Rating in Malaysia
$ 3786

Wildlife of Borneo

Wildlife
Wildlife
min $ 3786
Per person
Tour details
Destinations: Mulu National Park Entrance, Sarawak, Malaysia, Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, Jalan Sepilok, Sepilok, Sandakan, Sabah, Malaysia
Guide language: English
Price: min $ 3786
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  • Overview & dates
  • Itinerary
  • What's included

Overview & dates

INTRO

Borneo is home to some of the most outstanding natural sights in the world. Explore the rich Bornean jungle canopy, experience pristine wilderness and witness the bat exodus in Mulu National Park. Cruise along the river Kinabatangan, availing of its unique wildlife spotting opportunities. Visit endangered orangutans at Sepilok before searching for their wilder cousins in the Danum Valley and for the rare Sumatran Rhinoceros in Tabin Wildlife Reserve.

Private wildlife extensions, including diving and snorkelling, can also be arranged.

 

GROUP DATES

 

  • 02 Sep 2018 to 16 Sep 2018 - £ 2,995 - AV
  • 02 Jun 2019 to 16 Jun 2019 - £ 2,995 - AV
  • 01 Sep 2019 to 15 Sep 2019 - £ 2,995 - AV


If these dates do not suit you but you are interested in this tour, please contact us for alternative dates.

AV - Available
GD - Guaranteed
LM - Limited places left
OR - On request (contact us for status)
CL - Closed for bookings


All tours in Borneo

 

 

 

HIGHLIGHTS

 

 

 

UNESCO-listed Mulu National Park

Meet the rare Malayan sun bear

Spot wildlife along the Kinabatangan River

Explore the Gomantong Caves

Take a safari in Tabin Wildlife Reserve

Take a boat on the Kinabatangan River

Spot rare species in Danum Valley Field Centre

Tabin Wildlife Reserve

 

PLACES VISITED

 

 

Kuching - Mulu National Park - Kota Kinabalu - Kinabatangan River - Gomantong Caves - Danum Valley Kuching
Mulu National Park
Kota Kinabalu
Kinabatangan River
Gomantong Caves
Danum Valley

 

Itinerary

ITINERARY

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Choose departure date02 Sep 2018 -- 16 Sep 201802 Jun 2019 -- 16 Jun 201901 Sep 2019 -- 15 Sep 2019

 

Day 1 : Arrival into Kuching

Arrive into Kuching where you will be transferred to your hotel. The rest of the afternoon will be free. Overnight in Kuching.

Arrive into Kuching, where you will be met by your Travel the Unknown representative and then transferred to your hotel. You can spend the afternoon relaxing and exploring the city. In the evening, there will be an introductory dinner and briefing for the trip. Overnight stay in Kuching. 

Meal plan : Dinner


The state capital of Sarawak, Kuching, is often described as one of the most attractive cities in Southeast Asia. It is one of the most multiracial cities in Malaysia - north of the Sarawak River being predominantly Malay in character, whilst the south is largely populated by Chinese. The city has become a major food destination, and market stalls sell many varieties of Asian cuisine. Kuching's attractions include a picturesque port, the Rainforest World Music Festival, the historic Fort Marherita and the ornate Sarawak State Museum.

 

 

Day 2 : Satang Island

 

 

 

After breakfast, travel by motor-boat through the mangrove forest looking out for Irrawaddy dolphins. Proceed to the Salak River/Kuching Wetlands National Park for proboscis monkey spotting. Once finished, continue by boat to Satang Island and visit the nursery to see some turtle eggs. At the end of the day, transfer back to Kuching for overnight. 

Meal plan : Breakfast & lunch


Kuching Wetlands National Park was established in 2002 and is mainly made up of saline mangrove and interlinked marine waterways. The park is home to an abundance of wildlife including proboscis monkeys, long-tailed macaques, monitor lizards and some species of crocodile. 

 

 

Day 3 : Kuching - Mulu National Park

 

 

Fly to Mulu National Park, where you will explore the cave system of Deer Cave and experience the bat exodus. Overnight stay at Mulu National Park.

Begin the day with a flight to Mulu National Park. On arrival, head to Deer Cave where you will explore the amazing cave system before watching the famous bat exodus at dusk. The evening will be free for you to spend at your leisure. Overnight stay in Mulu National Park. 

Meal plan : Breakfast, lunch & dinner


Mulu National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site made up of mountains and rainforest, yet, its main attraction lies beneath the ground. Mulu’s cave networks have become the subject of much international interest - Deer Cave being the largest single cave passage in the world and the bat exodus from here, where millions of bats fly out of the cave and create swilling patterns in the sky, is a sight to behold. Mulu has become the site for many research projects, including that of the Royal Geographic Society.

