Hike untouched jungles in search of orangutans in the world’s oldest rainforest
If you crave something new—and lots of it—head to Borneo. It’s hard to top more than 1,200 species of orchids, the oldest rainforest in the world, and at least 44 species of endemic mammals (Bornean orangutans, clouded leopards, Asian pygmy elephants, the Sumatran rhinoceros, and the Bornean gibbon, to name a few). From the top of Mt. Kinabalu we’ll watch the sun rise over Borneo’s sprawling rainforests, mountain woods, and mangrove jungles. This trip is for adventurous MTS travelers—our 12-day journey includes challenging treks through jungles and mountain terrain, as well as travel by boat and land vehicles. We’ll spend nights in remote eco-lodges, and have a chance to visit a local forest restoration project. We’ll soak up some sun at Borneo’s beautiful beaches, and take canopy walks through untouched Danum Valley. Always on the lookout, of course, for the region’s most well-known resident—the endangered Bornean orangutan.
11 days of exploring rainforest by foot, boat, and vehicle; 2 days of optional strenuous hiking (max. 13,700') to Mt. Kinabalu.
- Watch the sunrise over Danum Valley as the clouds part and the forest comes to life
- Experience an untouched primary rainforest and its wildlife (including orangutans)—by day and night
- Observe animals by boat as they come to cool off and sip the Kinabatangan River at dusk
- Ascend to the top of Mt. Kinabalu—the view will take your breath away!
Duration: 12 days Start Location: Sandakan End Location: Kota KinabaluDownload Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 : Sandakan, Sabah
Arrive in Sandakan, Sabah.
Day 2 : Sepilok Forest Reserve
Morning drive to Danum Valley, where we'll begin exploration of the rainforest. (5 hours driving, 2 hours hiking)
Day 3 : Danum Valley
Spend the day exploring the valley, including a hike to waterfalls, and enjoy a night safari.
Day 4 : Danum Valley
Another day to explore the valley.
Day 5 : Danum Valley
Hike to see the ancient Kadazanduzun burial site.
Day 6 : Kinabatangan River
Drive to Kinabatangan River for a river cruise to our eco camp.
Day 7 : Tungog Eco Camp
Visit the forest restoration project and learn about the rainforest and plant trees.
Day 8 : Poring Hot Springs
This morning, we take a boat back to jetty and drive to Poring Hot Springs. Poring is located on the foothills below Mt. Kinabalu. We'll walk to our jungle camp located on a river. (3 1/2 hours driving)
Days 9 - 10 : Mt. Kinabalu or Poring
Optional hike and overnight to the summit of Mt. Kinabalu (13,435') or explore Poring and the surrounding area.
Day 11 : Kota Kinabalu
Rest day to enjoy the beach.
Day 12 : Fly home
Depart Kota Kinabalu.
DATES: Best time to go: May, August Departures: Aug 15 - 26, 2013
$4,795 (9-12 members)
$800 single supplement
The Nak HotelSandakan
The Nak Hotel is a boutique style hotel in the heart of the city with nice rooms and a beautiful rooftop restaurant.
The Borneo Rainforest LodgeDanum Valley
The Borneo Rainforest Lodge is a 5 star resort with private bungalows, beautiful views from each room, and a soaking tub on the lanai.
The Tungog Eco CampKinabatangan river
The Tungog Eco Camp is situated along an oxbox lake with three huge viewing decks on the lake. Each bungalow is built 1 story off the ground with basic, but comfortable beds. Each bed has a mosquito net attached to it. In your bungalow, you will feel like you have the jungle to yourself.
Lupa Masa (Forget Time) Jungle CampPoring Hot Springs
The Lupa Masa (Forget Time) Jungle Camp is situated on beautiful rushing mountain rivers. There are open aired rooms that face the beautiful rivers.
Shangi La's Rasa Ria ResortKota Kingabalu
Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort is the premier luxury resort in Kota Kinabalu that offers the best of Sabah in a lush, 400-acre tropical setting beside exquisite Pantai Dalit Beach.
Properties shown are representative of the accommodations we use on this trip, may not be inclusive of all accommodations we use, and are subject to change.
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