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Borneo Experience

Borneo Experience

Adult from: £1,829    Child from: Please call for details 
Offer based on:
Borneo Experience valid: 01/03/2014 to 01/03/2015
Duration: 9 nights
Departure airport: London (Heathrow)
Board basis: Tour
Hotel details
Overnight in Kuching before departing to Bako National Park. Learn about the local cultures and spend time with the Iban people. See the local wildlife in the park from proboscis monkeys to long tail macaques. From Kuching fly to Kota Kinabalu. Take a guided nature walk with a naturalist at Kinabalu Park. You will also fly to Sandakan to visit and spend the night on Turtle Island before taking a river trip to Kinabtangan where you will stay at the Riverside Lodge. Finally cruise to Sandakan before returning to Kota Kinabalu.

Itinerary Day 1: Kuching
On arrival at Kuching airport you will be met and transferred to the Hilton for a two-night stay. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Overnight: Hilton Kuching Hotel

Day 2: Bako National Park
Early departure for Bako National Park. Take a 35-minute drive to Bako Village. From the village, take a 25-minute boat ride to the park. Bako is one of the best places in Sarawak to see wildlife in a natural surrounding. The various types of animals spotted at Bako include proboscis monkeys, silver leaf monkeys, long tail macaques, wild boars, monitor lizards and numerous species of birds. Tropical rainforest ranges from mangrove to kerangas (heath forest), tropical swamp vegetation, cliff vegetation and beach vegetation. There will be hiking through jungle trails, and visits to secluded beaches. Return to Kuching mid-afternoon. (Schedule may depend on tide). (B, L)
Overnight: Hilton Kuching Hotel

Day 3: Kuching Nanga Sumpa Longhouse
Depart by air-conditioned bus or van for Batang Ai reservoir (4 1/2 hours). Journey through rural Sarawak, passing through pepper gardens, cocoa and rubber plantation. En route, a few stops will be made. Visit the colourful native market in Serian town where a variety of jungle produce such as edible ferns, bamboo shoots and unususal tropical fruit are on display. Visit a pepper garden and stop by to view wild orchids and several species of pitcher plants. Lunch en route. Upon arrival at the Batang Ai reservoir, proceed by longboat (1 1/2 hours) upriver to Nanga Sumpa. Settle in at Borneo Adventure's jungle lodge. After dinner proceed to the longhouse across the river. Relax on the ruai (common verandah) and spend time with the Iban people. Learn about their culture and enjoy some local rice wine (B, L & D)
Overnight: Borneo Adventure Jungle Lodge.

Day 4: Nanga Sumpa Longhouse
Following breakfast, hike the jungle trails along the river. Our destination is the scenic Enseluai Waterfall. Time to relax, swim, explore the rainforest and have lunch or try fishing Iban-style. Return to the lodge. Dinner is served in the lodge with local delicacies to enhance the meal. After dinner, a visit to the longhouse. Woven blankets and handicrafts are available for display upon request and may be purchased directly from the longhouse people. (BLD)
Overnight: Borneo Adventure Jungle Lodge.

Day 5: Nanga Sumpa Longhouse Kuching
Following breakfast, depart down river by longboat, then by coach. Lunch en route. Proceed to Kuching. (BL)
Overnight: Hilton Kuching Hotel.

Day 6: Kuching Kota Kinabalu
Free at leisure until transfer to Kuching airport for flight to Kota Kinabalu. Upon arrival, transfer to Shangri La's Tanjung Aru Resort. (B)
Overnight: Shangri-La's Tanjung Aru Resort.

Day 7: Kota Kinabalu Kinabalu Park
Morning, depart for a 2 hour journey through breathtaking scenery to Kinabalu Park (88km from Kota Kinabalu). Take a guided nature walk with the Park's naturalist and your nature tour guide. Lunch at the Park's restaurant. View a slide presentation at Park's Exhibition Hall and explore the mountain garden with your nature guide before returning to Kota Kinabalu. Drop off at Shangri La's Tanjung Aru Resort (BL)
Overnight: Shangri-La's Tanjung Aru Resort.

Day 8: Kota Kinabalu Sandakan: Selingan Turtle Island
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for early morning flight to Sandakan (flight MH 2042, ETD 07.30 / ETA 08.10). Meet in Sandakan Airport. Transfer to the jetty for a boat ride to Selingan Island. It takes approximately 1 hour 15 minutes to the island. Upon arrival, check in to your chalet and have lunch at the cafeteria. In the afternoon you are at your own leisure and can go swimming or snorkeling. After dinner, wait for the ranger's signal to go to the beach to witness one of the turtles laying it's eggs. You can also assist the ranger to release the newly hatched baby turtles to the sea. (BLD)
Overnight: Island Chalet

Day 9: Sepilok Orang Utan Centre - Kinabatangan, Sukau
At 07.00am, depart Selingan Island for Sandakan by boat. After breakfast in Sandakan, drive for approximately 30 minutes to Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Center. Proceed to the free roaming area feeding platform. At approximately 10.00am you will see the feeding of the Orang Utans. At the center, man's closest relative, "the Orang Utan" is being rehabilitated for a wild existence in it's natural habitat. Depart Sepilok and transfer to the boat jetty in Sandakan. Take an hour long boat cruise up to the Lower Kinabatangan River Sanctuary where you will have your lunch at Abai Village. This is a wonderful journey of discovery from the waters of the Sulu Sea through a magnificent scenery of the mangrove forest. After lunch, cruise up-river to Sukau village in search of primates, especially the endemic proboscis monkey, birds and other wildlife. Arrive at Sukau, check in at Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge. In the late afternoon, take another river cruise to Menanggul River, a small tributary of the Kinabatangan river. Return for dinner. (B, L & D)
Overnight: Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge

Day 10: Sukau Sandakan Kota Kinabalu
After breakfast, cruise down-river by boat and return to Sandakan. This is another opportunity for wildlife sightings during this approximately 2.5 hours journey. Upon arrival at the jetty, drive up hill to the Puh Hih Syh Chinese Buddhist Temple, which offers a panoramic view of Sandakan bay. Drop in to a local restaurant for lunch. After lunch, transfer to Sandakan airport for flight to Kota Kinabalu