2018 (E.O.E.) Refer to General Booking Conditions
A high season surcharge of $88 per person (twin share) applies 15 July to the end of August, $49 per person (twin share) 01 July to 14 July, and $39 per person (twin share) during April, from 01 September through until 15 October 2012, and 01-31 March 2013

Includes tours and transfers, entry fees (excludes camera fees), accommodation and meals as indicated, and English speaking guide.

Photograph courtesy of Phil Youdale, Penny Favilla, nlpri (Aberdeen, Scotland), and Albert Teo (Borneo Eco Tours