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Turkode : WOHS
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Exodus Travel
Destinasjoner : Malaysia, Borneo
Reisen begynner : Sandakan
Reisen slutter : Kuching
Gruppestørrelse : 4 - 16
Aldre : 16+
Aktivitet :
15 dager fra
NOK 46 695

Oversikt

Showcasing the best of Borneo with National Geographic Explorer, George Kourounis

Reiserute

  • Day 1: Start Sandakan
    Your trips starts in Sandakan, once a huge logging centre (it first exported wood in the late 1880s to supply the building of the Temple of Heaven in Beijing) and is home to many Chinese and Filipinos. You are free to arrive anytime this afternoon. The waterfront is a good place to take a walk and the roof top restaurant at the Nak hotel is a great place to sip a cocktail or two. There will be a group briefing this evening at 6pm with your tour leader, followed by an optional group dinner. Sabah Hotel or similar
  • Day 2: Visit Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary en route to Sepilok
    This morning after breakfast, we depart Sandakan and first stop at the Sandakan War Memorial. We then transfer (approx. 30 min- 1 hour) to the Labuk Bay Proboscis monkey sanctuary, our first foray into Borneo’s amazing nature & wildlife. Here you can get an up close look at this extraordinary animal which is only found in Borneo. We continue on to our lodge in Sepilok (approx. 30 min- 1 hour). This evening, as dusk approaches we will head to the nearby Rainforest Discovery Centre. The centre can have fantastic bird watching opportunities (though luck does play a role) as hornbills and the Borneo bristlehead are often seen and there is an array of displays which highlights the island’s diverse flora. Orang-utans can also be spotted during the fruiting season and there is an impressive canopy walkway as well as some easy walking trails. Sepilok Jungle Resort or similar
  • Day 3: Visit Sepilok Orang-utan Sanctuary; optional visit to Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre
    Up early we return to the Rainforest Discovery Centre for some more bird and wildlife viewing before returning to our lodge for breakfast. We then visit Sepilok Orang-utan Centre, the largest orang-utan sanctuary in the world. Here rehabilitated orphans and captured orang-utans are cared for until they are ready to be released into the wild. We get the opportunity to see these incredible relations of ours close-up and learn about the very real threats to their continued existence. You will have the chance to visit both morning and afternoon feedings. There is also an orang-utan nursery where youngsters are trained in climbing skills with the aim of reintroduction to the wild. We will have the chance to view the youngsters from a special viewing platform that sits behind one-way glass so as not to disturb or influence them. There is the option of visiting the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre which works with rescuing and rehabilitating captured bears as well as research and providing education to the community. Sepilok Jungle Resort or similar
  • Day 4: To Danum Valley Conservation Centre; jungle walk and nocturnal safari
    We drive to Lahad Datu approximately 2.5 -3 hours where we change vehicles and drive off road into Danum Valley conservation area, the largest protected lowland dipterocarp forest in Borneo. It is one of the last remaining pockets of primary lowland rainforest in Asia. Danum Valley is at the forefront of tropical rainforest research, and home to many rare and endangered species of mammals and birds – it is a real privilege to spend 2 nights here in the comforts of the Borneo Rainforest Lodge. Danum Valley is probably the very best place in Malaysia to see wild orang-utans in their pristine habitat. Apart from orang-utans, it has just about the complete range of Bornean wildlife and great trails. After settling in, there is an afternoon jungle nature trek to try and spot the elusive orang-utan, and after dinner a night drive is possible to spot many of the shy and retiring creatures of the forest. We will spend our time here with very experienced guides who accompany us on all our walks. One night drive and one night walk is included during our stay. Borneo Rainforest Lodge
  • Day 5: Full day guided walk in Danum Valley
    We will spend a full day with our very experienced guides. We will have an opportunity to explore the trails, the canopy walkway and waterfalls whilst searching for wildlife in this remarkable place. The trek to a look out point over the Danum Valley takes approximately 1.5 hours each way. Danum is home to over 275 bird species, 110 species of mammals including orang-utans, five species of deer, giant flying squirrels, gibbons, bearded wild boars, flying frogs and the Borneo Pigmy Elephant. Borneo Rainforest Lodge
  • Day 6: Transfer to Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary
