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Best of Malaysian Borneo

Explore the state of Sabah from Danum Valley to Sepilok and Kota Kinabalu

14 days

from $2,995pp (excluding flights)

This two-week holiday to Malaysian Borneo includes wildlife encounters, tropical jungles, mountains and idyllic beaches.

  • Explore pristine rainforest from the canopy walkways of Danum Valley
  • Cruise the Kinabatangan River in search of the pygmy elephant, orangutan and proboscis monkey
  • Climb Mount Kinabalu, and watch the sunrise from the highest peak in South East Asia
  • Relax on a secluded stretch of beach

Danum Valley and the Kinabatangan River

After a night in Kota Kinabalu fly east to the small town of Lahad Datu and journey on unmade tracks into Danum Valley and some of Malaysian Borneo’s most pristine rainforest. Spend three days exploring the jungle around your lodge, trekking to lookout points, waterfalls and through the canopies on canopy walkways. This is one of the best areas to see orangutan in the wild as well as a wealth of other wildlife from proboscis monkeys, to pygmy elephants and wonderful bird and insect life.

The Kinabatangan River is another haven for wildlife which allows the chance to see and feel the rainforest from a different perspective, on the river. Cruise in the early morning light and at dusk when wildlife is at its most active and fireflies light up the night.

Orangutans and Sepilok Rehabilitation Centre

If orangutan have eluded you in the wild, Sepilok Rehabilitation Centre offers a wonderful chance to see these animals as they are on their journey through rehabilitation and back into the wild. Fruit is placed on platforms in the rainforest twice daily and released orangutan can return to feed in order to supplement what they cannot find in the wild.

Kota Kinabalu and Mount Kinabalu

The highest peak in South East Asia Mount Kinabalu is located in within the World Heritage Site Kinabalu Park. Although not an easy climb, Mount Kinabalu can be conquered from most and offers a chance to see a variety of flora and fauna over the four climate zones around the mountain, from lowland dipterocarp woodland to coniferous forests and alpine meadow plants.

End your holiday to Malaysian Borneo with a stay at a tropical beachfront retreat surrounded by rainforest.

Best time to visit Malaysian Borneo

Borneo is the perfect family destination during school holidays. The best time to visit is between April and October when the weather is relatively dry, and the seas are at their calmest.

For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

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Itinerary at a glance

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Day 1

Day at leisure in Kota Kinabalu

You will be staying at Shangri La Tanjung Aru, bed and breakfast

Day 2

Fly Kota Kinabalu to Lahad Datu

Drive from Lahad Datu to Danum Valley

Leave Lahad Datu and travel to Danum Valley, which is around three hours away. Most of the journey is on unsealed roads.

You will be staying at Borneo Rainforest Lodge, bed and breakfast

Day 3

Half a Day Trekking the Kadazandusan Burial Trail
Set off on a group trek to the Kadazandusun Burial Trail. Visit the ominously named Coffin Cliff, before proceeding on towards a view point that affords a bird's-eye view of the area. Afterwards, descend to the 'Jacuzzi Pool' and jump in for a refreshing dip in this naturally heated spring.

Evening Night Drive
This evening after dinner, weather permitting, head out with torches in search of nocturnal wildlife.

You will be staying at Borneo Rainforest Lodge, bed and breakfast

Day 4

Half Day Trek to the Waterfalls
Spend time trekking through the forests of the Danum Valley, accompanied by a guide. Visit the impressive Fairy Falls, before continuing on to the Serpent Falls. In the afternoon you can go on a further jungle trek or if you would prefer you can tube down the Danum River.

You will be staying at Borneo Rainforest Lodge, bed and breakfast

Day 5

Drive from Danum Valley to the Kinabatangan River

Afternoon River Cruise to Sukau
Cruise up river to Sukau village in search of primates including the endemic proboscis monkeys, birds and other wildlife.

