A Family Wildlife Adventure In Beautiful Borneo

14 Days from £3654 per adult. All trip details below can be tailored just for you
14 Days
Family Holiday
Primate Watching
Snorkelling and Diving
Luxury

Our exciting itinerary is ideal for adventurous families with older children: it uncovers the rich diversity of Borneo’s exotic reefs and rainforests. Sepilok provides the perfect introduction to Borneo’s most famous ape inhabitant, the orang-utan. Lankayan Island boasts perfect white sand beaches, nesting turtles and great snorkelling. While at Sukau, explore the Kinabatangan River before venturing deep into the exquisite rainforests of the Danum Valley in search of wild orang-utans, pygmy elephants, hornbills, flying squirrels and the elusive clouded leopard. With ample time for relaxation too, this family tour has it all.

Itinerary

Price from £3654 per adult. £2572 per child. Based on sharing double / twin rooms

Day 1 - Depart London

Includes In-flight Meals.

Day 2 - Sepilok Orang-Utan Rehabilitation Centre

Connect in Kuala Lumpur and arrive Sandakan. Met on arrival and drive to Sepilok and check-in to lodge.

Staying at Sepilok Nature Resort. Includes Dinner.

Day 3 - Sepilok Orang-Utan Rehabilitation Centre

Full day at Sepilok. Visit the Rehabilitation Centre to see the feeding of the orang-utans followed by the Sun Bear Conservation Centre, conserving the world’s smallest bear, and the Rainforest Discovery Centre for a canopy walk and exploration of the rainforest. Perhaps take an optional night walk in the reserve to see flying squirrels and other nocturnal wildlife.

Staying at Sepilok Nature Resort. Includes All Meals.

Day 4 - Lankayan Island

Transfer back to Sandakan and catch boat to Lankayan Island for a seaside stay of four nights. The small, quiet island is covered with lush tropical vegetation (mostly casuarina trees and screw pines) and encircled by a beautiful white sand beach. Just a few metres offshore is a pristine shallow coral reef providing wonderful doorstep snorkelling. Turtles can be frequently seen both in the water or coming onshore to nest – there is a small hatchery and turtle conservation programme here.

Staying at Lankayan Island. Includes All Meals.

Day 5 - Lankayan Island

Day at leisure on Lankayan Island. Optional snorkelling and diving.

Staying at Lankayan Island. Includes All Meals.

Day 6 - Lankayan Island

Day at leisure on Lankayan Island. Optional snorkelling and diving.

Staying at Lankayan Island. Includes All Meals.

Day 7 - Kinabatangan River

Return to Sandakan for lunch then travel by boat a short way along the coast and then inland via the Kinabatangan River, Sabah’s largest, with wildlife-filled mangrove, wetland and rainforest offering superb wildlife viewing en route. After a journey of approximately two hours accompanied by a naturalist guide, you will arrive at the lodge. Following a brief welcome and orientation, there will be a late afternoon river cruise to spot wildlife.

Staying at Sukau Rainforest Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 8 - Kinabatangan River

Early morning river excursion to the Kelenanap ox-bow lake for excellent birding and other wildlife viewing. Afternoon river excursion for another chance to see proboscis monkeys and other wildlife. Optional night cruise to spot nocturnal animals - possible sightings of marbled and flat-headed cats.

Staying at Sukau Rainforest Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 9 - Kinabatangan River

Explore the waterways of Sukau in the morning then head to Gomantong Caves to explore the forest trails and watch millions of bats emerge at sunset.

Staying at Sukau Rainforest Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 10 - Danum Valley

Transfer overland to Lahad Datu and on to the Danum Valley Conservation Area. Covering 438 square kilometres of pristine dipterocarp rainforest, the Danum Valley Conservation Area is one of the best wildlife regions in all South East Asia, with towering rainforest trees and stunning landscapes. There will be an evening introduction and slide show followed by a night walk to spot nocturnal animals.

Staying at Borneo Rainforest Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 11 - Danum Valley

Early morning start for the Canopy Walk, reaching a height of around 90 feet and ending in a huge majau tree with viewing platform. Following breakfast at the lodge you will have a full day in the reserve with your guide. Perhaps climb the escarpment to see ancient burial tombs in the cliff face, follow the Segama River deep into the forest or visit the local swimming hole - a natural Jacuzzi. In the evening there will be a spotlight game drive (weather permitting) for deer, flying squirrels, leopard cats and possibly even elephants and clouded leopard.

Staying at Borneo Rainforest Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 12 - Danum Valley

Full day of guided excursions. The area is home to a vast array of wildlife including all ten of Sabah's primate species, the very rare Sumatran rhinoceros, wild elephants, the beautiful clouded leopard and 275 bird species.

Staying at Borneo Rainforest Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 13 - Fly to London

Transfer by road back to Lahad Datu and fly (via Kota Kinabalu) to Kuala Lumpur. Connect with flight to London.

Includes In-flight Meals.

Day 14 - Arrive London

Includes In-flight Meals.

Travel Info

Are Flights Included?
Yes

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

Area Specialist

Jonathan Morris
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Upgrade to a Deluxe Chalet at the Borneo Rainforest Lodge: it has a little more space and the kids will love the outdoor bathtub.

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

Thoroughly enjoyable, the length of time spent at each destination was about right, so we didn’t feel too rushed whilst trying to squeeze in a number of destinations…. Very impressed with the service from yourselves in arranging this (& previous) holidays usually with little “notice” and limited budget. Thank you.

Dr F B - Somerset

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Lankayan Island Resort: 6.501088, 117.912802
Sepilok Nature Resort: 5.867534, 117.949591
Sukau Rainforest Lodge: 5.498170, 118.280911
Borneo Rainforest Lodge: 5.019426, 117.746615