This is a moderately difficult tour, but accessible to everyone as it is not a race and we provide loads of support. Starting in Kota Kinabalu this tour is accompanied by one of our specialist wildlife guides.
As you can see we have optimised the possibilities of seeing Orang-utans in different locations within Sabah . The transfers are not too long, the accommodation varied, with the route itself giving an overview of this northern part of Borneo .
Day 01: Arrive Kota Kinabalu. Met and transferred to 4 star hotel. Briefing.
Day 02: Free day. (B)
Day 03: Depart to Poring at the foot of Mount Kinabalu to experience the rainforest where orang utan live. Easy trails through the rainforest make this a gentle introduction to Sabah. The Canopy walkway 80 feet above the rainforest floor provides a birds eye view of both the canopy itself and also the valley below. Overnight at Poring or Kinabalu Rose Cabin. (B,L,D)
Day 04: Pick up to go to Mikes village. This is not a tourist village, the main access road is liable to mud slip and time is dictated by season and weather. Trek through the jungle which borders the village to some of the areas where orang utan often come to visit. The overnight jungle camp provides a unique experience and is as close as you can get to being ‘lost' in a jungle without being lost in a jungle! The trekking is not hard but slippery tree routes and in places a less identifiable trail makes going slow - but then as we said before, it's not a race. (B,L,D)
Day 05: Up early looking for Orang-Utans when they start leaving their overnight nests then back to the village and a village homestay to experience the lifestyle of the native hill tribes. Please note this is a native village and there are few concessions, if any, to tourists. (B,L,D)
Day 06: Overland transfer to Sandakan through pretty monotonous palm oil plantations for the most part. The journey takes about 3 hours so we stop en route at market stalls to break the journey. Check into Sepilok Jungle Resort then to the nearby world famous Sepilok Orang Utan Sanctuary.(B,L,D)
Day 07: Visiting the sanctuary twice today at feeding time. The morning tends to be rather busy, we find the afternoon quieter and with a greater number of Orangs as a result. Overnight at Sepilok Jungle Resort.(B,L,D)
Day 08: Overland to Danum Valley ,check in Borneo Rainforest Lodge. This facility stands on stilts on the bend in the river in the rainforest. You are detailed a guide on arrival and he / she will take you into the rainforest as often as you want spotting for Orangs utans in the wild. Of course a great plus is that you can walk along the river bed on your own without getting lost! Just you the river and the rainforest. Last time I did it I saw two elephants drinking - and yes we do have elephants in Borneo . In fact according to the most recent research they are a separate subspecies not simply captured workers gone native as was previously supposed. (B,L,D)
Day 09: Trekking to see orang utan and other wildlife in the wild. Your guide will discuss routes and plan your walk according to your preferences. Overnight Rainforest Lodge.(B,L,D)
Day 10: Trailwalking to see orang utan in the wild. Overnight Rainforest Lodge.(B,L,D)
Day 11: Transfer to Lahad Datu, depart by air [40 minutes] back to Kota Kinabalu, own transfer to Pacific Sutera.(B,L)
Day 12: Own airport transfer. Tour ends.(B)
Guide price UKP£988 per person based on two travelling starting any day subject to availability checking by our HQ in Kota Kinabalu.
Includes all hotels and Lodges mentioned. All transfers and transport. Meals as shown [B=Breakfast etc], specialist guides and permits.
Excludes international flight to and from Kota Kinabalu
Set departures which anyone can join 01 June and 01 October.
Discounted rate for groups of 5+ travelling together.