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Borneo Wildlife Adventure

Private Travel | General interest | Wildlife 10 Days & 7 Nights Lead-in price: £2995 Current prices from: £2995
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.

The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Spot orang utans both in the wild & at the Sepilok feeding centre
  • Visit a local village eco-tourism project in the Kiulu Valley
  • Wildlife watching on river cruises & jungle walks
  • Relax on the beach at the luxury Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort & Spa
  • Stay in 4- & 5-star hotels & jungle lodge accommodation*

Abai

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 3086 3086 3188 3290 3290 3290 3290 3290 3290 3188 3188 3086
Min temp (C)(F) 2373 2373 2373 2475 2475 2373 2373 2373 2373 2373 2373 2373
Sunshine hours 5 6 7 8 8 7 7 7 6 6 6 5
Daylight hours 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12
Rainfall (mm)(in) 38215 26811 1777 1265 1636 1687 1667 1978 2028 2249 26911 37515
Rainy Days 25 18 15 11 13 16 17 18 18 21 25 26
Humidity Extreme Extreme Extreme Extreme Extreme Extreme Extreme Extreme Extreme Extreme Extreme Extreme
UV 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11/E
Sea temp (C)(F) 2882 2882 2882 2984 2984 2984 2984 2984 2984 2984 2984 2984

Batang Ai

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 3086 3086 3086 3188 3188 3188 3188 3188 3188 3188 3188 3086
Min temp (C)(F) 2170 2170 2170 2170 2272 2170 2170 2170 2170 2170 2170 2170
Sunshine hours 4 5 5 6 6 6 7 6 5 6 5 5
Daylight hours 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 6 12 12 12
Rainfall (mm)(in) 39416 31512 30812 31412 25610 1958 1887 2419 28311 31012 32613 37715
Rainy Days 28 23 23 22 19 17 18 19 22 25 27 18
Humidity Extreme Extreme Extreme Extreme Extreme Extreme Extreme Extreme Extreme Extreme Extreme Extreme
UV 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E
Sea temp (C)(F) 2882 2882 2984 3086 3086 3086 3086 3086 3086 3086 3086 2984

Gaya Island

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2984 3086 3188 3188 3188 3188 3188 3188 3188 3086 3086 3086
Min temp (C)(F) 2272 2272 2373 2475 2475 2373 2373 2373 2373 2373 2373 2373
Sunshine hours 6 7 8 8 7 7 7 6 6 6 6 6
Daylight hours 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12
Rainfall (mm)(in) 1707 974 1034 1476 26410 27711 24910 24610 29011 31612 28711 2409
Rainy Days 17 13 11 13 8 18 18 18 22 23 24 21
Humidity Extreme Extreme Extreme Extreme Extreme Extreme Extreme Extreme Extreme Extreme Extreme Extreme
UV 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E
Sea temp (C)(F) 2882 2781 2882 2984 3086 3086 3086 3086 2984 2984 2984 2984

Kota Kinabalu

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2984 3086 3188 3188 3188 3188 3188 3188 3188 3086 3086 3086
Min temp (C)(F) 2272 2272 2373 2475 2475 2373 2373 2373 2373 2373 2373 2373
Sunshine hours 6 7 8 8 7 7 7 6 6 6 6 6
Daylight hours 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12
Rainfall (mm)(in) 1707 974 1034 1466 26410 27711 24910 24610 29011 31612 28711 2409
Rainy Days 17 13 11 13 18 18 18 18 22 23 24 21
Humidity H H H VH VH VH H VH H H H H
UV 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E
Sea temp (C)(F) 2882 2781 2882 2984 2984 3086 2984 2984 2984 2984 2984 2882

Kuching

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 3086 3086 3188 3290 3391 3391 3290 3290 3290 3290 3290 3188
Min temp (C)(F) 2373 2373 2373 2373 2475 2373 2373 2373 2373 2373 2373 2373
Sunshine hours 4 4 6 6 6 6 6 6 5 5 5 4
Daylight hours 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12
Rainfall (mm)(in) 69627 53921 35614 27411 2409 2008 1897 2209 27011 33113 35614 49319
Rainy Days 29 24 22 22 19 18 17 19 21 25 28 30
Humidity Extreme Extreme Extreme Extreme Extreme Extreme Extreme Extreme Extreme Extreme Extreme Extreme
UV 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11/E 11/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E
Sea temp (C)(F) 2882 2882 2984 2984 3086 3086 3086 3086 2984 3086 2984 2984

Sepilok

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2984 2984 3086 3188 3290 3290 3290 3290 3290 3188 3086 3086
Min temp (C)(F) 2373 2373 2373 2373 2373 2373 2373 2373 2373 2373 2373 2373
Sunshine hours 5 6 7 8 8 7 7 7 6 6 6 0
Daylight hours 12 12 12 12 12 13 12 12 12 12 12 0
Rainfall (mm)(in) 44918 27911 1998 1205 1586 2078 1988 24810 24810 24310 31012 43917
Rainy Days 23 18 13 12 14 16 17 19 19 22 25 0
Humidity Extreme Extreme Extreme Extreme Extreme Extreme Extreme Extreme Extreme Extreme Extreme Extreme
UV 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11/E
Sea temp (C)(F) 2882 2882 2882 2984 2984 2984 2984 2984 2984 2984 2984 2984

