Adventure In Kinabatangan Valley

Uncle Tan Wildlife Adventures in Sandakan is legendary in many circles, and is well-known for travelers in the know. If you have visited the Thorn Tree travel forum, you are bound to read about Uncle Tan’s base camp.

For over 10 years, thousands of people from all over the world have come to Uncle Tan’s to experience the rainforest and wildlife in the lower Kinabatangan valley. Over the years, they have developed the facilities and the Uncle Tan’s Wildlife Camp so that travelers can join the adventure, wildlife and natural beauty of the Kinabatangan. Visitors can now stay a few days in a base camp setting, go on river cruises in the morning, visit the Orang Utans, bird watching or just have fun with the kids in the jungle.

Roughing It Out
Their Operations Base/B&B is located in Sepilok near the Orang Utan Centre, 14 miles outside Sandakan. Visitors will arrive at their Ops Base first and leave at 2.30 p.m. for the Kinabatangan river by van en route to Camp. At the river, boats will take visitors to Camp. The Base Camp is a series of raised huts, without doors or windows. You get a mattress and a mosquito net. Collect a clean bedsheet before leaving the Ops Base. Definitely not a resort, and definitely not your normal everyday tour.

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The 3D/2N Tour
You should visit their website for more details, about the tour, the day-trip, the accommodations and to book your stay. But here is a brief description of their famous 3 days, 2 nights tour, it is RM380.00 per person well spent.

Day One
Morning – A visit to the Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre. You need to buy your own tickets for this.
Noon - Lunch at Uncle Tan’s Operations Base/ B&B.
Afternoon - Depart for base camp by road (just less than 2hr), then by boat. The boat river is actually a safari.
Evening - Briefing, dinner and night safari.

Day Two
Morning - Morning safari on the river at 6.30am. Breakfast at base camp, then jungle trek.
Afternoon - No activities due to heat and lack of animal activities. Go find a cool spot somewhere.
Late Afternoon - River safari.
Evening - Jungle trek or hang out at camp.

Day Three
Morning - Last chance for a river safari. Breakfast. Tour ends at 10.00am and you will be taken to Ops Base.

Booking Your Tour
You have to make your booking by email or by telephone. Their contacts are listed on their website here,

What To Bring
This is a jungle camp and a long way from any supermarkets. While drinking water, soft drinks and beer are sold there, you will need to bring your own cigarettes, and anything else you might need. Especially your medications. You can even bring your own food if you are on a special diet, they will let you use the camp’s kitchen. Otherwise, all food, coffee and tea will be provided. Besides, it is not advisable to leave tit-bits and snacks in your hut.

Bring the usual stuff: Long sleeves shirts, long pants, walking shoes or boots, underwear, socks, towel, shorts, T-shirts, sweater, swim wear, sandals, swiss knife, flashlight, personal medication,personal toiletries, sunblock, poncho or raincoat, hat, sunglasses, insect repellent, digital camera, batteries, binoculars, watch.

The Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary
The Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary lies within the vast floodplain of the Kinabatangan river – the second longest river in Malaysia. The Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary is part of an important network of conservation areas in the lowlands of eastern Sabah. Together with existing Forest Reserves, it is a natural corridor of natural vegetation, fringed with mangrove forests and seemingly endless jungle. With a rich array of unique wildlife habitats, diverse fauna and a rich culture and history of the River People (Orang Sungai in Malay): the Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary is by far the most fascinating of natural protected wildlife reserve in Sabah. A most amazing experience for any nature lover.

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