Key Info

Duration  13 days, 12 nights

DATES   Late Nov 2013 - TBC

Price: £2569  per person sharing

Suitability: Wildlife enthusiasts

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Day 01:

On arrival Kota Kinabalu, transfer to the hotel. Free at leisure. Dinner and overnight.
Kota Kinabalu

Day 02:
Breakfast. At 07:30 hrs, depart for the Kinabalu National Park, reached in approximately 3 hours drive.

Designated as a protected national park in 1964, and later in 2000 it as Malaysia’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site due to the incredible richness of its tropical rainforests and biodiversity combined with its unique geological, topographical and climatic conditions, the Kinabalu National Park is Sabah’s oldest park. It occupies 745 square km around Mount Kinabalu and encompasses a variety of habitats, elevations and vegetation zones. Kinabalu Park has been designated as a Centre of Plant Diversity for Southeast Asia and is exceptionally rich in species. The park contains high biodiversity with representatives from more than half the families of all flowering plants in the world. At Kinabalu Park, one can experience the protected species of this tropical country in an unspoilt paradise of thousands of rare flora and fauna that are native to the area and several hundred of which are only found in the park itself.

On the way to Kundasang, pass by small towns and villages and stop by at Nabalu Fruit Market for a break before continuing to the park. Take one of the treks within the park and visit the Mountain Garden (one of the park’s biggest attractions).

Proceed for lunch at a nearby restaurant before proceeding to Poring, a natural wonder where hot sulphur springs bubble out of the earth and the Treetop Canopy Walkway, which spans for 157 m from tree to tree at a height of up to 41 m above the ground, offering visitors the rare opportunity for a bird’s eye view of the rainforest. Transfer to the resort (by mini vans as the road is too steep for coaches). Dinner and overnight.

At an elevation of 1520 m above sea level, temperatures around the Park Headquarters and resort are considerably lower than elsewhere in Malaysia and can drop to 15o C; the wind too can bring some chills, so a windbreaker will come in very hand, especially in the evenings and mornings.

Kota Kinabalu/Kinabalu National Park

(Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)

Day 3

Kinabalu National Park/ Sepilok

(Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)

Wakeup the awe-inspiring sight of Mount Kinabalu. Early breakfast. At 08:00 hrs, depart for Sepilok across the ridges of the Crocker Range, passing native villages and oil palm estates. Lunch on arrival. The afternoon is free to explore the area. Dinner and overnight.

Day 4

Sepilok/Abai

(Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner) Breakfast.
Proceed to the Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre to witness the feeding of Orang Utans, which are rehabilitated to return to the wild in their natural habitat.

Sepilok Orang-utan Rehabilitation Centre is located about 25 kilometers west of Sandakan. It was started in 1964 for rescue and rehabilitation of orphaned baby orang-utans from logging sites, plantations, and illegal hunting. The orang-utans are trained to survive in the wild and are released once they are ready. The sanctuary is located within the Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve which covers an area of 5529 ha, much of which is virgin jungle.

At 11:00 hrs depart Sepilok and transfer to the jetty in Sandakan for a one hour boat cruise up to the Lower Kinabatangan River Sanctuary where you will take your lunch at the Abai Jungle Lodge Restaurant.

At 560 kilometres long, the Kinabatangan River is the longest river in Sabah, and the Lower Kinabatangan is estimated to have the largest

concentration of wildlife in Borneo. In 1997, 270 square kilometres of the

area was declared a protected area and a year later WWF Malaysia in collaboration with the Sabah Wildlife Department set up the Partners for Wetlands Program to care for and bring awareness to this unique area. In 2001, its designation was upgraded to that of Bird Sanctuary and on January 16, 2002 the proposed Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary that lies within the vast floodplains of the Kinabatangan River, was gazetted, enhancing better protection for the wildlife habitats and the floodplain ecosystem.

This is a wonderful journey of discovery which starts from the waters of the Sulu Sea in Sandakan through a magnificent scenery of the mangrove forests. After lunch and some rest, enjoy a cruise in search of wildlife. After dinner, enjoy a night walk near the resort to spot sleeping birds and other nocturnal animals. Overnight at the jungle lodge.

It is advisable to avoid carrying big luggage to the lodges due to the trip logistics. We strongly recommend bringing along only what is necessary for the stay, while the rest of the luggage will be transported overland to Sukau.

Day 5

Abai

(Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)

Early morning river cruise to Pitas oxbow lake to observe wildlife. Return to the lodge for breakfast, then join our tree planting project with the locals and have lunch with them at the Abai Village. This project is specially designed to help the locals. In the afternoon, another river cruise will offer new chances of seeing more wildlife. Dinner and overnight at the jungle lodge.

Day 6

Abai/Sukau

(Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)

Breakfast. In the morning, take to the river again for more wildlife spotting! Lunch at the lodge, then cruise upriver to Sukau village in search of primates, monkeys, birds and other wildlife. Arrive in Sukau and check in at the river lodge. In the late afternoon, take another river cruise to the Menanggul River, a small tributary of the Kinabatangan. Dinner and overnight at the river lodge.

