With a total length of 560 kilometers the Sungai Kinabatangan river in Sabah is the second longest river in Malaysia, and flows from the mountains of southwest Sabah the Sulu Sea, east of Sandakan. While the upstream part of the river has been heavily logged, the dual threats of piracy and flooding have kept its lower reaches largely free of development and as a consequence the lower Kinabatangan river area is full of wildlife. It is the largest forested plain in Malaysia and was designated as a wildlife sanctuary in 1999. The area where wildlife is most easily viewed is close to the village of Sukau, 134 km from Sandakan.
The Kinabatangan River is one of the most biodiverse areas in the world and is home to a remarkable variety of wildlife, including proboscis monkeys, orangutans, pygmy elephants, crocodiles, and a vast array of bird species. The river and surrounding forests are part of a protected area known as the Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary, which was established in 2007 to conserve the area's unique ecosystem.
How to get to the Kinabatangan river
The small city of Sukau can be easily reached by car from Sandakan. The closest airport is the one in Sandakan.
Accommodation
In Sukau there are a number of guesthouses, lodges and homestays, some bookable via the international booking portals.
The river photo gallery  - 19 pictures of The river
Sukau photo gallery  - 6 pictures of Sukau
Wildlife photo gallery  - 23 pictures of Wildlife
Kinabatangan river wildlife photo gallery  - 46 pictures of Kinabatangan river wildlife
19 photos of the lower Kinabatangan river around Sukau, Sabah
6 photos of the village of Sukau, the main access point for tourists visiting the lower Kinabatangan river wildlife sanctuary
23 photos of wildlife of the lower Kinabatangan area including, orangutans, Borneo pygmy elephants, proboscis monkeys and more
46 photos of wildlife living along the Kinabatangan river
Gallery with all images
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