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Kinabatangan RIver Lodge, Sandakan

The Kinabatangan River is a river in Sabah, Malaysia, on the island of Borneo. It is the second longest stream in Malaysia, with a length of 560 kilometers from its headwaters in the mountains of southwest Sabah, to its outlet at the Sulu Sea, east of Sandakan. It is a part of the Sukau-Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary. The delightful waterway offers awesome chances to see astonishing wildlife. Water takes in a central position, you can go by boat if you are looking for wildlife. Amid a visit, you may experience a colossal assortment of creatures. There are various little towns along the waterway; regularly framing the beginning stage for sightseers that visit the territory. Bilit is such a town; from here boats to lodges in the area leave. There are a few hotels that oblige travelers; the greater part of them in and close-by the residential community of Sukau (the tourist “center” inside the Kinabatangan range). Kinabatangan River is a standout amongst the most famous destinations inside Sabah; here you can spot uncommon creatures like orangutans, proboscis monkeys, crocodiles, elephants, snakes, creepy crawlies and numerous winged animal species, for example, assortments of the kingfisher and the hornbill.

How to Get Here?
There is every day non-stop flights from Kota Kinabalu town to the city of Sandakan in the eastern piece of Sabah. From Sandakan Airport, you can organize transport to the Kinabatangan River. The drive takes around four hours, depending on the weather. During rainfall travel almost comes to a complete standstill as many cars are not able to move through the thick mud. Be sure to drive with a four-wheel drive car.
As the trip to the river will take a while, it is prudent to take the most punctual flight conceivable or to arrive the prior night so you can withdraw at a young hour in the morning from your inn in Sandakan.
It is anything but difficult to mastermind an excursion to the Kinabatangan River in advance. There are various travel associations that offer excursions to Sabah, particularly to the Kinabatangan territory.

Agnes Keith House, Sandakan

This British pioneer government quarters, called Newlands, was once involved by acclaimed American essayist, Agnes Newton Keith, who penned Land Below The Wind in 1939. The house got to be home to Agnes and her family, Henry (additionally alluded to as Harry) George Keith, who was the Conservator of Forests and their child, George.

Today the house has transformed into a legacy house, giving intriguing experiences to life amid British North Borneo. It is outfitted with a propagation of pilgrim furniture and collectibles. A display on the principal floor recounts the tale of this amazing lady, her books and her crew.

Opening Hours
Seven days a week (Monday – Sunday), from 9am to 5pm

Getting There
MyKad holders: RM2.00
MyKad holders above 55 years: Free
Children below 12 years: Free
Others: RM15.00

St. Michael’s and All Angels Church, Sandakan

The recorded city of Sandakan is home to numerous structures and landmarks, every witness to the progressions of time and occasions throughout the years. One of the most seasoned structures is St. Michael’s and All Angels Church.

Composed by New Zealander Mr. B.W. Mountfort, the building was initially developed with belian (ironwood) timber, trailed by block lastly stone, which is said to have from the close-by Buli Sim, while the white stones that enhance the windows and entryways are from Hong Kong.

The Church maintained a strategic distance from real harm amid World War II in the 1940s and stays one of the not very many stone structures in the entire of Sabah. The excellent recolored glass windows in the congregation were given by Australians to recognize the 60th commemoration of the end of World War II.

Getting There

The Church is a piece of the Sandakan Heritage Trail. On the other hand, take a taxi from Sandakan town. It is prescribed that you make return courses of action with your cabbie as open transport is not promptly accessible around there.

Turtle Island

Turtle Islands Park is found 40 km north of Sandakan and comprises of three islands, Pulau Selingaan, Pulau Bakkungaan Kecil and Pulau Gulisan. The recreation center is known for its security of the settling of two imperiled types of the ocean turtle, the green turtle (Chelonia mydas) and the littler hawksbill (Eretmochelys imbricata). The two turtle species lay their eggs here year-round.

