Borneo Family Adventure

Suggested Itinerary

Overview

A stunning journey through some of Sabah’s most spectacular landscapes, this thrilling family adventure is filled with natural and cultural highlights, taking you from the city of Kota Kinabalu and into Sepilok and the wildlife rich ecosystems of Kinabatangan and Tabin. Journeys end sees you on the beaches of Gaya Island to take in the island’s marine ecosystems and pristine beaches.

Arrive in Kota Kinabalu and head into the countryside to stay in a farmstay. Walk through ...

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TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Stay on a local farm where you can harvest your own lunch and cook with your hosts
  • Spend time in a rural community and learn about local traditions, trades and handicrafts
  • Spend three nights on a coral reef island where you can enjoy pristine white beaches and multiple marine activities
  • Meet with the founder of the Sun Bear Conservation Centre who will give you a private tour and insight into his work
  • Learn about the great work being done at the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre
  • Explore jungle rivers at night and discover the different nocturnal inhabitants of this lush region

Suggested Itinerary

This is a suggested itinerary. Our experts have all travelled widely in the region and will be happy to tailor any of our itineraries to suit your tastes, or build a trip from scratch.

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Day 1 Arrive Kota Kinabalu – Kiulu Farmstay: Village Walk

Day 1 Arrive Kota Kinabalu – Kiulu Farmstay: Village Walk

On arrival you will be met and driven to the countryside with a short stop at Tamparuli Suspension Bridge and the nearby local market, passing the scenic view of the Kiulu Valley. Enjoy a traditional lunch and in the afternoon, continue on for a leisurely village walk which will offer you stunning landscapes of the scenic valley as you pass the local school, lush paddy fields and a hanging bridge. After dinner, meet with the local people and learn about the village history and folktales before retiring to bed.

Kiulu Farmstay
Dinner

Day 2 Kiulu Farmstay: Local Farm

Day 2 Kiulu Farmstay: Local Farm

After breakfast, take a refreshing walk to visit the local farm and garden. Try your hand at rice planting and net fishing. Picking your own lunch will give a true farm to table food experience. Afterwards, head back to the kitchen for the opportunity to interact and be taught directly by local resident cooks while they prepare you a locally grown lunch. Watch (and participate in!) a demonstration of cultural activities such rice sieving, blow pipe, handcrafts making, playing the musical instruments and traditional games.

Kiulu Farmstay
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 Kota Kinabalu – Sandakan – Sepilok: Sun Bear Centre

Day 3 Kota Kinabalu – Sandakan – Sepilok: Sun Bear Centre

You will have the opportunity this morning to wash in the nearby river and be cleansed by nature before catching your morning flight to Sandakan. This afternoon with a visit to the Sun Bear Conservation Centre for a morning with the founder Dr Wong. This centre aims to increase awareness of this endearing, but little-known bear species – named after the crescent shaped patch of fur on their chests that resembles the rising sun. There are currently 44 rescued ex-captive sun bears residing at the BSBCC. The facility includes large forest enclosures to provide a natural environment suited to the needs and welfare of the sun bears and facilitate their rehabilitation back into the wild. Meet with Dr. (Hon) Wong Siew Te, who founded the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation. Have a private presentation on the Sun Bears with a personal tour around the facility from the founder himself.

Breakfast

Day 4 Sepilok – Kinabatangan (Abai): Orangutan Sanctuary

Day 4 Sepilok – Kinabatangan (Abai): Orangutan Sanctuary

This morning you will visit the world’s largest orangutan rehabilitation centre located in Sepilok. At the centre, you can witness the orangutans being fed by the rangers. Stroll the jungle-flanked wooden walkways to the central platform; orangutans can sometimes be seen from these platforms, so you should have your cameras ready. You will then be driven to the Sandakan Jetty to board a shared boat cruise to the village of Abai, passing through a landscape alive with monitor lizards, serpent eagles and crocodiles. Upon arrival at your lodge, enjoy lunch before setting off for an afternoon river expedition in search of wildlife in an open-topped river boat. You might get the opportunity to photograph wild Orangutans, Pygmy elephants, Proboscis monkeys and other wildlife. If the weather is good, you should be able to see and photograph fireflies at a very challenging low-light condition. After dinner, you shall take a night stroll along the boardwalks on a lookout for nocturnal animals and interesting insects.

Kinabatangan Wetlands Resort
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 Kinabatangan (Abai - Sukau): Boat Safari

Day 5 Kinabatangan (Abai - Sukau): Boat Safari

After breakfast there is a chance to explore the nature board walk around the lodge area, before transferring to Sukau by boat. Every year, monsoon rains flood Malaysian Borneo’s Kinabatangan River basin, filling jungle waterways and nourishing the habitats of some of the planet’s most unusual species: wild orangutans, pygmy elephants, and proboscis monkeys. This evening, meander along the Kinabatangan with your local guide to spot the nocturnal activity along the river. Returning to the resort, enjoy dinner before meeting the resort’s naturalist for an informative talk and presentation on the river.

