Borneo is a country bursting with life and for those keen to encounter the varied animal and birdlife that call this corner of Malaysia home it offers an abundance of experiences to savour. From the hustle and bustle of the high rise capital Kuala Lumpur, with its colourful street markets and colonial-era landmarks, transfer into a world of jungle landscapes and wildlife-rich riverbanks. Cruise the meandering waterways in search of local residents such as proboscis monkeys, macaques, hornbills and other birdlife, pygmy elephants and wild orangutans. Visit famous Sepilok Orangutan Centre and learn of the battle to rescue and rehabilitate these endangered primates and meet the small but perfectly formed sun bears adorned with colourful splashes on their chests. End the adventure by crossing the peninsula and spending time at the luxury Pangkor Laut Resort which sits nestled amidst an ancient rainforest fringed by sweeping sandy bays and emerald waters.
Fly to Kuala Lumpur.
Land and transfer to a city centre hotel. Enjoy the remainder of the day free at leisure to explore the city. Why not head to popular Petaling Street in Chinatown to stroll the array of stalls and sample local delicacies.
Enjoy a full day to explore the city further. Must see's include the soaring Petronas Twin Towers, the National Monument, the Sultan Abdul Samad Building and the King's Palace. (B)
This morning return to Kuala Lumpur airport for the short hop across to Sandakan, Borneo, the gateway to Sabah's wildlife touring. Land and transfer out of the city to Sepilok and check in to MY Nature Resort, home for the next two nights. This afternoon enjoy time to relax after the flight or why not visit the nearby Rainforest Discovery Centre for a chance to see the flying squirrels at dusk. (B/D)
Today will kick start your wildlife experience off to a great start with a visit to Sepilok Orangutan Centre for the morning feeding of the orangutans. View the orangutans at their feeding platforms in the jungle setting and also the juveniles in the nursery. Continue to the nearby Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre which is involved in the conservation and rehabilitation of the endangered sun bears. Return for lunch before visiting the Rainforest Discovery Centre for the chance to explore the jungle landscape from their elevated walkway. Return to MY Nature Resort for dinner and overnight. (B/L/D)
This morning relax over breakfast before transferring to the Sandakan jetty after lunch to board a boat for a transfer up the Kinabatangan River. This is the first opportunity to search for the resident riverside wildlife. Arrive at Sukau Rainforest Lodge and enjoy afternoon tea. This afternoon take a sightseeing boat on the Kinabatangan River in search of wildlife. The region offers plenty of opportunities to see proboscis monkeys, hornbills, macaques, reptiles and possibly wild orangutans and the shy pygmy elephants. Return to the lodge for dinner before enjoying a slide show by the resident naturalist. (B/L/D)
This morning depart on a boat trip in search of the early risers of the Kelenanap Oxbow Lake region of the river. This is a good time to see the wildlife as they emerge in the cool of the morning in search of breakfast. Return to the lodge for your own breakfast before enjoying an educational guided walking tour along the Hornbill Boardwalk. Return for time to relax, the lodge offers various leisure activities including a foot spa, batik painting and a small pool. Take afternoon tea before the final river cruise of the day followed by dinner. (B/L/D)
Another silent river cruise through the early morning mist explores the Menanggol River before a return for breakfast. Time is free this morning for further optional excursions before an afternoon visit to the nearby Gomantong Caves. Sitting surrounded by primary rainforest and often bursting with wild figs it is a great location for spotting orangutans keen to sample these jungle delicacies. Explore the cave and at sunset marvel at the millions of bats departing in search of dinner. (B/L/D)
After breakfast return to Sandakan by boat and take the flight back to Kuala Lumpur. Land and meet a private driver for the road transfer to Marina Island jetty and the crossing to Pangkor Laut Resort, a privately owned island off the west coast of Malaysia. Only a fraction of the island developed to house this peaceful resort, the 140 villas are either set high amidst the hills, nestled within lush gardens or rest on stilts above the tropical waters. Each villa is traditionally designed and elegantly appointed, seamlessly blending with the natural beauty of its surrounding environment. Check in and enjoy the evening at leisure. (B)
Enjoy the day relaxing at the resort after your busy wildlife adventure. (B)
Why not explore the coastline today with a choice of water sports available for hire including paddle boards, kayaks, wake boards and water skis. (B)
A further free day. The resort offers fishing expeditions for those keen to test their angling skills. (B)
On this free day why not take a trek into the two million year old jungle for a fascinating insight into rich plant and animal life that call the jungle home. (B)
Today return to the Marina Island jetty and meet a driver for the return road journey to Kuala Lumpur airport for the flight back to the UK. (B)