Sabah Adventure

11 Days | Explore Borneo's wildlife paradise – Sabah

4.9 out of 5 based on 132 reviews submitted.
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Walking & Trekking
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Explore a mystical land of natural beauty and rare wildlife on this 11-day Sabah Adventure. With its collection of unique 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 sea turtles lay their eggs with an expert local ranger by your side and sharing laughs with your local village hosts. Each moment of this incredible small group adventure will give you a fascinating insight into the wildlife of Borneo.

Trip overview

Map of Sabah Adventure including Malaysia
Start
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
Finish
Sepilok, Malaysia
Theme
Explorer, Walking & Trekking
Destinations
Malaysia
Physical rating
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Style
Original
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 16
Trip code
TMSC
This trip generates 41 kg of CO2-e per person per day.
We offset these emissions on your behalf. But we know that is not enough, so we also have a carbon reduction target.

Why you'll love this trip
  • Discover the natural and historical beauty of northern section of Borneo in the Malaysian state of Sabah, and understand why this one of the original and best-selling Intrepid Adventures.
  • Climb Mt Kinabalu – the literal pinnacle of all treks in South East Asia – with local guides whose families have trekked the mountain for generations, witnessing a stunning sunrise after a morning hike.
  • Spend time getting to know the unique wildlife of Borneo at conservation sanctuaries for orangutans, proboscis monkeys and sun bears.
  • Join a local ranger and witness the special life cycle of sea turtles coming ashore on Turtle Island to lay their eggs on the beach, with the hatchlings making a dash down the beach to their new life.
  • Cruise down the Kinabatangan River and search for wildlife in this rich and unique jungle ecosystem – if you’re lucky, you may spot wild pygmy elephants!

Is this trip right for you?
  • Climbing Mt Kinabalu is a challenge that shouldn't be underestimated. The elevation is approximately 4095 metres, and we rise early to summit in the dark in order to witness the sunrise. It's an unforgettable climb for sure, but you'll need an excellent fitness level to complete it.
  • Read our blog here for everything you need to know about climbing Mt Kinabalu: https://www.intrepidtravel.com/adventures/guide-to-climbing-mt-kinabalu-borneo/
  • You'll need to pack some specific items for this trip – check the ‘Packing List’ in the Essential Trip Information for more details so you are prepared.
  • You will get to experience a wide range of accommodation types on this trip – shared dormitory rooms in hostels, a homestay, resort, jungle lodge and hotels. Some may be a little more basic than our standard hotels, but their unique locations and close proximity to nature is what makes them special.
  • This trip has a focus on nature and wildlife – definitely one for those who enjoy being outdoors. If you are looking for a trip to Borneo with a bit more comfort and without climbing Mt Kinabalu, check out Intrepid’s Classic Borneo adventure – search trip code TMKB on our website for more information.

Itinerary

Map of Sabah Adventure including Malaysia

Inclusions

Meals

8 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners

Transport

Private mini van, River Boat

Accommodation

Chalet (1 night), Resort (1 nights), Homestay (1 night), Hostel (3 nights), Hotel (2 nights), Lodge (2 nights)

Activities
  • Dusun Village - Guided village walk
  • Dusun Village - Cultural performance
  • Mt Kinabalu National Park - Mt Kinabalu Climb
  • Poring Hot Springs - Poring Conservation Fee
  • Kinabatangan River - Night jungle walk
  • Kinabatangan River - Afternoon Wildlife Cruise
  • Kinabatangan River - Dawn wildlife cruise
  • Sandakan - War Memorial
  • Turtle Island - Turtle Island Marine Park
  • Turtle Island - Turtle Hatchery Visit
  • Sepilok - Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre
Add on activities
  • Kota Kinabalu - Sabah Museum entrance fee - MYR15
  • Kota Kinabalu - Tunku Abdul National Marine Park Snorkeling Trip (Min 4) - MYR315
  • Kundasang - War Memorial - MYR15
  • Poring Hot Springs - Butterfly Farm - Free
  • Poring Hot Springs - Canopy Walk - MYR10
  • Poring Hot Springs - Orchid Conservation Centre - Free
  • Poring Hot Springs - Rafflesia Blooming Observation - MYR30
  • Poring Hot Springs - Hot Springs (Open Bath Tub) - (3 hours) - MYR10
  • Sandakan - Agnes Keith House - MYR15
  • Sandakan - St Micheals and All Angels Church - MYR10
  • Sandakan - Puu Jih Shih Chinese Temple - Free
  • Turtle Island - snorkel hire - MYR35
  • Sepilok - Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary - MYR120
  • Sepilok - Rainforest Discovery Centre - MYR20
  • Sepilok - Sun Bear Conservation Centre - MYR50

