8D7N Birding & Wildlife In Mystical Borneo


REGION: Kota Kinabalu / Sandakan / Lahad Datu
DURATION: 8 Days 7 Nights
AVAILABILITY: Everyday (Pre-Book Needed)
PICK UP POINT: Your Hotel in Kota Kinabalu City / Kota Kinabalu International Airport
PICK UP TIME: Morning (To Be Arranged)
DROP OFF POINT: Lahad Datu Airport
DROP OFF TIME: Afternoon
* All timings are estimated and for reference purposes only. Actual timing will be provided prior to your departure.

Tour highlights

  • Spot the endemic birds of Borneo
  • Sightings of primates, reptiles & amphibians
  • Visit to UNESCO World Heritage Site Kinabalu Park
  • Orangutan encounters in Sepilok Nature Reserve
  • Gomantong Caves
  • Kinabatangan River Cruise
  • Staying in Bilit Rainforest Lodge
  • Wildlife cruise in Bilit Rainforest Lodge
  • Jungle Trekking in Bilit Rainforest Lodge
  • Visit Danum Valley Borneo Rainforest Lodge
  • Danum Valley’s World famous canopy walkway


Sample itinerary


On Day 1, you will be whooshed straight into the countryside.

After a couple of pitstops for handmade folk souvenirs and a perhaps a taste of some exotic fruits, you will arrive at Malaysia’s first ever UNESCO World Heritage Site, Kinabalu National Park. Set at 1,500m above sea level, this 754sq kilometer park features one the Tallest Mountains in all of South East Asia as its center piece, Mount Kinabalu-- rising at 4.095.2m with cloud-hugging peaks that catches breaths, enchants eyes and shades valleys below…. Certainly a sight to behold from Kinabalu National Park.

15:00-18:00HRS :  Birding session around the park.

Overnight in Kinabalu National Park.

Meals : Lunch / Dinner


06:00HRS : Rise and Shine, an exciting Bird-watching session awaits at the crack of dawn! Keep an eye out for an array of montane endemics, such as the Bornean Green Magpie, Bornean Treepie, Black-sided Flowerpecker, Pale-faced Bulbul, the Orang Backed Woodpecker.

Collect packed breakfast and proceed with your bird watching session beginning from Timpohon Gate.

12:00HRS Pause for packed Lunch.

Bird watching continues at 15:30HRS.

Overnight stay at Kinabalu Park.

Meals : Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner


After breakfast, hit the road heading to Sandakan - the second largest town in Sabah with the greatest concentration of wildlife in all of Southeast Asia.

Check-in at Sepilok Nature Resort. Free and easy for the rest of the afternoon and optional night-walk after dinner.

Overnight stay at Sepilok Nature Resort.

Meals : Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner


Early breakfast at 06:00hrs and proceed to Rainforest Discovery Centre for birdwatching. Experience the canopy walk while looking for more birds, and explore some of the trails before lunch.

At 14:00hrs, proceed to Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre to witness the great arboreal ape endemic to Borneo.

Free and easy and overnight stay at Sepilok Nature Resort.

Meals : Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner


Day five brings you to Sabah’s most extensive cave systems, The Gomantong Caves.

Upon arrival, Gear up! A guided tour along the plank walk will unveil the intricate chamber system of Gomantong Cave, the largest bird’s nest cave in Sabah and home to millions of bats and swiflets.

About Gomantong Caves : Concealed within an enormous limestone hill, The Gomantong Cave is Sabah’s most extensive cave systems, well-renowned for bats, swiflets and scattered with prized swiflets’ nest. There are two cave complexes - Simud Hitam (Black Cave) soaring up to 90 meters high and the more accessible of the two, and Simud Putih (White Cave), where the more valuable nests are found. Simud Hitam is a five- minute walk from the registration Centre. A well-maintained boardwalk gives you easy access to do some exploring or watch the skilled harvesters at work.

Continue on an approximately 30 minute drive to one of the world’s richest ecosystems on the Lower Kinabatangan River. Arrive at Kampung Bilit, hop on a boat and cruise down the river heading to Bilit Rainforest Lodge where lunch will be served.

After settling in, the adventure continues. A wildlife river cruise awaits you for more birding action. Besides the feathered beauties, you may also be able to spot endemic Proboscis Monkeys, wild Orang Utans, leaf monkeys, gibbons and macaque, and sometimes if you are lucky, even the rare Borneo Pygmy Elephant.

Proceed for the night cruise after dinner to spot the night creatures.

Overnight at Bilit Rainforest Lodge.

Meals : Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner


After an early breakfast, check out from Bilit Rainforest Lodge and depart on an overland drive to the district of Lahad Datu, home to the World renowned Borneo Rainforest Lodge, Danum Valley.  Lunch along the way.

About Borneo Rainforest Lodge : Snuggled within an ecosystem of unparalleled size, beauty, and diversity and wrapped by the sounds of the surrounding nature, Borneo Rainforest Lodge ushers you straight into the wilds of Borneo where you bask in luxurious comfort with an undisturbed primary rainforest literally at your doorstep -- a habitat to more than 340 species of birds, 124 species of mammals and an astonishing 200 species of plants per hectare.

