Journeys worth taking

Borneo, Malaysia

Endangered wildlife of Borneo

Endangered Wildlife

Pygmy Elephants, Orangutans and Proboscis Monkeys

Lodging

Eco Lodges, Beach hotel

Nights

9

Trip Details

Hosted, Private Tour

Price

$2,200 pp (double)

Transport

Van, river boat

Experience
Experience
Itinerary
Pygmy miles
Accommodation
Practical info

Experience

Journey

The rain forest in Borneo is one of the oldest and most biologically diverse on the planet. Some of the most rare and exotic animals in the world can be found here, many of them are endemic and can not be found any where else. 

On this 10 day wildlife experience, you will have the opportunity to see pygmy elephants, proboscis monkeys and even orangutans in the wild. You will overnight in two world class ecolodges, which combine semi-luxury in remote jungle locations. Furthermore, you will have the opportunity to visit several conservation and rehabilitation centers. 

The rain forrest of Borneo's interior is 140 million years old, making it one of the oldest on the planet

Activities

Trekking

Trek into the jungle to spot orangutans near the Kinabatangan river.

Wildlife Viewing

On this itinerary, you will take part in several river cruises to find wildlife in their natural habitat.

And also

  • You will also visit Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre, which is operated by the Malyasian government with the aim of returning Organutans to the wild.
  • The Sunbear Conservation is also on the docket and has a similar goal, returning orphaned or illegally kept bears to the wild. 
  • Enjoy a candlelight dinner on the banks of the Kinabatangan river.

Three endangered species of Borneo will likely be seen on this journey: 

  • The Bornean Orangutan is considered endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, with deforestation and palm oil plantations posing significant threats to their survival. Originally endemic to many parts of southeast Asia, Orangutans can only be found in the wild in Sumatra and Borneo.  
  • Also endangered, a funny, longed nosed primate called the Proboscis Monkey is endemic to Borneo and can only be found here. Only the males are endowed with the lengthy proboscis which can reach up to 4 inches long.
  • And lastly, but certainly not least, is our Epidemiological favorite, the Borneo Pygmy Elephant. Slightly smaller in stature than their mainland cousins, the Borneo elephants are genetically different than other species of elephants and can only be found in Borneo. In fact, they can only be found in Sabah, in the Northeast corner of Borneo. About 300,000 years ago, they became isolated and gradually became smaller over time. They also have relatively larger ears, longer tails and straighter tusks (source WWF). Today, the pygmy elephants of Borneo are thought to number less than 1,000 due to deforestation and human encroachment. 

Place

Located in the geographic center of Maritime Southeast Asia, Borneo is the third largest island in the world. It's is shared by the Malaysian states Sabah and Sarawak, Indonesian Kalimantan and the tiny nation of Brunei. The rain forrest of Borneo's interior is 140 million years old and home to a diverse population of wildlife including pygmy elephants, orangutans and sun bears. Borneo is facing a conservation crisis due to it's rich supply of Palm Oil, which is in high demand all over the world. Palm plantations lead to habitat loss for wildlife. 

Danum Valley Conservation Area with 43,800 Hectares of pristine and undisturbed tropical flora and fauna. This pristine rainforest is also home to more than 340 species of Birds, 124 species of Mammals, 72 species of Reptiles, 56 species of Amphibians and a staggering 200 species of plants per hectare. 

Itinerary

Track

Itinerary

Day-1

Arrival / Sandakan / Sepilok

Upon arrival at Sandakan Airport, pick up and transfer to Sepilok Nature Resort for overnight. Spend the day at own leisure. (D)

Day-2

Sepilok

After breakfast, transfer to Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre. Watch a video show about the plight of the Orang Utans and the rehabilitation efforts ongoing at the Centre. Walk ten minutes through the rainforest on wooden boardwalks to witness the feeding of the Orang Utans at 1000hrs then we continue to the newly completed enclosed nursery area for young Orang Utans. Thereafter visit the Borneo Sun Bear Conservation Centre to learn about conservation of the world’s smallest bear. After lunch, visit the Sandakan Memorial Park. Next, visit the Rainforest Discovery Centre; take a bird view of the centre from the canopy walk and hanging bridge, explore the botanical garden, home to various species of flora. Transfer to Sepilok Nature Resort for overnight. (B/L/D)

