A two-week trip to Borneo, visiting the best places to see Sabah’s wildlife.
Mount Kinabalu, Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary, the Kinabatangan River, and the wonderful Borneo Rainforest Lodge in the Danum Valley (one of our favourites), Sabah offers a first-class wildlife experience, with the added benefits of good infrastructure, ease of access and top quality accommodation.
Day 1: Depart UK
Day 2: Arrive Kota Kinabalu, 1-night
On arrival at Kota Kinabalu you will be met and transferred to your hotel in the city (a short drive of around 10 kilometres ,i.e. 20 minutes). Once you have checked in, the remainder of the day is free to relax after the journey, and maybe to see something of the city.
Day 3: Drive to Kinabalu National Park, 1-night
This morning you will be transferred to Kinabalu National Park, a drive of around 90 kilometres i.e. around two hours, arriving in time for lunch. Once you have checked in you can choose from the various activities and walks.
Day 4: Drive to Kota Kinabalu, 1-night
Today you have a further opportunity to explore the vicinity of the national park headquarters before packing up for departure. On the drive back to Kota Kinabalu, you will make a stop at Poring Hot Spring, where you can bathe in the restorative waters. On return to Kota Kinabalu you are free for the evening.
Day 5: Fly to Sandakan and drive to Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary, 1-night
This morning you rise early for the transfer to Kota Kinabalu airport to check in for the short flight to Sandakan in the northeast of Sabah. On arrival at Sandakan airport, you will be met and transferred to your acommodation in Sepilok. , where your one night stay is on full board basis. In the afternoon you will visit Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary to learn about these endearing creatures and hear about the remarkable rehabilitation work that is done here.
Accommodation: Sepilok Nature Resort
Days 6-8: Boat along Kinabatangan River, 3-nights
This morning you transfer to the jetty for the boat trip along the lower reaches of the Kinabatangan River, stopping for lunch at a sister lodge en route. After lunch you continue on the river for another hour or so to you reach your accommodation. Once you have settled in, the remainder of the day is free to relax or to enjoy a wildlife activity.
Accommodation: Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge
During the two full days you spend here, you will have a full programme of wildlife activities to enable you to understand the complex ecosystem. These may include an early morning bird walk, boat trips on the river, jungle walks, a night excursion - all accompanied by the lodges local naturalist guides.
Days 9-12: Drive to Lahad Datu and on to Danum Valley, 4-nights
Early in the morning, depart overland for Lahad Datu (approximately 2 hours drive). You'll then join a scheduled transfer (another 2 hours) to Borneo Rainforest Lodge in the delightful Danum Valley, arriving in time for lunch. In the afternoon, depart for a guided walk on a nature trail (400m boardwalk circuit) and the canopy walkway. Weather permitting, you will be able to go for a night drive/walk to spot some of the wild animals here.
Day 13: Transfer to Lahad Datu and depart
Day 14: Arrive UK
- When to go: Jan to Dec
- Price including flights from/to UK: From £3,895 pp
- Price excluding international flights: From £2,995 pp
- Duration inc. flights from/to UK: 14 days
- Duration exc. international flights: 12 days
- Single supplement: From £605