Borneo Wildlife Tour
Turtle Islands Park, north of Borneo in the Sulu Sea is a preservation area for turtles. The park consisting of Selingan, Bakungan Kecil and Gulisan islands is a safe haven for the endangered green and hawksbill turtles. Only on Selingan is there basic accommodation for overnight visitors, who wish to see the turtles laying eggs. In the Turtle Islands Park, you can observe the collection of eggs, tagging of mother turtles and releasing of baby turtles into the sea.
Beginning in Kota Kinabalu, take short trek in the Kinabalu National Park in the foothills of Mt. Kinabalu. Drive to Sandakan via Poring hot springs, before travelling to Selingan Island. Turtle watching activity, undertaken in the night may include transplanting of eggs to hatchery and release of baby turtles in the sea. Then transfer to Kinabatangan River and Danum Valley to view the endangered wildlife of Borneo, including rare Sumatran rhinoceros, pigmy elephants, clouded leopards, and orang-utans.
TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 10-DAY BORNEO WILDLIFE TOUR...
And, experience seeing orang-utans, gibbons, and other primates.
Borneo’s jungles and rivers are teeming with wildlife. Its verdant jungles shelter a rich variety of creatures and among them, tribes still practice ancient ways of life in harmony with their pristine surroundings. Borneo’s Sabah region offers travellers a blend of wilderness and adventure through rivers that snake through the jungle past stunning caves, before finding their way to the South China Sea.
This tour has been a favourite amongst our clients and is perfect for first time travellers. We begin with a comprehensive tour of Kota Kinabalu where you will stay at the luxurious Shangri-La Rasa Ria hotel. You will travel to Kota Kinablu National Park with majestic view of Mt Kinabalu. After a relaxed swim in the hot springs at Poring, travel to Sandakan.
At Sandakan, you will visit the Sepilok Orang-utan Sanctuary. Witness the feeding of orang-utans and learn how they are trained to survive in the wild. The Sanctuary was started in 1964 for rehabilitation of orphaned orang-utans and many have since been returned to the forest.
Next, take a one-hour boat ride to Selingan Island, an uninhabited island lying within the Sulu Seas. The island is in the protected area for the sole purpose of conservation and preservation of turtles and other marine animals inhabiting the area. Here you will see green turtles coming on land to lay their eggs.
Return to Sandakan and take a long boat ride on the Kinabatangan River to one of the world's richest ecosystem. You will stay at an award winning Sukau Rainforest lodge for two nights. Then continue to Danum Valley, a relatively undisturbed lowland forest that is home to many birds and mammals. In both these locations you are likely to see orang-utans, gibbons, and other primates, including the tarsier. If you are lucky, you may also see a deer, wild cat or a rare Bornean Pygmy Elephant – a perfect way to end your Borneo wildlife adventure.
Borneo Wildlife Tour This is a fascinating tour with a focus on nature and wildlife in Sabah.
Kota Kinabalu, Kundasang, Sandakan, Selingan Island, Sukau, Danum Valley
(10-Days, Travel Any Day)
Day 01 – Arrive Borneo
Kota Kinabalu You will be received at the Kota Kinabalu Airport by our representative. After a warm welcome, you will be escorted to your hotel. The rest of your day will be scheduled depending on your arrival time and how tired you feel.
Hyatt Regency Hotel
Day 02 – Transfer
Kundasang We drive to the foothills of Mt. Kinabalu at 5,000 feet, stopping en- route to explore markets for souvenirs and local fruits. At Kinabalu Park, the World Heritage Site, you will discover various species of the flowering Rhododendrons, carnivorous pitcher plants, orchids, ferns, oak trees and birds.
The Hill Lodge (B, L, D)
Day 03 – Explore
Sandakan Take a short drive to Poring, where you will explore tropical lowland rainforest and the jungle trail leading up to the treetop canopy walkways, suspended 41 meters above the forest floor across giant Mengaris trees (excludes camera/video fee). Then take a swim in the hot springs before driving another 4 hrs to Sandakan on the east coast.
Sepilok Nature Resort – Sandakan (B, L, D)
Day 04 – Green Turtls
Selingan Island We transfer to jetty for approximately 1-hour boat ride by speedboat to Selingan Island (40km). During the day you will have enough time to explore the island, swim or snorkel.
Green Turtle Watch: After dinner, the Park Ranger will inform you the time, the schedule and how you will proceed in small groups to watch Green Turtle lay eggs on the beach. Other activities may include transplanting of eggs to hatchery and release of baby turtles in the sea. This island is a park conservation area and no flash photography is permitted.
Chalet - Twin-Share room (B, L, D)
Day 05 – Explore
Kinabatangan River Return to Sandakan by boat. Transfer to Sepilok Orang-utan Rehabilitation Centre to witness the feeding of the orang-utans at 1000hrs. After lunch, transfer to Sandakan jetty for 2 and half hour boat ride to Sukau Rainforest Lodge along Sabah's longest Kinabatangan River.
Late afternoon take a river cruise through virgin mangrove, wetland and rainforest habitats, searching for some of the 10 primate species. Sukau is home to Borneo pygmy elephants, orang-utans, proboscis monkeys and all eight species of hornbill in Borneo.
The resort named by National Geographic Adventure magazine as one of the top 50 jungle lodges in the world, has solar heated hot showers; dinner by candle light overlooking the riverbank and a slide show by naturalist guide.
Sukau Rainforest Lodge (B, L, D)
Day 06 – Explore
Kinabatangan River An early morning river cruise up the Kinabatangan River to one of the oxbow lakes to view birds and wildlife. After breakfast an educational tour and then relax until afternoon, when we proceed for another river cruise.
Sukau Rainforest Lodge (B, L, D)
Day 07 – Explore
Danum Valley On your way to the Danum valley, take a short trek to the Gomantong Caves where your private guide will brief you on the cave faunas and their contribution to maintaining a balanced ecology and how the bird’s nests has significance to the local economy.
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 08 – Explore
Danum Valley Early morning birdwalk before breakfast. Spend the whole day exploring the forest for birds and mammals, leading up to an escarpment with ancient burial coffins. Trek to waterfall for refreshing dip in rock pools. Lunch at the lodge. In the afternoon, explore more trails leading to canopy walkway.
Borneo Rainforest Lodge (B, L, D)
Day 9 – Transfer
Kota Kinabalu Morning Trek in search of mammals and birds, Return to the Lodge before departing for Lahad Datu. Take the afternoon flight back to Kota Kinabalu. Arrive Kota Kinabalu, meet and transfer to your hotel.
Shangri-La Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa (B, L)
Day 10 – 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.
Visa At the time of writing, British, Americans, Canadians, Australians and New Zealanders do not require a visa for Malaysia. All other nationalities should check with the Malaysian High Commission, Embassy or Consulate in their country. However, please note that visa requirements can and do change. It is essential that you confirm requirements with the nearest relevant embassy or check with your travel agent before you travel.