Sabah Encompassed

This journey has it all from the markets of Kota Kinabalu, learning the history and tradition of the headhunter tribes, interacting with local communities at the longhouse of Kudat, witnessing a plethora of flora and fauna at Kinabalu Park and discovering rainforest walkways and nature trails.

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10 Days / 9 Nights $4185*

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Includes: 9 nights 2-3 star hotel accommodation - 3 nights Kota Kinabalu, 1 night Kinabalu National Park, 1 night Sepilok, 2 nights Sukau and 2 nights Danum Valley, breakfast daily, eight lunches, seven dinners, transport by local air-conditioned vehicle, sightseeing with English speaking local guides and entrance fees and domestic flight Lahad Datu/Kota Kinabalu.

Departs Kota Kinabalu: Daily 01 Jun '14 - 31 Mar '15

Travel Style: Private Journey

Travel Scale: Discovery

Add on: Turtle Island Experience
2 Days from $619* per person
Turtle Island is located off the coast of Sabah & is a safe haven for the endangered green & hawksbill turtles. Watch as these fascinating creatures come ashore to lay their eggs under a starry night. This rare opportunity is truly a once in a lifetime experience.
-Includes accommodation & return boat transfers from Sandakan.

  • Monosopiad Cultural Village

  • The traditional longhouses near Kudat

  • Canopy walk at Poring Hot Springs

  • Greeting the orang-utans at Sepilok

  • Wildlife spotting on Ox Bow Lakes

  • The oldest rainforest in the world at Danum Valley

Tour Details

  • Day 1: Kota Kinabalu

    On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. In the evening visit the night market. A number of food stalls sell satay, and you can see the traditional Malaysian cuisine being cooked. Drive to Signal Hill for sunset. Proceed for dinner at a local restaurant with cultural show. (B) (D)

  • Day 2: Monsopiad Cultural Village

    Drive to the ancestral home of Monsopiad, the most feared and infamous of warriors of the Kadazan Dusun tribe. See the artifacts and relics from his headhunting days and learn the history and tradition of the indigenous people of Sabah. (B) (L)

  • Day 3: Kudat Longhouse and Tip of Borneo

    Journey north to Kudat past villages, rice fields and lush scenery. Enroute, visit the Gong making cottage industry and stop by a honey bee farm. Continue to a traditional Rungus longhouse in a village just outside Kudat. The interior fittings are exquisitely furnished with locally-sourced materials like bamboo stems and rumbia leaves. Enjoy a traditional lunch cooked by the Rungus women then proceed to a modern Rungus longhouse. In the afternoon depart for the ‘Tip of Borneo’ - the meeting point of the South China Sea and the Sulu Sea. (B) (L)

  • Day 4: Kinabalu National Park/Poring Hot Springs

    Travel three hours by road along the ridges of the Crocker Range to Poring Hot Springs. Lowland dipterocarp forest makes up most of the vegetation at Poring. Trek into the forest to the canopy walkway suspended between trees at the height of 40 metres. After lunch, proceed to Kinabalu National Park and take a guided walk to the mountain garden to see rare collection of mountain plants and flowers. (B) (L) (D)

  • Day 5: Sepilok Orang-Utan Rehabilitation Centre

    Drive overland easterly to the district of Sandakan where you will visit the world famous Sepilok Orang-Utan Rehabilitation Centre. Get a close up view of these orangutans and have the chance to photograph them at close range. (B) (L) (D)

  • Day 6: Gomantong Caves and Sukau Kinabatangan

    Drive overland to Gomantong Caves where the bizarre edible bird's nest is harvested as they have been for hundreds of years. The caves are also home to more than a million bats. The birdlife around the cave is particularly rich, with crested serpent eagles, kingfishers, Asian fairy bluebirds and leaf birds often sighted. Continue the journey to the village of Sukau at the Kinabatangan River where the greatest concentration of wildlife in Malaysia and possibly all of Borneo, can be found. (B) (L) (D)

  • Day 7: Oxbow lakes

    Early morning take a boat trip to the ox-bow lakes. Birds abound in all shapes and forms - Egret, kingfisher, oriental darter, bee-eater and hornbills are commonly seen. The lakes are the abode of freshwater fish, otters and sometimes – wild elephants may be sighted. Trek in the riverine rainforest before returning to the Lodge for lunch. In the afternoon, another river cruise for more chances to spot wildlife. (B) (L) (D)

  • Day 8: Danum Valley

    Journey approx five hours to Danum Valley where you can trek in the oldest remaining rainforest in the world. Experience an exciting suspension walkway to see wildlife. In the evening, embark on a night drive in an open jeep in search of wildlife. (B) (L) (D)

  • Day 9: Danum Valley

    Participate in nature walks with experienced naturalists through undisturbed riverine and lowland dipterocarp forest. There is a good chance to photograph wildlife in this pristine jungle vegetation and unlimited bird watching of rainforest species. (B) (L) (D)

  • Day 10: Danum Valley – Lahad Datu

    There is time for further explorations of nature trails before transfer to Lahad Datu for your departure flight. (B)

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