East Coast Wildlife Adventure
The ultimate nature lovers trip combining the wildlife rich Kinabatangan River & Gomantong Caves, the pristine rainforests of Danum Valley, along with the orangutan & sunbear sanctuaries in Sepilok. The East Coast Wildlife Adventure departs from Sandakan / Sepilok each Monday & Thursday and is a guided trip with a maximum of 8 people per guide. If you would like to fly in 1 or 2 days earlier to spend some extra time around Sepilok and/or visit Turtle Island first then just let us know and we can help arrange airport transfers, accommodation in Sepilok or Sandakan and itinerary add-ons for you.
Pick up from Sandakan airport at 8am (alternative pick up points in Sandakan & Sepilok available), for guests flying in same day we recommend flight Malaysia Airlines MH2042 from Kota Kinabalu. Head first to the orangutan sanctuary to watch the younger, playful orangutans in the nursery before catching the 10am feeding. Around 11am your guide will take you to the sunbear sanctuary to watch the sunbears (the world’s smallest species of bear!) from raised walkways. After a lunch stop at a local restaurant, start your journey to the Kinabatangan river around 1pm, After check-in, welcome drinks and an orientation to the lodge you’ll join your first boat cruise in search of wildlife and bird-like along the banks of the Kinabatangan River into your river. Return to the lodge for dinner and then choose to either relax at the lodge or join the night walk in search of nocturnal animals. (L, D)
As day dawns, join the early morning boat cruise in search of pygmy elephants, proboscis monkeys, hornbills, orangutans and more before returning to the lodge for breakfast. After breakfast join a trek along the river banks looking for wildlife before returning to the lodge for lunch and the chance to relax surrounded by nature. Once the afternoon sun cools down, join the cruise boat for more wildlife spotting opportunities. After a buffet dinner there will be another chance for a night walk looking for tarsiers, frogs, insects, flying squirrels and other nocturnal wildlife. (B, L, D)
Wake up to the sounds of hornbills & gibbons and take your last chance to join our boat for a final wildlife spotting dawn river cruise or enjoy a well deserved lie-in before breakfast. Depart from the lodge around 8.30am stopping off at Gomantong caves on your way to Danum Valley to witness swiftlets making their nests. It is a short walk in to Gomantong, also a great place to spot other wildlife. After the caves visit, you will have a brief stop in Lahad Datu for lunch, then continue onto Danum Valley to check in. After check in, your guide will give you an orientation to the field centre before embarking on a mid-afternoon walk. The area surrounding the center teems with wildlife and it is not unusual for you to spot resident orang utan, hornbills etc. Return to center before sundown and enjoy dinner at 7pm. After dinner, go on an included night walk with your guide or arrange for an optional 4x4 night drive (own costs). (B, L, D)
Wake up early for an early morning nature walk nearby DVFC to see the forest come to life. Alternatively, you can also pre-arrange a 4x4 drive to Bukit Atur for a breathtaking sunrise experience atop a canopy of trees – please tell your guide in advance that you are interested in this and he can assist with booking accordingly. Return to center for breakfast and embark on a trail in the area if you wish. Spend late morning resting before having lunch. After lunch, take a dip at the Ulu Segama river before heading off for another trek with your guide. Return to the center in late afternoon, in time to watch the sky change colour as the sun sets. After dinner, go on an included night walk with your guide or arrange for an optional 4x4 night drive. (B, L, D)
Wake up early for early walk and more wildlife sighting possibilities. Return to field centre for breakfast, and spend the rest of your morning at leisure until check out time at 11am. Arrive at Lahad Datu for onward travel at about 1.30pm. (B)
Pricing & trip info
5D4N East Coast Wildlife Adventure (departs Monday & Thursday)
Dormitory: RM2490 per person
Twin share private room*: RM2805 per person
Single private room: RM3250 per person
All room types subject to availability, in case of partial availability for a certain room type we will inform you at the time of booking and provide relevant pricing. Private rooms at Kinabatangan have AC & private bathrooms, private rooms at Danum Valley Field Centre are Resthouse category with private bathrooms.
* Twin share is only available for 2 pax bookings, solo travellers please choose dorm or single occupancy
Who is this trip suitable for? The East Coast Wildlife Adventure is designed for travellers who don’t mind sharing transport and a guide with a maximum of 8 people in order to reduce their trip costs. Trekking in Danum Valley requires a moderate level of fitness and you should be prepared for hot & humid weather conditions. Minimum age 16 years and above. For families please enquire for private trip.
What to bring? Binoculars, insect repellent, sunscreen, long sleeve shirts & long pants, raincoat, sun hat, swimwear, comfortable trekking shoes, torch light, water bottle, personal toiletries and leech socks.
Group size: 2 to 8 people
Medical advice Please consult your physician for up to date advice on vaccinations & anti-malarials and any pre-existing medical conditions that may affect your ability to join the trip.
Accommodation may vary according to availability, photos provided are examples of the types of accommodation used.
Air-conditioning is available at the Kinabatangan river lodge, Danum Valley Field Centre has no AC (see below for electricity notes)
Electricity Charging points are available at all lodges and are 3 pin UK style plugs. Danum Valley Field Centre has limited electricity hours from 7.30am to 11pm, other areas usually have 24 hour electricity but power cuts do happen.
Phone & 3G signal is good around Sandakan & Sepilok but can be limited in the Kinabatangan River & Danum Valley.
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