THE BEST OF WILD SABAH

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04 May 2021

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Price: From £3985/person

Visit the Rainforest Discovery Centre and Watch Red Giant Flying Squirrels

Visit Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre

Searching for Proboscis Monkeys and Orangutans

Discover the Bat-exodus at the Gomantong Caves

Looking for Shy Mammals at Tabin Wildlife Reserve

Various wildlife treks in the Danum Valley Conservation Area

Day 1: Arrive at Sepilok

 

Welcome to Borneo! On arrival, you will meet your local guide, and you will be transferred to Sepilok Nature Resort. Enjoy a delicious welcome dinner in the evening. After dinner, Your guide will brief you, and you will have the chance to head out for an optional night walk in the forest in search of nocturnal wildlife.

Overnight in Sepilok.

Meals included: Dinner

Sepilok from above in Borneo

Day 2: Discover Sepilok

 

After an early breakfast, head out for trekking at the Rainforest Discovery Centre. Your lunch will be waiting for you in the lodge. In the afternoon visit the Orangutan Sanctuary next door to see the feeding. At dusk, we will return to the Rainforest Discovery Center, and we will be looking for red giant flying squirrels from the canopy while they emerge from their nests.

Overnight in Sepilok.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Orangutan in Sepilok

Day 3: Travel to the Kinabatangan River

 

After breakfast, depart at 7:45 am for Sepilok. You will discover the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre firstly. The founder of the centre will give you a private tour, and give you a talk about the work the centre does. An early lunch will be then served at San Da Gen Kopitiam. After lunch, your driver will take you to Sukau village (2-hour drive), and from there you will take a 10-minute boat ride to your lodge. You will have the opportunity to go on a river cruise in the afternoon to search for orangutans, proboscis monkeys,  langurs, birds and other wildlife. The dinner will take place in the lodge. After dinner, depart for a night walk when you can discover some elusive species.

Overnight at Kinabatagan.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Sun bear in Sepilok Borneo

Day 4: Explore the Kinabatangan River

 

Today starts with an early morning river safari to search for wildlife. Return to the lodge for breakfast, and then you will have the chance to explore the surrounding forest near the lodge by foot. Take another river cruise in the afternoon. After dinner, you will go on another night hike to search for Wester Tarsier, Slow Loris, and other exciting wildlife.

Overnight at Kinabatagan.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Horsfield's Tarsier at Kinabatangan

Day 5: Boat Cruise & Bat Exodus

 

This morning will start with another sunrise river cruise. In the morning, you will have another chance to discover the jungle on foot.  After lunch, you will go to en excursion to visit the Gomantong Caves. We will visit the bat cave and spend the afternoon exploring the reserve. The highlight will be the bat exodus at dusk when around 1 million bats leave the cave to feed at night.  You will return to the lodge for dinner.

Overnight at Kinabatagan.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Kinabatangan River i Borneo

Day 6: Transport to Tabin Wildlife Reserve

After breakfast and a short boat ride your driver will take you to the heart of the Tabin Wildlife Reserve, home to some unique primate species (10), five cat species, around 220 bird species, pygmy elephants and banteng. After lunch, set off in 4x4s to search for leopard cats, marbled cats, flying squirrels, and binturongs (bearcats).

Overnight at Tabin Wildlife Reserve.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Pygmy elephant in Tabin Wildlife Reserve

Day 7: Enjoy the Tabin Wildlife Reserve

 

Today starts with an early morning nature trek, then after breakfast, discover a mud volcano. These salt-enriched mud craters attract different wildlife. You will have the opportunity to visit the observation tower and enjoy the views of the jungle. In the afternoon head to a trek in the forest or go for a drive in the reserve. After dinner, the program includes a night drive to search for nocturnal animals.

Overnight at Tabin Wildlife Reserve.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Hornbill in Tabin Wildlife Reserve

Day 8: Travel to the Danum Valley

 

Depart from the lodge at 7:30 am and drive for 2 hours to arrive at the town of Lahad Datu, take a short break, and then continue 2 hours in Danum Valley (15 minutes sealed road, 1.5 hours dirt road). Danum Valley consists of over 438 sq kilometres virgin primary rainforest, with an incredible amount of flora and fauna. The reserve is the best place in Borneo to see Orangutans in the wild. Register at the welcome centre upon arrival and check-in after the briefing by the field centre staff. After check-in, go for an afternoon wildlife walk with your guide and familiarize yourself with the field centre. Head out for a 4×4 night drive after dinner or a guided night walk.

