The Kinabatangan River begins its remarkable journey deep in the mountainous interior of Sabah and snakes it’s way for 560km through a diverse range of habitats. From the misty highland forests, to the limestone caves, freshwater swamps, oxbow lakes and mangroves of the coast, the river is a vital natural corridor that links the interior to the sea. Rich cultural heritage too, the Kinabatangan has for centuries been a vibrant social and commercial thoroughfare to the river-people and traders of Eastern Sabah.
While much of the countryside around the upper reaches has been altered by logging and plantation clearing, the lower floodplains remain the best place in all of Asia to experience wildlife and nature. The 27,000 hectare Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary is the crown in a network of conservation areas on the coastal lowlands of Sabah, and is home to a simply astonishing range of plant and animal life.
Wildlife river tours offer visitors the chance to experience a breathtaking landscape teaming with bird-life, crocodiles, orang-utans, proboscis monkeys, and, the chance to see rare Asian elephants and rhinoceros.
The Lower Kinabatangan River is now an epicentre for conservation programmes, responsible tourism initiatives, and award winning eco-lodges — ensuring that this special part of wild Asia remains wild forever.
Beautiful Mount Kinabalu is on the island of Borneo in the Malaysian state of Sabah. It’s part of the Kinabalu National Park and is one of the worlds most climbable mountains taking just two days to make the ascent and then return. The national park covers four different climatic zones and the range of different ecosystems is both beautiful and incredible. As a result of its unique ecology and beautiful natural scenery it was listed as a World Heritage site in 1980. If you plan to make a trip to Borneo then a visit to the Kinabalu National Park really is a must.
The port city of Sandakan is perched on the north eastern coast of Sabah State, approximately 220 km east of the regions capital Kota Kinabalu. Formally the British capital of British North Borneo, Sandakan is a city steeped in history, with a character shaped by the regions extraordinary natural and cultural diversity.
Sandakan’s very name will forever be associated with one of the darkest chapters of World War Two.
However visitors today will discover a vibrant, forward-looking city.
The Sandakan Heritage Trail is a comprehensive one hour walk that takes visitors around the cities historic and scenic treasures. Visitors can climb the Stairs with One Hundred Steps to the historic Agnes Keith House and Puu Jih Shih Temple, or pause for quiet reflection at one of the many commemorative gardens and World War Two memorials.
Located close to many of Sabah’s natural wonders, visitors may have a hard time deciding what to fit into their itinerary.
Home to numerous tour and trekking operators, Sandakan is the perfect getaway to the very heart of Sabah’s nature.
Kota Kinabalu, the capital of the state of Sabah sits on the northwest coast of Borneo facing the beautiful South China Sea. The largest urban centre in Sabah, KK – as it is affectionately called – is a popular gateway for travelers visiting Kinabalu National Park and the spectacular Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park.
But there are plenty of reasons to linger in this friendly city by the sea. By day visitors can explore KK’s many natural and cultural attractions.
As the sun sets and the cool breeze washes inland, locals and visitors head for the popular KK Waterfront and Boardwalk for its huge selection of eateries, pubs and cafes.
Fabulous night markets such as the famous Filipino Market by the waterfront never fails to pull in the crowd.
Close to Sabah’s many natural wonders, and a welcoming, laid-back destination in it’s own right, it’s easy to see why Kota Kinabalu is one of Malaysia’s most loved cities.