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Explore the Malaysian state of Borneo, home
to pristine rainforests and exotic flora and
fauna. From the busy coastal town of Kota
Kinabalu, explore the rainforests of the
Kinabalu National Park, then head south to
see orang utans near Sepilok. The wildlife
adventures continue with a journey along
the Kinabatangan river and overnight stays
at remote jungle lodges. End with a visit to
the Kiulu Valley and a relaxing stay on the
beaches of the South China Sea.
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Overnight flight from London (regional
connections available) to Kota Kinabalu
with Malaysia Airlines. Please speak to your
travel consultant to discuss alternative flight
Arrive and transfer to the Hotel Grandis for
2 nights. A welcome dinner will be held this
Follow nature trails through the rich plant life
of Kinabalu National Park, where you may be
lucky enough to see the exotic and extremely
rare Rafflesia plant in flower. Continue to the Kundasang War Memorial, a site that encompasses four beautiful gardens and commemorates the Australian and British prisoners of war, and the local people who helped them, who died during the second world war. (B, L)
Fly south to Sandakan, then transfer to the
Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre to
see the morning feeding of the reserve’s orang
utans, which will be reintroduced to the wild,
then visit the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation
Centre nearby. Transfer to the river and board
a shared boat* for a cruise into the jungle down
the Kinabatangan river, then check in to the
Abai Lodge for 1 night. Afternoon river cruise
to search for wildlife, followed by an earlyevening
night safari to experience the jungle
after dark. (B, L, D)
Morning boat trip to Pitas lake, a wonderful
opportunity to spot proboscis monkeys, pygmy
elephants and a variety of birdlife. Visit a local
village to see a tree-planting project followed by
lunch, then cruise* up river to Sukau in search
of wild orang utans. Arrive at the Kinabatangan
Riverside Lodge, your accommodation for the
night. In the afternoon take a short trip down
the Menanggul river. (B, L, D)
Cruise* from Sukau to Sandakan and visit the
Rainforest Discovery Centre to learn about
local flora and fauna. Stroll along the canopy
walkway, keeping an eye out for common giant
flying squirrels gliding from tree to tree. Stay at
the MY Nature Resort. (B, L, D)
Morning flight to Kota Kinabalu. Transfer to the
Kiulu Valley and visit a local village eco-tourism
project. Join in activities such as traditional rice
processing and rubber tapping, followed by
a walk in the countryside. Afternoon transfer
to the coast for a 2-night stay at Shangri-La's
Rasa Ria Resort & Spa. (B, L)
Day at leisure. Relax on the private beach or visit
the hotel’s nature reserve, which has a number
of jungle walking trails where you may spot
some of the 60 birds species recorded here. (B)
Morning at leisure, then afternoon transfer to
the airport for an overnight flight home. (B)
Morning arrival in London. (N)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
Note that the river
journeys from Sandakan to Abai and from
Sukau back to Sandakan are on a shared basis
with passengers who are not Cox & Kings
Sun bears are the smallest and least known members of the bear species. Their populations are rapidly diminishing in Southeast Asia, as habitats are destroyed by deforestation and bears are killed for commercial exploitation. The mission of the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre (BSBCC) in Sepilok, Sabah, is to rescue captured sun bears, and promote sun bear conservation in Borneo through animal welfare, conservation, rehabilitation, research and education programmes. There are currently 28 rescued bears at the BSBCC, which the centre aims to eventually reintroduce to the surrounding forest. A visit here is an opportunity to learn more about the animals, and the work the centre is doing to protect them.
This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.
This itinerary can be taken privately on a date that suits you, for which guideline prices are shown. Alternatively, it can be tailored to your exact requirements. Please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or
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