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Borneo

September 20- October 1, 2020

Classic 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.
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 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.

Signature Moments

  • Walk with nature in Kubah National Park
  • Be in awe of the amazing Orangutan
  • Learn about some of the world's most important conservation
  • See some of the earth's most fascinating wildlife
  • Experience the humid fecundity of a real equatorial rainforest
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Inclusions & Highlights
  • 11 Nights deluxe accommodations
  • Airport arrival assistance and transfer
  • 11 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Nature Walk in Kubah National Park, Kuching
  • Excursion to a Bidayuh Tribal Village
  • Santubong River wildlife and dolphin cruise
  • Night walk in Mulu National Park
  • Boat excursion to Wind and Clearwater Caves
  • Walking excursion to Deer and Lang Caves
  • Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre visit
  • Visit the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre
  • Kinabatangan River and wildlife excursions on foot and boat
  • Tabin Wildlife Reserve excursions by jeep and on foot
  • Internal flights
  • English speaking driver/guide
  • Women's Travel Club leader
Itinerary
Women's Travel Club Borneo Tour and Wildlife Safari
Day 1 - Kuching

Welcome to Borneo!
Upon arrival at the airport today you will be met by a local guide and transfer to your hotel.
The adventure begins tonight. We will have a quick welcome meeting before dinner, after introductions, your tour leader will review the details of your tour. Then we will enjoy our first dinner together and get better acquainted.
Accommodations - The Waterfront Hotel

Day 2 - Kuching

Enjoy a full-day excursion to the Bidayuh tribal village, a thriving rural community which is home to one of the few remaining traditional Bidayuh longhouses in Sarawak. The Bidayuh (or Land Dayak) are the second largest indigenous tribe in Sarawak and we spend the day learning about their culture, history, and contemporary life. With our local guide, explore the old longhouse and village, walk through the farmlands, and enjoy a traditional lunch. Return to Kuching in the evening.
Accommodations - The Waterfront Hotel

Day 3 - Kuching

Visit Santubong peninsula this morning, and embark on a river cruise. Explore the mouth of the Santubong river and mangrove forest of Kuching Wetlands National Park. Enjoy the stunning scenery of the mangrove swamp and learn how the various animals, like the proboscis monkeys, and the uniquely adapted mangrove trees develop a complex symbiotic eco-system. The rare Irrawaddy Dolphins are often seen here. While most commonly associated with the Mekong river delta and the Irrawaddy river (Myanmar), this dolphin is also found in coastal areas of the island of Borneo in estuaries close to mangrove forests. This slate gray dolphin species features a bulging forehead and short beak and only a very small dorsal fin. Increasing levels of bycatch and habitat degradation in recent years have led to decreasing numbers of this elusive animal and have driven it almost into extinction in some areas of its habitats in Southeast Asia.
This afternoon we will visit Kubah national park for an evening nature walk with an amphibian expert. View rare ferns and orchids, as well as a wide variety of palm species. The recent discovery of a new tiny frog species at the park has made this place famous for frogging. Commonly refered to as the Kubah Narrow-mouthed Frog, this newly discovered species is one of the smallest frogs in the world at the size of a pencil’s tip. This frog is often found living in insect-eating pitcher plants and while these carnivorous plants kill insects, there is no harm to the frogs and their tadpoles grow in the liquid inside of pitcher plants. With our expert, we will search for this famous little creature as well as other popular amphibians such as the Bornean Horned Toad, several species of Sticky Frogs, White-eared Tree Frog, Wallace’s Flying Frog, Harlequin Tree Frogs and many more. While on the look-out for frogs and other amphibians, enjoy the stunning jungle orchestra during night fall, which made Kubah National Park the winner of the ‘Most Beautiful Sound in the World’ contest. The recording ‘Dusk by the Frog Pond’ by an Australian professional in photography and bioacoustics beat out hundreds of entries, standing out among the 11 other finalists that also featured nature recordings.
Accommodations - The Waterfront Hotel

Day 4 - Gunung Mulu National Park

Catch a flight and transfer to our hotel near the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Mulu National Park, known for its lush rainforest and impressive cave systems.
Enjoy this stunning National Park and UNESCO World Heritage, home to the world-famous Mulu Caves. The caves hold many world records in terms of size, height and length including the Sarawak Chamber; thought to be the largest known natural underground chamber. As well, considered the largest known cave passage in the world, the Deer Cave is home to a phenominal 2-3 million bats. Finally, the Clearwater Cave boasts an extensive system of passages, currently known to be the longest in South-East Asia. To date approximately 100 km of the system has been explore, and much still remains a mystery.
This evening take a night walk with our local guide to search out nocturnal wildlife; watch for blinking fireflies and luminescent fungi. Accommodations - Mulu Marriott Resort & Spa

Day 5 - Gunung Mulu National Park

Board a longboat and travel along the Melinau River to a Penan Village for a short visit. Continue our exploration, to the Wind Cave, noting the rock calcite formations and cool breeze of the Kings Chamber. After, climb up the steps to reach the stunning underground river in Clearwater Cave. Take a dip in the cool waters and enjoy a picnic lunch in the rainforest at Clearwater Springs. This afternoon, enjoy a walk through the rainforest to 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 2 to 3 million bats.
Accommodations - Mulu Marriott Resort & Spa

