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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.

    • Kinabatangan river cruises
      Boat trip on the Kinabatangan River, Malaysian Borneo

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    • What to see in Borneo: our highlights guide
      Proboscis monkeys, Sandakan, Borneo

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    • Borneo family holidays
      Elephants on the Kinabatangan River, Malaysian Borneo

      Borneo family holidays

      Borneo family holidays

      Borneo specialist Sophie explains why Malaysian Borneo is a great family holiday destination. She recommends engaging ways to spot wildlife, experience tribal cultures and have jungle adventures.

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      Lankayan Island, Malaysian Borneo

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    • Seeing orangutan in Borneo: Malaysia or Indonesia?
      Baby orangutan at the Sanctuary

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      Seeing orangutan in Borneo: Malaysia or Indonesia?

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    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.

    • Borneo Villa
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      Sukau Rainforest Lodge

      Kinabatangan River

    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.

    • The Kinabatangan River
      Proboscis monkey, Malaysian Borneo

      The Kinabatangan River

      The Kinabatangan River

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

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