Go wild in Borneo as you discover the protected, lush forests filled with jaw-dropping wildlife. Come face to face with Orangutans, help protect turtles, commune with sun bears & cruise down jungle rivers to spot it all in the wild. This is a natural history adventure in the heart of the Borneo wilderness.
Borneo. Even the name evokes wild adventure. If you are imagining Indiana Jones-style scenes as you journey into the depths of the jungle, then you have come to the right place! Under severe threat, the forests of Borneo are incredibly rich biospheres, filled to the brim with an astonishing amount of wildlife. You will be submerged in this untamed environment, gazing at the treetops, trying to catch a glimpse of gibbons, charming proboscis monkeys and, of course, the majestic Orangutan.
Because of the destruction of their habitats, spotting Orangutan in the wild has become more difficult, but don't worry, you are 100% guaranteed to see them on this trip as we pay a visit to the amazing Sepilok sanctuary. Now, this is no zoo, no wildlife park, this is a vast area of protected forest, where rehabilitated Orangutans are nursed back to health, then released to live untroubled. In such a vast space, how will you see them? Well, if there is one thing we all know about them, Orangutans are not stupid. There are set times where at particular points in the reserve, food is laid out and some of these wonderful creatures just can’t resist a free meal. However, standing, staring them in the eye, you will quickly realise how much more they have in common with humans than this!
You will also visit an ethical Sun Bear sanctuary and Turtle Island to learn how by simply visiting, you are contributing to the protection and revitalisation of these precious endangered animals. But, it is not just wildlife, human culture is also a fascinating side of Borneo that we simply cannot ignore. You will spend some time in Kota Kinabalu, the capital of Malaysian Borneo and we have arranged a sublime homestay in the foothills of Mt Kinabalu, South East Asia’s highest peak. Here you will have the run of a local house for the night, visit schools and workplaces and explore the rich biodiversity of the World Heritage park.
Coming this close to such incredible wildlife, especially those on the fringes of survival, is an experience that will change you in the most positive of ways. As with all our tours, animal welfare is a core belief, so you can be assured that all the animal experiences are ethical and have been thoroughly vetted by us & our in-country partners.
Experience an untouched corner of this beautiful natural island paradise, exploring natural history first-hand and in dramatic fashion.
Explore some of the most sought after experiences in Borneo, including:
Every experience will be with either your mainstay guide or a local specialist so you can get the very best out of every area and experience on your trip
We have sourced the very best accommodation in Borneo and one very special homestay experience, to ensure you have a comfortable bed at the end of your day's adventure.
Your taste buds will come alive with the exceptional flavours of traditional Sabah cooking. A blend of spicy Malaysian treats and simple, home cooked Sabah treats.
You will be taken everywhere throughout the trip, from coach rides between towns to boats over the glittering sea and up the chocolate-coloured jungle rivers.
On your guided days, you will not have to pay to enter any of the outstanding experiences we have set up for you.
All hotels are subject to availability, a hotel list will be provided to you 2-4 weeks prior to your departure. In the event that any of the hotels are unavailable, we will accommodate you in a hotel of a similar or higher standard, in a similar location to ensure your itinerary is able to run smoothly.
A general list of amenities across all of our hotels is as follows:
Where accommodations have no rating beside them, they are different types of experience. All are in comfortable, safe accommodations, but the nature of their locations makes them unable to give a rating for their services.
There are highlights every day on this journey, and while we imagine you are all expecting us to say Orangutan here as the main highlight, that is only partially true. Don’t get us wrong, there is absolutely no sensation in the world like looking a great ape in the eye, knowing that it sees almost exactly what we see. There is a genuine connection, something that stirs deep inside you and it is a truly authentic moment, one that almost reduces you to tears. The visit to Sepilok is moving and important and definitely one of the highlights, but it in no way trumps the rest of the trip.
Spending the night in the heart of the Kinabatangan Sanctuary, right beside the slow-flowing chocolate-coloured river is breathtaking. On one short boat trip, you might see an Orangutan in the wild, such a beautiful, inspiring site, but you will definitely see the wonderful Proboscis Monkeys, which will quickly become your favourite animals ever. The number of birds, the calls of the gibbons in the trees, the camaraderie with your fellow adventurers over a beer at night. It is wild wild heaven.
And then there is Kinabalu. Wandering through this park of incredible biodiversity is amazing. You are right amongst it, on foot, in an area where there are more species of plant than Europe and North America put together, including rafflesia, the biggest flower in the world, though to see this, you would have to be unbelievably lucky as it never grows in the same place twice.
Your trip begins in the Malaysian Borneo capital of Kota Kinabalu. After a couple of days here you start the true adventure. You head out to the hidden, traditional village of Kiau for a night in a local home, then you are off to Kinabalu National Park to explore its wonders. From there you will head to Sandakan, the jumping-off point for several wild adventures. From here we head out to Turtle Island for a night, then finish off with two nights in the Borneo Nature Lodge in the heart of Kinabatangan Reserve. We finish off in Sandakan, where you can take a connecting flight back to Kota Kinabalu to meet your international connection.
The hotels included in our Wild Borneo Discovery feature the following facilities:
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