• Step into one of the most stunning wildlife areas of the world, resplendent with a huge variety of flora and fauna, from forest kingfishers and flying squirrels to proboscis monkey and orangutan
• Explore the rich history and culture of Borneo, including a visit to the magnificent ‘floating’ mosque of Kota Kinabalu
• Learn more about the importance of conservation on this unique island, and discover how our rainforest lodges are taking measures to limit their mark on the landscape
Ecologist and ornithologist who works in the UK, South East Asia, Australasia and Africa and has led wildlife tours across the world
Tour assembles afternoon at Shangri-La Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa, Kota Kinabalu for overnight. Welcome and introduction.
Morning visits in Kota Kinabalu including Sabah State Museum, City ‘floating’ Mosque, Pu Toh Tze Temple and Kota Kinabalu Wetland Centre. Afternoon: transfer to UNESCO site of biodiversity, Kinabalu National Park, and check in to Nepenthes Lodge for three nights. Optional evening walk.
Whole day in Kinabalu National Park: Timpohon Gate (observation deck) followed by walks looking out for flora and fauna including endemic birdlife such as Whitehead’s broadbill and Rajah Brooke’s birdwing (butterfly).
Early morning bird walk followed by visit to town of Kundasang for War Memorial Park (beautiful gardens commemorating Australian and British servicemen and civilians of Borneo) followed by further explorations within Kinabalu National Park.
Depart by coach for Poring Hot Spring (canopy walkway) then continue to Sepilok Nature Resort, Sandakan, for two nights. Evening walk at nearby Rainforest Discovery Centre, looking out for nocturnal wildlife.
Morning: Rainforest Discovery Centre for canopy walk and botanical garden, followed by Sun Bear Conservation Centre (world’s smallest bear). Afternoon: Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre (including afternoon feeding).
Morning: visit to Sepilok orangutan nursery. Afternoon: depart for Gomantong Cave (wild orangutans, languars and other wildlife) including dusk exodus of over two million bats pursued by raptors. Continue to Sukau Rainforest Lodge for three nights.
Early morning cruise up the Kinabatangan river. Morning exploration of the rainforest along the Kinabatangan River, including the migratory path of Borneo pygmy elephants (subject to local conditions), looking out for a variety of local flora and fauna. Afternoon river cruise.
Morning, afternoon and evening cruises along the Kinabatangan River.
Transfer via Lahad Datu to Danum Valley, the largest protected area of lowland dipterocarp rainforest in Sabah, for three nights at Borneo Rainforest Lodge. Afternoon jungle walk, including canopy walkway for views over the rainforest. Evening: night drive looking out for nocturnal wildlife.
Whole day exploring Danum Valley Conservation Area, including walk with local botanist Anthea Philips to discover how Danum Valley became one of the richest conservation areas in the world. Evening: night walk looking out for nocturnal wildlife.
Whole day exploring Danum Valley, including special conservation session involving the creation of ‘mudballs’. Evening: night walk.
Transfer to Lahad Datu for flight to Kota Kinabalu. Continue to Shangri-La Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa for overnight.
20 Sep — 3 Oct 2020
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To ensure maximum opportunities for encountering Borneo’s wildlife, the group size on this tour will be limited to fourteen. Please contact the ACE office as soon as possible if you would like to reserve a place.
This tour will include several walks, some of a strenuous nature, as well as a number of treetop canopy walkways (which can be made optional). Conditions will often be humid, and participants should have a good overall level of fitness.
Please note that international travel between the UK and Koto Kinabalu is not included in the price of this tour.
Cost of £5595 includes: accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, full board (except lunch in Kota Kinabalu on day 2) with water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
Not included: return travel, travel insurance, camera fees, single supplement £590.