If you’ve travelled to Borneo and spent time with the island’s most famous wild resident, the orangutan, this NWS RAW safari takes you away from the tourists and into the heart of one of Borneo’s most untouched wildernesses, the Maliau Basin. Ringed by a huge escarpment, this conservation area measures almost 600 square kilometres and contains within it rivers, waterfalls, vast tracts of forest and a stunning amount of biodiversity. Your days here will be spent trekking through the lush landscape, casting your eyes to the skies for the 300 species of bird that flit through the forest canopy, observing the multi-hued insects that make their home in branches or on the forest floor, and catching sight of eye-catching mammals like the clouded leopard and red-leaf monkey. Along the way you’ll stay in picturesque camps out in the wilds of the Basin, as well as at the Maliau Basin Studies Centre, where you’ll be able to learn about the natural wonders present here.
What makes this trip extraordinary
- Walk through forest habitat populated by some of Borneo’s rarest mammals, including the clouded leopard, Malayan sun bear and proboscis monkey.
- Explore a number of different forest types within the basin, characterised by various tree species like agathis and dipterocarp.
- Watch in amazement as carnivorous pitcher plants devour their insect prey.
- Spot monkeys, gibbons, orangutans and macaques foraging in the trees.
- Trek for hours each day through the basin and experience life in the forest first-hand.
- Learn from the expert staff and researchers at the Maliau Basin Studies Centre.