One of the least explored areas on the planet, the mention of Borneo conjures up images of primeval rainforest, undiscovered tribes and rare, exotic species. Comprised mostly of impenetrable jungle, the world's third largest island is shared by Indonesia, Malaysia and the tiny, wealthy Sultanate of Brunei. Home to critically endangered rhino, elephant, leopard and orangutan-to name but a few-Borneo's wildlife is its top draw. But as pressures from logging, forest fires and the growing demand for palm oil mount, refuges are increasingly the best way to see wildlife, so come while you can. While you're at it, take a trek up Sabah's Mt. Kinabalu, search for the world's largest flower, or learn the ancient traditions of the island's headhunter tribes.
Borneo Family Adventure (AABF)
Borneo is one of the few places left on this planet that feels untouched by time. Spend a little of yours here with the kids. Perfect for families eager to get deep into the thick of things, this exciting journey takes you deep into the jungles to meet the locals (and stay in one of their traditional longhouses to boot) and encounter wildlife you’d otherwise only see on TV. The biggest highlight: Catching up with your primate relatives at the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre. It’s just 11 days, but it feels like a lifetime.
Highlights: Enjoying the white sand beaches of Pulau Gaya, meeting primate cousins at Sepilok Orangutan Centre, Staying in traditional long house accommodation
Malaysia and Borneo Adventure (AAMBD)
From the big-city bustle of Kuala Lumpur to the serene tranquility of Borneo’s rainforest, Malaysia is the definition of contrast. Meet the 'old man of the forest'—the orangutan—while exploring the rainforest and get to know the delights of modern-day Kuala Lumpur and Singapore on this 12-day adventure. You’ll explore Melaka’s historic canal-side lanes by bicycle and the lush rainforest along the Kinabatangan River and in the Danum Valley by boat and on foot. Along the way, you’ll come away with a real connection to this enthralling land.
Highlights: Meeting the 'old man of the forest' at the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, Heading into the rainforest in search of exceptional wildlife, Stepping back into history in Melaka’s colourful and historic lanes, Seeking out delicacies in the neighbourhoods and markets of Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.