Sabah River & Bike Adventure (6D5N)
Kinabatangan River and Danum Valley
Itinerary: Sabah Bike Adventure
Duration: 6Days / 5Nights
Day 1; Kinabatangan Wetland Resort (L/D)
Pick up from the Airport in Sandakan (by the Kinabatangan Wetlands Resort Team). Transfer to Sandakan jetty for boat transfer to Abai, which is situated at the lower Kinabatangan River. The 1.5hours cruise shall bypass Berhala Island, the prominent sandstone cliff, which is a historical site during the World War II. The journey also offers likelihood to observe wildlife along the way. This is where the mangrove forest of the coast merges into the more familiar riverine forest of the Kinabatangan River. It is also here where the intrepid American couple, Martin and Osa Johnson, first documented the wildlife and people of the river in the 1920s. Abai borders one of the most important wildlife refuges, the Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary.
2.30pm Check-in at the Kinabatangan Wetlands Resort, a newly established resort nestled in the pristine mangrove and fresh water forest, secluded at the edge of the RAMSAR (Wetlands of International Importance) site. Have Lunch while you are briefed about the lodge and the activities.
4.00pm – Set off for the afternoon river cruise in search of the mangrove specials, river sceneries, village landscapes and more wildlife. On good weather, we may even get to see firefly colonies, which are found at certain parts of the river. Cruise back to KWR for dinner.
8.30pm – After dinner, take a walk along the boardwalks with your headlamps or torch and look for nocturnal wildlife. Overnight at Kinabatangan Wetlands Resort
Some highlights of bird species in Abai :
Scarlet Minivet, Lesser and Greater Leafbird, Storm Stork, Oriental Darter, Mangrove Blue- flycatcher, Stork Billed and Blue Eared Kingfisher. Buffy Fish-owl, Night Heron, Yellow Bittern, Ruddy Kingfisher, Helmeted hornbill, Pied hornbill, Rhinoceros hornbill, among others.
Day 2; Kinabatangan Wetland Resort (B,L,D)
6.30am – Early morning river cruise to observe more wildlife and birdlife. The cruise will lead to the nearby ox-bow lake, Danau Pitas, to explore the area. Enjoy your packed breakfast while admiring the natural surroundings.
9.00am – Proceed to the local fishing village, Kampung Abai. Interact with the local Orang Sungai (River People) and observe the daily activities in this tiny fishing village. Return to the lodge for rest and lunch.
2.00pm – Explore the surroundings of the resort on your own for in search of plants, insects and birds. Otherwise you can take this time to relax in the tranquility of the lovely resort.
4.30pm – Set off for another adventure as we cruise in search for more wildlife along small tributaries.
8.30pm – After dinner, we set off for a night river cruise along small tributary rivers in search of nocturnal wildlife.
9.30pm – Return to the lodge and fall asleep to the sounds of the forest
Day 3; Bike and Tours B&B (B,D)
After breakfast, checkout from KWR and board the boat for a 2 hours cruise upper stream to Sukau village. Land Transfer from Sukau Village to Bike and Tours B&B Lahad Datu
Kinabatangan Wetland Resort Package includes:
- 2 nights accommodation at Kinabatangan Wetland Resort
- Meals as stated
- Activities as stated
- 1 night walk,
- 4 river cruise on the Kinabatangan River
- Land and boat transfers as stated
- Nature Guide
- Tourism Tax
Bike and Tours B&B includes:
- 1 night accommodation in a double room
Day 4; Danum Valley Field Center (B,L,D)
After Breakfast transfer from Lahad Datu to Silam Mountain in the morning. Cycle from Silam Mountain to Taliwas. About 30km on sealed and well-maintained gravel road. Stop in Taliwas for a dip at the Taliwas River while Bike and Tours Team prepares lunch for you to enjoy by the riverside.
3:00pm –land transfer from Taliwas to Danum Valley Field Center (DVFC). Arrive at DVFC, check in and free and easy.
7:00pm – Dinner and guided night walk. (Alternative 4x4 Night Safari)
Day 5; Danum Valley Field Center (B,L,D)
5:30am An early start to witness the beauty of the jungle at the tree platform with your guide. Optional: Pre-arrange for a 4X4 drive to Bukit Atur to view the sunrise from a top of a canopy of trees. Do inform your guide in advance if you are interested in this activity –this optional activity is at your own expense.
Return to the center for breakfast and trek to the Tembaling Waterfall or Burial Cave. Enjoy your packed lunch. After trekking you can go to the Segama River Beach for a dip. In the late afternoon go for another trekking session to watch the sunset.
8:00pm Dinner and Guided night walk. (Alternative 4x4 Night Safari)
Day 6; Bike and Tours B&B (B,L)
6.00am – Breakfast. Bid farewell to the rainforest in style. Cycle from DVFC to Taliwas. This is about 43km ride on well-maintained gravel road. The road here would be slightly more challenging with a few uphills compared to the 30km ride to Taliwas a few days ago. Stop at Taliwas for a dip in the river. Land transfer to Lahad Datu for lunch.
Danum Valley Field Center (DVFC) package includes:
- 2 nights Standard accommodation at DFVC
- Meals as stated
- Activities as stated
- Transfers as stated
- Nature Guide (1 Guide mit max. 8 Guest)
- Tourism Tax
- 4x4 Night drive and morning sunrise drive to Bukit Atur
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