Borneo’s Forest Wildlife on a Budget

# Tailor-Made Tour

Borneo’s Forest Wildlife on a Budget

11 Days from £1894 per adult.
11 Days
Tailor-Made Tour
Primate Watching

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.


Price from £1894 per adult. Based on sharing double / twin rooms

Day 1 - Kota Kinabalu

Arrive into Kota Kinabalu. Met on arrival and transfer to your hotel.

Staying at Hotel Shangri-La. Includes No Meals.

Day 2 - 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 3 - 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 4 - 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 5 - 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 6 - 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 7 - Kinabatangan River

Day of guided boat trips and rainforest walks.

Staying at Sukau Rainforest Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 8 - 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 9 - 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 10 - 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 11 - Depart Borneo

Transfer to Kota Kinabalu airport and fly home.

Includes In-flight Meals.

Travel Info

Are International Flights Included?
No. Please contact us for a quote if required.

Flight Info:
Domestic flights included within Borneo.

Best Visited:
March to October

Area Specialist

Jonathan Morris

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...

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

Route Map

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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