Saturday ‚Äď Welcome to Borneo! Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to our hotel.
Established by Sir James Cook Kuching (or Cat City as it's known) is a relaxed modern city which still retains most of its heritage. Today we enjoy a guided tour of the city, exploring Chinese temples, markets, the Sarawak Museum and more.
Overnight: Kuching | Breakfast
Kuching - Bako NP - Kuching. Today, we travel by road and then a short boat ride along the shoreline of the South China Sea to Bako National Park. See proboscis monkeys, silver leaf monkeys, long-tailed macaques and monitor lizards in a natural setting. Walk forest trails to secluded beaches and experience this amazing wilderness which is located so close to Kuching.
Overnight: Kuching | Breakfast, Lunch
Kuching - Batang Ai. This morning we visit Semenggoh Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, where orphaned and injured orangutans are being nurtured before being released back into the wild. We walk through pristine rainforest to the viewing platform where we can watch the orangutans at feeding time.
Continuing on through rural Sarawak, we stop along the way for lunch and a visit to a local market and pepper garden. On arrival at the Lemanak River we travel by longboat along the river to our Iban Longhouse in Batang Ai. This afternoon, we tour the longhouse and watch the Iban local people at work making mats, baskets, handicrafts and mending fishing nets. After dinner, join in the fun filled evening with the traditional dance and enjoy the locally brewed rice wine known as ‚ÄėTuak‚Äô.
Overnight: Serubah/Kesit Longhouse | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
After breakfast we watch a blowpipe demonstration, before taking a guided nature walk through the pristine jungle where we learn about the medicinal plants used by the Iban and other shoots and roots used as food. We stop by the river beach for a tasty backwoods style picnic lunch where our food is cooked in bamboo. After lunch, we travel by longboat to the Batang Ai Longhouse Resort (managed Hilton) where we spend the night.
Overnight: Batang Ai Longhouse Resort | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Batang Ai - Kuching. After breakfast we take a ferry from the resort to the jetty, before driving back to Kuching, stopping for lunch en route.
Overnight: Kuching | Breakfast, Lunch
This morning we drive to Bengoh village where we take to the water for an exciting river kayaking adventure, visiting mini waterfalls and caves en route and feeding river fish. We'll also take a village walk and enjoy lunch at Bidayuh Village. This afternoon we return to Kuching.
Overnight: Kuching | Breakfast, Lunch
Kuching - Kota Kinbalu. Today we bid farewell to Sarawak and hello to Sabah! After breakfast we transfer to Kuching Airport for your flight to Kota Kinabalu. After hotel check in the remainder of the day can be spent at leisure.
Please note: The flight from Kuching to Kota Kinabalu is not included in the cost of this tour. Airport transfers on day 8 will be included if you book the Malaysian Airlines flight which departs daily.
Overnight: Kota Kinbalu | Breakfast
Kota Kinabalu - Mamutik Island - Kota Kinabalu. Just a 20 minute boat ride and we arrive at the beautiful coral islands of the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park. Offering pristine white beaches, clear water and coral reefs, this is perfect place for a day of relaxation and swimming. Snorkel in crystal clear water among coral reef and tropical fish or explore jungle trails before returning to Kota Kinabalu.
Overnight: Kota Kinabalu | Breakfast
Kota Kinabalu - Taun Gusi. Today we travel north to Taun Gusi Village in Kota Belud, which is known as the rice bowl of Sabah. It's a scenic journey through paddy fields and rubber plantations, passing native houses with majestic Mount Kinabalu as the background. Upon arrival we meet our host families and in the afternoon there's the opportunity to go horse riding, visit a place that makes swords (Bajau Parang Making) and bathe in the river. We spend the night at the home of our host families and gain a fascinating insight into village life.
Overnight: Taun Gusi Village Homestay | Breakfast, Dinner
Taun Gusi - Kundasang. Wake up to the calls of roosters and enjoy the tranquility of the village. We start the day by visiting the ‚ÄėValley of Paddy field‚ÄĚ which is a vast low valley of lush paddy fields. Transfer to Kinabalu National Park where we visit the education centre and mountain garden, home to various species of the flowering Rhododendrons, carnivorous pitcher plants, orchids, ferns, and birds. If time and weather permits, take a guided trail walk.
Overnight: Kundasang | Breakfast
Kundasang ‚Äď Sepilok. Start the day by discovering Sabah‚Äôs WWII history with a visit the Kundasang memorial park, before heading to Poring, to explore tropical lowland jungle and rainforest some 1,500 ft above sea level. Take the jungle trail leading up to the treetop canopy walkways, suspended 41 meters above the forest floor across giant Mengaris trees. Next we proceed by road to Sepilok. This evening we visit the rainforest discovery centre and experience a nightwalk.
Overnight: Sepilok Nature Resort | Breakfast
Sepilok ‚Äď Sukau. This morning we visit the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, where orphaned and injured orangutans are reintroduced into the wild. We take a walk through the Tropical Lowland Dipterocarp Forest and visit the outdoor nursery where around 25 young orphaned orangutans are housed.
We depart Sepilok and take a scenic boat cruise up to the Lower Kinabatangan River Sanctuary to our lodge in Sukau, through the magnificent scenery of the Mangrove Forest. After lunch we look out for nature from the boardwalk, such as wild orangutan and silver leaf monkeys. Later in the afternoon we take another cruise in search of wildlife. After dinner we can experience the jungle at night from our nature boardwalk, searching for birds, snakes, insects and other wildlife with our nature guide.
Overnight: Abai Jungle Lodge | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
This morning, a very early river cruise up the Kinabatangan River to Kelenanap oxbow lake to view birds and wildlife before returning for breakfast. Then there's the opportunity to take part in a tree planting project with the locals before enjoying a simple lunch arranged by the villagers at Abai village.
After lunch we cruise up river to Sukau village in search of primates especially the endemic Proboscis Monkeys, birds and other wildlife. After check-in at Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge and time to relax, we take another late afternoon cruise to Menanggul River, a small tributary of the Kinabatangan.
Overnight: Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Sukau - Sandakan. Early this morning after breakfast we take a two hour boat cruise back to Sandakan with the opportunity to spot wildlife en route. Our tour ends with a transfer to Sandakan airport. Flights should be booked after 2pm.
Tipping is not a natural part of many Western cultures and many of us feel uncomfortable, or unsure, about when, or how much, to tip. However, in Borneo, tipping makes up a significant part of many people's wages so it's important that we get it right. For this reason we've developed a very simple system to take all the hassle out of tipping. With our 'tipping made easy' policy, a nominal pre-determined amount is collected from all group tour participants to cover tips en route. This then saves you the hassle of when and how much to tip bellhops, luggage handlers, local guides and other support staff through the tour. Our 'tipping made easy' doesn't include a tip to your group tour leader. Naturally, though, the amount is up to you as tipping is an entirely personal gesture.
I have enjoyed our trip, it was a wonderful experience. I hope to do many more trips with my friends. Very happy with the guides, they were both great, love their country and loved sharing it with us.
Thank you so much.”