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Kinabatangan River, Sabah

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#10 of 22 in Nature in Sabah
Cruise down Kinabatangan River to discover the region's rich wildlife and diverse habitats, which include green forests and gnarled mangrove swamps. You can spot a diverse range of animals, from crocodiles, orangutans, macaques, and proboscis monkeys, to Borneo pigmy elephants and tropical birds of all shapes, colors, and sizes. Geographical features along the river include limestone caves and oxbow lakes full of fish. Bring a waterproof jacket or poncho in case you get caught in a deluge. Binoculars also come in handy. Tour packages often include several days on the river, with accommodations in a lodge and jungle treks on land. Plan to visit Kinabatangan River and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Sandakan attractions using our Sandakan journey planner.
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  • A stay along the Kinabatangan River is certainly recommended for anyone who loves nature and who visits the North of Borneo. Guided boat excursions allow to observe with a bit of luck and patience of many animals such as the proboscis, orangutans, Pygmy elephants, crocodiles and many birds.
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  • The Kinabatangan river is a beautifull river that you can visit to see a lot of wilflife. I was staying in the Bilit Rainforest Lodge, that is can recommand! Don't forget to hire or bring binoculars a...  more »
  • After reading the reviews on here we decided to go ahead and book a 3day 2 night river tour with Mr Aji and it was perfect. We were incredibly lucky to see lots of wonderful wildlife including probosc...  more »
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  • Nice view
  • River ride so interesting
  • Because - I love Asia and I want to go
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Where to stay in Sandakan

On the main road leading into Sandakan simple hotels offer comfortable rooms, providing easy access to the area's natural attractions. In the town itself, the most popular accommodations cluster around the harbor and surrounding districts. Close to the water, you can find everything from backpacker hostels to popular chain hotels. Have a look at Jalan Leila, running west of the harbor--here, well-placed hotels ensure ease of travel to surrounding areas.
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