|12 Oct - 25 Oct|
Borneo is an island split between Malaysian, Indonesian and Brunei ownership containing some of the oldest rainforest in the world. From trekking the muddy jungle trails of the remote Danum Valley Conservation Area to snorkelling the turquoise seas along the pristine white sand beach of Lankayan Island, Borneo is a country of contrasts and a real wildlife hotspot. Explore the longhouse homes of the Iban people in Sarawak, maybe try a spot of Iban-style fishing and cruise down the Kinabatangan River, home to proboscis monkeys, pygmy elephants and some of the few remaining wild orangutan populations.
Join our Regent exclusive small-group wildlife adventure and discover a country teeming with native wildlife, flora and fauna.
Today depart bustling Kuching and drive to Batang Ai reservoir. En-route stop at Lachau Bazaar for a stroll around the shops and small native market. Enjoy an early lunch in a local coffee shop. Continue your journey to Batang Ai Lake and board a longboat for the journey upriver to Nanga Sumpa. This is a great way to discover this rugged national park and the wildlife which resides there. Arrive and settle in to your remote jungle lodge and enjoy dinner. This evening is free at leisure to relax or chat to the local Iban tribe. Overnight at Nanga Sumpa Lodge. (B,L,D)
Enjoy the morning at leisure. Transfer to Kuching airport for the flight to Kota Kinabalu. Land and transfer to a city centre hotel. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure to relax or explore the city - why not head to KK waterfront with its choice of local bars and restaurants. (B)
Drive to Kinabalu National Park. This was the first national park in Sabah and is dominated by Mount Kinabalu, one of the highest peaks in Southeast Asia. Take a dip in the soothing Poring Hot Springs before enjoying an adventurous walk along the canopy walkway. Explore the jungle trails and discover rare orchids, pitcher plants, bird and insect life. Return to the city for the evening free at leisure. (B,L)
Return to the airport and fly to Sandakan. Land and visit the Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary where captive orangutans are reintroduced into the wild. You will be able to observe them at their feeding stations in the rainforest and at the nursery (if open). Watch the 10am feeding session before proceeding to the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre (BSBCC) which rescues captured sun bears and is involved in sun bear conservation, welfare rehabilitation and education. Board a speedboat for a boat cruise up the Lower Kinabatangan River, passing pristine mangrove forests and searching for wildlife. This is the first chance to look for river wildlife including troops of macaques, proboscis monkeys, crocodiles and an abundance of birdlife so keep your eyes open! Arrive at Abai Jungle Lodge. Time is free to relax or explore the lodge’s nature boardwalk. Late afternoon go on a wildlife river cruise and as night falls witness the glittering of fireflies on the mangrove trees. After dinner, go on a guided night walk around the boardwalk and search for insects, birds and other wildlife. Overnight: Abai Jungle Lodge. (B,L,D)
After breakfast depart Abai and re-trace your steps down the Kinabatangan River to Sandakan. Arrive at Sandakan jetty and head to MY Nature Resort which sits in jungle surroundings near the rehabilitation centre. The remainder of the day is at leisure to relax or maybe return to Sepilok to see the orangutans for the 3pm feeding. (B,L,D)
Drive to the Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary. This is a private reserve home to proboscis monkeys as well as silver leaf monkeys and rare hornbills. Spend time in the reserve before returning to the lodge for lunch and free time. In the afternoon visit the Rainforest Discovery Centre which sits in the lush greenery of the Kabili Sepilok Forest Reserve. This interesting educational centre offers the chance to enjoy a canopy walkway and hopefully see large groups of red giant flying squirrels at dusk. (B,L,D)
12 Oct 2020
25 Oct 2020