Borneo Eco Tour
Danum Valley Conservation Area is Borneo’s largest undisturbed dipterocarp forest. These family of hardwood, tropical trees, provide valuable aromatic essential oils and are a source for plywood. Danum Valley is Borneo’s premier wildlife location and boasts all ten of Sabah’s primate species. It is an important habitat for Orang Utan and, is particularly rich in other large mammals including the Bornean pygmy elephant, banteng, Malayan sun bear, clouded leopard, bearded pig and more.
This Borneo Culture tour starts in Kuching, Sarawak. We take a longboat trip upriver to meet a tribe who live in longhouses. In the Gunung Mulu National Park, explore a network of limestone caves and watch a million bats rush out of its entrance. In Sandakan, visit the Orang-utan Rehabilitation Centre before taking a speed boat on the Kinabatangan River and at Danum Valley, see Orang-utans, proboscis monkeys and a great variety of birds.
TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 12-DAY BORNEO ECO TOUR...
And, experience meeting the Ibans, once the feared head-hunters.
Borneo Eco Tour An ultimate cultural journey through Borneo
Kuching, Gunung Mulu, Kota Kinabalu, Sukau, Danum
(12 days – Travel Any Day)
Day 01 – Arrive Borneo
Kuching Meet and greet on arrival at the Kuching Airport and after a warm welcome, you will be escorted to your hotel for 2 nights stay. The rest of your day will be scheduled depending on your arrival time and how tired you feel.
Grand Margherita Hotel (Nil)
Day 2 - Explore
Batang Ai Resort This exciting day starts with a pleasant drive to Semenggoh Orang-utan Centre. Walk through the scenic forest reserve to the feeding platform and see the orang-utans swaying from the treetop canopy as they come down for feeding, a rare opportunity to get in close contact with these wonderful animals. Then take a four-hour drive through rainforest to Batang Ai Hydro Dam and transfer by motorised boat for a 20-minute ride across the Batang Ai Lake to Hilton Batang Ai Longhouse resort.
Hilton Longhouse Resort (B, L, D)
Day 3 - Explore
Kuching Today is the day of exploring the Ulu Ai River and its Iban longhouse communities. We depart by longboat to Nanga Ukum Longhouse where you take part in the welcoming ceremony of warrior dance, music and gongs. Try your hands on the blow pipe, taste local brew rice wine 'Tuak'. Return to Kuching after lunch.
Grand Margherita Hotel (B, L)
Day 4 & 5 – Transfer & Explore
Gunung Mulu NP Transfer to the airport for your flight to Gunung Mulu, Sarawak’s largest National Park and home to an astonishing network of caves.
Explore Lang & Deer Caves: We walk up to Deer Cave, said to have the world's largest cave entrance and also the largest single cave passage in the world, big enough to fit St Paul’s Cathedral under its massive archway. Most evenings at sundown, a spectacular exodus of about 5 million bats can be observed leaving the cave in search of food.
Alongside is Lang’s Cave, with its outstanding stalactites and stalagmites, which most consider to be the very best limestone formations in the park. There will be plenty of time to explore both caves, walking along well-marked paths.
Explore Wind & Clearwater Caves: Next day we travel by longboat to explore Wind and Clearwater Caves. Wind Cave is known for its impressive King’s Chamber and stalactites and stalagmites with delicate, lace-like patterns. The nearby Clearwater Cave is the habitat of unique species of plants such as the one-leafed plant, rare species of orchids and pitcher plants.
Grand Mulu Hotel (B, L, D)
Day 6 – Transfer
Kota Kinabalu Transfer to the airport for your flight to Kota Kinabalu. Upon arrival you will be met by your guide, who will transfer you to your hotel.
Hyatt Regency Hotel (B)
Day 7 & 8 – Transfer & Explore
Sukau We fly to Sandakan. On arrival we visit the Sepilok Orang-Utan Rehabilitation Centre to see the feeding of the orang-utans before taking the two-and-a-half-hour boat journey on Kinabatangan, Sabah's longest river. Check in at the Sukau Rainforest Lodge.
We will spend two days in Sakau, during which we take a morning and an afternoon cruise in a boat with electric motor in search of some of the 10 primate species found here. Sukau is home to Borneo pygmy elephants, orang-utans, proboscis monkeys and all eight species of the country’s hornbill. Return for a solar-heated hot shower, candlelit dinner overlooking the riverbank and slide show and interpretation by a naturalist guide.
Sukau Rainforest Lodge (B, L, D)
Day 9 & 10 – Explore
Danum Valley A short drive and then a 20 minutes trek through the rainforest will bring us to the entrance of Gomantong Caves. Your private guide will brief you on the cave fauna, including bats, swiftlets and crabs, and their contribution to maintaining a balanced ecology and significance to the local economy. In season, you may witness local people collecting birds' nests using bamboo ladders and poles. Then drive via Lahad Datu to our lodge beside the Danum River.
Danum Valley Conservation Area is home to the full range of Sabah's lowland fauna, including the rare Sumatran rhinoceros, elephants, clouded leopards, and orang-utans. So far some 275 species of birds have been recorded in the area. You will explore nature trails with the house naturalist followed by a slide show in the evening. If weather permits you can take a night trek to view some of the nocturnal animals.
Borneo Rainforest Lodge (B, L, D)
Day 11 – Transfer
Kota Kinabalu Transfer to Lahad Datu for your afternoon flight back to Kota Kinabalu. Arrive Kota Kinabalu, meet and transfer to your Hotel.
Hyatt Regency Hotel (B, L)
Day 12 – Airport Transfer
Depart Kota Kinabalu Transfer out to Kota Kinabalu Airport.
Make this your holiday
Getting There A number of direct international airlines fly to Borneo’s two main airports; Kuching in Sarawak and Kota Kinabalu in Sabah. The two major airlines; Malaysia Airlines and AirAsia also operate domestic flights linking tourist destinations of interest. This has made getting around Sabah a lot easier and cheaper. With a little preplanning you can find a flight that will rival the local bus prices.
When to go A good time to travel to Borneo is between March and September/October, even though Southwest monsoon brings in short burst of showers between May to July. Showers usually occur on the upper slopes in the afternoon while Mount Kinabalu has its own climate. The driest season runs from April to October but even during this season, a good raincoat is a must. The heaviest rainfall generally occurs between October and January and the lowest in between February and April.