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Wild Borneo

Tailor Made Itinerary

15 Days From $6,433

Overview

A stunning journey through some of Sabah’s most spectacular landscapes and ecosystems, this thrilling off the beaten track adventure is filled with natural and cultural highlights, taking you from the city of Kota Kinabalu, into Sepilok, the wildlife rich ecosystems of Kinabatangan and the impressive Maliau Basin Conservation Area. Arrive in Kota Kinabalu and head into the countryside and foothills of Mount Kinablu to stay in a homestay. Trek through villages and paddy fields and be treated ...
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TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Trek to a local homestay and witness local music and dance performances in remote villages
  • Learn about the great work being done at the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre
  • Experience breathtaking waterfalls and lush jungle treks as you explore the lost world of the Maliau Basin
  • Enjoy numerous night safaris and educational discussions with a local naturalist
  • Admire the colourful stalagmites and stalagtites of the Pungiton Caves, located deep in the heart of the jungle
  • Visit a local eco-farm, set up by villagers to help educate and support the Murut tribe's agriculture

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

DAY 1: ARRIVE KOTA KINABALU

Arriving in Kota Kinabalu you transfer to your hotel, after which you have a free afternoon to enjoy the delights of Sabah's bustling capital. There is the option of an evening city tour to witness the sunset along the waterfront, the bustle of the fish market and the various local eating venues.

Hyatt Regency

DAY 2: KOTA KINABALU - TAMBATUAN - LOBONG LOBONG

DAY 2: KOTA KINABALU - TAMBATUAN - LOBONG LOBONG

Depart Kota Kinabalu for the 2-hour drive to the Eco Village of Tambatuon, located in the foothills of Mount Kinabalu in the beautiful valley by the Kadamaian River. Begin a 6-hour trek to Tanak Nabalu Homestay situated in Lobong Lobong Village at the base of Mount Kinabalu. Today's trek will take you through a valley passing rice paddy fields, farmland and some jungle trails with Mount Kinabalu as the backdrop. Stop for a packed lunch en route. Reach the village late afternoon and enjoy dinner before watching the evening's entertainment, a cultural music and dance performance, in the communal hall.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3: LOBONG LOBONG - GUAS NABALU - KOTA KINABALU

DAY 3: LOBONG LOBONG - GUAS NABALU - KOTA KINABALU

Depart the village for the second day of trekking, around 5 hours, following the Kadamaian River. Start by crossing the village suspension bridge before trekking a horseshoe ridge with magnificent views of the valley below. Trek to the height of over 1,000m to enjoy the panoramic view of Mount Kinabalu and the Dusun Villages below. Continue through rubber plantations and a pineapple plantation. Enjoy another packed lunch before continuing onto Guas Nabalu village, foot of Kinabalu Village. Arriving late afternoon, you will then be transferred back to Kota Kinabalu by vehicle.

Hyatt Regency
Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 4: KOTA KINABALU - SEPILOK - KINABATANGAN (SUKAU)

DAY 4: KOTA KINABALU - SEPILOK - KINABATANGAN (SUKAU)

You will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Sandakan. Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, where you can observe them at their feeding stations and enjoy a short presentation on the Orangutan Rehabilitation Programme. Next, visit the Borneo Sun Bear Conservation Centre to learn about conservation of the world's smallest bear. You will then be driven overland to Sukau, passing through a landscape alive with monitor lizards, serpent eagles and crocodiles. Settle into your lodge before enjoying a candle light dinner overlooking the riverbank followed by a briefing by a naturalist guide.

Sukau Rainforest Lodge
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5: KINABATANGAN (SUKAU) - KINABATANGAN (ABAI)

DAY 5: KINABATANGAN (SUKAU) - KINABATANGAN (ABAI)

An early rise this morning allows you to cruise down the river to Kelenanap Oxbow Lake, a crescent shaped lake that formed when the river's meander became so wide that it cut itself off. Following breakfast, take a boat from Sukau to the village of Abai. After lunch at Kinabatangan Wetlands Resort, you will be briefed by your local guide. Relax this afternoon before hopping onto a riverboat in search of wildlife such as proboscis monkeys, elephants, hornbills, gibbons, and many birds. Return to the lodge for dinner and a mid-evening stroll along the boardwalk on the lookout for nocturnal animals and interesting insects.

