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    The Men of the Forest
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    Small is beautiful

Borneo Rainforest Adventure

Borneo

  • A group of people Small Group 15 or less
  • A car with a tick VIP door to door
  • A plate with a knife and fork Full board

Enjoy the exhilarating experience of a lifetime travelling into Borneo's rainforests

Enjoy the exhilarating experience of a lifetime travelling into Borneo. Its rainforests are blessed with a stunning botanical diversity and unique wildlife which you can discover as part of a small group on this fascinating tour. Explore the foothills of Mount Kinabalu, cruise tropical rivers and thrill at the chance of seeing the orang-utans of Sepilok.

Including...

A car with a tickVIP door-to-door travel service from anywhere on the UK mainland

Hands shaking Included travel insurance

Bed12 nights in hotels and 2 in flight

Dinner plate35 meals: 12 breakfasts (B), 11 lunches (L) and 12 dinners (D)

PersonLocal expert guide

Plus...

  • Return flights and transfers
  • Sundowner drink at a memorable location
  • Porterage at all hotels

MapIncluded excursions and visits

  • Poring Hot Springs and Kinabalu National Park
  • Gomantong Caves
  • Evening cruise on the Menanggol River
  • Birdwatching cruise on an oxbow lake
  • Sepilok Orang-utan Centre
  • Sun Bear Conservation Centre
  • Rainforest Discovery Centre
  • Labuk Bay Monkey Sanctuary
  • Sandakan sightseeing tour
  • Kota Kinabalu city tour

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Day 1 UK-Kota Kinabalu

Kota Kinabalu city

After taking your included VIP door-to-door travel service to the airport, fly overnight flight to Kota Kinabalu.


Day 2 Kota Kinabalu

Kota Kinabalu

Transfer to the 4-star Kota Kinabalu Marriott Hotel (4Q), where you'll spend two nights.

Situated on the seafront and close to the Filipino Market this contemporary hotel has four restaurants, a bar/lounge, a coffee shop, an outdoor swimming pool, fitness centre and free Wi-Fi throughout. Each of the 332 air-conditioned rooms has a television, telephone, free bottled water, safe, iron and ironing board and hairdryer.

Conclude your day with a welcome dinner this evening when you can get to know your fellow guests over a relaxing meal. D


Day 3 Kota Kinabalu

Kota Kinabalu City Floating Mosque

Relax this morning, then look forward to an afternoon tour when you can discover some of the highlights of Kota Kinabalu. With museums, mosques, markets, temples and panoramic views, there's lots to see here. B, L, D


Day 4 Kota Kinabalu-Kinabalu Park

Kinabalu Park

Start your day with a visit to the Sabah Museum in Kota Kinabalu, whose galleries range from ethnography to natural history and ceramics, all relating to the culture and history of Sabah. The museum is also home to a ‘Heritage Village’ where you can see several traditional reconstructed houses, as well as an ethno-botanical garden.

After visiting the museum, head for Kinabalu National Park (57 miles, two hours), pausing en route at Nabalu handicraft market with its selection of local products. Kinabalu National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with habitats that range from tropical lowlands to rainforest. It is also home to Mt Kinabalu and a centre of plant diversity for southeast Asia.

Spend two nights at the 3-star Hill Lodges (2Q). Situated within the park, facilities at the lodge include a restaurant, cafe and souvenir shop. The simple but comfortable accommodation is in bungalow-style rooms situated on a hill side, each equipped with en suite facilities. Look forward to enjoying complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks from 6pm to 9pm at the Lodge’s Liwagu Restaurant. B, L, D


Day 5 Kinabalu Park

Rafflesia Flower in Gading National Park, Borneo

Look forward to visiting the Park’s Mountain Garden today when you’ll be able to discover some of the 4,500 different species of flora and fauna to be found in the park. There are also nature trails you may wish to enjoy – perfect for bird watching, reptile spotting and plant discovery.

Relax at your lodge this evening as you enjoy complimentary refreshments from 6pm to 9pm. B, L, D


Day 6 Kinabalu National Park-Poring Hot Spring

Sabah tea plantation

Depart after breakfast stopping first at the Kundasang War Memorial, erected in 1962 in memory of the Australian and British POWs who perished in the infamous Sandakan Death Marches during World War 2.

Next you’ll see Kundasang Market for a glimpse of the local produce, before continuing to Sabah Tea Plantation – an organic tea farm surrounded by rainforest.

Afterwards continue to Poring Hot Spring (25 miles, one hour), where you’ll stay for the next two nights at a Kelicap Twin Chalet (2Q). Accommodation includes terrace, a/c, fan, shower, toiletries and hairdryer. The restaurant is located on site a short walk away. B, L, D


Day 7 Poring Hot Springs

Take a canopy walk in Poring Hot Springs

This morning, take a short trek into the forest to the Canopy Walkway, suspended between trees at a height of some 40 metres. Enjoy a bird's-eye view of the tropical rainforest, that is both home and a hideaway for many animals and birds.

Please note occasionally the walkway is closed for essential maintenance (often in April), in which case an alternative tour of the tropical gardens will be arranged.

