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[E] KALEIDOSCOPE OF BORNEO'S PARKS - Sarawak and Sabah

Tour Code: Duration: 16D15N Enquire

 

Day 1 ARRIVE KUCHING - CITY TOUR
Upon arrival in Kuching you will be met at the airport and taken on a sightseeing tour of Kuching. Tour highlights includes Chinatown, the Cat Statue (Kuching means ‘Cat’ in Malay), the colourful Tua Pek Kong Chinese Temple, the Civic Centre Viewing platform and the world famous museum which displays some great tribal artefacts. Pass by the golden-domed city Mosque and through the Old Kuching, crammed with spice dealers and textile shops. Admire the colonial buildings of the White Rajah Era such as the Pavilion, the Square Tower, the Court House, the Charles Brooke Monument, the Astana and the Post Office. Overnight at the hotel in Kuching
Day 2 SEMENGGOH ORANGUTAN (breakfast)
This half day tour will take you into the Orangutan's world. You will be driven for about 30 minutes to Semenggoh Nature Reserve to see orangutans at their feeding time. This nature reserve provides a safe haven for rehabilitated orangutans who have been rescued from captivity. Upon arrival at the entrance of the centre, you will be directed to the feeding platform (about 20 minute-walk). Along the way, you can admire the ethno-botanical garden with the unique collection of tropical plants. After the feeding time of the orangutans, you will be transferred back to your hotel. The rest of the day is free at leisure. Overnight at the hotel in Kuching
Day 3 BAKO NATIONAL PARK (breakfast, packed lunch)
This morning you will be driven for about 1.5 hour to Bako Village where you will board the boat to Bako National Park. The cruise takes approximately 30 minutes (depending on the tide). Bako offers a mix of coastal scenery, teeming rainforest and abundant wildlife. Sarawak’s premier wildlife location is one of the best places in Borneo to see proboscis monkeys. Other wildlife seen include leaf monkeys, long-tailed macaques, wild boars, flying squirrels, monitor lizards and several species of birds. The park’s flora is rich and diverse and includes mangroves, strangling figs, carnivorous pitcher plants and symbiotic ant plants. Unique geological features mark the coastline, whilst well-marked trails lead to rugged jungle-covered hilltops and secluded beaches. You will be dropped back at your hotel at the end of the tour. Overnight at the hotel in Kuching
Day 4 KUCHING - LEMANAK RIVER (full board)
This 2-day tour will take you to the remote Lemanak River to experience the local Iban culture. You will be driven for about 4.5 hours through lush green countryside dotted with padi fields, pepper gardens and rubber plantations, and flanked by rugged jungle-clad mountains.  Along the way, stop off at the Serian farmer’s market, visit a pepper garden and view carnivorous pitcher plants.  Stop for lunch at a roadside bazaar deep in Iban country.  Arrive at Lemanak jetty mid-afternoon for a longboat ride up the Lemanak River, passing through typical Borneo countryside with a longhouse tucked behind almost every bend in the river.   Arrive at Ngemah Longhouse and visit the “entire village under one roof.”  Dinner, featuring delicious fresh jungle produce.  After dinner, we will proceed for some evening’s entertainment, including traditional dancing, music, games and a glass or two of tuak (rice wine) with the longhouse chief.  The Iban are a fun-loving people, and visitors are expected to join in!  Overnight in the Longhouse.  You will be spending your night at the ruai (the longhouse common room).  As for the washroom / toilet facilities you will be sharing with the Ibans. 
Day 5 LEMANAK RIVER - KUCHING (breakfast, lunch)
After breakfast, enjoy a demonstration of the native activities such as blowpipe for hunting, followed by a short nature walk to learn about some local medicinal plants. Afterwards travel by longboat down river and catch the coach back to Kuching. Arrive Kuching in the late afternoon. Overnight at the hotel in Kuching
Day 6 KUCHING - MULU NATIONAL PARK (ful board)
After breakfast, transfer to Kuching airport for your flight to Mulu. Upon arrival in Mulu airport you will be transferred to your accommodation. After lunch at local restaurant depart for Mulu National Park for a 3 km walk to Deer Cave and Lang Cave. You will explore the largest cave passage in the world. After visiting the caves, await the spectacular sight of millions of bats flying out of the caves in the evening. Overnight at the hotel in Mulu. 
Day 7 MULU NATIONAL PARK (full board)
After breakfast, journey up river by longboat to Penan Settlement where you can purchase the local handicraft made by the Penan tribe. Continue by boat to the Cave of the Wind which has many impressive stalactites and stalagmites, then walk to the Clearwater Cave, the Asia’s longest cave, measuring some 107 km. Optional dip in the Clearwater pool before having the picnic lunch at the Pavilion. After lunch, proceed to Mulu Canopy Skywalk. At 480 metres Mulu Skywalk is the longest tree-based walkway in the World. As you walk among the ferns and vines 15 – 25 metres above the forest floor and river you will enjoy this unique opportunity to get closer to the rainforest ‘web of life’. After the tour return to your hotel. Spend the rest of the day at your own leisure. Overnight at your hotel in Mulu
Day 8 MULU NATIONAL PARK - KOTA KINABALU (breakfast)
After breakfast, transfer to Mulu Airport for your flight to Kota Kinabalu. Upon arrival in Kota Kinabalu you will be transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for your own leisure. Overnight in Kota Kinabalu.
Day 9 GAYA ISLAND NATURE WALK (breakfast, lunch)
