Visit Kinabatangan River, Borneo
Sabah’s longest river is home to an impressive array of wildlife and is a real highlight of any trip to Borneo.
A 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 coloring, 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.
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
- Sepilok 21 miles away
- Sandakan 22 miles away
- Deramakot Forest Reserve 39 miles away
- Garama Wetlands 45 miles away
- Danum Valley 53 miles away
- Tabin Wildlife Reserve 71 miles away
- Maliau Basin 76 miles away
- Sipadan, Mabul & Kapalai Islands 95 miles away
- Mataking Island 98 miles away
- Mount Kinabalu 101 miles away
- Kinabalu National Park 101 miles away
- Kapalai Island 107 miles away
- Kota Kinabalu 129 miles away
- Gaya Island 135 miles away
- Manukan Island 136 miles away
- Brunei 211 miles away
- Mulu National Park 230 miles away
- Miri, Niah Caves & Lambir Hills National Park 285 miles away
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.