We explore the montane habitat of Mt Kinabalu and the wetland of the Kinabatangan River, with ample time in the vast tracts of lush lowland forest between including Borneo Rainforest Lodge, Sukau Lodge an eco-lodge that has won numerous international awards. Also included is Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary. Extensions for 1 – 2 days in Brunei, and 5 – 7 days in Sarawak can add cultural highlights to the journey. Borneo is occupied by 3 countries, with the largest portion part of Indonesia (Kalimantan), followed by Malaysia (Sabah and Sarawak) and then Brunei. Borneo is renowned for its rainforests that are home to a myriad of rare and endangered wildlife and plant species, along with an array of cultural groups whose traditions are rich.
Why book with Tours of Exploration?
- We specialize in customized, personalized tours that can suit your needs, interests, and hobbies. Whether you are here for research, photography, or pursuing another hobby, we will ensure you leave your trip fully satisfied with how your vacation time was spent.
- We choose to work with local partners, not only to guarantee an immersive, culturally and naturally authentic experience; but also to economically support the area's local population. Wildlife conservation is one of our key values!
- Book with confidence as deposits are risk-free and refundable.
2022 - 2023 Departure Dates & Costs
Daily departures based on 2 or more persons (customizable based on your desired length of stay and interests)
Tour Cost: $ 4,980 CAD / $ 3,840 USD twin share
Single Room Supplement $ 975 CAD / $ 780 USD
Domestic air flights included
International Airfare additional
Day 1: Arrive Kota Kinabalu
Arrive where you will be met and transferred to the Le Merien Hotel – Sea view room for 1 night.
Day 2: Kinabalu National Park (B,L,D)
Pick-up at 8:00 am. Drive 2 hours overland to the foothills of Mt. Kinabalu. We make a short stop at Pekan Nabalu market to sample local fruits in season and to stretch our legs. Continue the drive to Poring, east of Kinabalu Park HQ to walk amidst tropical lowland rainforests leading up to the treetop canopy walkways. Enjoy lunch, before visiting the Kipungit Waterfall, stopping for a soak here or in the rejuvenating hot sulphur public pools. If the weather permits, treat your foot to a delightful but very ticklish fish massage at the Moroli River in Luanti. Overnight stay at Hill Lodge. Note: Private Transfer with Local English Speaking Guide
Day 3 & 4: Kinabalu National Park (B,L,D)
Two full days exploring the ecological regions of Kinabalu National park. Also visits to Sabah’s WWII history museum, majestic Mount Kinabalu view points (if weather permits), the Education Centre and Mountain Gardens at the Kinabalu Park Headquarters. Return to Resort for overnights. Please bring along drinking water bottle, insect repellent, hat, walking shoes & raincoat. Binoculars are a must on this trip!
Day 5: Sepilok Orangutan experience (B,L,D)
After breakfast, depart to Sandakan by overland journey. Arrive Sandakan, visit the Rainforest Discovery Centre. Take a bird’s eye view of the centre from the canopy walk and hanging bridge, explore the botanical garden, home to various species of flora. Transfer to Sepilok Nature Resort for overnight. Note: Join-in-group basis
Day 6: Sukau Rainforest Lodge (B,L,D)
Pick-up from resort and transfer to Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre. Walk ten minutes through the rainforest on wooden boardwalks to witness the feeding of the orang utans at 1000hrs, and then proceed to watch a video show. Also visit the Sun Bear Conservation Centre. Continue to Sandakan town. After lunch, transfer to Sandakan jetty for 2½ hours boat journey to the multi awards winning Sukau Rainforest Lodge along Sabah’s longest river, Kinabatangan with opportunity to view birds and wildlife. Take a river cruise using electric motor in search of wildlife and birds. Enjoy candle light dinner overlooking the riverbank followed by slide show and interpretation by naturalist guide. Stay 3 nights at the renowned river resort - Sukau Rainforest Lodge. Note: Join-in-group basis. Note – the lodge may have nocturnal outings that can be booked locally for a slight charge. A torch or headlamp are needed for your stay at the various jungle lodges.
Day 7: Sukau Rainforest Lodge (B,L,D)
Take a 0600hrs morning river cruise up the Kinabatangan River to Kelenanap oxbow lake to view more birds and wildlife. After breakfast, proceed for an educational tour along our Hornbill Boardwalk located behind the lodge with our in-house naturalist. In the afternoon, we proceed for another river cruise for more wildlife. Stay overnight at the Sukau Rainforest Lodge. Note: Join-in-group basis
Day 8: Sukau Rainforest Lodge (B,L,D)
Another day to experience the wildlife.
Day 9: Borneo Rainforest Lodge (Birding) (B,L,D)
After breakfast transfer 2.5 hours to Lahad Datu for registration. Then continue 83 km to Borneo Rainforest Lodge. The award winning nature lodge, is surrounded by pristine primary rainforests. Explore nature trail and nearby river. In the evening a slide show and if weather permits we go spotlighting to view some of the nocturnal animals. Stay overnight at the Borneo Rainforest Lodge, Standard Room, 3 nights. Note: Join-in-group basis
Day 10: Borneo Rainforest Lodge (B,L,D)
Early morning birdwalk before breakfast. Spend the whole day exploring the forest for birds and mammals, leading up to an escarpment with ancient burial coffins. Trek to waterfall for a refreshing dip in rock pools. Return to lodge for lunch. In the afternoon, explore more trails leading to canopy walkway. Note: Private specialty guide
Day 11: Borneo Rainforest Lodge (Primates) (B,L,D)
Another day at this fabulous nature lodge with an exciting array of jungle activities. Note: Private specialty guide. Please bring along swimwear, binocular, towels, sun block lotion, personal toiletries, insect repellent, drinking water bottle, torchlight, hat, leech sock, walking shoes & raincoat.
Day 12: Borneo Rainforest Lodge / Kota Kinabalu (B, L)
Another day at this fabulous nature lodge with a focus on primates of the Borneo Rainforest Note: Join-in-group basis. In the afternoon transfer to Lahad Datu airport for flight Malaysia Airlines departing at 5:30 pm/arrive Kota Kinabalu at 6:30 pm. On arrival transfer to the hotel. Overnight Le Meridien Hotel
Add Tabin Reserve for another great nature lodge experience.
Day 13: Departure (B)
Transfer to the airport for the flight home
What our clients say about Borneo…
“Our trip to Sabah and Sarawak was a perfect blend of culture and nature. We were guided by the most knowledgeable people from the region and truly felt we saw and began to understand this most special area of Malaysia: the people, culture, plants, forests and extremely rich biodiversity.” J. Citrin and R. Culbert
“…Couldn’t wait to tell you that at Sukau we met David Attenborough (aka God!) and after two days got up the courage to ask for his autograph – which he graciously provided. We were observing a mother and young Orang Utan interacting above the resort while, at the same time in the background, you can hear the quiet tones of Attenborough giving an interview for his latest TV thingy. Wow.” P. Phillips
“What a trip! We had the very best time… the delights went on and on… the most wonderful was the reverence with which the Malaysians hold their natural wonders – and care for them. They were so impressive with their knowledge and appreciation for the wildlife, forests, butterflies, insects etc. It was fantastic. And the orang-utans were SO enjoyable.” N. Strauch and B. Dorr
“…our trip to Borneo was wonderful. The arrangements were perfect, we never had a missed pickup or mixed up reservation. The guides were knowledgeable, courteous and patient and spoke very good English. It was indeed a once in a lifetime trip. We were fortunate to see many, many birds, fungi, flowers and animals - even the Bornean Pygmy Elephants made an appearance!” D. and J. States