Travel through the wild untamed lands of beautiful Borneo
Imagine a place that is spiritual and wild, colourful and mysterious, and full of tantalising secrets - this is beautiful Borneo. From the steamy jungles of Mulu National Park and the secluded beaches of Turtle Island, to the graceful orangutans at Sepilok and small villages nestled in the shadow of Mt Kinabalu, Borneo is a true gem of South East Asia. Experience captivating sunsets, be welcomed on homestays, travel along scenic trails, laze on tropical beaches and see an abundance of wildlife - this is a tour to remember forever.
One of the last remaining truly wild places on earth, Borneo offers rare treats for the nature lover – see Orangutans at the Semenggoh Sanctuary and the quirky proboscis monkeys in Bako National Park
Discover the colourful history of the Iban people and spend the night in a traditional longhouse with a local family
Explore one of the world’s largest cave networks and witness a sunset hunting exodus of millions of bats, twisting through the sky like a plume of black smoke in Gunung Mulu National Park
Follow in the infamous footsteps of tribal warriors on a trek through wild, dense jungle on the Headhunters’ Trail
Experience next-level vistas from the top of Mt Kinabalu climb on a two-day climb that will really get the heart pumping
Witness nature at its most beautiful with a night on Turtle island, watching mother turtles come ashore to lay their eggs
Cruise down the Kinabatangan river and search for wildlife in this rich and unique ecosystem
It’s best to pack light for this trip. There is a strict 15 kg maximum luggage limit on the included internal flights. Excess luggage will incur extra fees to the traveller.
A small to medium size day backpack is required for the time in Mulu NP and on the Headhunters Trail. Your main pack will be forwarded on, so there will be days when you don’t have access to it. Pack light and smart.
This trip includes a number of wonderful long walks through forest and jungle, especially the 11.5 kilometre Headhunters’ Trail, so a good level of fitness is required.
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.
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, guesthouses, 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 valid for departures from 01 January 2019 to 31 December 2019. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2018 - 31 December 2018
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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 some nights of this trip, please contact your sales agent if you would like to book a single supplement. Due to the type of accommodation we use on this trip, a single supplement is only available on the following nights, Day 1 Kuching, Day 3 Kuching, Day 8 Labuan and Day 9 & 10 Kota Kinabalu, Day 16 Kinabatangan River, Day 17 Sandakan, Day 19 Sepilok and Day 20 Kota Kinabalu.
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.
Our Best of Borneo trips score an average of 4.59 out of 5 based on 27 reviews in the last year.
Truth be told - other than the mountain & turtle island, there wasn't anything in the second half of the tour that wasn't seen in the first. Sarawak is much nicer than Sabah. Mountain is exceptionally hard. Bako and Niah were amazing, as was the first homestay & turtle island.Lots of nature & walking, though group size was too big.
Review submitted 23 Sep 2018
Intrepid groups are a great way to travel - taking the hassle out of detailed organisation of transport and accommodation, but also taking you to places and to meet people you might otherwise not think of, or have the opportunity to access. The sustainable travel policy is really good, as is the socially responsible ethos of the country. Local homestays, local guides and knowledgeable and friendly group leaders, give a real depth of insight into the culture, history, geography, wildlife and most importantly the people of a country.
Review submitted 12 Aug 2018