Join us in Borneo’s Danum Valley for a unique series of talks, presentations, workshops and masterclasses by some of the world's leading naturalists and celebrate 25 years of Wildlife Worldwide.
Our expert team includes celebrity naturalists Nick Baker and Nigel Marven, award-winning wildlife photographers Nick Garbutt and Alex Hyde, award-winning sculptor Nick Mackman, wildlife artist YeeTing Wong and Borneo's leading forest entomologist Arthur Chung as well as Wildlife Worldwide founder Chris Breen and members of the Wildlife Worldwide team.
Enjoy daily wildlife and birdwatching activities and a fabulous gala dinner on the banks of the Danum River.
This exclusive event at Borneo’s premier wildlife lodge in the pristine forests of the Danum Valley is raising money for the World Land Trust’s Borneo Orangutan Appeal to create wildlife corridors in the nearby Kinabatangan floodplain whose forests are being devastated by the worldwide demand for palm oil.
Day 1: Depart UK
Overnight flight to Kuala Lumpur, with a connection to Kota Kinabalu.
Day 2: Kota Kinabalu
On arrival at Kota Kinabalu relax for remainder of the day before a Festival of Wildlife welcome dinner with drinks this evening.
Accommodation: Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa, 1-night
Day 3: Danum Valley
Transfer back to Kota Kinabalu airport for the short flight to Lahad Datu in western Sabah, then transfer to Borneo Rainforest Lodge.
Accommodation: Borneo Rainforest Lodge, 6-nights
Days 4-8: Danum Valley
In addition to guided wildlife walks and drives, other activities designed specifically for the Festival of Wildlife include painting, sculpture and photography sessions under the guidance of tutors such as acclaimed wildlife sculptor Nick Mackman and award-winning photographer wildlife Nick Garbutt. Each evening one of the experts will deliver an after-dinner presentation
Danum Valley is arguably one of the world’s best rainforest locations, and the conservation area protects some of the most diverse wildlife on island Borneo. As much of this is visible within easy walking distance, the pace is relaxing. Among the primates, you may encounter wild orangutans, red leaf monkeys and Bornean gibbons. Bird diversity is high: more than 270 species include several species of hornbill, bright-plumaged barbets, broadbills and spectacular crested firebacks. Open areas around the lodge and along the trails offer chances to see mixed feeding flocks. Rhinoceros hornbill are sometimes attracted in by a fruiting tree.
A hike captures the full atmosphere of the rainforest. With an early start you can reach a viewpoint just before sunrise, when swathes of mist hang in the valleys and cling to the treetops, until the emerging sun bathes everything in a blaze of light as the rainforest comes to life. Tree-top views from the impressive canopy walkway allow you to see hornbills, barbets and broadbills, plus the endemic Bornean bristlehead.
Night walks and drives reveal nocturnal creatures such as greater mouse deer, giant flying squirrels and culugo, and perhaps slow loris and western tarsier. Frogs are common, and the reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates are no less diverse – although less well known. Together these activities showcase the natural splendour of Borneo’s rainforest and spectacular wildlife.
Day 9: Departure
Transfer to Lahad Datu for the flight back to Kota Kinabalu, and on to Kuala Lumpur, in time to connect with the overnight flight to London.
Day 10: Arrive UK
You should note: Should you wish to extend your stay beyond Borneo or Indonesia, we recommend continuing to Australia to see some of its fascinating wildlife. Contact one of our Wildlife Team for inspiration!
- Price including flights from/to UK: From £5,195 pp
- Price excluding international flights: From £4,475 pp
- Single supplement: From £300
- Duration inc. flights from/to UK: 10 days
- Duration exc. international flights: 8 days
- Group size: 46; split into small intimate groups
Included in the price/package:
- 6 nights accommodation at Borneo Rainforest Lodge, Danum Valley
- 1 night accommodation Kota Kinabalu
- Full board meals
- Talks, presentations, workshops and masterclasses by our celebrity expert team
- Guided wildlife and birdwatching excursions
- Gala dinner on the banks of the Danum River
- Donation to the World Land Trust Borneo Orangutan Appeal
Naturalist and television wildlife presenter Nick Baker is known to many as host of BBC Autumnwatch Unsprung and Springwatch Unsprung, as well as presenting the highly popular long-running Weird Creatures series.
A lifelong naturalist, broadcaster and author, Nick is a self-confessed all-rounder (although he's not very good with plants). He has travelled the world as a film-maker, explorer and tour guide for the best part of 25 years and enjoyed every minute of it (except those spent in airports!). He's particularly into the world’s misunderstood creatures, those that are a little ugly and odd and those people love to hate. He has a particular penchant for South East Asia and has worked extensively with the reefs and rainforests of this region.
Nigel Marven is widely known as the presenter of Ten Deadliest Snakes, and has worked and filmed in Malaysian Borneo.
