Borneo holiday, Highlights of Borneo
Responsible Travel's at a glance summary
“Take two weeks to explore Borneo's Sarawak and Sabah regions, which include Mount Kinabalu and Sepilok, prior to relaxing at your leisure within a luxury beach resort.”
Highlights: Sandakan | Kinabatangan River | Pitas Lake | Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre | nocturnal nature trails and river cruises | Rainforest Discovery Centre | Kota Kinabalu | Poring hot springs | Kinabalu Park | Timpohon Gate | Mountain Garden | Optional activities, include: a tree planting project, lunch with local Abai villagers, a trek to Mt Kinabalu's second shelter |
If you’re looking for some jungle adventures with a little bit of laid back luxury then this two week tailor made tour is certainly one to remember. Canopy walks and orangutan encounters in Sepilok and guided nature cruises down the Kinabatangan River, will help you begin to understand Borneo's flora and fauna with the invitation to lunch with Abai villagers worthwhile for finding out a more about traditional local lifestyles.
The chance to trek to Mt Kinabalu’s second shelter from Timpohon Gate is a great experience however, if you’re thinking of relaxing at Poring hot springs then be aware that this has become something of a tourist hot spot and perhaps more akin to a local lido.
Our top tip:
Spend time with your Iban guides as their local knowledge is key. Also, don't forget insect repellent, light clothes and leech socks (can be bought locally).
Tailor made. All-year round.
1 night Sheraton hotel, 2 nights jungle lodge (private bathroom/hot shower), 2 nights private bungalows, 1 night basic jungle lodge (attached bathroom) and 4 nights private guest room with balcony in nature resort.
Accommodation, transfers, transport and tour guides.
8 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners.
About this holiday company:
This tour company organises a variety of sustainable tours throughout Asia with Borneo a worthy best-seller.
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Borneo holiday, Highlights of Borneo
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Borneo holiday, Highlights of Borneo: the story of this holiday company
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.
Responsible tourism: Borneo holiday, Highlights of Borneo
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.