Get a better look at Borneo’s wonderful wilderness in Sabah
Plunge into a realm full of verdant forests, rambling rivers and endangered wildlife on a trip through Sabah, Borneo’s jungle dreamland. Full of exotic beasts, ancient traditions, tribal villages, wide-eyed orangutans and scruffy sun bears, Sabah is the kind of destination where adventure is hard to miss. Trek through an evergreen plot of Borneo as you climb Mt Kinabalu, learn more about animal rehabilitation at forest sanctuaries and swap stories with village locals – it’s the forest adventure of a lifetime.
Experience next-level vistas from the top of Mt Kinabalu climb on a two-day climb that will really get the heart pumping
Visits the Orangutan sanctuary to spend some special time in the company of these 'men of the forest'
Spend two nights on the Kinabatangan river in a Jungle Lodge and search for wildlife on 3 boat cruises in this rich and unique ecosystem
Visit Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary and Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre to see all of Borneos furry creatures.
Experience a night in a traditional longhouse amongst the Sabah Tea Plantations
This trip is for all animal lovers - Borneo’s tropical rainforests and climate provide the ideal conditions for a wide variety of wildlife to thrive, much of it found nowhere else
The Mt Kinabalu trek is very challenging, including an altitude of more than 2,800 metres and an early morning to summit in the dark, so we recommend a good level of fitness to be able to enjoy this unforgettable climb.
The maximum luggage allowance for the internal flight is 15kg. Excess luggage will incur extra fees to be paid to the airline. We recommend packing light anyway – it means less to carry!
We recommend packing specific items for this trip so please take a look at the ‘what to take’ section of the trip notes.
You will get to experience a wide range of accommodation types on this trip – some dormitory rooms in hostels, a homestay, longhouse, jungle lodge and hotels. Some may be a little more basic than our standard hotels, but their unique location and close proximity to wildlife is what makes them special.
This itinerary is very similar to our "Sabah Adventure" trip (trip code TMSC) however this trip does not visit Turtle Island. If you prefer to visit Turtle Island please check out the Sabah Adventure trip. Instead this trip spends extra time along the Kinabatangan River with more wildlife cruises, stays in a traditional longhouse and includes a visit to Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary and Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre.
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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.
3. A Single Supplement is available on this trip, please contact your booking agent if you would like to book a single supplement. Please note a single supplement is not available on the following nights: Day 2 Homestay, Day 3 & 4 Mt Kinabalu.
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. Further information can be found in our "Safety" section of the Essential Trip Information. We also have links to prominent government travel advisories and any updates on issues affecting this trip on our Travel Alerts page http://www.intrepidtravel.com/au/travel-alerts
Our Sabah Discovery trips score an average of 5 out of 5 based on 2 reviews in the last year.
This was an amazing trip. Climbing Mt Kinabalu was pretty tough for this averagely fit middle aged man, but my fit 15 year old had no problem! It is unquestionably worth the effort to get to the summit. Seeing the wildlife whilst staying at the river lodge was stunning - we were lucky enough to see just about everything. The final days at Sepilok were an interesting and relaxing way to end the trip. Bryan our guide was excellent. Highly organised, very friendly and fun, nothing too much trouble, and extremely knowledgeable on all parts of the journey.
Review submitted 17 Jul 2018
Sabah Discovery is a new tour, which does not visit Turtle Island (my agent would not allow me to book a tour which included it). I was on the first group on this tour, and there were 7 of us. Tour is amazing and our guide Johmin was excellent, you’ll be very lucky to get his wealth of local and cultural knowledge. Mount Kinabalu climb is definitely worth it. It was cold at the top but a base layer, fleece hoodie, windcheater and waterproof shell are sufficient. Bring ski gloves. Going up is hard work but exhilarating. The accommodation on the mountain is much better than I expected. Coming down is very hard work on the knees, take two poles if you suffer with knee problems. The mountain guides are excellent. We did almost all the optional activities. Do the night time walks/safaris. The boat safaris in Kinabatangan are brilliant for the wildlife. Come a day earlier and go to the Mari Mari village from KK. If you want to go snorkelling on a tour, they last all day, I couldn’t find any organised for just a morning, but you can make your own way across. Overall an excellent mix of physical activity, landscapes, wildlife and Borneo culture.
Review submitted 07 Apr 2018