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Borneo Wildlife Adventure

April 29 - May 8, 2022

Classic Tour

Available

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Extend your stay! Make it a Grand Tour by combining this tour with our Bali tour.

One of the least explored areas on the planet, the mention of Borneo conjures up images of primeval rainforest, undiscovered tribes, and rare, exotic species. Comprised mostly of impenetrable jungle, the world's third-largest island is shared by Indonesia, Malaysia, and the tiny, wealthy Sultanate of Brunei. Home to critically endangered rhino, elephant, leopard, and orangutan – to name but a few – Borneo's wildlife is its top draw.
Get a taste for Malaysia’s wild side on this adventure through Borneo’s northeastern rainforests. Experience the otherworldly limestone cliffs of Mulu National Park and its famed bat exodus; encounter the orangutans of Sepilok; 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. This 10-day tour takes you across the northern part of Borneo in the Malaysian state of Sabah.

 

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Inclusions & Highlights
  • 9 Nights deluxe accommodations
  • Airport arrival assistance and transfer
  • Breakfast daily, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
  • Nature Walk in Mulu's rainforest
  • Boat excursion to Wind and Clearwater Caves
  • Walking excursion to Deer and Lang Caves
  • Local family visit and meal
  • Kinabatangan River wildlife cruises
  • Riverside BBQ
  • Orang Sungai Cultural performance
  • Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre visit
  • Visit the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre
  • Rainforest Discovery Centre
  • Sandakan War Memorial
  • Mari-Mari Cultural Village
  • Internal flights
  • Gratuities
  • English speaking driver/guide
  • Women's Travel Club Tour Host
Itinerary

 

Day 1
Women's Travel Club Borneo Wildlife Adventure
Welcome to Borneo!

Welcome to Kota Kinabalu, the capital city of Sabah. An arrival airport transfer is included. If you have any free time beforehand, perhaps explore this intriguing city that was born between the Borneo jungle and the South China Sea. Modern-day 'KK' is a lively modern metropolis, having recovered from World War II bombings. The Sabah State Museum is a great place to immerse yourself in its backstory.
Accommodations: Mercure Kota Kinabalu City Centre

Day 2
Women's Travel Club Borneo Wildlife Adventure
Kota Kinabalu – Mulu

Early this morning, transfer from the hotel to Kota Kinabalu Airport. Fly from Kota Kinabalu to Mulu. Arrive at Mulu Airport, meet with your guide and transfer to the resort for check-in. This afternoon we will be transferred to the Park Headquarters where the guide will lead you on a 3km hike through Mulu’s amazing tropical rainforests.

Discover Lang Cave and its beautiful formation and walk through the Second World’s largest cave entrance; the Massive Deer cave. Relax at the open-air observatory for an opportunity to witness the phenomenon exodus of bats flying out of the cases, spiraling high overhead and ascend to the sky in search of food.
Accommodations: Mulu Marriott Resort & Spa

Day 3
Women's Travel Club Borneo Wildlife Adventure
Mulu

After breakfast at the resort we will meet the guide who will lead us to a long boat ride through the winding rivers to a tribal “Penan” settlement. Continue upriver to the enchanting Wind and Clearwater Caves of Mulu. The Wind Cave is famous for the naturally “sculpted” column & pillars of the King’s Chamber.

The Clearwater Caves are formed by the waters of the 118km long cave system. You may take a swim in the refreshing Clearwater. A highlight is the Rajah Brooke butterflies hovering around the river and entrance of the caves. A most unique sighting of nature, and well protected and conserved. After a picnic lunch, return to the resort. Free at leisure to enjoy the facilities available at the resort.
Accommodations: Mulu Marriott Resort & Spa

Day 4
Women's Travel Club Borneo Wildlife Adventure
Mulu - Kota Kinabalu

Breakfast at the resort. Free at own leisure until your departure transfer to Mulu Airport. Fly from Mulu to Kota Kinabalu. Arrive at Kota Kinabalu Airport, meet with your guide and transfer to a local family home for dinner before returning to the Mercure Hotel.
Accommodations: Mercure Kota Kinabalu City Centre

Day 5
Women's Travel Club Borneo Wildlife Adventure
Kota Kinabalu – Sandakan-Sukau

Early morning, transfer to Kota Kinabalu Airport for departure flight to Sandakan. Arrival Sandakan Airport, and travel by two private vans with 1 tour guide to Kinabatangan River (approx. 2 hours road journey). Your jungle lodge, located beside the river, is ideal for taking in the lush surrounds.

