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Borneo Luxury Wildlife Tour

Few places in the world can conjure up such exotic imagery and romance as the island of Borneo, this three-night tour is perfect to immerse yourself in region’s jungles, rainforests and rivers while you search for the amazing wildlife.

Visits to the world-famous Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre where orphaned orangutans are rehabilitated before being released back into the wild. Follow this up with a trip to the Sun Bear Conservation Centre.

On this tour, you will have a few opportunities to enjoy a river cruise on the Kinabatangan River; one of the most biodiverse areas on the planet. Pitas Oxbow Lake is a natural gathering point for wildlife, so here you can try to spot the endangered rhino, pygmy elephant and leopard, and the birdlife, including the Rhinoceros hornbill.

You'll visit Gomantong Cave, a cathedral-like chamber home to thousands of bats and swiftlets. Explore the charming Sim-Sim Malay Water village, with houses perched on stilts over the water, and where locals still come to haggle over fresh and dried fish and to dine at the famous food scene.

This tour is perfect for those who are looking for an exciting way to see the fascinating wildlife and rainforests of Borneo from the comfort of luxury lodges.

Duration
4 days
Options
Group basis, Escorted
Start your journey
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Trip highlights

  • Observe mans closest relative "the Orang Utan"
  • Visit the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation centre
  • Unique opportunity to witness the jungle at night
  • Lots of time on the river and beautiful Pitas lake to search for primates

Your journey begins with a transfer from your hotel to Kota Kinabalu airport, where you will take the short 30-minute flight to Sandakan. From here you will visit the world-famous Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre. Founded in 1964, the centre houses 60-80 orphan orangutans. You watch the orangutan up close when feeding time comes around.

Next, you will enjoy a walk in the rainforests of Borneo. Stay alert to the sounds of the jungle and keep an eye out for wildlife in its natural habitat.

Next comes a visit to Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre, our second rehabilitation visit of the day. Malay sun bears are the smallest bears in the world, and here, 43 bears rescued form captivity live in large forest enclosures while they are rehabilitated back into the wild.

At midday, an hour’s speedboat transfer takes you along the Kinabatangan River Sanctuary, and to lunch and check in at Abai Jungle Lodge. In the afternoon, spot wildlife on a river cruise in the last of the days light, before heading back at sunset for a coffee and a break. In the evening, a night-time river cruise shows off the incredible sight of fireflies. After dinner, enjoy a night-time jungle walk on the lodge’s boardwalk with a nature guide.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Abai Jungle Lodge - Standard Room

Start your day with a visit to Pitas Oxbow Lake, a fantastic spot to observe local wildlife, including proboscis monkeys, pygmy elephants and crocodiles.

Enjoy lunch on a jungle platform at the lodge, before relaxing for the rest of the morning. Choose your lunch option: eat at Abai Village with a meal prepared by villagers or chose the Abai Jungle Restaurant.

After lunch, take a speedboat transfer down the river to Sukua, giving you another chance to spot more wildlife. On arrival, check-in at the Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge. In the afternoon you will be taking an excursion to Menanggul River, before returning to the lodge for dinner.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge

After breakfast at the resort, you will head to Gomantong Cave, the largest cave system in Sabah, with 300-foot-tall caverns, and large community of swiftlets and bats. These amazing caves were featured in BBC’s Planet Earth.

After this interesting diversion, head on to Sadakan, and check-in at My Nature Resort where lunch will be served.

A free shuttle bus is available should you want to visit either the Rainforest Discovery Centre or re-visit the Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre. Before dinner you can enjoy the jungle boardwalk and visit the Flying Squirrel platform to watch the amazing creatures ‘fly’ at sunset.

Suggested Accommodation

  • My Nature Resort

The day starts with a transfer and tour of Sandakan city. First up is the amazing, 100 year old Sim-Sim Water Village. A pretty village of hundreds of houses built on stilts above the water. Next up is The Puu Jih Syh Buddhist Temple, a lovely building in a stunning location, with panoramic views of Sandakan Bay.

Then, visit the historic house museum of Agnes Keith House, which was once the site of the British Colonial government headquarters, and later where the books Land Below the Wind and White Man Returns were written.

Lunch will be served at a local restaurant, before being taken to Sandakan airport.

Included

  • Cost of accommodation (double room based on two people sharing) for a total of 3 nights (alternative but similar accommodation may be used at certain times of the year)
  • Meals included as detailed
  • Shared transport / transfers
  • Entrance fees (excluding video camera fee) for all guided excursions as illustrated in the itinerary

Not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses, such as alcoholic beverages, telephone calls, laundry, camera fees, spa and business facilities in the hotel
  • Gratuities for drivers, tour directors, local guides, naturalists and hotel staff
  • Camera Fees at Sepilok Sancturay
  • Tourism Tax, MYR10 per room per night