Wildlife of Borneo
The island of Borneo evokes wonderful images of rainforests, exotic wildlife and of course its most famous inhabitant – the orangutan. This comprehensive small group tour is a fantastic choice for wildlife-enthusiasts, covering Malaysian Borneo from west to east and includes a visit to one of the orangutan rehabilitation centres, the Mulu Caves, Kinabalu National Park and the Sukau Rainforest.
- Visit an Orangutang rehabilitation centre
- Visit the Mulu Caves
- Take a wildlife filled adventure around the Kinabulu National Park
- And not forgetting the visit to to the Sakau Rainforest
Itinerary in Brief
- Kuching – 1 Night
- Mulu – 2 Nights
- Kota Kinabalu – 1 Night
- Sandakan – 1 Night
- Abain – 1 Night
- Sukau – 1 Night
- Kota Kinabalu – 2 Nights
Day 1: UK to Kuching
Depart the UK on your overnight flight to Kuching.
Day 2: Kuching
On arrival, transfer to your hotel where you will spend the night. After an early check-in, set off on an introductory tour of Kuching. Visit Chinatown’s illustrious Cat Statue and the rainbow-shaded Tua Pek Kong Chinese Temple, alongside the Sarawak Museum and rose-tinted City Mosque. Pass through Old Kuching’s vibrant spice market, before hopping aboard a pontoon boat to enjoy panoramic views of Kuching’s historical architecture on a Sarawak River Cruise. Stay: Pullman Kuching (or similar). D.
Day 3: Kuching to Mulu
There’s an early start as you transfer to the airport for your flight to Mulu. This afternoon, head to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Gunung Mulu National Park. Discover the dramatic rim stone pools, stalagmites and stalactites of the majestic Langs Cave, before exploring the awe-inspiring Deer Caves – the world’s largest cave passage. If the weather’s on your side this evening, you may be fortunate to watch the mass migration of more than a million bats as they fly from the cave entrance. Approx. journey time: 1½ hours. Stay: Mulu Marriot Resort & Spa (or similar). B, D.
Day 4: Mulu
Today begins with a longboat journey to the spectacular Wind Cave. Feel a welcome breeze as you stroll through the Kings Room and marvel at its limestone formations which fall from the cave like candlesticks and chandeliers. Continue to Clearwater Cave where you can dig in to a picnic lunch and enjoy a glass of sparkling wine before taking a dip in the cave’s purified pool. The afternoon will be at your leisure; you might like to stroll among the treetops on a Mulu Skywalk tour or bathe in spa pools on the Long Langsat River Walk. Stay: Mulu Marriot Resort & Spa (or similar). B, L, D.
Day 5: Mulu to Kota Kinabalu
After a morning at leisure, fly to Kota Kinabalu – the capital of Malaysia’s Sabah state. Try your hand at bargaining this evening as you wander through the exotic stalls at the night market, before dinner and a cultural Bornean show at floating seafood restaurant, Kampung Nelayan. Approx. journey time: 1 hour. Stay: Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort & Spa (or similar). B, D.
Day 6: Kota Kinabalu to Sandakan
Following a relaxing breakfast at the hotel, fly to the colonial city of Sandakan. Visit the charming Puu Jih Shih Temple – the city’s largest Buddhist temple which sits on a hilltop overlooking the calm waters of Sandakan Bay. Later this afternoon, absorb sunset views from a quaint English tea house. Approx. journey time: 1 hour. Stay: My Nature Resort (or similar). B, D.
Day 7: Sandakan to Abai
Today is a tour highlight exploring the world-famous Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre. You’ll begin your visit at the free roaming area feeding platform. Here you might be lucky enough to watch the semi-wild orangutans during their feed – though sightings can’t be guaranteed. Later you’ll visit the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre. Sometimes known as the ‘honey bear’ for their love of honeycomb, see if you can spot the rare bears as they sleep, eat and climb. Take a boat ride to the Lower Kinabatangan River Sanctuary this afternoon and enjoy lunch at Abai Jungle Restaurant. As night falls, keep an eye out for the twinkling lights of fireflies on an evening cruise and later discover jungle wildlife on a night-time nature trail. Approx. journey time: 2½ hours. Stay: Abai Jungle Lodge (or similar). B, L, D.
Day 8: Abai to Sukau
Before breakfast at the lodge, you’ll have an early morning start beginning with a boat journey to the spectacular Oxbow Lake. Here you can become engrossed in nature as you pass local birds and lush emerald forestry. Later, transfer to Sukau for lunch at the Orangutan Corner restaurant and enjoy the next few hours at leisure, before you return to the river late afternoon for more chances to discover fascinating wildlife. Approx. journey time: 1 hour. Stay: Kinabatangan River Lodge (or similar). B, L, D.
Day 9: Sukau to Kota Kinabalu
Early this morning, travel onwards to the charming town of Kundasang. After lunch you can explore Malaysia’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Kinabalu Park – home to almost 100 different wildlife species, more than 5,000 plant varieties and the majestic Mount Kinabalu. A soak in the park’s Poring Hot Springs will leave you feeling revitalized ahead of a short walk through the treetops. Later, transfer to your hotel where you’ll stay for the next two nights. Approx. journey time: 2½ hours. Stay: Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort & Spa (or similar). B, L.
Day 10: Kota Kinabalu
Today is yours to spend at leisure; the resort features lots of activities you can get stuck into from t’ai chi, yoga and aqua exercise to a Malaysian cooking demonstration, or simply relax by the infinity pool. Stay: Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort & Spa (or similar). B.
Day 11: Kota Kinabalu
Check out after breakfast and transfer to Kota Kinabalu’s airport for your overnight flight to the UK, or you may choose to extend your holiday. B.
Kuala Lumpur (pre-tour) 2 nights
Enjoy a pre-tour stopover in Malaysia’s exhilarating capital; marvel at its iconic skyscrapers and taste exquisite street food.
Kota Kinabalu (post-tour) 3 nights
Explore the old-world charm and enchanting culture of this coastal city at your own pace with an extended stay after your tour. The Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort & Spa is an idyllic post-tour beach escape. Home to a magnificent 64-acre nature reserve, discover the area’s natural beauty with a jungle walk, see the treetops from the canopy walkway or head out for a spot of bird watching on the resort’s championship golf course.
Need to Know
Included in price
• Quality accommodation
• Insightful local tour leaders
• Hand-picked itineraries
• Flexible arrival times
• Small groups and a relaxed approach
• Porterage and guide tips
• Meals where most convenient (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner), or the freedom to explore local restaurants independently
• All specified flights.