Wonders Of Borneo

Tour Type:
Private Escorted Tours
Start:
Kuching
Duration:
15 Days
End:
Sandakan
Departs:
Daily

Starting From

NZ$ 3835
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In two weeks you will experience the best of Borneo’s in terms of nature, culture and adventure. This adventurous programme will take you to remote and untouched areas that offer the very best of sights and contacts with the natural environment. You may have to compromise a bit of comfort, but you will be rewarded with the experience of travelling to parts of Borneo that few get to see. During your trip, you will be actively involved with activities as biking, kayaking, walking and hiking through the jungle, national parks, along rivers and in the highlands of Borneo. Along the way, during this adventurous journey, you will encounter both the richness of wildlife and the warmth and hospitality of the native people of Borneo. Accommodation is generally of a good standard but there are several nights in basic jungle lodges, some without air-con. The program is compact but well-paced. Average fitness is required.

Itinerary

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DAY 1

On arrival, meet your Tour Executive who will assist and stransfer to the hotel. The remainder of the day is for your to explore the old colonial city center of Kuching or just be at your leisure. Stay two nights in Kuching.

DAY 2

Make your way to the nearby bike shop at 0800 hours and after a short safety, briefing starts the Kuching bike tour combining Heritage and Kampong. This unique bike tour covers the great majority of Kuching’s sight and indulges in a wide variety of popular authentic Sarawak local street foods, drinks and desserts. The mid-afternoon is free at leisure. Depart at 1730 hours, onboard the MV Equatorial for a 1½ hours Sunset River cruise on the Sarawak River.

DAY 3

After an early breakfast enjoy a short drive to Bako village and proceed by boat to the park headquarters and explore wildlife around the area. Enjoy lunch at the canteen and then continue to explore Bako. After dinner at the park restaurant, proceed on a night walk by torchlight and stay overnight at the park accommodation.

DAY 4

After breakfast, hike one of the trails to spot rare migratory birds, reptiles, langurs and search for the endemic and often elusive probosci's monkey, a primate only found in Borneo. After lunch at the park return to Kuching. Remaining day free to relax and stay two nights in Kuching.

DAY 5

After an early breakfast proceed to the Bengoh, the starting point of your kayak adventure. Float down a river that meanders through spectacular limestone hills clad with tropical rainforest and punctuated with Class 1 to Class 2 rapids providing a thrilling water ride. Visit a friendly Bidayuh Village, have a swim in the cool refreshing mountain water and enjoy a light picnic lunch on the sandy riverbank.

DAY 6

Today after an early breakfast drive to Batang Ai reservoir. Along the way stop for lunch and stroll around the shops at Lachau Bazaar. Board a local longboat and travel upriver to the Iban village. After free to explore and evening visit Nanga Sumpa longhouse. Relax on the ruai (common verandah) and spend time with the Iban people. Interact with the community; learn about their culture and enjoy some local rice wine. Stay two nights at Nanga Sumpa lodge.

DAY 7

Today after breakfast, hike the jungle trails along the river for about an hour to another longhouse, then Board a local longboat and travel upriver to the Enseluai waterfall. Relax, swim and enjoy the rainforest surroundings and a riverside BBQ lunch. After dinner visits the Nanga Sumpa longhouse. Relax on the ruai (common verandah), spend time with the Iban people and enjoy some local rice wine.

DAY 8

Breakfast travel downriver by boat to the Batang Ai Lake jetty followed by overland transfer to Kuching. The remaining afternoon is free to relax and stay overnight in Kuching.

DAY 9

Transfer to Kuching airport to board a flight to Mulu National Park. On arrival transfer to your accommodation,  afternoon enjoy a scenic 3 km plank walk through primary rainforest to the entrance of famous Deer Cave. Next visit to the Lang’s Cave famous for the stalactites and stalagmites followed by Bat Observatory known for a spectacular exodus of about 2 million bats leave the cave in search of food. Return to the park accommodation by torchlight. Stay two nights in Mulu National Park.

DAY 10

Today proceed by longboat upriver to Wind Cave famous for its impressive 'King's Chamber', stalactites and stalagmites.  Then to Clearwater Cave, a habitat for unique species of plants. Enjoy a picnic lunch, swim or relax before returning. The rest of the afternoon is free at your leisure.

DAY 11

Enjoy your breakfast and impressive Mulu Canopy Skywalk before you are transferred to board a flight to Kota Kinabalu. Upon arrival transfer to your hotel, stay two nights in Kota Kinabalu.

DAY 12

After breakfast enjoys an excursion to Kinabalu Park, enjoy a guided nature walk with a park naturalist to see an impressive collection of mountain flora and fauna. After lunch visits the National Park gallery providing more information on the park’s botanic diversity.

DAY 13

After an early breakfast transfer board flight to Sandakan. Pick up on arrival and visit the Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary where captive orangutans are reintroduced into the wild. Then to the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre to see sun bears in and outdoor enclosures. Before noon board and enjoy a one-hour boat ride up the Lower Kinabatangan River, passing pristine mangrove forests and searching for wildlife. After Lunch at Abai Jungle Lodge, you are free to relax or explore the surrounding area on the nature boardwalk. Late afternoon go in search of probosci's monkeys, birds, reptiles and other wildlife. After dinner, go on a guided night walk around the Lodge’s nature boardwalk. Stay two nights at Abai Jungle Lodge (non-air conditioned).

DAY 14

Early morning take another boat trip for bird watching and wildlife viewing at the nearby Pitas Lake. After breakfast at the lodge visit the nearby Abai village and participate in a tree-planting project. Enjoy a local-style lunch prepared and served by the villagers. Rest and relax before another cruise along the Kinabatangan River in search of wildlife.

DAY 15

After breakfast leaves the Abhi and enjoys a boat cruise down the Kinabatangan River to Sandakan. The tour finishes with a direct transfer to the Sandakan airport.

Inclusion


14 Nights deluxe accommodation on twin share basis

Jungle lodges and Camp

Assistance and transfers by car and boats

Meals as specified

English speaking local guide

Kuching Bike tour

Sunset River Cruise

Rainforest Kayaking

Kinabalu National Park Botanical tour

Sightseeing as specified

Entrance fees

Airfare Kuching – Mulu - Kota Kinabalu - Sandakan in economy class

Bottled water while travelling and current collectable taxes

Exclusion


Any international or domestic airfares

Train fares other than specified in the what's included section 

Airport taxes, visa & passport fees

Extra baggage charges

Early check-in or late checkout

Meals other than specified in the what's included section

Tips & gratuities

Travel & medical insurance

Camera & video permits

Expenses incurred due to flight/train cancellation or delay

Any expense of a personal nature, like drinks, laundry, telephone calls, mini bar, postage etc

Any optional excursion or tour

Entry charges at monuments/forts etc

Any other expense not mentioned in the what's included section