Day-3

Sepilok / Sukau

Morning at own leisure. After lunch, transfer to Sandakan jetty for 2½ hours boat journey to the multi awards winning Sukau Rainforest Lodge along Sabah's longest river, Kinabatangan with opportunity to view birds and wildlife. Take a river cruise using electric motor in search of wildlife and birds. Enjoy candle light dinner overlooking the riverbank followed by slide show and interpretation by naturalist guide. Stay overnight at the Sukau Rainforest Lodge. (B/L/D)

Day-4

Sukau

Take an early Morning River cruise along the Menanggol River by silent electric motor in search of wildlife. After lunch, proceed 27 km overland journey to the vicinity of Gomantong Cave. Traverse deep into the forest along a trail in search of the 'man of the jungle'. Witness the exodus of over two million bats as well as raptors. Return to Sukau Rainforest Lodge for overnight stay. (B/L/D)

Day-5

Sukau Rainforest Lodge

Take a 0600hrs morning river cruise up the Kinabatangan River to Kelenanap oxbow lake to view more birds and wildlife. After breakfast, proceed for an educational tour along the lodge’s Hornbill Boardwalk with our in-house naturalist. After lunch, join our in house Orang Utan Talk activity. In the afternoon, we proceed for another river cruise for more wildlife. Stay overnight at the Sukau Rainforest Lodge. (B/L/D)

Day-6

Sukau / Lahad Datu / Danum Valley

Have an early breakfast, then depart Sukau on 2 hours overland drive to Lahad Datu. From Lahad Datu, proceed on another 83km drive to the award winning nature lodge, Borneo Rainforest Lodge. After lunch, explore nature trail and nearby river. In the evening a slide show and if weather permits, we go spotlighting to view some of the nocturnal animals. Stay overnight at the Borneo Rainforest Lodge – Standard. (B/L/D)

Day-7

Danum Valley

Early morning bird walk before breakfast. Spend the whole day exploring the forest for birds and mammals, leading up to an escarpment with ancient burial coffins. Trek to waterfall for refreshing dip in rock pools. Lunch at the lodge. In the afternoon, explore more trails leading to canopy walkway. Stay overnight at the Borneo Rainforest Lodge - Standard. (B/L/D)

Day-8

Danum Valley

Spend another day at Danum Valley exploring trails in search of wildlife. Overnight stay at Borneo Rainforest Lodge – Standard. (B/L/D)

Day-9

Danum Valley / Lahad Datu / Kota Kinabalu

Morning trek in search of mammals and birds. Return to the lodge before departing for Lahad Datu. Take the afternoon flight back to Kota Kinabalu (Please get the Malaysia Airlines: Lahad Datu to Kota Kinabalu: LDU- BKI MH3023 ETD 1730hrs / ETA 1825hrs). Upon arrival at Kota Kinabalu Airport, pick up and transfer to Magellan Sutera – Deluxe Sea View, for overnight. (B/L)

Day-10

Kota Kinabalu / Departure

After breakfast, check out from hotel. Transfer to Kota Kinabalu Airport for your departure flight. (B)

Pygmy miles

Pygmy Miles Total

Challenge
Motorized Vehicle
Hiking
Bicycle
Sustainability
Miscellaneous
2200pygmy miles

Base Miles

You earn 1 Pygmy Mile for every $1 you spend with us.

192pygmy miles

Driving Distance

You earn 1 Pygmy Mile for every mile driven between Sandakan Airport and Borneo Rainforest Lodge.

250pygmy miles

Distance from Lahad Datu airport to Kota Kinabalu Airport

You earn 1 Pygmy Mile for every mile you fly between Lahad Datu and Kota Kinabalu

550pygmy miles

Generates understanding of environmental issues

Trips to the Sun Bear conservation center and Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre promote awareness of the risk these animals face. Furthermore, an experience with endangered wildlife can transform them from problems on paper to problems that are seen and felt.

