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Borneo holiday, Highlights of Borneo

Borneo, Malaysia
From £2469 (13 days) including UK flights
Includes: flights as stated, airport taxes, private airport transfers, private/shared excursions/transfers, accommodation, meals where indicated. Prices vary according to season & are per person based on 2 adults sharing. Ask us for full details.
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Borneo holiday, Highlights of Borneo

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When she was 23, Edinburgh-born Liz bought a £10 boat ticket to Africa; she wanted to see the world and has subsequently lived over half of her life overseas. When she returned from Arabia with her family in the 80s, Liz set up the first UK tour operator offering tailor made journeys to Oman. She has a strong sense of social responsibility and has seen first-hand how tourism can increase local people’s quality of life. The company is now a tailor made specialist to a number of worldwide destinations with a well travelled, knowledgeable, small team based in the Cotswolds.

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On this Borneo holiday, you will visit the famous Sepilok Rehabilitation Centre in Sabah, founded in 1964, to rehabilitate orphan Orangutans. The site is 43 square kilometres of protected land at the edge of Kabili Sepilok Forest Reserve. Today around 60 to 80 Orangutans are living free in the reserve. The facility provides medical care for orphaned and confiscated orang-utans as well as dozens of other wildlife species. Some of the other animals which are treated at the centre include:- sun bears, gibbons, Sumatran Rhinos and the occasional injured elephant. A visit to the Sepilok Rehabilitation centre benefits the Orangutans in a number of ways as the entrance fees paid to the centre go directly to paying the staff, providing the food and the training of specialist guides to rehabilitate the Orangutans back into the wild. Donations are welcomed by the centre although not a condition of entry and we separately would request all of our Borneo clients donate a small amount for their visit.

During the tour you also have the opportunity to visit The Borneo Sun Bear Centre, a conservation centre with the aim to raise awareness and encourage research on the world’s smallest bear. Found throughout mainland Asia, Sumatra in Indonesia and Borneo, the exact number of Sun bears in the wild is unknown, making it even more pressing to reduce pressure on a species that is classified as “vulnerable” on the IUCN Red List and at risk of becoming endangered unless circumstances threatening their survival improve. The BSBCC, the first and only facility of its kind in the world, is a non-governmental organisation set up in 2008 through collaboration of the Sabah Forestry Department, Sabah Wildlife Department and LEAP.

The Nature Reserve, located at the Shangri La Tanjung Aru's sister hotel - the Shangri-La Rasa Ria Resort, has a forest garden planted with different types of trees and plants to encourage the habitation of insects and small wildlife. Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts is a founding member of the Asia Pacific Hotels Environmental Initiative. In accordance with the Group's environmental policy, all Shangri-La and Traders hotels have "Green Programs" to identify ways to reduce wastage, eradicate practices that damage the environment and generally promote environmental awareness. Visiting the Shangri-La Rasa Ria Resort benefits the visitor in terms of educating clients to the conservation of the orang-utans. The hotel directly funds the Nature Reserve and again employs local specialists in rehabilitating the Orangutans with the ultimate aim of releasing them back into the wild.


Our local ground operator owns and operates a number of eco-lodges which are included in this itinerary. Accommodation has all been locally built and is run and operated by local people. The main purpose of these trips is to interact and contribute to local communities and projects and understand the need to minimize any negative impact on the local environment. Our ground agents only employ local guides to accompany our clients. All food in the lodges is sourced locally, helping the local rural communities wherever possible.

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Borneo holiday, Highlights of Borneo

You can trust Responsible Travel reviews because, unlike many other schemes, reviews can ONLY be written by people who we have verified have been on the holidays. In addition, we don't run these holidays ourselves - our only interest is giving you the best independent advice.

5 stars
I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
4 stars
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
3 stars
Very enjoyable
2 stars
It was OK
1 star
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed 15 Apr 2014 by 4 star rating

Brilliant! Knowledgeable guides and small groups of like-minded people, who were interested in and cared about the natural environment of the place they were visiting.(read full review)

Reviewed 09 Jul 2013 by 5 star rating

Fabulous. There's really nothing more to say.(read full review)

Reviewed 21 Sep 2013 by 4 star rating

Fantastic! Eye opening!The best part was seeing Orangutans in the wild at Borneo Rainforest Lodge(read full review)

Reviewed 09 Oct 2012 by 5 star rating

It was great. I loved every minute of it. Borneo is a beautiful country with friendly helpful people. I only wish I could have stayed longer.(read full review)

Reviewed 31 Jul 2012 by 5 star rating

The guides and staff were so friendly and helpful to us that I do believe our expenditure helped the local economy.(read full review)

Reviewed 24 Jun 2012 by 5 star rating

The most memorable part was being able to see so much wildlife and our guide was second to none in his knowledge. (read full review)

