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(Kota Kinabalu, Sandakan, Lahad Datu)
The calls of wild monkeys echo beneath the dense rainforest canopy as you follow the Kinabatangan River deep into the timeless virgin jungles of this remarkable natural paradise.
You’ll feel the centuries drift away as you get to know this incredible place that is virtually untouched by modern development. The world’s largest flower – the Rafflesia – blooms along the roadsides of Kota Kinabalu where you’ll also meet the rare and beautiful butterflies of the Sabah Wildlife Butterfly Park and enjoy an up-close encounter with orphaned orangutans at the Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre. Venture even deeper into the jungles in Sandakan where a range of rainforest cruises, treks and canopy walks will reveal the wild beauty of Borneo from every angle.
Your collection of unique luxury accommodation is a genuine highlight of this trip. Modern luxury in Kota Kinabalu is joined by eco-friendly nature lodges and boutique jungle camps that deliver an immersive experience of this diverse rainforest paradise. An experienced team of local guides and nature experts will be constantly at your side to lead you into remote jungle locations and reveal the many secrets of the country’s abundant wildlife and conservation efforts.
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Meet your English speaking driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle.
Located 10 minutes from Kota Kinabalu International Airport, just a 2 1/2-hour flight from Singapore, Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur, Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort and Spa is a tranquil retreat offering 492 recently renovated rooms and suites, seven restaurants and bars, and a wealth of enjoyable recreational opportunities for families and leisure travellers. The resort is now home to CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La, a luxurious private spa experience based on traditional Asian healing philosophies. Opened on 20 December 2007, the spa comprises 5 individual Island Villas, 3 Couples' Villas and an open Yoga Pavilion, all located on Pulau Bayu, the resort’s private island.
Rich in flora and fauna, Borneo is the home to world’s largest bloom – the Rafflesia. Located along the roadside, is the forest edge reserve, known as the Rafflesia Information Centre, implimented for the purposes of the conservation and research of this strange botanical wonder. Discovered in 1818 by Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles and Dr Jospeh Arnold, this mysterious and exotic flower is rootless, leafless, has no stem, and contains no chlorophyll. The flower is parasitic, and is found feeding only on the roots of the Tetrasigma Vine, a woody type of tropical grape vine. The Rafflesia can blossom up to 1meter in diameter, and takes about nine months to grow, but only stays bloomed for a few days within the week. You will also visit the only Butterfly Park that partakes in a joint conservation project with Sabah Wildlife Department to save the endangered species of Birdwing butterflies of Sabah namely the Brook’s and Golden Birdwing. They also have one of the most up to date insectarium with many rare and endemic species, only found in the Crocker Range and world famous insects. Please note that in Malaysia your driver is also your guide.
Fly from Kota Kinabalu to Sandakan. Flight time is approximately 1 hour.
You will be picked up by a private vehicle with English speaking guide.
Proceed to Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre situated in the Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve. Learn about the rehabilitation of young or strayed orang utans before taking a boardwalk through the lowland rainforest to the viewing platform. Witness the feeding of orphaned orang utans at 1000a.m Continue with about 2.5hrs drive through rustic countryside studded with villages Take a short boat transfer to Borneo Nature Lodge. Time for orientation and check in. Relax by the river before embarking by boat up- river at 1600hrs along Sabah'slongest river, Kinabatangan with opportunity to view wildlife and birds in its virgin mangrove and rainforest habitat. Search for some of the primates species including Proboscis Monkeys as they settle down on treetops.
Nestled along the riverbank of Kinabatangan River lies Borneo Nature Lodge - an eco-friendly resort, offering the comfort without compromising the green. A natural haven for the outdoor enthusiast, Borneo Nature Lodge is an ideal lodging to explore the melting pot of wildlife found in Sukau. The lodge currently has 12 rooms which are able to accommodate 24 guests at a time. As you soak in the refreshing scenery, you will notice that the lodge is constructed not only around and beside the trees, but also under, creating a canopy-like atmosphere.
Wake up to the calls of birds, insects and animals. At 6.00am take a morning cruise up to The Kinabatangan River and onto Kelenanap Ox-Bow Lake for bird watching and in search of other wildlife. Take a short jungle walk (if weather permits) and experience the wilderness of Borneo before returning to the lodge for breakfast. Free at leisure to explore the surrounding areas or nearby village. In the evening, boat cruise along the river to see many species of flora and fauna of the rainforest.
After breakfast you will transfer to Lahad Datu town and proceed to Borneo Nature Tour office for registration and short briefing. Depart for a 2.5 hours overland journey on a road to Borneo Rainforest Lodge. Upon arrival at the Lodge you will be greeted with an exotic “Welcome Drink” while the Front Office personnel brief you on thefacilities available at the lodge. After you lunch you will enjoy a slide presentation at the conference room before an afternoon introduction trek to the forest through “Nature Trails” and tree top “Canopy Walkway”. The Canopy walk is 300m in length and 26m at the highest point, providing for an excellent close-up observation of the rainforest.After diner their will be an opportunity to join a Night Drive in an open-top vehicle in search of nocturnal animals.
The Borneo Rainforest Lodge is a basic and rustic international-standard lodge built beside the Danum River. Unlike mass-market tourist destinations, the lodge accommodates a maximum of 60 people, ensuring each guest a unique and individual jungle experience. The fine facilities with basic comforts make it possible to explore the incredible diversity and complexity of the rainforest and offer a unique opportunity for guests to understand the primeval Borneo Rainforest in today's conservation realities.
Morning Jungle Trek: Trek to the Kadazandusun burial site – “Coffin Cliff” before proceed to “View Point” for abird’s eye view of the area. Descend to the “ Jacuzzi Pool” for a refreshing dip. Return to the Lodge for lunch. In the afternoon, participate in an optional Jungle Trek or go for a relaxing session of ‘tubing’ down the Danum River.After dinner you can join a Night Walk in search of nocturnal animals.
After breakfast you will transfer to Lahad Datu Airport.
Fly from Lahad Datu to Kota Kinabalu. Flight time is approximately 1 hour.
January 15, 2014
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September 04, 2013
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August 02, 2013
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August 07, 2013
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