 

 

Day 4 : Mulu National Park

 

 

Enjoy a wildlife walk in the morning, before travelling a nearby Penan village to experience their way of life. Overnight stay in Mulu.

Wake early to observe wildlife as you walk along the longest canopy walk in Borneo. Later, travel to a nearby Penan village, where you will experience their vibrant culture and experience their way of life. Admire their beautiful crafts, before returning to Mulu. In the evening you will take a night walk in the park, where you will observe the prehistoric forest's nocturnal inhabitants. 

Meal plan : Breakfast, lunch & dinner


The Penan villagers live a nomadic way of life deep in the heart of the Sawarak rainforest, largely living a life of hunting and gathering meaning that they are reliant on their natural surroundings for survival. The Penan have suffered greatly from the large-scale deforestation and logging which is encroaching on the Sarawak landscape and, in turn, their way of life.

 

 

Day 5 : Mulu - Kota Kinabalu

 

 

 

After breakfast, you will take a flight to Kota Kinabalu. Once you have arrived, you will have the rest of the afternoon free to explore the city at your leisure. Overnight in ​Kota Kinabalu.

Meal plan : Breakfast, lunch & dinner

 

Day 6 : Kota Kinabalu - Sandakan - Sepilok

 

 

Begin the day with a flight to Sandakan, where you will be transferred to Labuk Bay Proboscis Sanctuary and witness a morning feeding. Explore the rest of the sanctuary which houses animals such as hornbill birds and grey leaf monkeys. After lunch proceed to Sepilok, stopping at the Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre and the Sun Bear Centre. Overnight in Sepilok.

Meal plan : Breakfast & lunch


The Semonggoh Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre was established to care for wild animals that have either been found injured or orphaned in the forest. They currently care for over 1,000 endangered mammals, reptiles and birds, most famously the orangutan. The centre aims to rehabilitate these animals in the hope of releasing them back into the wild, whilst also educating visitors about conservation.

The Sun Bear Centre is a rescue and rehabilitation facility in Sabah. Malayan sun bears, only found in Southeast Asia, are suffering from the growing pressures of forest degradation and illegal hunting. This centre aims to preserve the endangered species - creating large forest enclosures to house injured and orphaned sun bears in an effort to replicate the natural environment - facilitating their later rehabilitation back into the wild.
 


At a length of 560 km, the Kinabatangan River is the second longest river in Malaysia. The river and its banks are renowned for its extraordinary wildlife  including macaques, elephants, monitor lizards, and of course the unique proboscis monkeys with their harems of wives. It also boasts a diverse birdlife including rhinoceros hornbills and blue-banded kingfishers.  Furthermore you can find limestone caves, swamp forests and salty mangroves along its vast length. A boatride on the river is a special highlight of Borneo.

 

 

Day 7 : Sepilok - Kinabatangan River

 

 

Travel to the Kinabatangan River, arrive at your lodge. Take an evening dusk river cruise. Overnight stay at the lodge.

In the morning you will travel on towards the Kinabatangan River, arriving at the lodge. At dusk enjoy an evening river cruise where you can take in your beautiful natural surroundings, before later taking an optional night walk or night drive for more wildlife viewing. Overnight stay at the lodge. 

Meal plan : Breakfast, lunch & dinner


At a length of 560 km, the Kinabatangan River is the second longest river in Malaysia. The river and its banks are renowned for its extraordinary wildlife  including macaques, elephants, monitor lizards, and of course the unique proboscis monkeys with their harems of wives. It also boasts a diverse birdlife including rhinoceros hornbills and blue-banded kingfishers.  Furthermore you can find limestone caves, swamp forests and salty mangroves along its vast length. A boatride on the river is a special highlight of Borneo.

 

 

Day 8 : Kinabatangan River

 

 

Rise early for river cruise at dawn. Drive to Gomantang Caves to explore the cave system and its wildlife. Enjoy an evening river cruise, staying overnight at the lodge.

Rise early, enjoying a river cruise at dawn, before making your way back to the lodge for breakfast. Later, drive to the Gomantang Caves where you will take a short trek into the mouth of the cave. Spend some time exploring the cave opening and its unique wildlife, having the chance to see the native orang utan and red leaf langurs. Return to the lodge to relax for the afternoon, followed by an evening cruise along the river. Overnight stay at the lodge. 

Meal plan : Breakfast, lunch & dinner


The Gomantong Caves are located within Gomantong Hill. The intricate cave system is divided into two parts: the more accessible Simud Hitam (Black cave) and the larger Simud Putih (White cave). The caves are home to bats, raptors and a wide variety of birdlife. They are also renowned for valuable edible swiftlet nests, which are carefully harvested for bird’s nest soup, once the swiftlets have left the nest, a tradition that goes back centuries.

