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Wild Borneo: Kota Kinabalu to the Danum Valley

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Price is based on double or twin hotel room occupancy and includes accommodation, transfers, car/driver, English-speaking guide, activities and entrance fees, breakfasts and some casual lunches while touring. Flights and optional special activities will be quoted separately. Most personal expenses, including dinners, alcoholic beverages, spa treatments and gratuities can be paid on the spot while traveling. Prices may vary depending on season, choice of accommodation and other factors.

FROM $4,000 PER PERSON
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DURATION

7 days | 6 nights

DESTINATIONS

Malaysia

INTERESTS

Wildlife,
Amazing Landscapes

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Observe orangutan babies being fed
  • Cruise down the Sukau river and look for wild elephants gallivanting along the shore
  • See gigantic monitor lizards as you lounge on a balcony nestled amongst the treetops
  • Stroll through the rainforest and discover over 300 different species of trees

DETAILED DECRIPTION

Escape the busy world and immerse yourself in nature when you embark on this seven-day Wild Borneo adventure. The itinerary takes you to lively Kota Kinabalu, natural Sandakan, lush Sukau and the jungle-covered Danum Valley. Experience a rare, untouched area exploding with exciting flora and fauna.

DAY-TO-DAY

DAY 1: Kota Kinabalu

The adventure starts in beautiful Kota Kinabalu - formerly known as Jesselton. The city rests on the picturesque tropical island of Borneo. The harbor is characterized by colorful boats, clear waters and soft, white sand. Explore your surroundings after your journey to stretch your legs a bit. Sleep in luxury at the high-end Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru.

DAY 2: Sandakan

Explore Borneo’s lush nature as you travel to Sandakan. The area is known for its orangutan rehabilitation center. This is a fantastic spot to catch baby orangutans being fed. Spend the morning observing these fascinating creatures at play. In the afternoon, visit the Rainforest Discovery Centre. This is ranked first and foremost in environmental education centers in the region. Walk amongst the treetops in a canopy tour. Look for lizards and birds scattered across the forest’s ground and skies. Spend the evening relaxing at either Sepilok Nature Resort or Sabah Hotel.

DAY 3: Kinabatangan River

Leave Sandakan and travel to Sukau, an approximate three-hour drive away. Step aboard and leave the land for a bit as you take an afternoon cruise through Sukau on its stunning river. The surrounding forest pulses with wildlife. Take a night cruise to spot an entirely different slew of species, as the nocturnal animals poke their heads out into the fresh air. Spend the night at the multi-award winning eco-lodge, Sukau Rainforest Lodge.

DAY 4: Kinabatangan River

Start the morning with another cruise - this time to the beautiful Oxbow Lake. Look for elephants, orangutans and other exotic species frolicking through the forest lining the lake. If time allows, spend some time this afternoon planting trees to help protect and enhance the local environment. Return to the Sukau Rainforest Lodge to relax in a natural setting.

DAY 5: Danum Valley

Take either a 4.5-hour-long drive through Lahad Datu - a beautiful, rustic environmental area - or an early morning helicopter ride to reach the Danum Valley. This valley is a massive conservation area with relatively untouched forest areas. As recent as the early 1960s, this nature sanctuary was virtually inaccessible. This is because the entire valley is cut off from civilization by the vast surrounding primary forests. There are over 320 different species of trees in the area. Rest up at the Borneo Rainforest Lodge, after exploring your vibrant surroundings.

DAY 6: Danum Valley

A wildlife-lover’s haven - step into the rainforest and explore as you stroll through the Danum Valley. Pay the Danum Valley Field Center a visit, where you’ll have the opportunity to sit on a balcony to observe gibbons, orangutans and other monkeys in their natural habitat. Look for the Monitor Lizards - you may see the massive creature crawling around the forest floor. Return to the Borneo Rainforest Lodge for your final night before your journey home.

DAY 7: Departure

Travel to Kota Kinabalu, where you will begin your journey home. As you step out of the rainforest, take with you the memories of a time spent in an area of the world very few get to see.

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