Borneo small group adventure holiday
(good 3*) & most meals as per itinerary.
(Visas & local tips not included.) Return flights from the UK from £550, optional single room supplement £300 (Fully licensed, ATOL protected.)
Description of Borneo small group adventure holiday
Our 2-week small group tour, Borneo Adventure, reveals the lush rainforests, exotic wildlife, incredible flora and richly diverse culture and history of the Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak.
The holiday begins in Kuching, the historic capital of Sarawak, before exploring beautiful Bako and World Heritage Mulu National Park. In Sabah, spend a day on coral-fringed Dinawan Island with a marine conservation organisation, hike in Kinabalu National Park (also UNESCO-listed), before going wildlife spotting on river trips, night hikes and day treks in the celebrated Kinabatangan Wildlife Corridor.
Stay on a unique organic tea plantation and in a jungle eco lodge; explore the world famous Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Project and Rainforest Discovery Centre and, last but not least, sample the delicious and varied food at markets, street stalls and restaurants.
There are lots of extensions you can add to this trip, for an even deeper experience of Borneo. Stay at the wonderful Danum Valley Rainforest Lodge, test your stamina with a two day hike up Mount Kinabalu (the views from the top are unbeatable) or choose to spend three days on the idyllic tropical island of Manukan.
An original, highly varied and truly unforgettable 2-week Borneo adventure through Sarawak and Sabah!
1. Explore the colonial heritage and bustling Chinatown of Sarawak's charming Kuching Town
2. Discover the spectacular landscapes and flora and fauna of Bako National Park
3. A 2-day stay in World Heritage Mulu National Park with its stunning scenery and vast cave systems
4. Check out the highly varied and still abundant wildlife of Kinabatangan on foot and by boat
5. Visit the world famous Sepilok orangutan sanctuary and rehabilitation centre in Sabah State
6. Spend a day on tropical Dinawan Island as guests of a marine conservancy organisation
1. A 3-day stay at the superb Borneo Rainforest Lodge in Borneo's remote Danum Valley
2. 3-day expedition to the summit of Mt Kinabalu
3. Stay on coral-fringed Manukan Island in the South China Sea
Note groups sizes are 2 to maximum 12 persons with most meals (local-style) included and accommodation in 3* lodges and hotels.
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3 Reviews of Borneo small group adventure holiday
Reviewed on 06 Aug 2018 by Eirini SperelakiI had a very good time. I would recommend this trip to anyone for it's diversity. Thumbs up for our guide, Manuel! Read full review
Reviewed on 05 Oct 2013 by Marlene ThomsonWe did especially enjoy our stay at the Borneo Rainforest Lodge in the Danum Valley though, we had an exceptional local guide there who was enthusiastic, passionate, knowledgeable, friendly, attentive and very thoughtful towards us and what we wanted to see. He made the trip! Read full review
Reviewed on 31 Aug 2011 by Gillian SlaterIt was a fantastic holiday. Byron, our guide, made sure that everything ran smoothly. We saw some wonderful wildlife, not just the orangutans but also many birds, pigmy elephants, proboscis monkeys, and many others. Read full review
PlanetInformation - Providing suitable, relevant information for our customers; to help them to gain a wider understanding of our style of tourism that focuses on learning, genuine interaction with the local communities, reciprocity and cultural exchange processes. To be aware of the potential impact of tourism on the local society and culture and to behave and dress appropriately with a respect and appreciation for local customs, mores and traditions. Our guides and leaders thus facilitate communication of our values to both travellers and local communities, educating them in sustainable tourism practices
Group sizes - By limiting groups to small sizes we aim to reduce the impact on local communities whilst allowing for greater genuine interaction with said communities. It also results in a higher guide/customer ratio thus greater facility for supervision and individual assistance and allows us to use smaller hotels and restaurants and employ the services of more genuinely ‘local’ operators perhaps not otherwise well equipped for larger groups.
Destinations - We combine the well known tourist sites with many off-the-beaten-track, rarely visited destinations thus diverting tourist revenue and contact with responsible tourism into areas not usually benefiting as well as providing a more authentic view of the region visited.
PeopleLocal products - As much as possible we aim to employ local personnel, (guides, drivers, agents etc), use local restaurants and smaller privately owned accommodation. Customers are also encouraged to buy and use local products and services as much as possible in order to support and stimulate the local economy.
Local Awareness - By explaining our methods and the reasons behind them local agents, guides and hotels are encouraged by us to adopt further responsible tourism practices themselves and guides and drivers are provided with additional training in this respect.
In addition, some of the specific initiatives for this tour include the following: Staying in eco friendly accommodation including a traditional style longhouse and an Eco Lodge. The Eco Lodge has environmentally aware and environmentally friendly policies on amongst other things, waste disposal, reusable materials, involvement of the local community and care for the environment. We stay at and support the Sabah Tea Plantation and explanation of its’ organic, pesticide free tea production. We are happy to use their accommodation, restaurant and guides as well as educating our travellers as to the methods of producing organic tea.
Participation in a tree replanting scheme on the Kinabatangan River. Deforestation due to the rapid recent increase in planting palm trees for oil has meant that many of the natural flora is being destroyed along with wildlife habits of more than just the orangutans. Tree planting is very labour intensive and the locals need all the help they can get so, tour participants, dig a hole and plant a sapling in it.
Use of local transport (bus) for part of the tour. The production of the tour is assisted by a small, locally based operator and using native Sabah guides only. We have included destinations not part of standard itineraries. In this way we spread responsible tourism into areas which do not get much income from tourism or awareness of responsible tourism practices.
Gunung Mulu National Park is the highlight for Sarawak tour. The indigenous people of Mulu; the Penans, Berawans, Kenyahs, Kayans, Kelabits and Kiputs are employed by the park thereby generating income for their families and improving their economies. They are encouraged to provide cultural entertainment (traditional dances and music) helping to preserve their culture; sell their handicrafts, all contributing to the economy of the people. The guides are friendly and helpful, possessing a wealth of knowledge to help us understand and appreciate the cultural and natural history of Mulu and the surrounding area. They are also qualified First Aiders and provide the core of the Park’s Search and Rescue Response Team. The boats used in the park are all owned and operated by the local people.
The trip includes visits to Semenggoh and Sepilok Orangutan sanctuaries - they aim to rehabilitate confiscated wildlife that have been incapacitated due to prolonged captivity by humans. The aim of the rehabilitation and education centres are to eventually release the animals back to the forest. There are also captive breeding programmes for endangered species. By visiting the centres and forest reserve brings valuable income to care for these animals.