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Discover the great primates and birds of Borneo.
  • Aug 4-17, 2014
  • Privately on Request
  • Duration 14 days
    Group Size 2-12
    Land Cost $3,895 Details
    Single Supplement $790
    Lodging 1 star-3 stars
    Grade II
    Best Time

    Discover Malaysian Borneo

    Meet the wildlife, cultures, caves, and mountains of Sabah and Sarawak

    Day 1      Kuching Sightseeing

    Welcome to Borneo! You will be met on arrival at the airport in Kuching and will be transferred to your hotel. Your afternoon exploration of Kuching city includes visits to the Cat Monuments, the oldest Chinese temple, Fort Margherita, the Istana (the former palace of Rajah Brooke), the colonial Court House, and the City Tower for the panoramic view of the city. Other highlights include a visit to the world-renowned Sarawak Museum and a delightful walk along the Kuching Waterfront. 

    Lodging: Grand Margarita

    Kuching waterfront.
    Day 2      Bako National Park and Wildlife Safari

    This morning drive to a Bako fishing village and continue by speedboat to Bako National Park. Bako National Park offers a superb opportunity to see wildlife in its natural surroundings. Possible sightings include Proboscis monkeys, monitor lizards, bearded pigs, silver leaf monkeys and more than one hundred species of birds. The bio-zones found here include tropical rainforest, mangrove swamp forest, kerangas (heath forest), cliff and beach vegetations. Special plants found along the trails include the several species of pitcher plants and wild orchids. Your guide will select a trail, which ends at a beautiful secluded swimming beach. Return to Kuching for your overnight stay.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
    Lodging: Grand Margarita

    Wild Orchids
    Day 3      Orangutan Center / Ngemah Eli Longhouse

    This morning, drive to Semenggok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre. Walk through the scenic forest reserve to the feeding platform, where you will enjoy the sight of the orangutans swaying in the trees as they come down for feeding. This is the rare opportunity to be close to orangutans. Continue the drive through the rainforest, pepper, rubber and cocoa plants. Stop at Serian to visit an interesting farmers’ market. Continue to the Lemanak River where a delightful longboat ride brings you to Ngemah Eli longhouse. Pay a courtesy call to the headman of the longhouse, visit the pepper garden and explore the farms and forest behind the longhouse. Dinner will be a traditional ceremony served at the headman’s home followed by the colorful welcoming gestures of traditional warrior dance and music. Overnight in a longhouse.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging: Ngemah Eli Longhouse

    These guys are everywhere.
    Day 4      Longhouse

    After breakfast, participate in the blowpipe demonstration. Depart the longhouse by longboat, marveling at the spectacular rainforest along the Lemanak River. Enjoy a “backwoods” picnic lunch of food cooked in bamboo at the river bank.  Explore the longhouse, visit the inhabitants, and observe their traditional daily lifestyle.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging: Ngemah Eli Longhouse

    Stay in a longhouse for a great cultural experience.
    Day 5      Longhouse / Kuching / Miri

    After breakfast, proceed down river by boat and then overland for your return journey to Kuching. Later, transfer to the airport for your onward flight in the evening. Upon arrival in Miri, you will be transferred to your hotel.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
    Lodging: Borneo Tropical Rainforest Resort or similar

    Day 6      Niah

    Begin the morning with a scenic countryside drive to Niah National Park through oil palm plantations and local pepper farms and villages. On arrival at the Niah National Park, we will register at the park, have lunch in the canteen, and then take the longboat ride at Pangkalan Lobang to cross the river where we will start off with a visit to the Niah Museum. The prehistoric Niah Caves are famed as one of the birthplaces of civilization in Asia. The oldest human remains were found in Niah, making the park one of the most important archaeological sites of the world. A tour of the cave will take you through the Great and Painted Caves to see the age-old remnants of bird’s nest harvesting equipment inside the cave (now a government controlled activity). The cave tour takes about 3 – 4 hours. Enjoy dinner at the hotel this evening.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging: Borneo Tropical Rainforest Resort or similar

