Borneo Wildlife Discoverer

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Trip code: 
WOH
Ways to Travel:
Guided Group, Tailormade Adventures
Activity:
Wildlife Holidays
Min age:
16
Group size:
4–16

Showcasing the best of Borneo - wildlife, rainforests and tropical beaches

Borneo is home to some of the most diverse and beautiful wildlife in the whole of South East Asia. Starting with a visit to majestic Mt Kinabalu, we then continue to one of the trip highlights - the pristine Danum Valley. A nature lover's paradise, whose beauty and animals are equalled only by Sarawak and the World Heritage Mulu National Park with its immense cave system and and the oldest rainforest in the world. We come face to face with Orang-utans at the Sepilok sanctuary, stay at a bamboo longhouse in Sabah on a tea plantation, and finish the trip relaxing at the beach, and we also have the chance to spot the elusive Irrawaddy dolphins.

Highlights

  • Orang-utan spotting
  • Mulu N.P. with the impressive Deer Cave bat exodus
  • River cruising in Kinabatagan
  • Luxury jungle lodge in Danum Valley
  • Proboscis monkey spotting

Key information

  • 5 nights comfortable hotels, 8 nights standard hotels/lodges all en suite, 1 night basic longhouse with shared facilities
  • Travel by minibus, 4WD and boat
  • Two internal flights
  • Visit remote wild areas

What's included

  • 14 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 4 dinners
  • All accommodation (see below)
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations
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Trip Notes

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Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Start Kuching.

    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.

    Those arriving using their own arrangements can arrive at any time. There will be a group briefing this evening at 6pm after which we can have dinner at the hawkers stalls on the waterfront.
    Hotel Lime Tree or similar

  • Day 2

    Day trip to Bako N.P. famous for Proboscis monkeys.

    Our first foray into Borneo’s amazing nature as 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. Our leader will inform us of the details the previous day.

    We return to Kuching for the night.
    Hotel Lime Tree or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

    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

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Full day exploring Mulu N.P.

    Today is a day for exploring this stunning park with a local guide. In the morning we visit three 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 there are a number of options available including a visit to one of the local Penan settlements to learn a little more about their unique way of life. Alternatively simply relax in the park and listen to the weird and wonderful creatures that call it home. Those with a head for heights can try the optional canopy walkway. This 480-metre skywalk is the longest tropical canopy walkway in the world and takes approx 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. 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

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 5

    Early rise for dawn chorus in Mulu; fly to Kota Kinabalu.

    We aim to catch the morning flight out of Mulu and on to Kota Kinabalu via Miri 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.

    Known as KK to the locals, the capital of Sabah is a now a modern multi-cultural city. The evening is free to relax, explore the bustling Filipino markets or enjoy a sundowner on the waterfront.
    Hotel Dreamtel or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    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 min 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 viallage 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

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 7

    To Kinabalu N.P.; visit Sabah Tea Plantation.

    Transfer about 2hrs and explore World Heritage Site; Mount Kinabalu National Park, home to the highest mountain in South East Asia, Mount Kinabalu at 4,101m. 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. En route, we stop at Nabalu market where villagers come to sell their produce and handicraft. 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

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 8

    Visit Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary en route to Sepilok.

    We visit the tea factory before we leave the plantation behind and continue our journey to Eastern Sabah. Our destination is Sepilok, a well-known destination for its Orang-utan Sanctuary. The journey time is about 5 hours and we will make a stop at the Labuk Bay Proboscis monkey sanctuary. 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. 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

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 9

    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 a new 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

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 10

    To Danum Valley Conservation Centre.

    We drive to Lahad Datu approx. 3-4 hours where we change vehicles and drive off road into Danum valley conservation area (approx. 2 hours), 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 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

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 11

    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 1.5hrs 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 Asian elephant. One of Danum's least known animals is the elusive Sumatran rhinoceros, unfortunately facing imminent extinction.
    Borneo Rainforest Lodge

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 12

    To Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary.

    After a final early morning nature hike we leave Danum and head to the Kinabatangan River. The journey takes about 4 to 5hrs. 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, Asian pygmy elephants, long tailed macaques, sun bears, clouded leopards and barking deer. There are also over 200 species of birds including hornbills, eagles, herons, kingfishers, oriental darters, night jars, flowerpeckers and spider hunters. In the early evening we take our first river cruise.
    Bilit Adventure Lodge or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 13

    Dawn wildlife cruise on the Kinabatangan River and forest walks.

