Borneo Wildlife Family Holiday

Resort:Borneo Wildlife Family Holiday
Operator: Exodus
Destination: Asia, Borneo, Malaysia, South East Asia
Price From: £1799.00


Borneo’s wonders of nature: apes, monkeys, birds, mini elephants & lush forests!

Borneo is an amazing tropical paradise. Get up close to the island’s ‘wild-men’ at Sepilok Orang-utan Rehabilitation Project and to the big-nosed Proboscis monkeys at Labuk Bay Sanctuary. Enjoy an idyllic island getaway and snorkel among colourful fish and sea turtles. From a jungle lodge we head out by longboat and on foot in search of wild macaques and crocodiles. Theres time too for exploring the trails in Kinabalu National Park, and for relaxing in the thermal pools of Poring Hot Springs.


* Stay at a Kinabatangan jungle lodge – jungle walks and wildlife river cruises * Visit Kota Kinabalu National Park – trekking and bathing in hot springs * See orang-utans of Sepilok and Proboscis monkeys of Labuk Bay * Relax on a tropical island with white sand beaches and spectacular snorkelling


Day 1 Depart London

Depart London

Day 2 Start Kota Kinabalu

The group flight is an overnight flight departing the day before. Those travelling on the group flights will be met on arrival at the airport this morning and transferred to our hotel, where the rest of the group will join throughout the day. Today is a free day but there will be a welcome meeting in the evening with your tour leader; details of where and when this will take place will have been left with the hotel’s reception. The hotel check-in time is from 2pm. Kota Kinabalu, the capital of Sabah, is an intriguing city that was born between the Borneo jungle and the South China Sea. Having recovered from World War II bombings, ‘KK’ now possesses a gateway charm that can only be found in a frontier town. If you have enough free time, why not immerse yourself in local history at the Sabah State Museum or visit the Mari Mari cultural village for a fun and interactive learning experience. *Dreamtel Hotel or similar*

Day 3 Hike through rubber and fruit plantation; spend the night in a homestay in Tanak Nabulu village

Leaving the city behind we head towards Mt. Kinabalu. After about 2-2.5hrs we arrive at the Dusun village of Tanak Nabalu (please note that at time of writing the roads to the village are quite bad so we may have to use smaller minibuses for this journey). The Dusun people are the largest ethnic group in Sabah, the province of Borneo where we find ourselves. In the village we are separated into different homestays and will spend the rest of the day hiking through orchards and rubber plantations, going for a swim in the river, exploring the village and, possibly, if anyone is feeling energetic, playing football on the village pitch. This evening we all gather together for a cultural show which helps the Dusun preserve their ancient, traditional dances. As not all families speak English, our tour leader will hand out language sheets and will be on hand to assist with communication. *Tanak Nabalu Homestay or similar*

Day 4 To Kinabalu Park exploring the lower trails and botanical gardens; overnight in local resort lodge

This morning we visit the Mini Mount Kinabalu, a natural rock formation that looks exactly like the summit of Mt. Kinabalu. We continue into Kinabalu National Park (approx. 30 minutes). Here we will go for a 1-2 hour hike along some of the lower trails and the Mountain Botanical Gardens with an excellent showcase of the mountains diverse plant life. There is an option to visit the Kundasang War Memorial which commemorates Prisoners of War who died during the infamous death marches of World War II. The memorial is made up of four gardens, the Australian, English, Malaysian and the Contemplation Garden that represent the different nationalities. We then take a short transfer, to the Zen Garden Resort where we spend the night. *Zen Garden Resort*

Day 5 Transfer to Sabah Tea Gardens; soak in Poring Hot Springs and take to the trees with a Canopy walk

This morning we transfer 1 hour to the Poring Hot Spring where there will be plenty of time to enjoy the cool pools and hot-tubs (into which the steaming hot water is piped) as well as the well maintained, self-guided walking trails to a nearby waterfall. The hot springs can get quite popular with locals especially during school and public holidays and you may wish to pay the additional charge to enjoy a private bath if you want a good soak. We later take to the trees as we head on a canopy walkway which follows a trail including a number of suspension bridges hanging from the trees at canopy level, some up to 40m above the ground. There is also a butterfly and orchid garden within the complex. We later take a short transfer to the Sabah Tea Gardens,where we will spend the night in a traditional reconstructed longhouse with shared bathrooms. *Sabah Tea Longhouse*

