Facts About The Lower Kinabatangan Floodplain.
Why is it so special?
The floodplain is not running low on reptiles, that includes the estuarine crocodile and mangrove snake that can be spotted by the riverbank.
Plant life are equally enormous which accounts to 1,500 species in the lowland dipterocarp forest, 600 in freshwater and riverine forests, 300 on limestone outcrops, 50 in mangroves and coastal forest, and 10 species in lakes and treeless wetlands.
The people living in the Kinabatangan are called “Orang Sungai”, meaning river people in the Malay language. They are of mixed ancestry with a long history of intermarriage with other ethnic groups, such as the Suluk from the Philipines and Chinese. The majority of the Orang Sungai are Muslim. Their livelihood depends on fisheries.
How To Get There?
The nearest airport and entry point to the lower Kinabatangan is Sandakan, in the east coast of Sabah. There are daily flights from Kota Kinabalu (the state capital of Sabah) and Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia's capital). The flight duration from Kota Kinabalu to Sandakan is about 45 minutes. The flight from Kuala Lumpur to Sandakan is 2.5 hours. Flights are operated by Malaysia Airlines (the national carrier) and Air Asia (a budget airline). From Sandakan, the drive to Sukau is another 2 hours. Sukau is one of the five villages along the Kinabatangan river and the overnight base for our visitors. This is the village with better infrastructure.