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Borneo – Sabah Adventure
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Revive your sense of adventure on this jam-packed tour. Hike rainforest trails and summit Mt Kinabalu to watch the sunrise. Our CEOs will provide nature lovers and photographers of all skill levels with an introduction to the highlights of remote Sabah, helping you frame great snapshots of tropical birds and giant flowers. Visit the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre and meet these special creatures. And after all the excitement and exercise, there will still be the chance to see baby turtles in their natural habitat. Get off the beaten track and discover the best of Sabah.

  • Duration: 10 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • For lovers of: Wildlife, Parks & Nature Reserves, Trekking, Hiking, History, Local Culture & Cuisine
  • Physical rating: Demanding
  • Accommodation standard:   Budget%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 80.0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Tour code: 126390
  • Starts: Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
  • Finishes: Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
You will Visit
  • Kota Kinabalu
  • Kota Kinabalu

Itinerary

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Day 1: Kota Kinabalu

Arrive at any time.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

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Day 2: Kota Kinabalu/Mount Kinabalu (1B)

In the morning, travel by bus to the base of Mt Kinabalu, the highest mountain between the Himalayas and Papua New Guinea.

In the afternoon, stretch your legs by exploring the trails around the park or check out the visitor centre.

Opt to enjoy some beautiful nature walks through lowland tropical forest on well marked trails or relax and prepare for the climb ahead.

In the evening, there is a short briefing about the next day's climb.

Additional Notes:
Prefer not to climb? We can help arrange a stay at the base of the mountain for you.

Transport:
Private Vehicle (2.50 hour(s), 96km)

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Day 3: Mount Kinabalu (1B, 1L, 1D)

Set off early to begin the ascent up Mt Kinabalu. It is not an easy walk, but it is incredibly rewarding. Willpower is the main requirement as it's uphill all the way!

Spend the night at Laban Rata in basic mountain huts 3,272m (10,735 ft) above sea level.

Turn in early to prepare for the final climb very early in the morning.

Included Activities:
Mount Kinabalu Hike- Day 1

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Day 4: Mount Kinabalu (1B, 1L, 1D)

Summit Mt Kinabalu (3-5hrs) and arrive in time for sunrise. Return to Laban Rata for a rest and to HQ for lunch. Continue on to Poring Hot Springs.

Included Activities:
Mount Kinabalu Hike- Day 2
Poring Hot Springs Visit

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Day 5: Mount Kinabalu/Sukau (1B, 1L, 1D)

This is Sabah's longest river and home to an incredible variety of wildlife. We stay in the jungle and get to observe a vast array of insects, birds and animals in their native environments. Walking along jungle trails and travelling the river by boat you regularly see king fishers, hornbills, macaque, and proboscis monkeys. Very occasionally you may get lucky and see elephants, wild boar, otters, orangutans and other reclusive species.

Additional Notes:
Our accommodation tonight in the midst of the jungle is a simple but wonderful experience, offering twin-sharing rooms with with fans and mosquito netting, with ensuite bathroom.

The overnight stay locations of Days 5 to 8 may swap on occasions, depending on the availability of Selingan Island accommodation.

Transport:
Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 96km)

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Day 6: Sukau (1B, 1L, 1D)

Enjoy free time in the area and an afternoon cruise to spot animals along the river.

Included Activities:
Kinabatangan River Wildlife Cruise

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Day 7: Sukau/Sepilok (1B)

Sepilok is one of the highlights of the trip where you'll get to meet the adorable 'wild men of Borneo'. Encountering orangutans and their human like features is a truly unforgettable experience. The centre is an excellent example of active conservation, re-introducing domesticated, injured and orphaned orangutans back into the wild.

Included Activities:
Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre Visit

Transport:
Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s), 100km)

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Day 8: Sepilok/Turtle Islands (1B, 1L, 1D)

Drive from Sepilok to the jetty for a boat ride to Libaran (Turtle) Island Park.

Included Activities:
Turtle Experience

Transport:
Private Vehicle (30km)
Boat (0.75-1.00 hours)

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Day 9: Turtle Islands/Kota Kinabalu (1B)

With a little free time back in Kota Kinabalu, you can immerse yourself in history at the Sabah State Museum, visit the Monsopiad Cultural Village, home to a notorious head hunter, or explore the islands off-shore of Kota Kinabalu, excellent for swimming or snorkelling.

Transport:
Boat (0.75-1.00 hours)
Plane (0.75 hour(s))

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Day 10: Kota Kinabalu (1B)

Depart at any time.

Included Activities:
Departure Day

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Mt Kinabalu hike, including entrance, climbing permits, and guides
    • Poring Hot Springs visit
    • Sepilok Orangutan Centre entrance
    • Turtle Island visit
    • Kinabatangan River cruise
    • Sandakan POW Memorial Park visit
    • Internal flight
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels (5 nts), jungle lodge (2 nts), national park lodges/mountain huts (2 nts, multi-share)
    • 9 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
    Transport
    • Private van, local bus, speedboat, plane, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Climb the highest peak in Southeast Asia
  • Photograph Asia's only great ape
  • Spot turtles on Turtle Island
  • Explore the Kinabatangan jungle


Reviews (10)
Krushan R Posted on: 

The tour leader was very knowledgeable and entertaining throughout the tour. All accommodation and various entry fees were taken care of which was great. The local tour guide integrated well with our group and he was great fun! I felt that I was introduced to as much of the 'real' Borneo as I could be in 10 days.

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Jackie M Posted on: 

As always, my impression of my Borneo trip was that it was well organized, relaxed and fantastic. I loved it. Can't wait to book my next trip. It'll be my THIRD G Adventure!!! Thank you so much Adam and Arkin!!

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Hanna S Posted on: 

We had very good guides that really did their best to make everybody have a great time.

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Nicola S Posted on: 

Excellent well paced tour. Some just leave you feeling exhausted, but this was well structured and did have a holiday relaxed feel.

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Cherie S Posted on: 

The whole experience was amazing. It has made me confident to travel again by myself as part of a G Adventures tour. I cannot say enough good things about my group leader and the guides.

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Sarah M Posted on: 

I had a fantastic time and experienced lots of different things with a great group of people.

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Ilya Z Posted on: 

Overall an amazing tour. Nothing quite so satisfying as conquering the highest peak in South East Asia on the second day of your trip! The relaxed but incredible jungle tours that followed made for the perfect mix of experiences.

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Jessica N Posted on: 

The guides (Ben and Amadul) were excellent. Friendly and very informative. The group size was good (15). Had a great time, and there was a good balance between the trekking/hiking/jungle and hanging around on the beach/city (KK)

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Geoffrey W Posted on: 

My first overseas experience and the travel bug has bitten. I want more. I thoroughly enjoyed the tour. There was a variety of experiences and knowledgeable local guides. The accommodation was better than I had imagined.

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Johan S Posted on: 

What a feeling to stand on the top of Mount Kota Kinabalu after the long walk up!

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