    We are up with the animals for a dawn wildlife cruise followed by a trek out to a lookout point. In the afternoon, we will once again take a river cruise to spot wildlife and if we are lucky a crocodile or two.
    Bilit Adventure Lodge or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 14

    Visit Gomantong Caves; transfer to Sandakan.

    Today we will journey to Sandakan approx 3-4 hours En-route we stop at the bizarre Gomantong caves. 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. Later we continue onto Sandakan. The town was 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. The waterfront is a good place to take an evening walk and the roof top restaurant at the Nak hotel is a great place to sip a cocktail or two.
    4 Points Hotel or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 15

    End Sandakan.

    There may be some free time to enjoy the hotel’s pool or explore Sandakan some more before those on the group flights are transferred to the airport for their flight home. The land portion of the trip ends after breakfast.

    Meals included: Breakfast
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Essential Info

Visas

Malaysia

A visa is not required for most nationalities including British, EU, US, Canada, Australia and NZ nationals. If you are unsure of the requirements please check with your nearest Malaysian embassy.

Vaccinations

Malaysia

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A. The risk of malaria is slight, but you may wish to consult your GP or travel health clinic for further advice. Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. Zika fever is a mosquito‐borne viral disease and a known risk in places visited on this trip. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. For the latest information please visit www.exodus.co.uk/zika‐virus‐q‐a.

Eating and Drinking

15 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners included.

You should allow about £100-£150/$150-$225 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. Vegetarians will find the food choice limited. Meals will be more varied for everyone in cities and seafood is widely available on the coast. 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. In the bigger hotels and cities the full range of Western and local foods are available. You can generally avoid the spicier food if you wish. Vegetarians are well catered for but 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.

Weather

Borneo has an equatorial monsoon climate with the weather remaining similar throughout the year. It is hot and humid; temperatures range from 23-33ºC during the day and rarely drop below 20ºC at night. The rainy season is from November to January and the dry season is from May to September, though really it can rain at any time. A Borneo rain shower is quite an event!

Miri

Miri

Is this trip for you?

This trip focuses on Borneo’s wildlife and natural wonders. There is a wide selection of accommodation used on this trip, from hotels, national park lodges, basic river lodges to a five star jungle resort. The longhouse is simple without en-suite facilities. The climate tends to be tropical which means it can get very hot and humid. There are a number of hikes in the forest though these are not strenuous.

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Accommodation

Hotels, Lodges & Longhouse

You will spend 5 nights in comfortable hotels, 8 nights in standard hotels and lodges all of which are en suite, there’s also 1 night in a basic longhouse, with twin share rooms and a shared bathroom. The longhouse is basic but has ceiling fans, electricity and showers. The Borneo Rainforest Lodge is a comfortable resort in the midst of teeming primary jungle. Single rooms are available for a supplement for 10 hotel/lodge nights only, please enquire for prices. Please advise the sales team at the time of booking if you require a single.

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  • Reviewed March 2017
    Barry Cooper

    Borneo Wildlife Discover

    This is an excellent trip to discover the wildlife and to explore the jungles of Borneo. The trip is well planned from the modern bustling cities of Kuching, Kota Kanabalu and Sandakan to the jungle resorts of Muli and Borneo. The opportunities to see wildlife are many and often you see it in the least expected way for example, a python curled up on the back of a truck in the Hotel Yard!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I can never answer this question because these trips are a continual mixture of high points but possibly just sitting alone in the Borneo Forest Lodge looking at the birdlife with Orangutans in the nearby forest, a moment of quiet reflection in the middle of a busy trip.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Manuel was excellent His knowledge of the wildlife was superb and when asked for a particular birdsong, he could identify it immediately as well as the vast number of insects which we saw. On a personal note, I arrived separately from the Group as I had been travelling in Australia and on the day before the main group arrived, I fell heavily on a wet marble pavement in Kuching bruising ligaments in my leg. I realised that I was unable to participate in some of the more strenuous activities on this trip and Manuel arranged for me to visit a Doctor and throughout the trip, he could not have been more supportive. Manual reported the problem to Exodus and their support and help was gratefully appreciated. I felt that travelling with Exodus you were not another client but an individual and you were to receive personal attention.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    This is a busy tour but with two nights in most locations you do have time to relax. Costs are low so you can eat well and cheaply. If you are interested in wildlife, this is an excellent well planned and managed trip.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    As a result of climatic changes, I was planning to be in Borneo in the dry season but this was not the case and we had very heavy rain. We did not see the mass exodus of bats from the cave at Muli because of the torrential rain and one day of the trip was lost because of twenty hours of continuous tropical rain. Ensure that you have waterproof raingear with you.
  • Reviewed September 2016
    Caroline Woodall

