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Borneo Nature Expedition - 12 days

Discover the highlights of Borneo in this 12-day package. Observe how orang utans are rehabilitated to the wild at Semenggoh Wildlife Centre. Trek through lush mangrove forests at Bako National Park. Traverse the intricate cave systems at Mulu National Park. Learn about the origins of man at Niah National Park. Count how many Proboscis monkeys you can spot frolicking on trees by the Kinabatangan River. These are just a few of the wonders to be experienced in Borneo.

Day 1:    Arrive in Kuching
 
 

Home to the White Rajahs of North Borneo from 1841 to 1946, Kuching is the capital city of Sarawak and a town that played great political and historical importance during the colonial days of Borneo.

This first day is free at your leisure. But we are sure you will find more than enough to do in this charming town.

The town centre offers great museums, colourful temples and other historical sites. Explore these landmarks, but don't forget to leave time to explore Chinatown, Jalan India, the Waterfront Promenade and Jalan Padungan (one of the liveliest streets in Kuching, where you will find old cafes and local noodle shops with a growing number of trendy cafes, bars and restaurants popping up).

Day 2:    Kuching
 
 

A trip to Kuching should always include a visit to the award-winning Sarawak Cultural Village (or, more affectionately known as the 'SCV').

The SCV is a 'living museum' located in the outskirts of Kuching, at the foothils of the legendary Mount Santubong. It offers a chance to observe Sarawak's diverse ethnic backgrounds side-by-side, making it easier to truly appreciate the uniqueness of each tribe. Learn how each tribe is distinct from the other in terms of architecture, handicrafts, musical instruments, dance and cuisine.

See how the the Malays create their Kain Songket (Malay cloth with gold inlay), how the Iban make their Pua Kumbu (weaved textile), how the Melanau create their Terendak (sunhat), how the Bidayuh weave their tambok (basket), how the Iban use their parang (swords/machetes), how the Orang Ulu carve intricate patterns into wood, and how the Chinese create their ceramics.

Later, visit the Semenggoh Wildlife Centre. Originally established in 1975 with the mission of caring for injured, orphaned or captured wild animals, the centre met with such success that it has since expanded its mission to include the study of orang utan biology and behaviour.

The centre is a safe and natural haven for dozens of semi-wild orang utan, graduates of the rehabilitation programme. It is also home to numerous baby orang utan, born in the wild to rehabilitated mothers, a further testament to the success of the programme. During feeding time, you will have the opportunity to observe these gentle primates. (B=Breakfast)

Day 3:    Kuching
 
 

A day at the Bako National Park is always a treat for nature lovers.

In the morning, transfer to the Bako Fishing Village outside Kuching to catch a motorized boat. Cruise along between the coast and the South China Sea to reach Bako National Park.

Take a stroll along the compound's boardwalk where you are likely (but not guaranteed) to see some local wildlife, ranging from monitor lizards and macaques to Proboscis monkeys and hornbills. Trek through lush mangrove forest to observe the mud-skippers and blue-fiddler crabs. Be on the lookout for local wildlife, such as the Proboscis monkeys or the Borneo bearded pig. Climb to the plateau, home to various botanical delights and several species of the carnivorous pitcher plants. Take note of the the changes in the vegetation (mangrove, rainforest, kerangan and padang forest).

After a lunch at the canteen, begin your journey back to Kuching, where you will arrive back in the late afternoon. (B, L)

Day 4:    Kuching to Miri
 
 

Today, your flight arrives in the 'oil town' of Miri, where the 'black gold' was discovered and Malaysia's very first oil well was built in 1910 by the Royal Dutch Shell. 

Miri is also known as a tourist gateway as it is the hub to natural wonders such as Gunung Mulu National Park, Loagan Bunut National Park, Lambir Hills National Park, Niah National Park and the Miri-Sibuti Coral Reef National Park. (B)

Day 5:    Miri
 
 

One of the hidden wonders of the area are the Niah Caves, located in Niah National Park.

Visit the Niah National Park interpretation center (closed on Mondays), which also serves as a museum with a collection of Niah Caves artifacts dating back as far as 40,000 years.

Trek along a 3-kilometre plank walkway through lowland dipterocarp forest to Trader's Cave, an ancient trading centre where locals bartered bird nests with merchants.

Visit the Great Cave with its enormous caverns. During the season, you can see bird nest collectors and their harvesting equipment. Explore further to the Painted Cave with its prehistoric wall drawings.

