A Borneo Wilderness and Cultural Adventure

15 Days from £3549 per adult. All trip details below can be tailored just for you
15 Days
Tailor-Made Tour
Culture and Archaeology
Off The Beaten Track

This northern Borneo adventure will suit the active traveller with an interest in both natural history and tribal culture. The itinerary encompasses Sabah and Sarawak, the two East Malaysian states. It includes an unforgettable climb of Mount Kinabalu, stunning limestone pinnacles, the Mulu caves, the orang-utans of Semonggok, the Bako National Park and a night as a guest of the notorious Iban tribe. Well off the beaten track, the tour does involve some rustic and basic accommodation, but will reveal many wonders seldom seen by visitors to this extraordinary island. Be among the lucky few able to gain an insight into the manifold cultural and natural history attractions to be found in north Borneo.

Itinerary

Price from £3549 per adult. Based on sharing double / twin rooms

Day 1 - Depart London

Includes In-flight Meals.

Day 2 - Kinabalu National Park

Connect in Kuala Lumpur and arrive in Kuching, capital city of Sarawak, East Malaysia. Enjoy a cultural tour of the city and check-in to hotel.

Staying at Kuching Hilton. Includes No Meals.

Day 3 - Bako National Park & Semonggok Orang-Utan Centre

Morning pick-up from hotel and transfer to a small Bako fishing village. Transfer by boat to Bako National Park. Enjoy a guided tour of the National Park to see the mangrove forest and Padang vegetation in search of long-tailed macaque, leaf monkey, proboscis monkey, bearded pig, monitor lizard and 150 species of birds. Bako is also famed for its various carnivorous Nepenthes (pitcher) plant species.

Continue to Semonggok Orang-Utan Rehabilitation Centre to see the afternoon feeding.

Staying at Kuching Hilton. Includes Breakfast.

Day 4 - Iban Longhouse

Pick up from the hotel and drive through rainforest, fields of pepper and rubber plantations. Stop for lunch plus a visit to a local farmers’ market. Continue to the Lemanak River and board a motorised longboat to the Iban village. Enjoy a traditional dinner and ceremonial dance, then settle down for the night in a traditional longhouse.

Staying at Traditional Iban Longhouse. Includes All Meals.

Day 5 - Kuching

Morning spent with the Iban people. Take a guided nature walk whilst learning about their medicinal plants, trapping techniques, edible fruits and leaves and the agricultural activities of the community. Later, transfer back to Kuching.

Staying at Kuching Hilton. Includes Breakfast.

Day 6 - Mulu National Park

Fly to Mulu and check-in to your hotel. In the afternoon, enjoy a guided tour through lowland rainforest to the Lang Caves to see formations of stalactites and stalagmites and on through the Deer Cave (part of the world’s largest cave complex) to the Garden Of Eden to see the exodus of thousands of bats at sunset.

Staying at Royal Mulu Resort. Includes All Meals.

Day 7 - Mulu Pinnacles

Morning excursion by longboat to explore the spectacular Wind Cave and Clearwater Cave. Continue for 2-3 hours up the Melinau River to Kuala Berar. Trek through the peat swamp forest for 2hrs to Melinau Camp.

Staying at Camp 5. Includes All Meals.

Day 8 - Mulu Pinnacles

Begin a steep ascent through limestone boulders and forest – with occasional sections using aluminium ladders – to 1,750 metres for a spectacular view of the limestone pinnacles. Return to the camp in the afternoon.

Staying at Camp 5. Includes All Meals.

Day 9 - Kinabalu National Park

Trek back to the river to be met by the longboat, then cruise back to Mulu and fly to Kota Kinabalu. Met on arrival and transfer to Kinabalu National Park.

Staying at Kinabalu Park Cabin. Includes Dinner.

Day 10 - Kinabalu National Park

Enjoy a guided tour of the forest trails, visit the education centre and botanical gardens with its superb collection of pitcher plants, rare orchids and other flora. The park has an extremely high biodiversity, including a large number of endemic species, and vegetation types ranging from humid lowland rainforest through to tropical oak and chestnut forests and sub-alpine mountain habitat.

Staying at Kinabalu Park Cabin. Includes All Meals.

Day 11 - Mount Kinabalu Climb

Transfer to Timpohon Gate at 1828m to start the ascent of Mt Kinabalu. Hike with guide (4-6 hrs), observing changing vegetation and animal life, to Laban Rata at 3261m.

Staying at Laban Rata Dormitory. Includes All Meals.

Day 12 - Mount Kinabalu Climb

Very early morning (c. 3am) start the trek to the mountain summit (4095m) in time for a spectacular sunrise. Trek back down to Timpohon Gate and return to the Park Headquarters.

Staying at Kinabalu Park Cabin. Includes All Meals.

Day 13 - Poring Hot Springs

Drive to Poring Hot Springs. Explore the rainforest trails, canopy walk, visit Kipungit Waterfall and soak in the hot sulphur water pools. This is also one of the best places in the world to spot Rafflesia, the world’s largest flower. Return to the coast and check-in to hotel.

Staying at Rasa Ria Resort. Includes Breakfast and Lunch.

Day 14 - Fly to London

Free day to relax at the hotel. Transfer to airport in late afternoon fly to Kuala Lumpur. Connect with flight to London.

Includes In-flight Meals.

Day 15 - Arrive London

Includes In-flight Meals.

Travel Info

Are Flights Included?
Yes

Flight Info:
Fly from London to Kota Kinabalu via Kuala Lumpur on Malaysia Airlines

Area Specialist

Jonathan Morris
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The ascent of Mount Kinabalu is very rapid, starting in humid rainforest and ending in an exposed mountain summit. They key is taking many layers of clothes that you can take off or on as the temperature changes. A hat and gloves will be very welcome whilst waiting for the sunrise at the summit!

If you have any queries about this tour please feel free to call me directly on +44 (0)1803 866965 or...

A most enjoyable tour, ran smoothly and saw most of what we hoped to see. Borneo people we met were friendly and helpful. Standard of food was far better than we expected and most enjoyable. Would recommend this trip to anyone wishing to visit Borneo for a few weeks. Thanks!

Mr R O - Kinross

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Camp 5: 3.950000, 114.783300
Mulu Marriott Resort & Spa: 4.029097, 114.802084
Laban Rata Lodge: 6.058982, 116.565892
Kuching Hilton Hotel: 1.557597, 110.350081
Kinabalu Hill Lodge: 6.008724, 116.541157
Rasa Ria Resort: 6.155050, 116.147950
Iban Longhouse: 1.104058, 110.758667