Overview

Flight - 1 night
Kuching - 3 nights
Mulu - 2 nights
Kota Kinabalu - 1 night
Sukau - 2 nights
Kota Kinabalu - 2 nights
Flight - 1 night

WILD BORNEO

The jungles, tribes, rivers, caves and orangutans of Malaysian Borneo

The equatorial island of Borneo can truly be described as a place where the traveller can find many locations of great natural beauty. This arrangement 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.

One-time outpost of the White Rajahs - the erstwhile rulers - Sarawak is closest to mainland Malaysia. 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, a legacy of a bygone era. It is also known for its Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre where you can see these unique animals in the surrounding forest reserve, having been rescued from captivity. There is no guarantee of seeing the semi-wild orangutan, however they usually return from the surrounding forest at feeding times.

Northern Sarawak is home to the Mulu Caves, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the largest cave complex in the world, with cave networks, rock pinnacles, cliffs and gorges. Known as 'The Land Below the Wind' and with a narrow coastal plain, Sabah is home to the world's oldest jungles, sandy beaches, Mount Kinabalu, one of South East Asia's highest peaks and Kota Kinabalu, the pleasant and relaxed state capital.

Key Features

Cultural & Natural Wonders
Jules Verne Sightseeing
Local Expert Guides
Guaranteed Departure
Small Group Size: 2 - 18

 

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

Day 2 On arrival, transfer to the 5-star Hilton Kuching for three nights.

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

Day 4 Visit the Bako National Park, home to a range of wildlife including the Proboscis, long-tailed and leaf monkeys, plus fascinating plant life such as pitcher plants, mangroves and strangler figs. (B, L)

Day 5 Fly to Mulu in Northern Sarawak for two nights at the 5-star Mulu Marriott Resort & Spa. Take a scenic plank walk through the rainforest to Lang's Cave, the largest cave passage in the world, before continuing to Deer Cave to witness the exodus of tens of thousands of bats at sunset (weather permitting). (B)

Day 6 Travel by longboat to Wind Cave with its caverns and limestone formations. Explore the stalagmites and stalactites in the 'King's Room' before proceeding to Clearwater Cave. Enjoy a picnic lunch and perhaps swim in the clear water pools. Afternoon Mulu Canopy Skywalk, the longest tree-based walkway in the world. (B, L)

Day 7 Morning at leisure. Fly to Kota Kinabalu for overnight at the 4-star Le Meridien Hotel. (B)

Day 8 Fly to Sandakan. Visit the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre and enjoy a walk in the Tropical Lowland Dipterocarp Forest. Continue to the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre. Journey on the Kinabatangan River to Sukau with many wildlife spotting opportunities including three kinds of leaf monkey, herds of pygmy elephant and wild orangutan. Two nights at the Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge in Sukau. (B, L, D)

Day 9 Early morning 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, famous for 'edible birds' nests' (approx. £30). Afternoon cruise for further opportunities to spot more wildlife. (B, L, D)

Day 10 Return boat journey to Sandakan for a city tour and then fly to Kota Kinabalu. Two nights at the 4-star Le Meridien Hotel. (B)

Day 11 Embark on a journey along the North Borneo Railway. Travel by steam train through the lush landscape of coastal and rural Sabah, passing through local villages, coastal towns, rice paddies and coffee plantations. City tour. (B, L)

Day 12 Transfer to the airport for the return flight, via Kuala Lumpur. (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 and on Day 6 the Wind Cave visit includes many steps.
Boat trips on occasion may be shared to contribute to sustainable tourism in the area.

2019

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

Date Price
May 8 £2525

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

Single supplement £345

Flight Options

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

Extension Options

Extension - Kuala Lumpur
Park Royal Hotel - 2 nights £195
Single supplement £115

Extension - Island Retreat
Gayana Eco Resort - 3 nights £465
Single supplement £425

Extension - Batang Ai
1 night Kuching and 2 nights Aiman Batang Ai Resort - £425
Single supplement £115

Privately Guided

Add £295 per person

Independent Arrival

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

Price Includes
Air travel and taxes, transfers, 10 nights' accommodation, breakfast daily, 6 lunches and 2 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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