Excluding international flights
- 6 nights at the Mecca for nocturnal cat sightings in Borneo
- Chances for Pygmy Elephants and Flat Headed cat
- Expert private naturalist throughout
- Tour can be tailored to your individual requirements
Small Wild Cat Nocturnal Safari in Deramakot and Kinabatagan
As we write this article in July 2020, we can say that with some confidence Dermakot wildlife reserve in northern Borneo is one of the best locations to see small wild cats in the whole of Asia. This is a combination of ideal habitat, extensive research and the huge amount of time spent on night drives within the reserve – the harder you work, the luckier you get. Genuine chances to see Clouded Leopard – Tarsier – Slow Loris – Leopard Cat and Marbled Cat.
Best time to visit -JUL
Safari Style -Bespoke Wildlife
SANDAKAN AIRPORT TO SEPILOK NATURE RESORT
Accommodation : Sepilok nature resort
VISIT ORANGUTAN AND SUN BEAR SANCTUARIES
Accommodation : Sepilok nature resort
SEPILOK TO DERAMAKOT
After breakfast you will drive 2 hours to Telupid town, where you will take lunch at a local restaurant (cost included). You will then drive a further 2 hours to Deramakot forest reserve through oil palm plantations and forest reserves. The road can be wet and muddy. Deramakot is the jewel in the Sabah Forestry Departments crown and spans an area of over 100,00 hectares with its adjacent Tangkulap reserve. It was the first tropical forest reserve to be recognised by the Forest Stewardship Council for good forest governance and since AA Borneo pioneered nature tourism in the reserve 4 years it has rapidly become justifiably famous for its astonishing mammal and bird diversity. Possibly the best in South East Asia? The exact program at Deramakot will depend on weather and recent animal sightings. Your private naturalist will discuss fully with you after check in.
FIVE ACTIONED PACKED DAYS AND NIGHTS IN DERAMAKOT
Accommodation : Deramakot wildlife lodge
DERAMAKOT TO THE KINABATANGAN RIVER
FULL DAY OF BOAT SAFARIS ON THE RIVER
Wake up to the calls of birds, insects and animals as the pre-dawn chorus begins at 6.30am take a morning cruise. Enjoy a flexible itinerary to explore the river with your private naturalist and maximize your wildlife viewing opportunities. This will include longer river trips if required to try and view the migratory Borneo Pygmy Elephants.
BOAT AND CAR TRANSFER TO SANDAKAN
Sadly, you have come to the end of your Borneo safari and depending on flight departure time from Sandakan, we will organise an appropriate departure time.
Pricing Info & Dates
- Services of a private expert Naturalist throughout
- All meals, except on the first and last days
- Additional time in the evening at Deramakot for night safaris
- Cost of international flights
- Cost of applicable visa entry fees
- Some meals in first and final days of the tour
- Gratuities for local staff and your naturalist
Tour Route Map
Our Clients Say About Us
My wife and I travelled on a private safari to see Komodo dragons in Indonesia, and on to Sabah. Komodo and Rinca Island were well worth the effort ,the dragons are well worth seeing, and the time the boat was tremendous, with stunning scenery and great snorkelling. The captain’s culinary skills were a surprise bonus. All of the lodges within Sabah were excellent, but with their own, different personalities The Rainforest lodge offers real comfort and the opportunity for good wildlife viewings, we even had a brief sighting of two Pygmy elephants en route to the lodge. Macaques greeted us as we arrived, and Dean, our guide at the lodge was excellent. Tabin is a birder’s paradise, and we saw 6 species of hornbill during our stay. Israel was our guide and was an expert birder. Gibbons were to be seen on some mornings, and the sound of their calling across the forest was memorable. The trails between the Primary, secondary rainforest and palm plantations gave opportunities for good sightings during dusk, and night drives, including Civet, flying squirrels and a number of leopard cats. Forest walking yielded our first Orang Utan sighting, a young male, a bit miffed at being stung by some bees. Myne lodge stands out for us as we love boats and we had a number of OU sightings including one great one, spending over an hour watching an older male feeding from a Ficus tree. More macaques than you can shake a stick at, and good Proboscis monkey watching too. No elephants around for us though. Special mention to Maik, our main guide and companion for our time in Sabah. Excellent guide, knowledgeable, resourceful, and with a great sense of humour. Lankayan Island is truly a paradise. A great way to relax after an arduous trip, more excellent snorkelling,and we were lucky enough to witness newly hatched Hawksbill turtles being released to make their way to the sea. We have travelled many times now with Wildlife Trails, and have had some memorable experiences within Asia, Africa, Canada, the Arctic circle and South America. Allan and his team have always come up with an itinerary, customised to our needs. The fact that we have come back so many times says it all.