 

 

Day 9 : Kinabatangan River - Lahad Datu - Tabin Wildlife Reserve

 

 

Make the journey to Tabin Wildlife Resort. In the afternoon embark on a wildlife safari. Overnight stay in Tabin.

After breakfast, make the journey on to Tabin Wildlife Resort. On arrival, embark on a 4x4 wildlife safari in search of elephants, leopards, marbled cats, flying squirrels and the binturong. Overnight stay at the resort. 

Meal plan : Breakfast, lunch & dinner


Tabin Wildlife Reserve was established in 1984, primarily in order to protect the largely endangered animal population who inhabit the forests, including the Pygmy Elephant and the Banteng, a species of wild cattle. Tabin is also the site of a rescue project for the Rhino, being home to the highest concentration of Sumatran Rhino in Borneo.

 

 

Day 10 : Tabin Wildlife Reserve

 

 

Take an early morning safari through Tabin, before making the journey to the mud volcano. Enjoy an evening safari before staying the night in Tabin.

Take an early morning 4x4 safari through the Tabin Wildlife Reserve, where you will see local wildlife as you drive through the untouched rainforests. Spend the rest of the morning relaxing, before heading out to the nearby mud volcano, where salt enriched mud bubbles up and attracts many different animals. There is also an observation tower that you can climb to get even better views of the surrounding rainforest. In the evening, take another wildlife safari in search of more animals.

Meal plan : Breakfast, lunch & dinner

 

Day 11 : Tabin Wildlife Reserve - Lahad Datu - Danum Valley

 

 

In the morning, drive to Danum Valley, known to be one of the best spots for viewing Borneo's wildlife. Spend the afternoon exploring the many nature trails with your guide. In the evening take a guided night hike, where you will have the opportunity to see a different, nocturnal, side to the jungle. Overnight stay in Danum Valley. 

Meal plan : Breakfast, lunch & dinner


Danum Valley is made up of 538 square kilometers of Class 1 Virgin Primary Rainforest, which boasts unbeatable conditions for viewing native wildlife due to the lack of human habitation, hunting and logging. The valley is renowned for its rich biodiversity and houses extremely rare species, including the Sumatran Rhino and the Pygmy Elephant but also wild orangutan, gibbon, mousedeer and clouded leopards as well as over 270 bird species. The Danum Valley Field Centre is a world-recognised tropical rainforest research station, located at the heart of this conservation area.

 

 

Day 12 : Danum Valley

 

 

Early rise for a wildlife walk before breakfast. Spend the day exploring the forest before an night safari in the evening. Overnight stay in Danum Valley.

Early start for a wildlife walk before you have breakfast. Explore the local forest, looking for native birds and mammals from the tree platforms that stretch out across the landscape. In the evening, take a night safari where you will search for animals that are hunting in the open areas along the roads. Overnight stay in Danum Valley. 

Meal plan : Breakfast, lunch & dinner

 

Day 13 : Danum Valley

 

See the morning sunrise over Danum Valley, before a relaxed morning. Spend the afternoon and evening exploring more wildlife. Overnight stay in Danum Valley.

Start the day early, traveling to the GAW tower to see the morning sunrise over Danum Valley - thought to be one of the greatest sunrises in Southeast Asia. Spend the rest of the morning relaxing before an afternoon of more exploring, searching for more unique wildlife. In the evening you will head out for another night walk. Overnight stay in Danum Valley. 

Meal plan : Breakfast, lunch & dinner

 

Day 14 : Danum Valley - Lahad Datu - Kota Kinabalu

 

Take a wildlife walk in the forest, spending the morning at your leisure. Later, fly back to Kota Kinabalu where you will stay overnight.

In the morning you will take a wildlife walk in the forest, spending the rest of the morning at your leisure before later flying back to Kota Kinabalu. Here, you will enjoy a final dinner with your guide and stay overnight. 

Meal plan : Breakfast, lunch & dinner


Kota Kinabalu, formerly known as Jesselton under British colonial rule, is now the capital of the state of Sabah. It is situated on the north-western coast of Borneo, lying between the Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park and Mount Kinabalu. Kota Kinabalu was only granted city status in 2000, but it is fast becoming one of the largest urban regions in Malaysia.
 

 

 

Day 15 : Departure

 

 

Drive to the airport for your departure from Sabah.

After breakfast, drive to the airport for your departure flight out of Sabah. 

Meal plan : Breakfast

 

What's included

INCLUDED Arrival & departure transfers Ground transport with driver Domestic flights Accommodation Meals (refer to itinerary for meal plan) English-speaking guides Entrance fees to sites & parks

All tour descriptions and conditions are given in accordance with the information of Travel The Unknown
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