Wildlife Expeditions has pioneered wildlife tourism in the district of Sandakan in Sabah with the establishment of a uniquely styled Sukau River Lodge by the lower Kinabatangan River. Here, some of the most diverse and greatest concentration of wildlife species in Borneo can be found: proboscis monkey, orang utan, macaque, red and silver monkey, elephant, hornbill, crocodile, civet cat and otter. A boat trip from the Lodge is the most convenient way to see wildlife in their natural habitat as well as the riverbank settlements of the local villagers known as Orang Sungai.
Made exclusively from local materials, the Lodge comprises several wooden huts built on stilts, which are typical to this area, its fifteen twin rooms with attached bathrooms offer comfortable accommodation while the central dining area and river-view bar provides an ideal setting for dining and relaxation.
Sandakan offers another unique wildlife experience on the Selingan Turtle Island, Located in the Sulu Sea, 40 km north of Sandakan, this is one of the most important turtle-breeding ground in South East Asia. Conservation efforts which begun since 1927 have made it possible for marine turtles to come ashore nightly for their egg-laying ritual. In addition, the release of hatchlings to the sea can be seen.
Just minutes away from Selingan is Libaran Island, where the rustic Libaran Island Lodge is conveniently located. An ideal jump-off point to see turtles at Selingan, the Lodge has ten twin rooms with attached bathrooms that offer comfortable accommodation. Built from locally-sourced nippa palm leaves, the Lodge comprises several wooden huts with breathtaking views of the sea, ideal for a ‘total switch-off’ and ‘away-from-it-all’ relaxation. Among the various activities that can be arranged from the Lodge include snorkeling, boat trips to the mangrove forest, jungle trekking, village walks and night fishing.
At the foot of the majestic Mount Kinabalu (16000 ft. above sea level) is the Wildlife Mountain Lodge, a getaway to sheer peace and tranquility tucked away in one of the world’s oldest rainforest. Modelled after the Sukau River Lodge, it also offers equally high standards of service and facilities including fifteen elegantly-decorated twin rooms complete with heating and attached bathrooms. Here, visitors can participate in our field trips to the nearby Kinabalu Park and Poring Hot Springs to search for numerous species of wild orchids, pitcher plants, rhododendrons, ferns, mosses as well as birds.
For the more adventurous, the summit of Borneo (4,095.2m) can be conquered with a minimum of a one night stay at Laban Rata (11,000 ft. above sea level). The trek to the peak of Mount Kinabalu will take one through different vegetation – starting from montane oak to rhododendrons to conifer forest to ultimately, the ultra basic zone. It is in this eerie atmosphere that the carnivorous pitcher plant thrives on the forest floor. At the summit, vegetation disappears and only he alpine meadow plants are able to cling to bare windswept rock.
Wildlife Expeditions has over a hundred staff who are well-trained to provide excellent services to our guests. Our naturalists who are well-versed with the nature, wildlife and culture of Borneo, are able to handle many questions on these subjects and have become the trade mark of Wildlife Expeditions.