Later, enjoy a well-earned rest and lunch at a local restaurant before returning back to Miri. (B, L)

Day 6:    Miri to Mulu National Park
 
 

Mulu National Park is the most studied tropical karst area in the world. This 52,864 hectare park contains seventeen vegetation zones and exhibits some 3,500 species of vascular plants. Its palm species are exceptionally rich, with 109 species in twenty genera noted.

The park is dominated by Gunung Mulu, a 2,377 metre high sandstone pinnacle.

In the afternoon, tour the Deer and Lang Caves. Trek on wooden walkways that winds through ancient rainforest. As evening approaches, head to the Bats Observatory to view the evening exodus as millions of bats depart the caves for their nightly hunt (bats might choose to 'stay in' for the night in the event of rainy weather). (B)

Day 7:    Mulu National Park
 
 

This morning, take a relaxing boat cruise along the Melinau River to Wind and Clear Water Caves. Along the way, stop at the Penan settlement and market at Batu Bungan, souvenirs won't get more authentic than getting handicrafts straight from the locals tribes in the middle of the rainforest.

Explore the Wind and Clearwater Caves before proceeding to a nearby rest hut to enjoy a packed lunch. Swim and cool down at the natural pool along the river before returning. The rest of the day is free at leisure. (B, L)

Day 8:    Mulu to Kinabatangan River via Kota Kinabalu & Sandakan
 
 

Today, catch your flight to Kota Kinabalu, followed by a connecting flight to Sandakan. Once at Sandakan Airport, continue overland to the village of Bilit, situated along the wildlife-rich banks of the Kinabatangan River.

After check-in, meet your guide for a briefing and a nature walk to explore on the surrounding rainforest jungle.

In the evening, a scrumptious local dinner will be served. Rest early tonight, because tomorrow will be a day filled with activities. (B, D)

Day 9:    Kinabatangan River
 
 

Enjoy an early start to the day by waking up to the sounds of the Borneo Gibbon and hornbills as dawn breaks.

Your first cruise of the day starts at 0630-hours where you will hop aboard and cruise along the nearby rivers and lakes in search of wildlife and birds as they start their day with a visit to the Kinabatangan River banks. Keep a wary eye out for wild Proboscis monkeys, Orang Utans, Borneo Gibbons, Long-tailed Macaques, Pig-tailed Macaques, crocodiles, hornbills and the elusive Borneo Pygmy Elephant. Return for breakfast.

Later, go on a short trek with canopy walk and observation stage. Learn about the surrounding forest and the age-old trees. Return to the resort for lunch.

In the early evening, go on another cruise in search of more wildlife.The afternoons can be scorchers, so it's natural for many animals to find their way to the river banks to slake their thirst or go for a cooling dip.

Dinner will be served in the evening. (B, L, D)

Day 10:    Kinabatangan River to Kota Kinabalu via Sandakan
 
 

Today, you begin the last leg of your expedition. Catch your flight from Sandakan to Kota Kinabalu where you will be transferred to a beach resort located in the outskirts of Kota Kinabalu.

Here, you will finally have time to relax and soak in some rays before your journey home. (B)

Day 11:    Kota Kinabalu
 
 

Enjoy the scenery and the beaches at your resort. Your day is free at your leisure.

Relax by the beach, plan a visit to Kota Kinabalu to visit the night market, join a day trip to go white water rafting. (B)

Day 12:    Depart Kota Kinabalu
 
 

This is your final day of this package. We will arrange your final transfer to the Kota Kinabalu International Airport to catch your onwards flight home or you may also combine it with some packages to Kuala Lumpur or Melaka.

If there is some spare time before your flight, visit the Sepilok Wildlife Centre during their feeding time before heading to the airport. Observe the rehabilitated & semi-wild orang utans make their way to the feeding platforms as they supplement their daily nutrition with local fruits.

Tour Includes: 

  • All accommodation as mentioned in the program
  • All meals as specified (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • All land transportation and airport transfers by air-conditioned car with local driver
  • Local driver during land transportation and transfers (local language speaking only)
  • English speaking guide incl his salary & expenses 
  • All services as mentioned in the program
  • All excursions and activities as mentioned including entrance fees

Tour does not include: 

  • Visa (fees) to enter the country (check if applicable to you) 
  • Flights and taxes
  • Airport departure taxes per person 
  • Travel insurances
  • Personal expenses like drinks, tipping, souvenirs etc. 
  • Optional excursions and activities and their entrance fees
  • Other expenses not mentioned in the program
  • Wildlife Centres may require additional fee for photographic or video devices.

