Natural Borneo - 11 days

Tour Details & Information - Individual Private Tour, Tour Code: MD-BKI-KCH

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Begin of Tour Kota Kinabalu (Sabah) - Kota Kinabalu

Meet your personal guide at the airport of Kota Kinabalu. Transfer to city hotel and check-in. Take a stroll over the night market and try the local sea food (optional). Overnight in Kota Kinabalu.

Day 2: Kota Kinabalu (B/L)

Islands in Sabah © David Kirkland & Sabah TourismIslands in SabahBreakfast at the city hotel. Start your trip to Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park with a short drive to the marina. The marine park is a cluster of small islands comprising Pulau Gaya, Pulau Sapi, Pulau Manukan, Pulau Mamutik, and Pulau Sulug. A speedboat ride (10-20 minutes) will take you to your island paradise. Enjoy the shallow waters and white sandy beaches. Lunch included (buffet style). Stay on the island until the afternoon. Take the shuttle boat to the marina at 15:00 hrs. Overnight in Kota Kinabalu.

Day 3: Kota Kinabalu - Kinabalu Nationalpark (B/L/D)

Canopy Walk in Poring © Sabah Tourism BoardCanopy Walk in PoringHave breakfast at the hotel in Kota Kinabalu. Meet your guide in the lobby and proceed on a 88km long drive to Kinabalu National Park. During the 2hrs transfer you will cross the Crocker Range and pass by rural villages and rice paddies. Stop at a fruit stand to taste some local fruits before you arrive at the hot springs in Poring. Poring was discovered by Japanese soldiers during WWII. There is a jungle trail you can follow to learn more about the giant trees of a tropical rainforest. Take a swim in the hot sulphuric spring or opt for the canopy walk. Afterwards drive to Kinabalu Nationalpark. The Park was made an UNESCO World Nature Heritage site in 2000 - the first of it's kind in Malaysia. Right at the foot of Mount Kinabalu (4.102m) the park includes different vegetation zones and is home to many animals. Check-in at the lodge. The evening is free at your leisure.

Day 4: Kinabalu Nationalpark - Kota Kinabalu (B/L)

Sabah Rainforest © David Kirkland, Sabah TourismSabah RainforestBreakfast at cafeteria. Visit the Exhibit Centre and Mountain Garden to learn more about the local plants. You will see rhododendrons, alpine meadow plants, ferns in different forms and sizes, and the famous pitcher plants. Afterwards you can explore the are while following some of the markes trails. Lunch at the cafeteria. Return to Kota Kinabalu in the afternoon. Overnight in Kota Kinabalu.

Day 5: Kota Kinabalu - Mulu (B)

Mulu Marriott Resort © Marriott InternationalMulu Marriott ResortBreakfast at Hotel and check-out in the morning. Transfer to Kuching airport. Upon arrival at Mulu airport meet your local guide. Proceed to Mulu Marriott Resort and check-in. The afternoon is free at your leisure. Overnight in Mulu.

Day 6: Mulu (B/L)

Mulu National Park, Melinau Gorge © Sarawak Tourism BoardMulu National Park, Melinau GorgeBreakfast at the resort. Take a longboat upstream to visit Wind Cave and Clearwater Cave. Both caves are linked by the same system. The Clearwater System is a tributary of the Melinau River. 75km of total 107km are explored. A walkway leads from the jetty to the fist cave. See some interesting limestone formations along the way. While standing in the cave entrance you will feel a strong draft that gave the cave its name. Then follow the curved trail to the King's Room. The stalactites and stalagmites in the big chamber are so numerous and beautiful they are worthy of a king. Next up is the Clearwater Cave. The entrance is 30m high up in the cliff. You have to climb a steep staircase until you reach the entrance. The limestone walls are dotted with one-leaved plants (Monophyllaea). Walk down a winding trail until you reach the chamber of Clearwater River. A bridge even crosses the river. Beside the beautiful helictites you can also see photokarsts. These small needle like formations point in the direction of the light due to alga growth. Return to the picnic tables for lunch. You can swim in the pool underneath if you want. The pool is fed by the Clearwater River and very cold. Take the longboat back to the resort. Leave the resort again in the afternoon by longboat. A short trip will take you to the Park Headquarters for registration. The walkway leads 3km to the Show Caves. It will take approximately 1hrs to reach Lang's Cave. The small cave was discovered during an expedition in 1978 and named after the guide who found it. Beautiful stalactites and stalagmites can be seen in the small cave. A real highlight are the helectites, which look like slender corals. The cave trail is quite short. Afterwards explore the neighboring Deer Cave. The entrance of Deer Cave is 175m wide and 120m high and possibly the biggest cave entrance of the world. The main chamber is 2,2km long and up to 220m high. The penetrating daylight allows you to see the enormous dimensions of the cave. Interesting stone formations can be seen. The cave is also home to millions of bats. The intense guano odor will follow you around while exploring the cave along the walkways. Pats of the walls collapsed a long time ago and now allows for a view of the surrounding jungle. This part is known as Garden Eden. After exiting the cave take a seat at the the viewpoint and watch the bats leaving the cave at dusk. The animals leave the colony in large numbers to hunt for insects. The are so numerous they look like black clouds. You will remember the sight and the whooshing sound of their wings for a long time. Walk back to the Headquarters and return to the resort by boat. Overnight in Mulu.