At 560 kilometres, the Kinabatangan River is the second longest river in Malaysia. It's also a protected forest reserve, containing some of the highest concentrations of wildlife in Borneo. Later in the afternoon, you take a river cruise, hopefully spotting some of the more exotic local creatures. Wild elephants seldom reveal themselves, but crocodiles, macaques, wild orangutan, proboscis monkeys, hornbills and kingfishers are more easily seen. After this short adventure, head back to the lodge to enjoy dinner.
Accommodations: Borneo Nature Lodge

Day 6
Women's Travel Club Borneo Wildlife Adventure
Sukau

You might awaken to the call of a Bornean gibbon, or perhaps a hornbill. Enjoy an early morning cruise through the morning fog as the sun rises, searching for more birds and wildlife. Keep an eye out for long tail macaques and pigtail macaques - ask your leader about the difference. When it's all over, a second river cruise, in the afternoon, will be your last chance to photograph or simply marvel at your surrounds.

Dinner tonight will be a BBQ in the open air, beside the river (weather permitting) followed by a Cultural performance by the local Orang Sungai people. Orang Sungai (Malay word for "River people") are a group of indigenous people native to the state of Sabah. There is 32 official tribes in Sabah and the Orang Sungai people live along the banks for the Kinabatangan River.
Accommodations: Borneo Nature Lodge

Day 7
Women's Travel Club Borneo Wildlife Adventure
Sukau - Sepilok

In the morning, depart from Sukau and transfer to Sepilok. Visit the orangutans at the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre. Watch and photograph these charming creatures as they swing into view on ropes and vines. It is important not to interrupt the orangutans, to aid in their successful re-introduction.

A popular section at the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre is the outdoor nursery where young orangutans are cared for if born in captivity or when their mothers have been killed. Entry here is included in your admittance. Take the chance to view these young orangutans as they learn how to climb on a specially constructed jungle gym. You also see the unique Sun Bears nearby today. In the evening, travel to the Rainforest Discovery Centre to observe the beautiful red flying squirrels there. These fascinating creatures do not technically fly in the sense birds do, but rather glide from tree to tree with the help of their unique anatomy. With long tails to provide stability, they cover some impressive distances. Afterwards, check-in to resort in Sepilok.
Accommodations: Sepilok Nature Resort

Day 8
Women's Travel Club Borneo Wildlife Adventure
Sepilok - Sandakan

Travel by two private vans with 1 tour guide to Sandakan city (approx. 40 mins). Once the capital of British North Borneo, Sandakan traditionally had strong trading ties with Hong Kong. The Cantonese influence is palpable in the lively harbour-side market, the many Chinese temples and the local cuisine.

Afterwards, visit the Sandakan War Memorial. Here you will learn about the city's past as you stand on the same ground of the former Japanese POW camp. This site also marks the starting point of the tragic Sandakan Death Marches. Continue your tour to the beautiful St. Michael’s and All Angels Church. One of the oldest building in Sandakan, the Church avoided major damage during World War II in the 1940s and remains one of the very few stone buildings in the whole of Sabah. After tour, transfer to your hotel in Sandakan.
Accommodations: Sabah Hotel Sandakan

Day 9
Women's Travel Club Borneo Wildlife Adventure
Sandakan - Kota Kinabalu

Morning, transfer to Sandakan Airport for your departure flight to Kota Kinabalu. Pick-up from Kota Kinabalu Airport. Travel by private vehicle to visit the intriguing Mari-Mari Cultural Village, nestled deep in the countryside. Here you will see how indigenous ethnic groups of Borneo used to live.

The trip there should take less than an hour. This is a rare opportunity to see what the culture and lifestyle was like here in a bygone era. Witness for how the tribes would cook their meals, ignite flame with bamboo, and use a blowpipe to hunt. It's a fun, interactive and educational experience. After tour, enjoy a farewell dinner with the group.
Accommodations: Mercure Kota Kinabalu City Centre

Day 10
Women's Travel Club Borneo Wildlife Adventure
Departure

It is time to say good-bye to this beautiful destination and fabulous new friends. Transfer to the airport to fly home as required.

**Prices are subject to change and availability. Space is limited and activities and specific hotels are subject to change. Travel insurance is strongly recommended.

 

Important Details & Pricing
Rates

Double Occupancy - $3999 CAD per person (sharing a room) - approx. $3100 USD

Single Occupancy - $4999 CAD per person (your own room) - approx. $3900 USD

 

If you would like the double occupancy rate but don't have a roommate we will match you with a suitable roommate. The single occupancy rate will give you your own room. Single occupancy may be limited. CAD = Canadian dollars. USD = United States of America dollars. Conversion to USD is approximated by current exchange rates and subject to change. You will be charged in CAD and your bank may charge a slightly different rate or fees.

