Peaks, Rivers and Relaxation in Borneo

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What we came up with

A trip that combines the bustle of capital Kuala Lumpur, the fantastic wildlife spotting opportunities of Sepilok and the Kinabatangan River, and the challenging summit of imposing Mount Kinabalu - all 13,500 ft of it. And after all that, you'll be in dire need of some R&R, so where better to pull up a hammock than the Gaya Island Resort?

— Rosie, Original Travel Expert

Itinerary Highlights

  • Kuala Lumpur - 2 days
    A direct flight from London will have you arriving in the bustling capital, Kuala Lumpur. Recover from jet lag with a quaintly named 'Queen Victoria's Lavender and English Afternoon Tea' spa treatment at the Majestic Hotel, and spend days indulging in delicious Malay food, and exploring ornate and colourful Chinese and Hindu temples in the city.
  • Sepilok - 1 day
    Begin the rainforest adventure at the Sepilok Nature Reserve, in Eastern Sabah. This rainforest reserve is criss-crossed with walking trails, which can be explored independently during the day. The Rainforest Discovery Centre provides an insightful introduction to the tropical rainforest, whilst the Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary offers a close up glimpse of these beautiful primates.
  • Kinabatangan River - 2 days
    Continue on to explore the Kinabantangan River by boat - one of the best wildlife spotting locations in all of Borneo. Here, herds of pygmy elephants can be spotted along the riverbanks, along with troops of Proboscis monkeys, leaping from tree to tree.
  • Kinabalu National Park - 2 days
    Leaving the tropical lowlands behind, ascend through montane forest to reach the peak of the imposing Mount Kinabalu. The mountain is the highest in all of Malaysia, and after spending a night in a simple lodge on the mountainside, watching the sunrise from the Lows Peak Summit (at a lowly 13,500ft) is both an incredible sight, and an achievement!
  • Gaya Island - 5 days
    Rest trek weary legs at the Gaya Island Resort, and end the trip hammock bound, swaying in the ocean breeze with a chilled drink and an orange sunset.

A rough idea of price

A similar itinerary would cost from £2,860 per person which includes all flights, hotels, transfers and organised trips.

A note about prices

The guide prices shown are designed to provide you with a broad indication of how much to budget for your trip. Prices are generally for private arrangements using economy flights based on two people travelling together and sharing a room. There are a number of factors which will influence the price; these include the standard of accommodation, the season, the class of flights, the airline used and the level of private guiding versus shared excursions.

Key Stats

April - October
Couples and Active Older Families
Price PP (Inc Flights)

Malaysia & Borneo

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