Sukau

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2984 2984 3086 3188 3290 3188 3188 3188 3188 3188 3086 3086
Min temp (C)(F) 2373 2373 2373 2373 2373 2373 2272 2272 2272 2373 2373 2373
Sunshine hours 5 6 7 8 8 7 7 7 6 6 6 5
Daylight hours 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12
Rainfall (mm)(in) 38215 27611 1847 1325 1667 1687 1687 1978 2028 2209 26210 36314
Rainy Days 25 18 15 11 13 16 17 18 18 21 25 26
Humidity E E E E E E E E E E E E
UV 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11/E
Sea temp (C)(F) 2882 2882 2882 2984 2984 2984 2984 2984 2984 2984 2984 2984
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Superior Private Tour in brief

Day 1: Fly to Kota Kinabalu

Overnight flight from London (regional connections available) to Kota Kinabalu with Malaysia Airlines. Please speak to your travel consultant to discuss alternative flight options. (N)

Day 2: Kota Kinabalu

Arrive and transfer to the Hotel Grandis for 2 nights. (N)

Day 3: Kinabalu National Park

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)

Day 4: Fly to Sandakan • Sepilok • Abai

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)

Day 5: River cruise to Sukau

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)

Day 6: River cruise

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)

Day 7: Fly to Kota Kinabalu • Kiulu Valley

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 8: Kota Kinabalu

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)

Day 9: Fly home

Morning at leisure, then afternoon transfer to the airport for an overnight flight home. (B)

Day 10: London

Morning arrival in London. (N)

Meal basis

As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

Important information * River boat transport:

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 clients.

The Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre

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.

Superior tour

This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.

Single supplement

Available on request.

Tailor-made travel

For a price quote based on alternative accommodation standards, to discuss flight options or to tailor this itinerary, please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or enquire online.

Superior private tour accommodation

  • Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort & Spa
    Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort & Spa

    Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort is located on the north coast of Sabah, on the 3km-long Dalit beach and surrounded by 160 hectares of tropical gardens. Resort accommodation and interior decor has a Malaysian theme, and there is a range of dining options and leisure facilities that reflect the quality and attention to detail that the Shangri-La hotel group is known for. Guestrooms and suites are available in either the Garden Wing or the Ocean Wing, which faces the sunny, wind-swept seashore.Features: 499 rooms, 6&nbsp;restaurants, 4 bars, pool, championship golf course, spa,Wi-Fi.<br>Room amenities: Television, safe, tea &amp; coffee facilities, hairdryer, bath robes.

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  • MY Nature Resort
    MY Nature Resort

    The MY Nature Resort is located just 15 minutes' drive from Sandakan airport, and 5 minutes from the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre. The resort encompasses 25 acres of landscaped gardens and jungle, with a wooden boardwalk that connects the 24 semi-detached chalets with the restaurant and some jungle walks. The resort organises a daily guided night walk which guests can join to discover the sounds of the forest after dark. Torches can be hired locally for MYR10 ($5). Features: 24 rooms, outdoor swimming pool, restaurant, Wi-Fi (restaurant only). Room amenities: Television, ceiling fan, air conditioning, hairdryer.

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  • Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge
    Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge

    The Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge is situated 47km from the mouth of the Kinabatangan river in an area of rainforest home to many birds and monkeys. This eco-friendly resort utlilises solar panels for water heating and biodegradable toiletries to minimise its impact on the environment. The lodge's rooms are set in a number of stilited semi-detached bungalows throughout the jungle, connected to the main lodge by a series of walkways. Features: 33 rooms, restaurant/bar, air conditioned TV lounge, terrace. Room amenities: En suite bathroom with hot showers, ceiling fan.

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  • Hotel Grandis
    Hotel Grandis

    Grandis Hotel takes its name from Ascidieria Grandis, an endemic orchid found on Mount Kinabalu. The hotel is situated in the city centre next to the Suria Sabah shopping centre and a 10-minute walk from the Gaya Street Sunday morning market. The Kota Kinabalu International Airport is less than 20 minutes' drive away. The hotel's restaurant serves a range of local and international dishes. Features: 188 rooms, restaurant, swimming pool with poolside bar, deli, piano lounge, fitness room, Wi-Fi. Room amenities: Television, air conditioning, hairdryer, safe, minibar, coffee & tea making facilities.

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  • Abai Jungle Lodge
    Abai Jungle Lodge

    The Abai Jungle Lodge is set in the isolated Abai region on the Kinabatangan river and features guestrooms situated in wooden pavilions. The lodge is ecologically conscious and uses rainwater collected in cisterns above the chalets, and low-emission diesel engine generators. Accommodation is basic with no air conditioning, but has clean and comfortable rooms. Features: 26 rooms, restaurant/bar, jungle board walks. Room amenities: Ceiling fan, safe.

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Dates & prices

BWI2021

Guideline Prices

Low season from £2995 per person

High season from £3195 per person

 

Flexible Prices & Itineraries
For a quote based on alternative accommodation standards or flight options, or to tailor this itinerary, please call 020 7873 5000 or send an email enquiry

Additional Information

Please call 020 7873 5000 for more information or to make a booking.

Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£), based on two people sharing a twin-room. The prices which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of variable flight costs. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking.

 
  • • International flights (and domestic flights if applicable)
    • UK departure and overseas airport taxes
    • Accommodation, itinerary & meal basis as described
    • Local Transfers in a private chauffeur-driven vehicle
    • The support (if required) of an English speaking local representative
    • Local guides and entrance fees where applicable

Destinations on this tour

  • Kota Kinabalu

    The small city of Kota Kinabalu is the capital of Sabah state, on the north eastern...

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  • Sepilok

    Sepilok is one of only four orang utan sanctuaries in the world. It was set up in 1964 t...

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  • Sepilok

    Sepilok is one of only four orang utan sanctuaries in the world. It was set up in 1964 t...

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  • Kota Kinabalu

    The small city of Kota Kinabalu is the capital of Sabah state, on the north eastern...

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