« Take a Walk on the Wildside Borneo (Finished)

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May 7th, 2017 – May 19th, 2017
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13 Days


Take a walk on the wild side, on this journey into the heart of Borneo’s spectacular natural landscapes. Sarawak and Sabah offer an amazing variety of wildlife, historic, cultural and natural attractions... and we explore the best of them on this tour.

From the warmth of Kota Kinabalu to the charming waterfront of Kuching, this incredible adventure takes us to meet the Iban tribes of the Mulu Forested region and the orangutans of Sepilok. We’ll trek the Headhunters Trail, travel by longboat up the Sarawak River, explore the famous caves of Mulu National Park and the pristine mangrove forests on entering facsinating Bako National Park.  This is Borneo ....understated beauty!


Day 1 / Kota Kinabalu

There are no activities planned for today, so you are free to settle in and check out Sabah's capital city. Kota Kinabalu is located on the edge of the South China Sea and overlooks a beautiful cluster of coral-fringed islands. Its location is quite striking, set against a backdrop of the Crocker Range with the granite peaks of Mt Kinabalu in the distance.  We can provide you with many options on how to spend your time exploring this city. 

At 6pm we ask you to all come to the hotel foyer to meet the Tour Manager, Sue Hile and our Local Tour Leader.  We will then introduce everyone, conduct an initial tour briefing and take you somewhere local for our first group dinner together. If you are out sightseeing during the day, please make sure you are back for this meeting. 



Day 2 / Sandakan

This morning we fly to Sandakan, a town situated at the mouth of a picturesque bay. It's here we visit the orangutans at Sepilok Nature Reserve and learn about the excellent rehabilitation program they are running. Afterwards we head across to the Sun Bear Conservation Centre, where we get to check out the world's most smallest bear and witness the great job being done here to rehabilitate these little guys.  Things get more reflective with a stop at the Sandakan War Memorial, built on the site of a Japanese POW camp. This site also marks the starting point of the tragic Sandakan Death Marches, on which 2,400 POWs were forced to walk through the jungles of Borneo. By the end of the march, only 6 Australians survived, and only because they had escaped. After this sobering experience & once back at our accommodation, we we'll have time to enjoy a dip in the pool, or take a stoll around the tropical grounds of the lodge.



Day 3 & 4 / Kota Kinabalu

Today we are transferred to to airport for our short return flight back to Kota Kinabalu, where we head back to our accommodation base for the next two nights.  We have provided you with enough free time this afternoon and on the following day to explore the variety of options on offer and do what is most appealing to you.  These options may include a visit to Kinabalu National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the world's most important biological zones, or perhaps a short boat trip out to one of the nearby islands (ie: Sapi) to enjoy snorkelling or diving in the crystal clear waters of the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park.



Day 5 / Limbang

This morning we board an express boat and make our way to the island of Labuan, where we change to another boat bound for Limbang. Labuan was a place of much activity during World War II, but today it is a place full of modern shops.  Each journey takes between one and half to two hours, as Limbang is sandwiched between the two parts of Brunei in Sarawak.  Tonight we'll spend our last night in a town before heading into the forested Mulu region.



Day 6 / Traditional Iban Longhouse, Mulu Region

Today we travel overland to Medamit, where we then continue our journey by longtail boat, to our overnight accommodation in a traditional longhouse, as guests of the very reserved and lovely Iban people.  Please don't expect any comforts and be prepared or the fact that the living conditions in the longhouse are extremely basic - the night is designed to give you a first hand taste of how the Iban people live and also provide an insight into their unique customs. We will be sleeping on the ground on simple mats and it is highly recommended that you bring your own sleeping sheet. 



Day 7 / Headhunter's Trail - Camp 5

This morning we farewell our Iban friends and continue our journey on foot. Our trek takes us through a section of lowland forest, known as the Headhunters Trail. This trail was originally used by Kayan warriors, who made their way through the jungle to invade the people of the Limbang region. Although the path is well used by locals, few tourists get the opportunity to experience it. Following this route, we make our way to the Melinau Gorge and to Camp 5, where we stay overnight on the floor in very basic jungle hut accommodation. It is possible to hire simple mats to sleep on.



