From  £3095
per person
Tour Highlights
  • Trek jungle trails in Tabin Wildlife Reserve
  • Enjoy a dip in the cooling Lipad Waterfall
  • Cruise the Kinabatangan River in search of wildlife
  • Watch orangutans enjoy a hearty meal at Sepilk
  • Relax beachside on pretty Gaya Island
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Best of Borneo Small Group Tour

12 Day Tour, from £3095 per person
Itinerary Dates
2019
08 Oct  -  19 Oct

Discover the indigenous wildlife of Borneo on this 13-day small-group tour of Sabah. From the bustling capital of Kota Kinabalu head deep into remote jungle landscapes in the Tabin Wildlife Reserve. Trek the trails searching for proboscis monkeys, pygmy elephants, wild orangutans and an abundance of birdlife. Journey to the Kinabatangan River and cruise the waterways to discover a landscape teeming with animal and birdlife. Visit Sepilok Rehabilitation Centre and watch juvenile orangutans learn the art of play and end your adventure with time to relax beachside on Gaya Island where there are opportunities to swim, snorkel, hike jungle trails or pamper yourself with lavish Spa treatments.  

Tour Itinerary

DAY 1
FLY TO BORNEO
Fly to Kota Kinabalu
DAY 2
KOTA KINABALU
KOTA KINABALU

Land Kota Kinabalu and drive to the city centre Horizon Hotel. Enjoy two nights at leisure.

Accommodation
Horizon Hotel
DAY 3
KOTA KINABALU
KOTA KINABALU

Day at leisure to explore the city. (B)

DAY 4
TABIN WILDLIFE RESERVE
TABIN WILDLIFE RESERVE

Return to the airport for the early morning flight to Lahad Datu. Land and transfer into Tabin Wildlife Reserve. This afternoon trek to the Lipad mud volcano which is a focal point for wildlife in the area including the macaques, red leaf monkeys and gibbons which can often to be heard calling through the early morning mist. Tabin Wildlife Reserve is also a release site for rehabilitated orangutans from Sepilok Rehabilitation Centre so there should be plenty of opportunities to see these endangered primates. After exploring the reserve further return to the lodge. After dinner enjoy a night safari in search of nocturnal wildlife. (B,L,D)

Accommodation
Tabin Wildlife Resort
DAY 5
TABIN WILDLIFE RESERVE
TABIN WILDLIFE RESERVE

Head out on an early morning bird walk and discover some of the almost 300 bird species in the reserve. Return for breakfast before taking a trek through lush rainforest to the Lipad Waterfall. Cool off in the natural pool or explore the surrounding jungle landscape. Return to the lodge where there is the opportunity to try the Tabin Rainforest foot soak before an early evening dusk drive in search of wildlife heading out in search of food. After dinner end your stay with a night walk in search of further nocturnal wildlife before returning to the lodge for a good nights sleep. (B,L,D)

DAY 6
KINABATANGAN RIVER
KINABATANGAN RIVER

This morning depart early, return to Lahad Datu, change vehicles and drive onwards towards the Kinabatangan River. The river is home to an abundance of wildlife including pygmy elephants, proboscis monkeys, macaques and wild orangutans. Enjoy lunch and time at leisure. Late afternoon, enjoy a river cruise to search for the resident wildlife. (B,L,D)

Accommodation
Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge
DAY 7
KINABATANGAN RIVER
KINABATANGAN RIVER
This morning transfer downriver to Abai Jungle Lodge, another chance to see the wildlife. Here, enjoy lunch with the local Abai villagers and partake in their tree planting programme. Late afternoon take a further river cruise to see the wildlife and after dinner, enjoy a short cruise to see the firefiles lit up like a Christmas tree. (B,L,D)
Accommodation
Abai Jungle Lodge
DAY 8
SEPILOK REHABILITATION CENTRE
SEPILOK REHABILITATION CENTRE

Wake up to the jungle sounds and transfer downriver and through the Sulu Sea to Sandakan. Transfer to visit the Sepilok Rehabilitation Centre for the morning orangutan feeding. There should also be the opportunity to visit the orangutan nursery to watch the juveniles learning to play from their fellow orangutans. Continue to the Borneo Sun Bear Conservation Centre to learn a little about the centre's work to rescue and rehabilitate the smallest bears in the world, the sun bear. End the day in MY Nature Resort which sits on the edge of the Sepilok protected reserve and is home to a large colony of flying squirrels which can often be seen leaving to hunt at sunset. (B,L,D)

Accommodation
MY Nature Resort
DAY 9
GAYA ISLAND
GAYA ISLAND
This morning, return to Sandakan and fly back to Kota Kinabalu. Take the resort speedboat to Gaya Island. Set in the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park this small island resort offers excellent snorkelling and a luxury stay. (B)
Accommodation
Gaya Island Resort
DAY 10
GAYA ISLAND
GAYA ISLAND
Day at leisure to enjoy beach time and snorkelling (diving also available). (B)
DAY 11
GAYA ISLAND
GAYA ISLAND
Day at leisure - the resort offers excellent jungle treks on the island. (B)
DAY 12
DEPARTURE
Today return to the airport and fly back to the UK. (B)

Pricing Information

12 day tour, from £3095 per person
(Single person supplement + £820)

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 transfers, excursions, boat transfers and river cruises 
  • All touring with English-speaking guides and drivers

Price Excludes

  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Any meals not mentioned 
Itinerary Dates From Price Single Room Supp.  
08 Oct 2019
-
19 Oct 2019
£3095 £820

Tour Route Map


  1. Borneo, Kota Kinabalu
  2. Borneo, Tabin Wildlife Reserve
  3. Borneo, Kinabatangan River
  4. Borneo, Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre
  5. Borneo, Gaya Island

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......
Gaya Island Resort
Gaya Island Resort
Gaya Island Resort Situated on Pulau Gaya within the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park in Borneo, Gaya Island Resort is a natural sanctuary nestled in the hillside of an ancient rainforest. The 120......
Horizon Hotel
Horizon Hotel
Horizon Hotel The Horizon hotel is set in the heart of Kota Kinabalu, just 15 minutes from the airport and within walking distance to the Gaya Street “Sunday Market”, the shopping malls,......
Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge
Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge
Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge The Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge is located on the riverbank near the village of Sukau and in the larger Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary which was established in 2002 to......
Tabin Wildlife Resort
Tabin Wildlife Resort
Tabin Wildlife Resort The Tabin Wildlife Resort is comprised of 20 authentic Borneo timber bungalows, each housing a twin-bedded or double-bedded room with en-suite bathroom, hot water shower and......
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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