The Best of Borneo’s Wonderful Wildlife

14 Days from £4125 per adult. Prices based on flight fares at the time of costing & may vary. Please ask for a definitive quote
14 Days
Tailor-Made Tour
Primate Watching
Photographic

We carefully designed this comprehensive Borneo wildlife holiday to maximise the variety of habitats and number of headline species whilst using accommodation of a very high standard throughout. Begin with an exploration of the high altitude forests of Mt Kinabalu and Poring before travelling overland to the orang-utan rehabilitation centre at Sepilok. A night on Selingan Island gives you snorkelling by day and turtles egg-laying at night. A visit to the Sun Bear Centre provides the opportunity to see the world’s smallest bear up close. Then embark on a river journey up the Kinabatangan River, spotting plenty of wild proboscis monkeys and possibly wild orang-utans and Borneo pygmy elephants en route to the small river village of Sukau. Finally comes three nights in the stunning Danum Valley, one of the world’s last great expanses of rainforest, to spot a dazzling array of rainforest wildlife on foot, night drive and a series of high walkways through the forest canopy. This is South East Asian wildlife viewing at its very best.

Itinerary

Price from £4125 per adult. Based on sharing double / twin rooms

Day 1 - Depart London

Fly overnight from London to Kota Kinabalu via Kuala Lumpur.

Includes In-flight Meals.

Day 2 - Kinabalu National Park

Connect in Kuala Lumpur for Kota Kinabalu. Met on arrival and transfer via paddy fields and Dunsun villages through the Crocker Mountain Range to Kinabalu National Park.

Staying at Kinabalu Park Cabin. Includes Dinner.

Day 3 - Kinabalu National Park

Enjoy a guided wildlife tour along rainforest trails, visit the education centre and the botanical gardens with its superb collection of pitcher plants, rare orchids and other flora. Kinabalu National 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 4 - Poring Hot springs

Drive to the 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.

Staying at Poring Park Cabin. Includes All Meals.

Day 5 - Sepilok Orang-utan Rehabilitation Centre

Pick-up from cabin and transfer by road to the Sepilok Rehabilitation Centre in time to witness feeding of the orang-utans. The centre works to rehabilitate orphaned or injured orang-utans back into the wild, and many of the semi-wild apes return to the centre to feed on fruit left for them by the staff. 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 - Selingan Island

Pick-up from the lodge and transfer to Sandakan dock to catch a boat to Selingan Island, part of the Turtle Islands National Park. Visit the park hatchery to see the transplantation of eggs and help return young turtles to the sea. Enjoy a night excursion to witness the females laying eggs on the beach.

Staying at Selingan Island Cabin. Includes All Meals.

Day 7 - Kinabatangan River

Perhaps wake early and see the last few turtles return to the sea at sunrise. Return to Sandakan by boat and transfer to the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre to see rescued bears in their forest habitat. After lunch at a local restaurant, board a boat for a fabulous wildlife cruise along the coast and up the Kinabatangan River, the largest in Sabah, with its banks of mangrove, wetland and rainforest offering exceptional wildlife viewing. Following a brief welcome and orientation there will be a late afternoon river cruise to spot species such as proboscis monkey, wild orang-utan and various hornbills.

Staying at Abai Jungle Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 8 - Kinabatangan River

Early morning river cruise to spot wildlife then continue cruising up the Kinabatangan River to your next lodge, all the while on the lookout for Borneo pygmy elephants, often seen on this stretch of the river.

Staying at Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 9 - Kinabatangan River

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

Staying at Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 10 - Danum Valley

Transfer overland to Gomantong Caves, home to thousands of bats and cave swiftlets, whose nests are selectively harvested for use in the famous bird’s nest soup. Continue by road 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 prime wilderness regions in the whole of South East Asia, with its towering 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, a series of walkways 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 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) to pick out deer, flying squirrel, leopard cat and possibly elephant 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 elephant, 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 in London

Includes In-flight Meals.

Travel Info

Are Flights Included?
Yes

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

Area Specialist

Jonathan Morris
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A great itinerary for wildlife photography but light can be a little challenging in the rainforest. Switching to a high ISO (e.g. 800 and above) will allow you to hand hold most shots with a shutter speed fast enough to avoid camera shake.

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

Thank you for arranging a wonderful tour for us in Borneo – Reef and Rainforest have done it again! The wildlife viewing has been superb. ..all lifetime memories! The food was also excellent and [your representatives] were very efficient and extremely helpful…all the logistics worked very well…the memories will last a long time. Looking forward to Belize

Dr F R M - Buckinghamshire

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Selingan Island Chalets: 6.116898, 118.021646
Sepilok Nature Resort: 5.867534, 117.949591
Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge: 5.508166, 118.282401
Abai Jungle Lodge: 5.682133, 118.380035
Borneo Rainforest Lodge: 5.019426, 117.746615
Kinabalu Hill Lodge: 6.008724, 116.541157
Jungle Lodge at Poring Hot Springs: 6.047894, 116.703981