Malaysia·June - October

BORNEO

Immerse in the untamed beauty of the wilderness in Malay Borneo

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Overview

Embark on a thrilling 14-day jungle adventure in Malaysian Borneo and immerse yourself in the untamed wilderness. This extraordinary expedition will take you through diverse ecosystems, from enchanting rainforests to tranquil rivers, offering a profound connection with nature and unforgettable encounters with wildlife. Journey deep into the biodiverse Kinabatangan River, embarking on breathtaking river cruises to spot orangutans, hornbills, and playful proboscis monkeys. But it's not just about wildlife sightings – this expedition also offers opportunities for meaningful engagement. Take part in a lake restoration project and contribute to a tree planting initiative, playing a role in conservation efforts. Travel to the scenic highlands of Sabah Tea, where you can relax amidst stunning landscapes, learn about local coffee farms, and engage with the resilient village communities. From there, venture to Kudat, a coastal paradise, and enhance your survival skills with a jungle survival course. Participate in a community project focused on sustainability, making a positive impact on the environment. This 14-day journey through Malaysian Borneo will leave you with unforgettable memories, a deep appreciation for nature's wonders, and a sense of fulfillment from actively contributing to conservation efforts. Get ready for an adventure that combines wildlife encounters, cultural experiences, and a connection with the breathtaking jungle landscapes of Malaysian Borneo.

Highlights

IMMERSE IN NATURE AND SPOT WILDLIFE

IMMERSE IN NATURE AND SPOT WILDLIFE

ENGAGE IN LOCAL CONSERVATION EFFORTS

ENGAGE IN LOCAL CONSERVATION EFFORTS

ADVENTURE WITH A GROUP OF LIKEMINDED TRAVELERS

ADVENTURE WITH A GROUP OF LIKEMINDED TRAVELERS

Itinerary

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WELCOME TO BORNEO!

Welcome to Malaysian Borneo, a land of diverse wonders and breathtaking landscapes. Get ready for an unforgettable adventure! Swipe to learn more!

Included

13 x breakfast

9 x lunch

12 x dinner

13 nights of accommodation

Immersive nature-based experiences

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DAY 1 – ARRIVAL DAY

Welcome to the wildlife paradise of North Borneo, a haven for diverse flora and fauna. As you arrive, our friendly guide will warmly greet you before embarking on a remarkable journey to the renowned Sepilok area. Begin your adventure in the embrace of nature at a cozy resort nestled among the trees.


Once you've settled in, take a leisurely stroll through the beautiful surroundings, keeping an eye out for fascinating wildlife encounters. Keep your senses keen for sightings of the elusive Borneo Black-banded squirrel, the graceful Flying Squirrel, and if you're fortunate, even the rare presence of wild orangutans. Immerse yourself in the natural wonders that surround you.


To kick off the trip, join us for an icebreaking welcome dinner at the resort's restaurant, where you can connect with fellow travelers and prepare for the exciting experiences that lie ahead. 

Included

Welcome dinner

Airport transfer on arrival

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DAY 2 – SETTLE IN

Rise and shine for your first full day in Borneo. Today is a free day so you can choose to sleep in to overcome your jet lag or get out there and explore with the rest of your travel crew! Take a walk around your cozy resort which is nestled in a semi-forest area. You never know what you'll see! You can also choose to venture to some sites within Sepillok - like the Orangutan and Sun Bear conservation Centre. The choice is yours! 

Included

Breakfast

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DAY 3 – SUNSET RIVER CRUSIE

Embark on an adventure to the renowned Kinabatangan River, departing your accommodation around 13:00. Stretching over 350 miles from inner Borneo to the Sulu Sea, this biodiverse region stands as Southeast Asia's most remarkable area. While some parts of the region have shifted to palm oil plantations, conservation efforts are underway with support from the tourism industry to protect and sustain the wildlife and habitats along the riverbanks.


