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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

Borneo is one of the last of the world’s wild places, with its dense rainforests, tropical coastal islands and mysterious jungle valleys. As such, it has become a rare place on this planet today – somewhere where you can still encounter a rich variety of colourful and endangered wildlife, amidst amazing natural scenery. This trip to the Malaysian state of Sabah takes you face to face with many unique species, including orangutans, proboscis monkeys and hornbills.

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


Not Included

Optional Extras

We have chosen a selection of some great optional activities to enhance your travel experience. You will need to cover any additional costs yourself. The below list is not exhaustive and should be used as a guide only. Prices are approximate and are for entrance only and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject to availability and it may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination.
Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. This means that it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, however we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Activities not listed below have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and leaders are unable to assist you with booking these activities. The decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk.

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 endeavour 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.

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:

Please note a single room is not available on Manukan island for days 7 and 8.

Manukan Island
Due to limited number of rooms at Manukan Island Resort, we use two different chalet types to accommodate our groups: single story villas and double storey villas.  The double storey villas have one twin-bedded room with an ensuite bathroom and a lounge room (these chalets are used to accommodation either 2 single travellers or a couple). The single storey villas are a 2 bedroom chalet with a shared lounge room – one of the bedrooms has an ensuite bathroom and the second bedroom does not have an ensuite but instead can make use of a bathroom located off the shared lounge room (these chalets are used to accommodate either a couple plus 2 single travellers or 2 couples). The tour leader may also be sharing one of the villas with group members (in his/her own room).

With any shared accommodation facilities which do not have individual locks on room doors such as this, we highly recommend that clients use the safety deposit boxes provided at reception to ensure the safety of their valuables. Room types will be allocated as fairly as possible.

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

Government Travel Warnings for Eastern Sabah

Please note for various nationalities in particular Australian, UK, Irish, New Zealand and United States, different increased Government travel warnings are currently in place for Eastern Sabah. We ask all of our travellers to familiarise themselves with their own Government Travel Advisories and to check that these Government warnings do not affect the level of coverage that is offered to them by their Travel Insurance provider.  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. Please contact your Travel Insurance provider to ensure you have adequate cover for travel to Eastern Sabah.

We ask all of our travellers to monitor their own Government travel advisories, some of these are listed below,

Australian Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade

UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office

Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade

US Department of State

New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade

Ireland Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade

The safety of our passengers, leaders and operators is a major priority of Peregrine. With this in mind we monitor world events very closely. Peregrine makes operational decisions based on informed advice from a number of sources including The level of the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade (DFAT) travel advisory. For any Peregrine operated trip if this advisory is at Level 4 'Do Not Travel' then Peregrine will either cancel a trip or reroute the itinerary to avoid the areas concerned. We however also acknowledge that many of our travellers come from many different countries whose own Government travel warnings may differ to the Australian Government. We ask you to familiarise yourself with your relevant Government travel advisories at time of booking and continue to monitor these advisories prior to your trip. 

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

5 November 2014

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