Kinabatangan River Cruise

Kinabatangan river cruise is the most popular trip in Malaysian Borneo to see its diverse wildlife. The Kinabatangan River is Sabah’s longest, running from the Crocker Range in southwest Sabah to the Sulu Sea southeast of Sandakan. The Kinabatangan River flows through a variety of habitats from its headwaters to its huge river mouth, including dipterocarp forest, seasonally flooded riparian forest, oxbow lakes, nipah, and mangroves. Despite significant logging in the upper sections of the Kinabatangan River, most of the lowland forest and mangroves have survived.


One of the nicest and most convenient way to watch wildlife in Borneo is the Kinabatangan river cruise. The vast floodplain of the Kinabatangan River is home to some of the highest concentrations of species in all of Sabah, including Orang-utans, proboscis monkeys, pygmy elephants, langurs, wild cats, crocodiles, superb birdlife, and much more besides.


To maximize your chances of viewing a wide variety of animals, we advise a 3D2N river cruise in Kinabatangan. Over the course of three days, you’ll get to immerse yourself in nature on a jungle trek, morning, afternoon and night river cruise, and on guided night walk.


The Kinabatangan River safari has gained a justified reputation as one of the top wildlife watching destinations in Southeast Asia. Sukau, located 132 km from Sandakan, is the main centre for wildlife tourism along the river. Several options of hotels, homestays are present in Sukau and Bilit village further away.


However, Safari Acacia guests are accommodated in a stunning Kinabatangan Wetlands Resort, in a remote part of lower Kinabatangan river, away from the toruist crowd.


A sample itinerary of 2N3D can be found by clicking below action button.

For a complete taste of Borneo, we recommend to extend the trip and include few nights in Deramakot Forest Reserve, Danum Valley Conservation Area and Tabin Wildlife Reserve.

Useful Information

      • Please inform us of your dietary requirements.

      • You need a raincoat/poncho as short heavy rains are quite common in this part of the world.

      • Please also bring rain covers or waterproof bags to secure cameras/binoculars during rain.

      • A headlamp is always handy, so is mosquito repellent and antiseptic cream in tropical forests.

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