Borneo tailor made holidays, wildlife & beaches
Price per person based on 2 people sharing.
Peak season pricing may apply.
This is a private itinerary and you may join small groups for day excursions.
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Description of Borneo tailor made holidays, wildlife & beaches
Experience Borneo on a two week tailor made holiday that’s all about the wildlife and beaches that are the envy of Southeast Asia.
With English-speaking local tour guides throughout, this tour includes a stay at the exclusive Borneo Rainforest Lodge in the primary rainforest of Danum Valley, followed by charming jungle lodges along the Kinabatangan River where all manner of monkeys, and numerous other animals, peer from behind the foliage to keep excitement levels at fever pitch.
Suspended walkways within the rainforest canopy take you high above the jungle floor where everything from elephants and rhinos to gibbons and leopards may appear far below before your very eyes.
No Borneo tailor made holidays would be complete without your close up with the orangutans at Sepilok Rehabilitation Centre as well as the sun bears in the adjacent conservation facility.
Although organic encounters with wildlife on this Borneo tailor made holiday conjure inevitable highlights there’s still plenty of enjoyment to come with a relaxing few days at a luxury spa and beach resort* on Gaya Island - your relaxing reward after intrepid exploration!
From swimming and snorkelling in the South China Sea to trekking around the Gaya Island, this is a wonderful way to complete a Borneo tailor made holiday and certainly worth thinking about if you’re planning on celebrating an extra special event.
Please let us know any specific wishes or preferences that you’d like to add to this Borneo tailor made holiday as we want to ensure this holiday is as unique as it will be relaxing and enlightening. All you have to do is ask.
This tour can be modified to suit your travel dates, budget and preferences and our expert advisors are here to assist. Beach extensions, a layover in Kuala Lumpur or other day excursions are all available to create the perfect Borneo adventure.
|Day 1:||Depart your home airport on an overnight flight to Kota Kinabalu, Borneo (we can arrange worldwide flights as part of your package).|
|Day 2:||Arrive into Kota Kinabalu airport where you will be met by one of our representatives who will transfer you to Shangri La's Tanjung Aru Resort with the remainder of your day at leisure.|
|Day 3:||Kota Kinabalu: You have the day free to relax at your beach hotel or explore the city. We can organise day tours for you if you wish (B).|
|Day 4:||Danum Valley: Today you will take the short flight to Lahad Datu. Here you will be collected and transferred to the Danum Valley region and the fabulous Borneo Rainforest Lodge. Enjoy the day trekking the established trails with the extremely knowledgeable local guide, including an exciting walk across the suspended walkway and a night drive in search of nocturnal animals. [B,L,D]|
|Day 5:||Danum Valley: Today enjoy another nature walk through the undisturbed riverine and lowland dipterocarp forest where there is a chance of seeing Orangutans in the wild, plus Proboscis Monkeys, Hornbills and Leaf Monkeys. Also trek to the famous viewpoint for a bird’s eye view of the entire Danum Valley region. [B,L,D]|
|Day 6:||Kinabatangan River: This morning you will road transfer to the Kinabatangan River region. After checking into your river lodge, take an afternoon river cruise, an excellent opportunity to spot wildlife and perhaps pygmy elephants feeding at the riverside. [B,L,D]|
|Day 7:||Abai: Enjoy a river trip to the Ox Bow Lake observing wildlife en-route. Transfer onwards to the Menanggul River by boat and your next lodge on the river. Here you will have the opportunity to take part in the tree planting project followed by an optional lunch with the local Abai villagers. After another river cruise, a night walk may be available to discover what really comes alive after dark [B,L,D]|
|Day 8:||Pitas Lake: Take an early morning river cruise to the nearby Pitas Lake observing wildlife as the sun rises. Your afternoon is then free to enjoy the relaxing sounds of the jungle until the evening boat cruise searching for the nocturnal animals and birds that live within the forest. (B,L,D)|
|Day 9:||Sepilok: This morning you are free to view more birds and wildlife at the nature boardwalk before transferring by river boat and road to the MY Nature Resort. This lovely property has a pool for tropical relaxing, or you can visit the nearby Rainforest Discovery Centre for a self guided canopy walk to spot birds and orangutans [B,L,D]|