    Day 7      Mulu: Deer, Lang Caves, and Bat Viewing

    Wake up early today for a short nature walk before breakfast. Pack up and leave the park, returning to Miri for your afternoon flight to Mulu. (Excess luggage can be stored until your return.) On arrival into Mulu, transfer to the Royal Mulu Resort, or similar. Enjoy a set lunch in the resort before setting off on a visit to the Deer and Lang Caves. The journey by van from the resort to the Park’s Headquarters will be around 5 minutes. Have a quick look at the visitor center before proceeding on the elevated plankwalk through the jungle to arrive at the caves. After visiting the caves, you will await the exit of the bats on the observation platform outside. Return to the resort late in the evening.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
    Lodging: Royal Mulu Resort or similar

    Rinocerous Hornbill may be seen in the park.
    Day 8      Mulu: Wind and Clearwater Caves

    After breakfast at the resort, visit the Wind and Clearwater Caves. Your upriver longboat journey will be around 35 minutes. On the way, stop at the Penan settlement to see the interesting handicrafts made by this semi-nomadic tribe. After visiting the King’s Chamber in the Wind Cave, continue walking the plankwalk flanking the limestone cliff to the Clearwater Cave. A picnic lunch is served at the Clearwater rest house. You will have time to relax and swim in the natural pool. Return to the resort in the late afternoon to enjoy your free time.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
    Lodging: Royal Mulu Resort or similar

    Day 9      Kota Kinabalu

    Depart after breakfast for our flight from Mulu to Kota Kinabalu, the capital city of Sabah. On arrival in Kota Kinabalu, you will be transferred to your hotel. In the afternoon, proceed on a city orientation tour, which covers Signal Hill for a bird’s eye view of the city and the five offshore islands of Tunku Abdul Rahman Park. The tour includes the Atkinson Clock Tower, Likas Wetland, Sabah Foundation building, Kampong Likas, Sabah Museum (closed on Friday), Tanjung Aru beach, hawker stalls and Sembulan water village.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
    Lodging: Hyatt Regency or similar

    Day 10      Kinabalu National Park / Poring

    Drive 2 hours overland through paddy fields and Dusun villages, over the ridges of the Crocker Range to the foothills of Mt. Kinabalu at 5,000 ft, to arrive at the park headquarters at Kundasang. Stop at the Visitor Centre and Mountain Garden; home to some of the 24 species of flowering rhododendrons, 10 species of carnivorous pitcher plants, 1,400 species of orchids, 600 species of ferns, 40 species of oak trees and 300 species of birds. Continue your drive to Poring. Explore tropical rainforest along the jungle trail leading to the treetop canopy walkways suspended 130 feet above the forest before returning to Kota Kinabalu.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
    Lodging: Hyatt Regency or similar

    Mt. Kinabalu.
    Day 11      Sepilok Orangutans / Kinabatangan River

    Proceed overland to Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre. Trek ten minutes through the rainforest on a wooden plankwalk to witness the feeding of the orangutans at 10:00 am. Continue to Sandakan jetty for a two hour boat journey to Sukau Rainforest Lodge along Sabah's longest river, Kinabatangan, with the opportunity to view birds and wildlife in virgin mangrove, wetland and rainforest habitats. In the late afternoon, take a two hour river cruise in search of some of the ten local primate species, including Proboscis monkeys, as they settle down on treetops along the Kinabatangan River. Return for a solar heated hot shower, a candlelit dinner and a slide show conducted by a naturalist guide.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging: Sukau Rainforest Lodge

    Sepilok Orangutan.
    Day 12      Oxbow Lakes and Sukau

    Wake up to the calls of gibbons and hornbills. Take a 6:00 am morning river cruise up the Kinabatangan River to view more birds and wildlife. Proceed to the Kelenanap ox-bow lake for a short jungle walk (if weather permits), truly experiencing the wilderness of Borneo. You also have the option to participate in our conservation project by planting trees in our 64 acres of adopted land. In the afternoon, take another river cruise for more wildlife. After dinner, you can take an optional night safari cruise in hopes of spotting nocturnal animals, such as crocodiles and birds.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging: Sukau Rainforest Lodge

    The Gibbons are wonderful alarm clocks.
    Day 13      Sandakan / Kota Kinabalu

    After breakfast, return to Sandakan by boat. Enjoy lunch in Sandakan before proceeding to the airport for your departure flight to Kota Kinabalu. Upon arrival in Kota Kinabalu, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
    Lodging: Hyatt Regency or similar

    Day 14      Onward

    Transfer to the airport for your flight out.

    Meals: Breakfast

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