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Borneo Wildlife Adventure
Best time to go: June to September
8 Nights | from £2,995pp
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- Swim in the azure, fish-bustling waters of Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park off Shangri-La's Tanjung Aru resort, Kota Kinabalu
- Gaze into the soulful brown eyes of some of our closest relatives at Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre
- Trace the bends of the snaking Kinabatangan River in the heart of the rainforest
- Brace yourself for the bats, birds and creepy-crawlies of the magnificent Gomantong Caves
- Listen out for rustling beasties on a night walk through the jungle
Day 1 - UK/Kota Kinabalu
Make the most of your time in Borneo by taking an overnight flight to Kota Kinabalu via Kuala Lumpur.
Days 2 to 3 - Kota Kinabalu
Whether you'll have more fun wet or dry at Shangri-La's Tanjung Aru resort is open to debate. Set amid lovely gardens on its own mini-peninsular, the resort has the eateries, pools, spa and children's activities to keep young and younger entertained on land. But set out into the turquoise waters of Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park in the South China Sea and another world opens up: don a mask and flippers, and snorkel or dive among dazzling tropical fish flitting around the coral reef.
Shangri-La Tanjung Aru | Meals: Breakfast
Day 4 - Sandakan
Take the short aerial hop to Sandakan and drive on to Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, one of only three orangutan sanctuaries in the world, to see these charismatic great apes in a near-natural habitat as they learn to survive in the teeming jungle –watch from the raised observation deck as the 'men of the forest' emerge from the forest for feeding. Then cruise up the Lower Kinabatangan River through magnificent mangrove forest, keeping an eye out for the hilarious big-nosed proboscis monkey. Spend the afternoon exploring the waterways around your base in the stilted chalets of Abai Jungle Lodge.
Abai Jungle Lodge | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5 - Kinabatangan
Take an early-morning boat journey on the Kinabatangan River, which snakes deep into the heart of Borneo, to watch the wildlife at its busiest –the jungle throbs with hornbills and monkeys, and elephants lumber through that foliage, too. Then switch to the Menanggul River, watching for even more species of primates including orangutans in the trees packing the banks.
Kinabatangan River Lodge | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Days 6 to 8 - Danum Valley
Delve into the Gomantong Caves, great slashes in the mountainside most famous for the swifts' nests used in Chinese birds'-nest soup, but also home to countless bats and creepy-crawlies. Continue to the Borneo Rainforest Lodge, a fabulous base for exploring the Danum Valley, which teems with wildlife including wild orangutan, leopard cat and a vast array of exotic birds. See the jungle from on high along canopy walkways, in the dark on night walks, and with experts on guided treks to help you meet the denizens of this precious rainforest.
Borneo Rainforest Lodge | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9 - Kota Kinabalu/ UK
Leave the Danum Valley to return to Kota Kinabalu for your flight back to the UK.
Want to stay longer...? Add on more of Borneo or MalaysiaIf you itch to explore more of this diverse country, it's easy to extend your trip –perhaps relaxing on a tropical island off the coast of Sabah or farther afield.
At A&K all of our journeys are individually tailored to suit your needs and timescale. As a guide, this 9 day suggested holiday will cost from £2,995 per person, based on two sharing, including international flights.
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Kuala Lumpur/Langkawi (Malaysian Airlines)
11 hours 30 minutes non-stop
GMT +8 hours
Not required for UK passport holders
Yellow Fever certificate if arriving from an endemic area
Best time to travel
November - April (Peninsula Malaysia)
March - October (Borneo)
Malaysia's climate is tropical and humid, with humidity high in the mornings and lower in the afternoons. A typical day is warm and humid with balmy evenings. The main rainy seasons fall from November to February.