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zThe Wildlife of Borneo

11 days

A private journey for departure any day

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Private Touring Discoveries

  • Experience the ways and cultures of the indigenous Iban tribe... Visit a traditional longhouse and explore the rainforest with expert Iban trackers.
  • Learn how injured and orphaned animals at the Sepilok Orang Utan Sanctuary are prepared for reintroduction into the remote wilds of Borneo.
  • Visit the Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary at feeding time for an exciting up-close encounter with these fascinating primates.
  • Travel deep into Sukau’s Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary to observe Borneo’s exotic birds and creatures in their native rainforest habitat.

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Day
1

Arrive Kuching on the Island of Borneo

Check in to the Pullman Kuching Hotel, the finest in town.

Day
2

Full day sightseeing

Visit the Sarawak Cultural Village, a unique living museum that showcases the island’s diverse ethnic cultures. After lunch, visit the Semonggok Rehabilitation Center to learn how orang utans rescued from captivity are taught the skills needed to survive on their own in the rainforest. Meals B,L,D

Day
3

Into the heart of Borneo

Journey overland through rubber plantations and jungle-clad mountains and then by boat up the Lemanak River, dotted with Iban longhouse settlements. Arrive at Hilton Batang Ai Longhouse Resort in time for dinner. Meals B,L,D

Day
4

Excursion deep in Iban country

Spend the day getting to know Borneo’s indigenous Iban tribe. Explore the jungle with expert Iban trackers, learning how they use rainforest plants and trying your hand at blowpipe hunting. Enjoy a traditional Iban meal cooked in bamboo tubes over an open fire. Return to your resort for dinner. Meals B,L,D

Day
5

By river, land and air to Kota Kinabalu

Return to Kuching and fly to Kota Kinabalu. Transfer Le Meridien Hotel. Your evening is free to explore the nearby night market and waterfront. Meals B,L

Day
6

Off the coast of Borneo

Cruise to the Marine Ecology Center and learn about their efforts to protect highly-endangered giant clams. Then experience life in a coastal village of the Bajau tribe and join these “Sea Gypsies” as they fish and crab. Meals B,L,D

Day
7

Fly to Sandakan and travel to Sukau

An early morning flight brings you to Sandakan to visit the world-famous Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Center, an innovative facility where orphaned and injured animals are reintroduced to their native jungle habitat. Then visit the Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary at feeding time before continuing to the Borneo Nature Lodge in Sukau. Tonight’s River Safari offers a thrilling chance to observe elusive nocturnal species. Meals B,L,D

Day
8

The wilds of Borneo

Embark on an early morning cruise upriver and across an ox-bow lake in search of tropical birds and other wildlife. As local conditions permit, you might experience more of Borneo’s remote wilderness on a guided jungle walk. After breakfast, you’ll assist in local conservation efforts by planting a tree in the Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary. An afternoon river safari takes you deep into the native habitats of elusive and endangered species like the Proboscis monkey, Macaque, estuarine crocodile and Borneo Pygmy elephant. Meals B,L,D

Day
9

Explore Sukau village

This morning’s guided walk in Sukau offers a fascinating look into the traditional ways of the Orang Sungai tribe. Enjoy a free afternoon at your Lodge before this evening’s cruise on the Menanggol River and an exciting Night Safari deep into the jungle with your guide. Meals B,L,D

Day
10

Back to Sandakan

Travel to Sandakan and get to know the town’s colorful history and culture as you explore at your own pace along the Sandakan Heritage Trail. Enjoy lunch at the English Tea House and spend the night at the Four Points Sheraton. Meals B,L,D

Day
11

Depart Sandakan

Your tour ends this morning. Meals B

Extend Your Trip

Discover the turtles of Selingan Island

2-Days Post-Tour Extension from $599

Island amenities are basic but you’ll be well rewarded with a chance to observe sea turtles laying their eggs at twilight. We include roundtrip transfers from Sandakan, overnight at the Selingan Island Resort and ranger-guided turtle-viewing expedition.

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Day
11

From Sandakan to Selingan Island

Following breakfast at your hotel, you’ll be escorted to the pier for the 45-minute ferry ride to Selingan Island. Upon arrival, check in to the resort and settle in to your guestroom. Guest accommodations here are simple and basic, but your private room includes an en suite bathroom with shower. Meet your fellow guests in the cafeteria for lunch and enjoy the rest of your afternoon at leisure. There is snorkeling equipment available for rental, and the beautiful sandy beaches of this tiny island are uncrowded and perfect for swimming and relaxing.

Later this evening, an inspiring and unforgettable experience awaits: The opportunity to witness firsthand and close-up one of nature’s most amazing events!

Sometime after dinner, the Ranger will give the signal that endangered Green and/or Hawksbill turtles have been spotted emerging from the surf. Your small group will then be lead down to the shore to observe as these creatures lay their eggs in the wet sand, up to 80 at a time is not unusual. Afterwards, the Ranger will gather these eggs, label them, and bring them to the hatchery. If there are any newborn hatchlings, you will then get to watch as these tiny baby turtles are taken down to the beach and released for their first swim and return to the warm waters of the South China Sea!  Meals B,L,D

Day
12

Back to Sandakan Airport

After breakfast, you’ll ride the ferry back to the Sandakan pier where you’ll be met and transferred to the airport for your onward flight.  Meals B

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