Borneo wildlife holiday

“17 day small group wildlife watching tour of Borneo including flights from Sarawak to Sabah as well as nature trails, river cruises and nights in longhouses and rainforest lodges.”

Highlights

Kuching | Bako National Park | Mulu National Park | Deer Cave | Kota Kinabalu | Mari Mari village | Mount Kinabalu National Park | Sabah Tea Gardens Longhouse | Rainforest Discovery Centre | Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary | Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre | Danum Valley | Kinabatangan River | Gomantong Caves | Sandakan |

Description of Borneo wildlife holiday

From orangutans and proboscis monkeys to pygmy elephants and Irrawaddy dolphins, the wildlife of Borneo is as fascinating as the landscapes with the delights of Danum Valley and Mulu National Park providing travellers with untold natural encounters over the course of this 17 day small group holiday.

Internal flights whisk wildlife watchers from Bako National Park in Sarawak to Sabah’s Mount Kinabalu before land transfers to Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre conjure further discoveries in the surrounding rainforest via canopy walkways and signed footpaths.

Wildlife watchers will find themselves in absolute heaven with walks to waterfalls, river cruises and overnight stays in bamboo longhouses offering ample opportunities to bring out the binocs before finally completing this two week Southeast Asian odyssey overlooking the ocean in Sandakan.

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Holiday type

Small group holiday

Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, travelling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. If you’re heading off on a gap year your, perhaps – but for those with a two-week holiday, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

The leaders are not guides – they’re not there to shepherd you around. Instead, they’ll let you know which local restaurant serves great value food – without running the risk of travellers’ tummy. They’ll allow you to avoid hour-long queues at train stations and attractions.

We like to think of small group travel as the Goldilocks option. It is independent travel without the fuss, worry and bunk beds – and organised travel without the coaches. And it’s cheaper than a tailor made tour. It’s sits somewhere in the middle – and we think it’s just about right.

What are the main benefits?
Big experiences
Have big, life-enriching experiences that would be impossible to organise without lots of time and insider knowledge.

Simplicity
Make the most of your holiday time by letting someone else do the hard work and boring logistics!

Peace of mind
Small group tours take care of the security aspects – and provide a safety net should anything unexpected happen.
Who is it ideal for?
Travellers who are short of time
If you don’t have three months to spend exploring, small groups trips let you cover more ground in less time. Your days are not spent queuing for tickets or finding hotels – so you can squeeze more into your holiday.

Solo travellers who’d like company
Likeminded travel companions plus peace of mind for those travelling alone. Single supplements are usually available – providing privacy if you want it.

Less confident travellers
Stray from the tourist trail without worrying about getting lost, and meet local people without dealing with the language barrier.
Mythbuster
“I won’t get any privacy!”
Couples and friends have private rooms, and you can choose to eat alone or not. Single supplements give solo travellers their own room.

“There won’t be any free time”
Free mornings or afternoons let you explore on your own, or just relax.

“The accommodation will be basic”
Trips are as high or low end as you like. Though off the beaten track destinations won’t have luxury hotels, this is all part of the adventure.

“I won’t like the other travellers!”
Tour operators try to create groups with a similar demographic – age, families, activity levels... Chances are, you’ll even make new friends.

“Will we be following an umbrella?”
No.
Valerie Parkinson
Meet a group Leader
Name: Valerie Parkinson

Story: The first British woman to climb Manaslu, Valerie climbed Everest for her 50th birthday. She’s spent fourteen Christmas Days trekking to Everest Base Camp, and is involved insetting up Responsible Tourism initiatives in the Himalayas.
Roshan Fernando
Meet a local guide
Name: Roshan Fernando

Story: Roshan has led over 130 trips – he adores showing travellers around Sri Lanka. He won the company Leader Award in 2010, but his career highlight was working on their Tsunami Project – which earned him a responsible tourism award.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Borneo wildlife holiday

Environment

Wildlife:
A large portion of this trip is dedicated to observing the abundance of diverse wildlife in Borneo. Our care for the natural environment and indigenous species in the area extends even beyond careful briefing, meticulous waste disposal and payment of National Park fees which help to protect the wildlife. This particular trip directly supports the Sepilok Orang-utan Sanctuary which rehabilitates injured, orphaned and captured Orang-utans into the wild. At 43 square kilometers, Sepilok is the largest sanctuary of its kind in the world and so this is a great place to find out more about these loveable monkeys and to make a donation or buy souvenirs. We are also involved in the Turtle Conservation Project, HUTAN- an NGO that specialising in Orang-utan/elephant research throughout Eastern Sabah, and several community-based programmes.

UK Office:
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK Offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.

Community

Community:
We use locally owned hotels, restaurants and employ local guides and operators. This keeps our tourist money in the host countries by providing income for people in the area. In Mulu National Park the Penan people, and others are employed by the park thereby our trip helps to maintain their livelihood and unique forest dwelling culture. En route to the Mt. Kinabalu we stop at Nabalu market where villagers come to sell their produce and handicraft- Tea, medicinal herbs, fruit and vegetables are just some of the things produced locally. We also have a tour of a tea plantation where we spend the night in a traditional Rungus bamboo longhouse. This is a great way of providing income for these communities whilst gaining a completely authentic experience. We are keen to emphasise that interaction with indigenous groups should not be a one-way street and so our guides will teach some Bahasa Malay so those travelling can interact with local people.

Group Size:
This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.

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Reviewed on 08 May 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The amount of wildlife was amazing. The trip leader was the best I have ever seen.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Take a poncho and bug spray. Be prepared for hot and humid days.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


We visited quite a few wildlife rescue and rehab facilities.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Very good.

Reviewed on 02 Jan 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Seeing orangutans and proboscis monkeys in primary forest

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Go out of season to avoid crowds. Expect heavy rain at any time, bring a light poncho and an umbrella

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


To a certain extent, but much more could be done about the plastic rubbish.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Very weather dependent, but great when it's not raining!

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