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Orangutans in Borneo, Malaysia

Wildlife of Borneo

15-day tailor-made journey from £3,555 pp incl. flights


Short description

Uncover the unique natural world and tribal culture of Borneo on this wildlife-packed itinerary


  • Watch orangutans and proboscis monkeys in lush jungle canopies
  • Float down remote rivers searching for wildlife
  • Stay in jungle lodges in pristine national park settings
  • Explore Borneo's rich tribal culture
  • Visit ancient longhouses in beatiful Batang Ai

In Brief

  • 1 Night Kuching
  • 2 Nights Batang Ai
  • 1 Night Kuching
  • 1 Night Kota Kinabalu
  • 2 Nights Kinabatangan River
  • 2 Nights Danum Valley
  • 3 Nights Kota Kinabalu


Recommended for:
Activity adventure | History & culture | Natural world | River cruise | Wildlife

From orangutans and proboscis monkeys to pygmy elephants, colourful hornbills and Bornean gibbons, the ancient rainforests of Malaysian Borneo are teeming with wildlife. And, this tailor-made holiday covers the best of it, taking in some of the very same regions as those shown in Dame Judi Dench's Wild Borneo Adventure on ITV, including the Kinabatangan River and Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Sanctuary. But that's not all, as you'll also visit Batang Ai to discover the region's unique traditional tribal longhouse culture, explore bustling Kuching and head out from Kota Kinabalu to discover beautiful coral-fringed islands and the stunning Kinabalu Park – home to Mount Kinabalu, Malaysia's highest peak. This is a wildlife holiday not to be missed.

Day by day itinerary

Day 1
Depart UK

After relaxing with included airport lounge access, depart the UK on an overnight flight, via Kuala Lumpur, to Kuching on Malaysian Borneo's northwest coast.

Day 2

You'll be met on arrival and transferred to your hotel in the city centre. Spend the rest of the day exploring Kuching on the banks of the Sarawak River. Wander through the city's narrow streets where you'll discover traditional Chinese shop houses, ornate temples and a wonderful riverfront park. Sarawak Museum offers an insight into the city's past and if you're there at the weekend, the Sunday market is a great place to people watch and pick up a souvenir or two.

Stay: The Ranee Boutique

Days 3-4
Batang Ai

Depart Kuching and head by road to the beautiful Batang Ai National Park, 250 kilometres to the east of Kuching near the border with Kalimantan - the Indonesian part of Borneo. Your journey will take you through rural villages, palm oil plantations and sections of virgin and secondary rainforest. Stop for lunch along the way at the small town of Lachau before reaching the hydro lake at Lubok Antu where you'll board a ferry to the Aiman Batang Ai Resort & Retreat, located on the lake's southern shore. The following day sees you head to the Mengkak Longhouse deep inside the rainforest. A traditional motorised longboat will take you across the expanse of the lake and into the Engkari River before reaching the longhouse where you'll have the chance to meet the local tribes people, enjoy a cultural performance and a blowpipe demonstration. After lunch is served you'll have some time to relax before heading by boat back to your hotel.

Stay: Aiman Batang Ai Resort & Retreat

Meals: B L D

Day 5

Leave Batang Ai this morning and return to Kuching by road, stopping for lunch at one of the rural roadside towns. Check into your hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Stay: The Ranee Boutique

Meals: B L

Day 6
Kota Kinabalu

After breakfast at your hotel, take a private transfer to the airport and board your flight to Kota Kinabalu. Spend the rest of the day at leisure, perhaps dipping into the city's culinary scene, which ranges from street food stalls to high-end restaurants. There are also an abundance of markets to explore while the excellent Sabah Museum offers an interesting introduction to Sabah's indigenous cultures. Meanwhile, back at the hotel, there are swimming pools with sea views and a spa for a spot of indulgent relaxation.

