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This adventure through the wilds of Sabah provides ample opportunities to spot the incredible endemic wildlife found on the island of Borneo.
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Nine nights accommodation, meals as indicated, local transportation including one internal flight and services of an Explore tour leader.
Selected dates, Jul - Nov '19 & Jul - Dec '20
This 10 day adventure through the wilds of Sabah provides ample opportunities to spot the incredible endemic wildlife found on the island of Borneo. Witness the excellent rehabilitation work being done at the Sepilok Orang-utan Sanctuary, cruise along the Kinabatangan River and onto Oxbow lakes to spot wild proboscis monkeys and walk through the lush primary rainforests of the Danum Valley in search of the conservation area's rich wildlife. Along the way we stop in a homestay in the shadow of Mount Kinabalu, sample a natural fish spa and stay in a working scientific research centre.
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Enjoy an authentic homestay experience
Visit Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary
Beautiful scenery of the Danum Valley
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Our trip starts in Kota Kinabalu, the capital of the Sabah state of Malaysia and Borneo’s biggest city. Kota Kinabalu is a foodie’s dream and tonight is free to explore the city’s vibrant food scene.
We set off this morning to explore the sights of Kota Kinabalu. The afternoon is free to relax or there is an optional trip to the nearby Mari Mari village, a traditional settlement that celebrates the indigenous tribes of Borneo. (B)(L)
After breakfast and head into the Crocker Mountain Range, home to the highest mountain in South East Asia - Mount Kinabalu. En route we stop by the World War Two Memorial Park. After lunch we continue our drive to Himbaan Village, our rest stop for the night. Here we spend time with the ethnic Dusan people and enjoy a traditional dinner shared with our hosts, concluded with an evening of ethnic music. (B)(L)(D)
This morning we visit nearby Sungai Moroli Fish Spa before continuing to Poring Hot Springs. We can take a dip in the natural mineral-rich waters and spot monkeys and birds on the canopy walk that traverses the springs. From here we drive onto Sepilok, where the remainder of the day is free. (B)(L)(D)
This morning we visit the Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary which was established in 1964 to rehabilitate captured, injured or abandoned apes. So far about 100 orangutans have been brought to the centre, and there has been a remarkable success rate with up to 75% having returned to the jungle. After lunch we drive to Sukau, and set off for our first river cruise, hoping to spot some wildlife. This evening there is the opportunity for a night walk to spot nocturnal animals like the civet cat, tarsier and slow loris. (B)(L)(D)
We join a morning river cruise to Kelenanap Oxbow Lake. The Kinabatangan River area is home to a total of 10 primate species including proboscis monkeys, langur moneys, wild orangutans, gibbons and macaques. The area is also known for Pygmy elephants, sun bears, Clouded leopards, crocodiles and the Sumatran rhino. After dinner, there will be the chance for a night cruise. (B)(L)(D)
Today we depart for the rainforests of the Danum Valley. We stop en route at Gomantong Caves, a large limestone cave complex. On our drive we see that much of the route to has been de-forested and replaced with palm oil plantations. The guide will add some extra insight into the palm-oil industry, a complex issue that isn’t pleasant to witness, but is a reality in modern-day Borneo. Fortunately, the Danum Valley has long been kept as a conservation area, and the rainforest here has remained entirely intact. Our accommodation for the next two nights is the Danum Valley Field Centre, a working scientific research station offering basic but functional accommodation in the heart of the conservation area. (B)(L)(D)
After breakfast we set off for a morning walk, rare sightings of the Clouded leopard and Sumatran rhino have been reported, along with the more common sightings of orangutans, gibbons, sun bears and Pygmy elephants. (B)(L)(D)
There is a chance for a final nature walk before we fly back to Kota Kinabalu. (B)(L)
The trip ends after breakfast. (B)
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