Kinabatangan River cruise
Sabah's longest river springs up high in the Crocker Range and flows 560km before spilling out into the Sulu Sea. The lush tropical forests downriver are teeming with rare and unusual wildlife, including orangutans, gibbons, proboscis monkeys, flying foxes, the adorable slow loris and the world's smallest elephants, as well as reptiles, birds and insects found nowhere else in the world. Tours to this region usually last two or three days, offering a combination of peaceful river trips, a trek to the wildlife-rich Ox Bow Lake, eerie night hikes to spot strange nocturnal creatures and dawn cruises to catch glimpses of waking primates.
The abundance of creatures and the sensation of being truly in the wilderness combined with the relaxing nature of the cruises and gentle hikes mean the Kinabatangan River is a holiday highlight for many, even on days when the wildlife appears to be hiding. The knowledge that these animals are wild and following natural behaviour patterns makes even a fleeting glimpse feel particularly special - so bring your binoculars for a closer peek into their world.