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Map of Borneo Adventure including Malaysia

Discover Borneo, one of the wildest places on the planet

With its dense rainforests, tropical coastal islands and mysterious jungle valleys, Borneo is a rare destination these days. It’s a place where you can still encounter nature in its truest form, with a rich variety of colourful and endangered wildlife amidst amazing natural scenery. This trip to the Malaysian state of Sabah and Sarawak takes you face to face with many unique species, including orangutans, proboscis monkeys and hornbills.

TRIP UPDATES FOR 2019:
From 1st January 2019 we will continue to visit the same destinations as in 2018, but in a different order due to changes in flight schedules.

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Start
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
Finish
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
Destination
Malaysia
Style
Peregrine
Code
PABA
Physical rating
Trip rating
35 reviews
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

Why you'll love this trip

  • One of the last remaining wild places on earth, Borneo offers a rare treat for the nature lover. It's one of the world's last two remaining homes to the orangutan

  • Among our favourite Borneo destinations is Mulu National Park. Here you can hike through spectacular untouched jungle and visit Asia's longest cave

  • The Kinabatangan River is a bird-lover's paradise. All eight of Borneo's hornbill varieties are commonly spotted here as well as a variety of other fascinating wildlife such as pygmy elephants

  • As well visiting the beautiful endangered orangutans at the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, meet another of the region's most vulnerable species - the Malaysian sun bear

  • With internal flights, spend less time travelling and more time taking in the wildlife and natural beauty of your destinations

  • Your 2 night feature stay on the Kinabatangan River is in an eco-resort that doesn't sacrifice the environment or comfort and allows you to wake to the sounds of the jungle

Is this trip right for you?

  • Travelling light is essential, as there is a strict 15 kg maximum luggage limit due to the internal flight. Excess luggage will incur extra fees.

  • The accommodation varies, from hotels to a jungle lodge. The jungle lodge may be a little more basic than our standard hotels. The unique location and close proximity to wildlife is what makes the jungle lodge special.

  • In gorgeous Mulu National Park you explore the jungle by low rise long tail boat. These can be slightly difficult to get on and off, so be sure to take care when you do so.

  • There will be a few short walks (approx. 20 mins) included on this trip on forested paths that can get wet and slippery. Shoes with a good grip are highly recommended.

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 Jan 2019 to 31 Dec 2019.
View the 2018 itinerary
Welcome to Kota Kinabalu, the capital city of Sabah. An arrival airport transfer is included. Please advise your flight details at time of booking so as we can book this transfer for you. There is an important welcome meeting at 6 pm today, which you can find details about at the hotel’s reception. If you have any free time beforehand, perhaps explore this intriguing city that was born between the Borneo jungle and the South China Sea. Modern-day 'KK' is a lively modern metropolis, having recovered from World War II bombings. The Sabah State Museum is a great place to immerse yourself in its backstory.
Accommodation
  • Mercure Hotel Kota Kinabalu or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
Optional Activities
  • Kota Kinabalu - Sabah Museum entrance fee - MYR15
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Fly from Kota Kinabalu to Mulu, travelling via Kota Kinabalu. In the late afternoon, visit Deer Cave and Lang Cave, which are reached by following a scenic jungle walk that follows a three-kilometre plank walk which passes through peat swamp, alluvial flats and limestone outcrops. At sunset you will watch the millions of bats fly out of Deer Cave and see the large ring shaped formations they make as they circle higher and higher up the cliff face before moving out across the rain forest in spiraling ribbons. You will want to have your camera handy for this magnificent sight.
Accommodation
  • Mulu Marriot Resort & Spa or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Mulu National Park - Deer & Lang Caves guided walk
  • Mulu National Park - Sunset bat experience
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Please note a luggage limit applies to all internal flights on this trip which is 15 kgs. Any excess luggage will need to be paid to the airline direct. Peregrine will not cover the cost of excess luggage.

Please note you will travel on low rise, long tail boats today. These can be difficult to get in and out of so a good level of balance is required. Today you will also be walking up to 20 minutes through forested paths and some steep steps. Shoes with a good grip are recommended.
Spend the day exploring the stalagmites and columns of Clearwater Cave and Wind Cave. Located along the Melinau River, Wind Cave is named for the cool breeze that blows through it- so make sure you pack a jacket. Later, explore the caverns and crags of Clearwater Cave, one of the longest caves in Asia. For lunch, enjoy a simple picnic with your fellow travellers.
Accommodation
  • Mulu Marriot Resort & Spa or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Mulu National Park - Wind & Clearwater Caves guided walk
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Travel from Mulu to Kota Kinabalu, arriving in KK at 4:30 pm. Enjoy dinner in a local family home, before returning to the Mercure Hotel. 

