Borneo Proboscis monkey

Sabah’s largest waterway is one of only two regions in the world which are inhabited by ten species of primate, and is Borneo’s most popular destination for tourists hoping to catch a glimpse of a wild orangutan.

Most visitors will opt to cruise down the river, combined with the odd trek and overnight stay in a jungle-fringed campground. The river itself is home to freshwater sharks and crocodiles, but If you’re very lucky, you might spot a Bornean elephant on the banks.

The area is also home to the Kinabatangan Orangutan Conservation Project. Although not a tourist-oriented enterprise like Sepilok, the centre may help you source guides should you wish to search for wild orangutans.


A guide to spotting orangutans in Sabah

Borneo is the only island in the world that is home to three nations: Malaysia, Brunei and Indonesian Kalimantan. Sabah is one of the two Malaysian Borneo states in the northern part of the island. It was part of the British protectorate of North Borneo until more

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