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Best of Borneo

Borneo, Malaysia

Best of Borneo

Hiking
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Start: Kuching
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End: Kota Kinabalu

Connect with your inner animal on a 12-day journey into the unusual and awe-inspiring landscapes.

Activity
Hiking
LocationBorneo, Malaysia
Duration12 days
Start / EndKuching / Kota Kinabalu
Tour operatorG Adventures

Borneo, Malaysia

Best of Borneo

Hiking·
12 days·G Adventures
Start: Kuching
·
End: Kota Kinabalu

Description

Connect with your inner animal on a 12-day journey into the unusual and awe-inspiring landscapes of Borneo. Experience the otherworldly limestone cliffs of Mulu National Park and its famed bat exodus; encounter the orangutans of Sepilok; set off on a river cruise in search of elusive Bornean pygmy elephants; and discover the Lipad mud volcano, a mineral salt lick for local wildlife.


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Itinerary

Day 1Kuching

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.

Day 2Kuching

Enjoy a full-day excursion to the Bidayuh tribal village, a thriving rural community which is home to one of the few remaining traditional Bidayuh longhouses in Sarawak. The Bidayuh (or Land Dayak) are the second largest indigenous tribe in Sarawak and we spend the day learning about their culture, history, and contemporary life. With our local guide, explore the old longhouse and village, walk through the farmlands, and enjoy a traditional lunch. Return to Kuching in the evening.

Day 3Kuching

In the morning, embark on a cruise down the Santubong River. Take in the mangrove scenery and keep an eye out for rare Irrawaddy dolphins. After a free afternoon, join an amphibian expert for an evening nature walk in Kubah National Park. Enjoy the beautiful sounds of the jungle at nightfall and search out a wide variety of frog species, including the newly discovered Kubah narrow-mouthed frog — one of the smallest frogs in the world.

Day 4Kuching/Gunung Mulu National Park

Enjoy this stunning National Park and UNESCO World Heritage, home to the world-famous Mulu Caves. The caves hold many world records in terms of size, height and length including the Sarawak Chamber; thought to be the largest known natural underground chamber. As well, considered the largest known cave passage in the world, the Deer Cave is home to a phenominal 2-3 million bats. Finally, the Clearwater Cave boasts an extensive system of passages, currently known to be the longest in South-East Asia. To date approximately 100 km of the system has been explore, and much still remains a mystery.

Day 5Gunung Mulu National Park

Board a longboat and travel along the Melinau River to a Penan Village for a short visit. Continue our exploration, to the Wind Cave, noting the rock calcite formations and cool breeze of the Kings Chamber. After, climb up the steps to reach the stunning underground river in Clearwater Cave. Take a dip in the cool waters and enjoy a picnic lunch in the rainforest at Clearwater Springs. This afternoon, enjoy a walk through the rainforest to the Lang and Deer Caves. Marvel at Lang's stunning stalagmites and stalactites, and be awed by Deer Cave — the largest cave passage in the world and home to an estimated 2 to 3 million bats. 

Day 6Gunung Mulu National Park/Kota Kinabalu

Enjoy the morning at leisure to explore the rainforest and opt to take a canopy walk. This afternoon, catch a flight to Kota Kinabalu and enjoy the evening at leisure.

Day 7Kota Kinabalu/Sungai Kinabatangan

Catch an early morning flight to Sandakan and visit the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre. Continue to the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre and enjoy a talk on the bears and the conservation efforts to protect them. After, transfer by private vehicle to our lodge and enjoy a wildlife cruise and night walk.

Day 8Kampung Bilit

Enjoy wildlife excursions on foot and by boat with local guides and naturalists into the jungle. Cruise the Kinabatangan River in search of birds and wildlife, keeping your eyes open for one of Borneo's seven primate species, including the proboscis monkey and orangutan, as well pygmy elephants. Also enjoy a hike to an oxbow lake.

Day 9Kampung Bilit/Tabin Wildlife Reserve

Drive to Tabin Wildlife Reserve and check into our rainforest lodge. Then enjoy a hike along an elephant trail to the active Lipad mud volcano which provides a mineral salt lick for wildlife. After dinner, enjoy a night safari and look out for nocturnal wildlife.

Day 10Tabin Wildlife Reserve

Spend the day exploring the Tabin Wildlife Reserve with local guides. Enjoy an early morning bird walk, searching out some of the 300 species of birds in the area. After breakfast, drive to the main wildlife-spotting area. Later, trek through the lush green rainforest, known for its rich diversity of plants and animal species, to the Lipad Waterfall. Relax and take a dip in the natural pool and enjoy a refreshing shower under the waterfall. In the late afternoon, take a wildlife drive and if we're lucky, catch a glimpse of one of the two largest mammals of Sabah — the Borneo Pygmy Elephant and the Tembadau. Nine species of primate are present in the park, as well as three species of cats, all of which are on the protected wildlife list. This evening, take a night walk in search of sleeping birds, frogs, and insects.

Day 11Tabin Wildlife Reserve/Kota Kinabalu

Spend the morning at leisure before catching a flight back to Kota Kinabalu. Enjoy some free time to explore.

Day 12Kota Kinabalu

Depart at any time.

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Accommodation

Hotels (7 nts), Lodge (4 nts)

What's Included

Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Nature Walk in Kubah National Park, Kuching. Arrival transfer. Excursion to a Bidayuh Tribal Village. Santubong River wildlife and dolphin cruise. Night walk in Mulu National Park. Boat excursion to Wind and Clearwater Caves. Walking excursion to Deer and Lang Caves. Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre visit. Visit the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre. Kinab... Read more

Meals Included

11 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 4 dinners

What to Take

We suggest that you pack as lightly as possible as your are expected to carry your own luggage. As a rule we try not to have to walk more than 15-20 minutes with your bags which is why we recommend keeping the weight of your bags between 15kg/30lb. We recommend a backpack or rolling bag of small to medium size (no XXL ones please!). You will also need a day pack/bag to carry water, cameras and oth... Read more
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