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Orangutan, Borneo

Borneo wildlife photography in the Danum Valley

Start dateEnd dateDays
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Single SupplementTour ExpertMax Group SizeStatus
29/09/20 06/10/208days £4,245 ex. flights £565George Chan10 AVAILABLE Reserve place

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

Orangutan in the jungle of Borneo, Malaysia 1

Expert photography tuition

Expert photographic tuition throughout from George Chan.

Sun Bear on a tree branch between leaves at Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre Sepilok in Sabah, Borneo 2

Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre

Behind the scenes access at the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre.

Danum Valley, Malaysia 3

Danum Valley Field Centre

Meet with researchers from the Danum Valley Field Centre.

Gomantong Cave, Sabah, Malaysia 4

Gomantong Caves

Explore Gomantong Caves, the largest cave system in Sabah.

Why we like it

This group tour is a real treat for any photographer wanting to follow orangutans in their natural habitat, arguably one of the world’s most special wildlife experiences. Immerse yourself in the pristine rainforest of Malaysia Borneo with the professional guidance of our team of local experts and photographer George Chan.

Explore our suggested itinerary

  • Day 1
    Sandakan - Sepilok
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
    Sepilok - Kinabatabangan River
  • Day 4
    Kinabatabangan River
  • Day 5
    Kinabatabangan River - Danum Valley
  • Day 6
    Danum Valley
  • Day 7
    Danum Valley - Lahad Datu - Kota Kinabalu
  • Day 8
    Kota Kinabalu

Includes / Excludes

Important Information

Activity Level
Moderate Activity
Single Supplement

Travelling on your own? Our group tours are perfect for solo travellers, as travelling as part of an organised group in faraway places provides security and peace of mind. We handle all of the arrangements for you and there will be a local tour guide on hand throughout to provide advice and help if needed, as well as the expertise of a Tour expert.


To allow flexibility, our group tours do not include international flights as standard. We can arrange international flights on your behalf and the above is an indication of the cost, based on return flights departing from London. All international flights from the UK are ATOL protected.

What is included

  • Accommodation as detailed
  • Accompanied by George Chan throughout
  • Accompanied by an English speaking local guide throughout
  • Airport arrival and departure transfers
  • All activities as detailed in the itinerary
  • Gratuities for local guide, driver and porters
  • Meals as indicated
  • Park fees
  • Transportation throughout

What is excluded

  • International flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • All items of a personal nature
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks
  • Visa
  • Malaysia departure tax
Orangutans at Sepilok Rehabilitation Centre, Borneo
Sabah, Malaysia

Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre

Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, which covers an area of 43 square kilometres at the edge of Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve. The centre was set up by Barbara Harrison in 1964 and was the first centre in the world to dedicate itself to the rehabilitation of orphaned orangutans. Today there are around 60 to 80 orangutans living free in the reserve.

Kinabatangan River Sabah,Borneo, Malaysia
Kinabatangan River, Malaysia

Kinabatangan River

The Kinabatangan River is the second-longest river in Malaysia and is known for its exceptional biodiversity. Consisting of five distinct habitats – waterlogged and dry forests, saline and freshwater swamps, and limestone habitats – the lower Kinabatangan has one of the most diverse concentrations of wildlife in Borneo. Expect to see proboscis monkeys, crocodiles, langurs, gibbons, many species of birds, and of course orangutans offering common appearances.

Danum Valley, Sabah, Borneo

Danum Valley

The Danum Valley Conservation Area is a 130-million-year-old ecosystem, it comprises of pristine primary lowland forest teeming with endemic fauna and flora that will have you awe-inspired upon every sense. Danum Valley is a perfect place to explore Borneo’s rainforest discovering the unique wildlife that occurs in the region and trekking through the towering ancient forest which is also home to the tallest trees in the tropics.

Harlequin Flying Frog, Borneo
Harlequin Flying Frog, Borneo

Photography experience

Whether you have a simple point and shoot camera or a sophisticated SLR, George will be on hand to give you tips on how to improve your photography skills. Therefore, you don’t even have to be an experienced photographer to join.

The maximum group size of just ten people will allow George to spend time with you at the different locations to help you get the perfect shot and develop your wildlife photography skills for future use.


Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Borneo Rainforest Lodge £££££

  • Malaysia
  • Wilderness

Situated within the tropical lowland rainforest of the Danum Valley Conservation Area, Borneo Rainforest Lodge offers 31 timber chalets and a true jungle experience. Deluxe chalets have a balcony with river or jungle views plus some have their own outdoor hot tub or even a private plunge pool. The communal dining area and bar offer a great spot to relax with a drink at the end of the day, immersed in the sounds of the night.

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Why a Steppes expert-led group tour

1.Experience Matters

We have been running insightful and groundbreaking group tours since our inception in 1989. We have worked with institutions such as the British Museum and Victoria & Albert Museum and run wildlife tours in conjunction with conservation agencies such as Fauna & Flora International, Wildlife Conservation Society, the Orangutan Foundation, Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund and the Jane Goodall Institute.

2.Size Matters

Our average group size is typically eight to ten people, smaller than other group tours typically offered – a factor which many of our clients appreciate. Travelling as part of a smaller group provides a more intimate, personalised and relaxed atmosphere.

4.It’s about who you know

We have developed an enviable pool of expertise from which to choose our tour experts, who we carefully select based on their knowledge, companionship and personality. Often, these experts can use their influence to facilitate private access to sites not typically open to the public.

3.Like-Minded People

Steppes Travellers are like-minded people – interesting, interested and curious. Our group tours aim to create an easy and informal atmosphere – we have a lot of fun on our tours and many friendships have been formed.

5.Value for money

Our tours are well-priced to ensure you get real value for money. We include gratuities on the majority of our tours and do not pass on currency surcharges. We strive to look after single travellers as well as we can, keeping single supplements to a minimum.

6.Peace of Mind

When you travel on one of our group tours, you will be looked after by our local agents and your tour expert with the back-up of our 24-hour emergency number and duty manager. All our holidays are fully bonded and protected – our ATOL number is ATOL 6495.

Our future tour dates

For further information about any of these tours please call 01285 601 784

Start dateEnd dateDays
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Single SupplementTour ExpertMax Group SizeStatus
29/09/20 06/10/208days £4,245 ex. flights £565George Chan10 AVAILABLE Reserve place

Reserve your place on this group tour

Our travel experts have a wealth of first-hand knowledge, so if you have any questions about this expert-led group tour, please get in touch. They would love to help. We hope you can join us on this tour.

01285 601 784

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With an average group size of just eight to ten people our group tour itineraries enable you to travel to some of the most intriguing regions of the world in the company of experts guides in the field and, of course, with likeminded people.

Why Choose Steppes?

Our knowledge and expertise sets us apart. So too our curiosity. A curiosity of the world and of you, and your passions. It is this that drives us to create a journey that is really bespoke to you, all the while ensuring we travel and operate sustainably.

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