|Day 10:||Sepilok Nature Reserve: Enjoy a complimentary tour to Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre and the Sun Bear Conservation Centre. Watch the behaviour close up and learn from guides who dedicate their lives to understanding them. A full day here is invaluable to learn about the fascinating primates and mammals of Borneo and the critical conservation efforts to protect them. [B,L,D]|
|Day 11:||Gaya Island: Head back to the airport for the short flight to Kota Kinabalu where you will be taken to the jetty for a speedboat ride over to Gaya Island and onto your resort. [B]|
|Day 12-14:||Gaya Island: 3 days to relax on the beach at this beautiful resort, swim in the clear blue waters or go kayaking, paddle-boarding or snorkelling. Perhaps a romantic dinner on a private cove or a family beach BBQ? You can do jungle treks on the island or simply relax at the resort pool and spa. [B]|
|Day 15:||Today you will take a boat ride back to the mainland and transfer to the airport for your return flight home - or extend your stay and continue your adventure! [B]|
20 Reviews of Borneo tailor made holidays, wildlife & beaches
Reviewed on 23 Jun 2022 by Clare FaulAmazing, breathtaking, memorable. Read full review
Reviewed on 17 Nov 2019 by T. Titanilla SzaboTabin Wildlife Reserve is a place to visit for everyone, the guides were really inspiration in their love of nature, the place where you can really get close to the animals... seeing the monkeys cross the river above my lodge or spotting an otter from my balcony is hardly an experience you can get anywhere else. Read full review
Reviewed on 15 Sep 2019 by Gregor CraigThe most exciting part of the trip was experiencing wildlife in their natural environment and of course seeing a wild orangutan. Read full review
Reviewed on 18 Aug 2019 by Tan ArulampalamThe most memorable part of the trip was the amazing trip down the Kinabatangan river and seeing the wildlife and conservation projects. Read full review
Reviewed on 08 May 2019 by Lisa SundquistWe were able to be with so many magnificent orangutans!! Being IN nature like we were was amazing! A once in a lifetime experience for sure! Read full review
Reviewed on 08 Apr 2019 by Diane BeavisThe most exciting part of our holiday was seeing orangutans in the wild, one of which was making its nest for the night. Read full review
Reviewed on 13 May 2019 by Sian ThomasonGeorge Town was fabulous and we loved the street art, the street food and in particular the people who were so welcoming and friendly. Read full review
Reviewed on 04 May 2018 by Terri EnveyThe most memorable was the people, land and wildlife! Our holiday was a truly beautiful journey and I would highly recommend it. We spent two nights at Tabin and I think it would be better to do three nights and spread out all the activities a bit more. Gaya Island Resort was a piece of heaven. Read full review
Reviewed on 15 Jul 2017 by Elizabeth BarrattDifficult-there were many. Seeing a wild Orangutan, just outside the cave at Gomantong, close up and "posing" for us, or rounding a bend on the Kinabatangan river to see 30-40 pigmy elephants of all ages on the bank. A set of experiences rather than just a holiday. Read full review
Reviewed on 12 Jun 2017 by Mary SeligEvery spotting of the orangutans, gibbons, birds, lizards, or even pigs was delightful. My husband and I adopted an orphaned Orangutan At the Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary. All along the way of our safari, the guides told us how we would recognize the child Orangutan. I spotted her immediately when she came out for the 4 pm feeding. Read full review
Reviewed on 05 Mar 2017 by John EvansWildlife encounters was the most memorable. Read full review
Reviewed on 01 Jan 2014 by Gill Bowles10 out of 10...the most memorable moment was seeing the Pygmy elephants on the banks of the Kinabatangan river playing, tugging up plants and placing them on their head. Read full review
Reviewed on 25 Apr 2014 by Steve JamesonWe really enjoyed it and it lived up to expectations. Read full review
Reviewed on 18 Mar 2014 by Katie SouthgateThe most memorable part of the holiday was 100 pygmy elephants on the bank of the Kinabatangan River...Brilliant. Would do it again, and spend more time in each place. Read full review
Reviewed on 14 Feb 2013 by Caroline TaylorIt was a fantastic holiday... Seeing the orangutans, proboscis monkeys and all other wildlife in their own environment, being on the boat going up river in the evening. .... tere were so many exciting memories of the holiday. Read full review