Day 8 & 9 / Gunung Mulu National Park

After spending the night at Camp 5, we head off on foot to Long Lutut, where we catch the longboat down the Melinau River to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Gunung Mulu National Park. Here we spend the next two days exploring Sarawak's largest national park, covering 544 sq km of primary rainforest, which is criss-crossed by fast flowing rivers and clear jungle streams. Mulu is dominated by three mountains – Gunung Mulu (2,376 m), Gunung Api (1,750 m) and Gunung Benarat (1,858 m). Yet many of Mulu’s greatest attractions lie deep below the surface. Hidden underneath the forested slopes of these mountains is one of the largest limestone cave systems in the world.  It is truly spectacular and it's right on our doorstep, along with canopy walks, tiny trails, an impressive array of wildlife and exotic plants.



Day 10 / Kuching

We take a short fly to Miri, and then transfer to another flight for Kuching, one of the most attractive cities in South East Asia. This afternoon, we have a little time to explore this picturesque city. Fort Margherita was built by Charles Brooke in 1879 and sits on a hill opposite the waterfront - the perfect location to guard Kuching against pirates! The Istana is a shingle roofed white palace built by Charles Brook in 1870. Used during the Japanese occupation to house prisoners, it is today the residence of the Governor of Sarawak. You may also wish to visit the famous Sarawak Museum, one of the best in South East Asia, as well as take a relaxing stroll along the waterfront.



Day 11 / Kuching - Bako National Park

Today we jump in a boat for an exhiliarating trip out to Bako National Park, the oldest National Park in Sarawak. This is a truly beautiful spot with a scenic coastline fringed by mangroves and clean beaches. Bako is renowned for its secluded beauty and we spend the day exploring and observing local flora and wildlife. In Bako National Park it is extremely likely that you'll get see the rare proboscis monkey, the bearded pig, as well as four species of pitcher plants. Monitor lizards and silver leaf monkeys are also frequently seen.



Day 12 / Kuching

There is more on offer in Kuching than meets the eye, so we've extended our itinerary by one day to provide you with time to explore this diverse city at your own leisure.  We have many suggestions on how you can spend your time and some of these include, a visit to the Sarawak Culutural Village, or if you want to see more orangutans in the wild, go to The Semenggoh Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, hire a sampan to meander slowly up and down the Sarawak River, visit one of the many interesting museums, or simply take to the streets of this compact city, where you're able explore the many shops, temples and cultural areas on foot.  Kuching is a great spot to get that last minute gift or souvenir for home.



Day 13 / Goodbye Kuching

Today after breakfast it's time to say goodbye to new found friends and bid farewell to beautiful Borneo. 




NO PRINCESS POLICY:This tour by it's very nature is not designed for the 5 Star Traveller. It is for the girl who has an 'adventurous spirit' and is looking for a unique and rewarding 'experience'! You'll be sharing accommodation with another lady from the group (we change up room buddies at every different location we visit while on tour), you need to be prepared to sleep on simple mats in longhouses, basic lodges & in 3 star accommodation.  You also need to be comfortable with jumping on a few internal flights & spending one long day on board boats (you'll be amazed at how much you will see while floating along on the water.)  You need to have good mobility & also require a good level of fitness to complete the jungle trekking section of this tour (you will be walking on formed jungle paths, keeping in mind that Asia is humid & if it rains, it can become a tad muddy!!) Most of all, if you can adopt a "Go With The Flow" attitude, you'll have the time of your life! 




$3350.00 - AW Financial Member Rate

$3500.00 - Casual Rate




1 Adventurous Women Tour Manager 

1 Local English Speaking Tour Leader

All transport, excursions, sightseeing as per the itinerary

All National Park & Rehabilitation Centre Entry Fees

Accommodation: 3* Hotels (8 nts), Homestay (1 nt), Camp (1nt), Dorm (2 nts)

Meals: 12 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches & 2 Dinners

Internal Flights: Kota Kinabalu - Sandakan, Sandakan - Kota Kinabalu, Mulu - Miri, and Miri - Kuching





International Airfares - We can provide assistance with this if required, through our Travel Agent Partners.

Any visa's required

Services not mentioned in the itinerary

Late check out at hotels

Meals & Drinks not mentioned in the itinerary

Tips for guide/driver

Personal expenses

Optional activities

Travel Insurance - Compulsory











Had a wonderful and challenging time. The whitewater rapids, leeches and lurking wild pigs were unexpected added bonuses. Amazing travelling companions who enhanced the trip with…Read more

Take a Walk on the Wildside Borneo
Chris - 07 May 2017
I had no idea what to expect, so I was pleasantly surprised and honestly had the time of my life. A very well organised tour, thanks to Sue and Rony who made it all so easy and…Read more

Take a Walk on the Wildside Borneo
Johanna Peci - 07 May 2017
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