    This morning we journey (2-3 hours) to the Kinabatangan River. Our river lodge is located on the mighty Kinabatangan River, the 3rd longest river in Borneo. The area is home to an astonishing array of wildlife including ten species of primates, four of which are endemic to Borneo. It has one of the highest concentrations of proboscis monkeys and orang-utans in Malaysian Borneo. Other wildlife includes Bornean gibbon, long tailed macaques, sun bears, and barking deer. The Asian pygmy elephant and clouded leopard also inhabit this area, but sightings can be rare. There are also over 200 species of birds including hornbills, eagles, herons, kingfishers, oriental darters, night jars, flowerpeckers and spider hunters. Later this afternoon we take our first river cruise. Nature Lodge Kinabatangan or similar
  • Day 7: Wildlife cruises on Kinabatangan River and forest walks
    We are up with the animals for a dawn wildlife cruise followed by a trek. In the afternoon, we will once again take a river cruise to spot wildlife and if we are lucky a crocodile or two. Nature Lodge Kinabatangan or similar
  • Day 8: To Gomantong Caves; transfer to Sabah Tea Plantation
    This morning we journey (4-5 hours) to the Sabah Tea Gardens Longhouse, stopping at the bizarre Gomantong caves along the way. The caves are a major source of the swiftlet bird nests that are a Chinese delicacy. Every day, when in season, workers climb large ladders up to 400 feet up to the roof of the caves to collect the valuable nests. It is also a good place for bird watching and spotting wild Orang-utans. After visiting the caves, we continue our journey to the Sabah Tea Plantation where we stay overnight in a bamboo longhouse. It’s possible to walk through the plantation on your own if you want this afternoon. Tea, medicinal herbs, fruit and vegetables are just some of the things produced locally. From the plantation, the sunrise with a view of Mount Kinabalu is often spectacular. If we are lucky it may be possible to view the spectacular rafflesia in flower nearby or en route to the plantation. Sabah Tea Gardens Longhouse
  • Day 9: Visit Kinabalu N.P; transfer to Kota Kinabalu
    We visit the tea factory before we leave the plantation behind and then continue on and explore the World Heritage Site; Mount Kinabalu National Park, home to the highest mountain in South East Asia, Mount Kinabalu at 4,095m. This impressive peak of huge granite walls can be viewed from the Crocker mountain range which we pass over, with panoramic views of the countryside and soaring hills. The lower mountain slopes are covered in thick vegetation and it is well known for its diverse botanical and biological species. Afterwards, transfer (approx. 2 hours) to Kota Kinabalu, where we spend the next 2 nights. Known as KK to the locals, the capital of Sabah is a now a modern multi-cultural city. On the way to KK, we will stop at Nabalu market where villagers come to sell their produce and handicraft. The evening is free to relax, explore the bustling Filipino markets or enjoy a sundowner on the waterfront. Hotel Dreamtel or similar
  • Day 10: Free day; optional snorkelling and island trip, wetland birdwatching or cultural village
    Today you are free to enjoy some of the many activities Kota Kinabalu has to offer. A popular option is to visit one of the tropical islands in the marine park, a 15 minute boat journey from the city and offering excellent snorkelling and diving opportunities. Here you can never be bored whether you are relaxing on the white sand, snorkelling or just swimming in the warm South China Sea. There is some good birdwatching opportunities in the wetlands not far from KK as well as a cultural village in Mari Mari for an insight into the different cultures of Sabah. Your tour leader can help organise any of these options. Hotel Dreamtel or similar
  • Day 11: Fly to Mulu N.P.; sunset walk to Deer Cave for bat exodus
    We leave the city behind and fly to Mulu National park (schedules for this flight often vary). After checking-in at the Park HQ, we will be introduced to the park guides and head through the forest to Deer Cave. Some of the caves have been mapped by occasional expeditions; they have their own ecosystems with plants and animals living in the cave chambers. Deer Cave, the largest cave passage in the world, is home to millions of bats and swifts that live side by side on the roof of the cave. The cave floor has a raised platform, though that is no escape from the smell of the 'guano' – the excrement from millions of birds and bats. Close-by is Lang's Cave, which though much smaller, has some excellent stalactites and stalagmites and other cave formations. The forest around the caves is spectacular and there is plenty of time to examine it closely. The walk to Deer Cave is 3kms (each way) along boardwalks and there are wooden steps leading to different viewing platforms inside the show caves. We will arrive at Deer Cave in time for dusk which is when the bats leave the comfort of the cave to feed on insects (as long as it is not raining). This is a sight to behold with the bats leaving the cave in a long line snaking across the sky for quite some time. Dependent on the timings of the day we may visit the caves tomorrow instead. Please note that due to flight schedules there isn’t much time for lunch between the time we arrive at Mulu NP and the time we depart for the caves. You should buy something at the airport to have later. Mulu National Park Garden Cottages or similar
  • Day 12: Full day exploring Mulu N.P.