Stay: Le Meridien Kota Kinabalu

Meals: B

Day 7
Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre/Kinabatangan River

Fly to Sandakan this morning and head to the nearby Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre - Borneo's flagship conservation project, which rescues and rehabilitates orangutans with the aim of releasing them back into the wild. After a fascinating video highlighting the work of the centre you'll head to the feeding platform in the neighbouring lowland rainforest where you'll see the young orangutans inhabitants enjoying their morning meal. From Sepilok you'll transfer to the town of Sukau by road where you'll check into the Borneo Nature Lodge for a two-night stay. The afternoon, you'll head out into the Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary to observe all manner of wildlife including colourful hornbills, macaques, kingfishers and proboscis monkeys – a species endemic to Borneo.

Stay: Borneo Nature Lodge

Meals: B L D

Day 8
Kinabatangan River

Rise early to the sounds of the jungle for a river cruise to Oxbow Lake and the chance to see more wildlife. The region is home to several wild orangutans and if you're lucky you may just spot one making its way through the jungle canopy. Another rare species that inhabits this region is the Borneo pygmy elephant that can sometimes be seen drinking from the banks of the river.

Stay: Borneo Nature Lodge

Meals: B L D

Days 9-10
Danum Valley

After breakfast at the lodge you'll transfer by road to the town of Lahad Datu in Sabah's southeast corner. After a short briefing and registration at the Borneo Nature Tour office you'll drive for two and half hours deep into the virgin rainforest of the Danum Valley to the Borneo Rainforest Lodge, your home for the next two nights. Enjoy a welcome drink and check into your cabin - we recommend upgrading to a deluxe cabin with gorgeous river views and a private balcony with its own bathtub, perfect for relaxing to the sounds of the forest after a day exploring the jungle. Your two days in the Danum Valley will be packed with activities, making the most of the abundant wildlife of this stunning protected rainforest. You'll enjoy nature walks, tubing down the Danum River, spotting wildlife from the 300 metre-long canopy walkway, visiting the historic burial site at "Coffin Cliff" and taking a refreshing dip in the "Jacuzzi Pool". You're expert guide will take you along a series of nature trails deep in the rainforest where, if you're lucky, you'll see gibbons, orangutans, red and silver leaf monkeys and a host of bird, reptiles and insects that make the Danum Valley their home.

Stay: Borneo Rainforest Lodge

Meals: L D D (Basic)

Days 11-13
Kota Kinabalu

After a relaxing morning and lunch at your lodge you'll transfer by road back to Lahad Datu and board a flight to Kota Kinabalu, Sabah's capital, and check into the Shangri-la Rasa Ria with sweeping views north across the South China Sea. You'll have three nights here to relax and enjoy the resort, explore the city with its bustling markets, restaurants and shops or perhaps take a trip to Kinabalu Park - home to Malaysia's highest peak, Mount Kinabalu. A relaxing day at the Poring Hot Springs or a trip to the coral-fringed islands of the Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park are other worthwhile options. Lunch is included on day 11 only.

Stay: Shangri-la Rasa Ria

Meals: B

Days 14-15
Kota Kinabalu/UK

Transfer to Kota Kinabalu airport for your overnight flight to the UK, arriving on day 15. Daytime flights are also available, speak to our Asia specialists to discuss your options.

Meals: B



Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.

Accommodation rating: Standard Superior

15-day tailor-made journey from £3,555 incl. flights


Low Season

from £3,555 pp. incl. flights

High Season

from £4,150 pp. incl. flights


  • Complimentary UK airport lounge access
  • Return flights between the UK and Borneo, including all domestic flights
  • 12 nights accommodation in a mix of typically 3.5* and 4* (Superior) hotels on a full-board & B&B basis
  • Private transfers and touring as per itinerary, including:
  • Guided nature walks
  • Tubing down Danum River
  • 300m-long canopy walkway access
  • Visit to Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Visit to Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre
  • Motorised longboat transport and meet local tribe

Terms & Conditions

Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room; prices are subject to availability and possible change; normal booking conditions apply.

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