During your visit you can also look forward to visiting a butterfly farm, followed by a jungle trail walk through dipterocarp forest to a waterfall. Relax and enjoy dinner at the restaurant this evening. B, L, D


Day 8 Poring Hot Springs-Sukau

The striking blue throated bee eater

Leave Poring Hot Spring area and and travel along the infamous ‘Sandakan Track’ route where you'll stop at points of significant interest (156 miles, five hours). During World War II, British and Australian prisoners were marched by the Japanese in three groups from their Sandakan POW camp to Mount Kinabalu. Ultimately, only six survived from a total of 2,700 prisoners.

Stay two nights at the 2-star Proboscis Lodge Bukit Melapi (2Q). Overlooking the river, the accommodation is clean, comfortable and simple. Facilities include an open-air (but covered) restaurant, bar, recreation room, and tree-house room. Accommodation is in individual lodges amid the trees and linked by well-lit paths. All lodges have a balcony, air conditioning, a ceiling fan, shower and toilet.

Later today, enjoy a cruise on the Menanggol River, home to a range of birdlife including the kingfisher, oriental darter and the colourful bee-eater. B, L, D


Day 9 Kinabatangan River

A mother and baby orangutan embracing

A great concentration of wildlife can be found along the Kinabatangan River.

The region is home to many primates including orang-utan and proboscis monkeys, elephant, crocodile, civet and even rhino. Enjoy an early morning cruise on an ox-bow lake where you have the chance to view some of the world’s most dramatic and beautiful birds in their natural surroundings. B, L, D


Day 10 Sukau-Sandakan

A proboscis monkey sitting on a tree branch, surrounded by leaves

Travel to Sandakan today (80 miles, two hours), where you'll visit the Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary. Spend the day bird watching and enjoy spectacular views of the wildlife.

The proboscis monkeys are only found in parts of Borneo and with a diminishing habitat it has become increasingly difficult for them to find food. Located amid the mangroves in a region of vast palm oil plantations, this private sanctuary provides food and water each day to supplement their diet.

Watch from the observation platform where, hopefully, you'll be able to see these fascinating and rare creatures, the males distinguished by their distinctive, pendulous noses and pot bellies!

Stay two nights at the 4-star Sabah Hotel (3Q). The hotel is close to the town centre, yet still surrounded by rainforest. Facilities include a choice of restaurants, an outdoor swimming pool with jacuzzi, a gymnasium, steam room and sauna, and a souvenir shop. All 116 guest rooms are air conditioned and have a television, telephone, radio, tea and coffee-making facilities, mini-fridge, hairdryer and Wi-Fi. B, L, D


Day 11 Sandakan

Orangutang

This morning, after breakfast, visit two wildlife conservation projects that rehabilitate animals with the goal of returning them to the wild – Sepilok Orangutan Centre and Sun Bear Conservation Centre.

Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary was established in 1964 and is dedicated to rehabilitating orphan orangutans. The sanctuary lies in the Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve where the orang-utans are taught to climb, feed and ultimately live independently. Walkways and viewing galleries make it possible to watch these fascinating and threatened creatures in their natural habitat (although sightings can't be guaranteed). You'll also be able to find out more about the orangutans at the Information Nature Education Centre on the reserve.

Later on you'll visit the Sun Bear Conservation Centre. The centre slowly rehabilitates the bears, recognisable by the gold crescent-shaped patch that adorns their breast, ready to release them into the wild – though, like much of the wildlife on the island, their natural habitat is under increasing threat from deforestation.

Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant today, then visit the Rainforest Discovery Centre, a local bastion of environmental education. Here you'll learn how life at the roots of the trees differs from that in the canopy as you follow trails through the jungle at ground level, and then ascend to the high walkways. B, L, D


Day 12 Sandakan-Kota Kinabalu-Manukan Island

Manukan Island

Join an included orientation city tour of Sandakan. Always an important trading post, Sandakan was the capital of British North Borneo from 1884 until it was destroyed in World War II. The Anglican Church of St Michael and All Angels contrasts with the beautiful 1880s Chinese Temple, dedicated to the goddess of mercy, and set on a hillside above the town. For an unrivalled view of Sandakan Bay, you'll visit the Puu Jih Shih Buddhist temple, which was built in 1987 and is an ornate blaze of red and gold.

Then travel to the airport for your flight to Kota Kinabalu (45 minutes) from where you'll transfer to Manukan Island where you'll spend two nights on an all inclusive basis at the 4-star Manukan Island Resort (3Q) Enjoy lunch on arrival.

The resort is situated on a private tropical island, home to sweeping sandy beaches, beautiful rainforest and a variety of nature trails. Facilities include a private beach, outdoor pool, restaurant, and bar. There are 20 air-conditioned lodges each with a private bathroom with a walk-in shower, television, telephone, safe, and tea and coffee-making facilities. B, L, D


Day 13 Manukan Island

Manukan Island

Manukan Island is one of five tropical islands that together form the Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park. Manukan Island is surrounded by a coral reef, and is home to rainforests and beautiful beaches, perfect for relaxing. Activities available on the island (for an extra charge) include scuba diving, and kayaking. B, L, D


Day 14 Kota Kinabalu-UK

Kota Kinabalu

Travel to the airport for your overnight return flight to the UK. B


Day 15 UK

Fly home

Arrive this morning for your included VIP door-to-door travel service home.


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