Discover 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, head south to
see orang utans near Sepilok, and then visit the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre to observe how these rare rescued animals are being looked after.
The wildlife adventures continue with a journey along
the Kinabatangan river and overnight stays
at remote jungle lodges. End with 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 Singapore Airlines. Please speak to your
tour consultant to discuss alternative flight
Arrive and transfer to the Hyatt Regency 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
Poring hot springs, from where you can
explore the treetop canopy walkways for views
of the rainforest. (B, L)
Fly south to Sandakan, then transfer to 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, D)
Morning excursion 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 to observe how these rare rescued animals are being looked after, with the hope of eventually reintroducing them to the surrounding forest. Transfer to the river to board a shared
boat for the cruise into the jungle down the
Kinabatangan river*. Check in to the Abai
Lodge for 1 night. Afternoon river cruise to
search for wildlife, followed by an early
evening 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)
Morning shared boat trip downriver back to
Sandakan*. After lunch fly to Kota Kinabalu.
Transfer to the coast just outside the city for
a 2-night stay at Shangri-La's Tanjung Aru
Resort & Spa. (B, L)
Day at leisure to relax on the beach or join
an optional excursion to Gaya Island for a
jungle walk, barbecue lunch on the beach and
snorkelling (payable locally). (B)
Take an overnight flight home and arrive the
next day (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.
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
This tour is based in 4- &
5-star accommodation, with the exception of
the jungle lode accommodation in Abai and
Sukau, which should be considered more basic.
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 can be booked / reserved online by clicking on one of the coloured links below.
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