Borneo holiday, Sarawak highlights

“An exciting journey taking in Sarawak’s top highlights, including jungle hikes, wildlife spotting and spending time with the local Iban people.”


Kuching | Bako National Park | Batang Ai Resevoir | Enseluai Waterfalls | Jambu Longhouse | Semengoh Rehabilitation Centre | Mulu National Park | Damai Beach

Description of Borneo holiday, Sarawak highlights

This wonderful trip takes you to Sarawak in Borneo. You will begin your holiday in Kuching, a charming town set on the banks of the River Sarawak. Explore Bako National Park for a full day exploring one of the oldest national parks in Borneo. Bako is one of the best places in Sarawak to see wildlife in their natural surroundings. Tropical rainforest ranges from mangrove to kerangas, tropical swamp vegetation, cliff vegetation and beach vegetation. There will be hiking along jungle trails and swimming off secluded beaches. Look out for Proboscis and silver Leaf Monkeys, Long tail Macaques and many other animals and birds.

Visit a traditional cultural Longhouse. Travelling on a traditional longboat, stay at a jungle lodge visiting a longhouse where you can spend time with the local Iban people, learn about their culture, experience how they live, watch the fishermen with their 'throw nets' and enjoy some local rice wine!

Spend some time in the capital Kuching, visit the Semehggoh Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, where you can also see Sun Bears, Gibbons, Hornbills amongst others. Take a wildlife cruise in search of Irrawaddy Dolphins, crocodiles, birdlife and more. As the sun sets, watch the magical fireflies shimmering in the trees.

Next, it’s off to Mulu to experience the wonders of the fabulous cave formations, enjoying some exciting plankwalks and hopefully witness the millions of bat exodus the caves at nightfall.

Finally, head back to the beach to spend a relaxing few days at the beach (or embark on the numerous activities on offer).

Please note: This trip can be amended to include the more challenging Pinnacles and Camp 5 itinerary or the 3 day volunteer project assisting with the turtle release programme - please ask us for details.

Best time to go: Departures are year round. The weather in Borneo is most unsettled between November and February, which can restrict a number of tours, however some rainfall occurs much of the time.

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year and can be adapted to suit your interests, budget and requirements as necessary
Holiday type
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.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Borneo holiday, Sarawak highlights


We work with the Orangutan Appeal UK, the only not-for-profit charity that works directly with the Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary in Sandakan. Clients have the option to sponsor an orphaned Orangutan named Beryl, who was found alone on a plantation by one of the workers when she was only a year old. The money goes directly to the Sanctuary in Sepilok to continue their excellent work. Clients receive an ‘adoption certificate’ and regular email updates on the progress of Beryl over the course of a year.

Our Sarawak ground operator owns and operates a number of eco-lodges which are included in this itinerary. Accommodation has been locally built and is run and operated by local people. The main purpose of these trips is to interact and contribute to village communities and projects and understand the need to minimize any negative impact on the local environment. Our ground agents only employ native guides to accompany our clients. All food in the lodges is sourced within the region, helping the local rural communities wherever possible. Our ground agent also helps in the training of the local Iban guides, and with this training comes not only an enhanced experience for guests but also a greater knowledge within the community of their need to protect the environment for future generations to maintain their lifestyles and financial security.


On this Borneo holiday, you will visit the Semengoh Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre in Sarawak, to rehabilitate orphan Orangutans and aim to release them back to the wild. A visit to the Rehabilitation centre benefits the Orangutans in a number of ways - as the entrance fees paid to the centre goes directly to paying the staff, providing the food and the training of specialist guides to rehabilitate not only the Orangutans, but the other animals that are now brought here. Donations are welcomed by the centre although not a condition of entry and we would ask all our clients to donate a small amount for their visit.

The itinerary also includes a visit to the Iban tribe who still live by their traditions in Longhouse homes. You can either stay with the tribe or at a local lodge/hotel both of which directly contributes to the Iban people. Our local ground agent in Sarawak is an important supporter of this traditional community in many ways. It is important to them that they be part of the ongoing conservation efforts in Sarawak, of both the social and ecological environments. Since the start of the support of this community in the late 1980’s, our ground agent offers ‘soft loans’ to the community members to buy things like outboard engines as both our ground agent and the Iban people understand that tourism should not be relied on as a sole means of income. This allows the community to take responsibility for and control over their means of production.

Our ground agent also runs a scholarship scheme with the Ibanl school. They have established the ‘Along Scholarship Fund’ (named after the former headman of the longhouse) which is funded by a portion of the cost to guests of staying at the longhouse, with incentives given to the students who first attend and then excel in their studies. This is producing excellent results with the number of students completing their tertiary education far exceeding the national average.

Our Sarawak agent has helped to source funds to establish a water supply project, health care services and a community help project resulting in better drainage and a proper sanitation system. They have also provided substantial funds towards materials for the re-building of one of the longhouses.
Our agent is mindful of the ‘carrying capacity’ of the longhouse so guest numbers are capped. They also try hard to work around the schedule of the community and are sensitive to times of harvest, bereavements etc and will close visits to the longhouse if necessary.

1 Reviews of Borneo holiday, Sarawak highlights

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 25 Oct 2010 by

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

Orang'utans at Semengohh, and staying with the Iban tribe at their lodge.

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

Take lots of memory for your camera as there will be lots of things to photo.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

Yes, our guide at the Iban lodge was from that actual tribe, so the money was going directly to the locals.

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

The holiday was excellent and had some truly memorable moments, highly recommended.

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