As the third-largest island in the world and a hub of biodiversity, Borneo is home to no shortage of fantastic wildlife destinations. The island is split between three countries – Brunei, Malaysia and Indonesia – but it is the Malaysian state of Sabah that provides perhaps the finest safari experiences that Borneo has to offer. Wild orangutans are an undoubted highlight, while primeval forests protect elusive and endangered species like the banteng, binturong, clouded leopard, bearded pig and Sumatran rhino. This two-week journey through Sabah allows travellers to experience the fullness and richness of this intoxicating corner of Southeast Asia, taking in plenty of wildlife and wilderness as well as mountain ascents, animal sanctuary visits and beachside relaxation.
What makes this trip extraordinary
- Witness the feeding of orangutans up close at the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre.
- Get off the beaten track in Deramakot Forest Reserve, the best place in the world to spot clouded leopards.
- Explore the forests where orangutans live in the wild, as well as gibbons, proboscis monkeys and leaf monkeys as they swing through the trees of their natural habitat.
- Embark on river safaris along the wildlife oasis of the Kinabatangan River.
- Stay deep in primal rainforest at Danum Valley, some of the oldest jungle in the world and home to 10 species of primate, as well as pygmy elephants, sun bears and clouded leopards.
- Discover the rich vegetation of Tabin Wildlife Reserve, where the mineral-rich mud volcanoes attract many animals such as gibbons, bantengs, clouded leopards and an incredible array of tropical birds and reptiles.
- Walk down forest trails, view the jungle from a towering canopy walkway and go on guided night walks to spot nocturnal creatures.
- Visit the Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary and the Borneo Sun Bear Conservation Centre to learn about the great work being done to preserve these endangered species.