Watch the sunrise from the top of Mt Kinabalu, spot wildlife on a jungle walk, explore the Mulu caves, check out the local music scene in Miri, overnight in a traditional longhouse, meet an orangutan face-to-face
Still wild and mysterious even after all these years, Borneo is one of those places that’s become synonymous with adventure travel. Come see what all the fuss is about on this 14-day journey through the Malaysian states of Sarawak and Sabah. There, you’ll encounter wild orangutans, proboscis monkeys, sun bears and other creatures of the rainforest, visit hot springs and waterfalls, and get a better understanding of the local Dayak people by spending the night in a traditional longhouse. Adventure never goes out of style; it just becomes more classic.
- Traditional dinner in a local home (Kota Kinabalu). Beach time in Kudat. Mt Kinabalu hike, including entrance, climbing permits and guides. Wildlife river kayaking tour (Weston). Mulu cave visit. Semenggoh Nature Reserve and orangutan visit (Kuching). Internal flights. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
- 13 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners. (Allow USD270-350 for meals not included.)
- Simple hotels/guesthouses (9 nts, 1 nt may be multi-share), traditional longhouse (1 nt), national park lodges/mountain huts (3 nts, multi-share).
- Private van, kayak, walking, ferry, public minibus, plane
- Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
- Small group experience; Max 15, avg 12
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Day 1 Kota Kinabalu (1D)
Arrive any time during the day. Welcome meeting and included local home meal in the evening.
Day 2 Kudat (1B)
Drive to Kudat on the northern tip of Borneo to visit a nesting site for turtles. Lounge on secluded white-sand beaches. Opt to go fishing on a local boat, surfing, jungle trekking or get involved in a local beach cleanup project.
Day 3 Mt Kinabalu (1B)
Enjoy some extra beach time in the morning before driving to Kota Kinabalu park in the afternoon. In the evening, attend a briefing on the next day's hike.
Day 4 Hike Mt Kinabalu (1B, 1L, 1D)
Store extra gear in the mountain's HQ and climb to Laban Rata, enjoying a packed lunch on the way. The hike can take from three to seven hours. Indulge in a buffet-style dinner then rest up for an early start to summit the mountain in the morning.
Day 5 Summit Mt Kinabalu/Poring (1B, 1L)
Summit Mt Kinabalu (3-5 hours) and arrive for sunrise. Return to Laban Rata for a rest and return to HQ for lunch. After, it's a short drive to Poring to enjoy the hot springs.
Day 6 Poring (1B)
Free day in Poring. Options include hiking local trails, visiting Lupa Masa (a primary jungle with loads of wildlife), taking a canopy walk, visiting famous Sabah tea plantations, enjoying the hot springs and visiting a waterfall.
Day 7 Weston (1B)
Drive to the charming town of Weston. Enjoy the quaint atmosphere and in the afternoon, take a kayaking tour down the river to view wild proboscis monkeys and other wildlife, and opt for a post-dinner boat ride to see fireflies.
Day 8 Miri (1B)
Drive to the jetty and take a boat to Labuan. Catch a flight to Miri. In the evening, take advantage of Miri's famous music scene and stock up on supplies for Mulu.
Days 9-10 Mulu (2B)
Day 9 is a long travel day, heading by 4x4s and private boat to reach Mulu. The journey winds through local villages. We'll make a lunch stop in Marudi, before embarking on the boat journey all the way to Mulu.
Evening of Day 9 and all of Day 10 is free to try cave exploring, hiking the Headhunters Trail, enjoying wildlife night walks, viewing bats at dusk, taking boat rides, abseiling, visiting local villages and more.
Day 11 Kuching (1B)
Fly to Kuching and enjoy a free day exploring the city. After a short orientation walk, opt to take a cooking class, visit the Sarawak museum, the Chinese history museum, Fort Margherita or walk along the waterfront promenade.
Day 12 Longhouse stay (1B)
Stay one night in a local tribe's longhouse outside Kuching. Enjoy the local food and culture.
Day 13 Kuching (1B)
Depart the longhouse in the afternoon and head to Semenggoh Nature Reserve. Arrive for the afternoon feeding of the semi-wild orangutans and stay longer to get a real feel for these animals. Head back to Kuching for a final night out.
Day 14 Kuching (1B)
Depart at any time.
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