Kinabatangan River

At 560 km long, Kinabatangan is Sabah's longest river, and with extensive flood plains this meandering river has created several ox-bow lakes, making it an ideal environment for viewing some of the most interesting wildlife and bird life found in Borneo. This special sanctuary is one of the two known places in the world to be inhabited by ten species of primates, of which four are endemic to Borneo, and is thought to have the highest concentration of proboscis monkeys and orang-utans in Malaysia. Amongst the larger mammals known to inhabit the sanctuary are elephant and rhinoceros, and 200 bird species have been identified including 8 species of hornbill.

There are 3 main villages along the river - Abai, Sukau & Bilit - which offer a variety of simple but comfortable and eco-friendly lodges. The bulk of the accommodation is situated around Sukau and this is also the easiest place from which to transfer by road to eastern Sabah, towards the Tabin Wildlife Reserve,Danum Valley or the Semporan Marine Park. 

Wildlife excursions along the Kinabatangan tend to be opererated on shared boats (of up to 20 people) and the lodges often run their own nature walks accompanied by expert naturalists. Should you specifically want to have private excursions and transfers on the Kinabatangan River, please mention this to your consultant at the time of enquiry.

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