Day 6-7 Visit Tea factory; onto Kinabatangan; enjoy morning and afternoon river cruises; explore the jungle on foot

Waking to the spectacular views overlooking the mountain, we start with an early morning visit to the tea plantation, learning about the process of tea production, before driving to Kinabatangan (approximately 5-6 hours). The Kinabatangan River is the longest in Sabah and its lower reaches are recognised as one of the best places in South East Asia for wildlife viewing. The surrounding forests are home to ten species of primate, including orang-utans, Proboscis monkeys and gibbons as well as hornbills, crocodiles and the elusive Pygmy elephants which come down to the river to drink, amongst others. We spend the next day and a half exploring the surrounding jungle. We go on river cruises, jungle hikes, a night walk, and plant trees. *Bilit Adventure Lodge or similar*

Day 8-9 Probiscis monkey sanctuary, Sepilok Orangutan sanctuary and optional visit to the rainforest discovery centre and Sun bear sanctuary

The next two days are spent in and around Sepilok. The drive to Labuk Bay and the Proboscis monkey sanctuary takes about 3-4 hours. These monkeys, only found in Borneo, are very distinctive with their large noses and can often be seen jumping from tree to tree with tremendous leaps through the air. After visiting the sanctuary we continue towards Sepilok, about 40 minutes away where we will be staying just 5 minutes from the famous Sepilok Orang-utan Rehabilitation Centre in a guesthouse with a pool. The Kabili Sepilok Reserve, established in the 1960s, is home to between 60 and 80 rehabilitated orang-utans which roam freely in the forest. In addition to this, the rehabilitation centre was established to care for the apes and is home to a further 25 young orphaned orang-utans who live in a nursery. The rehabilitation centre provides medical care for the orphaned and confiscated apes as well as various other wild animals. Whilst the semi-wild orang-utans roam free in the reserve and forage for food, their diet is supplemented by milk and banana. There are two feedings a day, at 10am and 3pm, and we have the opportunity to witness both. There is also the opportunity to visit the nearby Borneo Sun Bear Conservation Centre. The smallest of all bears, Sun bears were once widely found across much of Asia but have drastically decreased in numbers. The Centre aims to protect and promote conservation to return these bears to the forest. The nearby Rainforest Discovery Centre is a centre for environmental education situated within the famous Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve. Its primary function is to create public awareness and appreciation of the importance of conserving forests, as well as the sustainable use of forest resources. The 147m long, 28m high steel canopy walkway gives spectacular views of beautiful rainforest giants like the Mengaris tree, and there are also 250 species of bird to look out for – experience forest life high in the canopy. *Sepilok Jungle Resort or similar*

Day 10 Fly back to Kota Kinabalu and transfer to Manukan Island

Leaving early we head to Sandakan Airport (about 25 minutes) for our flight back to Kota Kinabalu (40 minutes).Please note there is a 15kg restriction on checked baggage for the domestic flight, but it is possible to pay for excess luggage at the airport or your leader can arrange this at the start of the tour. Upon arrival in Kota Kinabalu, we then travel by boat to Manukan Island, part of the Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park. Manukan Island is the second biggest island in the national park and is covered in thick forest with a nice beach and some good corals for snorkelling. There is also a network of easy walking trails around the island. We spend the next two nights in the lovely Manukan Island Resort with its Balinese style villas facing the South China Sea. The rest of the day is free to relax and enjoy the pool and the beach. *Manukan Island Resort or similar*

Day 11 Spend the day snorkelling in Tunku Abdul Marine Park

Today we head out exploring the Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park on a snorkelling trip to some of the best sites with vibrant coral and schools of colourful fish. The more intrepid can also zip-line from one island to another. *Manukan Island Resort or similar*

Day 12 Free day before transferring back to Kota Kinabalu

We have a leisurely morning to enjoy the beach before heading back to Kota Kinabalu. Please note that on some departures the flight schedules may require us to catch the evening flight to Kuala Lumpur connecting to the overnight flight back, in such cases, those on the group flights will be taken to the airport in time for their flight. Otherwise we have time in Kota Kinabalu for some last minute shopping and our final night in Borneo. *Dreamtel Hotel or similar*

Day 13 Fly to London

Fly to London