    Today is a day for exploring this stunning park with a local guide. In the morning we visit two of the 'show caves' including Clearwater where a picnic (not included) lunch can be had in the gorgeous riverside location. The park has some incredible statistics; It has over 3,500 plant species, 8,000 different types of fungi and 170 species of orchid. Over 100 new plant species were discovered between 1960 and 1973, and many are still being added. There are 262 species of bird, almost 300 species of butterflies and many reptiles and mammals. Members of the Penan tribe live within the park. They are a small population of nomadic forest dwellers who live as hunter-gatherers. There has been fierce international opposition to the Malaysian government who tried to settle them in permanent longhouses and indeed the Penan themselves have also resisted. In 1994 they were granted an area of the forest where they could continue their traditional lifestyle. Although you are unlikely to meet these elusive people, you occasionally see their fishing shelters or areas in the forest where they have recently visited. This afternoon simply relax in the park and listen to the weird and wonderful creatures that call it home or explore self-guided trails within the park. Those with a head for heights can try the optional canopy walkway. This 480-metre skywalk takes approximately 2 hours to complete. Along the way, visitors may be able to see macaque monkeys, hornbills, flying lizards, squirrels and a variety of rainforest birds. However, time slots to do the canopy walk can be limited and may subject to availability during busy periods. In the evening there is an optional night walk or we can try the local Mulu 'firewater', Tuak. Mulu National Park Garden Cottages or similar
  • Day 13: Early rise for dawn chorus in Mulu; fly to Kuching
    We aim to catch the morning flight out of Mulu and on to Kuching though delays are not uncommon. Depending on what time we fly out of Mulu there may be some time to walk along self-guided trails or at the visitor’s centre. The capital of Sarawak, Kuching, is a vibrant riverside city full of different ethnic groups who have migrated from the surrounding forests. With a great museum and a well preserved colonial centre there is much to do in this fascinating cultural hot spot. Depending on flight times, after arrival and checking into the hotel, there may be some free time to explore or relax. This evening, you may wish to join your leader for an optional dinner at the hawkers stalls on the waterfront. Lime Tree Hotel or similar
  • Day 14: Day trip to Bako N.P. famous for Proboscis monkeys
    This morning we head to nearby Bako National Park famous for its Proboscis monkeys. This is where the rainforest meets the sea and the only way to get to the park is by boat (after a 1hr drive out of the city). It has abundant wildlife, jungle streams, waterfalls, interesting plant life, secluded beaches and trekking trails. Despite being the smallest National Park in Sarawak, Bako contains almost every type of vegetation found in Borneo. Please note that as Bako NP is only accessible by boat, our time there is often dictated by tides and weather conditions. Your leader will inform the group of the details the previous day. We return to Kuching for the night. Hotel Lime Tree or similar
  • Day 15: End Kuching
    The trip ends this morning after breakfast. There will be 1 group departure transfer offered to the airport for those who are able to join, please advise Exodus 1 month before departure. Otherwise, private transfers to the airport can be arranged with Exodus before your trip commences also.

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The trip destination
— 13 nights comfortable/standard hotels and lodges- all en suite, 1 night basic longhouse with shared facilities — Travel by minibus, 4WD and boat — Two internal flights — Group normally 4-16 including special host, George Kourounis plus local leader. Min age 16 yrs — Visit remote wild areas
Food
All breakfasts, 4 lunches and 4 dinners are included. You should allow about  CAD 175- 265 /USD 140-210/GBP 100-150 for food not included. If you fancy a few drinks then you may want to bring a little more as beer and other alcoholic drinks are expensive and you should expect to pay western prices. Malaysia is renowned for its culinary excellence however food can often be relatively unexciting and limited in the lodges and for hotel breakfasts. Meals will be more varied for everyone in cities and seafood is widely available on the coast. In the bigger hotels and cities the full range of Western and local foods are available. We also suggest you take snack food with you, as it is not freely available. Most meals will be basic based around rice and noodles although most accommodation does offer a western breakfast of beans, toast and eggs. You can generally avoid the spicier food if you wish. Vegetarians will find the food choice limited but are well catered for. Please inform us before departure of any special dietary requests. Please note that in Borneo the availability of certain products is minimal or non-existent, for example wheat or dairy-free, please be prepared for this and you may need to bring these from home.

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