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SABAH - EAST MALAYSIA / BORNEO MALAYSIA

SANDAKAN : Lower Kinabatangan River

 
 

ENDEMIC

CREATURES

IN WILD TERRAIN

 

LOWER KINABATANGAN RIVER

 

 

It is said that the Chinese Imperial merchants sailed up the Kinabatangan River in search of the precious

bird?s nests.

 

Sandakan District

 

Its floodplain is one of the most exceptional areas in Malaysia.  Influenced by the tides of the Sulu Sea and rainfall in the interior, the lower part of the river plain floods regularly. Thus over the centuries, 5 distinct habitats have evolved, waterlogged and dry forests, saline and freshwater swamps and limestone forests, each contributing towards some of the most diverse concentrations of wildlife in Borneo.

 

An unforgettable experience is the peaceful and serene village-life.., as dawn creeps across the river.., gentle mists shroud the surreal atmosphere... voices maybe heard across the water as you catch the silhouettes of children bating past in their boats.., amidst the birds singing and the animal calls...

 
 

The River is 560 km. long and the Lower Kinabatangan is estimated to have the largest concentration of wildlife in all of Malaysia. In fact, all 5 species of hornbills found in Borneo - the rhinoceros, helmeted, black, pied, wreathed, wrinkled, white- crowned and bushy crested hornbills, have been spotted here. The region is also renowned for colourful tropical birds, crocodiles, huge monitor lizards, wild pigs, otters and several species of monkeys and tree snakes. It is a haven to the rare proboscis monkey, Orang Utan, the oriental darter, king-fishers and more...

 

A dawn or dusk river ride past swamps tilled with mangrove and nipa promises exciting sightings of wildlife. A view that never fails to delight is a glimpse of the playful proboscis monkeys. These huge-bellied, long-nosed primates with long white tails live by the river and are especially active during these hours when they are socialising, crashing through trees or foraging for food.

 

The unique landscape feature of the Kinabatangan is the unusual oxbow lakes. A crescent-shaped lake lying alongside a winding river, these lakes are formed as erosion and deposit of soil changes the river?s course over time. A trip up the river at dawn or dusk is the best opportunity to see the wildlife. You might even sight an Asian elephant or a Sumatran rhinoceros wandering through the trees. Optional tours can be arranged for night safaris as well to spot crocodiles, birds and nocturnal animals.

 

Many major local tour companies run lodges in the Sukau area with packages that include accommodation, transportation, meals and guided tours. Alternatively, you may want to experience the homestay programme which is available at surrounding villages and which provides a good opportunity to truly experience the life of the Orang Sungai. Join in their cultural activities or even try your hand at the local way of farming!

 
 

MUST DO

  • Go on a river safari to spot the wildlife and birds

  • Join a night tour to view crocodiles and nocturnal birds

  • All eight species of hornbills found in Borneo reside here ? try and spot them!

  • Join a homestay programme in the nearby villages

 
 

GETTING THERE

The overland trip from Sandakan to Sukau covers 135km where 42km of the journey is on gravel road through palm oil plantations. A 350km drive from Kota Kinabalu is also possible but will take at least six hours. Transportation can be arranged with local tour operators.

 
 
 
SANDAKAN : Lower Kinabatangan River
SABAH - EAST MALAYSIA / BORNEO MALAYSIA