The green turtle can live for a century and develop to 160 kg. They are jeopardized because of their eggs, which are viewed as a delicacy. The female comes shorewards to delve trenches in the sand and lay between 80-165 eggs. The Hawksbill turtle is somewhat littler with a length of the carapace between 70–90 cm. It lays around 100-180 eggs for each grasp. A while later the turtle comes back to the ocean.

Back in the recreation center, the eggs are revealed and gathered by the officers. They are taken to an incubation facility to shield them from being chased and from its characteristic predators, for example, reptiles. In around 50-60 days the turtles break out of their shells and is placed into the ocean by the officers.

The protection project was begun in 1927 and in 1966, the main incubation facility in Malaysia was embraced on Pulau Selingaan. Today the officers gather more than 600.000 eggs every year simply numbering Selingaan.

It is workable for guests to stay overnight at Selingaan Island yet it is restricted to around 50 individuals a night. It is just conceivable to go on a sorted out visit either through the establishment administrator, Crystal Quest or by operators in Sandakan or Kota Kinabalu.

How to get there:

From the airport
Every day flights to Sandakan from Kota Kinabalu morning and evening. The morning flight from KK leaves at 7 am and arrives in Sandakan at 7.45 am without a moment to spare to get a taxi from the airplane terminal. The pier is 9 km from the air terminal and cost RM25-RM30.

From the city
The pier is 2,5 km from Sandakan town. You can pass by taxi at around RM5-RM7 or do the stroll in around ten minutes. On the other hand, get a transport from the nearby transport terminal at Jln Pryer.

Must know
NO FLASH – it disorients the turtles and hatchlings, who use moonlight to locate the sea.

Batu Tulug, Sandakan

Agop Batu Tulug may be a steep rock geological formation that stands thirty-nine meters high and is an element of the 20-25 million- year previous Labang rock formation. The word ‘agop’ within the orang Sungai language means that cave. There ar 3 main caves, agop suriba (lower) on the forest floor, lintaga (middle) and sawat (upper) betweeen 12-15m high.

Inside the center and higher caves ar quite 100 inscribed wood coffins chemical analysis back 200-250 years, watched over by bonkers and swallows. Batu Putih village may be viewed from here also.

The coffins gibe totally different animals associated to the beliefs of the orang Sungai however it’s conjointly been aforesaid that they’re the coffins of the Chinese who once settled within the space as Chinese artifacts were found among the remains.

A site museum since 1996, it’s facilities like associate data center, stairs resulting in the caves, bathrooms and resting huts.

Opening Hours

Daily from 9.00am till 5.00pm

Getting There

The drive to Batu Tulug takes one and a half hours from Sandakan or 45 minutes from Lahad Datu. You may self-drive or go through a tour operator.

Admission Fee

MyKad holders (Adults) : RM 2.00
Others : RM15.00
Students in uniform, children below 12 years, disabled persons and senior citizens enter for free

Kinabatangan River

Kinabatangan River supports one of the world’s wealthiest biological systems. Other than being home to Borneo’s indigenous orang utan and proboscis monkey, the encompassing woods is additionally one of just two known spots on the planet where 10 types of primates are found. All the eight types of hornbill found in Borneo make the region their home.

An outing up the waterway at first light or nightfall is the best chance to see the untamed life. You may even sight an Asian elephant meandering through the trees. Discretionary visits can be organized night safaris also to spot crocodiles, fowls and nighttime creatures.

Numerous real neighborhood visit organizations run lodges in the Sukau territory with bundles that incorporate convenience, transportation, suppers and guided visits. On the other hand, you might need to encounter the homestay program which is accessible at encompassing towns and which gives a decent chance to genuinely encounter the life of the Orang Sungai. Join in their social exercises or even attempt your hand at the nearby method for cultivating!

