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Sabah’s longest river is home to an impressive array of wildlife and is a real highlight of any trip to Borneo.

Boat trip on the Kinabatangan River, Malaysian BorneoA small boat will navigate you through the peaceful jungle backwaters and smaller river tributaries.

Along the banks, thick green rainforest provides a home for macaques, monitor lizards, elephants and, most famously, the proboscis monkey, with his unique colouring, large nose and harem of wives. Late afternoon is a great time to watch the monkeys as they jump from one side of the bank to the other in front of your boat.

The river is also a paradise for birdwatchers with a huge variety of species, including rhinoceros hornbills, crested serpent eagles and blue-banded kingfishers.

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Suggested itineraries featuring Kinabatangan River

Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Kinabatangan River, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

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    Places near Kinabatangan River

    Our expert guides to exploring Kinabatangan River

    Written by our specialists from their own experiences of visiting Kinabatangan River, these guides will help you make the most of your time there. We share both our practical recommendations and the best ways to appreciate Kinabatangan River at its best.

    • Boat trip on the Kinabatangan River, Malaysian Borneo

      Kinabatangan river cruises

      A Kinabatangan river cruise is a real highlight of any Audley tailor-made trip to Borneo. You will have a good opportunity of seeing some of the best wildlife in Southeast Asia.

    Accommodation choices for Kinabatangan River

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Kinabatangan River. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • Abai Jungle Lodge, Kinabatangan River

      Abai Jungle Lodge

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      Set on Borneo’s Kinabatangan River, Abai Jungle Lodge is a great base from which to discover the wildlife this diverse habitat has to offer. With several daily river cruises and first-class guides, you're sure to come away with some incredible close-encounters.

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      Kinabatangan Wetlands Resort

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      In the heart of the forest and surrounded by exotic plant and animal life, the Kinabatangan Wetlands Resort offers comfortable accommodation and easy access to the wetlands and mangroves that surround it.

    • Kinabatangan River Lodge, Kinabatangan River

      Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge

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      Situated in the village of Sukau on Borneo's famous Kinabatangan River lies the Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge. The lodge has 33 stilted chalets, each containing either two or three separate en suite rooms which are simply furnished but clean and comfortable.

    • Sukau Rainforest Lodge, Kinabatangan River

      Sukau Rainforest Lodge

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      Set within tropical rainforest the Sukau Rainforest Lodge is one of the best options on the river, in an idyllic and tranquil setting. The lodge has recently been awarded status as a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World, one of only 25 in the world, and the only one in Southeast Asia.

    Ideas for experiencing Kinabatangan River

    Our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know the places that could feature in your trip. These activities reflect some of the experiences they've most enjoyed while visiting Kinabatangan River, and which use the best local guides.

    • Proboscis monkey, Malaysian Borneo

      The Kinabatangan River

      Kinabatangan River

      Guests will journey up one of the smaller tributaries of the Kinabatangan River such as the Menangol River. Wildlife abounds in this part of Borneo, and you may see chattering monkeys and many species of birds.