Discover the welcoming culture and wonderful wildlife of Malaysian Borneo.

Travel to Borneo and leave urban life behind. Head into Borneo's lush jungles, down scenic rivers and through the vibrant villages of beautiful Borneo. On the way, soak up stunning mountain vistas, meet local indigenous people, relax in hot springs and have an encounter with some pretty special orangutans. There's no doubt that this adventure in Borneo will find its way into your heart and leave you with unforgettable memories.

Start
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
Finish
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
Countries
Malaysia
Themes
Explorer, Wildlife
Code
TMKB
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 16
Carbon offset
283kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Discover exotic flora and fauna in Kinabalu National Park
  • Get steamy in the Poring Hot Springs
  • Fall in love with the orangutans in Sepilok
  • Spot birds' nests in Gomantong Caves
  • Spend the night in a jungle lodge
  • Hit the beach near Kota Kinabalu

Itinerary

Why not get into holiday mode with a beach excursion, go river rafting, head into the jungle for a warm-up hike or take a boat trip to Tunku Abdul National Marine Park. Or, if seeking something a little more cultural, perhaps visit the Sabah Museum or a nearby Monosopiad village.
Venture into the Kinabalu National Park, Malaysia’s first World Heritage-listed site, along winding roads lined with centuries old trees. The flora and fauna in this parkland will leave you gob-smacked – keep your eyes peeled for all sorts of orchids, ferns, animals and birdlife. Amble across the jungle rooftop on a canopy walk and soak up phenomenal views of Mt Kinabalu before soothing sore muscles at the Poring Hot Springs. Tonight we stay in the grounds of a beautiful tea garden.
Catch a glimpse of the sunrise on a morning walk through the tea plantation. Afterwards, take a tour of the tea factory itself and sip samples of delicious local varieties. Drive out to Kinabatangan River and spend an afternoon cruising down the river – the perfect way to spot wildlife. Enjoy another day of walking and river cruising before spending the night at the exclusive Myne Resort.
Sandakan was once the capital of British North Borneo and traditionally has strong trading ties with Hong Kong. The Cantonese influence is evident in the lively harbourside market, the many Chinese temples and the local cuisine. On the way we stop by Sandakan's tragic war memorial to pay respects to those who died during the infamous 'Death Marches' of WWII.
Continue on to Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre and fall in love with these beautiful, big-eyed creatures as they swing gleefully between branches or feed on a special diet of bananas and milk. Then, visit the Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary and watch these bizarre-looking animals lazing about.
Swap jungle paths for the warm waters of the South China Sea and head for Manukan Island - a tropical paradise that is just a stone's throw away from Kota Kinabalu. Embark on a snorkelling trip and dive through schools of brightly coloured fish before kicking back on the beach or exploring the island.
Board a plane back to Kota Kinabalu and enjoy the chance to laze about at our tropical beachside location. While here, perhaps try one of the many water-based pursuits on offer before toasting the end of a sensational trip with new-found friends.
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Inclusions

Meals
9 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
Transport
Boat, Plane
Accommodation
Chalet (4 nights), Cottage (1 night), Hotel (4 nights)
Included activities
  • Complimentary airport arrival transfer
  • Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary
  • Mt Kinabalu - Guided walk around lower trails
  • Poring Hot Springs - Canopy Walk
  • Sandakan - War Memorial
  • Sepilok - Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre
  • Sukau - Gomantong Caves
  • Tea Factory Tour
  • Tea Garden - Sunrise Morning Walk
  • Tea Sampling
  • Tunku Abdul National Marine Park - Snorkeling Trip

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Important notes

1. An airport arrival transfer is included. Please provide your flight details at the time of booking.
2. Strict luggage limits apply. See under the Important Notes section of Trip Notes for more information.
3. A single supplement is available on this trip please see Trip Notes for further information.
4. This trip is run by our experienced sister company Peregrine Adventures


Please note for various nationalities in particular Australian, UK, Irish, New Zealand and United States different increased Government travel warnings are currently in place for Eastern Sabah. Please read the Important Notes section of your trip notes for further information.

We have a special Anzac day Departure departing on the 20th of April 2015. Please see the Important notes section in the trip notes for more information.

Trip notes

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Classic Borneo , July 2015

Classic Borneo , July 2015