Sarawak and East Sabah Adventure

Classic, Kuching to Kota Kinabalu

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Made with animal lovers in mind, this 13-day tour through Malaysia's rural landscapes, jungles, and national parks puts you in their natural habitats. Wild orangutans, gibbons, and saltwater crocodiles are abound in this region and you'll also get the opportunity to visit hatcheries and reserves centres to learn how endangered species are being rehabilitated. It's all your favourite nature documentaries come to life.

What’s included

  • Your Local Living Moment: Iban Longhouse Homestay, Batang Ai Your Foodie Moment: Cooking Class, Kota Belud
  • Bako NP excursion
  • Trading town and farm visit
  • Blowpipe demonstration
  • Forest hike and local lunch
  • Semenggoh Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre visit
  • Internal flights
  • Morning and evening Kinabatangan River safaris
  • Guided oxbow lake visit and wildlife spotting (Kinabatangan)
  • Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre visit
  • Turtle Island stay with turtle hatchery visit
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Spot proboscis monkeys in bako national park
  • Pass through plantations and rainforests
  • Collect fresh produce from farms to make a traditional meal
  • Embark on a river safari through crocodile-infested waters
  • Witness a blowpipe demonstration

Itinerary

Day 1 Kuching Arrive at any time. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Kuching/Bako National Park (1B, 1L) Depart Kuching in the morning, passing through mangrove forest before arriving at Bako village. Continue along the coast by motorized boat to reach Bako National Park. Hike through the park and experience amazing plant and wildlife. Be sure to keep an eye out for the proboscis monkey. Return to Kuching in the evening. Included Activities: Bako National Park Hike Transport: Private Vehicle (0.75 hour(s)) Motorboat (0.50 hour(s)) Motorboat (0.50 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (0.75 hour(s))
Day 3 Kuching/Batang Ai (1B, 1L, 1D) Drive through the scenic countryside, passing plantations, rivers, rainforest to reach the Batang Ai jetty, stopping en route to visit a trading town and a local farmhouse. We'll also make a stop to visit the Semenggoh Wildlife Centre and with some luck, spot a wild orangutan passing through. From the jetty transfer via boat to a local Iban longhouse and enjoy a stay with this welcoming community while learning more about their culture. Included Activities: Local Market and Farm Visit Semenggoh Nature Reserve Visit Iban Longhouse Homestay Transport: Private Vehicle (4.50 hour(s)) Boat (0.25 hour(s))
Day 4 Batang Ai (1B, 1L) Witness a blowpipe demonstration before setting off by longboat for a trip across the lake. Disembark and enjoy a hike through the forest and a local lunch at a scenic locale. Enjoy a refreshing dip in the water before heading to our hotel for the night. Included Activities: Blowpipe Demonstration and Forest Hike
Day 5 Batang Ai/Kuching (1B, 1L) Return to the jetty by boat and continue overland to Kuching. Transport: Boat (0.25 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s))
Day 6 Kuching/Kota Kinabalu (1B) Fly from Kuching to Kota Kinabalu. Enjoy some free time in the evening. Transport: Plane (1.50 hour(s))
Day 7 Kota Kinabalu/Kota Belud (1B, 1L, 1D) Learn more about the typical lifestyle in the village by taking part in seasonal activities such as rubber tapping, fruit harvesting, and rice planting. Included Activities: Cooking Class Transport: Private Vehicle (1.50 hour(s))
Day 8 Kota Belud/Sungai Kinabatangan (1B, 1L, 1D) Travel towards Sandakan and continue to the jungle lodge on the Kinabatangan River, Sabah's longest. After settling in head out for a river safari. After dinner, opt for a guided night walk through the jungle. Included Activities: Kinabatangan River Evening Cruise Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00-7.00 hours, 300km)
Day 9 Sungai Kinabatangan (1B, 1L, 1D) Begin the day with a river safari in search of wildlife. After breakfast, visit the nearby oxbow lake with a professional guide and seek out proboscis monkeys, pygmy elephants, macaques, and gibbons. Enjoy another boat cruise along the river to spot more wildlife before returning to the lodge for dinner. Included Activities: Kinabatangan River Wildlife Cruise Guided Oxbow Lake Walk and Wildlife Spotting
Day 10 Sungai Kinabatangan/Sepilok (1B) Depart in the morning and travel to Sepilok. Enjoy a visit to the orangutan rehabilitation centre and the adjacent sun bear conservation centre. Included Activities: Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre Visit Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre Visit Transport: Private Vehicle
Day 11 Sepilok/Pulau Libaran (1B, 1L, 1D) Transfer to Sandakan and continue to Libaran Island by boat. Take a guided tour of the island's turtle hatchery and learn about the turtle conservation program. Opt to go snorkelling or kayaking with some free time. Included Activities: Turtle Experience Transport: Private Vehicle Boat (0.75-1.00 hours)
Day 12 Pulau Libaran/Kota Kinabalu (1B) After breakfast, depart Libaran Island and travel back to the Sandakan jetty. From the jetty, transfer to Sandakan airport for a flight to Kota Kinabalu. Transport: Boat (0.75-1.00 hours) Plane (0.75 hour(s))
Day 13 Kota Kinabalu (1B) Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day
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