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North Borneo

11 days from £4720 per person

Blanketed in thick tropical rainforest, the northern regions of Borneo have a rich biodiversity which is almost unparalleled. The breadth of flora and fauna is truly staggering with over two thousand types of trees which create a habitat that is a home to gibbons, hornbills, orang-utans and diverse birdlife. Commencing in Kota Kinabalu, explore Kinabalu Park before flying to Sandakan - gateway to the jungles of the interior. Four nights will be spent in the rainforest – two in Sukau and two in the Danum Valley – before ending the tour relaxing at the Gaya Island Resort.

Route: Kota Kinabalu – Sukau – Lahad Datu – Gaya Island

Itinerary Highlights

Borneo is known throughout the world for its association with orang-utan and the Sepilok Orang-utan Rehabilitation Centre provides a special introduction to the ‘man of the forest’.

The Kinabatangan River is home to much of Borneo’s magnificent wildlife. In their natural habitat, proboscis monkey, orang-utan and herds of Borneo Pygmy Elephants thrive.

The tropical rainforest and rivers of the Danum Valley Conservation Area supports the rare east Sumatran rhinoceros, orang-utan, gibbon, leopard and hundreds of bird species.

Itinerary: North Borneo

Today depart the UK on the Malaysian Airlines flight non-stop to Kuala Lumpur. (N)
Arrive in Kuala Lumpur and connect to a Malaysian Airlines flight to Kota Kinabalu. Kota Kinabalu is the gateway to the spectacular Kinabalu National Park. Dominated by the 4000m peak of Mt Kinabalu, the reserve is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Malaysia’s oldest protected areas. (N)
Accommodation in Kota Kinabalu: Shangri-La Tanjung Aru Resort 
Alternative option: Shangri-La Rasa Ria Resort
Today visit Kinabalu National Park which is one of the most biologically diverse areas on earth. With four different climatic zones and forest environments ranging from tropical to coniferous, the national park supports an extraordinary variety of plants and animals. Over 1000 species of orchid have been recorded here and the park is also home to rafflesia – the world’s largest flower – and carnivorous pitcher plants. Kinabalu National Park also supports orang-utan, lemur, wild pig, tarsier and slow loris as well as over 250 different species of bird. (B/L)
Accommodation in Kota Kinabalu: Shangri-La Tanjung Aru Resort 
Alternative option: Shangri-La Rasa Ria Resort
This morning return to Kota Kinabalu Airport and fly to Sandakan. On arrival proceed to the Sepilok Orang-utan Rehabilitation Centre which was founded in 1964 to look after orphan orang-utans. After visiting the centre it is a two hour journey by ferry along the Kinabatangan River to your hotel for the night which offers the opportunity to view birds and wildlife in their mangrove, wetland and rainforest habitat. (B/L/D)
Accommodation in Sukau: Sukau Rainforest Lodge (or similar)
Waking up early to the sound of gibbon and hornbill, cruise the Kinabatangan River to Kelenanap, location of an oxbow lake, to bird-watch and view wildlife including proboscis monkey, orang-utan and, if lucky, the rare Borneo pygmy elephant. After returning for breakfast, meet the lodge naturalist, learn about the iconic hornbill or visit the Kinabatangan Wildlife Corridor Regeneration Program. In the afternoon take a further river cruise in search of more wildlife. (B/L/D)
Accommodation in Sukau: Sukau Rainforest Lodge (or similar)
After breakfast leave Sukau and drive to Lahad Datu – the gateway to the Danum Valley. The Danum Valley Conservation Area, located in the far north east of Sabah, is a remote area of undisturbed and protected lowland tropical rainforest. With no permanent human settlement the area is unique and supports an almost unrivalled diversity of tropical plants and animals. (B/L/D)
Accommodation in Lahad Datu: Borneo Rainforest Lodge (or similar)
Today explore the Danum Valley. The Borneo Rainforest Lodge provide all activities and options include jungle walks, bird-watching and night safaris. There is also a canopy walkway. The conversation area is home to orang-utan, gibbon, mouse-deer, tarsier and clouded leopard. There have also been reports of Bornean rhinoceros and Borneo pygmy elephant – both of which are extremely rare. Over 250 species of bird have also been recorded. (B/L/D)
Accommodation in Lahad Datu: Borneo Rainforest Lodge (or similar)
After breakfast return by road to Lahad Datu and fly to Kota Kinabalu. On arrival take a 15 minute speed-boat ride to Gaya Island. Located within the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park, the crystal-clear waters of Gaya Island offer some of the finest snorkelling in the world. Active marine conservation also takes place here with a focus on the native turtle population. (B)
Accommodation in Gaya Island: Gaya Island Resort (or similar)
At leisure to relax and enjoy the hotel and island. (B)
Accommodation in Gaya Island: Gaya Island Resort (or similar)
Return by boat to Kota Kinabalu and fly back to Kuala Lumpur. On arrival connect onto the Malaysian Airlines flight non-stop to the UK. (B)
**KEY: N = No meals, B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner

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What's included

  • International flights from the UK
  • Domestic flights
  • Private car and driver
  • Sightseeing with local English speaking guides
  • Wildlife viewing with local naturalist
  • Hotel accommodation and taxes

What's not included

  • Cost of visas
  • Travel Insurance
  • Expenses of a personal nature

Guide to Price

The above price is based on two people travelling together and sharing accommodation in low season. The price is only a guide and can vary according to selected airlines, hotels and date of travel. If you wish to travel with your family, friends or on your own we will be very happy to assist you with your arrangements.

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