- Semenggoh Wildlife Centre and Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary – View rescued semi-wild orangutans as they eat at their feeding stations in the rainforest
- Bako National Park – Travel via boat to this unique area containing almost every type of vegetation found in Borneo; the plant life is beautiful, the wildlife abundant and there is a great chance of seeing the endemic and endangered Proboscis monkeys
- Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre – Home to over 30 rescued sun bears
- Rainforest Discovery Centre canopy walk; 28 metres above the forest floor and great for bird watching
- Kinabatangan River – A wildlife hotspot within Borneo and the only other place to spot Proboscis monkeys at close range other than from Bako National Park
- Boat cruises – Ideal for wildlife spotting and bird watching
- Abai village – Enjoy a local-style lunch and participate in a tree planting project
- Gomantong Cave – The largest birds nests cave in Sabah
- Lipad mud volcano – A large mineral salt lick used by wildlife
- Lipad Waterfall – Take a dip in the natural pool and enjoy a refreshing shower under the waterfall
- “Coffin Trail” – Jungle trek leading to an ancient Kadazan-Dusun burial site and magnificent lookout point
On this jungle adventure we travel to the Malay Archipelago in Southeast Asia, to the world’s third largest island, Borneo. Here, jungles and rainforests dominate the landscape and life flourishes beneath the forest canopy.
With some of the world’s oldest rainforests (second only to Australia’s Daintree Rainforest), it comes as no surprise that this rugged island is extremely rich in biodiversity. Some 222 mammals, 420 birds, 150 reptiles, 100 amphibians and 394 species of fish call the island home. In fact, the natural beauty and unique wildlife of the Malay Archipelago is so extraordinary that it inspired Alfred Wallace’s theories of natural selection.
Some of the more recognisable species we hope to see include pygmy elephants, clouded leopards, rhinoceros hornbills, saltwater crocodiles and the rare proboscis monkeys. We will also encounter what is probably Borneo’s most iconic species, the Orangutan (meaning “man of the forest” in Malay). Orangutans are highly intelligent creatures, sharing 96.4% of their genes with humans. They are also the only great ape to be found in Asia. Today, wild populations only exist in Bornean and Sumatran rainforests, and so getting a glimpse of these gentle giants in their natural setting is a rare and beautiful opportunity.
Borneo is also home to 15,000 or so plants, including pitcher plants, orchids, conifers and rhododendrons. Bird watchers, botany enthusiasts and general wildlife viewers alike will be delighted by the sheer variety of astounding fauna and flora, and will be pleased to see that significant parts of the rainforest remain intact despite pressures from deforestation in recent decades.
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|Day 1||Arrive in Kuching||Upon arrival in Kuching, meet your Coates Trip Leader and fellow tour companions at the airport. You will then be transferred to your hotel. The afternoon is free for you to relax and recuperate from your flight, and tonight we will enjoy a welcome dinner as a group at the hotel restaurant. Accommodation: Kuching Hilton D|
|Day 2||Semenggoh||After breakfast, we travel to Semenggoh Wildlife Centre located 24 kilometres from the centre of Kuching. This orangutan rehabilitation centre receives orphaned or rescued orangutans and trains them to survive in the wild, providing an excellent opportunity for us to view semi-wild orangutans in a natural setting. Over 20 orangutans live in the forest within the nature reserve and they often return to the centre to receive supplemental feeding (feeding time is 0900-1000). During this time, we hope to observe the orangutans coming down from the surrounding forest for the food provided. The rangers will also provide a briefing on the purpose of the centre and the conservation objectives. After your orangutan encounter, you will return to the hotel. The rest of the day is for you to spend at your own leisure; enjoy the Kuching Waterfront, explore the city or just relax at the hotel. Accommodation: Kuching Hilton B|
|Day 3||Bako National Park||Today, you travel to Bako National Park. After breakfast, you will be collected from the hotel (between 0750-0810 hours) and driven to Bako village, 35 minutes from Kuching. From here, you will proceed by boat for approximately 25 minutes to the park headquarters. En route there is a chance for you to see crocodiles, sea eagles and other shore birds. Upon arrival at the park HQ, we will begin exploring the trails and searching for wildlife. Mid-afternoon we return to Kuching. Accommodation: Kuching Hilton BL|
