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Borneo

Straddling the equator in South-East Asia’s Malay Archipelago, the world’s third largest island is becoming increasingly popular with travellers who are drawn to its utterly diverse landscapes and ancient rainforests, home to some of the rarest and most endangered species of wildlife in the world. 

Arguably the star of Malaysian Borneo and the best place for jungle trekking is the Danum Valley, which epitomises the biodiversity of the island and perhaps will offer the best opportunity to spot wildlife.  Orangutans can be found here, as can sun bears, wild cats, clouded leopards and rhinoceros, all in the protected conservation areas and with the help of expert rangers. The Kinabatangan River also offers great wildlife opportunities and a boat ride along its calm waters reveals an array of exotic birdlife and water dwelling mammals, a fine way to spend a morning, particularly if the elusive pygmy elephant decides to bathe nearby. 

Throughout your travels in Borneo, it is likely that you will come across indigenous communities that have thrived upon the island’s wild and raw habitat for many millennia. Still upholding many cultural ancient traditions, it is possible to stay amongst the communities in authentic longhouses, joining the tribespeople in their daily activities. At the very northern tip of Borneo is the Kinabalu National Park where it will be impossible to miss Malaysia’s highest mountain – Mt Kinabalu. Reaching its summit is challenging but you don’t have to climb too high to enjoy stunning vistas of the sprawling rainforest and turquoise ocean. Within close proximity to the Kinabalu National Park you will also find some of the finest beaches on the island with pristine white sand shores and warm tranquil waters. Head off the mainland and you will be rewarded further with idyllic tropical islands and marine parks dedicated to the conservation of sea turtles. Gaya Island is a particular highlight for those interested in snorkelling and diving. 

Accommodation in Borneo is surprisingly comfortable and there are options to cater for every budget. Deep within the jungle, as you may expect, choices are more limited although eco-jungle lodges are well kept and help support the local communities. The finer hotels can be found smattered across the northern shore and upon the islands, but wherever you choose to stay, the magic of Borneo will be there.


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Borneo Holiday Ideas

Below is just a tiny selection of our holidays to Borneo. Call us to discuss your exact requirements and we'll prepare a personalised quotation, just for you; 

Naturally Borneo


Naturally Borneo

This incredible holiday begins with a visit to Sepilok Orangutan Reserve, an award-winning rehabilitation centre and the neighbouring Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre. In Sandakan, visit the hilltop Buddhist temple with magnificent views of Sandakan Bay and have a spot of tea and lunch at an English Tea House with a view to remember.

Take an early morning cruise to Kelenanap Oxbow Lake for incredible wildlife viewing on the tranquil waters, then enjoy an afternoon at Sukau Rainforest Lodge spotting wildlife with the help of the resort’s naturalist. Visit the Gomantong Caves en-route to Danum Valley, one of the world’s most complex eco-systems, where a canopy walk reveals this 130-million-year-old rainforest, alive with the sounds of the jungle. After the sunsets, head out on a night safari drive to spot the nocturnal wildlife of the Danum Valley. To conclude this wildlife adventure, spend three relaxing nights at the Bunga Raya Island Resort on Gaya Island, nestled between lush jungle and a beautiful white sand beach. (EXM)

Truly Individual Holiday Includes:

  • International flights from the UK in economy
  • 9 nights accommodation
  • Breakfast daily, 6 lunches, 4 dinners
  • English speaking guide
  • Kinabatangan shared river cruise
  • All transfers

From £3,949 per person

Price based on two people sharing a room. Any element of this holiday can be tailor-made to suit you. Simply enquire below.

Luxury Sabah


Proboscis Monkey

This incredible luxury Borneo holiday explores the best of Sabah from wildlife to natural wonders, with private guides and fantastic accommodation. Begin with a memorable experience at the Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary where feeding time provides an intimate encounter with these unusual looking primates. An exclusive private visit of Agnes Keith’s house reveals an interesting insight into the famous American writers’ life during the time of British North Borneo.

Visit Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation centre and the nearby Sun Bear Conservation Centre where a private presentation and tour of the facility by founder Dr. (Hon) Wong Siew Te is an enlightening and touching experience. Cruise along Kinabatangan River and savour a magical candlelit riverside dinner on arrival at Sukau Rainforest Lodge. Travel to Danum Valley, where a nigh time safari uncovers the nocturnal activities of the thick virgin rainforest. Then onwards to Kota Kinabalu, where the Shangri-La Rasa Ria awaits, set amidst a nature reserve with a private white sand beach, walking trails through the lush jungle and magnificent views, the perfect end to this Bornean Holiday. (EXM)

Truly Individual Holiday Includes:

  • International flights from the UK in economy
  • 9 nights accommodation
  • Breakfast daily, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
  • English speaking private guide
  • Private safari cruises at Kinabatangan
  • All transfers

From £5,949 per person

Price based on two people sharing a room. Any element of this holiday can be tailor-made to suit you. Simply enquire below.


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