Borneo’s Forest Wildlife on a Budget

13 Days from £2394 per adult. All trip details below can be tailored just for you
13 Days
Tailor-Made Tour
Primate Watching
Budget

A wildlife tour which takes in a great variety of settings, from Mount Kinabalu and its dipterocarp forest (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), carnivorous plants, rainforest birds and parasitic Rafflesias to the world-renowned Sepilok Orang-Utan Rehabilitation Centre and jungle-lined Kinabatangan River with primates aplenty – wild orang-utans and pink-faced proboscis monkeys as well as hornbills, Borneo pygmy elephants and much more. Visit Gomantong Caves for cave swiftlets and millions of bats emerging at sunset, and spend a couple of days exploring the city of Kota Kinabalu and its offshore islands. A great deal of variety for so reasonable a price.

Itinerary

Price from £2394 per adult. Based on sharing double / twin rooms

Day 1 - Depart London

Includes In-flight Meals.

Day 2 - Kota Kinabalu

Connect in Kuala Lumpur and arrive into Kota Kinabalu. Met on arrival and transfer to your hotel.

Staying at Hotel Shangri-La. Includes No Meals.

Day 3 - Kinabalu National Park

Pickup from hotel and transfer to the Kinabalu National Park. Enjoy a guided tour of the rainforest, visit the education centre and the botanical gardens with a 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 up to sub-alpine mountain habitat.

Staying at Kinabalu Park Cabin. Includes All Meals.

Day 4 - Poring Hot springs

Drive to Poring Hot Springs. Explore the rainforest trails and 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 species, the world’s largest flower. Return to Kota Kinabalu in the afternoon.

Staying at Hotel Shangri-La. Includes Breakfast and Lunch.

Day 5 - Sepilok Orang-Utan Rehabilitation Centre

Morning flight to Sandakan and transfer to Sepilok. Visit the Rehabilitation Centre to see the feeding of the orang-utans, then the Rainforest Discovery Centre for a canopy walk and exploration of the forest. 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 6 - 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 its wildlife-filled mangrove, wetlands and rainforest affording superb wildlife viewing. After a journey of approximately two hours accompanied by a naturalist guide, you 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 7 - Kinabatangan River

Early morning river excursion to the Kelenanap ox-bow lake for excellent birding and general wildlife viewing. Afternoon river excursion for another chance to see proboscis monkeys and other wildlife. Optional night cruise to spot nocturnal species, possibly including marbled and flat-headed cats.

Staying at Sukau Rainforest Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 8 - Kinabatangan River

Day of guided boat trips and rainforest walks.

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 - Kota Kinabalu

Return by boat back to Sandakan and fly back to Kota Kinabalu in the afternoon.

Staying at Hotel Shangri-La. Includes Breakfast.

Day 11 - Kota Kinabalu

Free day to explore the markets and waterfront of Kota Kinabalu. Perhaps take a ferry to nearby Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park for snorkelling and forest walks.

Staying at Hotel Shangri-La. Includes Breakfast.

Day 12 - Fly to London

Transfer to airport and fly to Kuala Lumpur. Connect with flight to London.

Includes In-flight Meals.

Day 13 - 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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Switching to Royal Brunei Airlines can make this trip even cheaper, as long as you don’t mind a couple of stops en route.

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

We had no expectations on what animals we would see and how every aspect of the holiday would gel together but it was excellent… We talked to lots of people on our trip and most went to great lengths to book their holiday, trawling the internet for flights, looking at different companies for their tours etc. We couldn’t believe how much trouble they went to, they obviously didn’t find your website. When we told them that our only worry was malaria tablets they couldn’t believe it!! Oh did we feel so smug!!! (We) especially appreciated your advice on our silly questions. So, thank you all for a fantastic holiday and this household will be arguing for months about where we will be going next!

Mrs J J - Devon

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Sepilok Nature Resort: 5.867534, 117.949591
Sukau Rainforest Lodge: 5.498170, 118.280911
Kinabalu Hill Lodge: 6.008724, 116.541157
Shangri La Hotel: 5.976220, 116.075387