Sukau Rainforest Lodge
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 Kinabatangan (Sukau): Lake Cruise & Fishing Village

Day 6 Kinabatangan (Sukau): Lake Cruise & Fishing Village

After an early wake up call, embark on a morning river cruise in search of waking wildlife and birds which are most active in the morning, on the way to the Danau Pitas Ox-Bow Lake. The area is known for its herd of Asian elephants. Continue to visit the local fishing village, Kampung Abai where you can meet with local Orang Sungai people and observe the daily activities in this tiny fishing village. Return to a full breakfast and then set off for another cruise up the Kinabatangan River to Menanggul River in search of wildlife. Return for a candle light dinner and slide show conducted by the naturalist guide. After dinner, enjoy a night safari cruise spotting nocturnal animals, crocodiles and birds.

Sukau Rainforest Lodge
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 Kinabatangan (Sukau) - Lahad Datu – Tabin Wildlife Reserve: Mud Volcano

Day 7 Kinabatangan (Sukau) - Lahad Datu – Tabin Wildlife Reserve: Mud Volcano

Departing Kinabatangan this morning, you will drive to Tabin via Lahad Datu which will take approximately 3 hrs. Check into the charming timber bungalow of Tabin Wildlife Resort, set amongst the rainforest alongside the Lipad River. In the afternoon, a short trek brings you to the Lipad mud volcano which serves as a mineral salt lick for wildlife, where you can try to identify any animal footprints and walk up the observation tower. After dinner, enjoy a slide presentation on Tabin’s uniqueness, followed by a night safari to look out for nocturnal wildlife and birds.

Tabin Wildlife Resort
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 Tabin Wildlife Reserve: Rainforest River Swim

Day 8 Tabin Wildlife Reserve: Rainforest River Swim

After breakfast, stroll to the nearby rock pool or wander along the river where groups of macaques and other small mammals can sometimes be seen. Choose to take a dip in the river or simply listen to the sound of nature. In the afternoon you may wish to try out the Tabin Rainforest Foot Soak made with a natural blend of tropical herbs that help relax tired muscles after jungle treks. Dinner followed by a night safari to look out for nocturnal wildlife and birds.

Tabin Wildlife Resort
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 Tabin Wildlife Reserve – Gaya Island: To the Beach

Day 9 Tabin Wildlife Reserve – Gaya Island: To the Beach

You have the morning to further explore the rainforest before being driven overland to Lahad Dadu for your late afternoon flight to Kota Kinabalu. On arrival in Kota Kinabalu, you will be met by your local guide and taken to the Bunga Raya Resort on Gaya Island for a three-night stay.

Bunga Raya Island Resort
Breakfast

Day 10 Gaya Island: Island Activities

Day 10 Gaya Island: Island Activities

Bunga Raya Island Resort is set on a coral reef island just off the coast of Borneo. A secluded island hideaway, the resort is tucked away on a tranquil and hidden bay framed by crescent shaped white sand beach on one side and the centuries old virgin jungle on the other. Spend your days relaxing on the beach or taking part in the resorts numerous activities. Included in your stay is use of the kayaks and paddle boards, as well as entrance fees to the Gayana Marine Resort.

Bunga Raya Island Resort
Breakfast

Day 11 Gaya Island: Island Activities

Day 11 Gaya Island: Island Activities

Another day exploring the island or simply relaxing in your villa.

Bunga Raya Island Resort
Breakfast

Day 12 Gaya Island - Kota Kinabalu: Departure

Day 12 Gaya Island - Kota Kinabalu: Departure

You will be transferred to Kota Kinabalu for your flight home.

Breakfast

SUGGESTED ACCOMMODATION

Hotel Rating

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards offering a higher-end experience
Superior
Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Hotel Rating

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards offering a higher-end experience
Superior
Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Hotel Rating

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards offering a higher-end experience
Superior
Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Hotel Rating

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards offering a higher-end experience
Superior
Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Accommodation listed here is intended as a guide only, to give you a taste of what we can do. Our experts can tailor any aspect of this itinerary and accommodation to suit your budget and tastes.

GUIDELINE PRICE & WHAT’S INCLUDED

12 days from £3,950

MEALS

As specified in the itinerary, sampling some of the country's finest cuisine.

TRANSPORT

Private air-conditioned vehicles with experienced, dedicated drivers.

ENTRANCE FEES

Tours and admission fees, including tickets specified in the itinerary.

EXPERT TEAM

Licensed English-speaking guides and a support team available 24/7.

ACCOMMODATION

As specified in the itinerary, using some of our favourite local properties.

WILD MILES

This tour will earn you 13110 Wild Miles

ACCOMMODATION

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards offering a higher-end experience
Superior
Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Wild Miles Club

When you book a trip with Wild Frontiers you are awarded points, which are based on the return distance from London to the arrival city of your trip. Points are awarded for all our holidays, including both our escorted group tours and tailor-made trips. When you accrue points, you will qualify for the following discounts on all future bookings:

Blue More than 10,000 points 2.5% discount
Bronze More than 30,000 points 5% discount
Silver More than 45,000 points 7.5% discount
Gold More than 60,000 points 10% discount

This itinerary is aimed to give you an idea of what we can offer. The price shown above is per person, based on a family of four (children 12 years or younger), travelling outside of peak periods. As this itinerary is only a suggestion and can be tailor-made to suit your interests and budget, your final price may differ.

Positive Impact of this Trip

Tree
Ten trees are planted per passenger on this trip
Community
Supports Wild Frontiers Foundation community projects
Wind Turbine
A contribution to renewable energy projects

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