Borneo Rainforests & Villages Family Adventure With untouched rainforest, ribbon-like rivers, and incredible plant and wildlife, Borneo is an unforgettable adventure destination for the entire family! So pack up the kids and journey with MT Sobek to the very heart of biodiversity in Malaysian Borneo. Explore mysterious caves, swim under hidden waterfalls, take easy jungle walks in Sepilok Nature Reserve, and enjoy beach time on stunning Gaya Island. Culture abounds, too, as you meet and dine with Murut villagers. And no trip to Borneo is complete without wildlife encounters — which you have in every way possible, from conservation center visits to nighttime forest walks.
Experience the very best of Borneo's nature, wildlife, and culture on this family-friendly adventure
Activities, from walking and wildlife-watching to safari cruises and snorkeling, are suitable for everyone
Sleep comfortably in luxury resorts, traditional longhouses, and stretcher hammocks in a jungle camp
Day 1 Arrive in Kota Kinabalu Welcome to Borneo! Upon arrival in Kota Kinabalu International Airport, meet your MT Sobek guide and driver at the arrivals hall and transfer to the hotel. Spend the rest of the day relaxing or exploring Kota Kinabalu, a coastal city in Malaysian Borneo known for its bustling markets, modern boardwalks, beaches, and waterfront esplanade. Tonight you are treated to a sumptuous welcome dinner at a local restaurant. Accommodation: Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort (D)
Day 2 Experience Murut Hospitality in Orou Sapulot 4.5-hour transfer Transfer to Orou Sapulot and on to Labang village, where you are immersed in local culture with the Muruts, the last of the ethnic groups in Sabah to renounce headhunting. After lunch at Orou Sapulot, embark on a short walk to discover the virtually unexplored Tinahas Caves, with an underground stream and beautiful stalactite and stalagmite formations. Return to camp for a refreshing swim in the river. Enjoy a traditional Murut meal for dinner and admire the starry sky before falling asleep on a stretcher hammock to the sounds of the jungle. Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp – Pungiton Camp (B, L, D)
Day 3 Explore Orou Sapulot After an early breakfast, spend the morning swimming at the hidden, multi-tiered Kabulongou Waterfall, accessed via some easy jungle trekking. Later, continue to a modern village house at Romol Village. This longhouse sits high above a valley, overlooking the forest and surrounding areas. Spend the afternoon learning about local traditions and customs, and have the opportunity to participate in community work with villagers, such as planting trees on their farm or teaching English to the local children. Tonight, feast on traditional Murut food while enjoying cultural dance performances. Accommodation: Modern Longhouse – Orou Sapulot (B, L, D)
Day 4 Make Your Way to Sepilok 4-hour private van transfer and 1-hour flight After breakfast, say goodbye to your lovely Murut hosts and return to Kota Kinabalu, then transfer to the airport for a flight to Sandakan. Upon arrival, meet your driver, who transfers you to Sepilok Nature Resort. This quaint collection of wooden chalets surrounding a lake is set in an impressive landscaped area of manicured lawns and hills. After dinner, retire for the night. Accommodation: Sepilok Nature Resort (B, L, D)
Day 5 Be Amazed by the Wildlife of Borneo 30-minute private van transfer and 2-hour boat transfer Wildlife-watching, dusk river cruise and forest walk Walk to the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre, a wildlife conservation and research center for the world's smallest bear. After a private tour, visit the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre to meet rescued orangutans being trained to survive again in the wild. Transfer to Sandakan for lunch, then boat to the Kinabatangan River, home to Borneo's highest concentration of fauna; look for orangutans, pygmy elephants, hornbills, and proboscis monkeys. After settling into your riverfront chalet, take a dusk wildlife-watching river cruise. Follow dinner at the lodge with an optional night walk in search of nocturnal forest residents! Accommodation: Kinabatangan Wetlands Resort (B, L, D)
Day 6 Take River Safari Cruises & Help Restoration Efforts Two 1.5-hour river cruises Spend today exploring the remarkably biodiverse, 340-mile-long Kinabatangan River, a haven for native wildlife. Start with an early-morning river safari cruise, and then visit a local village where you are treated to a home-cooked breakfast. Next, tour a local forest restoration project site and participate in tree planting while learning about the community's restoration efforts. After lunch and a rest, embark on another river cruise searching for wildlife just before a magical sunset. Seek even more critters on another night walk or river cruise after dinner at the resort. Accommodation: Kinabatangan Wetlands Resort (B, L, D)
Day 7 Enjoy a Gaya Island Beach Day¬¬—and Date Night 2-hour boat transfer, 30 minute private van transfer and 1-hour flight Beach activities Rise early for breakfast and your journey to Gaya Island, via Sandakan and Kota Kinabalu. Spend the afternoon seaside, snorkeling, kayaking, or going for a jungle walk. Come evening, resort staff take the kids for fun activities while the parents have a romantic seaside dinner on their own! Accommodation: Bunga Raya Island Resort (B, L, D)
Day 8 Discover Gaya Island Relish an entire day on the remarkably biodiverse Gaya Island, a natural conservation area rife with jungle and marine life. Spend hours at your leisure, relaxing at the beach, lounging at the resort, or exploring the island. Tonight celebrate your memorable Borneo adventure with a group farewell dinner. Accommodation: Bunga Raya Island Resort (B, L, D)
Day 9 Depart from Kota Kinabalu After breakfast and a relaxing morning on Gaya Island, say goodbye to the group and depart to the Kota Kinabalu airport for your flight back home.
This state capital is strung out along the coast, with jungle-clad hills as a backdrop, and is home to a population of about 180,000. From an obscure fishing town, Kota Kinabalu has grown to a fashionable, modern town with deep-water anchorage. The highest vantage point, Signal Hill, offers an excellent view. Other sights include Papar - a scenic drive south from Kota Kinabalu, through paddy fields and jungle, the old town section (bandar lama) of Papar with several rows of quaint wooden shophouses, painted blue and laid out along spacious boulevards lined with palms and a large market in the center of the town; and Pulau Tiga National Park - a dip forest reserve virtually untouched and containing species not found on other islands.
A wildlife river adventure in Sabah, this diverse ecosystem shelters 10 species of primates, 200 species of birds, endangered pygmy elephants and the Malay sun bear. Enjoy guided night tours through the jungle or row into the Gomantong Caves. An exploration through the Borneo jungle awaits!
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