550pygmy miles

Conserves Nature and Wildlife

Sukau Rainforest Lodge and Borneo Eco Tours actively RM4.00 and RM8.00 respectively for every international guest (totalling RM50, 000.00/ USD 16,400 annually) who stays at the lodge in addition to contribution from guests. The lodge started collecting RM 20.00 per guest as conservation levies in 2009; this goes towards the Kinabatangan Corridor of Life Tourism Operators Association (KiTA) and BEST Society to enhance conservation along the Kinabatangan.

Total Pygmy Miles

3742pygmy miles

Accommodation

 

Sukau Rainforrest Lodge

Sukau

he 20 room, multi international award winner, named by National Geographic Adventure magazine in 2009 as one of the top 50 jungle lodges in the world and a finalist in the 16th World Travel Awards 2009 as one of the world leading ecolodges. Built in 1995 in traditional Malaysian architecture using several Borneo hardwood species, it went through a major RM3 million renovation in 2010. It is built on stilts with a bar lounge, gift shop, Gomantong Hall meeting place, education centre, Hornbill Boardwalk with two elephant passes, three open decks for wildlife viewing, an enclosed garden, a riverside Melapi restaurant, open sun-deck, river jetty.
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Borneo Rainforest Lodge

Danum Valley

Borneo Rainforest Lodge is nestled in a magnificent setting alongside the
Danum River flowing through Sabah’s largest Lowland Rainforest – Danum Valley
Conservation Area with 43,800 Hectares of pristine and undisturbed tropical flora and fauna. Borneo Rainforest Lodge has only 30 individual Chalets with ceiling fan and en-suite bathroom, accommodating up to only 60 guests on any one time on a Full-board basis.

Magellan Sutera

Kota Kinabalu

The Magellan Sutera Resort in Kota Kinabalu is a magnificent 5-star resort with 456 rooms and suites. The grand entrance is a majestic longhouse style lobby; an architectural tribute to the Rungus natives of Sabah. With fine timber furnishings and traditional handicraft artifacts, this resort is a favourite with families and couples and those seeking a relaxing, tropical holiday in Borneo. The suites are lavishly decorated and present fabulous views of beautifully manicured gardens or the South China Sea set against a backdrop of the islands of Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park.

Practical info

Price

Twin Sharing per person RM7973.00

  • Single Supplement: RM1596.00 per person
  • High Season Surcharge (Additional): Sukau Rainforest Lodge: RM240.00 per person (July & August)
  • High Season Surcharge (Additional): Borneo Rainforest Lodge: RM106.00 per person (March, April, 15 July till 15 Oct, March 2017)
  • High Season Surcharge (Additional): Magellan Sutera: RM110.00nett per person (13 July till 31 Aug), RM180.00 per person (27 Dec 2016 till 4 Jan 2017, 26 Jan till 1 Feb 2017).

 

This trip includes:
  • Tours and transfers
  • All accommodation
  • Meals as specified
  • Entrance fees
  • English speaking guides
This trip does not include:
  • All flights, (Pygmy Elephant can help arrange)
  • Camera Fee
  • Items not mentioned  
  • Insurance

  

Service categories

Consult & Book

Pygmy Elephant provides: 

  • Transfer arrangements: from Kota Kinabalu airport to Sandakan Airport. 
  • Pre-departure support: what to pack, arranging travel insurance and informing on travel advisories
  • 24 hour customer service: if something goes wrong, we have your back
  • Best Price Guarantee: if you find a better price on the internet, we'll match it
  • Pygmy Miles: receive discounts off future travel

 

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As Borneo straddles the equator, there is really no bad time to visit it.

How

Join a guided tour

Each day, you will join other guests on daily excursions. There are no set dates for this trip, so you can choose the best date that works for you. 

 

Challenge Level

Technical Ability

Level : Low

Mental Strength

Level : Low

Physical Conditioning

Level : Low

In general, there are no technical, mental or physical requirements to take this trip. Still, a spirit of adventure and willingness to forgo a few creature comforts (like air conditioning) are necessary. 

Talk to our Adventure Expert

Our Managing Director, Andrew, has been to over 40 countries in his quest for the perfect adventure. He has biked the death road in Boiliva, trekked 500 miles across northern Spain on the Camino de Santiago, cycled from Brussels to Florence and hiked the five sacred mountains of China. Pygmy Elephant is how he spreads his love for adventure and self discovery in the world.