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Into the Jungle: Wildlife Adventures in BorneoMarvel at endemic species and idyllic scenery on this 10-day trip around the largest island in Asia.
Starts AtSandakan
Ends AtKota Kinabalu
Duration10 days
Group SizeMaximum 18
Physical Rating
Moderate
Style
Discovery
Starts AtSandakan
Ends AtKota Kinabalu
Duration10 days
Group SizeMaximum 18
Physical Rating
Moderate
Style
Discovery
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About Your Trip

Encounter an array of wildlife as you traverse the spectacular landscapes of Sabah, on the Malaysian side of Borneo. Starting in Sandakan, you’ll visit orangutan and sun bear sanctuaries before travelling by boat to the Kinabatangan River, where you’ll have the chance to spot proboscis monkeys, Borneo pygmy elephants and many other species on safari cruises. Visit an organic tea farm, hike up Maragang Hill for magnificent views of Mount Kinabalu – the highest peak in Malaysia – and enjoy a traditional cooking class with the Dusun people. Wrap up your adventure with a snorkelling trip and farewell dinner in Kota Kinabalu.

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Trip Highlights

  • 1
    Visit a sun bear conservation centre
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    Spot orangutans and pygmy elephants while cruising down the Kinabatangan River
  • 3
    Taste Sabah Tea at an organic tea farm
  • 4
    Hike up Maragang Hill for awe-inspiring views of the highest mountain in Malaysia
  • 5
    Learn the secrets of Dusun cuisine in a cooking class
  • 6
    Snorkel among coral reefs off Kota Kinabalu
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Your Itinerary

What's Included

  • Nine nights twin share accommodation
  • Private and local transport
  • Nine breakfasts, six lunches, four dinners
  • Local Insider
  • Rainforest Discovery Centre visit
  • Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre visit
  • Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre visit
  • Morning wildlife river cruise
  • Afternoon wildlife river cruise
  • Night-time wildlife river cruise
  • Maragang Hill hike
  • Dusun cooking class
  • Snorkelling trip to Manukan Island

Accommodation

Sabah Hotel , Sandakan

This secluded hilltop hotel is surrounded by tropical rainforest, so you’re immersed in nature. Enjoy morning laps in the large outdoor pool and keep fit in the fitness centre, before indulging at the bar, café and restaurant. Expect comfortable, spacious rooms.

Kinabatangan Wetland Resort , Kinabatangan River

Embrace the tranquility of this nature retreat in the wilderness of Lower Kinabatangan – a gateway to encounter the rich variety of wildlife in the area. It has cosy, elegantly furnished chalets and a restaurant serving an international buffet menu (including a variety of authentic local dishes).

Sabah Tea Resort , Sabah

Wake up to majestic vistas of Mount Kinabalu and the surrounding organic tea plantation at this peaceful mountain resort – part of the Sabah Tea Garden. All cottages are fitted with air conditioning, televisions and private bathrooms with complimentary toiletries.

Shangri-La Rasa Ria Resort , Kota Kinabalu

Take advantage of the outstanding range of facilities at this luxurious beach resort in Tuaran, enveloped by 400 acres (162ha) of tropical vegetation. Two outdoor pools, an 18-hole golf course, five restaurants, two bars and a wellness spa are just a few of the options available.

Horizon Hotel , Kota Kinabalu

This modern hotel in Kota Kinabalu features a sixth-floor infinity terrace pool and bar – a perfect spot to relax with a cocktail on the final night of your trip. Rooms are stylishly decorated with marble countertops and timber floorings, and offer scenic views overlooking the sea and city centre.

Covid Safety

Your safety and wellbeing are our top priority, so we’ve put the following measures in place on all our TRIPS:
  • Our average group size is 10 people (max 18), which gives you all the security of being in a group whilst avoiding a crowd.
  • Our private vehicles have daily assigned seating, and every day they undergo deep cleaning of all surfaces.
  • Where possible, we use small/ boutique accommodation – this means fewer guests and reduced exposure to other travellers.
  • We require all accommodation providers to share protocols around the extra health and hygiene measures they are taking.
  • Included activities are exclusive to our group wherever possible, to minimise contact with others.
  • Covid-19 negative test results or vaccine certificates may be required. Please check the entry requirements for the destination you are travelling to. Our travel experts can assist you in finding this information.
  • We recommend you confirm all guidance on official government sites and check that you are able to travel with your travel insurance issuer. Your travel insurance may be invalidated if you travel against government advice. Our travel experts can assist you in finding this information.

Important Info

  • You must be aged 25 years or over to join this trip.
  • Please be sure to check whether or not you need a visa to enter the country you're travelling to. Please refer to our Booking Terms & Conditions for further information.
  • If you have any pre-existing medical conditions or accessibility requirements, please notify our Customer Support team as soon as possible.
  • We won't charge you extra if you travel alone – you'll be allocated a twin room with another traveller of the same gender.
  • To upgrade to a private room, share a room with a friend, or book pre- and post-trip accommodation and/or airport transfers, please contact our Customer Support team.
  • Please be aware that travel insurance is compulsory for all travellers.
  • Please be aware that the itinerary, activities and hotels are subject to change. While unlikely, these changes can happen due to circumstances beyond our control. We will always do our best to ensure minimal impact on your experience.
  • Please be aware images on this page are for illustrative purposes and may not reflect your itinerary exactly.

Additional Info

Book today with a small deposit
If you’d like to book or enquire about one of our trips, get in touch with our travel experts.Phone (UK): +44 (0)1630 350001Phone (USA): +1 (678) 967 4965Email: tripssupport@theculturetrip.com
Chat to our teamIf you’d like to book or enquire about one of our trips, get in touch with our travel experts.Phone (UK): +44 (0)1630 350001Phone (USA): +1 (678) 967 4965Email: tripssupport@theculturetrip.com
Chat to our teamIf you’d like to book or enquire about one of our trips, get in touch with our travel experts.Phone (UK): +44 (0)1630 350001Phone (USA): +1 (678) 967 4965Email: tripssupport@theculturetrip.com