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Undiscovered Borneo

Tailor Made Itinerary

14 Days From £2,855

Overview

The third largest island on the planet, Borneo is a land rich in natural and cultural highlights. Home to one of the oldest rainforests on earth, it can also boast spectacular biodiversity, UNESCO World Heritage landscapes and the immense limestone caverns of the Mulu National Park.

Take a walk on the wild side, on this journey into the heart of Borneo’s spectacular natural landscapes visiting some of it’s less-visited areas in addition. This 14-day journey will take you ...
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TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Wander the backstreets of colourful Kuching and learn about the city’s origins
  • Discover the fascinating region of Batang Ai and spend the night amongst the Borneo headhunters
  • Visit the stunning UNESCO site of Gunung Mulu National Park, home to one of the largest cave systems in the world
  • Explore the pristine landscapes of Kinabatangan and Kinabalu National Park on wildlife safaris
  • Learn about the great work being done at the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre
  • Meet with rural communities and sample delicious home-cooked food and local rice wine

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: KUCHING

DAY 1: KUCHING

Arrive in Kuching and transfer to your hotel. This afternoon is free to enjoy something of Sarawak's charming capital. Established by Sir James Brooke, the first White Rajah of Sarawak, this fascinating riverside city is filled with temples and colourful landmarks that date back to its colonial beginnings. You can stroll along the beautifully landscaped waterfront and explore the bustling vitality of the handicraft shops of the main bazaar.

Hilton Kuching

DAY 2: KUCHING: BAKO NATIONAL PARK

DAY 2: KUCHING: BAKO NATIONAL PARK

Today you visit the rich ecosystems of Bako National Park, Sarawak's oldest and smallest protected reserve. One of the best places in Sarawak to see wildlife in their natural setting, Bako is home to proboscis monkeys, wild boars, monitor lizards and a rich collection of bird species. Accessible only by boat you will have a chance to trek along some of the jungle trails that snake through the park, before returning to Kuching.

Hilton Kuching
Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 3: KUCHING - BATANG AI

DAY 3: KUCHING - BATANG AI

Departing Kuching this morning you drive on to the Batang Ai reservoir. Travelling via Semenggoh you will have a chance to watch the feeding of the orangutans, before continuing to the colourful market town of Serian. After lunch you continue to Batang Ai where, on arrival, you will board a longboat for a river cruise up to Mengkak Longhouse. After dinner you will visit an Iban longhouse for an evening of cultural interaction and some local rice wine.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4: BATANG AI

DAY 4: BATANG AI

After breakfast you hike along the jungle trails and travel upriver by longboat to the for your picnic lunch (if weather permit). After a chance to relax, swim, explore and maybe even try your hand at fishing Iban style, you return to the longhouse. After a dinner sprinkled with delicious local delicacies, you have another opportunity to visit the longhouse.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5: BATANG AI - KUCHING

DAY 5: BATANG AI - KUCHING

Taking a longboat back to the jetty, you return to Kuching this morning. This afternoon is free to relax or explore at leisure in Kuching.

Hilton Kuching
Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 6: KUCHING - GUNUNG MULU NATIONAL PARK

DAY 6: KUCHING - GUNUNG MULU NATIONAL PARK

Flying to Mulu this morning you enter the landscapes of the Gunung Mulu National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site that encompasses some of Sarawak's most spectacular natural features. This afternoon you will visit the breath-taking wonder of Deer Cave, the largest limestone cavern anywhere on earth. Filled with incredible limestone formations, the cave is home to some 2 million bats, which exit the cave in search of food at sunset most evenings.

Mulu Marriott Resort And Spa
Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7: GUNUNG MULU NATIONAL PARK

DAY 7: GUNUNG MULU NATIONAL PARK

Mulu is home to one of the largest cave systems in the world and this morning you will visit both the Wind and Clearwater Caves. These caves harbour unique species of flora, including rare orchids and pitcher plants, as well as delicate lace-like formations of stalactites and stalagmites.

Mulu Marriott Resort And Spa
Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 8: GUNUNG MULU NATIONAL PARK - KOTA KINABALU - SEPILOK

DAY 8: GUNUNG MULU NATIONAL PARK - KOTA KINABALU - SEPILOK

Transfer to the airport for you flight to Sandakan in Sabah, via Kota Kinabalu. On arrival transfer to your hotel located just outside Sandakan.

Breakfast

DAY 9: SEPILOK - KINABATANGAN (ABAI)

DAY 9: SEPILOK - KINABATANGAN (ABAI)

This morning, visit the orangutans at Sepilok Nature Reserve, where you can observe them at their feeding stations and enjoy a short presentation on the Orangutan Rehabilitation Programme. Following the visit, you then travel by boat on to the Kinbatangan Sanctuary and the pristine mangrove forests of the Kinabatangan River Delta. Upon arrival at the Kinabatangan Wetlands Resort, 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. After a few hours you will head back to the resort, if weather is good, we should be able to see and photograph fireflies at a very challenging low-light condition. After dinner, we shall take a night stroll along the boardwalks on a lookout for nocturnal animals and interesting insects.

Kinabatangan Wetlands Resort
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10: KINABATANGAN (ABAI)

DAY 10: KINABATANGAN (ABAI)

An early morning boat ride takes you around the nearby Ox Bow Lake, for a chance to search out some of the abundant bird and animal life in the area. Returning to the lodge for breakfast, you then pay a visit to the Abai village, before returning to the river again to enjoy another waterborne safari in search of proboscis monkeys and more endemic wildlife.

Kinabatangan Wetlands Resort
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 11: KINABATANGAN (ABAI) - SANDAKAN - KOTA KINABALU

DAY 11: KINABATANGAN (ABAI) - SANDAKAN - KOTA KINABALU

Early this morning, spend some time on the boardwalk for some birdwatching. Transfer by boat to Sandakan airport and in the afternoon fly back to Kota Kinabalu.

Shangri La Rasa Ria Resort and Spa
Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 12: KOTA KINABALU

DAY 12: KOTA KINABALU

Kinabalu National Park is one of the oldest in Malaysia. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is one of the world's most important biological zones and surrounds the towering summit of Mount Kinabalu (4095 m). This morning you will visit the park and enjoy a guided walk with a park naturalist. Later you will explore the sumptuous Botanical Gardens and learn a little more about the incredible diversity of the region's flora, before returning to Kota Kinabalu.

Shangri La Rasa Ria Resort and Spa
Breakfast

DAY 13: KOTA KINABALU

DAY 13: KOTA KINABALU

Day at leisure to relax and enjoy the beach at the hotel.

Shangri La Rasa Ria Resort and Spa
Breakfast

DAY 14: KOTA KINABALU

DAY 14: KOTA KINABALU

After a free morning you will transfer to the airport in time to catch your onward flight.

Breakfast

SUGGESTED ACCOMMODATION

Premium

Excellent standards without the big price tag

Luxury

Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience

Luxury

Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience

Superior

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

UNDISCOVERED BORNEO (14 DAYS) £2,855

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.

ACCOMMODATION

Ultra - The best of the best, the ultimate indulgence
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

CARBON CONTRIBUTIONS

If you book international flights through Wild Frontiers.

This itinerary is aimed to give you an idea of what we can offer. The price shown above is based on two people 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.

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