  

Day 7

Sukau

(Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)

Breakfast, lunch and dinner at the lodge. Morning and afternoon cruises along the Kinabatangan. Overnight at the river lodge.

Day 8

Sukau/Danum Valley

(Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)

Breakfast. In the early morning, transfer over land to Danum Valley (2-3 hours).

Danum Valley Conservation Area is an area of protected primary lowland tropical rainforest and is one of the world’s great storehouses of genetic diversity. In the early 1960s, soil surveyors carried out studies here indicating that there was an abundance of wildlife and diverse forest types and then recommended setting up a wildlife sanctuary in the area. In 1976 the Sabah Natural Parks Board sponsored a scientific expedition into Danum Valley, which was funded by the World Wildlife Fund. The report recommended that Danum Valley should be converted into a natural park, and it was thus retained as a centre for conservation where flora and fauna would be preserved for the purposes of research and education. In 1986 the Danum Valley Conservation Area - a scientific field study centre - was officially opened. In 1996 the protective status of Danum Valley was further enhanced when it was announced as a Protection Forest Reserve. Danum Valley holds a unique status, as before it became protected there were no human settlements within the area, meaning that hunting, logging and other human interference was non-existent.

The Danum Valley Conservation Area Biodiversity boasts an amazing diversity of animal life including the highly endangered Sumatran rhino, elephant, tembadau (banteng), sun bear, orang-utan and clouded leopard. Some 275 species of birds have also been recorded, including all eight species of Bornean hornbill. The flora is no less diverse with tree species numbering over 200 per hectare. A special feature is the 'Nenga Gajah', a small ericoid palm, found in only three locations in the world. The ecosystem here is also a subject of international scientific studies and several Malaysian and foreign field scientists are working together at the Danum Valley Field Centre.

Accommodation is located beside the Danum River on the edge of a 438 sq. km of undisturbed lowland rainforest. Guests are assisted during their excursions by experienced naturalists and are given the choice to explore one of the many trails available around the lodge. Afternoon free to trek along one of the trails. After dinner, if weather permits, explore the area in an open-top vehicle in search of nocturnal animals. Overnight at the lodge.

20 km from the nearest inhabited area, theRainforest Lodge offers simple but comfortable accommodation: wooden chalets equipped with electricity, ceiling fan, attached bathroom and a private veranda. All are built on hardwood stilts and designed in traditional Sabah architecture. They are linked to the main block by a plank walk. All meals are served in a spacious restaurant overlooking the river. A veranda for relaxation and bird watching is also available, where guests can enjoy a free flow of coffee and tea throughout the day.

  

Day 9

Danum Valley

(Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)

After breakfast, leave for more trekking, accompanied by a naturalist. Spend the whole day exploring the forest looking for birds and mammals. One of the trails leads to an escarpment where ancient burial coffins are found. From there, it is also possible to enjoy a beautiful panoramic view of the Danum Valley. Picnic lunch by a waterfall, where guests can take a swim in refreshing rock pools. After lunch, continue trekking in search of more wildlife or return to the lodge to relax or to swim in the river. After dinner, slide presentation on wildlife, ecology and the activities carried out in the Danum Valley Conservation Area. After the presentation, an optional night jungle walk can be arranged. Overnight at the lodge.

Day 10

Danum Valley/Semporna/ Pom Pom Island (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)

After breakfast, depart for the coastal town of Semporna (approximately 5 hours), from where after lunch a speed boat will whisk you away to this island paradise in the Celebes Sea.
Dinner and overnight.

Day 11

Pom Pom Island

(Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)

Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Day free at leisure. A free flow of coffee, tea and fruit juices is served at the restaurant. Overnight.

Day 12

Pom Pom Island

(Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)

Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Day free at leisure. A free flow of coffee, tea and fruit juices is served at the restaurant. Overnight.

Day 13

Pom Pom Island/ Semporna/Tawau Airport (Breakfast)

Breakfast. Free at leisure until the moment to be transferred back to the mainland and from there to the airport in Tawau for the onward flight to Kota Kinabalu.

From Kota Kinabalu - fly home.  


 Rates are per person sharing and subject to change and availability

 All meals, transfers and excursions as per itinerary, travelling together in Late nov 2013 - dates TBC

 All tours and transfers are inclusive the services of English speaking guide (nature guides for nature oriented visits).

 Rates in Double/Twin rooms refer to accommodation in queen or twin bedded rooms. The number of queen bedded rooms is limited in the lodges and they are therefore subject to availability at the moment of arrival.

 Not inclusive of flights, tips and miscellaneous expenses (drinks, expect for tea, coffee and water during the stay in Abai, Sukau and Pom Pom Island).

 International flights are approx £650 per person - subject to change and availabilty

 Domestic flight to Kota Kinabalu is approx £50


  

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Malaysia & Borneo Wildlife Group Tour - Scheduled for late Nov 2013

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