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Untamed Borneo

Trip Length

Trip Code

10 days PASW

Maximum Passengers

16 people

Countries Visited

Borneo (Malaysia)

Start City

End City

Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
Untamed Borneo

Iconic of both Borneo and Sumatra, the curious and intelligent orangutan is perhaps one of the most humanlike creatures in the world. In fact, this great ape shares 97% of its DNA with us and can live for over 60 years. Males can grow up to 1.5 metres tall and their strong arms can stretch over 2 metres from fingertip to fingertip – perfect for all that climbing, swinging and general treetop loitering.

Why we love it:

Untamed Borneo

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1: Kota Kinabalu

Meals included: 1 dinner

Accommodation: Horizon Hotel or similar, Kota Kinabalu


Day 2: Kinabalu National Park

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Sabah Tea Garden Cottage or similiar, Kinabalu National Park


Day 3: Kinabalu National Park - Poring Hot Springs

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Sabah Tea Garden Cottage or similiar, Kinabalu National Park


Day 4: Kinabatangan River

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Accommodation: Myne Resort or similiar, Sukau - Kinabatangan River


Day 5: Sandakan

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Nak Hotel or similiar, Sandakan


Day 6: Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre - Sandakan

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Nak Hotel or similiar, Sandakan


Day 7-8: Kota Kinabalu - Manukan Island

Meals included: 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch

Accommodation: Manukan Island Resort or similiar, Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park


Day 9-10: Kota Kinabalu

Meals included: 2 breakfasts

Accommodation: Horizon Hotel or similar, Kota Kinabalu


Your Trip

What's Included

Non-included Meals

Some meals are included on your trip (except for North America trips - please refer to your day-to-day itinerary). However, sometimes we think you'll benefit from getting out and discovering the local cuisine. So when a meal is not included, it's a great opportunity to try something new. For group trips, ask your leader for tips on where to get the best meal, or you might decide to dine out as a group and experience the fun together.

Not Included

Optional Extras

We have chosen some great optional activities to enhance your travel experience. You will need to cover any additional costs yourself. For group trips, speak to your leader if you are interested in any of the following:

What to know


Vaccinations may be required for this trip. Please talk to your doctor about the up-to-date information for this region.  We're travel experts, not doctors and defer to the medicos when it comes to inoculations.

Visas and Permits

Please ensure that you have all required visas for your trip – this is your responsibility. Rules and regulations governing the issuance of visas are constantly changing, and vary for different nationalities and you should check visa requirements with your travel agent or relevant consular authority well before travel.

Borneo (Malaysia)
The below nationalities do not need a visa to travel to Malaysia, if you are travelling as a tourist for up to three months. Other nationalities will need to check with their closest Malaysian embassy or consulate.

Australia, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, New Zealand, South Africa, Switzerland, UK and USA.

The above information has been put together as a guide. We do endeavor to update this information as much as possible but it’s also important that you check for yourself as visas are the responsibility of the traveller.


You are required to have travel insurance before heading off on a Peregrine trip. Insurance can be organised by your Peregrine representative or your travel agent.

Responsible Travel

Our Responsible Travel ethos is at the heart of everything we do, from getting the basics right like respecting local cultures and the environment, to initiating projects that make positive contributions to communities, to our staff’s fundraising efforts and offsetting our carbon emissions.
Please visit our Responsible Travel ( page for more information.

Customs and Culture

Our Pre Departure Information or Travel Dossier (provided upon booking a trip) provides tips on how you can show respect for the local customs and culture in the country you are travelling in. Your leader will also help steer you though the complexities of local cultural norms.

Pre Departure Information
The information listed above is a brief description of some things you may need to consider when booking a trip. Once a tour is booked you will be provided with a link to your Travel Dossier which will contain detailed Pre Departure information.

Further Reading

Borneo (Malaysia)

There are a number of books that make interesting reading and provide an insight into the history, politics and culture of the area. A few suggestions are: Malaysia, Singapore & Brunei -Lonely Planet, Into the Heart of Borneo by Redmond O'Hanlon, A Stroll through Borneo by James Barclay, Stranger in the Forest by Eric Hansen, The White Rajahs of Borneo by Robert Payne, A History of Malaysia by Barbara Andaya, The Jungle is Neutral by F.S. Chapma, Culture Shock Malaysia by Jo Ann Craig, Culture Shock Borneo by Heidi Munan

Important Information

Fellow Travellers
On this trip you may link up with passengers on other Peregrine tours and you may also be accompanied by like-minded travellers from our sister company Intrepid.

Please note the 2014 brochure itinerary has had some itinerary changes since going to print. These changes mainly affect the order of the itinerary. These trip notes show the most accurate itinerary.


Due to operational reasons this trip departing on the 19th of April will stay at the Celyn Resort Kinabalu on Day 3 instead of 2 nights at the Sabah Tea Plantation.
Day 2 - Sabah Tea Plantation in a cottage - unchanged
Day 3 - Celyn Resort Kinabalu
All activities will still be included as per the trip notes and we are confident that the Celyn Resort is a great replacement. For more information about this property please see the below link,

Dress Code
Malaysia is liberal Muslim country as many Malaysian women do not wear headscarves. However, Malaysia is very conservative when compared with standards you may be accustomed to at home and you should dress accordingly. As a general guideline, shoulders, cleavage and knees should be covered when travelling in Borneo except when on the beach. Wearing skimpy clothing is considered disrespectful to local culture at many of the small local communities we visit.

Single Supplement
Our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and don't involve a compulsory single supplement. Single travellers share with people of the same gender in accommodation ranging from twin to multishare. Some of our itineraries have accommodation booked on a mixed gender share basis and where applicable this will be specified in our Trip Notes. On a selection of our trips, you have the option to pay a single supplement to ensure that you have your own accommodation (where available). Please note that this only applies to accommodation during the tour - pre-trip and post-trip accommodation will be booked on a single room basis.
A single supplement is available on this trip for 2014. Please note it does not include the following nights:

Days 7 and 8 Manukan Island

Please note at the Myne resort we use Chalet rooms and Longhouse rooms. When the single room is unavailable in the Chalet you will be accommodated in a single room in the longhouse. Their is no river view in the longhouse rooms. All room facilities are the same.

Please note that we use twin share accommodation at Manukan: some chalets have 1 twin share room with ensuite bathroom whilst others have 2 bedroom chalets with a lounge room - these chalets have 1 bedroom with an ensuite bathroom and the other bedroom’s bathroom is located off the lounge room.

Local Emergency Contacts
In the case of a genuine crisis or emergency, the Peregrine local office can be reached on Tel: +66 898 103 722

For travellers of nationalities other than Australian, in particular UK, IRISH, NZ and US please note the government travel warning from these governments has recently been upgraded for travel to Eastern Sabah. Please familiarise yourself with the warning from your government as this may affect your travel insurance. Travel insurance is compulsory on all of our tours and your insurance must cover you for all activities and areas visited as part of this tour. If required, please contact Intrepid for further clarification on this.

About this Information

The information provided here is given in good faith and has been compiled with all reasonable care. However, things change and some of the information may become out of date. Please keep this in mind when you read it and check with us if you want to be sure about something. The document was correct at time of printing, but you can check online for the most up to date version.  If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff in Australia. We are here to help you!

Last Updated

15 April 2014

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