Reviewed on 15 Apr 2013 by Madeleine HerkesExcellent..the orangutans in the wild and spending time with the Iban people were the most memorable parts. Read full review
Reviewed on 22 Nov 2012 by Anna DockerayMost memorable and exciting has to be seeing the incredible and varied wildlife, Danum Valley really stands out, the rainforest is stunningly beautiful, pristine primary rainforest which is teaming with life...best holiday ever, trip of a lifetime kinda holiday! Read full review
Reviewed on 05 Oct 2012 by Joanne CashSeeing the orangutans, going to lankayan island and living in pure paradise as well as seeing turtles and seeing elephants in Tabin were the most memorable parts of the holiday Read full review
Reviewed on 07 Aug 2012 by Virginia ChoyGreat it was a fabulous experience. We're lucky to have seen such beautiful animals and landscapes. Read full review
Reviewed on 17 Sep 2012 by Pamela FrancisThe most memorable part of the holiday was seeing A Buffy Fish Owl next to our chalet door and spectacular Fire flies at Abai Jungle lodge...Excellent organisation - everything ran like clockwork... Read full review
PlanetWe 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 Canyon who was being kept illegally as a pet and was taken in by the sanctuary when she was 2 years old. She is now 5 years old and progressing well. 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 Canyon and of course if you’re lucky you may see her when you visit the Centre.
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 orang-utans are living free in the reserve. The facility provides medical care for orphaned and confiscated Orangutans as well as dozens of other wildlife species. Some of the other animals which end up being treated at the centre include endangered Sun Bears, gibbons, Sumatran Rhinos and the occasional injured elephants. A visit to the Sepilok Rehabilitation centre benefits the Orangutans in a number of ways - as the entrance fees go directly to paying the staff, providing food and the training of specialist guides to rehabilitate the Orangutans back into the wild. As part of our programme, we will 'adopt' an Orangutan for our clients for 1 year (1 per booking).
During the tour you also have the opportunity to visit the neighbouring 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. Donations are welcomed by the centre although not a condition of entry and we would invite all of our clients to donate a small amount for their visit.
The Danum Valley Conservation Area is one of the largest and best-protected expanses of pristine lowland forest remaining in South East Asia. When visiting the region guests are only allowed to walk on well established trails and with experienced, registered guides to minimise impact on the vegetation. Education is an important part of the package at Danum Valley so guests are also able to visit the Danum Valley Field Centre which was set up in 1986 for the purposes of research, education, training and wilderness recreation to learn more about the importance of the region. Guests can even enjoy talks by the resident scientists on what is being done to preserve Sabah’s natural heritage.
The Tanjung Aru Resort collaborates with the WWF and works with villagers from Kampung Berungus in Kudat to preserve the seagrass bed habitat of the seacow or 'dugong'. The Resort obtains a weekly supply of sustainably harvested fish and shrimp to be served in the resort’s restaurants. It is anticipated that this long-term collaboration will help restore the integrity of the marine eco-system whilst providing poverty troubled villagers with a consistent source of income. The Resort has also introduced a 'Bakashi' program which is a system using fermented organic matter to create compost for gardens from kitchen organic waste. This has resulted in a reduction in the amount of fertiliser and compost used.
PeopleOur 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.
The Abai Jungle Lodge hosts a tree planting and optional lunch programme with the local Abai villagers as part of your time there. This programme has been introduced by the Lodge as a way to directly contribute money to the local village community, plus it helps guests learn a little about the way this traditional community lives.
Shangri-La's Tanjung Aru Resort has partnered with Seri Mengasih, a school for over 100 intellectually and physically challenged children, since 2008. 2010 marked the third year of full school fees support alongside regular hotel skills training in areas such as housekeeping and bakery, with the goal of hiring apprentices into the hotel. One apprentice works at the registration and towel counter by the poolside and is able to interact with guests.