Kinabatangan is a district and town located in Sandakan Division, in the east of Sabah, Malaysia on the island of Borneo. The district office is located at the Kinabatangan town. Its population was estimated to be around 146,987 in 2010. Kinabatangan is mostly populated with 'Sungai' tribe, one of the Indigenous Group in Sabah. District administration is currently headed by District Officer Mr. Arisin Aripin (2011- present). Economic activities are centred around oil palm plantations, forestry and wood-based industries.
The nearby Kinabatangan River
is an area with tropical lowland rainforest vegetation and ecosystems. The area is wet and humid and the swampy lowlands are home to Borneo's indigenous proboscis monkey. Other places of interest is the Gomantong Caves.
Kinabatangan also is the large of area under Ramsar site (estuary) with 78 000 hec both combined rivers that as Kinabatangan and Segama was gazetted in 2008 as 'KInabatangan-Segama Wetlands Ramsar site'. The recognition is significant, as the wetlands comprise rarely found coastal mangrove swamps and peat jungles.