    Borneo Wildlife Experience

    Two weeks of wonderful wildlife, rainforests, enormous caves and much more. We were extremely lucky to spot Proboscis monkeys on our first morning at Bako National Park - and then we saw wild Orang Utans later on our trip.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Driving 82km off the main road in a convoy of 4x4's on an unmade road to reach the most wonderful 5 star hotel in the middle of primary rainforest - and then a wild Orang Utan appearing in a tree just outside the hotel restaurant whilst we were eating lunch.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Manuel was extremely well mannered, sociable, & very knowledgeable about all forms of wildlife - especially the smaller types - snakes, frogs, spiders, etc.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Don't be disheartened if you don't get to see all of the wildlife that you expect to see - birds were particularly difficult to spot in the rain-forest - they are up in the canopy & often quite small to see. The first few days in Sarawak - we saw mostly insects, spiders, etc - and were beginning to worry that we wouldn't see much else - but Sabah made up for it - the second half of the trip we saw wild Orang Utans, two types of Macaques, many Proboscis monkeys & finally three of us managed to spot a Borneon Gibbon.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    We took our ponchos out with us every day - but luckily never needed to use them. The mosquitoes are ferocious - we have never been bitten so much - and we were using insect repellent. Use strong repellent and keep re-applying it.
  • Reviewed April 2016
    Laura Jones

    Brilliant Borneo

    Wall to wall wildlife! Each place had its own wildlife and ecosystem - all of them were amazing. The people were friendly and the wildlife was prolific - a great tour.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    There were a number of highlights to this trip: -the bat exodus from the caves at Mulu - getting close to proboscis monkeys at Lahad Bay - Danum Valley (all of it!) - boat rides on the Kinatabangan River -wild orangutans (particularly at the Gomantong Caves)

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Manuel was a fantastic group leader. He was calm and organised. He was very tuned in to our needs and made sure that we all knew what we were supposed to be doing, when and what we would need (i.e. head torch or long trousers etc). He was enthusiastic and extremely knowledgeable. He was obviously respected by the local guides he worked with at each place. He was brilliant at spotting animals. Nothing was too much trouble. Manuel made our trip relaxed, comfortable and truly special.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    When it rains it really rains so take a poncho as this covers both you and your rucksack. Take a water bottle which you can refill. Leech socks are available in Kota Kinabalu at a reasonable price so there is no need to buy them at great cost before you go.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    We loved this trip. It exceeded all our expectations. I would highly recommend this trip.
  • Reviewed September 2015
    Suzanne Rosser

    Borneo Wildlife Discovery

    Borneo has been on my list of places to visit (mainly due to the Orang-utans) and it lived up to the expectations.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Difficult to decide … maybe arriving at Semenggok Orang-utan Centre to be told the large male Ritchie was there and then see him walk on the ground in front of me probably 15/20 ft away, along the path and then climb up into the trees. The sheer size and strength of him was just awe inspiring. Or perhaps watching the pygmy elephants on the river bank, in particular two young males rough and tumbling in the water together whilst we sat in our boat watching.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Rony was an enthusiastic leader who has a passion for his country and its wildlife which he happily shared with us. He often went above and beyond what was expected of him. For example he rose early in the morning to take the group on additional bird watching walks. His knowledge of the local area also meant that we always ate well!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    I used a lot of insect repellent (3 bottles) in the end. Buy a large plastic poncho that is fully rainproof (not just the odd shower) this covers both you and your rucksack; Borneo rain is something to experience! If you don't want to take advantage of the washing services provided - take a washing line and pegs with you. Also take light clothing that will dry quickly. I would recommend comfortable walk shoes and reef style strapy sandals, vest tops, shorts and a set of long trousers/sleeves. Leech socks can be bought locally very cheaply. Take a Borneo bird book as there are so many to identify and take binoculars if you have any.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Expect to get wet, sweaty and at times tired. This trip is as suggested wildlife based and I recommend taking advantage of all the opportunities - as you never know when you are going to see something truly amazing1
  • Reviewed September 2015
    Jennifer Wade