The Kinabatangan River offers a chance to spot a variety of fascinating creatures, including the iconic Pygmy Elephants, Orangutans, Hornbills, Proboscis Monkeys, and Estuarine Crocodiles. Although sightings of the "big five" are not guaranteed, it's common to observe proboscis monkeys, monitor lizards, and other primates during your journey along the river. After a scenic two-hour drive from Sepilok, our driver will take a break at the rural Kinabatangan riverside, setting the stage for your memorable exploration.

Included

Breakfast

Dinner

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DAY 4 – RIVER CRUISE AND LAKE RESTORATION PROJECT

Start your day with a refreshing wake-up call in the misty rainforest at 6:00. Grab some snacks or a cup of coffee to energize yourself for an early morning cruise at Oxbow Lake. We will participate in a lake restoration programme with BEST Society. The lake is an ecologically important habitat that has a high conservation value. The aim of the project is to clean up the invasive species that threaten the lake’s health. The programme involves removing invasive weeds from the lake’s surface. Marvel at the serene beauty of nature for a few hours and then return to the lodge for a hearty breakfast. Next, join the in-house Orang Utan Talk session and learn about the fascinating secrets of these amazing creatures.


In the evening, embark on another two-hour river cruise for a chance to spot wildlife. End your day with a delicious dinner with the rest of your crew.

Included

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

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DAY 5 – JUNGLE EXPLORATION & TREE PLANTING ACTIVITY

Begin your day with an early morning river cruise, embarking on a quest to spot wildlife in their natural habitat. After lunch, venture into the jungle surrounding the river area for a two-hour exploration where you can discover the diverse flora and fauna up close. Immerse yourself in the rich ecosystem, with opportunities to observe small creatures and appreciate the beauty of the plants. Later in the day, you'll participate in a meaningful tree planting project aimed at restoring the forest habitat and creating a corridor between palm oil plantations to support the natural environment.


In the evening, enjoy another two-hour river cruise as you soak in the peaceful ambiance. The river is one of the best places to spot wildlife due to the dense foliage of the jungle. Wind down the day with a group dinner.

Included

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

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DAY 6 – INTO THE HIGHLANDS

Embark on a four-hour land journey through the scenic Borneo Inland area, reaching a tea plantation nestled in the highlands. After checking in, you can relax and take in the rural charm of the area and enjoy the stunning view of Borneo's tallest mountain from the lodge. This remote resort offers a refreshing change of weather compared to the lowlands, providing an excellent setting for outdoor activities or personal yoga sessions. Take this opportunity to relax and unwind amidst the peaceful surroundings, immersing yourself in the tranquility of the highland retreat. 

Included

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

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DAY 7 – A LOCAL LOOK

Depart your accommodation for a one-hour transfer to a rural village nestled in a picturesque valley. You'll receive a warm welcome from the friendly villagers, who will accompany us on a delightful village walk. During our visit, we'll have the opportunity to witness the last remaining coffee farm in North Borneo and gain insights into the coffee processing techniques used to create the flavorful coffee powder. Enjoy a unique local coffee experience during lunchtime, savoring the distinct flavors of the region.


In addition to the coffee farm, we'll also explore a pineapple farm and a honey farm, discovering the secrets behind this local produce. As we engage with the villagers, they will share their inspiring stories of resilience and survival in the face of a devastating earthquake that struck their community. Gain a deeper understanding of their experiences and witness their remarkable ability to cope with the aftermath. To conclude the day, a delectable dinner will be served by our gracious host, providing a taste of authentic local cuisine.

Included

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

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DAY 8 – A VISIT TO THE MACHETE MAKER & FREE TIME

The Dusun village holds a significant historical past, marked by a tradition of head-hunting, where machetes were once used to sever the heads of their adversaries. While this practice was left behind with the arrival of British colonial rule, today you have the unique oppotunity to visit a machete maker's house and witness the skillful craftsmanship involved in creating these traditional weapons.


