Overview

Flight - 1 night
Kuching - 2 nights
Mulu - 2 nights
Kota Kinabalu - 2 nights
Sukau - 2 nights
Sepilok - 1 night
Kuala Lumpur - 1 night
Flight - 1 night

Spendology - Widgets

WILD BORNEO

Focus on the enchanting wildlife of Malaysian Borneo, including orangutan and sun bear rehabilitation centres, the bat exodus from Mulu caves, against a backdrop of tropical jungle

The equatorial island of Borneo offers a spectacular opportunity to encounter flora, fauna, topography and tribes people of astonishing diversity in Sarawak and neighbouring Sabah – the two states of Malaysian Borneo.

Sarawak, the one-time outpost of the White Rajahs – the erstwhile rulers – is the gateway to a huge hinterland of dense tropical rainforest and mountain ranges, historical Kuching, the capital, is dotted with temples, museums and regal colonial architecture. Known for its Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, to observe these unique animals in the surrounding forest reserve, having been rescued from captivity. Orangutans only native to the island of Borneo and sharing 97% of their DNA with humans, have been sadly losing their habitat owing to deforestation for palm tree oil production.

Sabah is home to the world’s oldest jungles, sandy beaches, Kota Kinabalu and the fascinating Kinabatangan River area which has a concentration of 10 primate species, with some of the most satisfying to spot being the wild orangutan and Proboscis monkey.

Key Features

Wildlife & Natural Wonders
Jules Verne Sightseeing
Improved Itinerary
Local Expert Guides
Small Group Size: 4 - 14

Day 1 Fly overnight from London Heathrow to Kuching, via Kuala Lumpur.

Day 2 On arrival, transfer to the 5-star Hilton Kuching (3-star Hotel Meritin from June 2020) for two nights.

Day 3 Visit the Semengoh Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre. Continue to Sarawak Cultural Village for demonstrations of traditional arts and crafts and daily activities of local communities. (B, D)

Day 4 Fly to Mulu (via Miri) in Northern Sarawak. Two nights at the 5-star Mulu Marriott. Plank walk in the rainforest to Lang’s Cave, the world ‘s largest cave passage. At Deer Cave witness the sunset exodus of thousands of bats (weather permitting). (B, D)

Day 5 Travel by longboat to Wind Cave. Explore the ‘King’s Room’, continue to Clearwater Cave. Mulu Canopy Skywalk. (B, L, D)

Day 6 Morning at leisure. Fly to Kota Kinabalu for two nights at the 4-star Le Meridien Hotel. (B, D)

Day 7 Visit Gayang village and observe the lifestyle of the Bajau which includes a cruise through the mangroves and batik painting. Late afternoon panoramic tour of Kota Kinabalu followed by a countryside dinner set high on a hilltop. (B, D)

Day 8 Early morning flight to Sandakan. Visit Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre and the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre. Boat journey on the Kinabatangan River with many wildlife spotting opportunities including three kinds of leaf monkey and herds of pygmy elephant. Two nights at Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge in Sukau. (B, L, D)

Day 9 Boat trip on the Oxbow Lake in search of the elusive Proboscis monkey, macaques, maroon langur and Bornean Gibbon. Optional visit to the Gomantong Caves (approx. £30). Afternoon cruise to spot more wildlife. (B, L, D)

Day 10 Return to Sandakan by boat (by road from June 2020). Sandakan city tour. Overnight at the 3-star My Nature Resort located in the rainforest of Sepilok where many species of birds can be spotted. (B, L, D)

Day 11 Fly to Kuala Lumpur for overnight at the 5-star Park Royal Hotel. (B)

Day 12 Guided sightseeing tour of Kuala Lumpur including the National Mosque and War Memorial. Return flight in the late evening (late check out is included at the hotel). (B)

Day 13 Arrive Heathrow in the early morning.

  • Key
  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner
 

Notes

Humidity is high throughout the year, a level of agility is needed to embark small boats.
Day 5 the Wind Cave visit includes many steps.
Boat trips on occasion may be shared to contribute to sustainable tourism in the area.
The order of sightseeing and timing of flights may vary in accordance with local conditions.

2020

Wednesdays
per person in a twin/double room
British Airways from Heathrow

Date Price
April 15 £3345
May 13 £3345
June 17 £3145
September 9 £3195
October 14 £3145
November 4 £2995

2021

Wednesdays
per person in a twin/double room
British Airways from Heathrow

Date Price
February 17 £3095
March 10 £3195
April 14 £3195
May 12 £3195
June 16 £3145

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

Single supplement £545

Flight Options

London/Kuala Lumpur/London
British Airways Club World from £2945

Extension Options

Extra nights – Kuala Lumpur
Park Royal Hotel (per night) £40
Single supplement £35
Departure transfer add £12

Extension – Langkawi
Berajaya Langkawi Beach Resort
3 nights – £495 (2021 £525)
Single supplement £195 (2021 £215)

Independent Arrival

Save £850 
Arrival transfer add £10
Departure transfer add £12

Price Includes
Air travel and taxes (excluding Malaysian departure tax, approx. £4), transfers, 10 nights' accommodation, breakfast daily, 4 lunches and 8 dinners, itinerary as described services of guides and local representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.

Not Included
Travel insurance, optional excursions, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

Notes
An accommodation tax is payable locally, currently a total of 150 Malaysian Ringgit per room (Days 2 - 12).

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