Explore Borneo's tropical playground - the Sabah region

Explore a mystical land of incredible natural beauty and rare wildlife on this Sabah Adventure tour. With its collection of exotic animals, ancient traditions, hot springs, tribal villages, loveable orangutans and incredible views, Sabah has something for everyone. Experience the very best of this part of Borneo - climbing Mt Kinabalu, watching elusive sea turtles lay their eggs upon Turtle Beach and sharing laughs with local village hosts - every minute of this incredible adventure will stay with you for life.

Start
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
Finish
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
Countries
Malaysia
Themes
Explorer, Wildlife
Code
TMSC
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 12
Group size
Min 1, Max 12
Carbon offset
223kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • See giant turtles lay eggs on Turtle Beach
  • Meet mischievous orangutans at Sepilok
  • Bliss out in the Poring Hot Springs
  • Experience sunrise atop magnificent Mt Kinabalu
  • Discover mountain myths on a village homestay
  • Traverse the steamy Kinabatangan rainforest

Itinerary

Experience the frontier charm of Kota Kinabalu, the capital city of Sabah, sandwiched between palm oil plantations and the sultry South China Sea. If arriving early, why not venture to the Sabah Museum and check out the impressive collection of tribal artefacts on display.
Learn about the spiritual, economic and social ties that locals have with Mt Kinabalu on a village homestay. Spend a night in traditional accommodation, which is nestled in the shadow of this imposing mountain.
Fuelled by fresh mountain air and stunning views, set off on an energetic Mt Kinabalu climb. It's a challenging ascent but there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy Kinabalu's remarkable flora and fauna along the way.
Wake early to catch sunrise at the summit of Mt Kinabalu - admire the jungles of Borneo in one direction and the South China Sea in the other. Enjoy a well-deserved soak in the Japanese-style Poring Hot Springs - believed to have healing properties for the skin.
Travel into the steamy rainforest of Kinabatangan. Learn how the locals contribute to the region’s conservation at MESCOT, a project that provides villagers with environmental education. Explore the jungle by boat and spend the night in huts amid wild orangutans, hornbills and macaques.
Embark on another jungle excursion, this time learning about the medicinal properties of different plants, before donning an apron for a traditional cooking class. Then, make tracks to the busy city of Sandakan, home to historic Chinese temples and an island-studded bay.
Pass by fishing villages on a speedboat ride to Turtle Island. Be touched by the sight of giant green turtles coming ashore to lay their eggs.
The soulful eyes of Borneo's famous creatures will melt hearts on a visit to the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre. Learn about conservation on an optional tour of the Rainforest Discovery Centre (RDC) or check out the cheeky proboscis monkeys at a sanctuary in Labuk Bay.
Fly back to Kota Kinabalu and perhaps cap off this colourful Sabah adventure with a celebration dinner.
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Inclusions

Meals
8 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners
Transport
Boat, Bus, Longtail boat, Minibus, Plane, Taxi
Accommodation
Camping (with basic facilities) (1 night), Dormitory (2 nights), Guesthouse (4 nights), Homestay (1 night), Hotel (3 nights)
Included activites
  • Dunsun - River Swim
  • Dunsun - Rubber tapping/rice pounding
  • Dunsun Village - Cultural Show
  • Kinabatangan - Night jungle walk
  • Kinabatangan - Sunset wildlife boat trip
  • Mt Kinabalu climb
  • Poring Hot Springs
  • Sepilok - Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre
  • Turtle Island - National Park

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Notes

1. Please provide passport details at time of booking, as these are essential for booking services on this trip.
2. Strict luggage limits apply. See under the Important notes section of Trip Notes for more information.

Important notes

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Sabah Adventure , May 2015

Sabah Adventure , May 2015