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Important notes

1. Please provide passport details at time of booking, as these are essential for booking services on this trip, including your Mt Kinabalu permit.

2. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement excludes Days 2 (Dusun Village), Day 3 and 4 (Mt Kinabalu), Days 5-6 (Poring Hot Springs), Day 9 (Turtle Island), where you will be in shared accommodation and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.

3. We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest information on travelling in Eastern Sabah before your departure and ensure that your travel insurance covers you for all areas of your itinerary.

Essential Trip Information

Want an in-depth insight into this trip? Essential Trip Information provides a detailed itinerary, visa info, how to get to your hotel, what's included - pretty much everything you need to know about this adventure and more.

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Reviews

4.9 out of 5 based on 132 reviews submitted.
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Ryan · Traveled December 2023
Review submitted 19 Dec 2023

Ursula · Traveled December 2023
Absolutely amazing trip that I would highly recommend. This trip has everything... Wildlife, hikes, river cruises, beach and rainforest (Mount Kinabalu was very tough but spectacular at the top!)
Review submitted 19 Dec 2023

Clemency · Traveled December 2023
My journey through Sabah’s incredible landscapes, flora and fauna, culture and most certainly the wonderful hospitality and smiles will stay in my heart forever.
Review submitted 19 Dec 2023

Justine · Traveled December 2023
This is an excellent trip to get to know the highlights of Borneo. A country with so much to offer in terms of adventure, animals and outdoors. This trip offers the physical challenge of climbing Mt Kinabalu, the wonder of watching baby turtles head out to the water for the first time through to a river cruise in the jungle looking for monkeys, elephants and orang-utans in the wild. There is so much to see and do you will be busy most days with a new adventure around every corner. Borneo is a country with wonderful people, animals and landscape. You won't be sorry to make this trip!
Review submitted 27 Dec 2023

Viktoriya · Traveled November 2023
Fantastic trip! Great itinerary. It is good to do the difficult climb at the beginning, and then enjoy the nature - we saw turtles, orangutans, the smallest bear, loads of monkeys, beautiful birds, small crocodile, lizards. Our leader Nostalia was amazing, we were so lucky. She helped us to learn a lot about the country, it’s transitions, but she also knew a lot about the animals. Do not underestimate the climb - it is super hard. It is like climbing 600 flies of stairs. It never stops going up. There is a little bit of flat area kilometre 3 to 4; the rest is all up with uneven stairs and stones. It rained for us kilometre 5 and 6 (which are the steepest from the first day 6km hike) so it was essentially like walking in a river. We got completely wet but for 30 ringette we could dry the boots in the base camp. Also it is not that cold…just really wet when rains. You get up at 2am for the 2nd day climb. Walking in the dark up and up and up. There are three areas where you have to pull yourself up by the rope. You have to be fit and/or resilient. Out of 6 of us only 4 made it to the summit. And only one out of four made it for the sunrise. But don’t stress about making it to the summit for the sunrise - it is a tiny area and you might need to queue for the picture whilst sitting on the uncomfortable stones. You can see an amazing sunrise at the 8km level, and then go to the summit after the sunrise. It will be warmer too. Going back is challenging as well with uneven steps and slippery ground. The steps just never end. Some steps are very narrow, some are like uneven rocks. But you will do it! And you will feel so happy for making it to the top of the mountain and then going down. It feels fantastic! And the views are out of this world! We had the most patient and experienced local climbing guides, which really helped. One of them is leading; another is at the end. Both are fantastic…even if you are super slow:-) Good luck! It’s a great part of the world to explore!
Review submitted 28 Nov 2023
Sabah Adventure
From
EUR 1.883 €