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Passport30301536675
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Kinabatangan river cruise has been one of the highlights of my Borneo trip so far. Thanks to our driver Abdul (+60 11-1669 5114), we travelled 2.5 hours from our hotel in Sepilok to Sukau in comfort and with some great conversation about Sabah, Malaysia and life in general. Abdul can speak very good English and was helpful in every way. At Sukau, we got into a boat with a guide Mr Greggs, who had wonderful tales to share about the region and also about the animals. We spotted long tailed and short tailed makka (monkey), proboscis monkey, and a baby crocodile. Our guide waited long for sighting of the pygmy elephant but well, it's nature. No guarantee. I was still happy with my overall experience. The landscape is beyond beautiful. Thanks to Abdul and Greggs, our Kinabatangan river cruise has been very memorable.
Written 13 April 2024
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DayTrip34865490969
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
We wanted to go to kinabatangan river but hadn’t booked it prior to our travels. We stayed at Sabah hotel in sandakan and there was a cruise available with a tour operator for around 300RM pp.

Note this would have required a coach, and dinner after the cruise.

Being vegetarians and going to any set menu/group activities, you usually have limited options.

We had a grab journey back from sepilok and met Rezuan and we got talking. Turned out her carries out all the local tours in Sabah! Not only was it a great price but we were driven in our own car over to kinabatangan, we stopped (whenever we wanted) to use restrooms or grab something to eat.

The river cruise ended up being over 3 hours! The tour operator would have been 2 hours! Our tour guide was adamant to help us see the beauty and wildlife. Thanks to him, we saw rhinoceros hornbills, macaques, proboscis monkeys, monitor lizards, crocodiles, kingfishers, silver leaf monkeys, great egrets, eagles and FINALLY due to their perseverance, Pygmy elephants.

The elephants wouldn’t come out as there were too many boats and noise on the river, but eventually all the boats left… we were the last ones on the river, and we enjoyed a beautiful sunset with the elephants.

We left the river just before 7pm and stopped 30 mins later for a wonderful and incredibly inexpensive and delicious dinner in kinabatangan - we could request food to be made veg with no hesitation. Rezuan got us back to our hotel in next to no time.