Today you will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to the jetty at the Jesselton Point where you will board a boat to the islands of the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park. This tour takes you to the most beautiful islands of the marine park; Gaya with its lush rainforest and Mamutik well known for the dazzling white beaches and crystal clear waters. Upon arrival in Gaya, trek for about 1.5 hours through coastal vegetation, mangrove swamp and lowland dipterocarp forest. Along the way, the tour guide will brief you about the flora and fauna of this tropical island. After Gaya, you will be transferred to Mamutik Island where you can go snorkelling over coral direct from the beach or explore the nature trails around the island. Enjoy the barbecue lunch by the beach spend the rest of the day at your leisure. After the tour return to your hotel. Overnight in Kota Kinabalu.
Day 10 KINABALU PARK AND PORING HOT SPRINGS (breakfast, lunch)
Today you will be picked up from your hotel and taken on a day trip to Kinabalu Park and Poring. You will be driven for 2.5 hours across mountainous Crocker Range with panoramic view of the countryside and soaring hills. En route to Kinabalu Park, visit the Nabalu Market where you can find local handicraft and tropical fruits.
Upon arrival in Poring take the 41m high canopy walk which offers a spectacular view of the rainforest and dip in a steaming Japanese style bathtub filled with running sulfured water rising from the earth's depth. After Poring you will be transferred to the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy a guided nature trek along one of the many trails in the park and discover the amazing insectivorous pitcher plants and other exotic plants in the Botanical Garden. Overnight in Kota Kinabalu.
Day 11 SANDAKAN - SELINGAN TURTLE ISLAND (full board)
Early morning you will be transferred to Kota Kinabalu airport for your flight to Sandakan. Upon arrival in Sandakan you will be transferred to Sandakan jetty for a speedboat transfer to Selingan Turtle Island. Selingan has been designated a national park to protect the newly laid eggs and vulnerable hatchlings from predators. The journey to the island will take approximately one hour. On arrival, leisure time to settle in your room, relax on the beach or explore the tropical island’s surrounding. In the evening, a park ranger will escort you to watch one of the giant sea turtle laying their eggs on the beach and the release of the baby turtles into the sea ((please be informed that visitors are allowed to see only one turtle/ per night and turtle sightings can never be guaranteed). Overnight in Turtle island
Day 12 SEPILOK ORANGUTAN - SAFARI KINABATANGAN RIVER (full board)
Early morning, head back to Sandakan and proceed to Sepilok Rehabilitation Centre for up-close orangutan encounter. Walk ten minutes through the rainforest on wooden boardwalk to witness the feeding of orangutans from the platform in the forest.  After the feeding time of the orangutan you will be taken to the Outdoor Nursery where you will see juvenile and baby orangutans climbing and playing on the rope and in the trees. After Sepilok, depart for a 2-day safari on the Kinabatangan River. You will be taken to Sandakan jetty to board the boat to Abai. Enjoy a relaxing 1 hour cruise, journeying up river. On arrival you will check in to your lodge on the riverbank and then enjoy lunch.  Late afternoon head out on a safari cruise on the Kinabatangan River – at dusk you may have the chance to see proboscis monkey and other wildlife than the area is famed for.
Before dinner you will experience a night cruise to witness the glittering fireflies on the mangrove trees. Overnight 
Day 13 SAFARI KINABATANGAN RIVER (full board)
This morning you will be awakened by the calls of gibbon monkeys and the sounds of hornbills. Embark on a river cruise to the Pitas Lake for birdwatching. The rest of the morning is at your leisure to explore the rainforest on a boardwalk located behind the lodge or visit the village of the native “orang sungai” people and take part in a tree planting project.   After lunch head further up the river to Sukau village. On arrival take a safari cruise on the Menanggul River a tributary of the Kinabatangan River.  Overnight in Sukau.
Day 14 SUKAU - LAHAD DATU - DANUM VALLEY (full board)
After breakfast you will be driven for 4.5 hours though palm oil plantation and selectively logged forest to Borneo Rainforest Lodge, located beside the Danum River on the edge of 438 square kilometres of untouched lowland rainforest. You may be lucky enough to spot wildlife on the way.  Upon arrival at the lodge, proceed to your room. After lunch you will be taken on a guided trekking along the Nature Trail for an introduction to the rainforest ecosystem. This evening, after a slide presentation on Danum Valley Conservation Area, you will join a night safari on an open-air truck. Using a powerful spot light the guide will point out nocturnal species. Overnight at the Borneo Rainforest Lodge.
Day 15 DANUM VALLEY (full board)
Rise early this morning and enjoy a whole day in the beautiful Danum Valley. A short walk from the lodge will bring you to the canopy walkway, suspended 26 metres above the forest floor. The view is magical. In the early mornings, mist hangs over the rainforest, forming a white veil from which only the tallest treetops emerge. After breakfast you will climb up the trail which brings you the View Point. You will stop along the way to discover the huge variety of flora and fauna. Close to the summit, you will explore an ancient Kadazandusun burial site. Upon reaching the View Point you will rewarded with a fantastic view over the valley. On your return, enjoy a refreshing dip in the natural Jacuzzi pool. After lunch enjoy an extended hike to look for orangutan, birds and other wildlife along nature trails, or join a relaxing session of water tubing down the Danum River. As, darkens falls, enjoy a guided night jungle walk in search in search of nocturnal species. Overnight at the Borneo Rainforest Lodge.
Day 16 DANUM VALLEY - DEPART LAHAD DATU (breakfast, lunch)
This morning enjoy a short jungle walk. After lunch, check out and transfer to Lahad Datu airport