Look into the eyes of the ‘old man of the forest’ and you will see a flicker of recognition and an echo of human nature. Orang-utans may not be our closest relatives, but they are one of our most empathetic and the chance to meet one face-to-face is worth travelling the world for. Borneo has other attractions too.
The Sabah’s great Danum Valley is pristine, preserved rainforest teeming with exotic birds, monkeys, deer, insects, reptiles and plants. There are clouds of swiftlets nesting in the Gomantong Caves and Kinabatangan River will introduce you to pygmy elephants, proboscis monkeys, long-tailed macaques and a multitude of birds.
Day 1: Kuala Lumpur – Kota Kinabalu
Fly to Kula Lumpur to connect with your flight to Kota Kinabalu, where you’ll be met and transferred to your resort.
Day 2 – 3: Kota Kinabalu
This resort offers you the best of two worlds; it is surrounded by dense topical gardens, and it faces the warm blue ocean. The perfect place to unwind before beginning your wildlife adventure.
Stay: Two nights in a Deluxe Garden View Room at Shangri La Rasa Ria.
Danum Valley Wildlife Reserve
The Danum Valley is hidden away in a great cloak of pristine rainforest. So you’ll be able to explore numerous rivers, see glistening waterfalls and bathe in forest pools. You’ll trek through the conservation area’s jungle with experienced guides, on the track of Sabah’s unique wildlife. You’ll embark on night walks to discover rare nocturnal creatures and visit ancient burial sites, with coffins perched high on the cliffs.
Stay: Three nights in a Deluxe Chalet in Borneo Rainforest Lodge.
You’ll transfer from Danum Valley to Kinabatangan River, stopping en route to see the gigantic limestone Gomantong Caves where hundreds of thousands of swiftlets nest – and provide locals with a living; gathering the ingredients for the famous Chinese delicacy bird’s nest soup. Kinabatangan River is particularly rich in wildlife so, on your evening and early morning river cruises, you can expect to see macaques, the ludicrous proboscis monkey and a wide diversity of colourful birds.
Your cruise will also take you to the magnificent Ox-Bow Lakes for more birdwatching, whilst jungle treks will track down a variety of primates, pygmy elephants and fascinating flora, reptiles and insect life.
Stay: Two nights in a standard room at the Sukau Rainforest Lodge.
Kinabatangan River – Sandakan
Today you’ll travel off to the Sepilok Nature Resort, tucked away in a tropical wilderness of huge trees, flowers – including spectacular orchids – and grasses. You’ll visit the Sepilok Orang-Utan Sanctuary, and you’ll also be staying within walking distance of the Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve, famous for being one of the last places to see the wild orang-utans of Northern Borneo.
Stay: One night in a Standard Chalet at Sepilok Nature Resort.
Transfer to the airport and fly to Kuala Lumpur for your connecting flight home.