During the afternoon, take your time to embrace the tranquil and secluded ambiance of the village, immersing yourself in its relaxed atmosphere. Engage with the welcoming villagers, learn about their customs and way of life, take a walk by yourself or hang out, playing games with others from your group. As the day draws to a close, come together for a dinner which will be served by your host.

Included

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

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DAY 9 – TRANSFER TO THE COAST & JUNGLE WALK

Bid farewell to the mountainous highlands as you embark on your journey towards the coast on a three-hour drive to reach Kudat, the Tip of Borneo. This beautiful peninsula is surrounded by the South China Sea and the Sulu Sea. Upon arrival, our friendly lodge owner will warmly welcome us and provide a brief orientation. After settling into our rooms, we will embark on a two-hour jungle walk in the lodge's vicinity, offering the opportunity to spot intriguing wildlife such as Scops Owls, Slow Lorises, or Civet cats if we're fortunate. 

Included

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

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DAY 10 – SURVIVAL SKILLS AND JUNGLE CAMPING

This morning, we will engage in a jungle survival course designed to equip us with essential skills for surviving both in the wilderness and in our daily lives. The course will cover fundamental jungle craft and bushcraft techniques, including shelter construction, fire making, and foraging for food. Additionally, we will learn how to identify local plants and wildlife, deepening our understanding of the surrounding environment.


After lunch, we will prepare for an overnight adventure in the jungle. We will set off on a trek into the lodge owner's restored secondary forest. Our knowledgeable guide will demonstrate the proper way to set up hammocks and assist us in preparing our own dinner. As dusk settles, we will experience the unique ambiance of spending the night amidst the captivating wilderness, listening to the sounds of the surrounding jungle. 

Included

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

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DAY 11 – COMMUNITY PROJECT

During the morning, we will have the fun opportunity to get our hands dirty by participating in a community project focused on promoting sustainability in the area. Our tasks may very depending on the day, but could involve projects like constructing concrete steps for improved accessibility, building bee boxes to support pollination and honey production, and creating a compost heap to reduce waste and enrich the soil. 


In the evening, we will have a chance to unwind and reflect on our experiences at a stunning long white sand beach. This tranquil setting provides an idyllic backdrop for us to relax and soak in the beauty of the surroundings. As we witness the mesmerizing sunset, we will have the perfect opportunity to pause, unwind, and appreciate the wonders of nature.

Included

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

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DAY 12 – FREE DAY AT THE BEACH

Today, enjoy a day of relaxation on the coast. Take the opportunity to unwind and relax. The day is free to do what you wish. Take a stroll along the scenic countryside, relax under a coconut palm on the beach or venture to the tip of Borneo where you can take in the stunning views of the ocean meeting the sky! A packed lunch will be served on the beach.

Included

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

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DAY 13 – TRANSFER TO KOTA KINABALU

Today you will bid farewell to Kudat as you begin the transfer to Kota Kinabalu - often referred to as KK. Kota Kinabalu is the capital city of the Malaysian state of Sabah which is referred to as a vibrant and modern city. On arrival check into your accommodation and settle in. If you have time, we recommend checking out the picturesque waterfront area, which is home to the Kota Kinabalu City Mosque. 

In the evening, come together as a group for a goodbye dinner. 

Included

Breakfast

Goodbye Dinner

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DAY 14 – DEPARTURE DAY

Today your journey comes to an end. Bid farewell to the strangers who have become good friends during your adventure through Malay Borneo! You'll check out of your accommodation and will transfer to the airport for your departures onward. If you have the time, we recommend extending your stay in Kota Kinabalu - there's a lot to see and do! 

Explore vibrant local markets like the Filipino Market or the Gaya Street Sunday Market, where visitors can immerse themselves in the local culture and find an array of traditional handicrafts, fresh produce, and delicious street food. Looking for more time in nature? Kota Kinabalu offers easy access to the nearby Mount Kinabalu, the highest peak in Southeast Asia. This majestic mountain is a paradise for hikers and climbers, offering breathtaking views and unique flora and fauna along its trails.

