We arrived on 14th Sep and were met by not only our contact person for the safari but also a breath taking view of mount Kinabalu in the distance on exit from the airport building. Our hotel, the Shangri-La Rasa Ria had its own private beach, pool area and luxurious rooms with air conditioning. We gave ourselves one day to acclimatize which I can recommend as the change in climate takes at least 24 to 48 hours to adapt to.
After breakfast on day 2 we headed off to the Kiulu Countryside for a cycle through the area and local villages, where we stopped off at the home of some locals and had traditional home made cakes and refreshments. Its very humid and hot so make sure you have sun tan lotion. Also, a helmet is mandatory for the cycling and is provided. It was a leisurely cycle and the guide catered well for all levels of expertise. Take your swim suit as there is a river next to the start and end point where you can cool off afterwards which is great.