Wonders of Borneo

Comfort, Kota Kinabalu to Kota Kinabalu

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Tour description provided by G Adventures

Bored of simply watching wildlife on your TV? Why not take a trip to Borneo to get up close and personal with the animals yourself? This trip is the perfect introduction to Borneo for those who have never been, and even those who have experienced Borneo before will surely spot some new sights. You'll go from exploring rainforest environments and soaking in hot springs to the rush of vibrant Kota Kinabalu, staying in comfortable accommodations along the way. There's a ton to see and do on this trip, and you can look forward to finishing off your adventure with some much deserved relaxation on a tropical beach...perfection.

What’s included

  • Recharge: Poring Hot Springs Visit, Poring Hot Springs
  • Arrival transfer
  • Wildlife excursions in Tabin Wildlife Reserve and Kinabatangang River area by boat and foot
  • Visit Mt Kinabalu National Park and the Poring Hot Springs
  • Visit an Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre
  • Participate in a beach cleanup program
  • Excursion to the tip of Borneo for sunset
  • Orientation walk in Kota Kinabalu
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Meet the 'old man of the forest' at an orangutan rehabilitation centre
  • Head into the rainforest in search of unique wildlife
  • Explore lush jungles by boat and on foot
  • Help protect sea turtles on a beach cleanup
  • Sample delicious local fare and seafood

Itinerary

Day 1 Kota Kinabalu Arrive at any time and transfer to hotel. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting Transport: Arrival Airport Transfer
Day 2 Kota Kinabalu/Tabin Wildlife Reserve (1B, 1L, 1D) Catch an early flight to to Lahad Datu, then continue by land and boat to our rainforest lodge in the Tabin Wildlife Reserve. Activities over the next 2 days include a trek to the active Lipad mud volcano, which provides a mineral salt lick for wildlife, lectures on local wildlife and ecology, a nighttime wildlife drive, a rainforest walk to visit Lipad Waterfalls, a visit to a bird watching tower, and an evening jungle walk. Additional Notes: Note: All activities are subject to weather conditions/departure time, and may be re-organized to best meet operational situation. Included Activities: Trogon Hall Gallery Visit Hike to Lipad Mud Volcano Night Safari Transport: Plane (1.00 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (1.50-2.00 hours)
Day 3 Tabin Wildlife Reserve (1B, 1L, 1D) Join an early morning bird walk to discover some of the almost 300 bird species that call Tabin home. After breakfast, drive to the the bird watching tower, then trek through the lush rainforest to visit Lipad Waterfall. Take a dip in the natural pool and enjoy a refreshing shower under the waterfall. After lunch, enjoy free time to relax or opt to try out the Tabin Rainforest Foot Soak, made with a natural blend of herbs, to loosen tired muscles after long jungle treks. In the evening, take a dusk drive for more wildlife viewing, then go for a night walk in search of nocturnal wildlife. Included Activities: Morning Bird Walk Lipad Waterfall Visit Jungle Night Walk
Day 4 Tabin Wildlife Reserve/Sukau (1B, 1L, 1D) This is Sabah's longest river and home to an incredible variety of wildlife. Stay in the jungle and observe an vast array of insects, birds, and animals in their native environments. Walk along jungle trails and travel by boat on the river to regularly see kingfishers, hornbills, macaques, and proboscis monkeys. On occasion, you may get lucky and spot elephants, wild boar, otters, orangutans, and other reclusive species. Additional Notes: Just behind the lodge is the main track for pygmy elephants, so we have a good chance to spot these unique creatures. Included Activities: Kinabatangan River Evening Cruise Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s)) Boat (0.75 hour(s))
Day 5 Sukau (1B, 1L, 1D) The proboscis monkey can only be found on the island of Borneo. On our river boat excursions, we have the chance to see these elusive monkeys in their natural habitat. The male has a huge nose and oversized stomach and is often accompanied by a harem of females, drawn by his "good looks." These monkeys are energetic climbers and often leap from tree to tree. They can also dive and swim and are very entertaining to watch. We may get to see wonderful pygmy elephants in the wild during their migration, as well as other wildlife under the canopy of the rainforest. Included Activities: Kinabatangan River Wildlife Cruise Bakas Trail Jungle Hike Kinabatangan River Evening Cruise Jungle Night Walk
Day 6 Sukau/Mount Kinabalu (1B) Stay at the foot of the mountain and opt to stretch your legs by exploring the trails around the park, or check out the visitor centre. There are also some beautiful nature walks around the headquarters and at Poring Hot Springs, through lowland tropical forest on well marked trails. Included Activities: Poring Hot Springs Visit Australian War Memorial Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s))
Day 7 Mount Kinabalu/Tuaran (1B) Spend the morning at the national park, walking the trails and catching excellent views of Mt Kinabalu. Later, drive to Tuaran on the coast and enjoy the beach, pool, or an optional jungle walk. Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00-3.00 hours)
Day 8 Tuaran/Kudat (1B) In the morning, visit an orangutan rehabilitation centre to learn about and observe these beautiful creatures. Later, drive to Kudat, our home for the next 3 nights and famed for its stunning beaches and turquoise water. Included Activities: Visit an Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s))
Day 9 Kudat (1B, 1D) Participate in a beach cleanup program organized by the Kudat Turtle Conservation Society, then enjoy a beach BBQ dinner. Included Activities: Beach Cleanup Project
Day 10 Kudat (1B) Enjoy this tropical paradise with free time to snorkel, bike, kayak, trek, or visit a turtle hatchery (seasonal). In the evening, visit the tip of Borneo for spectacular sunset views and an optional dinner at a beachside restaurant. Included Activities: Sunset excursion to the tip of Borneo
Day 11 Kudat/Kota Kinabalu (1B) Travel back to Kota Kinabalu and opt to visit the night market and enjoy local delicacies for a farewell dinner. Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours)
Day 12 Kota Kinabalu (1B) Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day
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