Included

Breakfast

Airport transfer on departure

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GOOD TO KNOW

Sometimes things change. This includes the itinerary in some cases. This could be weather conditions or an unforeseen opportunity that will make your journey even better. Just to let you know that this is not set in stone, but will include the activities you sign up for sooner or later.

What's Included

What's Included

Accommodation

Meals outlined in itinerary

Transportaion outlined in itinerary

Airport transfer on arrival and departure

Community Facilitation

Licensed, English speaking guides

Entrance fees and government taxes

Personal travel insurance

Transportaion to and from the trip starting and ending destination

Meals not outlined in itinerary

Tips to drivers and guides

Other personal expenses

Visa fees (if necessary)

FAQs

The journey begins in Sepilok and ends in Kota Kinabalu.


We recommend flying into Sandakan Airport (SDK) near Sepilok and departing from Kota Kinabalu International Airport (BKI) near Kota Kinabalu. 


You can either get picked up at the airport or meet everyone at the first hotel on the day the journey begins if you choose to arrive earlier. From there, adventure in nature awaits!

On re:discover journeys, we like to keep groups small. This helps you better assimilate into the local communities you'll be visiting, and gives space for you to truly connect and get to know your fellow travel mates. Group size will vary but expect around 6 to 12 people plus your local guides and teachers.

You will be sharing with one or more of your co-travelers. Maybe your next BFF or TBFL (travel buddy for life)? Because we try to gather people with similar interests who are in the same place in life, we're convinced that you will find people to bond with on your trip, and one of the best ways is to share a room with them.

Malaysian Borneo is teeming with a rich variety of wildlife, offering incredible opportunities for wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers. Here are some of the fascinating creatures you can encounter during your journey:


  1. Orangutans: Malaysian Borneo is one of the few places in the world where you can observe these incredible primates up close in their natural habitat. These intelligent and gentle creatures can be found in the lush rainforests, particularly in areas like Sepilok.
  2. Pygmy Elephants: The Kinabatangan River region is home to the endangered Bornean pygmy elephants, which are the smallest elephants in Asia. Spotting these majestic creatures as they traverse through the riverbanks is an unforgettable experience.
  3. Proboscis Monkeys: These unique monkeys are endemic to Borneo and known for their distinctive large noses and potbellies. They can often be seen leaping through the trees or lounging near rivers, providing delightful encounters for wildlife enthusiasts.
  4. Hornbills: Borneo is renowned for its impressive hornbill population, including the iconic Rhinoceros Hornbill. These large, colorful birds with their prominent bills are a sight to behold and are often found in the dense forests.
  5. Sun Bears: Though small in size, sun bears hold great significance in Malaysian Borneo's wildlife conservation efforts. These adorable creatures can be observed at sanctuaries and rehabilitation centers, providing an opportunity to learn about their conservation needs.
  6. Bornean Clouded Leopards: While elusive and rare to spot, Bornean clouded leopards inhabit the dense rainforests of Malaysian Borneo. With their beautiful coat patterns and mysterious nature, encountering these elusive felines is a remarkable experience.

These are just a few examples of the incredible wildlife that can be found in Malaysian Borneo. The region is also home to a wide range of primates, reptiles, amphibians, and bird species, making it a paradise for nature enthusiasts and wildlife lovers alike.

We recommend that you do! Either arrive early, stay longer or do both. It's impossible to do and see everything in 14 days – there's always more to do and to see. We've set the length of this journey so that you won't have to take off too much time from work, but if this is not a concern of yours, well, then it's almost an obligation to stay a bit longer to see what else Borneo and the surrounding region has to offer!

Did we not answer all of your questions? Not to worry – you can always ask! There are no stupid questions. Well, not a lot anyway. We're always happy to help – even if some questions might be silly to us, if we haven't answered them clearly by now, it's on us. 

Plus, we love it when you get in touch!

Dates

June 9 - 22 2024

FROM$1794/pp

October 5 - 18 2024

FROM$1794/pp

BORNEO

Malaysia· June - October· 13 nights

FROM$1794/pp