I could not recommend this tour enough and if you are staying in sandakan/Sabah/sepilok area, don’t hesitate to contact him
Name: Rezuan
WhatsApp: +60 17-261 0309
Email: midrakishahzuan@gmail.com
Written 2 April 2024
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Tourist30162541113
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
This was the highlight of our trip to Borneo! We went at the end of November. The weather was incredible and we saw so much wildlife. Mr Aji was great, he shared his knowledge and experience with us. We knew we were in good hands. We got to see Hornbills, Proboscis Monkey, Silver Leaf Monkey, Crocodile, Orangutan, Kingfisher, Macaques, Civet Cat, Owl, Flying Limur, Bats, Python!! So many amazing animals! We spent a lot of time on the boat searching up the river. It was absolutely incredible. Would recommend Mr Aji to everyone. The pick up and drop off process was so easy as well.
Written 26 March 2024
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Michael O
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Our driver Abdul was very informative, and got us to the river just in time for the 4pm afternoon boat ride. We were staying at Paganakan Dii Retreat in Sepilok, and he drove us and another the 4 hr round trip to get to the boat on time. The trip itself was very relaxing, got to see wildlife in the wild and watch the sun go down over the river.
Abdul took us to a restaurant nearby afterwards and skilfully and safely drove us in dark conditions back to the retreat. If in Sepilok area it's a must, and I'd go with Abdul (+6011-16695114) again when we come back to Borneo.
Written 25 March 2024
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paw5566
Singapore, Singapore197 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Mr Aji and Jerry gave our 3 young children the best experience we can ever ask for! Jerry was friendly and chatty. We felt safe and comfortable at Mr Aji’s place. He was great at spotting the wildlife at Kinabatangan River. We didn’t manage catch the big 5 but at least we got big 4! We love the dinner at Sukau village that Jerry brought us to. Thank you for such wonderful trip!
Written 22 March 2024
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Discover04316465302
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Mr Aji and his son Jerry gave us the absolute best experience! Jerry picked us up in Sepilok and drove us to their home, just a few steps away from their boat where Mr Aji takes you on to spot the animals. Mr Aji and Jerry both know sooo much about the nature and the animals, they has taught us so much! They are great at spotting the animals as well, we saw the Borneo Big 5! 🤩 would definitely recommend anyone to do the Kinabatangan river tour with Mr Aji, we had the best time!!
Written 21 March 2024
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Laurie
Utrecht, The Netherlands2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
Mr Aji and his son Jerry gave me the best experience ever! They are so caring and friendly. You can tell that mr. Aji is very passionate about the animals and the nature. You can ask him anything and he will tell you all about it! Besides that, he knows the exact rhythm of the animals at every time of the day, so it’s your best shot to see the Big Five! Thank you so much mr Aji, for teaching so much and share your passion with me! :)
Written 17 March 2024
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Sacha H
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
This was the most amazing experience we could wish for. The dear Jerry picked us up and even stopped during te trip when he saw some wild animal! He was so happy and enthusiastic about the hobby wildlife and made it his job!
Together with his father Mr. Aji they made it the best family company ever.
Mr. Aji, you made our stay so perfect! Everyday he was so happy and enthusiastic! Even when we are almost back at the stay, he kept looking for wild animals! Everything was so safe, even for us aa for the animals. Everything was provided. Mr. Aji took us to the best spots and let us see 4 of the big 5 from Borneo! He know everything about the animals: ages, health, happiness and the most important ‘when to leave them alone’. So the animals will have their peace and feel safe in this beautiful jungle!
He can make almost every sound to call the animals! So the animals got curious and came to our boat! We came do close to the most amazing animals ever.
The 3 day/2 night was perfect! The days were full of experiences but there was also time to chill and proces everything we saw.
Written 17 March 2024
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SomeoneFromArnhem
Arnhem, The Netherlands17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
We had an excellent couple of days with Mr. Aji and his son Jerry, staying in their beautiful house, with a full pack of activities; morning, day an night tours by boat over the Kinabatangan river and fo
by foot. Both men are very inspiring and gentle, who can, with great skill, spot animals that reside at a great distance or are well hidden in the bank vegetation.
If you would like to see a sleeping kingfisher at a very short distance, or wide awake form a comfortable distance, crocodiles, orangutans, macaques, hornbills, or nature as such at its best, you should surely consider contacting Mr. Aji.

I think the mindset and way of running the business is an example of how tourism can be fun, educational and socially responsible.
We have had a great time which we will not easily forget.
Written 14 March 2024
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445Paula
Pontefract, UK5 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
We needed a bespoke arrangement due to time constraints that didn’t fit the scheduled tours that Trip Advisor/Tour operators offered so contacted Abdul to see if he could help us with the plan. Abdul picked us up from the airport and drove us immediately to Sepilok to see the afternoon feeding of the orangutan. We were late on our flight so he phoned ahead, helped us with our luggage into the lockers, and waited to take us round to the hotel with our luggage (even though it was walkable, but to avoid any further stress on our day).
The following day we had arranged for Abdul to pick us up after the orangutan morning feeding and the sun bear tour, and he drove us to the Kinabatangan River for an afternoon cruise where we saw probiscus monkeys and crocodiles, before driving us to our hotel in Sandakan where we flew out from the next morning.
Abdul looked after us and made sure we had opportunities for food, drinks and toilets and was a brilliant tour guide with lots of facts and general chats. We had a lovely day.
Only lost a star due to the general state of the roads which made the journey seem much longer than it needs be. No fault of Abdul obviously but something to consider. You can WhatsApp Abdul on +60 11-1669 5114 where he will quickly give you a price and itinerary. He also uses WhatsApp to keep in touch throughout your trip.
Written 8 March 2024
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