Note: Animals are wild or semi-wild and sightings are not guaranteed.

Borneo Nature Expedition Route Map

HOW WE WORK

Welcome to the start of creating your unique, personalised travel experience. Here are the typical steps involved in planning your trip with 12GO:

  • Once you have browsed our website and have some ideas about the kind of trip you want, our specialist travel consultants will help you to create the perfect itinerary to suit your needs. Your personal travel expert will help you with every detail of your trip - always ensuring at each step that your journey will be truly memorable.
  • Contact us by email and tell us which of our tours are of interest. Or let us know your ideas and preferences. Also please let us know when you want to travel, the numbers travelling and any other information you feel we might need in order to design an itinerary that matches your vision. 
  • We will call you by phone within 24 hours of receiving your email. Your personal travel consultant will answer your questions, clarify your ideas, desires and expectations.
  • Using this information your personal travel consultant will suggest a personalised, tailor-made itinerary for you - complete with recommended accommodation and activities, prices and information about the area. Once you have read your itinerary, your consultant will answer your questions and revise it until you are satisfied.
  • Once you confirm the itinerary we will ask you to pay your deposit so we can complete and confirm all bookings.
  • Your personal travel consultant will maintain ongoing contact with you and is here to answer your questions and concerns - he/she will continue to check that all arrangements are in place.
  • About two weeks before your departure you will receive your personal detailed day-to-day itinerary of your upcoming trip, as well as additional information such as cultural etiquette and other recommendations that will help you to maximise your experience.

During your trip your personal travel consultant will continue to be available to ensure that your travel experience is running smoothly and to your expectations.

syed-you local travel expertWelcome! My name is Syed Shahrizal, since I was young I have been exposed to the lifestyle of always moving around, following my family from one place to another. Passionate about travel is the main reason for falling in love with the tourism industry.  I like to meet new people, enjoying new places in the company of my friends and family enjoying all the delicious food that we can find in Malaysia.

Want to explore my beautiful country? And want to make new friends?  I'm really looking forward to give you the travel adventure you are looking for!

Contact >>

Borneo Nature Expedition - 12 days

Discover the highlights of Borneo in this 12-day package. Observe how orang utans are rehabilitated to the wild at Semenggoh Wildlife Centre. Trek through lush mangrove forests at Bako National Park. Traverse the intricate cave systems at Mulu National Park. Learn about the origins of man at Niah National Park. Count how many Proboscis monkeys you can spot frolicking on trees by the Kinabatangan River. These are just a few of the wonders to be experienced in Borneo.

Day 1:    Arrive in Kuching
 
 

Home to the White Rajahs of North Borneo from 1841 to 1946, Kuching is the capital city of Sarawak and a town that played great political and historical importance during the colonial days of Borneo.

This first day is free at your leisure. But we are sure you will find more than enough to do in this charming town.

The town centre offers great museums, colourful temples and other historical sites. Explore these landmarks, but don't forget to leave time to explore Chinatown, Jalan India, the Waterfront Promenade and Jalan Padungan (one of the liveliest streets in Kuching, where you will find old cafes and local noodle shops with a growing number of trendy cafes, bars and restaurants popping up).

Day 2:    Kuching
 
 

A trip to Kuching should always include a visit to the award-winning Sarawak Cultural Village (or, more affectionately known as the 'SCV').

The SCV is a 'living museum' located in the outskirts of Kuching, at the foothils of the legendary Mount Santubong. It offers a chance to observe Sarawak's diverse ethnic backgrounds side-by-side, making it easier to truly appreciate the uniqueness of each tribe. Learn how each tribe is distinct from the other in terms of architecture, handicrafts, musical instruments, dance and cuisine.

See how the the Malays create their Kain Songket (Malay cloth with gold inlay), how the Iban make their Pua Kumbu (weaved textile), how the Melanau create their Terendak (sunhat), how the Bidayuh weave their tambok (basket), how the Iban use their parang (swords/machetes), how the Orang Ulu carve intricate patterns into wood, and how the Chinese create their ceramics.

Later, visit the Semenggoh Wildlife Centre. Originally established in 1975 with the mission of caring for injured, orphaned or captured wild animals, the centre met with such success that it has since expanded its mission to include the study of orang utan biology and behaviour.

The centre is a safe and natural haven for dozens of semi-wild orang utan, graduates of the rehabilitation programme. It is also home to numerous baby orang utan, born in the wild to rehabilitated mothers, a further testament to the success of the programme. During feeding time, you will have the opportunity to observe these gentle primates. (B=Breakfast)

Day 3:    Kuching
 
 

A day at the Bako National Park is always a treat for nature lovers.