Overnight at Danum Valley.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Danum Valley in Borneo

Day 9: Explore the Danum Valley

 

Today starts at 6 am hike, which will provide you with an excellent opportunity to see the forest come to life. Or you can choose to take a 4×4 drive to Bukit Atur for a breathtaking sunrise experience atop a canopy of trees. After the early morning activity, the day is yours! You can discuss with your guide what activity you wish to do before lunch and in the afternoon. After dinner, go on an included night walk with your guide or arrange for an optional 4×4 night drive.

Overnight at Danum Valley.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Orangutan in the Daum Valley

Day 10: Full Day in the Rainforest- Danum Valley

 

Early wake up for trekking to find wildlife. Return to the centre for breakfast and rest until lunch. After lunch, enjoy the river (Ulu Segama) before discovering another trail in the jungle. You will have the chance to discuss with your guide which treks to do. After dinner, you will enjoy a night walk with your guide.

Overnight at Danum Valley.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Frog in the Danum Valley

Day 11: Leaving the Danum Valley- Fly to Kota Kinabalu

 

Wake-up early today and go on a morning trek. Depart after lunch for a 2-hour journey back to Lahad Datu, for a flight to Kota Kinabalu (50 minutes). On arrival, take a short transfer to the centre of Kota Kinabalu. Head to dinner for your final night in Borneo.

Overnight at Danum Valley.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Danum Valley from above

Day 12: Departure Day

 

After breakfast, transfer to Kota Kinabalu International Airport for your onwards journey.

Meals included: Breakfast

Kota Kinabalu at sunset

Sepilok

Sepilok Forest Edge Resort (Classic)

Sepilok Forest Edge Resort was designed of Stylish Malay Chalets and a Longhouse. The Resort is surrounded by lush green vegetation and hills with incredible views.

Kinabatangan

Borneo Nature Lodge (Classic)

The lodge is located on the bank of the Kinabatangan River and is surrounded by the beautiful rainforest. Twelve private rooms, the lovely lounge area, and the restaurant which offers international and Asian dishes provide comfort to the travellers. The rooms are air-conditioned.

Sukau Rainforest Lodge (Luxury) -Optional Upgrade

Sukau Lodge is a multi-award-winning hotel, which belongs to the National Geographic Unique Lodges collection. The lodge offers luxury inside the rainforest by the Kinabatangan River. The hotel leads in sustainability and supports conservation.

Tabin Wildlife Reserve

Tabin Wildlife Resort (Classic)

Tabin Wildlife Reserve provides a unique experience in the middle of the rainforest, far from everything. The hotel has ten river and ten hill lodges. They are ensuite and are equipped with twin or double beds, and have private balconies.

Danum Valley

Danum Valley Field Centre (Basic)

The Field Centre offers a relatively basic but real rainforest experience. It has a mix of dorm rooms and private chalets and a lounge area. There is electricity until midnight. You will be staying in the middle of a pristine rainforest.

Borneo Rainforest Lodge (Luxury) -Optional Upgrade

Borneo Rainforest Lodge is one of the most luxurious lodges in Borneo. It is situated along the Danum River inside the Conservation Area. The lodge has 30 tastefully designed chalets and can accommodate up to 60 people. Guests can enjoy the outdoor swimming pool overlooking the river and a restaurant which offers excellent meals.

Kota Kinabalu

Marriott Kota Kinabalu (Premium)

This premium hotel is located on the coast of the South China Sea in the heart of Kota Kinabalu. It is a great place to start or finish your adventure in comfort. It has all the amenities as a modern hotel can offer a swimming pool, gym, wi-fi etc.

Prices & Inclusions

Travel Period

Holiday Price

Single Supplement

15th January 2023 – 15th December 2023

Based on 2 people £3985/person £1190/person
Based on 4 people £3605/person £1190/person
Based on 6 people £3515/person £1190/person

Inclusions

  • 11-Night accommodation in lodges and hotels
  • Meals as per the itinerary
  • Shared excursions
  • Entrance fees where applicable
  • Camera fees under 500mm lens
  • Private access to the Sun Bear Centre
  • All connecting land and boat transfers (Shared basis)
  • Domestic Airfare from Lahad Datu to Kota Kinabaul on Day 11
  • Tourism tax

 

Exclusions

  • International Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips
  • Drinks
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Borneo is the third-largest islands in the World. The Malay part is divided into two states: Sarawak and Sabah. Due to the proximity of the Equator temperatures are always high throughout the year, and they do not change drastically. 

 

There are only two seasons, a wet and a dry. As it is a tropical island rainfall can be expected every day. Mornings are usually clear and sunny, and the rain usually arrives in the early afternoon.

 

The island’s last remaining National Parks and ad Nature Reserves are home to some incredible wildlife. Sabah is the best place in the World of seeing wild Orangutans, Pygmy elephants, and Proboscis monkeys. There are some unique and rare species like the Clouded leopard, the Western tarsier, or the Bornean slow loris who are hiding in the forests.

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