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Borneo Wildlife Adventure - (11N/12D)

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12 days 11 nights

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Experience

Borneo is an amazing tropical paradise. Get up close to the island's 'wild-men' at Sepilok Orang-utan Rehabilitation Project and to the big-nosed Proboscis monkeys at Labuk Bay Sanctuary. Enjoy an idyllic island getaway and snorkel among colourful fish and sea turtles. From a jungle camp we head out by longboat and on foot in search of wild macaques and crocodiles. There’s time too for exploring the trails in Kinabalu National Park, and for relaxing in the thermal pools of Poring Hot Springs.

Itineary

Day 1 
Start Kota KinabaluOpen or Close

The group flight is an overnight flight departing the day before. Those travelling on the group flights will be met on arrival at the airport this morning and transferred to our hotel, where the rest of the group will join throughout the day. Today is a free day but there will be a welcome meeting in the evening; details of where and when this will take place will have been left with the hotel's reception. The hotel check-in time is from 2pm.

Kota Kinabalu, the capital of Sabah, is an intriguing city that was born between the Borneo jungle and the South China Sea. Having recovered from World War II bombings, 'KK' now possesses a gateway charm that can only be found in a frontier town. If you have enough free time, why not immerse yourself in local history at the Sabah State Museum or visit the Monsopiad Cultural Village (once home to a notorious headhunter). Dreamtel Hotel or similar

Day 2 
Hike through plantations and homestay

Leaving the city behind we head towards Mt. Kinabalu. After about 2-2.5hrs we arrive at the Dusun village of Tanak Nabalu. (Please note that at time of writing the roads to the village are quite bad so we may have to use smaller minibuses for this journey) The Dusun people are the largest ethnic group in Sabah, the province of Borneo where we find ourselves.


In the village we are separated into different homestays and will spend the rest of the day hiking through orchards and rubber plantations, going for a swim in the river, exploring the village and, possibly, if anyone is feeling energetic, playing of football on the village pitch.

This evening we all gather together for a cultural show which helps the Dusun preserve their ancient, traditional dances. As not all families speak English, our tour leader will hand out language sheets and will be at hand to assist with communications. Homestay (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 3 
To Kinabablu Park, hike and botanical gardens

This morning we visit the Mini Mount Kinabalu, a natural rock formation that looks exactly like the summit of Mt. Kinabalu. We continue into Kinabalu National Park (about 30mins). Here we will go for a 1-2hrs hike along some of the lower trails and the Mountain Botanical Gardens with an excellent showcase of the mountain’s diverse plant life.


There is an option to visit the Kundasang War Memorial which commemorates Prisoners of War who died during the infamous death marches of World War II. The memorial is made up of four gardens, the Australian, English, Malaysian and the Contemplation Garden that represent the different nationalities.

We later drive 1hr, to the Sabah Tea Gardens where we will spend the night in a traditional reconstructed longhouse with shared bathrooms. Sabah Tea Longhouse (Breakfast)

Day 4 
Tea Factory, Poring Hot Spring and canopy tour

Waking to the spectacular views overlooking the mountain, we start with a visit to the tea plantation, learning about the process of tea production.


From here it’s only a short drive to the Poring Hot Spring. We have plenty of time to enjoy the cool pools and hot-tubs (into which the steaming hot water is piped) as well as the well maintained, self-guided walking trails to a nearby waterfall. The hotsprings can get qutie popular with locals at times and you may wish to pay the additional charge to enjoy a private bath if you want a good soak.

We later take to the trees as we head on a canopy walkway which follows a trail including a number of suspension

bridges hanging from the trees at canopy level, some up to 40m above the ground.

There is also a butterfly and orchid garden within the complex. We later return to the Sabah Tea Gardens. Sabah Tea Longhouse (Breakfast)

Day 5 
Kinabatangan river and jungle activities

We leave early this morning as the drive to Kinabatangan is approximately 5-6hrs and we aim to get there for lunch.


The Kinabatangan River is the longest in Sabah and its lower reaches are recognised as one of the best places in South East Asia for wildlife viewing. The surrounding forests are home to ten species of primate, including orang-utans, Proboscis monkeys and gibbons as well as hornbills, crocodiles and the elusive Pygmy elephants which come down to the river to drink, amongst others.

We spend the next day and a half exploring the surrounding jungle. We go on river cruises, jungle hikes, a night walk, visit an oxbow lake and plant trees. Bilit Adventure Lodge or similar (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

oday we continue exploring the surrounding jungle.

Day 7 
Proboscis monkeys Orang-utans and Sepilok forest

The next two days are spent in and around Sepilok.


