Orang-utan Discovery

Kota Kinabalu – Selingan – Bilit – Sepilok – Kota Kinabalu – Pulao Tiga – Kota Kinabalu 

Discover a magical island jam-packed with ancient rainforests, thick jungle and countless wildlife species including, of course, the amazing orang-utan on this 13-day family adventure.

 

Borneo Orang-utan Discovery

Kota Kinabalu – Selingan – Bilit – Sepilok – Kota Kinabalu – Pulao Tiga – Kota Kinabalu 

DESCRIPTION

This 13-day family holiday adventure is a wonderful way to discover Borneo. Discover a magical island jam-packed with ancient rainforests, thick jungle and countless wildlife species including, of course, the amazing orang-utan.

Best For: Wildlife wonders; kids of all ages

The following is a sample itinerary and your family holiday to Borneo can be fully customised to suit your family’s requirements. The holiday may include:

 

  • Discover this magical island jam-packed with ancient rainforests, thick jungle and countless wildlife species including, of course, the orang-utan.
  • Explore Kinabalu National Park. Keep your eyes peeled for deer, snakes and birds when you follow the botanical trail through the lowland rainforest of the park. This is a UNESCO world heritage site.
  • Travel to the northern part of Borneo stopping at a traditional Tea Plantation along the way.
  • Spend the night in a local village sleeping in a traditional Rungus Longhouse. The accommodation is very simple but this unique experience is an incredible way for children to gain a great insight into village life in Borneo.
  • Visit Selingan Island and witness the incredible sight of a mother turtle laying eggs and then watch as the newly hatched baby turtles make their way to the sea.
  • Spend two nights in a wonderful rainforest lodge on the edge of the Kinabatangan River, in the heart of one of the richest eco-systems on the planet.
  • Take a boat to the Ox-bow lake in Bilit and look for animals that come to the banks to drink. Both pygmy elephants and wild orang-utans are frequently seen here!
  • Enjoy a river cruise along the Kinabatangan river and watch the proboscis monkeys playing the trees.
  • Witness the amazing orang-utans, known locally as the “old men of the forest”, when you visit the Sepilok Orang-utan Sanctuary. This world-renowned centre rehabilitates orang-utans that have been rescued from captivity or displaced by logging activities.
  • Experience the magic of Pulao Tiga, a stunning island surrounded by crystal clear water that is ideal for snorkelling.
  • Explore mud volcanoes and mud pools on Pulao Tiga where you can cover yourselves in therapeutic thick mud – see if you feel rejuvenated at the end!
  • Climb Mount Kinabalu; at 4,095 metres it is the highest mountain in South East Asia.

 

Kids

Borneo is a hit with children; it’s not just the chance to head deep into the jungle to spot lots of different species, but it is also the sheer variety of activities on offer. One day you might be crouching quietly on the beach in the moonlight, watching a mother turtle hatch her eggs and the next will see you in a small long-tail boat, following narrow channels into the rainforest to search for wild elephants and orang-utans. Children are always fascinated by the orang-utans at the Sepilok Sanctuary and will spend hours watching them play and feed.

Another reason that the kids love Borneo is that there are some fabulous beaches – real tropical idylls, where you can round off your trip with a few days of rest and relaxation, perhaps doing some gentle snorkelling in the South China Sea or just lying in a hammock and watching the world go by

ITINERARY

This holiday traditionally starts and ends in Kota Kinabalu however it can be fully customised to suit your family’s requirements. See sample itinerary below:

Day 1: Kota Kinabalu

Overnight: Overnight stay at hotel in Kota Kinabalu

 

Day 2: Kinabalu Park

Car: 2 hrs.

Overnight: Overnight stay at hotel in Kota Kinabalu

 

Day 3: Tea Plantation & Longhouse

Car: 2 hrs.

Overnight: Overnight stay in traditional Rungus Longhouse

 

Day 4: Kota Kinabalu

Car: 2 hrs.

Overnight: One-night stay at hotel in Kota Kinabalu

 

Day 5: Selingan (Turtle Island)

Plane: 40 mins * Boat: 1.15 hrs

Overnight: Overnight stay at hotel on Selingan

 

Day 6-7: Sandakan – Bilit

Boat: 2 hrs

Overnight: Two-night stay at rainforests lodge

 

Day 8: Bilit – Sepilok Orang-utan Sanctuary

Car: 2 hrs.

Overnight: Overnight stay at hotel in Sepilok

 

Day 9: Sepilok – Kota Kinabalu

Plane: 40 mins

Overnight: Overnight stay at hotel in Kota Kinabalu

 

Day 10-12: Pulao Tiga

Car: 2.5 hrs & Boat: 30 mins

Overnight: Three-night stay at hotel on Pulao Tiga

 

Day 13: Pulao-Tiga – Kota Kinabalu

Return to the mainland and transfer to the airport for your flight hoem.

 

END OF HOLIDAY

**Please note that all travel times are approximate. 

WHEN TO GO

Borneo is a tropical destination and can be visited all year long. In theory the dry season runs from March to October so this is one of the few destinations in South East Asia that are ideal to visit during the European summer holidays. However, in reality it can rain at any time of year and the difference between the dry and wet season is not significant. Downpours tend to be short and heavy, clearing the skies and often leaving it sunny for the rest of the day. Whenever you travel, make sure that you bring a rain-jacket!

Temperatures are fairly steady throughout the year, between 27 and 33 degrees.

Tips!

Mums and dads might want to read up on Borneo before the holiday, these books all come highly recommended.

Wild People: Travels with Borneo’s Head-Hunters by Andro Linklater

Borneo: A Survival Guide to Customs and Etiquette (Culture Shock! Borneo) by Heidi Munan

Into the Heart of Borneo by Redmond O’Hanlon

Maugham’s Borneo Stories by Somerset Maugham

 A Stroll Through Borneo by James Barclay

My Life in Sarawak by Margaret Brooke, the Ranee of Sarawak

World Within: A Borneo Story. by Tom Harrison

The White Rajahs of Sarawak by Robert Payne

 

Children will enjoy We’re Doing What for Summer Vacation? by Cindy Davis and Ali Rollason. Ali is a typical ten year old American girl who spent her summer travelling across Borneo with her family. Initially this was not her idea of fun!

 

   

 

RATES

This sample itinerary costs £1,395 per adult.  Prices for children will vary according to age and whether they are in their own room or sharing with adults. Our partner agent will be happy to give you an exact quote based on your family’s requirements.

This holiday is organised by our UK-based partner agent who is an expert in family travel and who has prepared this holiday specifically for families.

Complete operator information, including local telephone numbers at your destination, will be given to you upon completing an enquiry.

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