- Expert photographic tuition throughout from George Chan
- Behind the scenes access at the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre
- Meet with researchers from the Danum Valley Field Centre
- Explore Gomantong Caves, the largest cave system in Sabah
Charles Darwin called Borneo “one great wild untidy luxuriant hothouse made by nature for herself". It is wild and exciting and remains the preserve of the true traveller. This tour is perfectly suited for those that have a genuine interest in conservation issues at the grass root level, and a love of the rainforest, wildlife, and photography. Accompanied throughout by wildlife photographer George Chan, this tour offers a perfect opportunity to hone your photographic skills in one of natures greatest playgrounds.
A soft landing in Sepilok with ample time to explore the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, located on your doorstep. The Sanctuary offers a true insight into the lives of this remarkable and sadly endangered species. Continue to The Kinabatangan River, home to the wonderful proboscis monkey. Finish in the Danum Valley, spending the next three nights at Borneo Rainforest Lodge, where some of the islands most pristine rainforest can be found, giving an insight into Borneo's amazing bio-diversity. This region is teeming with endemic animals and birdlife and a visit to the Danum Valley Research Centre is organised to meet scientists in situ. This is where the Royal Society carries out research on the impact of deforestation and so there is the opportunity to talk with academics from Raleigh International, Earthwatch and Oxford University about the future of rainforests in Borneo. A final night in Kota Kinabalu allows time to take stock, shop for gifts, and have a final night of conservation and debate with guest scientists before returning home.
WHY SHOULD I JOIN THIS GROUP TOUR?
This tour is perfect for photographers 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 expert guidance of our team of local experts and photographer George Chan.
Do I need to be an experienced photographer to join this tour?
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.
DO I NEED TO BE FIT?
This tour will have a number of long travel days and there will be daily walks through the rainforest, so a decent level of fitness is required.
WHAT WILL THE ACCOMMODATION BE LIKE?
On this trip, the accommodation aims to get you in the best locations to allow you the opportunity to truly immerse yourself in nature and allow ample time to photograph the flora and fauna that surrounds you.
In Sandakan, you will be based near Sepilok Rehabilitation Centre. Continuing onto the Kinabatangan River region, you will be staying in moderate lodge accommodation. The highlight of the trip will be your time spent at Borneo's most luxurious eco-lodges, Borneo Rainforest Lodge. While your stay in Kota Kinabalu will be at the excellent Hyatt Regency.
WHAT WILL THE FOOD BE LIKE?
Borneo's cuisine is heavy influenced by the food found on the Malaysian peninsula. Expect delicious, spicy coconut-milk noodle soups called laksa, simple dishes with chicken and vegetables and Iban style dishes where food is cooked in a bamboo stem over an open fire. We have organised for some great private dining on parts of the trip to see what the chefs of Borneo can do when given the opportunity.
WHAT IS THE WEATHER LIKE IN September?
September is the end of the dry season with hot, dry air being blown in from Australia. Throughout Sabah, there is also the possibility of unsettled wet weather at times, especially in rainforested areas. The rain will normally fall in the late afternoon.
WHAT WILDLIFE WILL I SEE IN BORNEO?
Sabah is home to some of the last remaining areas of primary tropical rainforest in South East Asia. Kinabatangan River is home to orangutans, pygmy elephants, hornbills, macaques, leaf monkeys, otters and more. Nocturnal life is spectacular including civet cats, snakes, frogs, and owls. The Danum Valley is the best place in Borneo to see orangutans in the wild, alongside a huge diversity of vegetation including ferns, orchids and pitcher plants.
Can I extend my stay in BORNEO?
This tour works perfectly with an extension in Malaysia or other South-East Asian countries. Speak to one of our Asia specialists for more details of possible extensions.
For a detailed itinerary or to book your place on this tour, please contact us.