Borneo 8 day tour, the wild heart of Borneo

“A week travelling in Malayian Borneo, meeting indigenous people, and exploring Batang Ai NP. What a wonderful start to our exploration of Borneo. We will be back. ”


Sarawak | Kuching | Semengoh Orangutan Centre | Bako National Park | Headhunters or Iban tribe | Batang Ai

Description of Borneo 8 day tour, the wild heart of Borneo

This week long, Borneo tour is a tailor made holiday focussing on Sarawak, a state in Malaysian Borneo. This is, therefore, only our suggested itinerary, which of course we can adapt according to your interests. Although we believe it captures many of Malaysian Borneo’s highlights, particularly with a view to wildlife watching and cultural highlights in the state of Sarawak. Never having to travel too far, but making the most of the time that you have to discover the wonders of jungle life here, your trip starts in Kuching, the capital of Sarawak. A fascinating waterfront city boasting a mix of cultures, there are Chinese temples, grand mosques, bazaars and traditional houses on stilts to enjoy here.

Just an hour away from Kuching, you will visit the very important Semenggoh Orangutan Sanctuary, a leading player in conservation of these exquisite and endangered species. Home to semi-wild orangutans that have been rescued from illegal captivity, orphaned or injured, they are taught how to survive in the forest again in these safe environs.

Back to the wild environs to explore Bako National Park, home to proboscis monkeys and long tailed macaques, to name but a few. Batang Ai National Park is another very special place, mainly because it is on the lands of the indigenous Iban tribes, also known as headhunters, who work in partnership with government as ancestral custodians of the park and its rare wildlife. Stay in an Iban longhouse and explore the jungles with Iban guides on foot or perhaps on one of their long boats.

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Departure information

Alluring city-scapes, tropical rainforests, endearing orang-utans and Borneo hospitality - these are only a few highlights. You’ll Visit the jungles of Borneo and trek through Bako National Park where you'll spot the rare proboscis monkeys. During this itinerary you will also stay with the native headhunter tribe deep in the rainforest and learn all about their way of life - a real highlight of this holiday in Borneo.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Borneo 8 day tour, the wild heart of Borneo


In Borneo we encourage our guests to respect the wildlife in each destination. All guides are trained and qualified, and we visit only National Parks and rehabilitation centres where the animals are supported or left on their own.

Before travel, our clients receive a Know Before You Go pack which states to keep water use at a minimum as usable water is a rare commodity.

At the longhouse the power is supplied by solar paneling on the roof. The solar panels would not have been there without the income the tourists generate by visiting the longhouse.

The local suppliers we use in Borneo support local Iban communities in the area and are currently supporting the rebuild of a longhouse which recently burnt down in the fire. They are passionate about supporting the local environment and community and only choose guides who share their same values.

In our Brighton office we have a strict recycling system, where we are recycling nearly 80% of our overall waste. All our paper is then bought from our recycling company to complete the circle.


During this trip you will be injecting money straight into the local community. The overnight stay at the longhouse goes straight to the longhouse family who hosts the client, and then other people in the longhouse who have helped out during the client's stay. All food is bought at the local market to be cooked and eaten so the client is not using the resources of the longhouse. Gifts are also encouraged to be bought from a local market on the way.

We have first hand experience in the city of Kuching and know plenty of local restaurants and cafes which we encourage our guests to support. Trips to the National Park help support the up keep, the protection of wildlife, and the local guides.

All of our guides and local partners are provided with a fair wage and secure job. We love to send them on feedback from clients to encourage their good work and work with them, as a team to provide great service.

A staff member travelled to the longhouse and wrote a blog post about their experience to encourage future clients to visit and how to act or feel to be welcomed and respected locally. We also send a Know Before You Go pack, with a few phrases and information on local etiquette and tipping.

2 Reviews of Borneo 8 day tour, the wild heart of Borneo

4.5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 19 May 2017 by

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

Seeing a wild orangutan

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

Book AC rooms where possible and take lots of bug spray and long sleeve clothes

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

Yes but I would have liked to learn more about how they were conserving the forest and what impact palm oil had. No one seemed to want to talk about it.

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

It was a great holiday. The team were fantastic to book with and great communication between everyone.

Read the operator's response here:

Hi Avni,

Thanks so much for taking the time to write a review about your recent trip to Borneo. I am so pleased that you both had a lovely time and you were able to see a wild orangutan too!

Thanks for the helpful tips, we have recently put together a more detailed packing guide which I will hope will be useful for future customers to Borneo and I have fed back to my local partners about what you have said about the conservation. Hopefully this will encourage more guides and locals to feel comfortable talking about it and learning more where they can.

Hope you have settled back home okay and it was a pleasure booking your exciting trip for you!

Best wishes,

Reviewed on 06 Dec 2016 by

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

As a child I loved animals and dreamed about seeing the orang u tangs in their natural environment. As a 54 year old man I realised that childhood dream the first day of my holiday to Borneo. I stood in the sepilok rainforest park and on the trees top pathway just a few metres away from a wild female orange u tang with her baby. It completely blew me away. I was so lucky and blessed and have been left with memories I will never forget

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

Do bring a pair of binoculars : it sounds so obvious now but I just didn't think about it. I rented them but lesson learned.

Do go on as many night trips as you can. You won't see orang u tang but you will see most animals of those trips.

You often won't have wifi. Again obvious. You are in the middle of rain forests. But still a shock to we western wifi addicts

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

Without doubt. In fact I would go further than that. I think eco tourism here sustains a entire country infrastructure in protecting and sustaining wildlife and rain forest habitat. It actually feels really important that eco tourism is carefully
nurtured in Borneo.

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

Excellent. Orobaby the best holiday I have ever had. I loved it. So many memories that I will simply never forget.

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