Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre is located near Sandakan in the state of Sabah, Malaysia. It is one of the biggest and most well-known orang-utan sanctuaries in Malaysia. The orangutan rehabilitation project supports rescued orphaned baby orang-utans, that are then trained to survive in the wild and are released when they are ready. During their rehabilitation, the animals rely heavily on the help of the people that work at the centre.
This Borneo adventure begins in Sabah’s capital; Kota Kinabalu. Fly to Sandakan and visit the Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary to see the wild orang-utans. At the Turtle Islands, watch turtles laying eggs. Transfer to the Kinabantangan River to explore its wildlife. At Gomantong Caves, witness local people collecting birds' nests. While at Danum valley, see Orang-utans and gibbons in the wild. Finally, transfer to Semporna, an exclusive dive-resort built on the shallow sandbanks of the Ligitan Reefs.
TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 12-DAY COMPREHENSIVE BORNEO ADVENTURE...
And, experience a hike through the rainforest to see Orang Utans.
Borneo Adventure A comprehensive Borneo Adventure tour
Kota Kinabalu, Kinabatangan, Danum, Mabul, Semporna
12 Days – Travel Any Day
Day 1 & 2 – Arrive Borneo
Kota Kinabalu Meet and greet on arrival at Kota Kinabalu Airport and, after a warm welcome, you will be escorted to your hotel for 2 nights stay. The rest of your day will be scheduled depending on your arrival time and how tired you feel.
Next day we get out of the city and then hit the road for a relaxing cycling tour in the countryside. Our day’s ride takes us through the heartland of the Dusun people who live in small riverside villages. Several hamlets of five to ten households comprise a village. Subsistence activities include farming, fishing and hunting with spears, blow-darts and traps.
Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort (B, L)
Day 3 & 4 – Transfer & Explore
Sukau We fly to Sandakan. On arrival we visit the Sepilok Orang-Utan Rehabilitation Centre to see the feeding of the orang-utans before taking the two-and-a-half-hour boat journey on Kinabatangan, Sabah's longest river. Check in at the Sukau Rainforest Lodge.
We will spend two days in Sakau, during which we take a morning and an afternoon cruise in a boat with electric motor in search of some of the 10 primate species found here. Sukau is home to Borneo pygmy elephants, orang-utans, proboscis monkeys and all eight species of the country’s hornbill. Return for a solar-heated hot shower, candlelit dinner overlooking the riverbank and slide show and interpretation by a naturalist guide.
Sukau Rainforest Lodge (B, L, D)
Day 5 & 6 – Transfer & Explore
Danum Valley A short drive and then a 20 minutes trek through the rainforest will bring us to the entrance of Gomantong Caves. Your private guide will brief you on the cave fauna, including bats, swiftlets and crabs, and their contribution to maintaining a balanced ecology and significance to the local economy. In season, you may witness local people collecting birds' nests using bamboo ladders and poles. Then drive via Lahad Datu to our lodge beside the Danum River.
Danum Valley Conservation Area is home to the full range of Sabah's lowland fauna, including the rare Sumatran rhinoceros, elephants, clouded leopards, and orang-utans. So far some 275 species of birds have been recorded in the area. You will explore nature trails with the house naturalist followed by a slide show in the evening. If weather permits you can take a night trek to view some of the nocturnal animals.
Borneo Rainforest Lodge (B, L, D)
Day 7 to 10 - Transfer & Explore
Mabul Transfer to Semporna followed by another one-hour boat ride to Mabul Island, a legendary name in diving circles, conjuring images of patrolling hammerhead sharks, millions of coloured reef fish and, above all, dozens of sea turtles swimming peacefully everywhere.
The Mabul Water Bungalows is an exclusive floating dive-resort built on the shallow sandbanks of the Ligitan Reefs. Planned and built as an airy, comfortable, sunny water village with no land in sight, it boasts a mile-long sandbank of powdery white sand.
Each of the 15 bungalows is exquisitely furnished with contemporary décor and equipped with the comforts of a modern home, including air-conditioning, satellite TV, mini bar and a spacious private balcony that offers panoramic vistas of the turquoise blue sea.
Diving: There are three daily boat dives to the nearby islands. Dive spots are extremely close and can be reached in just a few minutes by speedboat and some of them just by swimming from the dive centre pier. In addition to diving, you can indulge in snorkelling or ocean kayaking and still see countless fish just a few feet below the surface. You can have unlimited dives on the house reef right in front of the Bungalows.
With a six-stage filtration system and a computerised panel, the dive centre filling station can provide Nitrox mixes up to 40%, as well as re-breather and advanced decompression mixes up to 100%. It is also equipped with more than 200 aluminium tanks and uses custom-built fibreglass dive boats able to carry 10 divers each.
Mabul Water Bungalow (B, L, D)
Day 11 - Transfer
Kota Kinabalu Transfer to Tawau for the flight to Kota Kinabalu. Arrive Kota Kinabalu, meet and transfer to your hotel.
Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa (B)
Day 12 - Airport Transfer
Depart Kota Kinabalu Transfer out to Kota Kinabalu Airport.
Make this your holiday
Getting There A number of direct international airlines fly to Borneo’s two main airports; Kuching in Sarawak and Kota Kinabalu in Sabah. The two major airlines; Malaysia Airlines and AirAsia also operate domestic flights linking tourist destinations of interest. This has made getting around Sabah a lot easier and cheaper. With a little preplanning you can find a flight that will rival the local bus prices.
When to go A good time to travel to Borneo is between March and September/October, even though Southwest monsoon brings in short burst of showers between May to July. Showers usually occur on the upper slopes in the afternoon while Mount Kinabalu has its own climate. The driest season runs from April to October but even during this season, a good raincoat is a must. The heaviest rainfall generally occurs between October and January and the lowest in between February and April.