Borneo Adventure

With its dense rainforests, tropical coastal islands and mysterious jungle valleys, Borneo is a rare destination these days. It’s a place where you can still encounter nature in its truest form, with a rich variety of colourful and endangered wildlife amidst amazing natural scenery. This trip to the Malaysian state of Sabah and Sarawak takes you face to face with many unique species, including orangutans, proboscis monkeys and hornbills.


Price Includes

9 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
Transport by Plane, Private vehicle, 4WD vehicle, Boat
Accommodation
Comfortable Hotel (5 nights), Feature stay in Kinabatanhan River Jungle Lodge (2 nights), Resort (2 nights)
Included activities:
- Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
- Mulu National Park - Deer & Lang Caves guided walk
- Mulu National Park - Sunset bat experience
- Mulu National Park - Wind & Clearwater Caves guided walk
- Kota Kinabalu - Dinner with a local family
- Kinabatangan River - Wildlife spotting cruise
- Kinabatangan - Cultural performance & BBQ dinner
- Sandakan - War Memorial
- Sepilok - Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre
- Sepilok - Bornean Sun Bear Centre
- Sepilok - Rainforest Discovery Centre
- Kota Kinabalu - Mari Mari Cultural Village


Travel Dates: 
18 Apr – 27 Apr 2019
4 May – 13 May 2019
10 Aug – 19 Aug 2019
7 Sep - 16 Sep 2019

Other departures available between Feb – Sep 2019, seasonal surcharges may apply.

Bonus

Qantas Frequent Flyer members will receive 1000 QFF points when booking a trip over $1,000^ T&C’s apply.

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31 Jan 19,

unless sold out prior. Availability is limited.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Kota Kinabalu
Welcome to Kota Kinabalu, the capital city of Sabah. An arrival airport transfer is included. Please advise your flight details at time of booking so as we can book this transfer for you. There is an important welcome meeting at 6 pm today, which you can find details about at the hotel’s reception. If you have any free time beforehand, perhaps explore this intriguing city that was born between the Borneo jungle and the South China Sea. Modern-day 'KK' is a lively modern metropolis, having recovered from World War II bombings. The Sabah State Museum is a great place to immerse yourself in its backstory.
Accommodation: Mercure Hotel or similar (1 night)
Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
There are no meals included on this day.

Day 2: Kota Kinabalu
Travel by private bus to visit the intriguing Mari Mari Cultural Village, nestled deep in the countryside. Here you will see how indigenous ethnic groups of Borneo used to live. The trip there should take less than an hour. This is a rare opportunity to see what the culture and lifestyle was like here in a bygone era. Witness first hand how the tribes would cook their meals, ignite flame with bamboo, and use a blowpipe to hunt. It's a fun, interactive and educational experience. Return to your hotel in Kota Kinabalu in the afternoon. Tonight you will enjoy dinner at one of our local friends' houses to get a taste of local cuisine.
Accommodation: Mercure Hotel or similar (1 night)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 3: Kinabatangan River
Fly from Kota Kinabalu to Sandakan (approx 50 minute flight) and travel by private mini bus to Kinabatangan River (approx 2 hour road journey) . Your jungle lodge, located beside the river, is ideal for taking in the lush surrounds. At 560 kilometres, the Kinabatangan River is the second longest river in Malaysia. It's also a protected forest reserve, containing some of the highest concentrations of wildlife in Borneo. Later in the afternoon you take a river cruise, hopefully spotting some of the more exotic local creatures. Wild elephants seldom reveal themselves, but crocodiles, macaques, wild orangutan, proboscis monkeys, hornbills and kingfishers are more easily seen. After this short adventure, head back to the lodge to enjoy dinner.
Accommodation: Borneo Nature Lodge or similar (feature stay) (1 night)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 4: Kinabatangan River
You might awake to the call of a Bornean gibbon, or perhaps a hornbill. Enjoy an early morning cruise through the morning fog as the sun rises, searching for more birds and wildlife. Keep an eye out for Long Tail Macaques and Pig Tail Macaques – ask your leader about the difference. When it's all over, a second river cruise, in the afternoon, will be your last chance to photograph or simply marvel at your surrounds. Dinner tonight will be a BBQ in the open air, beside the river (weather permitting) followed by a Cultural performance by the local Orang Sungai people. Orang Sungai (Malay word for "River people") are a group of indigenous people native to the state of Sabah. There is 32 official tribes in Sabah and the Orang Sungai people live along the banks for the Kinabatangan River.
Accommodation: Borneo Nature Lodge or similar (feature stay) (1 night)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 5: Sandakan
Travel by private minivan to Sandakan. (approx 2 hours) Once the capital of British North Borneo, Sandakan traditionally had strong trading ties with Hong Kong. The Cantonese influence is palpable in the lively harbour-side market, the many Chinese temples and the local cuisine. In the evening travel to the Rainforest Discovery Centre to observe the beautiful red flying squirrels there. These fascinating creatures do not technically fly in the sense birds do, but rather glide from tree to tree with the help of their unique anatomy. With long tails to provide stability, they cover some impressive distances. Afterwards, journey back to your hotel in Sandakan for the evening.
Accommodation: Four Points by Sheraton Sandakan or similar (1 night)
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 6: Sandakan / Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre
In the morning, visit the orangutans at the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre. Watch and photograph these charming creatures as they swing into view on ropes and vines. It is important not to interrupt the orangutans, so as to aid in their successful re-introduction. A popular section at the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, is the outdoor nursery where young orangutans are cared for if born in captivity or when their mothers have been killed. Entry here is included in your admittance. Take the chance to view these young orangutans as they learn how to climb on a specially constructed jungle gym. You also see the unique Sun Bears nearby today. Afterwards, visit the Sandakan War Memorial. Here you will learn about the city's past as you stand on the same ground of the former Japanese POW camp. This site also marks the starting point of the tragic Sandakan Death Marches.
Accommodation: Four Points by Sheraton Sandakan or similar (1 night)
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 7: Mulu National Park
Make the short drive from Sepilok to Sandakan Airport. Fly from Sandakan to Mulu, travelling via Kota Kinabalu. In the late afternoon, visit Deer Cave and Lang Cave, which are reached by following a scenic jungle walk that follows a three-kilomtere plankwalk which passes through peat swamp, alluvial flats and limestone outcrops. At sunset you will watch the millions of bats fly out of Deer Cave and see the large ring shaped formations they make as they circle higher and higher up the cliff face before moving out across the rainforest in spiraling ribbons. You will want to have your camera handy for this magnificent sight.
Accommodation: Mulu Marriot Resort & Spa or similar (1 night)
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 8: Mulu National Park
Visit Clearwater Cave and Wind Cave today. Clearwater cave is the longest cave in Asia, spanning more than 100 kilometres. Wind Cave is a stop on the way there, along the Melinau River. For lunch, enjoy a simple picnic with your fellow travellers. 
Accommodation: Mulu Marriot Resort & Spa or similar (1 night)
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 9: Kota Kinabalu
Fly from Mulu National park to Kota Kinabalu. Enjoy a drink at sunset at a rooftop bar in Kota Kinabalu, as well as a farewell dinner, as you celebrate and look back on the trip. 
Accommodation: Mercure Hotel or similar (1 night)
Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 10: Kota Kinabalu
Farewell your new companions as your trip ends after breakfast today.
Meals Included: Breakfast


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