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Borneo Small Group Safari

Explore the highlights of Borneo with like-minded individuals. Meet the orangutans and sun bears, explore wild jungles and traverse rainforests in darkness to spot the nocturnal critters.

Arrive Sepilok

After being met at Sandakan Airport, you’ll transfer to Sepilok Nature Resort where you can relax and settle into your new surroundings. You might even have some time to explore, depending on your arrival time.

Sepilok, Sun Bears &, Labuk Bay

This morning you’ll take a short walk to the Orangutan Rehabilitation Sanctuary for the morning and afternoon feedings. At the sanctuary you can experience these wonderful ‘men of the forest’ in quite close proximity. Gentle and intelligent, these apes are being rehabilitated ready for release back into the wild after being poached or losing their home through deforestation. In between feedings, make a stop at the Rainforest Discovery Centre where you can gain a bird’s eye view of the forest on a stroll along the canopy walkway. Take some time in the evening to enjoy a nocturnal jungle walk and witness Borneo’s critters that only come out at night...

Sepilok - Lower Kinabatangan

The morning is spent at Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre (BSBCC) with a privately guided tour by the CEO and Founder, Mr Wong. The BSSCC rescue young bears when they lose their mothers and are captured to become unwilling and uncared for pets. They also promote conservation through education to encourage others to care for and conserve the habitat of the sun bear. Later, transfer to Sim Sim Jetty in Sandakan to make your transfer across the bay and into the mouth of the Kinabatangan River. This journey is the start of your wild adventure and you’ll hopefully spot some great animals on the banks of the river.

Kinabatangan River (Abai - Sukau)

After waking to the sounds of nature take an early morning river cruise to Pitas Lake to view some of the local wildlife. Following breakfast you are invited to join our tree planting project with the locals. Once you've worked up an appetite the Abai villagers will happily provide a simple lunch to keep you going throughout your afternoon activities, seeking out more orangutans, birdlife, and pygmy elephants. Late afternoon, enjoy a cruise to Menanggul River, a small tributary of the Kinabatangan.

Kinabatangan River

You’ll have two full days to explore a variety of fauna and flora along the banks of the Kinabatangan River, including orangutans, proboscis monkeys, tree snakes, crocodiles, civets, monitor lizards, macaques and herds of wild elephant. One day, at sunset, you visit the Gomantong Caves, the largest limestone outcrop in Sabah. Within the 3,924 hectare Gomantong Forest Reserve, wild orangutans, mouse deer, wild boar, and wild buffalo can be spotted. Up to 300,000 bats, are thought to live in the caves and cause quite a remarkable spectacle as they fly out of the cave at sunset for their night’s forage.

Kinabatangan - Danum Valley

Today you make your way southwards to the renowned Danum Valley. On arrival at your rainforest lodge; sit back, relax and enjoy the surroundings. Danum Valley is one of the best remaining examples of how Borneo's forests used to be, with a thick tropical canopy and a variety of wildlife.

Danum Valley

Set up to protect the area from logging, Danum Valley encompasses 43 square kilometres of pristine rainforest. The conservation area has a variety of wildlife including orangutans, a variety of birdlife, clouded leopard and elephant. With a canopy walkway, a viewpoint which looks out over the jungle canopy, and the dramatic mountains this conservation area is definitely worth dropping in on. Take some time to explore the valley and meet some of the wild animals that call it home.

Depart Danum Valley

Today is the last of the small group safari, and you will be taken to Lahad Datu for your onward flight to Kota Kinabalu, then home. Or you can extend your trip with some time on one of Borneo’s pristine islands or beaches - whilst your here…