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Borneo & The Ranau Track

8 days  |  Sandakan to Kota Kinabalu  |  from USD $2,939  |   Guaranteed Departure 

Walk in the footsteps of the Australian and British Prisoners of War who were forced to trek through dense jungle on the infamous Sandakan Ranau Death March during the Second World War on this poignant Commemorative Tour. Plus enjoy the spectacular wildlife and scenery of Borneo en route.

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Itinerary
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Inclusions

Itinerary

Day 1

Sandakan

Welcome to Borneo! Arrive at Sandakan Aiport and included transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to explore the town on your own before your welcome briefing in the early evening. This is traditionally followed by a meal at a local restaurant (not included) so that you can meet your fellow travellers whilst sampling some of the traditional food of Sabah.
Overnight: Sandakan

Day 2

Sandakan Sightseeing

Sandakan. Today we explore the town and surrounding area. Our first stop is at the St. Michael and All Angels Cathedral, one of the few stone buildings to be found anywhere in Sabah. Construction started over 120 years ago and took almost 30 years to complete with stone being brought in from as far away as Hong Kong. We continue to the somber Sandakan War Memorial, and learn of the hardships faced by the locals and POWs alike. We continue out of town to the Sepilok Orang Utan Sanctuary, a centre that works to rehabilitate orphaned Orang Utans before returning them to the wild.

You get to walk on an elevated walkway through the jungle to see these apes in their natural environment, and the twice daily feeding programs are often a highlight. Whilst close contact with the animals is discouraged, some cannot contain their curiosity of humans so there is always a chance you could have a ‘close encounter of the furry kind!’ We return to Sandakan in the late afternoon and the rest of the day and evening is free for you to relax or explore some more.
Overnight: Sandakan  |  Breakfast

Day 3

Bilit & Gomantong Caves

Sandakan - Bilit. We set off this morning to visit the Gomantong Caves where you may get to witness the cultural spectacle of skilled ‘bird nest harvesters’ as they climb rattan ladders and use bamboo poles to collect these highly valuable swifts nests. The cave complex is accessed via boardwalk and there is a great opportunity to spot crested serpent eagles, kingfishers, and Asian fairy bluebirds as well as bats and the nesting swifts. The immense caves are a spectacle in themselves with ceilings 90m above the floors providing perfect nesting areas.

We continue to the Mynes Resort in Bilit where you can relax in the afternoon before we take a cruise on the river in the early evening in search of Long Tail Macaques, Pig Tail Macaques, Borneo Gibbon and the Borneo Pygmy Elephant. There is also the chance to hear one of the noisiest primates in the world, the Proboscis Monkey. We return to the resort for dinner and to discuss the day’s events over a cool drink.
Overnight: Bilit  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4

Nalapak & the Death March

Bilit - Nalapak. Today we get to experience some of the wilderness and nature of the region on foot as we retrace a section of the infamous ‘Sandakan Ranau Death March’. Our walk will take us about four hours, with stops along the way to learn about the history and flaura and fauna that we encounter.

The POWs who set out on the forced march were not so lucky, with almost all perishing from illness or hunger long before they made it to Ranau. We continue to our hotel in Nalapak arriving in the late afternoon for some well earned rest.
Overnight: Nalapak  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5

Kundasang

Nalapak - Kungasang. This morning we set off for the Kinabalu National Park, taking time to stop at the Kundasang War Memorial erected to remember the POWs who lost their lives in Borneo and the incredible bravery shown by many local people who tried to help them in their desperate situation. The Kinabalu National Park is the oldest in Malaysia, and is dominated by the immense Mt Kinabalu, the highest mountain in South East Asia. The afternoon is free for you to explore some of the park, enjoy the spa facilities in the hotel or to simply relax and admire the view of the mountains in the distance.
Overnight: Kota Kinabalu  |  Breakfast

Day 6

Kota Kinabalu

Kota Kinabalu. Today we set out to explore the Kiulu River by raft and get to run exhilarating rapids with our expert raft guide. The rapids are fast and challenging, but ideally suited to those looking for their first taste of this unforgettable experience. It’s an hours drive after this to our hotel in Kota Kinabalu where you have the rest of the afternoon free following check-in. The sunsets on Tanjung Aru beach, some 6 km from town are famous and the 2 km long sandy beach is ideal for relaxing and having an evening meal
Overnight: Kota Kinabalu  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7

Kota Kinabalu

Kota Kinabalu. Today is free for you to enjoy the town and the surrounding attractions at your leisure. Your guide will be able to advise you of what activities are available so that you can get the most from your time. From beachcombing and island exploring to a visit to the aquarium or bird sanctuary there is something for everyone. The city is also an ideal spot for you to pick up and last minute souvenirs before you head home.
Overnight: Kota Kinabalu  |  Breakfast

Day 8

Kota Kinabalu

Kota Kinabalu. Today you are transferred to the airport for your onward flight home.
Breakfast

Sea Turtle Bolt On

Extend your stay with a 4-day Sea Turtle Bolt On trip to Talang Talang Island. Here you can help in the conservation of the majestic sea turtle. You can even adopt a turtle and be updated on its future progress.

Prices & Dates

Prices shown are per person travelling. 'Twin/Double' prices per person apply when there are 2 people travelling, sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies for single travellers who require their own room and needs to be added to the 'Twin/Double' price. If you are happy to be paired up with another single traveller of the same sex on your tour, this can be arranged, thus avoiding the single person supplement.

Trip Highlights

Sandakan - St Michael and All Angels Cathedral, and Sandakan War Memorial
Gomantong Caves - explore cave complex via board walk and see bird nest harvesters at work
Sandakan Ranau Death March - follow the trail walked by the Prisoners of War through jungle foliage
Kota Kinabalu - enjoy rafting on Klulu River and watch the sunset on Tanjung Aru
Sepilok Orang Utan Sanctuary - see the apes from an elevated walkway during feeding time
Bilit - go wildlife spotting on a river cruise
Kinabalu National Parks - see the Kundasang War Memorial and explore the park’s wildlife

Included

7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 1 dinner
Airport transfers on day 1 and day 8
River cruise in Bilit
Guided trek of the Ranau Track
Led by English speaking local tour guide
Maximum group size: 24 travellers
7 nights standard lodges (3 star) and special class hotels
Guided sightseeing to Sandakan, the Sepilok Orang Utan Sanctuary, Gomantong Caves, Bilit, Sandakan Ranau Death March, Kinabalu National Park, Kota Kinabalu, and Tanjung Aru beach.
White water rafting on the Klulu River in Kota Kinabalu
All relevant transfers and transportation in a private air-conditioned vehicle
All entrance fees to included sites.

Not Included

International flights and visas
Entrance Fees: $25-30 USD
Tipping - an entirely personal gesture
Tipping Kitty: $25-30 USD
Tour Details
Starts
Sandakan
Ends
Kota Kinabalu
Departs
21 Apr, 04 Jul & 07 Nov 2015
Hotel Rating
3 star lodge
Local Payment
None
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 7, Lunch: 3, Dinner: 1
Guaranteed Departures
This tour is 100% guaranteed to depart with 2 travellers.
Guaranteed Departures
This tour is 100% guaranteed to depart with 2 travellers.