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Kinabatangan River

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Visit kinabatangan river

Located on the northeast region of Borneo, the Kinabatangan River feeds into the Sulu Sea. The second longest river in Malaysia, the Kinabatangan is almost 350 miles long and is home to a remarkable array of wildlife, including saltwater crocs, orangutans, elephants and rhinos. Hiking and trekking are a big part of the adventure here, as there are limestone caves around Gomantong Hill, dryland forests, freshwater swamp forests, mangroves, and lakes. There are also many bird species along the Kinabatangan floodplain.
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Things to See and Do in Kinabatangan River

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Kinabatangan Orangutan Conservation Project

Lovers of the orangutan will be interested in this rehabilitation center set up by French conservationists, Dr. Isabelle Lackman and Dr. Marc Ancrenaz. In 1998, they created the Kinabatangan Orangutan Conservation Project and developed a plan to help protect and save the orangutans on Sabah. A staff of 40 members, working in conjunction with NGOs and the local government, continue to search for solutions to help the orangutans survive and even thrive in this part of Borneo.

Gomantong-Caves

Gomantong Caves

About 40 miles from Sandakan Town, along the Sandakan-Lahad Datu Highway, lie the Gomantong Caves, the biggest cave system in Sabah. Headlamps, good hiking boots and other essential items are encouraged for this adventure.

Forest-Trek

Forest Trek

Hire a private guide and traverse through Borneo’s forests. In ancient times, these forests were the domain of wealthy mandarins from Mainland China, along with the Emperor who sought out elephant ivory, rhino horn and edible bird’s nests. Additional items which were sought by China’s elites include beeswax for candles, hardwoods and illipe nuts. The forests at Kinabatangan River provide wonderful opportunities for nature photography.


Best Time to Visit Kinabatangan River

March to October is the dry season, so you are likely to experience smaller amounts of rain. This is the peak time, and also the best time to visit Kinabatangan River area then see orang-utans in the wild.

The months of January and December can see higher rainfall and rougher waters. It is possible to travel, but conditions are not favourable for wildlife and much of it hides in the dense jungle. We usually recommend you avoid travelling during Dec-Jan where possible.

Max Temperature(ºC)
Jan
29
Feb
29
Mar
30
Apr
31
May
32
Jun
32
Jul
31
Aug
32
Sep
31
Oct
31
Nov
30
Dec
29
Rainfall (mm)
Jan
417
Feb
270
Mar
177
Apr
116
May
146
Jun
192
Jul
184
Aug
224
Sep
235
Oct
253
Nov
320
Dec
444
Month
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

JAN
29ºC
417mm

FEB
29ºC
270mm

MAR
30ºC
177mm

APR
31ºC
116mm

MAY
32ºC
146mm

JUN
32ºC
192mm

JUL
31ºC
184mm

AUG
32ºC
224mm

SEP
31ºC
235mm

OCT
31ºC
253mm

NOV
30ºC
320mm

DEC
29ºC
444mm

Suggested Itineraries

Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel to 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. Alternatively, if you would like to include a visit to Kinabatangan River on a bespoke touring itinerary to Malaysia, do not hesitate to contact us
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