Embark on an unforgettable 11-day adventure through the natural wonders of Borneo. Visit Kota Kinabalu and Kundasang, take a river safari and Orangutan rehabilitation center, explore Gomantong caves, relax on Pulau Libaran Island, discover the rainforest, learn about sun bear conservation, and much more. Tailored to suit your preferences and time availability, this itinerary is perfect for nature and wildlife enthusiasts looking for an off-the-beaten-path experience!
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Welcome to Kota Kinabalu, the gateway to the natural wonders. Upon arrival, meet your private guide and get a transfer to your hotel. Later, embark on a city tour, starting with the beautiful Kota Kinabalu City Mosque. Marvel at the intricate architecture and learn about Malaysia's history and culture. Next, visit the Sabah State Museum, where you can discover the state's rich history and natural diversity. As the day closes, stroll along the city's waterfront and sample the delicious seafood delicacies.
Day 2: Kundasang - Mountain and waterfall trek
Rise and shine, as today, you will embark on a day trip to Kundasang (a two-hour and twenty-minute drive), a picturesque mountain town in the heart of Sabah. As you make your way through the winding roads, take in the stunning views of Mount Kinabalu, the highest peak in Southeast Asia. Once we arrive in Kundasang, visit the Kundasang War Memorial, a poignant reminder of the sacrifices made during World War II.
Next, stop by the Desa Cattle Dairy Farm and learn about the local farming industry. After a hearty lunch, lace up your hiking boots and embark on a trek to the nearby waterfalls, where you can take a refreshing dip in the cool mountain water. Return to your cozy hotel for dinner and rest.
Day 3: Kinabatangan River Safari - Wildlife adventure
Embark on a private four hours drive into a wildlife adventure to a river safari on the Kinabatangan River. Start your day early with a boat ride to see the incredible proboscis monkeys and hornbills, unique species native to Borneo. After lunch, join a guided jungle walk and discover the diversity of the river's ecosystem. Keep your eyes peeled for elephants, crocodiles, and other fascinating animals that call this area home. Check into your accommodation in the evening for a luxurious dinner.
Day 4: Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre - Wildlife sanctuary visit
Today, you will drive 2 hours to visit the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, a sanctuary for orangutans rescued from captivity. Take a guided tour of the center and learn about the rehabilitation process and the challenges these gentle primates face. Watch as the orangutans are fed and observe their natural behavior. This is a unique opportunity to learn about and appreciate the conservation efforts of one of the world's most intelligent and endangered animals. Have an elaborate lunch at an excellent restaurant before returning to your hotel.
Day 5: Gomantong Caves Exploration - Cave adventure
Get ready for an underground adventure as we visit the Gomantong Caves, one of the largest cave systems in Borneo. Join a guided tour of the caves, and explore the different chambers, each home to various bats and swiftlets. It's an incredible experience to witness the natural beauty of the caves and learn about the unique ecosystem. Have a traditional lunch and return to Kota Kinabalu (a six-hour drive) in the late afternoon with memories of a truly unique experience. Spend the evening leisurely, exploring the local market and the street food.
Day 6: Pulau Libaran Island Escape - Beach and Snorkeling
Escape to the tropical paradise of Pulau Libaran Island, just an hour and a half drive from Kota Kinabalu, where you can spend the day swimming, snorkeling, and relaxing on the beach. Take a boat ride to the island and spend the day exploring the beautiful coral reefs and encountering various marine life. Keep an eye out for the turtles that nest on the island's beaches. After a day of sun, sea, and sand, return to Kota Kinabalu in the evening, feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.
Day 7: Rainforest Discovery Centre - Rainforest Exploration
Go on a six-hour Safari adventure to discover the incredible diversity of Borneo's rainforest ecosystem at the Rainforest Discovery Centre. Take a guided tour of the center, and hike on the canopy walkway for a stunning rainforest view. Learn about the different plant and animal species that call this unique ecosystem home, and understand the importance of preserving this fragile environment. Have delicious Malaysian cuisine for lunch on your way back to Kota Kinabalu with a newfound appreciation for the rainforest and the life it supports.
Day 8: Borneo Sun Bear Conservation Centre - Wildlife Conservation Centre
Today, you will visit the Borneo Sun Bear Conservation Centre, where we will learn about the sun bears and the efforts to conserve them. Take a guided tour of the center, and learn about the conservation efforts of the center, as well as the challenges faced by sun bears in the wild. Observe the bears in their natural habitat and gain an understanding of the importance of preserving this endangered species. Return to your hotel in Kinabalu in the afternoon with a newfound appreciation for the center's conservation efforts.
Day 9: Kinabalu Park - Hiking and Nature Adventure
Explore the natural beauty of Kinabalu Park, home to the highest peak in Southeast Asia, Mount Kinabalu. Take a hike to the summit of Kinabalu for an incredible view, or take a leisurely walk through the park, where you can discover the unique flora and fauna of the area. Learn about the local culture and traditions and understand the importance of preserving this natural wonder. Return to Kota Kinabalu in the evening with memories of a truly unforgettable experience.
Day 10: Tabin Wildlife Reserve Safari
Fly to Lahad Datu and get a private transfer to Tabin Wildlife Reserve, one of Sabah's oldest and most diverse wildlife reserves. Take a safari through the reserve, and discover the diverse wildlife of Borneo, including elephants, rhinoceros, and various species of birds and primates. Join a guided tour to learn about the different animal species and the conservation efforts to protect them. Take a hike through the jungle, where you can observe the unique flora and fauna of the area. Return to Kota Kinabalu in the evening with memories of a truly unforgettable experience.
Day 11: Departure from Kota Kinabalu - Souvenir Shopping
As your journey ends, look at the beautiful city of Kota Kinabalu and the memories you have made. Before departing, make a stopover at the local market to buy souvenirs as a reminder of your incredible adventure. Safe travels, and thank you for choosing Malaysia as your destination!