|Day 4||Kuching - Sandakan - Borneon Sun Bear - Rainforest Discovery Centre||After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Kota Kinabalu and later to Sandakan. Upon arrival in Sandakan, you will be met and transferred to My Nature Resort. Depending on arrival time, you will then check in to your chalet and have lunch at the resort’s restaurant. After lunch, we will visit the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre (BSBCC). This centre rescues captured sun bears and is involved in sun bear conservation, welfare rehabilitation and education. Over 30 sun bears live at the centre in the bear house and outdoor enclosures. 1600 hours – it is time to visit the Rainforest Discovery Centre (RDC), an education centre located within the Kabili Sepilok Forest Reserve. The focus of this excursion is to experience the rainforest from high. Upon arrival at the RDC, you can have a quick look at the visitor information centre before walking to the centre’s 147 metres long canopy walkway, which is up to 28 metres above the forest floor in places. The walkway and towers offer a unique way of seeing Sabah’s rainforest and are an excellent place for bird watching. Over 250 species of birds are found here. We expect to return to MY Nature Resort around 1715-1730 hours. Red giant flying squirrels are residents within the resort grounds, and they come out almost every night but sightings are not guaranteed. We will head to the platform near the restaurant and resort staff will point out which trees the squirrels sleep in and let you know when they start to come out of their hiding places. If you are lucky, you will see the giant squirrels emerge from their nests and glide across the sky. Accommodation: MY Nature Resort BLD|
|Day 5||Sepilok – Abai||After breakfast, we visit the Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary where captive orangutans are reintroduced into the wild. You will be able to observe them at their feeding stations in the rainforest (the feeding session is at 1000 hours) and at the nursery if it is open. At 1115 hours you depart Sepilok and proceed to a boat jetty in Sandakan. You will then take an hour boat cruise up the Lower Kinabatangan River, passing pristine mangrove forests and searching for wildlife. This cruise will bring you to the Abai Jungle Lodge, our home for the night and where we will have lunch. The afternoon is free for you to relax or explore the surrounding area on the nature boardwalk. At 1630 hours, we go on another cruise in search of proboscis monkeys, birds, reptiles and other wildlife. As night falls you will witness the glittering of fireflies on the mangrove trees. We return to the lodge for dinner, and after go on a guided night walk around the Lodge’s nature boardwalk in search of insects, birds and other wildlife. Accommodation: Abai Jungle Lodge BLD|
|Day 6||Pitas Lake – Abai Village – Sukau - Menanggul||It is an early start today. At 0630 hours, you will embark on another bird watching and wildlife viewing boat trip for at nearby Pitas Lake. We return to the lodge for breakfast. After breakfast, we visit the nearby Abai village and participate in a tree planting project. You will enjoy a local-style lunch prepared and served by the villagers. Alternatively, you may return to the lodge for lunch. After lunch, you will cruise upriver to Sukau, searching for wildlife along the way. When we arrive in Sukau, we will check-in to Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge. At 1630 hours, take another cruise up Kinabatangan River to Menanggul River in search of more proboscis monkeys, birds and other wildlife. Dinner is at the lodge tonight. Accommodation: Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge BLD|
|Day 7||Oxbow Lake – Gomantong - Sukau - Menanggul River||Another early start today as we leave for our 0630 hour bird watching and wildlife viewing boat trip at nearby Ox Bow Lake, after which we return to the lodge for breakfast. Later we visit Gomantong Cave, the largest birds nests cave in Sabah, famous for their swift lets and their edible nests. At 1630 hours, venture on another river cruise down the Menanggul River in search of wildlife. We return to the lodge at dusk, and you have the evening to spend at your leisure. Accommodation: Kinabatangan Riverside lodge BLD|