Kinabatangan Wetlands Resort
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6: KINABATANGAN (ABAI)

DAY 6: KINABATANGAN (ABAI)

This morning you will visit the local fishing village, Kampung Abai. The local Orang Sungai - literally meaning 'river people' have inhabited the areas for a long time. You will have the opportunity to meet with them and observe daily activities in the fishing village. Return to the resort for breakfast and the rest of the day is at leisure. Late afternoon, head out to watch the nocturnal activities of many primate species that become active during this time. It is a particularly advantageous time to spot wildlife and the light is perfect for photography. After a well-deserved and hearty dinner, head out again for an unforgettable night river safari to see some of the jungle's nocturnal inhabitants.

Kinabatangan Wetlands Resort
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7: KINABATANGAN (ABAI) - SEPILOK

DAY 7: KINABATANGAN (ABAI) - SEPILOK

This morning there is one last chance to explore the nature board walk around the lodge area before the boat transfer back to Sandakan. You will be met at the jetty by your vehicle and transported to Sepilok for the rest of the day at leisure.

Breakfast

DAY 8: SEPILOK - TAWAU - MALIAU BASIN STUDIES CENTRE

DAY 8: SEPILOK - TAWAU - MALIAU BASIN STUDIES CENTRE

You will be taken to the airport in time for your flight to Tawau. Upon arrival, you will be transferred 4 hours to Maliau Basin Studies Centre. Arrive mid-afternoon and time for a jungle canopy walk that stretches over 400 metres and features river crossings. The evening is at leisure or you can choose to go on a four-wheel drive night safari into the jungle.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9: MALIAU BASIN STUDIES CENTRE - AGATHIS CAMP - NEPENTHES CAMP

DAY 9: MALIAU BASIN STUDIES CENTRE - AGATHIS CAMP - NEPENTHES CAMP

After an early breakfast, start the 7.5km trek through the Rainforest to Nepenthes Camp. Begin with a challenging 3km ascent through rugged terrain. Learn about the Agathis Tree commonly found in the Maliau Basin Conservation Area, listen to the sound of Gibbons from afar and if lucky spot a helmeted hornbill. Check into your accommodation at Nepenthes Camp and climb the 33m high observation platform for a breathtaking view looking over the tree canopy.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10: NEPENTHES CAMP

DAY 10: NEPENTHES CAMP

Following breakfast, prepare for today's 6 hour trek, which will return to Nepenthes Camp for a second night. Start the day with a 2 hour trek to the highest waterfall in Maliau Basin, Takob Akob Fall (38m). Proceed for a further 1-2 hours trek to Fowzi fall. Enjoy some time to relax and take in the surrounding rich vegetation before proceeding to Giluk fall for a refreshing dip. Return to Nepenthes Camp for dinner.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 11: NEPENTHES CAMP - MALIAU WATERFALL - GINSENG CAMP

DAY 11: NEPENTHES CAMP - MALIAU WATERFALL - GINSENG CAMP

An early rise this morning sees you beginning your trek at 7.00. Trek undulating through lowland Dipterocarp Forest to the seven-tiered Maliau Falls (28m), a spectacular seven-tiered waterfall cascading down over and over into Maliau River. The largest and most famous of the waterfalls, it is an undisputed jewel in the crown in the Maliau Basin. Stop at the falls for a lunch break before continuing to Ginseng Camp. The trek will take approximately 9 hours and you should arrive into camp mid-afternoon. After a rest, you can walk 15 minutes to Ginseng Fall and then return to the camp for dinner.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 14: ROMOL VILLAGE - KENINGAU - KOTA KINABALU

DAY 14: ROMOL VILLAGE - KENINGAU - KOTA KINABALU

After breakfast this morning, be transferred to a hidden waterfall. Park the vehicle and go on a short jungle trek to a beautiful multi-levelled waterfall. Then, go on a 30-45 minutes climb to the top of the jungle trail to be rewarded with a refreshing swim. Have a freshly cooked lunch from local produce before trekking back to the vehicle for an onward transfer to Keningau. Continue to Kota Kinabalu for an early evening arrival.

Hyatt Regency
Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 15: DEPART KOTA KINABALU

DAY 15: DEPART KOTA KINABALU

You will be taken to the airport for your onward flight.

Breakfast

SUGGESTED ACCOMMODATION

Premium

Excellent standards without the big price tag

Superior

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

WILD BORNEO (15 DAYS) $6,433

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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