Sabah holiday, land beneath the wind

“An active adventure in Sabah, including climbing Mount Kinabalu and seeing orangutans, with accommodation in unique, close to wildlife locations.”

Highlights

Kota Kinabalu | Dusun village | homestay | climb Mount Kinabalu | Poring Hot Springs | Kinabatangan River | wildlife cruises | night walks | Sandakan | Turtle Island | Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre | optional: visit the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre | War Memorial | final evening free in Kota Kinabalu

Description of Sabah holiday, land beneath the wind

Discover the fascinating wildlife and beautiful landscapes of Borneo on this Sabah holiday. Known as the Land Beneath the Wind, Sabah is a place of wild landscapes, hot springs, steamy jungles where orangutans live and tribal villages.

This 12 day holiday introduces you to all Sabah’s highlights. Spend two days climbing Mount Kinabalu for amazing views, before unwinding in sulphurous hot springs. Visit an orangutan sanctuary and learn how these enigmatic creatures are being protected and watch sea turtles lay their eggs at night on the beaches of Turtle Island. You will also have a cruise on the Kinabatangan River, looking out for the unique wildlife that lives in the surrounding forests and meet the Dusun people, learning about their lives with a fun overnight homestay.

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What is a small group adventure?
It's a great way to travel! Whether you are travelling on your own, with a partner or with friends, a small group trip is a fantastic way to see the world. You'll travel on a fixed itinerary that has been designed to help you discover the best of region. From the known highlights, the hidden gems that you won't find in the guidebooks.

Itineraries run on set departure dates, accompanied every step of the way by an English speaking local group leader. You chose the itinerary and the date that suits you best and you book on.

Why travel on a small group adventure?
Small groups allow us to explore where larger tour groups can't. Our maximum group size of 16 travellers allows us to use local transport to get from A to B, to visit rural villages, spend time with the locals and even stay at a local home overnight, and it allows us to give our travellers genuine, real life experiences of the countries we are visiting; what you'll be doing and how you'll travel depends entirely on your chosen itinerary.

Is an adventure right for me?
The word adventure means something different to everyone, and our range of trips reflects that. Whether you want to explore local markets, visit out of the way temples and meet local people or go on an early morning safari drive searching for the 'big five', we'll have a trip for you. If you are looking for a physical challenge such trekking the Kokoda Track or summiting Kilimanjaro, we can help with that too.

So what can I expect on this trip?
This is a classic style of small group adventure. You'll find your trip combines a good mix of included activities and free time, with some meals included as per your itinerary. We don't want you to feel chaperoned, it's your holiday not ours. Your group leader will be on hand to assist with organising anything you might wish to do in your free time, but how you spend it is up to you. Anything listed as included in your itinerary will be included in trip price; whereas anything listed as optional will be at an additional cost should you wish to take part.

These trips are great value, including things that you would struggle to organise independently, such as a night at a homestay in a remote village, or local guides around a remote place of interest. Transport will be a combination of private vehicle and public transport, whichever is the most appropriate for the route we are travelling; this might include train, plane, camel, tuk tuk, bicycle, boat…

On a majority of these trips you'll stay in 2-3 star accommodation, locally owned and reflective of the region you are travelling through. All solo travellers will be automatically roomed on a twin share basis with another group member of the same sex, unless you opt to pay for your own room at time of booking. There are no compulsory single supplements for solo travellers willing to share. Single rooms aren't available on camping trips, and you will be expected to help out with camp tasks such as setting up and breaking down your camp.

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

Environment
During our trip, our group leader and local guides take active steps to ensure our groups behave in an environmentally responsible manner, such as sticking to established trails, not leaving anything behind and not removing any plants in rural areas. They are also always eager to share information about their country and culture, and help you break down barriers in your interactions with local people.

In an effort to support conservation in Borneo, we visit the Sepilok Orang-utan Reserve and Turtle Island in the Seligan National Park where we learn about these fragile environments and their inhabitants.

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The Impacts of this Trip

On the Kinabatagan River you will be welcomed into the lives and homes of local villagers for the night. The families will prepare an amazing dinner and you will have the chance to get a better insight into life in Borneo.

We sponsor the placement of an English teacher in Kiau as well as supporting several other projects in the region. Travellers are encouraged to donate to any of these and at the end of our journey, any unwanted clothing, medicines and bandages will be collected for distribution to local villages.

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Reviewed on 24 Jun 2014 by

Seeing the baby turtles being released into the sea. Read full review

Reviewed on 27 Mar 2014 by

The most memorable part of the holiday was scrambling to the top of Kinabalu mountain and trying to get a photo taken at the top with over 100 other people. Read full review

Reviewed on 02 May 2013 by

Climbing Mt Kinabalu. Staying in the jungle. Seeing local, unique wildlife were the most memorable parts of the holiday Read full review

Reviewed on 29 Dec 2012 by

Excellent!! Amazing experience...Orangutans, Turtles, Mt Kinabalu...Go with an open mind. Take it all in... there's so much to see! Read full review

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