Borneo Family Holiday

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    Hang out with orangutans and snorkel in pristine waters on this unforgettable family escape

    Pack up the troupe and head into Borneo’s lush jungles on a family adventure. Keep an eye out for cheeky monkeys on a scenic cruise down the Kinabatangan River, or let the monkeys come to you on a visit to one of Borney’s famous animal sanctuaries. Learn about a bygone era with an eye-opening visit to a Dusun village and wander through vast tea plantations in Ranau. Stop off at the idyllic Manukan Island and see the colourful fish living beneath its shimmering waters. Everywhere you look, this island is brimming with unforgettable memories.


    Day 1: Kota Kinabalu
    Selamat datang! Welcome to Malaysia. Use your free time to explore intriguing Kota Kinabalu, a city born between the Borneo jungle and the South China Sea.

    Day 2: Mt Kinabalu
    Leaving Kota Kinabalu behind, head for the hills and the unspoilt wilderness of the World Heritage-listed Kinabalu National Park. Stop off en-route at a local home in Dusun Village. The Dusun people are wonderfully warm and friendly people, and here you’ll sample the local foods with a home cooked lunch. Later, soak up the mountain scenery with a leg-stretching stroll through Kinabalu National Park. Late in the afternoon, travel by private bus to Sabah Tea Plantation. Tonight you will stay amongst the grounds of a lush tea garden. (B, L)

    Day 3: Kinbatangan
    After breakfast take part in a tour of the tea factory. From here, head to Kinabatangan River in a private mini-van. Arrive at your jungle lodge, located beside the river, which is ideal for taking in the lush surrounds. In the afternoon, board 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, return to the lodge to enjoy dinner. (B, L, D)

    Day 4: Kinabatangan
    Be woken by the call of a Bornean gibbon, or perhaps a hornbill, before a morning cruise down the river. Keep an eye out for proboscis monkeys, Borneo gibbons, long tail macaques and pig tail macaques and see if you can spot the differences between each species. In the evening you get your last chance to take as many photos as you can on a final river cruise. Spend one more night in your lovely accommodation right in the heart of the jungle. (B, L, D)

    Day 5: Sandakan
    This morning, take a private transfer to the Sepliok Orangutan Sanctuary. From the viewing platform, you can watch and photograph these charming creatures as they swing into view and eat the supplementary diet of bananas and milk that is laid out for them twice a day. (B)

    Day 6: Sandakan
    Return to Sepilok for another day of monkey business and encounters with some of the region’s prized orangutans. To see more of Borneo’s creatures, there’s the option to visit the newly opened Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Center. You will also visit the Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary, where you can watch up close the amazing bachelor proboscis lazing and feeding – an experience that can only be found in Borneo. (B)

    Day 7: Manukan Island
    Catch a transfer to Sandakan Airport today for a flight to Kota Kinabalu.  After touching down, a short boat ride will take you to Mwanukan Island, just off the coast of Kota Kinabalu. The first of two days on this island will be yours to explore at your leisure. Perhaps take a stroll along the beach and count starfish in the clear waters. (B, L, D)

    Day 8: Manukan Island
    Enjoy a snorkelling trip today and be dazzled by a wonderful array of coral and brightly coloured marine life. After snorkelling, the afternoon is free to enjoy. Perhaps soak up the turquoise vistas for another few hours or swim about in this gorgeous corner of the world. (B, L, D)

    Day 9: Kota Kinabalu
    Head back to Kota Kinabalu today by boat and minivan transfer. You’ll then visit the intriguing Mari Mari Cultural Village, nestled deep in the countryside.  See first hand how the tribes would cook their meals, igniting flames with bamboo and using a blowpipe to hunt. Return to your hotel in Kota Kinabalu later on. (B)

    Day 10: Departure Day
    The trip finishes today after breakfast and you are free to leave at any time. (B)


    Meals: 9 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners
    Transport: Boat, Plane, Van
    Accommodation: Chalet (4 nights), Cottage (1 night), Hotel (2 nights)

    TIN-TMFK 2017

    Images courtesy of IntrepidTravel Group