    Jenni Wade

    This holiday was amazing! I'm still buzzing 3 weeks later!! Just to be in pristine rainforest looking up at animals and birds was incredible. If you love wildlife you will surely love this holiday.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    There were so many but I will never forget the first time I saw an orangutang swinging down through the trees with a baby clinging to her tummy and when she looked at me I had tears in my eyes it was amazing. The proboscis monkeys were also incredible sitting up in the trees settling down for he evening, just watching the big male stting there surrounded by his family who were all jumping from branch to branch was such a privilege.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Rony was a brilliant leader. He was so enthusiastic and passionate about wildlife and his beautiful country. He was smily and happy from the time he greeted us at the airport to the time he waved us off at the end. He was always ready to answer questions and nothing was too much bother for him. Thank you.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take lots of insect repellent. I used Jungle fomula maximum strength and this worked fine. The 100% DEET stuff just seemed to eat its way through fabric! Clothing I wore shorts and vest tops most of the time as it was too hot for sleeves and legs, but we did have to wear long pants and long sleeves on some hikes and on the night hikes. A poncho is really good for the rain as it keeps your bag and clothes dry. Waterproof bags for cameras etc were also really useful.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Its an incredible holiday and well worth the money in my opinion. The accommodation was excellent and the wildlife spotting opportunities were all there for the taking.
  • Reviewed August 2015
    Andrew Oldham

    Orang-atastic!

    Visiting Borneo has been on the "list" for some time and it did not disappoint. An excellent trip on which we saw an amazing amount of varied wildlife. The rainforest was incredible to visit and it made me appreciate how we must treasure this natural resource, rather than replace it with consumer-led plantations.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    So many to pick: - Was it the male orang utan that appeared after lunch on my birthday? - Was it the incredible sight of a flying squirrel gliding over 70m. after a very long wait? - Was it the many different sightings of wild orang utan, and other primates? - Was it thinking someone's mobile was ringing whilst walking through the rainforest, only to realise it was the sounds of the rainforest? - Was it the food and service at the Danum Valley Rainforest lodge?

    What did you think of your group leader?

    I have been on many Exodus trips and so am qualified to judge Manuel as an excellent leader. I arrived on the group flight with 2 others, but our bags had missed the KL connection due to a delayed departure from LHR. Manuel assured us the bags would arrive at the hotel at about 430pm, a bold thing to say to stressed clients. The bags arrived on time. This set a high standard that Manuel consistently met throughout the trip, even in Sarawak where we were joined by a less experienced, less effective local guide.Manuel is very knowledgeable about the wildlife, the local history and culture. He frequently ate with us and introduced us to a variety of eating establishments, some cheap, others still affordable. He patiently endured our humour and struck the right balance between leader and travel companion.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Bear in mind that a lot of the photography takes place in low light, with often fast moving or obscured wildlife. Every night we had access to UK plug sockets in our rooms (even the longhouse) and Wifi. A poncho and umbrella is more useful than a waterproof. We got leech socks for £3 locally (it was too dry for us to need them when we travelled). I bought duty-free gin, tonic was difficult to buy.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    An amazing trip, amongst the best I have done. Go!
  • Reviewed August 2015
    Michael Roantree

    Borneo Wildlife Discovery

    This was a fantastic holiday which exceed all expectations. We saw so much wildlife and experienced the different cultures. The country was very scenic but also more developed than I expected. We travelled with a small group of like-minded people and our team leader, Manuel, was exceptional.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Seeing orang-utan in the wild for the first time. Staying in a long house was also an interesting experience and not to be missed.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Manuel was one of the best Exodus team leaders we have had. He was very knowledgeable about the wildlife and cultures of his country and explained things very well. He was always on time to meet us, very patient and well organised. How he used to spot wildlife hidden in trees and undergrowth was beyond me. Much of the success of this trip was down to him.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be prepared for hot humid conditions and lots of sweating. The rain in the rainforests can be very heavy so a poncho is better than a kagool, it's more airy. Take plenty of 50% deet, you will get fewer bites. Trousers with zip off legs are useful, as are quick drying T-shirts/polo shirts. I never found the need for long sleeved tops. Malaysia uses the same electrical sockets and voltage as the UK so no need for adapters. We were able to charge batteries where ever we went. Internet access was available in most hotels free of charge, although a bit slow.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The orang-utan sanctuaries are not zoos, the orang-utans are free to come and go as they please. It is good that the Malaysians are doing something to protect these wonderful primates. However, it is a real eye-opener to see how extensive the palm oil plantation are and how much rainforest has been destroyed. Danum valley was the highlight of the trip and we wish we could have stayed longer. You will take hundreds of pictures so make sure you have batteries and memory cards to handle this.
  • Reviewed August 2015
    Jenny Hicks