The drive to Labuk Bay and the Proboscis monkey sanctuary takes about 3-4hrs. These monkeys, only found in Borneo, are very distinctive with their large noses and can often be seen jumping from tree to tree with tremendous leaps through the air.

After visiting the sanctuary we continue towards Sepilok, about 40mins away where we will be staying just 5mins from the famous Sepilok Orang-utan Rehabilitation Centre in a guesthouse with a pool.

The Kabili Sepilok Reserve, established in the 1960s, is home to between 60 and 80 rehabilitated orang-utans which roam freely in the forest. In addition to this, the rehabilitation centre was established to care for the apes and is home to a further 25 young orphaned orang-utans who live in a nursery. The rehabilitation centre provides medical care for the orphaned and confiscated apes as well as various other wild animals.

Whilst the semi-wild orang-utans roam free in the reserve and forage for food, their diet is supplemented by milk and banana. There are two feedings a day, at 10am and 3pm, and we have the opportunity to witness both.

There is also the opportunity to visit the nearby Borneo Sun Bear Conservation Centre. The smallest of all bears, Sun bears were once widely found across much of Asia but have drastically decreased in numbers. The Centre aims to protect and promote conservation to return these bears to the forest.

The nearby Rainforest Discovery Centre is a centre for environmental education situated within the famous Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve. Its primary function is to create public awareness and appreciation of the importance of conserving forests, as well as the sustainable use of forest resources. The 147m long, 28m high steel canopy walkway gives spectacular views of beautiful rainforest giants like the Mengaris tree, and there are also 250 species of bird to look out for - experience forest life high in the canopy. Sepilok Jungle Resort or similar (Breakfast)

Day 8 
Proboscis monkeys Orang-utans and Sepilok forest

Proboscis monkeys Orang-utans and Sepilok forest.

Day 9 
To Manukan Island via Kota Kinabalu

Leaving early we head to Sandakan Airport (about 25mins) for our flight back to Kota Kinabalu (40mins). From here we travel by boat to Manukan Island, part of the Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park. Manukan Island is the second biggest island in the national park and is covered in thick forest with a nice beach and some good corals for snorkelling. There is also a network of easy walking trails around the island.


We spend the next two nights in the lovely Manuken Island Resort with its Balinese style villas facing the South China Sea.

The rest of the day is free to relax and enjoy the pool and the beach. Manukan Island Resert or similar (Breakfast)

Day 10 
Snorkelling trip

Today we head out exploring the Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park on a snorkelling trip to some of the best sites with vibrant coral and schools of colourful fish. The more intrepid can also zip-line from one island to another. Manukan Island Resert or similar (Breakfast, Lunch)

Day 11 
Free morning, afternoon in Kota Kinabalu

We have a leisurely morning to enjoy the beach before heading back to Kota Kinabalu. If on the July or August departuers, those on the group flights will be taken to the airport for their flight home. Land only passengers have a last night included in Kota Kinabalu. If on the Christmas departure everyone has a last night in Kota Kinabalu Dreamtel Hotel or similar (Breakfast)

Day 12 
End Kota Kinabalu

Land only passengers, the trip ends after breakfast this morning. Flight inclusive passengers in July and August will be arriving back in the UK today after an overnight flight. Flight inclusive passengers in December will be transferred to the airport early this morning for the day time flight back to the UK. (Breakfast)

Package Includes

Inclusions

  • All accommodation
  • All breakfasts, 4 lunches and 3 dinners
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout

Package Excludes

Exclusions

  • Service Tax and / or any other taxes.
  • Iternational or domestic flights, unless included
  • Meals other than those mentioned as included (please contact us to know details specific to your trip)
  • Optional arrival and departure transfers or transfer costs to the starting point of the vacation
  • Visa, passport, travel insurance.
  • Optional tours that can be bought on a supplement.
  • Single room supplement
  • Entrance fees to attractions not specified as included (please contact us to know details specific to your trip)

Information

Dates & Prices

Start Date End Date Price
     
17th DEC, 2017 28th DEC, 2017 GBP £ 1199.00
25th MAR, 2018 05th APR, 2018 GBP £ 1249.00
29th JUL, 2018 09th AUG, 2018 GBP £ 1249.00
19th AUG, 2018 30th AUG, 2018 GBP £ 1249.00
23rd DEC, 2018 03rd JAN, 2019 GBP £ 1259.00
 
  • Travel Insurance covering medical and evacuation expenses is mandatory for all travellers.
  • The cost exclude GST 5%.

 

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