After arrival and checking in to the Lodge, spend the afternoon trekking along the birders path, with chances to spot other kinds of wildlife along the way.

Dinner at the lodge.

2030hrs: Night Walk in search of nocturnal animals (subject to weather conditions)

Overnight at Borneo Rainforest Lodge.

Meals : Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner


06:00hrs : Today you will be visiting one of the highlights of Borneo Rainforest Lodge, the Treetop Canopy Walkway, where a true sense of the expanse and beauty of the rainforest really unveils itself bare before your eyes.

The Tree Top Canopy Walkway made it to World Geography's list of World's Most Amazing Treetop Walkways, complete with multiple viewing platforms that spans 300m in length and stands at 26m at the highest point, tall enough for an unobstructed up-close view of the 130 million year old virgin jungle’s canopy that will leave you spellbound.

Proceed back to the lodge for breakfast.

09:00hrs :  Go on a short nature trail leading to the Viewpoint and back to the Lodge for lunch thereafter.

15:00hrs : After lunch, continue with afternoon trek in search of more wildlife.
Dinner at the lodge.

2030hrs: Night Walk in search of nocturnal animals (subject to weather conditions)

Overnight at Borneo Rainforest Lodge.


Meals : Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner


As the sun announces itself over the rainforest of Danum Valley, you’ll be on the trails for a morning walk to check out more wildlife that roam the jungle.

Return to lodge for breakfast.

Free & Easy to enjoy your last morning in wild Borneo.

Check-out of Borneo Rainforest Lodge after lunch and proceed to the Lahad Datu airport (2 and a half hours drive).

Meals : Breakfast / Lunch

Meals 07 Breakfasts, 08 Lunches, 07 Dinners
Include Full Board Meals as Stated, Return Airport transfers, 07 Nights Accommodation, All land transfers, All Entry Permits & Taxes to Conservation Area, Guided Jungle Activities, River Cruises, 01 English-speaking Birding Guide, Birding Checklist, & English-speaking support team.

02 Nights Kinabalu National Park Lodges (Run-of-House)
02 Nights Sepilok Nature Resort (Standard Chalet)
01 Night Bilit Rainforest Lodge (Chalet)
02 Nights Borneo Rainforest Lodge (Run-of-house)

Exclude Domestic Airfares, Personal Expenses, Alcoholic & Carbonated Drinks, Personal Travel Insurance, Any Items Not Mentioned
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Clothing and towels
  • Raincoat or umbrella
  • Warm jacket
  • Insect repellent
  • Binoculars

Dear Travellers, in light of the RMCO (Recovery Movement Control Order) imposed by Malaysia Government and effective until 31 August 2020, some of the tour attraction locations have been affected.  Please expect some adjustments to the published itinerary.  Amazing Borneo Tours will do our best to work around the limitations and continue to deliver a memorable experience for our valuable guests.

Mandatory Temperature Checking:  

  • Each tourist attraction requires mandatory temperature checking and recording of attendance before entering the premises.  Depending on the number of individuals present, this may require some waiting time.  

Kinabalu National Park:

  • The opening hours of Kinabalu Park and Botanical Garden for visitors are now 0800 hrs - 1500 hrs daily.  
  • No personal or company vehicles are allowed to drive around Kinabalu Park until further notice.  It is compulsory to use the Sabah Parks' official transport (KOKTAS) for any transfers within Kinabalu Park.  Please expect some waiting time due to limited KOKTAS vehicles available.

Nabalu Market:

  • Most of the local stalls in Nabalu Market are temporarily closed until further notice.  
  • The Nabalu viewing platform has been temporarily closed to visitors until further notice.   
  • Kinabalu Park is at high altitude approximately 1500 meter above sea level, it can get cold.
  • You can choose to wait at the resting area if you do not wish to proceed for any of the nature walks.
  • Effective as of 1st September 2017, the Tourism and Culture Ministry of Malaysia will be implementing a Malaysian Tourism Tax (TTX). Foreign tourists will be required to pay a flat rate of MYR 10 per room per night regardless of accommodation star level.The TTx is to be paid upon check-in. Malaysians or permanent residents residing in Malaysia are exempted from TTx and is required to present a valid identification upon check-in for the exemption.
  • This package is based on join-in basis of shared guide and transport vehicle.  Private Guide or Tour is available upon request at a reasonable fee.  Please inform us when making the bookings. 
  • Amazing Borneo Tours does not guarantee wildlife sightings.
  • Amazing Borneo Tours reserves the right to alter routes, timetables, itineraries and accommodation reserved should conditions beyond our control render it necessary.
  • Departure time is approximate and varies from different hotels due to traffic conditions, please reconfirm with our staffs. Should the transport be delayed, please call the relevant telephone number as stated on the voucher before making alternative arrangements.
  • Tipping is like giving a hug. Although it’s never expected, it’s always very much appreciated.
  • Stay warm! You may bring a sweater along with you as it can get a wee bit chilly up in Kinabalu Park.