Your day-by-day itinerary

Visiting the Orangutan Centre

Day 1

Sandakan - Sepilok Orangutan Centre - Kinabatangan - Sukau

You’ll be picked up from Sandakan in the morning, joining a small group for the 30-minute drive to the world famous Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre. The centre takes in young orangutans who have been orphaned by deforestation, and prepares them for an independent life in the wild. Mid-morning is feeding time, and you’ll be able to see the iconic great apes come out of the jungle to eat as much fresh fruit and nuts as they want.

After leaving the centre you’ll board a boat for a ride across the Kinabatangan River, Sabah’s longest waterway. After stopping for lunch, you’ll continue upstream for a couple of hours to Sukau, where you’ll check into your charming, wooden jungle lodge. You’ll have some time to relax before your first wildlife cruise in the late afternoon, where you’ll watch the animals come to life as the sun goes down. In the evening you’ll have dinner back at your lodge, and fall asleep to the sounds of the jungle.

Monkeys on the Kinabatang River

Day 2

Wildlife spotting in Sukau

You’ll probably wake up when the gibbon monkeys and hornbills do…they’ll make sure of that! It’ll be an early start anyway as you set out on your first cruise of the day – heading to a nearby lake as the animals begin to wake up around its shores. After breakfast back at the lodge, you can choose to relax for a while on the porch or head out on a nature walk to some nearby caves. As the sun begins to set, the final jungle cruise of your trip will head out, and you can take one more chance at spotting the unique Borneo wildlife. You’ll return to the lodge for another night in this unique setting.

A family at the pier in Sandakan

Day 3

Travel back to Sandakan

After breakfast this morning, you’ll sail for about 2.5 hours back along the river until you reach civilisation again in Sandakan. From the port, you’ll be taken to a local restaurant where you’ll have lunch with your group, before being taken to the airport or your hotel.

Visit Selingan Island to see the turtles

Orangutans, Turtle Eggs and Jungle Boats

  • Baby sea turtle on the beach in Borneo
  • Orangutans, Turtle Eggs and Jungle Boats
  • beach in malaysia
  • baby turtles being released in
  • Lodge on Selingan Island
  • Bedroom on Selingan Island

If you’re travelling between March and September and would like to see even more of the local wildlife, you can change your trip to include a visit to Selingan Island on the first night of the trip, before heading into the jungle for your second night. You’ll spend the evening in a simple chalet, and will have the chance to spot sea turtles laying their eggs. If you’re lucky then you might experience the baby turtles taking their first steps as they charge towards the ocean. The next morning you’ll continue your journey to see the orangutans, and then onto the jungle lodge in Sukau.

Prices from: £ 518 - Jungle Lodge and Turtle Island

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“I loved my first trip to Borneo so much that I recently returned to explore more! Best known for its orangutan, the island is full of adventure and variety. My customers often wow me with their wildlife photos, which makes me want to go back again and again!”

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