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Splendours of Borneo

Private Travel | General interest 15 Days & 12 Nights Lead-in price: £4595 Current prices from: £4595
Explore the Malaysian states of Sarawak and Sabah, home to pristine rainforests, historic cities and remote beaches. Venture into the Sarawak jungle to meet with local tribes and enjoy superb wildlife-watching opportunities in Sabah.

The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Experience the authentic longhouse life of the Iban tribe in Batang Ai
  • Cruise the Kinabatangan river and spot orang utans & proboscis monkeys
  • Visit Danum valley, a conservation area that protects primary rainforest
  • Explore treetop walkways & bathe in hot springs in Kinabalu National Park

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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Discovery Private Tour in brief

Day 1: Fly to Kuching

(N)

Day 2: Kuching

Arrive in the charming city of Kuching, a settlement with its attractive waterfront and colonial architecture. Transfer to the Hilton Kuching for 1 night. (N)

Day 3-4: Batang Ai

Travel by road and boat to the Aiman Batang Ai Resort & Retreat on the shores of Batang Ai lake for a 2-night stay. Visit a traditional longhouse and learn about the life of the local Iban tribe. (B, L, D)

Day 5: Kuching

Travel back to Kuching for a city tour visiting temples, markets and museums. Stay at the Hilton Kuching for 1 night. (B)

Day 6-7: Fly to Kota Kinabalu

Fly to Kota Kinabalu and stay 2 nights at the Hyatt Regency. Visit the Kinabalu National Park to search for rare Rafflesia flowers. (B)

Day 8: Fly to Sandakan • Sepilok

Visit Sepilok to see the morning feeding of the reserve’s orang utans, which are being reintroduced into the wild. Visit the nearby Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre, then stay one night at the MY Nature Resort. (B, L, D)

Days 9-10: Kinabatangan river excursions

Travel to Abai on the banks of Kinabatangan river and stay 2 nights at a jungle lodge. Board a river cruise to see proboscis monkeys, orang utans, pygmy elephants and a variety of birdlife. (B, L, D)

Days 11-12: Danum valley

Drive south to Danum valley to search for wild orang utans, walk in the rainforest and along canopy walkways. Stay 2 nights at Borneo Rainforest Lodge. (B, L, D)

Day 13: Fly to Kota Kinabalu

Fly to Kota Kinabalu and stay at the Hyatt Regency for 1 night. (B)

Days 14-15: Fly home

Take an overnight flight home and arrive the next day (B)

Meal basis:

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

Important information Discovery tour

This tour is best suited to the hardier traveller as it includes some basic accommodation and some rougher road journeys.

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.

Discovery private tour accommodation

  • 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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  • Hyatt Regency Kinabalu
    Hyatt Regency Kinabalu

    Overlooking coral islands and the South China Sea, the Hyatt Regency Kinabalu offers modern comforts and a choice of local and international cuisine. Rooms are equipped with satellite television, hi-speed broadband internet access and a comfortable workspace. Recreational facilities include spa and gym, swimming pool, golf, tennis, squash and badminton.

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  • Hilton Kuching
    Hilton Kuching

    Positioned along Kuching's spectacular riverfront promenade with panoramic views of the Sarawak river and Fort Margherita, the 315-room Hilton Kuching is completely air conditioned and offers exceptional local cuisine. A selection of the facilities available include a swimming pool and a tennis court.

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  • Hilton Batang Ai Longhouse Resort
    Hilton Batang Ai Longhouse Resort

    Accessible only by water across the Batang Ai Lake, the Hilton Batang Ai Longhouse Resort is built in the style of a traditional Sarawak longhouse. Constructed from local timber on the shores of the lake among gardens full of indigenous plants, the resort has en suite bathrooms and air conditioning, as well as a large central restaurant, bar and swimming pool. The eco-friendly resort uses recycled materials and sensitive lighting, meaning that no energy is wasted. Staff at the resort run a range of jungle activities, all of which are on a group basis.

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  • Borneo Rainforest Lodge
    Borneo Rainforest Lodge

    With the backdrop of a thick blanket of virgin rainforest hanging over a meandering river, Borneo Rainforest Lodge offers comfortable accommodation in stilted bungalows with en suite bathrooms, polished wooden floors, ceiling fans and balconies, some with river views. Facilities include a lounge bar, gift shop and restaurant serving freshly prepared buffet meals.

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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

SBN2021

Guideline Prices

Low season from £4595 per person

High season from £5295 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

  • Kuching

    Kuching is the laid back coastal capital of Sarawak and lies on the Sarawak River. It is...

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  • Batang Ai

    Batang Ai is located in the heart of Sarawak, approximately 250km east of Kuching. The...

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  • Kuching

    Kuching is the laid back coastal capital of Sarawak and lies on the Sarawak River. It is...

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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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  • Danum Valley

    The Danum Valley Conservation Area protects a pocket of primary rainforest the size of...

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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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  • Sepilok

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

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