Borneo is a territory of thick tropical jungle and raging rivers, spiky jagged mountains and huge caves. It boasts an incredible diversity of all kinds of species. Endangered orang-utans and thousands of other mammals, birds, reptiles and insects all live in the virgin rainforest which you can explore on our thrilling Borneo holidays.
The best viewing of all these creatures and the incredible environment they live in is in the series of excellent marine reserves and national parks, all well managed to minimise the impact on the environment. There are many adventures to be had here, with our Borneo trips also offering excellent walking and trekking.
As you walk deep into ancient rainforests, you’ll be in awe at the remoteness and wild beauty that can’t be found anywhere else. Hiding beneath the wildlife-rich foliage and jungle canopy is a wealth of wonderful creatures that you can get closer to on our tours. As you walk among soaring conifers and pitcher plants, keep your eyes peeled for monkeys and snakes and listen out for the great call of a gibbon.
Our holidays to Borneo aren’t just about the wildlife, you’ll also get an insight into the cultural melting pot that blends age-old traditions and Chinese heritage with various indigenous communities. And the food of Borneo is just as diverse, incorporating vibrant Malay, Chinese and Indian flavours. Throughout several of our Borneo holidays you’ll have the opportunity sample mouthwatering food as you explore lively markets selling street foods where the sights, sounds and smells are intoxicating.
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14 Daysfrom£ 2,099
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Discover Borneo and Malaysia's incredible diversity
Orangutan: Witnessing an orangutan in its natural habitat is one of the most incredible wildlife experiences you can have. Our tours are designed to take you closer to their natural environment so that you can observe how they behave in the wild. Danum Valley is one of the best places in Borneo to see orangutans in the wild as you walk along lofty rainforest canopies.
On our Borneo Wildlife Discoverer trip, you’ll also get to visit the Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary where orphans are rehabilitated so they can be released back into the wild. It’s fascinating to see these beautiful animals close up and learn about how they’re trained to climb.
Pygmy Elephant: If you’re going on one of our wildlife holidays to Borneo, this magnificent animal is probably at the top of your list of things to see. Bornean elephants, also known as pygmy elephants, are indigenous to Borneo and are much smaller that Indian elephants as well as being behaviourally and physically different.
On our tours, we take you to some of the best elephant-viewing locations. The Kinabatangan River is home to one of the largest populations of pygmy elephants. They often come down to the river to drink and this is an amazing sight to behold. Danum Valley is another great place to go in search of the pygmy elephant in Malaysia and is one of Asia’s last remaining lowland rainforests.
Proboscis Monkey: The proboscis monkey is endemic to Borneo’s rainforests, and it can be identified by its extraordinarily large nose, which they use to attract their mates. You’re most likely to find the proboscis monkey swinging through the jungle canopies or climbing trees around rivers and mangroves. Our Borneo wildlife trips include a visit to Bako National Park which is renowned for its proboscis monkeys. The only way you can reach here is by boat and the entire adventure is unforgettable. You can also visit the Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary where they are cared for in the heart of Semawang’s mangrove forests.
Estuarine Crocodile: Found slinking through mangrove swamps and mudflats that can be found along the rivers of Bako and Santubong, the Estuarine Crocodiles are saltwater crocodiles and are the world’s largest river predator which can grow to over 6 metres in length. While you wouldn’t want to get too close up (although you could probably outrun one in a race!), to see them in their natural habitat is a thrilling experience. Our holidays incorporate trips to Sarawak and the Kinabatangan River providing you with the best opportunities to spot these deadly creatures in the wild.
Rhinoceros Hornbill: Our Borneo tours are brimming with wildlife and the country is home to a staggering eight species of hornbill. The rhinoceros hornbill is found in rainforests and lowlands of Borneo and Sarawak has been nicknamed the ‘Land of the Hornbills’ and since 1998, the rhinoceros hornbill has been under protection. It was believed by the people of Sarawak that this majestic bird had mythical powers and often they were sacrificed by pagans who wore their unusual and distinctive yellow and orange beak on a necklace. On our Borneo Wildlife Discoverer trip, you’ll visit Mulu National Park, home to 262 species of bird, including the rhinoceros hornbill.
I would recommend this trip, in fact I would say it’s a must, especially if your interested in wildlife and get a better understanding of the socio-economic reasons why rainforests are being replaced by agriculture. From countless up-close wildlife experiences (I would say guaranteed) deep inside the rain forests to amazing natural geological wonders of the world, this trip just keeps on giving. As always our Exodus leader or guide was just excellent on every level. Jay helped up to understand the natural world and its unique symbiotic relationships and the recent balance and regulation to help protect the remaining rain forests. We always felt safe and often important as Jay was well known as a long standing guide in the area. I’ve come away feeling lucky to experience such a country and keep replying my memories so they become indelible ones.
We can thoroughly recommend this tour. The itinerary meant a fair amount of travelling but it was well planned and well supervised by Nostalia our guide. In two weeks we ticked off all the creatures on our pre-tour wish list apart from pigmy elephants, more than compensated by brilliant encounters with bats, orangutans, monkeys, hornbills, and flying squirrels. In between we had time to explore the cities of Kuching and Kota Kinabalu and sample great local food from restaurants and hawker stalls.
Really enjoyed the trip. It was very expensive but was worth it for all the wildlife seen. Saw Orangutans, proboscis monkeys, other monkeys and bats and lots of birds and insects. Really enjoyed Bako National Park, Mulu, the snorkelling, Sepilok and Danum Valley. The accommodation overall was good but the food was amazing at Danum Valley (Borneo Rainforest Lodge) which made up for the food at Kinabatangan which a bit plain. The trip was the correct length as well, wouldn’t want it any shorter.