In the morning, transfer to the Bako Fishing Village outside Kuching to catch a motorized boat. Cruise along between the coast and the South China Sea to reach Bako National Park.

Take a stroll along the compound's boardwalk where you are likely (but not guaranteed) to see some local wildlife, ranging from monitor lizards and macaques to Proboscis monkeys and hornbills. Trek through lush mangrove forest to observe the mud-skippers and blue-fiddler crabs. Be on the lookout for local wildlife, such as the Proboscis monkeys or the Borneo bearded pig. Climb to the plateau, home to various botanical delights and several species of the carnivorous pitcher plants. Take note of the the changes in the vegetation (mangrove, rainforest, kerangan and padang forest).

After a lunch at the canteen, begin your journey back to Kuching, where you will arrive back in the late afternoon. (B, L)

Day 4:    Kuching to Miri
 
 

Today, your flight arrives in the 'oil town' of Miri, where the 'black gold' was discovered and Malaysia's very first oil well was built in 1910 by the Royal Dutch Shell. 

Miri is also known as a tourist gateway as it is the hub to natural wonders such as Gunung Mulu National Park, Loagan Bunut National Park, Lambir Hills National Park, Niah National Park and the Miri-Sibuti Coral Reef National Park. (B)

Day 5:    Miri
 
 

One of the hidden wonders of the area are the Niah Caves, located in Niah National Park.

Visit the Niah National Park interpretation center (closed on Mondays), which also serves as a museum with a collection of Niah Caves artifacts dating back as far as 40,000 years.

Trek along a 3-kilometre plank walkway through lowland dipterocarp forest to Trader's Cave, an ancient trading centre where locals bartered bird nests with merchants.

Visit the Great Cave with its enormous caverns. During the season, you can see bird nest collectors and their harvesting equipment. Explore further to the Painted Cave with its prehistoric wall drawings.

Later, enjoy a well-earned rest and lunch at a local restaurant before returning back to Miri. (B, L)

Day 6:    Miri to Mulu National Park
 
 

Mulu National Park is the most studied tropical karst area in the world. This 52,864 hectare park contains seventeen vegetation zones and exhibits some 3,500 species of vascular plants. Its palm species are exceptionally rich, with 109 species in twenty genera noted.

The park is dominated by Gunung Mulu, a 2,377 metre high sandstone pinnacle.

In the afternoon, tour the Deer and Lang Caves. Trek on wooden walkways that winds through ancient rainforest. As evening approaches, head to the Bats Observatory to view the evening exodus as millions of bats depart the caves for their nightly hunt (bats might choose to 'stay in' for the night in the event of rainy weather). (B)

Day 7:    Mulu National Park
 
 

This morning, take a relaxing boat cruise along the Melinau River to Wind and Clear Water Caves. Along the way, stop at the Penan settlement and market at Batu Bungan, souvenirs won't get more authentic than getting handicrafts straight from the locals tribes in the middle of the rainforest.

Explore the Wind and Clearwater Caves before proceeding to a nearby rest hut to enjoy a packed lunch. Swim and cool down at the natural pool along the river before returning. The rest of the day is free at leisure. (B, L)

Day 8:    Mulu to Kinabatangan River via Kota Kinabalu & Sandakan
 
 

Today, catch your flight to Kota Kinabalu, followed by a connecting flight to Sandakan. Once at Sandakan Airport, continue overland to the village of Bilit, situated along the wildlife-rich banks of the Kinabatangan River.

After check-in, meet your guide for a briefing and a nature walk to explore on the surrounding rainforest jungle.

In the evening, a scrumptious local dinner will be served. Rest early tonight, because tomorrow will be a day filled with activities. (B, D)

Day 9:    Kinabatangan River
 
 

Enjoy an early start to the day by waking up to the sounds of the Borneo Gibbon and hornbills as dawn breaks.

Your first cruise of the day starts at 0630-hours where you will hop aboard and cruise along the nearby rivers and lakes in search of wildlife and birds as they start their day with a visit to the Kinabatangan River banks. Keep a wary eye out for wild Proboscis monkeys, Orang Utans, Borneo Gibbons, Long-tailed Macaques, Pig-tailed Macaques, crocodiles, hornbills and the elusive Borneo Pygmy Elephant. Return for breakfast.

