Best of Borneo

  • Trip Type: Journeys
  • 12 Days | Kuching to Kinabalu
  • Group Size: Max 16

Trip Details


Connect with your inner animal on a 12-day journey into the unusual and awe-inspiring landscapes of Borneo. Experience the otherworldly limestone cliffs of Mulu National Park and its famed bat exodus; encounter the orangutans of Matang; set off on a river cruise in search of elusive Bornean pygmy elephants; and discover the Lipad mud volcano, a mineral salt lick for local wildlife.

Trip Highlights

    • Join an amphibian expert for an evening nature walk in Kubah National Park.
    • Explore jungle waterways by longboat, and seek out nocturnal wildlife of the rain forest on nighttime walks and safaris.
    • Get a glimpse into rural Bornean life during a visit to a Bidayuh village.
    • Hear from a conservationist at the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre.

Itinerary - 12 Days

Day 1 — Kuching

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.

Days 2 & 3 — Kuching

Enjoy a full-day excursion to the Bidayuh tribal village, a thriving rural community that is home to one of the few remaining traditional Bidayuh longhouses in Sarawak. Explore the village with a local guide and sit down to a traditional lunch. Return to Kuching in the evening. The next morning, embark on a cruise down the Santubong River. Take in views of the mangrove forests and keep an eye out for rare Irrawaddy dolphins. After a free afternoon, join an amphibian expert for an evening nature walk in Kubah National Park. Listen to the chirps and hums of nocturnal creatures at nightfall, and seek out a wide variety of frog species, including the newly discovered Kubah narrow-mouthed frog—one of the smallest frogs in the world. (2B, 1L)

Days 4 & 5 — Gunung Mulu National Park

Catch a flight to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Mulu National Park, known for its lush rain forest and impressive cave systems. Take a night walk with our local guide to search out nocturnal wildlife. The next day, board a longboat and travel along the Melinau River to the Wind and Clearwater caves. Enjoy a picnic and take a swim at Clearwater Springs. Afterward, walk through the rain forest and explore the Lang and Deer caves. Marvel at Lang’s stunning stalagmites and stalactites, and be awed by Deer Cave–the largest cave passage in the world and home to an estimated two to three million bats. (2B, 1L)

Day 6 — Gunung Mulu National Park/Kota Kinabalu

Enjoy free time this morning before catching a flight to Kota Kinabalu. The evening is yours to spend at leisure. (1B)

Days 7 & 8 — Bilit/Kinabatangan River

Catch an early flight to Sandakan, and visit the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre upon arrival. Continue to the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre and hear a talk on the organization's efforts to protect this vulnerable species. Later, transfer by private vehicle to our lodge and enjoy a wildlife cruise and night walk. The next day, enjoy wildlife excursions into the jungle on foot and by boat with local guides and naturalists. Cruise the Kinabatangan River in search of birds and wildlife, keeping your eyes peeled for pygmy elephants as well as some of Borneo’s 10 primate species, including the proboscis monkey and orangutan. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Days 9 & 10 — Tabin Wildlife Reserve

Drive to Tabin Wildlife Reserve and check into our rain forest lodge. Then enjoy a hike along an elephant trail to the active Lipad mud volcano which provides a mineral salt lick for wildlife. After dinner, enjoy a night safari and look out for nocturnal wildlife. The next day, take an early-morning bird walk, searching out some of the 300 species of birds in the area. After breakfast, take a wildlife drive. Later, trek through the lush green rain forest known for its rich diversity of plants and animal species to the Lipad Waterfall. Relax and take a dip in the natural pool and enjoy a refreshing shower under the waterfall. This evening, take a night walk in search of sleeping birds, frogs, and insects. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Day 11 — Lahad Datu/Kota Kinabalu

Spend the morning at leisure before catching a flight back to Kota Kinabalu. Enjoy some free time to explore. (1B, 1L)

Day 12 — Kota Kinabalu

Depart at any time. (1B)

Offered in partnership with G Adventures, our National Geographic Journeys line blends fun, hands-on exploration, meaningful encounters with people and cultures, and more free time and choices—with the structure and security of traveling in a small group.


  • May 08 - 19, 2018
  • Jun 05 - 16, 2018
  • Jul 31 - Aug 11, 2018
  • Aug 28 - Sep 08, 2018
  • Sep 25 - Oct 06, 2018
  • Oct 23 - Nov 03, 2018
  • Nov 20 - Dec 01, 2018
  • Dec 18 - 29, 2018
  • Jan 27 - Feb 07, 2019
  • Mar 10 - 21, 2019
  • Apr 22 - May 03, 2019
  • May 19 - 30, 2019
  • Jun 23 - Jul 04, 2019
  • Jul 14 - 25, 2019
  • Aug 11 - 22, 2019
  • Sep 08 - 19, 2019
  • Oct 06 - 17, 2019
  • Nov 03 - 14, 2019
  • Dec 08 - 19, 2019

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Activity Level


Travelers should be physically fit and prepared for multiple hours of activity (e.g. hiking, kayaking, biking) each day.

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What's Included

Arrival transfer, transport between destinations and to/from included activities, and activities as listed in the itinerary.

Hotels (7 nights), Lodge (4 nights)

Meals Included
11 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 4 dinners. Allow an additional $120–160 for meals not included.

Private vehicle, plane, boat, hiking, walking

Cost Details

All trip prices are per person based on double occupancy. If you're traveling on your own, we'll pair you up with a roommate of the same gender so that you can pay the same rate as other travelers. Prices are subject to change without notice and do not include airfare. All prices and fares are quoted in U.S. dollars.

My Own Room

During your trip, sometimes it's just more convenient and comfortable to have your own room. That's why we offer the "My Own Room" option - a single room all to yourself.

My Own Room Option: From $929

Optional Experience

You can do whatever you wish during your free time on tour, but if you're in need of suggestions, we've got them. Details about any optional experiences for this trip will be available during the booking process. Please note, these are at an additional cost.