Handpicked Sabah

Discover the magical tropical rainforest which is home to the Orang-utan, and watch along the banks of the Kinabatangan River for Proboscis monkeys and other wildlife. Visit Sepilok Orang-utan Sanctuary and enjoy a dip in the Poring Hot Springs or take a canopy walk through the rainforest on this tailor-made journey.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Kota Kinabalu

Transfer from the airport to your hotel.

Day 2: Kota Kinabalu

Enjoy a cruise through Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park. Spend the day snorkelling in the clear waters and relax on some white sand islands. Later discover the local tribes at Mari Mari Cultural Village. The village operates as a museum preserving Borneo’s ethnic culture and features five different ethnic tribes in one village.

Day 3: Kota Kinabalu – Poring Hot Springs

Today head out to the cooler climes of Kinabalu Park, home to between 5000-6000 species of plants and 430 different birds and mammals. Stop at Kundasang War Memorial, and then continue to Poring Hot Springs for overnight.

Day 4: Poring Hot Springs

Today is free for you to relax and spend some time at the springs. The energetic can take to some self-guided trails. There is also a butterfly garden, orchid garden (closed on Mondays) and a canopy walk for an additional cost.

Day 5: Poring Hot Springs – Kinabatangan

The Kinabatangan River is one of the longest rivers in Borneo and is home to some of Borneo’s highest concentrations of wildlife. In the afternoon, head out on a river cruise in search of proboscis monkeys, orang-utans and elephant.

Day 6: Kinabatangan

Today it’s all about the wildlife. Dawn and dusk are the best times and you will enjoy boat cruises at these times to look for proboscis monkeys, silver leaf and long tail macaques and, if you’re lucky, elephants.

Day 7: Kinabatangan – Sepilok

Today visit a proboscis monkey sanctuary at Labuk Bay. This is a great chance to see these amazing animals up close. Afterwards transfer to Sepilok Orang-utan Sanctuary for the afternoon feeding session of Borneo’s most iconic mammal. It is also possible to arrange a night walk at Sepilok.

Day 8: Sepilok – Sandakan

Today you will be transferred to Sandakan Airport where your trip ends.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
Departs daily from Kota Kinabalu: Price on ApplicationPrice on Application

Inclusions 
Meals: 7 breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Transport:Airport Transfers & Private air-conditioned vehicle
Accommodation:7 nights accommodation
Guide:Local English Speaking Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Handpicked Borneo

This journey is the ultimate Borneo experience. Witness the orangutans in Semenggoh and Sandakan. Trek around Bako and Kinabalu National Parks, interact with indigenous tribes and visit their homes and local villages. Learn how to cook local foods with an interactive cooking experience, enjoy high tea at Sabah Tea House and cruise along the Kinabatangan River in search of wildlife.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Kuching

On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel. This afternoon visit Semenggoh. Established in 1975 just outside Kuching, Semenggoh Wildlife Conservation Centre is the home of many orang-utans. Today it is a centre for the study of orang-utan biology and behaviour. The centre offers a rare opportunity to view orang-utans in their natural habitat. After your visit, enjoy a river cruise on a traditional boat where you can savour the enchanting sunset over the Borneo skies.

Day 2: Kuching

Visit the well-preserved National Park at the mouth of the Bako River. Enjoy a scenic drive through the rural countryside to the riverbank and trek along one of the many nature trails in the park. See exotic vegetation and observe wildlife like silver-leaf monkeys, giant monitor lizards and long-tailed macaques.

Day 3: Kuching

Depart Kuching for your drive to Annah Rais, a Bidayuh Longhouse housing around 120 families. The journey passes through scenic countryside filled with rice fields, rubber, cocoa and pepper plantations which intermingle with tropical forest, rivers and mountain ranges. Visit the longhouse and observe the lifestyle of the natives. This afternoon walk to the nearby market for an interactive cooking class. Learn how to cook real Sarawak food in a traditional setting.

Day 4: Kuching

Today, head to Santubong Peninsular to take a boat tour of the mangroves and get the chance to look for the rare Irrawaddy Dolphin. In the afternoon, visit the Sarawak Cultural Village and return to Kuching for the night.

Day 5: Kuching – Kota Kinabalu

Transfer to Kuching airport for your flight to Kota Kinabalu. This afternoon spend some time sightseeing in Kota Kinabalu.

Day 6: Kota Kinabalu

Visit Sabah Wetland Mangrove Forest and enjoy a walk through the mangroves. Help reduce CO2 by planting mangrove seeds at Sulaman Lake Forest Reserve. This afternoon, discover the local tribes at Mari Mari Cultural Village. The village operates as a museum preserving Borneo’s ethnic culture and features five different ethnic tribes in one village; the rice farmer Kadazan-Dusun, the longhouse resident Rungus, the hunting and fishing Lundayeh, the sea gypsy Bajau, and the famously feared headhunting tribe Murut.

Day 7: Kota Kinabalu

Today you will head to Kinabalu Park. The first stop is Kundasang War Memorial. Established in 1962, this was one of the first memorials to commemorate the Australian and British Prisoners of War who died in Sandakan and during the infamous death marches to Ranau during World War II. After your visit, head to Poring Hotspring. At the hot springs, a Japanese-style bath awaits you. Take a dip in the pools of hot water which are known to have therapeutic effects and curative properties. Visit the nearby Kipungit Waterfall or trek on a nature trail that leads to a canopy walk. After lunch, journey to Sabah Tea Plantation where you will have the opportunity to learn how tea is harvested and processed in the tea factory. Proceed to Sabah Tea House for high tea.

