Photo: The spectacular Kinabatangan River.

Kinabatangan River

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For the most accessible wildlife adventure in Sabah, the Kinabatangan River, Sabah’s longest, offers easy packaged experiences. Known for its remarkable wildlife, you are almost guaranteed to see one or several of Borneo’s endemic species in the wild here.

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You may even need more than all of your fingers to count them: 10 species of primates live here, including orangutans and big-nosed proboscis monkeys plus more than 200 species of birds with eight spectacular types of hornbills. If you’re lucky, you may even see the endangered Borneo pygmy elephant, which are small for elephants but still stand up to three metres tall and weigh a few tonnes, or the world’s smallest (and cutest) bear, the Malay sun bear. You could hit the jackpot with a clouded leopard and you’ll possibly catch crocodiles sunning themselves on the riverbanks, and the list ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 1,700 words.)


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