- The Men of the Forest
One of our closest animal relations, sharing 97% of the same DNA, is the orang-utan, which are only found on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra.
- Small is beautiful
A highlight of your Borneo adventure will undoubtedly be a cruise along the Menanggol river, a small tributary of the Kinabatangan river.
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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.
12 nights in hotels and 2 in flight
33 meals: 12 breakfasts, 10 lunches and 11 dinners
- VIP door-to-door travel service
- Optional travel insurance provided by Cigna Insurance Services (Europe) Limited and additional cancellation rights on overseas holidays for over 50s, or a price reduction if not required (cover is subject to medical questions)
- Return flights and transfers
- Local expert guide
- Sundowner drink at a memorable location
- Porterage at all hotels
- Sabah Agriculture Park
- 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.
Day 1 UK-Kota Kinabalu
After taking Saga’s included UK door-to-door travel service to Heathrow, depart in the evening for your overnight flight to Kota Kinabalu.
Day 2 Kota Kinabalu
Stay two nights at the Hilton Kota Kinabalu (4Q).
Day 3 Kota Kinabalu
Enjoy an afternoon city tour and a welcome dinner this evening B,D
Day 4 Kota Kinabalu-Keningau
Pass through stunning mountain scenery en route to Keningau where you can visit the bustling night market. Spend two nights at the Perkasa Hotel (2Q). B,L,D
Day 5 Sabah Agricultural Park
Visit the beautiful landscaped gardens of the Sabah Agricultural Park this morning and discover an exotic world home to a multitude of birds, insects and mammals. This afternoon, visit a local handicraft centre. B,L,D
Day 6 Keningau-Kinabalu National Park
Trace the ridges of the lush Crocker Range to Kinabalu National Park. Pause en route to witness the rushing cascades at picturesque Mahau Waterfall and peruse the stalls laden with a colourful array of fruit and flowers at Kundasang's market. Stay two nights at Hill Lodges, Sutera Sanctuary Resorts (2Q+). B,L,D
Day 7 Poring Hot Springs and Kinabalu National Park
Travel to Poring Hot Springs for a bird's-eye view of the rainforest from the 40-metre high canopy walkway. Alternatively, if it is closed, enjoy a stroll through the exotic tropical gardens instead. The park is set at the base of Mount Kinabalu and is a botanical paradise home to hundreds of species of orchids and the world's largest flower, the rare and pungent rafflesia. This afternoon, you can see a showcase of the park's flora on a visit to Mountain Garden. B,L,D
Day 8 Kinabalu National Park - Sukau
Leave the hilly Ranau region of Kinabalu and travel along the infamous ‘Sandakan Track’ route where British and Australian prisoners worked as labourers during World War II. Continue to Sukau village for two nights at the Proboscis Lodge Bukit Melapi (2Q). Listen out for the chatter of monkeys, tropical birds and insects on an evening rainforest cruise along the Menanggol River. B,L,D
Day 9 Kinabatangan River
Explore the dense lowland rainforests on a river trip that follows an oxbow lake, perfect for a spot of birdwatching. B,L,D
Day 10 Sukau-Gomantong Caves-Sandakan
Travel to Sandakan today, pausing en route at the Gomantong Caves where local people collect edible birds’ nests. In Sandakan, seek out the primates in the mangrove forests of Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary. Lunch at a local restaurant. Stay two nights at the Sabah Hotel (3Q). B,L,D
Day 11 Sandakan
Visit two wildlife conservation projects that rehabilitate animals with the goal of returning them to the wild – Sepilok Orang-utan Centre and Sun Bear Conservation Centre – and learn about Borneo's delicate eco-system on a visit to the Rainforest Discovery Centre where you can stroll through the treetops on a walkway. Lunch at a local restaurant. B,L,D
Day 12 Sandakan-Kota Kinabalu-Manukan Island
After a city tour of Sandakan, fly to Kota Kinabalu, then travel by boat to Manukan Island and spend two nights at the Manukan Island Resort (3Q+) B, L, D.
Day 13 Manukan Island
At leisure – relax by the pool or on the beach, or perhaps enjoy some of the resort's activities. B,L,D
Day 14 Manukan Island-Kota Kinabalu-UK
Transfer back to Kota Kinabalu for your return overnight flight back to the UK. B
Day 15 UK
Arrive this morning for your included UK door-to-door travel service home.
Before your holiday, stay at the Renaissance Kuala Lumpur (4Q), set in the city's 'Golden Triangle'. Available when flying with Malaysia Airlines. Available only on 2016 departures.
After your holiday, stay a further four nights at the Manukan Island Resort (3Q). Available only on 2017 departures.
Please note both Kuala Lumpur and Manukan Island excursions are available on 2018 departures.