Deposit of $300 due at time of booking.
A second deposit of $500 due on October 31, 2021

Final Payment due - January 19, 2022

*All payments are non-refundable Please see full terms and conditions. No deposit promotion is for a limited time. Prices are subject to change and availability.

 

Activity Level

Moderate Activity
There are walking tours and hikes on this tour. You should be able to walk on uneven ground for a couple of hours at a relaxed pace.

 

Group Size

Minimum - 8 ladies
Maximum - 12 ladies

 

Extend your Stay

Bali
Join us on our journey to this tropical paradise. This amazing tour will take us from a luxurious beach resort to Ubud, the heart of bali where the spirit and culture of the island are most accessible. In this magical land you will enjoy amazing Balinese cuisine, shop in local markets, explore Udun by bicycle and even visit a local healer.

Bali Details

 

Exclusions
  • International Airfare (can be arranged by WTC)
  • Visa/passport handling fees
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Gratuitiees on person expenses
  • Optional Activities
  • Expenses of a Personal Nature
  • Early check-in and late check-out of hotel

 

Tour Leader

Marianne Southall
Marianne is the founder of the Women's Travel Club. She is well traveled and loves to get off the beaten path, her favorite type of tour would involve nature and animals.

 

Flight Information

Once your flights are booked please forward a copy of your itinerary to info@womens-travel-club.com.
Please do not book any flights until tour is confirmed.

Arrive to Kota Kinabalu (BKI)
Depart from Kota Kinabalu (BKI)

Travel Insurance:

Out of country medical insurance is required. We strongly recommend that you obtain cancellation and interruption insurance to protect your investment.
Use this link to request an insurance quote.

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Accommodations
Women's Travel Club Borneo Wildlife Adventure
Mercure Kota Kinabalu City Centre

Located in Kota Kinabalu, the capital city of Sabah, Mercure Kota Kinabalu City Centre is within walking distance from banks, shopping malls, restaurants, tourist attractions and the historical Jesselton Point Waterfront. It also has easy access to the new convention centre. In addition, the hotel is only 15 minutes by car from Kota Kinabalu International Airport.

Women's Travel Club Borneo Wildlife Adventure
Mulu Marriott Resort & Spa

Surrounded by rainforest and overlooking the Melinau River, this elegant hotel is 3 km from both the storied Mulu National Park and Mulu Airport.

Women's Travel Club Borneo Wildlife Adventure
Borneo Nature Lodge

Nestled along the riverbank of Kinabatangan River lies Borneo Nature Lodge - an eco-friendly resort, offering the comfort without compromising the green. A natural haven for the outdoor enthusiast, Borneo Nature Lodge is your ideal lodging as you explore the melting pot of wildlife found here in Sukau.

Women's Travel Club Borneo Wildlife Adventure
Sepilok Nature Resort

Combining rich traditional style with contemporary luxury, Sepilok Nature Resort is the ideal starting point for most other wildlife land destinations in Sabah such as the fauna rich Kinabatangan River and the surrounding Sukau area. Sepilok Nature Resort also offers the perfect setting for relaxing after a long plane trip, before continuing on a diving holiday to Lankayan. Sepilok Nature ResortHidden amongst a veritable treasure trove of tropical plants and grasses, hug tress and spectacular orchids in bloomAbout SepilokDining at SepilokDining in Sepilok brings you double pleasure. You get to feast your stomach with sumptuous meals and at the same time feast your eyes with view of the lake and the beautiful rainforest as the backdrop. At night during dinner, instead of being serenaded with violins or acoustic guitar, you’ll be serenaded with sounds of nocturnal creatures and insects of all kinds.

Women's Travel Club Borneo Wildlife Adventure - Sabah Hotel Sandakan
Sabah Hotel Sandakan

With lush foliage as a backdrop, the hotel exudes an alluring natural attraction as it blends in with the rich flora and fauna of Sabah, Malaysian Borneo. A harmonious combination of eco-tours and historical sites awaits the adventurous guests in Sandakan. A promise of an everlasting and most memorable experience! Sabah Hotel, Sandakan, where splendours of nature, luxury and comfort awaits you!

Extra Hotel Nights

Often ladies will book a night at the first hotel prior to the tour. This gives them a chance to relax after a long flight and settle in before the tour starts. Let us know if you would like pricing and information on the hotel.
Follow this link to request pre or post tour hotel nights.

Hotel Request