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    Places visited:

  • Kota Kinabalu
  • Sandakan
  • Kinabatangan River
  • Lahad Datu
  • Danum Valley
  • Gaya Island
  • Explore Sabah's capital and enjoy the markets and superb food on offer.

  • Visit Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary.

  • Enjoy three nights on a Kinabatangan River Safari, with the chance to see pygmy elephants, proboscis monkey and much more.

  • Spend time in the Danum Valley at the Borneo Rainforest Lodge, a pristine spot and a superb area to see wild orangutan.

  • Finish your trip at the beautiful Bunga Raya Island Resort.

Stella, an Audley Travel specialist

What our specialists say...

Taking in the main highlights of Sabah, this itinerary combines a comprehensive wildlife tour and a superb beach break. Staying in the best available accommodation, you will enjoy private transfers and attentive private guides. A few nights at a riverside lodge on the Kinabatangan River will give you an opportunity to spot wild orangutan and pygmy elephants before delving further inland to Borneo's pristine primary rainforest. Finish with time on the beach at Gaya Island, surrounded by the clear waters of Tunku Abdul Marine park

We recommend this trip for:

  • Kota Kinabalu
  • Sandakan
  • Kinabatangan River
  • Lahad Datu
  • Danum Valley
  • Lahad Datu
  • Kota Kinabalu
  • Gaya Island
  • Kota Kinabalu
  • Gaya Island
  • Kota Kinabalu
  • Gaya Island
  • Kota Kinabalu
  • Gaya Island
  • Kota Kinabalu

Itinerary idea in detail

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Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Day 1 International outbound flight

International outbound flight

Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Kota Kinabalu.

Day 2 Kota Kinabalu

Kota Kinabalu

Arrive into Kota Kinabalu where you will be met and transferred to your hotel, with the rest of the day at leisure. This evening you might like to visit the night market, giving you the chance to try a huge array of Malay dishes.

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Day 3 Kota Kinabalu

Kota Kinabalu

Full day at leisure to relax after your long flight. You might like to take a stroll along the waterfront to see the fishermen bring in their catch, or pop in to one of the nearby shopping malls. There are also a number of small museums including the Sabah Museum and the Museum of Islamic Civilisations.

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Day 4 Kinabatangan River

Kota Kinabalu , Sandakan , Kinabatangan River

This morning you will leave your hotel early for your flight to Sandakan. You will be taken to Sepilok this morning to see the 10am orangutan feeding. After this you will head into the jungle with a journey up the Kinabatangan River and on to your riverside lodge. Once you are checked in head out onto the river looking for the wildlife that is so prevalent in the area - you may see proboscis monkey, orangutan and pygmy elephants!

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Day 5 Kinabatangan River

Kinabatangan River

Rise early for a second trip on the river and the chance to visit the nearby ox-bow lake. Breakfast is served back at the lodge. You have free time back at the lodge to catch up on some sleep or for the more energetic take the jungle boardwalk trails around the lodge. Lunch will be served at the lodge. In the late afternoon you will head out on the water, with the chance to spot any wildlife you have not yet seen.

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Day 6 Kinabatangan River

Kinabatangan River

Today leave Abai Lodge, heading further up river to the Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge. Enjoy a final trip on the river this afternoon and try to tick some more animals off your list, and enjoy dinner at your lodge.

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Day 7 Danum Valley

Kinabatangan River , Lahad Datu , Danum Valley

This morning you will leave the river, heading on to Lahad Datu, a small town in the interior of Sabah. You will then continue into the Danum Valley. It is worth struggling through the bumpy journey to Danum Valley so just cling on to the door handle, watch your head on the vehicle roof and look forward to arriving at your lodge in the middle of the rainforest! Once you arrive you will have a delicious lunch and then meet your guide who will discuss the plan for your time here. This afternoon you will visit the canopy walkway and learn about the flora and fauna in the area on one of the many nature trails. This evening you can head out on a night drive where you may be lucky enough to spot some of the area's nocturnal animals.

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Day 8 Danum Valley

Danum Valley

Why not rise early to see and hear the rainforest come alive. After breakfast you will head back out into the rainforest for the trek to Coffin Cliff where you can enjoy a spectacular view of the lodge and Danum Valley. Stop off at a waterfall on your way back to cool off! This afternoon you can spend more time on the trails trying to track wildlife or you may have the option to go tubing down the Danum River - a brilliant way to experience the area. A night walk this evening will give you a new experience of the area around the lodge.

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Day 9 Gaya Island

Danum Valley , Lahad Datu , Kota Kinabalu , Gaya Island

Enjoy a final morning in Danum, with an early lunch before your return transfer to Lahad Datu. From here you will fly back to Kota Kinabalu, where you will be met and transferred to the jetty for your boat to Bunga Raya. Enjoy four nights of luxury on this lovely island.

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Day 10 Gaya Island

Kota Kinabalu , Gaya Island

Spend the day relaxing on the topical island. Gaya Island is in Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park, giving you the opportunity to see some flourishing coral gardens and vibrant marine life.

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Day 11 Gaya Island

Kota Kinabalu , Gaya Island

Another day to enjoy Gaya Island. Your hotel runs daily excursions into the surrounding jungle, studying the plant and animal life.

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Day 12 Gaya Island

Kota Kinabalu , Gaya Island

Enjoy your final full day in Borneo. You might like to make the most of the hotel's extensive spa facilities or try some early morning yoga.

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Day 13 International return flight

Gaya Island , Kota Kinabalu , International return flight

A final day at Bunga Raya before you head back to the mainland for your flight home.

Day 14 International return flight

International return flight

Arrive home today to complete your journey.

Audley Travel specialist Mark
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