Borneo's wildlife spectacular
From Kuala Lumpur an initial night is spent in Kuching before transferring to Bako National Park. Explore the park’s spectacular coastal scenery and teeming rainforests - host to abundant wildlife including Proboscis Monkey, Long-tailed Macaques and Silver Langurs. Continue to Kinabalu National Park and spectacular Mount Kinabalu - Borneo’s highest point (4,101m). Staying in the moist evergreen forests on its high slopes, guests have a unique opportunity to search for numerous plant, bird and mammal species.
Up to 6,000 plant species occur on the mountain including over 1,000 orchid species, along with over 600 species of butterfly and some 320 bird species. At higher altitudes, look out for endemic Kinabalu Friendly Warbler and Mountain Blackbird, as well as Blue Earthworms or Giant Kinabalu Red Leech - and after dark, keep watch for endemic Kinabalu Forest Gecko.
Next, enjoy close encounters with orphaned Orang-utans during twice-daily feeding sessions at Sepilok Orang-utan Sanctuary, internationally renowned for its rehabilitation work in Sepilok Forest. As well as charismatic apes, the reserve’s 43km² of primary lowland rainforest also offers excellent forest boardwalks – great for birdwatching and keeping an eye out for various snakes and frogs.
From the coast, a short boat ride to Selingan Island allows an opportunity to swim and snorkel by day and to watch egg-laying Green turtles on the beach by night – also the chance to assist the release of baby turtles into the sea. At Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary, situated on the Kinabatangan River, explore the mosaic of riparian forest, oxbow lakes, nipah swamp and mangroves by boat and on foot. The area is home to a diverse concentration of wildlife including Orang-utan, Proboscis Monkey and Bornean Pygmy Elephant, a vast array of bird species including hornbills, along with numerous reptiles and amphibians.
Later, search for Sabah's ten species of primate (including Orang-utan), Asian Elephant, Sumatran Rhinoceros, Clouded Leopard and Malay Sun Bear during guided walks amongst some of Danum Valley’s 438km² lowland rainforest, before returning to Kuala Lumpur for homeward flights.
The tour costs from £3,095 p/p including scheduled international and domestic flights (MH), transfers, hotel, chalet and jungle lodge accommodation, most meals and guided activities. Sabah Wildlife Special departs London daily.
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