You will be staying at Kinabatangan Wetlands Resort, full board

Day 6

Morning River Cruise
Take an early morning river trip to observe wildlife at its most active as the sun rises.

Evening River Cruise
Later this evening, take to the river in search of crocodile and other nocturnal wildlife. As night falls continue the cruise as fireflies light up the mangroves.

You will be staying at Kinabatangan Wetlands Resort, full board

Day 7

Drive from Kinabatangan River to Sepilok via Gomantong Caves

Depart the Kinabatangan River for Sepilok, stopping to visit Gomantong caves enroute. Contained within the 3,924-hectare Gomantong Forest Reserve, this is the largest cave system in Sabah. The caves are home to an estimated two million bats, and one million swiftlets which make a spectacular sight at sunset when they swarm from their caves into the night.

Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre
Sepilok is a reserve of 43 kilometre squared of lowland primary rainforest and mangrove and was made into an Orangutan protection zone in 1964. Orphaned and injured orangutans are brought to Sepilok where the centre facilitates their return to the wild. The Orang-utans are fed twice daily from platforms in the forest, which are reached along raised wooden walkways from the centre. This feeding is just to supplement what they can't find for themselves in the jungle and feedings take place every morning and afternoon.

You will be staying at Sepilok Nature Resort, bed and breakfast

Day 8

After seeing the morning feeding session at Sepilok transfer to the airport.

Fly Sandakan to Kota Kinabalu

Drive from Kota Kinabalu to Kinabalu Park

A journey of around one hour.

You will be staying at Sutera Sanctuary Lodges, full board

Day 9

First Day of Trekking up Mount Kinabalu
After breakfast, meet your mountain guide and begin to climb from the Timpohon Gate, which stands at 1,800 metres. The trail ascends swiftly from steamy lowland jungle to cool mountain forests, finishing on a desolate crown of grey granite.

The climb up to the summit is split over two days, due to the rapid ascent. The trek itself is less than 10 kilometres in length but involves climbing over 3,000 metres. The 'Trail Climb' takes place on the first day, whilst the 'Summit Climb' begins very early the next morning.

Overnight on the mountain in simple accommodation.

You will be staying at Laban Rata, full board

Day 10

Mount Kinabalu Summit Climb
An early start at around 3am for your climb to the summit. The summit climb covers barely 800 metres, but this short distance can take up to four hours. In the initial phase of the climb thick rainproof jackets, gloves, balaclava and other cold-weather gear may be necessary. At about 3,810 metres, reach the last mountain hut at Sayat-Sayat. After this point the route crosses over bare, windswept granite rock and has some very steep sections.

The summit is a stark, grey rocky expanse of windswept granite. Having reached the summit by sunrise there will be ample opportunity to take photographs. Descend back to Timpohon Gate via Low's Peak in time for a well-earned breakfast. Your driver will be waiting for your onward transfer.

Drive from Kinabalu Park to Kota Kinabalu

Transfer back to Kota Kinabalu with time to stop at Poring Hot Springs if you wish.

You will be staying at Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort, bed and breakfast

Day 11

Time at leisure to relax and enjoy activities ar Rasa Ria

You will be staying at Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort, bed and breakfast

Day 12

At leisure

You will be staying at Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort, bed and breakfast

Day 13

At leisure

You will be staying at Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort, bed and breakfast

Day 14

Day at leisure in Kota Kinabalu


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

Borneo Rainforest Lodge

Borneo Rainforest Lodge

Situated within the tropical lowland rainforest of the Danum Valley Conservation Area, Borneo Rainforest Lodge offers 31 timber chalets and a true jungle experience....

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Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort

Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort

Shangri La Rasa Ria Resort sits between forested hills and a beautiful two-mile sandy beach on the shores of the South China Sea....

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Shangri La Tanjung Aru

Shangri La Tanjung Aru

Shangri La Tanjung Aru is located in a peaceful seafront location, just 10 minutes from Kota Kinabalu....

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