Getting There

The overland trip from Sandakan to Sukau covers 135km where 42km of the journey is on gravel road through palm oil plantations. A 350km drive from Kota Kinabalu is also possible but will take at least six hours. Transportation can be arranged with local tour operators.



Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre

Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Center in the Malaysian Sabah District of North Borneo was established in 1964, to restore vagrant orangutans. The site is 43 sq km of secured area at the edge of Kabili Sepilok Forest Reserve. Today around 60 to 80 orangutans are sans living in the store.

At the point when Sabah turned into an autonomous state in Malaysia in 1963, a Game Branch was made in the Forest Department for the preservation of wild creatures in the area.

Thus, 43 sq km of secured area at the edge of Kabili Sepilok Forest Reserve was transformed into a recovery site for orangutans, and an inside worked to tend to the gorillas. Today around 25 youthful stranded orangutans are housed in the nurseries, notwithstanding those free in the store.

The office gives medicinal consideration to stranded and seized orangutans and in addition many other natural life species. A percentage of alternate creatures which have been dealt with at the inside incorporate; sun bears, gibbons, Sumatran rhinos and elephants.

As of late restored people have their eating routine supplemented by every day feedings of milk and bananas. The extra nourishment supplied by the middle is deliberately intended to be dull and exhausting in order to urge the gorillas to begin to rummage for themselves.

Sepilok is considered by the Wildlife Department to be a helpful instructive apparatus with which to teach both local people and guests alike, yet they are resolute that the training must not meddle with the recovery process. Guests are limited to walkways and are not permitted to approach or handle the primates.

In the wild orangutan babies stay with their moms for up to six years while they are taught the abilities they have to get by in the woodland, the most essential of which is climbing. At Sepilok an amigo framework is utilized to supplant a mother’s instructing. A more youthful chimp will be combined up with a more seasoned one to offer them to add to the abilities they some assistance with needing.

The formation of store zones minimizes the effect of deforestation on orangutans and far less youthful chimps turn into the casualty of the unlawful pet exchange as an aftereffect of these ‘havens’. Children are regularly discovered amid logging or timberland leeway or caught by poachers who butcher the grown-up gorillas to contact them. The Malaysian Government has cinched down on illicit exchanging, banning all such practice and forcing jail sentences on anybody discovered keeping them as pets.

Adolescents kept in bondage regularly get to be debilitated or endure disregard which now and again reaches out to mercilessness. Whilst a percentage of the orangutans raised as pets can never be come back to the wild, others can be restored; it is a long and costly process, taking up to seven years however one focuses, for example, Sepilok tackle without inquiry.


Getting There

From Sandakan: There are five public buses which come directly to Sepilok (at  9:00am, 10:30am 11:30am, 1:00pm and 2:00pm) and five returning back to Sandakan (at 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, 2:00pm and 4:00pm). The bus journey takes 45 minutes and costs 4RM per person.  Many of the hotels nearby can also arrange a shuttle service and it is very easy to take a taxi too.

From Kota Kinabalu: The journey takes 5 hours by bus stopping at junction ‘Jalan Sepilok’, a 2.5 km walk from the centre.  However, there are frequent flights from KK to Sandakan which take approx. 45 minutes with return prices starting from as little £20 GBP.

Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary, Sandakan

In the focal point of the mangrove woodlands of Semawang is the Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary, where you can see Borneo’s indigenous proboscis monkeys. This exclusive haven situated inside of an oil palm home allows you to watch these creatures very close.

The momentous guys wear huge dangling noses, rosy level top haircuts, white tails and markings, and pot midsections. The females then again, are much littler and have up-turned noses.

Take a night visit for an opportunity to see wild hogs, flying squirrels, fireflies and crocodiles. The asylum additionally has a hotel with aircondtioned twin or twofold rooms, family chalet and dormitaries for the individuals who wish to stay overnight.

The haven likewise gives exchanges, daytrips and overnight remains. You can likewise experience a nearby visit administrator.

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