Borneo Family Holiday
Brunei, Sabah, Borneo
Brunei, Sabah, Borneo
Kinabatangan River in Sabah, Borneo, is the second longest river in Malaysia. It is known for its rich ecosystem and concentration of wildlife in its surrounding jungles. These include 10 species of primates and more than 200 species of birds with 8 types of hornbills. In addition, there are endangered Borneo pygmy elephants, the world’s smallest Malay sun bear and clouded leopard. The Kinabatangan region, is inhabited with Orang Sungai, conservative Muslim communities. Along the Kinabatangan River are jungle lodges, that provide wildlife-spotting boat rides and guided treks.
This Borneo Family tour starts in Brunei. Visit Ulu Temburong National Park and experience canopy walk and canopy tower with 360 degree views. Travel to Kudat, at the ‘tip of Borneo' to witness the picturesque South China Sea. In Kundasang, experience local culture. Travel to Sandakan via Kota Kinabalu, and visit feeding of orang utans at the Sepilok Rehabilitation Centre. Then take a river cruise up the Kinabatangan River to one of the oxbow lakes to view birds and wildlife.
TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 11-DAY BORNEO FAMILY ADVENTURE...
And, experience Brunei and Malaysia sections of the Borneo Island.
Brunei’s pristine rainforests offer a variety of adventures; from riding traditional longboat up the rapids to jungle hiking on well-maintained trails. Travellers looking for a jungle experience can visit the Temburong National Park and immerse yourself in jungle sounds, smells, and awe-inspiring feel of total remoteness. Then return to the worldly comforts after an adrenalin-rush of rafting down the Temburong River.
This tour explores Brunei and Malaysia sections of the Borneo Island. It is also a perfect tour for families with children.
We begin with a comprehensive tour of Brunei staying at a top luxury hotel, then travelling to a charming jungle resort. On this tour you will experience up close the wonders of the rainforest; listen to the orchestra of nature’s music by the insects, birds and animals, climb the tower to view wildlife and take a canopy walk. You will stay at the comfortable Ulu Ulu eco lodge.
Next, take a comprehensive tour of Kinabalu National Park before travelling to Kudat, the land of the last longhouses in Sabah and journey to the ‘Tip of Borneo”. Then return to Kota Kinabalu and fly to Sandakan, the second largest city in Sabah to undertake many wildlife adventures like the Turtle Islands Park, Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary, Gomantong Caves and of course the Kinabatangan River cruises that offers unparalleled opportunities for observing wildlife.
In Sandakan itself, visit the Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre where you will see the wild orang-utans that come during the feeding time. Transfer by ferry on the Kinabantangan River to the Sukau Rainforest Eco Resort. Explore the region to see Borneo pygmy elephants, orang-utans, proboscis monkeys and the hornbills.
This tour is rated as a soft adventure and suitable for those reasonably fit as there are many places where you may have to climb, slippery and wet tracks. The journey in and out of national parks is itself interesting as you go on different modes of transport and see the change in vegetation with plenty of photo opportunities.
Borneo Family Holiday A perfect tour for families with children.
Bruinei, Kota Kinabalu, Kudat
(11 Days – Travel Any Day)
Day 01 – Arrive Brunei
Brunei Meet and greet on your arrival at the Bandar Seri Begawan Airport. After a warm welcome, our representative will escort you to your hotel.
Empire Hotel (D)
Day 02 – Explore
Ulu Temburong NP Today we embark on a speedboat journey from Bandar Seri Begawan to Bangar, with scenic views of the Water Village and mangrove forests. Then take the ‘temuai’ (Iban longboat) to the National Park to see a wide variety of flora and fauna.
The beautiful Ulu Ulu Resort is located on the banks of two rivers in the middle of the vast Ulu Temburong National Park Rainforest. The resort has 17 rooms of tropical wooden construction quite similar to 1920s Malay architecture. Villas and suites have been carefully renovated and decorated with charming contemporary furniture with a tropical touch, and equipped with individually controlled air-conditioning units, ceiling fan and water heater.
Ulu Ulu Resort (B, L, D)
Day 03 – Explore
Ulu Temburong NP An early morning wakeup call, and after coffee/tea we move to the canopy walk to view and climb the canopy tower for a 360° view of the lush green rainforest, watch the sunrise and birds flying out to find food. After lunch, proceed by long boat upriver for a short trek to the waterfall and a swim.
Ulu Ulu Resort (B, L, D)
Day 04 – Transfer
Kota Kinabalu Early risers can climb the tower to watch the sunrise which can be amazing. The more active can experience kayaking in the river before lunch. Later transfer by speed boat to Bandar Seri Begawan where your private guide will accompany you to the Airport for your flight to Kota Kinabalu.
Meet and greet and after a warm welcome our representative will escort you to your hotel.
Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa (B, L)
Day 05 – Explore
Kudat Today we take a two and half hour journey to Kudat, the land of the last longhouses in Sabah. There, at the ‘Tip of Borneo”, you will witness the picturesque view of South China Sea meeting Sulu Sea, an exceptionally breathtaking scene. If weather permits, you may like to cycle (optional) through scenic villages, enjoy fresh coconut drink and meet friendly local folks and children. In the evening enjoy a traditional-style dinner followed by colourful cultural performance by the local Rungus community. At the longhouse, mattress and mosquito net is provided
Longhouse (B, L, D)
Day 06 – Explore
Kundasang Wake up to the calls of roosters and feel the tranquillity of living in a village. Start your day with local breakfast, then walk to the nearby rubber estate to test your skill at rubber tapping. If weather permits, cycle through scenic villages and farms.
Later take an overland journey to the Kinabalu Park, a World Heritage Site and home to various species of the flowering Rhododendrons, carnivorous pitcher plants, orchids, ferns, oak trees and birds.
The Hill Lodge – In the National Park (B, L, D)
Day 07 – Transfer
Kota Kinabalu Today we drive to Poring, where we take a short trek through the jungle leading up to the treetop canopy walkways, suspended 41 meters above the forest floor across giant Mengaris trees (excludes camera/video fee). Then relax in the hot sulphur pools before travelling ahead to Kota Kinabalu.
Shangri-La Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa (B, L, D)
Day 08 – Explore
Kinabatangan River Early morning transfer to the airport for your flight to Sandakan. On arrival at Sandakan Airport, 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 along Sabah's longest river, Kinabatangan to the Sukau Rainforest Lodge.
After lunch and rest, take a river cruise through virgin mangrove, wetland and rainforest habitats in search 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 9 – 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 10 – Transfer
Kota Kinabalu We return to Sandakan by boat and transfer to the airport for your flight to Kota Kinabalu. If you have a late afternoon flight then take a bird view of the centre from the canopy walk and hanging bridge before exploring the botanical garden. Arrive Kota Kinabalu, meet and transfer to your hotel.
Shangri-La Rasa Ria Resort & Spa (B, L)
Day 11 – 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.