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Borneo - Sabah Adventure

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Cruise down the river Kinabatangan and explore the jungle
Includes return economy airfares

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Climb the highest peak in Southeast Asia, photograph Asia's only great ape, spot turtles on Turtle Island, explore the Kinabatangan jungle

Highlights

Some of the highlights included are:

  • Discover Orang-utans in Sepilok
  • Cruise down the river Kinabatangan and explore the jungle
  • Climb the highest peak in Southeast Asia

Holiday Type

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Beach
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What's included
  • International and internal flights
  • Mt Kinabalu hike, including entrance, climbing permits and guides
  • Sepilok Orangutan Centre entrance
  • Turtle Island visit
  • Kinabatangan River cruise
  • Sandakan POW Memorial Park visit
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • 9 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners (if climbing), 3 dinners (if not climbing). (Allow USD170-225 for meals not included.)
  • Private van, local bus, speedboat, plane, walking.
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
  • Hotels (5 nts), jungle lodge (2 nts), national park lodges/mountain huts (2 nts, multi-share).
Need to know
  • Small group experience; Max 15, avg 12
  • Must sign an Acknowledgement of Risk document for Turtle Island
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Itinerary

Day 1
Kota Kinabalu

Kota Kinabalu

Arrive at any time

Day 2
Kota Kinabalu/Mount Kinabalu

Kota Kinabalu/Mount Kinabalu

Travel to Mt Kinabalu. Option to hike trails. In the morning, travel by bus to the base of Mt Kinabalu, the highest mountain between the Himalayas and Papua New Guinea. In the afternoon, stretch your legs by exploring the trails around the park, check out the visitor centre or visit Ranau and Poring Hot Springs. Opt to enjoy some beautiful nature walks through lowland tropical forest on well marked trails or relax and prepare for the climb ahead. In the evening, there is a short briefing about the next day's climb.  

Day 3
Mount Kinabalu

Mount Kinabalu

During the first day's climb to Laban Rata, enjoy a packed lunch on the way. The hike can take from 5-7 hrs. Indulge in a buffet-style dinner then rest up for an early start to summit the mountain in the morning. Set off early to begin the ascent up Mt Kinabalu. It is not an easy walk, but it is incredibly rewarding. Willpower is the main requirement as it's uphill all the way! Spend the night at Laban Rata in basic mountain huts 3,272m (10,735 ft) above sea level. Turn in early to prepare for the final climb very early in the morning.

Day 4
Mount Kinabalu

Mount Kinabalu

Summit Mt Kinabalu (3-5hrs) and arrive in time for sunrise. Return to Laban Rata for a rest and to HQ for lunch.

Day 5
Mount Kinabalu/Sukau

Mount Kinabalu/Sukau

Optional nighttime cruise. This is Sabah's longest river and home to an incredible variety of wildlife. We stay in the jungle and get to observe a vast array of insects, birds and animals in their native environments. Walking along jungle trails and travelling the river by boat you regularly see king fishers, hornbills, macaque, and proboscis monkeys. Very occasionally you may get lucky and see elephants, wild boar, otters, orangutans and other reclusive species.

Day 6
Sukau

Sukau

Enjoy free time in the area and an afternoon cruise to spot animals along the river.

Day 7
Sukau/Sepilok

Sukau/Sepilok

Visit Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre. Sepilok is one of the highlights of the trip where you'll get to meet the adorable 'wild men of Borneo'. Encountering orangutans and their human like features is a truly unforgettable experience. The centre is an excellent example of active conservation, re-introducing domesticated, injured and orphaned orangutans back into the wild.

Day 8
Sepilok/Turtle Islands

Sepilok/Turtle Islands

Boat trip and overnight on Selingan (Turtle) Island. Drive from Sepilok to the jetty for a boat ride to Selingan (Turtle) Island Park.

Day 9
Turtle Islands/Kota Kinabalu

Turtle Islands/Kota Kinabalu

Visit Sandakan POW Memorial Park. Opt to visit Sandakan town. Afternoon flight to Kota Kinabalu. With a little free time back in Kota Kinabalu, you can immerse yourself in history at the Sabah State Museum, visit the Monsopiad Cultural Village, home to a notorious head hunter, or explore the islands off-shore of Kota Kinabalu, excellent for swimming or snorkelling.

Day 10
Kota Kinabalu

Kota Kinabalu

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