One of the top destinations not to be missed by most people visiting Sabah is the Kinabatangan Floodplain. The Kinabatangan River is especially dear to nature lovers, as this region is teaming with wildlife. Guests here spend plenty of time cruising along the Kinabatangan river in search of exotic animals. As many as 20 operators run their resorts, cabins and lodges either at Sukau or Bilit, these are the two villages along the Kinabatangan river. Tour package prices range from RM 500 plus to a thousand plus on a 3 Day and 2 Night package. For the budget travellers where every cent counts, then Nature Lodge Kinabatangan is a godsend. With a tag like Kinabatangan Safari on a shoestring, Nature Lodge Kinabatangan, at Bilit, has one of the lowest prices on offer. Although cheaper in price, it still provides an excellent service as well as comfortable accommodation.
Kinabatangan river, with a length of 560km, is the longest river in Sabah. It stretches, from the interior of Sabah all the way to its river mouth which opens out to the Celebes sea. The river runs eastward most of the time. The floodplain of Kinabatagan, the largest in Malaysia, is a refuge to the many wildlife in Sabah, as most parts of Kinabatangan forests have been converted to palm oil plantations. These small corridor of riverine forests are all but the only place left for the wildlife to move around. WWF, a conservation organisation, reckons this is one of the two places on earth where one can watch 10 primate species at a single place, some of these animals like Proboscis monkey and the Borneo Pygmy Elephants are endemic to the Borneo Island. Lonely planet guide book even mentions that Kinabatangan area is Malaysia’s gift to the world for its wildlife and nature. This is of no surprise that in 1920 the Johnson family from Kansas, USA came to Kinabatangan, North Borneo (now Sabah), to document and film the wildlife and native people.