    An amazing adventure on a fascinating island!

    A fantastic trip with so many highlights, led by an excellent guide! The itinerary takes in many different places, all special for different reasons. From bats to birds, orangutans to elephants, the wildlife was amazing. You also learn about the rich history and culture of Borneo. If you love wildlife, especially orangutans, then this is definitely the trip for you.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    It's difficult to select one as there were so many 'wow' moments. The first sighting of orangutans in the wild brought tears to my eyes - little did I know how much more was to come! Being literally yards away from an adult male orangutan was just breath taking! Then seeing 'gibbon gymnastics', bats streaming from a cave, baby monkeys clinging on tightly as the troupe crashes through the trees just overhead, a herd of over 20 elephants with young ones playfully romping on a river bank....and then snakes and spiders and incredible hornbills....this is a truly unforgettable trip!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Manuel made the trip for us - knowledgeable, passionate about what he does and very efficient. He also gave us a very personal insight into Borneo life and culture, by telling us about his family. Best of all, he is a really nice guy, good fun and great company, so all of us wanted to join him in the evenings, even when we had the option to do our own thing. He really is a first class tour leader and I can't thank him enough for making our trip so amazing!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Practical things - there is a good laundry in KK, so you can get your clothes washed mid trip. We took 2 large bags and is was 18RM (less than £5). Take a small cloth/flannel to wipe your face as you get so hot and sweaty on the walks! Take a poncho or buy one there, that covers you and your backpack. Earplugs are a must in Mulu NP as the frogs go on all night! The trip notes say there are no snacks available but we found plenty everywhere- chocolate, biscuits, crisps etc, although no cereal bars. Finally, don't think twice - just book it!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The walks, although short distances (typically 1-3 km each way) can be demanding due to the heat, humidity and terrain (lots of steps and some hills with uneven tree roots and rocks underfoot).
  • Reviewed August 2015
    Colin Hicks

    fantastic close encounters with Borneo wildlife

    A fascinating tour that takes in many wildlife highlights, cultural insights, all led by a fantastic tour leader.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Amongst many 'wow' moments the one that just sneaks ahead of the rest was watching a large male Orang Utang wake up in the morning and get out of his nest. All only 20 metres away.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Manuel was extremely knowledgeable on all aspects of Bornean wildlife and culture. He was also very friendly, organised and made the trip the success it was.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    It's hot, humid and you will get wet. A poncho is a good investment. Be prepared to encounter wildlife in all its forms from very big to very small.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    This was a great trip. I got some great photos and learned a vast amount about Borneo and how it is trying to deal with the threats to its wildlife environment.
  • Reviewed June 2015
    Jill Jones

    Borneo Wildlife Discoverer

    A great trip through Sabah and Sarawak looking for wildlife, exotic plants and places and wonderful scenery.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    It's hard to say, there were so many. Maybe the troupes of Proboscis Monkeys frolicking on the banks of the Kinabatangan River, or the mother and child wild orangutans that we watched till we could no longer look up. Maybe the Rhinoceros Hornbills that flew over the hills at sunset calling loudly, perhaps the Jerdon's Baza at the mouth of the bat cave waiting for dinner, or the Colugo snuggling on to a branch. Who has ever heard of a Colugo? Or just being in the jungle, hot and sweaty, knowing that something amazing is just round the corner.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Great. Manuel was really helpful to me and to the whole group. He is an excellent leader, very knowledgable, very good-natured and very capable. He is also a great bird-spotter.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Don't forget your binoculars and your poncho. It was good to have a "Birds of Borneo" book too.

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