Later, go on a short trek with canopy walk and observation stage. Learn about the surrounding forest and the age-old trees. Return to the resort for lunch.

In the early evening, go on another cruise in search of more wildlife.The afternoons can be scorchers, so it's natural for many animals to find their way to the river banks to slake their thirst or go for a cooling dip.

Dinner will be served in the evening. (B, L, D)

Day 10:    Kinabatangan River to Kota Kinabalu via Sandakan
 
 

Today, you begin the last leg of your expedition. Catch your flight from Sandakan to Kota Kinabalu where you will be transferred to a beach resort located in the outskirts of Kota Kinabalu.

Here, you will finally have time to relax and soak in some rays before your journey home. (B)

Day 11:    Kota Kinabalu
 
 

Enjoy the scenery and the beaches at your resort. Your day is free at your leisure.

Relax by the beach, plan a visit to Kota Kinabalu to visit the night market, join a day trip to go white water rafting. (B)

Day 12:    Depart Kota Kinabalu
 
 

This is your final day of this package. We will arrange your final transfer to the Kota Kinabalu International Airport to catch your onwards flight home or you may also combine it with some packages to Kuala Lumpur or Melaka.

If there is some spare time before your flight, visit the Sepilok Wildlife Centre during their feeding time before heading to the airport. Observe the rehabilitated & semi-wild orang utans make their way to the feeding platforms as they supplement their daily nutrition with local fruits.

Tour Includes: 

  • All accommodation as mentioned in the program
  • All meals as specified (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • All land transportation and airport transfers by air-conditioned car with local driver
  • Local driver during land transportation and transfers (local language speaking only)
  • English speaking guide incl his salary & expenses 
  • All services as mentioned in the program
  • All excursions and activities as mentioned including entrance fees

Tour does not include: 

  • Visa (fees) to enter the country (check if applicable to you) 
  • Flights and taxes
  • Airport departure taxes per person 
  • Travel insurances
  • Personal expenses like drinks, tipping, souvenirs etc. 
  • Optional excursions and activities and their entrance fees
  • Other expenses not mentioned in the program
  • Wildlife Centres may require additional fee for photographic or video devices.

Note: Animals are wild or semi-wild and sightings are not guaranteed.

HOW WE WORK

Welcome to the start of creating your unique, personalised travel experience. Here are the typical steps involved in planning your trip with 12GO:

  • Once you have browsed our website and have some ideas about the kind of trip you want, our specialist travel consultants will help you to create the perfect itinerary to suit your needs. Your personal travel expert will help you with every detail of your trip - always ensuring at each step that your journey will be truly memorable.
  • Contact us by email and tell us which of our tours are of interest. Or let us know your ideas and preferences. Also please let us know when you want to travel, the numbers travelling and any other information you feel we might need in order to design an itinerary that matches your vision. 
  • We will call you by phone within 24 hours of receiving your email. Your personal travel consultant will answer your questions, clarify your ideas, desires and expectations.
  • Using this information your personal travel consultant will suggest a personalised, tailor-made itinerary for you - complete with recommended accommodation and activities, prices and information about the area. Once you have read your itinerary, your consultant will answer your questions and revise it until you are satisfied.
  • Once you confirm the itinerary we will ask you to pay your deposit so we can complete and confirm all bookings.
  • Your personal travel consultant will maintain ongoing contact with you and is here to answer your questions and concerns - he/she will continue to check that all arrangements are in place.
  • About two weeks before your departure you will receive your personal detailed day-to-day itinerary of your upcoming trip, as well as additional information such as cultural etiquette and other recommendations that will help you to maximise your experience.

During your trip your personal travel consultant will continue to be available to ensure that your travel experience is running smoothly and to your expectations.

syed-you local travel expertWelcome! My name is Syed Shahrizal, since I was young I have been exposed to the lifestyle of always moving around, following my family from one place to another. Passionate about travel is the main reason for falling in love with the tourism industry.  I like to meet new people, enjoying new places in the company of my friends and family enjoying all the delicious food that we can find in Malaysia.

Want to explore my beautiful country? And want to make new friends?  I'm really looking forward to give you the travel adventure you are looking for!

Contact >>
Male Proboscis Monkey soaking in the sun by the Kinabatangan River.

Highlights

  • Sarawak Cultural Village
  • Semenggoh Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre
  • Bako National Park Day Trip
  • Niah National Park With Guided Caves Visit
  • Mulu National Park with Guided Caves Visit
  • Kinabatang River Safari
  • Beach Stay

 

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