From  £2645
per person
Tour Highlights
  • Ideal for the first time visitor to Borneo
  • Take a trip on the historic North Borneo Railway
  • Witness orangutans feeding
  • Walk across the canopy walkway
  • Have lunch with local villagers
  • Relax on a tropical island
  • Search for proboscis monkeys
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Borneo for Beginners

13 Day Tour, from £2645 per person

For wildlife enthusiasts looking for the perfect balance of animal encounters, jungle exploration and relaxing beach time our popular Borneo for Beginners holiday ticks all the boxes. Explore walking trails in Kinabalu Park, cruise the wildlife rich Kinabatangan River in search of pygmy elephants, proboscis monkeys and wild orangutan and unwind on white sand beaches.

Tour Itinerary

DAY 1
FLY TO BORNEO
FLY TO BORNEO
Fly to Kota Kinabalu.
DAY 2
KOTA KINABALU
KOTA KINABALU
Arrive in Kota Kinabalu and drive to the Shangri-La Tanjung Aru Resort. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure.
Accommodation
Shangri-La Tanjung Aru Resort
             
DAY 3
KOTA KINABALU
KOTA KINABALU
Day at leisure. (B)
DAY 4
KOTA KINABALU
KOTA KINABALU
Today enjoy an exciting trip on the historic North Borneo Railway. Experience the bygone era of British North Borneo with a nostalgic trip through rural Sabah passing through villages and coastal towns. Stop to explore the small towns of Kinarut, home to Tien Nam Shi Chinese Temple and Papar with its historic railway station with its open air market. Return to the city mid-afternoon enjoying a traditional tiffin lunch while enjoying the passing scenery. (B/L)
DAY 5
KINABALU PARK
KINABALU PARK
Drive to Poring Hot Springs stopping en route to shop for handicrafts at a local market. On arrival, explore jungle trails and observe wildlife on the canopy walkway located 100 feet above the forest floor – not for the faint hearted! After lunch, take a dip in the steaming hot mineral springs before visiting the World Heritage site of Kinabalu Park. Spend the afternoon at leisure in the park, home to the giant rafflesia which only flowers once or twice a year – ask the guide if they know of one in bloom. Overnight in a twin-bedded cabin at Kinabalu Park (or equivalent). (B,L,D)
DAY 6
DRIVE TO SEPILOK
DRIVE TO SEPILOK
Travel overland to Sepilok and on arrival check in to MY Nature Resort. Spend the afternoon at leisure. Perhaps visit Sepilok Rehabilitation Centre to witness the orangutans enjoy afternoon feeding or take a short walk to the Rainforest Discovery Centre which offers a host of activities including night walks. (B,L,D)
Accommodation
MY Nature Resort
     
DAY 7
KINABATANGAN RIVER
KINABATANGAN RIVER
Visit Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary and observe the orangutans at their feeding stations in the rainforest and at the nursery (if open). Continue to visit the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre which rescues captured sun bears and is involved in their conservation, welfare, rehabilitation and education. Enjoy lunch near Sepilok. Later travel by boat to the Lower Kinabatangan River Sanctuary which travels through the Mangrove Forest, a location that offers plenty of opportunities to spot the resident wildlife so keep an eye out! Arrive at Abai Jungle Lodge and spend some time relaxing before embarking on a wildlife river cruise to search for proboscis monkeys, pygmy elephants, hornbills and other birdlife. After dinner take the short night cruise to witness the spectacle of the fire flies lit up like a Christmas tree. (B,L,D)
Accommodation
Abai Jungle Lodge
     
DAY 8
KINABATANGAN RIVER
KINABATANGAN RIVER
Wake to the sound of the surrounding wildlife and enjoy an early morning river trip to the Pitas Lake to observe the wildlife. After breakfast, those who wish can join the tree planting project which consists of a short village tour, tree planting and a simple lunch with some of the Abai villagers. Return to the lodge and enjoy time at leisure until the final late afternoon wildlife river cruise. (B,L,D)
DAY 9
SHANGRI-LA RASA RIA RESORT
SHANGRI-LA RASA RIA RESORT
Return to the mainland and transfer to Sandakan airport for the short flight back to Kota Kinabalu. Drive to the Rasa-Ria Resort, check in and spend the afternoon at leisure. (B)
Accommodation
Shangri-La Rasa Ria Resort & Spa
               
DAY 10
SHANGRI-LA RASA RIA RESORT
SHANGRI-LA RASA RIA RESORT
Spend the day at leisure. Perhaps visit the resort's 64-acre nature reserve. (B)
DAY 11
SHANGRI-LA RASA RIA RESORT
SHANGRI-LA RASA RIA RESORT
Day at leisure (B)
DAY 12
SHANGRI-LA RASA RIA RESORT
SHANGRI-LA RASA RIA RESORT
Day at leisure (B)
DAY 13
DEPARTURE KOTA KINABALU
Transfer to the airport for the flight back to the UK. (B)

Pricing Information

13 day tour, from £2645 per person

Price Includes

  • Return flights in economy class with Malaysia Airlines from London Heathrow via Kuala Lumpur
  • Domestic flights in Borneo
  • All airport taxes & security charges
  • Accommodation as stated on a bed and breakfast basis
  • Meals as specified (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
  • Private airport transfers in Kota Kinabalu/shared excursions, boat transfers and river cruises elsewhere
  • All touring with English-speaking guides and drivers

Price Excludes

  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Any meals not mentioned 

Tour Route Map


  1. Borneo, Kota Kinabalu
  2. Borneo, Mt Kinabalu & Kinabalu Park
  3. Borneo, Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre
  4. Borneo, Sandakan
  5. Borneo, Kinabatangan River
  6. Borneo, Kota Kinabalu

Tour Accommodation

Abai Jungle Lodge
Abai Jungle Lodge
Abai Jungle Lodge Abai Jungle Lodge is located close to the mouth of the Sulu Sea and offers 18 twin, double and triple rooms arranged in 6 units. All rooms have en-suite bathrooms, netted windows......
Shangri-La Rasa Ria Resort & Spa
Shangri-La Rasa Ria Resort & Spa
Shangri-La Rasa Ria Resort & Spa Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort & Spa is located roughly 45 minutes from Kota Kinabalu city on a broad stretch of white sand beach and surrounded by 400 acres......
Shangri-La Tanjung Aru Resort
Shangri-La Tanjung Aru Resort
Shangri-La Tanjung Aru Resort The luxury 5* Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa is a short hop from Kota Kinabalu airport and the city and located on a quiet beachside peninsula made up of 25 acres of......
MY Nature Resort
MY Nature Resort
MY Nature Resort MY Nature Resort is a new resort located a 10 minute walk to the Sepilok Rehabilitation Centre and Sun Bear Conservation Centre and a 5 minute walk to the Rainforest Discovery......

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