On finishing school, Nigel spent a year travelling throughout America before reading Botany and Zoology at university in Bristol - the world capital of wildlife filmmaking. While researching for an MSc, Nigel got his first break in television on a BBC wildlife programme, and his first full-time television job was as a researcher on his hero David Attenborough's First Eden series about the Mediterranean.
Nigel remained at the BBC for well over a decade, producing many primetime wildlife films including Incredible Journeys and Life of Birds. He eventually left to join Granada Television, where he continued to produce cutting-edge wildlife films but also found a new role in front of the camera. Five years later, Nigel now runs his own production company and makes films that are screened all over the world.
An award-winning photographer and author, with a background in zoology, Nick has forged a career by combining these skills with leading tours and lecturing.
Nick has written and photographed several critically acclaimed books, including: ‘100 Animals to See Before They Die’, ‘Mammals of Madagascar: A Complete Guide’, ‘Wild Borneo’, and ‘Chameleons’. He is a regular contributor to international magazines such as National Geographic, BBC Wildlife, Africa Geographic and Geographical.
Nick has twice been a winner in the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition. In 2000, he won the prestigious Gerald Durrell Award for Endangered Wildlife. His photographs appear widely in books, calendars and other publications worldwide. He is a Special Lecturer on the MSc course in the Wildlife Photography and Imaging at Nottingham University, where he studied.
Nick is an award-winning ceramic sculptor, who gains inspiration from the full breadth of the animal kingdom. The majority of her pieces are based on observations of animals in the field.
She aims to get under the skin of the animal, giving each sculpture its own personality. Many of her subjects are highly endangered and, in depicting them, she seeks to enlighten the viewer to their beauty, humour and tenderness.
Her work is widely exhibited in international collections, and in 2010 she won the Wildlife Artist of the Year Open Category. In 2012 was again a category winner and overall runner-up. Each year she makes the trophies for the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition. In 2015 she won the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation 2015 Artist of the Year award with her fantastic collection of ceramic warthogs.
Often working with moving creatures smaller than a grain of rice, Alex has established himself as an expert in macro photography.
By understanding the behaviour of his subjects, he is able to capture intimate portraits of spiders, insects and other invertebrates in their natural habitats. Although his photography takes him all around the world, the Austrian Alps are a particularly special place for Alex and he returns annually to these favoured haunts to photograph the incredible insect and plant life.
An experienced tutor, Alex regularly delivers workshops and seminars on macro photography and has taught at venues such as the University of Nottingham and the Wild Photo photography festival in London. Alex supplies major international agencies and his photographs appear worldwide in newspapers, books and magazines including The Times, The Daily Telegraph, BBC Wildlife and New Scientist.
A vivacious, free-spirited painter from Sabah, YeeTing is renowned for her versatility – her subjects include figures, landscapes and still lives, as well as the birds and wildlife for which she is most famous.
Working in oils and Chinese ink, coffee and charcoal, acrylics and mixed media, YeeTing’s characteristic style embodies freedom and originality. Her affiliation to Sabah is captured in her subject matter, in which she transforms what is ordinary and familiar into captivating images. YeeTing's original concept of Connect Painting has also earned popularity for its multiple display possibilities as well as its aesthetics. Montane Symphony, shown at Borneo Rainforest Lodge, Danum Valley, is a set of four bird paintings with seven displays. She participates in various solo and group exhibitions in both Malaysia and Europe, including Bird Fair at Rutland. Her works are commissioned and collected by private and corporate clients from around the world.
Dr Arthur Chung holds a B.Sc. and M.Sc. from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Bangi, and a D.Phil. in Tropical Forest Entomology from Oxford University.
He is currently a Senior Researcher at Sabah Forestry Department’s Forest Research Centre, Sepilok, where he has worked for some 22 years. He has written numerous research papers, authored two books on insects and co-authored a few others. Arthur is a keen photographer of nature – especially insects – and many of his photos have been used to promote nature tourism and biodiversity conservation in Sabah. He particularly enjoys creating musical Powerpoint presentations, and since 2012 has produced more than 50, which feature principally the extraordinary diversity and beauty of Sabah’s insect population. He is also interested in art, and has ventured into sketching in ink, as well as painting in both watercolours and oils.
Danum Valley is arguably Borneo’s premier wildlife location and boasts all ten of Sabah’s primate species. Early morning is the best time to enjoy the canopy walkway through the surrounding lowland rainforest and view the stunning birdlife. It also offers maybe the best chance to see orangutan in the wild.
Borneo Rainforest Lodge
The remarkable Borneo Rainforest Lodge lies in pristine jungle in the heart of Sabah’s Danum Valley. Considering the remoteness of its location, this unique, award-winning property offers an extremely high standard of accommodation in a wonderful setting, blending in with the surrounding rainforest.
Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa
An award-winning beach resort, the luxury Tanjung Aru enjoys a magnificent setting in Kota Kinabalu, with splendid views of the neighbouring islands and mountains - the perfect place to relax at the start or end of your Borneo adventure. Facilities include two swimming pools, a spa and watersports.