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Explore Deramakot Forest and Kinabatangan River


Free and Easy- for savvy independent travellers

Min 2 pax 

from $3,230 (per person twin share)

$650 Single supplement

Explore the remote and wild gems of Sabah...

Borneo Ethical Adventures' newest tour takes you into the wilds of Sabah's Kinabatangan River and the less travelled area of Deramakot Forest Reserve.

We've enlisted Sabah's alternative travel experts to guide us into this less visited area as we search for wild orangutan, Pygmy elephant, Rhinoceros hornbill and a host of Borneo's endangered wildlife. Travel with the only operator offering open-top 4WD safari vehicles, just perfect for spotting rare and endemic wildlife in Deramakot Forest and cruise the upper Kinabatangan River with expert local guides. That's if we can drag you away for your luxurious lodgings at Kinabatangan's Wetlands Resort where this adventure ends. 

Add-Ons: Connecting flights to and from Sandakan can be arranged on request.

                Extend your stay in and around Sandakan. Pre and post tours to Danum Valley, Sepilot, Sandakan WW2 War Memorial, Turtle Island, Sipidan, Mt Kinabalu and more.


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1000hrs- Transfer to Telupid town from Sandakan/Kinabatangan where you'll stop for a lunch break and take a look around Telupid. meeting up with our guide/driver for our onward journey.


1400hrs- Meet up with your driver/guide and transfer to 4WD vehicles for your onward journey to Deramakot Forest Reserve. Depending on weather and road conditions the journey can expect to take two to three hours.

1700hrs- Check into our simple but comfortable lodgings and refresh before our first 4WD safari. Your guide will advise the departure time of our first open-top night safari after considering the weather conditions, recent animal sightings and behaviours.

1900hrs- Diner is served on the balcony of our forest lodge.

Dinner is provided

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0600hrs- Today consists of three 4WD safaris. The first drive takes place in the early morning and includes a morning walk. You'll travel in open top vehicles to give you the best possible chance to spot and photograph Deramakot's wildlife - these vehicles are the ONLY ones of their kind operating in Sabah at this time. 

Feel free to dress in your finest safari outfit for an awesome photo opportunity!! 


1300hrs- Your second drive will take place after lunch

Between drives you can wander around the grounds which offer great bird sightings and sometimes even a visit by an Orangutan.

1900hrs- Dinner on the balcony of Deramakot Forest Lodge 

2000hrs- Your final drive will be started after dinner. Once again, your guide will advise the times.

Wildlife you may encounter:   Orangutan, Gibbon, langurs, Pygmy Elephants, Clouded Leopards, Leopard Cats, Marbled Cats, Binturong, Sun Bear, various types Civet Cat, Banteng, Malay Stink Badger, Porcupine, Yellow-Throated Marten, Slow Loris, Flying Squirrels, Colugos, and many types of birds including the Rhinoceros Hornbill.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner is provided




Today consists of another three 4WD safaris. The first drive takes place early morning with an optional morning walk.


Once again, the second drive will take place after lunch and this time you'll travel to river base camp.


Your afternoon safari will take us to the river side where you'll meet up with a waiting boat. For the next hour (or longer for an additional fee) cruise the Kinabatangan River  watching the birds and animals of the forest from a different perspective. 

There is also an option to stay at the river side tower for the river sightseeing.


Your final drive will start after dinner at the river side base camp. Once again, your guide will advise departure time.

Wildlife you may encounter at Deramakot: Orangutan, Gibbon, langurs, Pygmy Elephants, Clouded Leopards, Leopard Cats, Marbled Cats, Binturong, Sun Bear, various types Civet Cat, Banteng, Malay Stink Badger, Porcupine, Yellow-Throated Marten, Slow Loris, Flying Squirrels, Colugos, and many types of birds including the Rhinoceros Hornbill.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner provided



0800hrs- After breakfast transfer by 4x4 to Telupid and onwards to Kinabatangan Wetland Resort via Sukau.

1200hrs- Lunch in Sukau and transfer to boat for cruise down river to Kinabatangan Wetlands Resort.

1430hrs – Arrive at KWR, check in at the long-house cabin and enjoy a cup of coffee and local banana fritters while you are briefed about the lodging and the activities. Free at leisure.

1630hrs – Board a smaller boat for a cruise along Kinabatangan river in search of wildlife and admire the stunning river landscape as the sun sets. If weather permits, we shall continue to observe the fireflies shimmering as the evening falls before we cruise back to resort.

1900hrs –Dinner will be served at the common hall.

2030hrs – After dinner, geared with your headlamp or torchlight, we take a stroll along the boardwalk to look for interesting insects or other wildlife that may turn up after dark.



0630hrs – Early morning cruise to observe more wildlife and birdlife. We shall cruise to the nearby ox-bow lake, Danau Pitas, to explore the area. Enjoy your packed breakfast while admiring the natural surroundings.

0900hrs – Continue cruising  until we reach the local fishing village, Kampung Abai. IHere you'll meet the local Orang Sungai (River People) and observe the daily activities in this tiny fishing village. Return to the lodge for rest and lunch.

1400hrs – Explore the resort grounds for interesting plants and insects and birds nearby.

1630hrs  Set off for another river adventure as you cruise in search for more wildlife along small tributaries.

2030hrs – After dinner, enjoy a night cruise along small tributary rivers in search of nocturnal wildlife as the night comes alive with the sounds of the jungle.

2130hrs – Return to the Kinabatangan Wetlands Resort for your final night on tour.



0900hrs – After breakfast, check out and travel by boat to Sandakan jetty. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel or the Sandakan airport for your onwards destination.

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