7 Day Sabah Wildlife Adventure


Tour Overview

This 7 day wildlife tour takes you to two of Borneo’s top wildlife spotting destinations, the Kinabatangan River and Tabin Wildlife Reserve. This trip includes an overnight stay in Sepilok, which is home to the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Center.

It doesn’t get much more wildlife packed than this 7 day wildlife adventure in the Malaysian Borneo state of Sabah. High concentrations of animals and beautiful scenery make this a wildlife experience worth booking.


Day 1: Arrive in Sandakan and Visit Sepilok

Your 7 day Sabah wildlife adventure begins when you arrive in Sandakan. You will meet your driver and head to Sepilok where you will spend your first night. In Sepilok you will visit the Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary and the Bornean Sunbear Conservaton Center. In the evening, make your way to the Rainforest Discovery Center for a guided nightwalk, where you have the opportunity to see the nocturnal wildlife of Borneo, which includes animals such as flying squirrels, owls, snakes, and the slow loris.

Day 2: Kinabatangan River Wildlife Adventure

From Sepilok, you will continue onwards to the Kinabatangan River for a wildlife safari. However, before your driver picks you up you have some free time so you can head back to the Orangutan Sanctuary or the Rainforest Discovery Center and go for a walk on the canopy walkway.

After you have arrived and gotten settled in, your first river cruise will begin in the late afternoon and continue until sunset. As the daylight begins to fade, you will see the river banks teeming with monkeys and birds.

Day 3: Kinabatangan River Wildlife Adventure Day 2

Today you will wake up early for dawn river cruise in search of wildlife. The early morning is a great time to spot birds and the Kinabatangan river is home to a significant amount of species.

You will spend the middle of the day free to relax or roam around near the lodge before heading out for another late afternoon wildlife river cruise. After dinner, gear up with your headlamp or torchlight and take a guided night walk to find the smaller wildlife and the curious insects that turn up after dark.

Day 4: Travel to Tabin Wildlife Reserve

Following breakfast, you will check-out and meet your driver for the drive to Tabin Wildlife Reserve. Once you arrive, get settled in to your chalet.

In the afternoon you will follow your guide on the Elephant Trail and trek to the Lipad mud volcano. The mud volcano is rich with minerals and serves as a “salt-lick” for the local wildlife so it is frequently visited by everything from birds to elephants. After dinner, you will be treated to a presentation on Tabin’s natural wonders. Following the presentation, you will head out on a night safari to spot nocturnal wildlife.

Day 5: Tabin Day 2 – Wildlife Spotting and Lipad Waterfall.

Today you can join an early morning bird walk to spot some of Borneo’s diverse bird species. Following breakfast you will drive to the bird watching tower. From there you will continue through the jungle for a visit to the Lipad Waterfall. Here you can take a dip or simply relax in this jungle paradise.

In the afternoon, you will have some free time to enjoy the comfort of the resort or partake in a spa treatment if you wish.

In the evening you can join the night safari drive or choose to follow your guide for a night walk along the trails surrounding the lodge.

Day 6: Tabin Day 3 – Jungle Treks and Night Safari

This is your final full day in Tabin. Today you will have the opportunity to follow your guide along the various trails surrounding the lodge to spot wildlife and take in the surroundings. You will head out once in the morning and again in the afternoon with ample time in between to relax. In the evening, you will again be able to join a night drive safari in search of nocturnal wildlife.

Day 7: Depart Tabin

Today is the last day of your tour. You can join the morning birding walk or sleep in. The choice is yours. In the early afternoon, your driver will take you to Lahad Datu for your departing flight.


Customize your Sabah Wildlife Adventure Tour Package

The options for customizing this tour are endless.  We have a vast array of accommodation and activities to choose from, so if you want to make this trip fit your style, let us know and we will help make it perfect for you.  Read on to see some examples of the things we can do:

Travel Style

  • Upgrade accommodations.
  • Private tours and transport.
  • Get a guide for the duration of your trip.
  • Extend or reduce the duration of the tour.

Experiences and Activities

  • Increase or reduce the amount of tours and activities to fit your style.
  • Visit more wildlife areas.
  • Go to a protected sea turtle area.
  • Do more trekking.
  • Spend some time experiencing the culture.
  • Go off the grid for some real adventure.

This is just the tip of the iceberg.  After all, this is your holiday and you should spend it doing what you want to do.  Contact us now to get started planning.

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