|Day 8||KOPEL/MESCOT – Lahad Datu – Tabin Wildlife Resort||Today you have an early departure to KOPEL/MESCOT (approx. 1hr from Sukau). Upon arrival, we proceed for breakfast at the Cafeteria. It is then approximately 1.5hrs to Lahad Datu, after which we travel to Tabin Wildlife Reserve on a gravel road for about an hour and a half. Upon arrival, you will check into the charming timber bungalows at Tabin Wildlife Resort. A variety of birds, insects and even small mammals can be sighted quite easily in the vicinity. Discover the rich variety of jungle herbs, some endemic, used for generations by local folks for the treatment of various ailments. In the afternoon embark on a short trek through the jungle for twenty minutes arriving at an elevated bare area - the Lipad mud volcano. This feature also serves as a mineral salt lick for wildlife as evidenced by the multitude of animal footprints here. After dinner, enjoy a slide presentation on Tabin’s uniqueness, followed by a Night Safari to look out for nocturnal wildlife and birds. Accommodation: Tabin Wildlife Resort BLD|
|Day 9||Lipad Waterfall||Today you may opt to join the early morning bird walk to discover some of Tabin’s rich collection of almost 300 bird species. After breakfast, embark on a trek through the lush green rainforest known for its rich diversity of plants and animal species to visit the Lipad Waterfall. Take a dip in the natural pool and enjoy a natural and refreshing shower under the waterfall. You will then have time to relax or explore the surrounding vegetation. In the afternoon you may wish to try out the Tabin Rainforest Foot Soak made with a natural blend of herbs, to relax tired muscles after long jungle treks. In the evening, enjoy a dusk drive to look for nocturnal wildlife. Accommodation: Tabin Wildlife Resort BLD|
|Day 10||Tabin Wildlife Resort – Lahad Datu||After breakfast you will return back to Lahad Datu and be transferred to Borneo Rainforest Lodge’s reception office in town. You will be be briefed on the activities and facilities at Danum Valley, after which you will depart at 0930 hours for the scheduled transfer to Borneo Rainforest Lodge. Arrival at the lodge is expected to be around 12 noon. After lunch, there is a brief orientation on Danum. In the afternoon, enjoy a guided walk on a nature trail (400 m boardwalk circuit) and the 300 m canopy walkway. In the evening, have dinner at the lodge and if weather permits, you can go for a night drive in search of nocturnal animals after. Accommodation: Borneo Rainforest Lodge BLD|
|Day 11||Coffin Trail – Hornbill Trail||Following breakfast, depart for a trek along the “Coffin Trail” that leads to an ancient Kadazan-Dusun burial site. It’s a 3 km return trip, involving a 40-minute climb to a magnificent lookout point (all walks are optional). You will then return to the lodge for lunch. In the afternoon, you have the option to go on another jungle trek in search of wildlife, or you can opt for a relaxing session of tubing down the Danum River. After dinner, you can join a night walk in search of nocturnal creatures. Accommodation: Borneo Rainforest Lodge BLD|
|Day 12||Waterfall Trail – Wildlife Trek||In the morning hike to a beautiful waterfall, searching for wildlife along the way. We then return to the Lodge for lunch. In the afternoon, enjoy another walk in search of more wildlife. After dinner tonight you will have an option of night walk or night drive (subject to space availability on the vehicles). Accommodation: Borneo Rainforest Lodge BLD|
|Day 13||Lahad Datu – Kota Kinabalu||Today, enjoy a leisurely breakfast. The morning is then for you to spend at your own leisure. Following lunch, you will check out of the Lodge and depart at 1230 hours for the scheduled transfer to Lahad Datu airport (for flight to Kota Kinabalu). Upon arrival in Kota Kinabalu, you will be transferred to the hotel. This evening, as our journey comes to an end, we will share a final farewell dinner as a group at the hotel restaurant. Accommodation: Grandis Hotel BLD|
|Day 14||Departure or extend stay||After breakfast, you will be collected and transferred to the airport for your flight as scheduled, or to Poring Hot Spring if participating in the post-tour extension. B|
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NOTE: the above itinerary may be varied according to conditions and advice.
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- Breakfast (B), lunch (L) and dinner (D) as indicated on itinerary
- Welcome and farewell dinner
- Twin share accommodation in resorts, lodges and hotels
- Camera fees (lens less than 400MM)
- Internal domestic flights (Kuching – Kota Kinabalu – Sandakan & Lahad Datu – Kota Kinabalu)
- Australian Coates Wildlife Tours Escort
- Qualified and experienced local English-speaking naturalist guides (one per sector; Sarawak and Sabah)
- All entrance fees
- All excursions and transfers set out in the itinerary
- All tourist taxes
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