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Experience Borneo's cultural, historical and natural wonders on this journey through one of the most beautiful areas of South East Asia.
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10 nights accommodation, meals as per itinerary, transport by local air-conditioned vehicle, bus and boat, sightseeing with English speaking local guides, entrance fees and flight Kuching/Kota Kinabalu
This journey is the ultimate Borneo experience. Witness the orangutans in Semenggoh and Sandakan, trek around Bako and Kinabalu National Parks, interact with indigenous tribes and visit their homes and local villages, learn how to cook local foods with an interactive cooking experience, enjoy high tea at Sabah Tea House and cruise along the Kinabatangan River in search of wildlife.
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Rare opportunities to see orang-utans in Semenggoh and Sepilok at wildlife and rehabilitation centres.
Chance to interact with indigenous and ethnic tribes, visit their homes and cook dinner for their families.
Trek through Bako and Kinabalu National Parks where you can observe the wildlife and see exotic vegetation.
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On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel. This afternoon visit
Semenggoh. Established in 1975 just outside Kuching, Semenggoh Wildlife Conservation
Centre is the home of many orang-utans. Today it is a centre for the study of orang-utan
biology and behaviour. The centre offers a rare opportunity to view orang-utans in their
natural habitat. After your visit, enjoy a river cruise on a traditional boat where you can
savour the enchanting sunset over the Borneo skies. (D)
Visit the well-preserved National Park at the mouth of
the Bako River. Enjoy a scenic drive through the rural countryside to the riverbank and trek
along one of the many nature trails in the park. See exotic vegetation and observe wildlife
like silver-leaf monkeys, giant monitor lizards and long-tailed macaques. (B)(L)(D)
Depart Kuching for your drive to Annah Rais, a Bidayuh Longhouse housing around 120 families. The journey passes through scenic countryside filled with rice fields, rubber, cocoa and pepper plantations which intermingle with tropical forest, rivers and mountain ranges. Visit the longhouse and observe the lifestyle of the natives. Transfer back to Kuching for an afternoon visit to the markets followed by a cooking class. (B)(D)
Visit Sarawak Cultural Village. This award-winning living museum showcases Sarawak's unique and diverse cultures in an accessible visitor-friendly setting. After lunch visit the Santubong Peninsula for a boat tour of the mangroves. (B)(L)
Transfer to Kuching airport for your flight to Kota Kinabalu.
This afternoon spend some time sightseeing in Kota Kinabalu. (B)
Spend the morning snorkelling in the marine park. This afternoon, discover the local tribes at Mari Mari Cultural Village. The village operates as a museum preserving Borneo’s ethnic culture and features five different ethnic tribes in one village; the rice farmer Kadazan-Dusun, the longhouse resident Rungus, the hunting and fishing Lundayeh, the sea gypsy Bajau, and the famously feared headhunting tribe Murut. (B)(L)(D)
Today you will head to Kinabalu Park. The first stop is Kundasang War Memorial. Established in 1962, this was one of the first memorials to commemorate the Australian and British Prisoners of War who died in Sandakan and during the infamous death marches to Ranau during World War II. After lunch, journey to Sabah Tea Plantation where you will have the opportunity to learn how tea is harvested and processed in the tea factory. Proceed to Sabah Tea House for high tea. (B)(L)
Continue your journey to Sandakan. On arrival, enjoy
lunch at the English Tea House, a colonial restaurant located on top of a hill with panoramic
views of Sandakan city. In the afternoon, proceed to Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey
Today visit the world’s largest Orang-utan Rehabilitation Centre,
Sepilok. At the centre, witness the orang-utan feeding. Depart for Kinabatangan River,
passing by local villages. Enjoy a late afternoon cruise up the Kinabatangan River to search
for wildlife including elephants, hornbills, gibbons, and many birds. (B)(L)(D)
Wake up to the calls of hornbills and other exotic birds and proceed to
Ox Bow Lake to observe wildlife and experience the early morning river. After breakfast
embark on a trek in the surrounding jungle. This afternoon take another river cruise
upstream of the Kinatabagan River to search for more wildlife. After dinner enjoy a
Kinabatangan River Night Cruise, one of the most exciting and adventurous trips you will
take while staying here. (B)(L)(D)
Head back to Sandakan and transfer to airport. (B)
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