Accommodation
  • Mercure Hotel Kota Kinabalu or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Kota Kinabalu - Dinner with a local family
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Fly from Kota Kinabalu to Sandakan (approx 50 minute flight) and travel by private mini bus to Kinabatangan River (approx 2 hour road journey) . Your jungle lodge, located beside the river, is ideal for taking in the lush surrounds. At 560 kilometres, the Kinabatangan River is the second longest river in Malaysia. It's also a protected forest reserve, containing some of the highest concentrations of wildlife in Borneo. Later in the afternoon you take a river cruise, hopefully spotting some of the more exotic local creatures. Wild elephants seldom reveal themselves, but crocodiles, macaques, wild orangutan, proboscis monkeys, hornbills and kingfishers are more easily seen. After this short adventure, head back to the lodge to enjoy dinner.
Accommodation
  • Borneo Nature Lodge or similar (feature stay) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Kinabatangan River - Wildlife spotting cruise
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
You might awake to the call of a Bornean gibbon, or perhaps a hornbill. Enjoy an early morning cruise through the morning fog as the sun rises, searching for more birds and wildlife. Keep an eye out for long tail macaques and pig tail macaques – ask your leader about the difference. When it's all over, a second river cruise, in the afternoon, will be your last chance to photograph or simply marvel at your surrounds. Dinner tonight will be a BBQ in the open air, beside the river (weather permitting) followed by a Cultural performance by the local Orang Sungai people. Orang Sungai (Malay word for "River people") are a group of indigenous people native to the state of Sabah. There is 32 official tribes in Sabah and the Orang Sungai people live along the banks for the Kinabatangan River.
Accommodation
  • Borneo Nature Lodge or similar (feature stay) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Kinabatangan - Cultural performance & BBQ dinner
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Travel by private minivan to Sandakan (approx 2 hours). Once the capital of British North Borneo, Sandakan traditionally had strong trading ties with Hong Kong. The Cantonese influence is palpable in the lively harbour-side market, the many Chinese temples and the local cuisine. On the way visit the Sandakan War Memorial. Here you will learn about the city's past as you stand on the same ground of the former Japanese POW camp. This site also marks the starting point of the tragic Sandakan Death Marches. Arrive at your hotel in Sandakan for a free afternoon. You may want to take some time to relax by the hotel pool before heading out to find the best rooftop bar and restaurant in town.
Accommodation
  • Four Points by Sheraton Sandakan or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Sandakan - War Memorial
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Please note a luggage limit applies to all internal flights on this trip which is 15 kgs. Any excess luggage will need to be paid to the airline direct. Peregrine will not cover the cost of excess luggage.
In the morning, visit the orangutans at the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre. Watch and photograph these charming creatures as they swing into view on ropes and vines. It is important not to interrupt the orangutans, so as to aid in their successful re-introduction. A popular section at the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, is the outdoor nursery where young orangutans are cared for if born in captivity or when their mothers have been killed. Entry here is included in your admittance. Take the chance to view these young orangutans as they learn how to climb on a specially constructed jungle gym. You also see the unique Sun Bears nearby today. In the late afternoon you will visit the Rainforest Discovery Centre to observe the beautiful red flying squirrels there. These fascinating creatures do not technically fly in the sense birds do, but rather glide from tree to tree with the help of their unique anatomy. With long tails to provide stability, they cover some impressive distances. Afterwards, journey back to your hotel in Sandakan for the evening.
Accommodation
  • Four Points by Sheraton Sandakan or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Sepilok - Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre
  • Sepilok - Bornean Sun Bear Centre
  • Sepilok - Rainforest Discovery Centre
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Catch a short flight to Kota Kinabalu. Travel by private bus to visit the intriguing Mari Mari Cultural Village, nestled deep in the countryside. Here you will see how indigenous ethnic groups of Borneo used to live. The trip there should take less than an hour. This is a rare opportunity to see what the culture and lifestyle was like here in a bygone era. Witness first hand how the tribes would cook their meals, ignite flame with bamboo, and use a blowpipe to hunt. It's a fun, interactive and educational experience. Later, enjoy a farewell dinner with the group.
Accommodation
  • Mercure Hotel Kota Kinabalu or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Kota Kinabalu - Mari Mari Cultural Village
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Special Information
Please note a luggage limit applies to all internal flights on this trip which is 15 kgs. Any excess luggage will need to be paid to the airline direct. Peregrine will not cover the cost of excess luggage.
Say goodbye to your new companions as your trip ends after breakfast today.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

9 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners

Transport

Plane, Private vehicle, 4WD vehicle, Boat

Accommodation

Comfortable Hotel (5 nights), Feature stay in Kinabatanhan River Jungle Lodge (2 nights), Resort (2 nights)

Included Activities

  • Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
  • Mulu National Park - Deer & Lang Caves guided walk
  • Mulu National Park - Sunset bat experience
  • Mulu National Park - Wind & Clearwater Caves guided walk
  • Kota Kinabalu - Dinner with a local family
  • Kinabatangan River - Wildlife spotting cruise
  • Kinabatangan - Cultural performance & BBQ dinner
  • Sandakan - War Memorial
  • Sepilok - Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre
  • Sepilok - Bornean Sun Bear Centre
  • Sepilok - Rainforest Discovery Centre
  • Kota Kinabalu - Mari Mari Cultural Village

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Important notes

1. An airport arrival transfer is included. Please provide your flight details at the time of booking.
2. There is a strict 15kg maximum luggage limit on this trip due to the internal flights. Excess luggage is to be paid by the traveller.
3. A single supplement to have your own room is bookable on this trip, subject to availability, and includes all nights.
4. We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest information on travelling in Eastern Sabah before your departure and ensure that your travel insurance covers you for all areas of your itinerary. Further information can be found in our "Safety" section of the Essential Trip Information. We also have links to prominent government travel advisories and any updates on issues affecting this trip on our Travel Alerts page http://www.peregrineadventures.com/en-au/travel-alerts

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