Borneo is one of the most diverse, wildlife-rich destinations in the world. Home to incredible biodiversity, lush jungles, dramatic coastlines, rare species and rich indigenous culture, Borneo is made for memorable experiences. Spend 11 exhilarating days exploring Malaysian Borneo, on the island’s north-eastern edge. Explore the region with day and night hikes, river safaris and 4x4 excursions whilst seeking some of the worlds most treasured and endangered species including orangutans, leopard cats, hornbills, and more. Stay in jungle lodges including a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World and travel alongside our adventure guides for an enriched travel experience.

Trip highlights

Witness orangutans and Malayan sun bears up close during a visit to numerous conservation centres in Sepilok.

Set off on a unique safari in the Tabin Wildlife Reserve which is home to an incredible array of wildlife including nine primate species, three cat species and 220 species of birds.

Stay in the spectacular Sakau Rainforest Lodge, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World which is set on the banks of the Kinabatangan River and enjoy a ride along the jungle waterways in an electric boat.

Spend three days exploring the rain forests of Danum Valley Conservation area where you can enjoy hiking, walking through the canopy and observing the flora and fauna.

Walk through the canopy of a 130 million-year-old virgin rain forest, looking out for orangutans, civets, and exotic birds.

Itinerary - 11 Days

1 Sandakan, Malaysia/Sepilok

Arrive in the city of Sandakan in Malaysian Borneo’s eastern coast which was one the former capital of British Borneo. Head inland to the Sepilok Nature Resort situated just beyond the borders of the Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve.

Accommodation: Sepilok Nature Resort

2 Sepilok

Spend the day exploring the Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve where you will visit the orangutan rehabilitation centre where we will join scientists and observe the morning feed, learning about the projects and visiting the nursey. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant and then explore the Rainforest Discovery Centre for an afternoon of jungle trekking. At dusk, weave through the rain forest canopy along an elevated walkway, seeking out wildlife amid the treetops. (1-2 miles hiking, 1-2 hours)

Accommodations: Sepilok Nature Reserve

3 Sepilok/Kinabatangan River

On day three, take a behind-the-scenes tour of the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre where we’ll learn about Malayan sub bears which are currently listed as Endangered on the IUCN Red List. Continue to the Kinabatangan River, home to one of the highest concentrations of wildlife in Borneo and settle into Sakau Rainforest Lodge, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the Word. Enjoy a picturesque river cruise at dusk where may be lucky enough to spot orangutans, pygmy elephants, silvered langurs, hornbills and proboscis monkeys. During a night walk, see nocturnal fauna such as slow loris, western tarsiers, civets, and more. (1–2 miles hiking, 1–2 hours)

Accommodation: Sukau Rainforest Lodge

4 Kinabatangan River

Head out on an early morning river safari cruise along the Kinabatangan River. After returning to the lodge, set off on a jungle walk to search for wildlife and in the evening enjoy a dusk river cruise. (B/L/D)

Accommodation: Sukau Rainforest Lodge

5 Tabin Wildlife Reserve

Venture into the heart of the Tabin Wildlife Reserve where you may be lucky enough to encounter rare species including nine primate species, three cat species, some 220 species of birds, and the rarely seen pygmy elephant and banteng. After lunch, enjoy a 4x4 trip to search for some more of the region's wildlife including leopard cats, marbled cats, flying squirrels, and binturongs (bearcats). (B/L/D)

Accommodation: Tabin Wildlife Resort

6 Tabin Wildlife Reserve

On day six of your Borneo Wildlife Expedition, take an early morning nature walk through the reserve, after breakfast hike to the mud volcano, here salt-enriched mud bubbles up and attracts many different animals. Take the opportunity to climb the observation tower and enjoy the magnificent views of the surrounding forest. Learn more about the Sumatran rhino conservation efforts during a special meeting with the executive director of the Borneo Rhino Alliance and in the evening, walk the lodge grounds in search of nocturnal fauna. (1–2 miles hiking, 2 hours)

Accommodation: Tabin Wildlife Resort

7-9 Danum Valley Conservation Area

Travel to the valley of the Danum River, known for its 169 square miles of virtually undisturbed primary rain forest which is unsurprisingly home to an incredible array of flora and fauna. Spend the following three days exploring the local nature trails either on your own or with a guide. Keep an eye out for the rare species including the pygmy elephant, clouded leopard, Bornean gibbon, and maroon langur. Keep an eye out for the incredible variety of bird life that thrives within the canopy, with an incredible 275 recorded species.

Enjoy a guided night hike when the forest is vibrant with wildlife and the following day watch a dazzling sunrise over the valley from atop an observation tower—and enjoy a light breakfast with a stunning view. Head off on a moderately challenging hike to a nearby waterfall, enjoy a canopy walk in the treetops surrounding our lodge, and venture out on night safaris to experience the forest when it is vibrant with wildlife. (Day 7: 1–2 miles hiking, 2 hours; Day 8: 1–2 miles hiking, 1-2 hours)

Accommodation: Borneo Rainforest Lodge

10-11 Danum Valley Conservation Area/Kota Kinabalu

As your expedition comes to an end, rise for one last wildlife walk through the forest. Then depart for Lahad Datu, where we catch a flight to Kota Kinabalu. Upon arrival, transfer to our downtown hotel and enjoy a farewell dinner. Depart for home the following day. (Day 10: 1-2 miles hiking, 1-2 hours)
Day 10 (B/L/D) / Day 11 (B)

Accommodation: Kota Kinabalu Marriott Hotel

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