Borneo National Parks
Sarawak, Sabah, Borneo
Sarawak, Sabah, Borneo
Gunung Mulu National Park is a rainforest in Sarawak, Malaysia on the island of Borneo. It is best known for limestone cave systems including the world’s largest natural ‘Sarawak Chamber’. Clearwater Cave is longest in Southeast Asia and the huge Deer Cave is home to millions of bats and swiftlets. The Gunung Mulu Park is dominated by three mountains; Gunung Mulu (2,376m), the jagged limestone formations of Gunung Api (1,750m), and Gunung Benarat (1,585m).
This tour begins in Kuching, where you spend a night with the Ibans, once renowned for practising headhunting. Continue to Sarawak’s Gunung Mulu National Park, and explore a complex network of caves in its limestone mountains. Travel to Brunei’s Ulu Temburong national park, to explore its rainforest from a Canopy Walkway, one of the longest in the world. Travel to Danum Valley via Kota Kinabalu to view its wildlife including Orang-utans, gibbons, and other primates in the wild.
TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 13-DAY BORNEO NATIONAL PARKS TOUR...
And, experience a canopy walk in Brunei’s Ulu Temburong National Park.
Borneo evokes a sense of the exotic – of adventure and a journey into the unknown. Visions of impenetrable jungle, of head-hunters and jungle-dwelling tribes and great riches refuse to fade. While the head-hunters are long gone, Sarawak’s tradition of open hospitality continues, making Kuching Southeast Asia’s friendliest city.
We begin with a comprehensive tour of Kuching, where we will stay at the 4-star Grand Margherita Hotel. The next day however, we will travel by boat to a remote village and spend a night with the Ibans, once renowned for practising headhunting. They live in longhouses and so will we, in simple comforts, but their hospitality will more than compensate the luxuries of your hotel.
After an interesting night at a longhouse, and witnessing a longhouse celebration or gawai, the taste of Borneo is firmly instilled. We continue to Sarawak’s Gunung Mulu National Park, where over millennia the flow of water drainage towards the sea has cut deep gorges through the Park’s limestone mountains forming a complex network of some of the most spectacular caves on earth.
With your private guide explore the caves and witness an amazing spectacle of a million bats rushing out of cave before travelling by road to Brunei and stay at the luxurious Empire Hotel. Play a game of golf or inform the concierge of your special interests or special dining requirements.
Next we travel to Ulu Temburong national park, often been regarded as a refuge for threatened species in Borneo. You will stay at the Ulu Ulu eco resort where you will explore the forest with your expert guides and take the Canopy Walkway, one of the longest in the world.
Continue to Kota Kinabalu and fly to Lahad Datu and then travel to Danum Valley, home to many birds and mammals including the Orang-utans, gibbons, and other primates. Spend three nights, exploring the Borneo jungles and if you are lucky you may also see wild cats and the rare Bornean Pygmy Elephant.
Borneo National Parks An exotic adventure and a journey into the unknown.
(13 Days, Travel Any Day)
Kuching, Gulung Mulu, Brunei, Kota Kinabalu, Danum Valley
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 our 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 & Tour
Brunei Transfer to Brunei via Miri. After lunch, take a private guided tour that will unfold part of Brunei's history, heritage culture and daily life of the local people. The tour includes a photo stop outside the Royal Palace, Istana Nurul Iman (‘Palace of Light’), which is the biggest presidential palace in the world. Also visit the most magnificent Jame 'Asr Hassanal Bolkiah Mosque before we take a boat ride through the famous Water Village. At the Brunei Museum we will see the Borneo ethnographic display, natural history and treasures of ceramics, glassware and carpets before heading back to your hotel.
Empire Hotel (B)
Day 7 & 8 – Explore
Ulu Temburong NP Today we embark on a speedboat journey from Bandar Seri Begawan to Bangar on a winding river route 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.
An early morning next day, 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 9 – Transfer
Kota Kinabalu Experience some kayaking in the river before taking the transfer to Bandar Seri Begawan. Your private guide will accompany you to the Airport for your flight to Kota Kinabalu. Meet and greet on arrival and our representative will escort you to your hotel.
Hyatt Regency Hotel (B, L)
Day 10 & 11 – 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 12 – Transfer
Kota Kinabalu Morning trek in search of mammals and birds. Return to the Lodge before departing for Lahad Datu. Take the late afternoon flight back to Kota Kinabalu. Arrive Kota Kinabalu, meet and transfer to your hotel.
Hyatt Regency Hotel (B, L)
Day 13 – 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.