Borneo is endowed with one of the most varied eco-systems, an array of national parks, marine reserves, untouched reefs and a rich and diverse ethnic history. It was described by Charles Darwin as ‘one great wild, untidy, luxuriant hothouse made by nature’. Tour this exotic island, experiencing the cultural and natural wonders, including a visit to the orangutan rehabilitation centre at Sepilok.
Fly overnight with Malaysia Airlines from London Heathrow to Kuching, via Kuala Lumpur.
Welcome to Kuching – Sarawak’s bustling capital, established by the Victorian adventurer James Brooke, the ‘White Rajah’. On arrival, transfer to the Hilton Kuching for 2 nights.
Enjoy a morning tour of Kuching’s highlights. After lunch drive to Semengoh Wildlife Centre to observe the feeding of orangutans that have been rescued from captivity. (B/L)
Travel through rural Sarawak to Batang Ai Longhouse Resort managed by Hilton, where you will spend 2 nights. En route visit the colourful market in Serian town. (B/L)
Batang Ai is the ancestral home to the Iban tribe and one of Borneo’s last true wilderness areas. Take a longboat trip up river to visit an Iban community, with lunch at their longhouse, followed by traditional home brew rice wine. Take a guided rainforest walk before returning to your hotel. (B/L)
Leave the rainforest behind and head back to the Kuching Hilton for 1 night. The rest of the day is at leisure. (B/L)
Transfer to the airport for the flight to Kota Kinabalu. On arrival, transfer to the Nexus Resort Karambuani. A night tour is included, as upon dusk Kota Kinabalu’s waterfront is transformed into a bustling night market. (B/D)
Early drive to Poring Hot Springs. Highlights include taking a dip in one of the steaming hot mineral springs, exploring jungle trails and strolling along canopy walks. Continue to Kinabalu National Park, where you will stay overnight at the Hill Lodge or similar. (B/L/D)
After an early breakfast transfer by road to Timpohon Gate at 1,524m above sea level and take a leisurely walk (approx 3 hours 30 min and suitable for all levels of fitness) up to the second shelter along the mountain trail, with good opportunities for bird watching. Return to Kota Kinabalu in the afternoon for overnight at Nexus Resort Karambuani. (B/L)
Fly from Kota Kinabalu to Sandakan. Visit to the wonderful Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary, where orphaned orangutans are trained to survive again in the wild. Afterwards, board a boat and head further into the mangrove forests. Tonight you will stay at the Abai Jungle Lodge, but not before undertaking a night river cruise. (B/L/D)
Wake up to the calls of the local wildlife and take an early boat ride to Pitas Lake for birdwatching, which may include rare species such as the critically endangered Storm’s stork, and the crested serpent eagle. Visit the nearby Abai village, where lunch will be taken with one of the families. There is also the opportunity to get involved with the local community project and plant a tree. (B/L/D)
Return to Sandakan by boat, then transfer to the airport for your flight with Malaysia Airlines via Kuala Lumpur to London. (B/L)
Arrive London Heathrow.
Tour departs weekly every Thursday from the UK. The tour is based on a minimum of 2 passengers travelling.
Mulu is Sarawak’s largest national park containing a wealth of flowering plants, fungi, mosses and ferns, as well as 10 varieties of pitcher plant, which attract botanists and scientists from around the world. The park’s other remarkable feature is its many caves, including Clearwater Cave and Deer Cave where you should be able to witness the amazing spectacle of millions of bats leaving in search of their nightly food.
3 nights from £525
Located just 28km from Kota Kinabalu and 38km from Kota Kinabalu International Airport, Nexus Resort & Spa Karambunai is set amidst 3,335 acres of natural and landscaped surroundings creating the perfect background. The award-winning 18-hole Championship golf course and Borneo Spa complement the facilities of this resort which has 8 restaurants and bars and a good array of leisure and recreational activities.