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Orangutans in Borneo, Malaysia

Wildlife of Borneo

17-day tailor-made holiday from £4,240 pp


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
  • Explore the spectacular caves of Gomantong

In Brief

  • 3 Nights Kota Kinabalu
  • 1 Night Sepilok
  • 3 Nights Sukau
  • 2 Nights Danum Valley
  • 5 Nights Gaya Park


Recommended for:
Activity adventure | History & culture | Independent tour | July holidays | 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, including the Kinabatangan River and Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Sanctuary. But that's not all, as you'll 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
Kota Kinabalu

You'll be met on arrival and transferred to your hotel in the city centre. Spend the rest of the day exploring Kota Kinabalu, Sabah's capital, checking into the Shangri-la Tanjung Aru Resort. 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. 

Stay: Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort, Kota Kinabalu (Deluxe)

Days 3-4
Kota Kinabalu

From your base in Kota Kinabalu, after a morning at leisure, depart to discover true Sabahan cuisine with a guided tour introducing dishes such as pork noodles, seafood and coconut pudding. Then continue to Pu Toh Sze, one of the largest and most spectacular Buddist Temples on the Island. Then take a trip up Kokol Hill with panoramic views of Kota Kinabalu, Mount Kinabalu, South China Sea and nearby islands. 

Next day depart for a half day visit to Mari-Mari Village where you will be greeted by the Chief and cross the suspension bridge into the village. In the Dusun house you will witness tobacco cutting, bamboo cutting and rice wine processing. In the Rungus Longhouse and Lundayeh house you will witness traditional crafts and techniques before finishing in the Bajau House to sample Jala (local cake) and Pandan juice, followed by a sumptuous meal before departing back into the 21st century.

Stay: Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort, Kota Kinabalu (Deluxe)

Meals: B L

Day 5
Sandakan Sepilok

Fly to Sandakan this morning and head to the nearby Sepilok Nature Resort

Stay: Sepilok Nature Resort

Meals: B L D

Days 6-7
Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre/Kinabatangan River

- 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 Sukau Rainforest 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: Sukau Rainforest Lodge (Superior)

Meals: B L D

Day 8

Take an early morning river cruise along the Menanggol River in search of wildlife. In late afternoon travel to Gomantong Cave and walk through the rainforest on a boardwalk with possible Orangatan sightings. Witness the exodus of over two million bats as well as raptors.

Stay: Sukau Rainforesr 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". Your 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: B L D

Day 11
Lahad Datu / Kota Kinabalu / Gaya Island Resort

Here, a private transfer will see you to the white sands and tropical forests of your luxury spa resort, all private balconies and opulent styling.

Stay: Gaya Island Resort, Malaysian Borneo (Superior)

Days 12-15
Gaya Island

In between beach relaxation, there’s superb snorkelling among reef-fringed islands and excellent trekking at nearby Mt. Kinabalu – Malaysia’s highest mountain. There are pristine nature walks on your doorstep, along with a water sports programme that ranges from kayaking and wake boarding to windsurfing and jet skiing. 

Stay: Gaya Island Resort, Malaysian Borneo (Superior)

Days 16-17
Gaya Island / Kota Kinabalu / UK

Transfer to Kota Kinabalu airport for your overnight flight to the UK, arriving on day 16. 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: Superior Deluxe

17-day tailor-made holiday
from £4,240 pp

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