Day 6 - Kota Kinabalu

Enjoy the morning at leisure to explore the rainforest and opt to take a canopy walk. This afternoon, catch a flight to Kota Kinabalu and enjoy the evening at leisure.
Accommodations - Hotel Grandis

Day 7 - Sungai Kinabatangan

Catch an early morning flight to Sandakan and visit the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre. The orangutans at the centre were either rescued as orphans or from illegal domestication. Once rehabilitated, they are set free to live in the wild. Watch these creatures being fed or roaming the grounds along with other animals such as macaque monkeys.
Then we will continue to the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre (home of the world's smallest bear) and enjoy a talk on the bears and the conservation efforts to protect them. After, transfer by private vehicle to our lodge.
This evening we will enjoy a wildlife cruise and night walk. Cruise through the crocodile-infested waters with an expert boatman. While wildlife-spotting can't be guaranteed there's a good chance you will spot some monkeys, birds and the occasional saltwater crocodiles
Accommodations - TBA

Day 8 - Kampung Bilit

Enjoy wildlife excursions on foot and by boat with local guides and naturalists into the jungle. Cruise the Kinabatangan River in search of birds and wildlife, keeping your eyes open for one of Borneo's seven primate species, including the proboscis monkey and orangutan, as well pygmy elephants. Also enjoy a hike to an oxbow lake.
Accommodations - TBA

Day 9 - Tabin Wildlife Reserve

Drive to Tabin Wildlife Reserve and check into our rainforest lodge. Then enjoy a hike along an elephant trail to the active Lipad mud volcano which provides a mineral salt lick for wildlife. Climb the observation tower and admire the contrasting landscape of the bare mud volcano to the surrounding lush forest, where birds are commonly seen. Try to identify the multitude of animal footprints here. The adventurous can try the effects of the volcanic mud, said to be beneficial for a glowing complexion.
After dinner, enjoy a night safari and look out for nocturnal wildlife. A night safari is an excellent way to see wildlife that’s nocturnal, such as the Western Tarsier, the Slow Loris, the Clouded Leopard, Leopard Cat, Palm Civet, Mousedeer, flying lemur and Colugo. Care is taken not to disturb them with high-powered lighting.
Accommodations - Tabin Wildlife Resort

Day 10 - Tabin Wildlife Reserve

Spend the day exploring the Tabin Wildlife Reserve with local guides. Enjoy an early morning bird walk, searching out some of the 300 species of birds in the area. After breakfast, drive to the main wildlife-spotting area. Later, trek through the lush green rainforest, 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. In the late afternoon, take a wildlife drive and if we're lucky, catch a glimpse of one of the two largest mammals of Sabah — the Borneo Pygmy Elephant and the Tembadau. Nine species of primate are present in the park, as well as three species of cats, all of which are on the protected wildlife list. This evening, take a night walk in search of sleeping birds, frogs, and insects.
Accommodations - Tabin Wildlife Resort

Day 11 - Kota Kinabalu

Spend the morning at leisure before catching a flight back to Kota Kinabalu. With free time opt to watch a video about the Tabin Wildlife Reserve or make a keepsake using mud from the Lipad Mud Volcano.
Accommodations - Hotel Grandis

Day 12 - Kota Kinabalu Depar

It is time to say good-bye to this beautiful area and fabulous new friends as you transfer to the airport for your flight home.

**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 - $4969 CAD per person (sharing a room)

Single Occupancy - $6978 CAD per person (your own room)

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 very limited.

Deposit of $350 CAD per person due at time of booking.

Final Payment due - July 15, 2020

*All payments are non-refundable Please see full terms and conditions.

Booking Deadline

May 23, 2020
Book Now! Tour may fill up at any time.
Please do not book flights until after May 23, 2020 unless instructed to do so by the Women's Travel Club. If not enough ladies are booked by the release date then this tour may be cancelled. If the Women's Travel Club cancels the tour all payments made will be refunded.

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 - 16 ladies

Exclusions
  • International Airfare (can be arranged by WTC)
  • Visa/passport handling fees
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Gratuity
  • 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.
A Women's Travel Club agent is available to help you book your flights. Please do not book any flights until tour is confirmed. Follow this link to a form to request flight options and quotes. A Women's Travel Club agent will send you back the recommended flight option that best suits you. We are pleased to offer a flight booking service for your tour. As quoting of flights can be a time-consuming endeavor, a service fee of $113 ($100 plus HST) will apply.

Arrive to Kuching
Depart from Kota Kinabalu

Flight Quote

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
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The Waterfront Hotel

In a stately building adjacent to the Plaza Merdeka mall, this modern hotel is 3 minutes' walk from the Kuching Waterfront's restaurants and shops along the Sarawak River, and 10 km from Kuching International Airport.

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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.

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Hotel Grandis

Setting a new standard in style and service, Hotel Grandis offers 188 rooms which comprise 118 superior rooms, 52 deluxe rooms and 18 upscale suites, all of which are beautifully designed in a contemporary style. Guests are greeted with spacious and elegantly furnished rooms with tailored amenities such as LED TVs with satellite channels, complimentary high speed internet access, an in-room locker, and a power shower.

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Tabin Wildlife Resort

To create a natural Malaysian wildlife experience with a difference, with warm and lasting memories, meeting the expectations of our guests in an eco-friendly manner.

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