Reviewed 22 Apr 2012 by 5 star rating

Seeing wild orangutans in the rainforest, watching the Green turtle lay her eggs on Seligan Island and swimming and snorkelling with Hawksbill turtles on Landkyan Island were the most memorable parts of the holiday(read full review)

Reviewed 05 Apr 2012 by 5 star rating

We had many memorable and exciting parts but one of the significant highlights was our trip to an Iban longhouse in Sarawak. We had an excellent guide, Bayan (probably spelled wrong!), who is Iban - his knowledge of the culture, the plants, the animals and birds, etc. was impressive.(read full review)

Reviewed 18 Oct 2012 by 4 star rating

The holiday was excellent and throughly enjoyable and it enabled us to achieve our key objectives of having numerous opportunities to see orang-utans at comparatively close quarters.(read full review)

Reviewed 07 Oct 2012 by 4 star rating

The most memorable part was the Kinbantangan river cruise. Saw so much wildlife - fitted all our expectations about the Borneo jungles...Really great holiday, very memorable.(read full review)

Reviewed 03 Sep 2012 by 4 star rating

Pigmy elephants in Taiban were the most memorable part of the holiday(read full review)

Reviewed 15 Aug 2012 by 4 star rating

Seeing a female turtle return to the sea at 6:30am on Seligan Island, Sabah was the most memorable part...A tremendous introduction to the wildlife and conservation efforts of Borneo.(read full review)

Reviewed 02 Aug 2012 by 4 star rating

The most memorable part of the holiday was Abai jungle lodge - wildlife and village amazing. The guides were brilliant. (read full review)

Reviewed 02 Aug 2012 by 4 star rating

Shangri La hotels were exceptional. Fantastic food and service. Turtle island and river 'safaris' were v good...Very good mix of beach and culture.(read full review)

Reviewed 16 Jul 2012 by 4 star rating

The most memorable parts were Elephants and Orangutans along the Kinabatangan River, seeing a Civet during a night walk whilst staying at Abai Jungle Lodge, pulling up on to the beautiful beach at Selingan and watching baby turtles hurry down the beach towards the sea. (read full review)

Reviewed 13 Oct 2012 by 2 star rating

took very good care of us. overall a little disappointing compared to other countries(read full review)

Reviewed 26 Sep 2011 by 5 star rating

We had so many memorable experiences - difficult to say - but I would say Danum Valley - the lodges were so luxurious and the setting superb - and we saw wild orangutans.(read full review)

Reviewed 31 Jan 2011 by 5 star rating

I can't specify the most memorable part as everyday was a wonderful experience. The organisation was perfect, there were never any delays and even though we used 3 different tour operators whilst doing our tour everything fell into place. The guides and drivers were all very good and couldnt do enough for you.(read full review)

Reviewed 09 Oct 2011 by 4 star rating

The wildlife both on land and under the sea were exceptional.(read full review)

Reviewed 01 Sep 2011 by 4 star rating

Absolutely wonderful, with a range of habitats, wildlife and activities. A very well organised holiday that exceeded our expectations and accommodated all our special requests. Very easy holiday for families, with some easy trekking. A magical holiday.(read full review)

Reviewed 16 May 2011 by 4 star rating

The wildlife, from the orang-utans at Sepilok to swimming with giant greenback turtles in Pom Pom - amazing and memories that will stick with me for life...Excellent holiday, would recommend and I have friends very much interested in visiting too. (read full review)

Reviewed 09 Mar 2011 by 4 star rating

The most memorable part was probably the river 'safari' trips...The holiday was varied and exciting and had much to recommend it.(read full review)

Reviewed 12 Aug 2010 by 5 star rating

The most memorable part was definitely the wildlife of Borneo, we had excellent opportunities to see orangutangs, monkeys and birds up close. Guides were well informed and friendlyExcellent, wouldn't change a thing!(read full review)

Reviewed 08 Jul 2010 by 5 star rating

Excellent. Incredibly well organised, great value for money and having gone on the advice of the operator had an excellent combination of activities, sights and relaxation. (read full review)

Reviewed 26 Sep 2010 by 4 star rating

The orangutans swinging through the trees at Sepilok at feeding time...Seeing a pygmy elephant and a wild orang-utan with baby beside the Kinabatangan river were most memorbale....Possibly the best ever. It is a beautiful country with lovely people.(read full review)

Reviewed 07 May 2010 by 4 star rating

Brilliant - a wonderful experience(read full review)
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We offer a complete tailor made service allowing you to decide when you go, where to stay and what to do, to create a unique holiday for your individual requirements by our travel experts. We would be happy to telephone you to discuss your requirements and options. Our staff have intimate knowledge of this destination, so do please include your telephone number when you complete the enquiry form.
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