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.
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
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
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.
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
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.