Day 8: Kota Kinabalu – Sandrakan

Continue your journey to Sandakan. On arrival, enjoy lunch at the English Tea House, a colonial restaurant located on top of a hill with panoramic views of Sandakan city. In the afternoon, proceed to Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary.

Day 9: Sandrakan – Sukau

Today visit the world’s largest Orang-utan Rehabilitation Centre, Sepilok. At the centre, witness the orang-utan feeding. Depart for Kinabatangan River, passing by local villages. Enjoy a late afternoon cruise up the Kinabatangan River to search for wildlife including elephants, hornbills, gibbons, and many birds.

Day 10: Sukau

Wake up to the calls of hornbills and other exotic birds and proceed to Ox Bow Lake to observe wildlife and experience the early morning river. After breakfast embark on a trek in the surrounding jungle. This afternoon take another river cruise upstream of the Kinatabagan River to search for more wildlife. After dinner enjoy a Kinabatangan River Night Cruise, one of the most exciting and adventurous trips you will take while staying here.

Day 11: Sukau – Sandakan

Head back to Sandakan and transfer to the airport.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
Departs daily from Kuching: Price on ApplicationPrice on Application

Inclusions 
Meals: 10 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners
Transport:Airport transfers, air-conditioned vehicle, bus & boat
Accommodation:10 nights
Guide:Local English Speaking Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Kinabalu Summit

Take an unforgettable journey to Mount Kinabalu and hike above the clouds to reach the 4,095 metre summit of Low’s Peak, the world’s 20th-mostprominent peak. Explore the spectacular Crocker Range and discover the secrets this UNESCO World Heritage Site has to offer.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Kota Kinabalu – Mount Kinabalu

Your guide will collect you from your hotel or downtown Kota Kinabalu and drive the 2-2.5 hours up to Kinabalu park. You will be required to give the leader your travel insurance details and next of kin contact details (insurance policy number, name of insurer, 24 emergency number, and next of kin contact details) please make sure you have checked the kit requirements as once we leave Kota Kinabalu it will be difficult to find any missing items. Upon arrival at the Kinabalu Park your leader will help assist with checking in to your accommodation (if ready), provide a safety briefing about the climb and help with any last minute questions. (Please note usual check in time is 2.00pm so if we are unable to check in as soon as we arrive you can store your bags at reception until your room is ready.) They will also provide you with your trekking permit and show you to your meeting point for the following morning to start your climb with your guide. Kinabalu park was designated as one of the first national parks in Malaysia back in 1964. Its recognized as one of the most important biological sites in the world due to its rich variety of flora and fauna with more than 4500 species. Later your guide will take you on a guided walk along some of the lower trails around the park and visit the Botanical gardens.

Hotel: Sutera Sanctuary Lodge

Day 3: Mount Kinabalu

After breakfast you will be met by your climbing guide at reception. Please ensure you have stowed your large luggage at the storage and have packed your overnight bag for the climb. To start the climb we will take a short minibus ride to the start of the trail at Timpohon gate from where we commence our climb. The first 4 Kilometres are quite moderate we will be mainly climbing steps of varying sizes. There are rest huts along the way every Kilometre or so and plenty of toilets. There is no rush what so ever so take your time and enjoy the magnificent temperate rainforest. Our destination is Laban Rata where we will be overnighting for the night. At 3273 Meters on a clear day you can enjoy a beautiful sunset from here. After dinner it’s time to settle in for the night as you will be up early to start your summit climb.

Hotel: Laban Rata Guesthouse

Day 3: Mount Kinabalu – Kota Kinabalu

We rise around 2.00am in order to catch the sunrise on the summit. Its not an easy walk but you will feel a huge sense of achievement. Depending on your fitness the walk will take between 2-4 hours. Even if you are very fit you will start to feel the altitude and become short of breath. The first part is through scrub and vegetation on steps dug into the mountain side. You will then need to ascend a series of wooden steps to the final check point at Sayat Sayat. You will need to reach Sayat Sayat by 6.00am to continue to the summit. Make sure you have your climbing permit with you. After this you will need to follow a white rope all the way to the summit. The last part of the trek is a scramble over large boulders to reach the summit at 4095 M. We follow the same trail down over granite towards Laban Rata. After a well earned breakfast we hit the trail and start our descent. It is often difficult on your knee’s so take your time. We should arrive back at Kinabalu park mid afternoon where you can get a simple lunch from the Balsam cafe. Before saying goodbye your guide will arrange your transfer back to Kota Kinabalu. Your trip ends at a downtown hotel or the airport. Depending on how fast you walk down we estimate you will arrive back at Kota Kinabalu between 5.00pm-6.00pm.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
Departs daily from Kota Kinabalu:Price on ApplicationPrice on Application

Inclusions 
Meals: 2 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches,
Transport:Private air-conditioned vehicle
Accommodation: 2 nights accommodation
Guide:Local English Speaking Mountain Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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