Day 7: Mulu - Miri - Kuching (B)

Kuching at Night © HiltonKuching at NightBreakfast at the resort. The morning is free at leisure until the airport transfer. Fly to Kuching in Sarawak. Meet your local guide upon arrival in the capital of Sarawak. Transfer to your city hotel. Check-in and overnight in Kuching.

Day 8: Kuching (B/L)

Kuching Waterfornt © Sarawak Tourism BoardKuching WaterforntBreakfast at the hotel. Afterwards check-out and drive to Semenggoh Wildlife Centre. Approximately 30 minutes later arrival at the main entrance. The Semenggok Wildlife Reserve was founded in 1975 to give endangered species like the orangutan, sun bears, and hornbills a sanctuary. Most animals living on the premises were rescued from captivity. They have to learn how to live from the forest and trainer help them to regain the knowledge. The orangutans can roam free on the 700ha area and come only to the feeding platform if they want. If they choose to visit the platform you can hear them coming from far away. The weight of male orangutans can be up to 90kg. You can hear the leafs rustle and some of the smaller branches will break when an adult orangutans moves through the forest. After the feeding go on a sightseeing tour of Kuching. The charming city is the capital in Sarawak the State of Sarawak. During the tour you will visit the Tua Pek Kong temple. The sanctuary dates back to the 19th century and is the oldest temple in Sarawak. On the way to the Waterfront visit Sarawak Museum and its collection of important cultural artifacts. The Waterfront was transformed into an esplanade right at Sarawak River. Across the stream you can see the Malay kampoong (village) and The Astana. The palace of the White Rajahs was build in 1870. Charles Brooke, the third White Rajah of Sarawak, gave it to his wife Margaret Alice Lili de Windt as a wedding gift. She was also the inspiration to Fort Margherita, which he build right next to the palace in 1879. Today The Astana is the official gubernatorial residence and is not open for public. Other sights near the Waterfront are the colonial Courthouse Complex, the clock tower, Charles Brooke Memorial, and the Indian Mosque. Overnight in Kuching.

Day 9: Kuching - Bako (B/L/D)

Bako National Park © Stephan KeilBako National ParkStart your day trip to the Bako National Park after breakfast. The sanctuary was founded in 1957. With an expanse of less than 30qkm Bako is the smallest National Park in Sarawak but offers a diverse landscape and vibrant wildlife. First drive 37km to Bako fishing village. The park is located on the Muara Tebas peninsula without any direct connections by road. Wait at the registration office until you can board a small boat to the park headquarter. The short trip will take 30 minutes. Upon arrival in the park start a trekking tour along some of the marked trails. Interesting plants and trees are labeled. Maybe you see some of the park's more animalistic inhabitants. Proboscis monkeys, monitor lizards, bearded pigs. Silver leaf monkeys and many tropical birds live here. While you follow the trails you will see different forms of tropical vegetation. The coasts are secured by the roots of mangrove trees. Their leafs feed the local monkey population. The mangroves transform into heath forest. On the plateau you will find many endemic pitcher plants and orchids. Have a short break at a secluded beach before you return to the headquarter and the cafeteria. Overnight at the lodge.

Day 10: Bako - Kuching (B/L)

Macaques at Bako National Park © Rima SuharkatMacaques at Bako National ParkBreakfast at the cafeteria. If you start today's program early in the morning you might see some of the animals while they are looking for food. Watch birds, lizards, squirrels and monkeys in their natural habitat. Talk with your guide about which trail you will choose today. Return to Kuching in the afternoon. Overnight in Kuching.

Day 11: Kuching - End of Tour Kuching (Sarawak) (B)

Breakfast at hotel. The day is free at your leisure until airport transfer.

Rates, Hotels & Information

Rates
Options Comfort Deluxe
Rate per person EUR 1.445
USD 1,635
EUR 1.537
USD 1,743
Based on individual private tour, min. 2 travellers in double/twin room
Changing or adapting this tour to match your personal needs, interests and wishes is, as always, possible. Please contact us! Group rates (closed groups only, min. 4 Pax) on request.
Single Supplement On Request On Request
Single Traveller EUR 2.600
USD 2,950
EUR 2.765
USD 3,135
Hotels for this Tour
(Changing the hotels according to your wishes is no problem!)
LocationComfort HotelsDeluxe Hotels
Kota KinabaluHorizon Hotel

Superior
Le Meridien Kinabalu

Vista Seaview
Kinabalu NationalparkHill Lodge
Homestay/Guesthouse
Hill Lodge
Homestay/Guesthouse
MuluMulu Marriott Resort and Spa

Deluxe
Mulu Marriott Resort and Spa

Deluxe
KuchingPullman

Deluxe
Pullman

Deluxe
BakoForest Lodge
Homestay/Guesthouse
Type 6
Forest Lodge
Homestay/Guesthouse
Type 6

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Information, Services, Remarks
Depart/Arrive:

Kota Kinabalu (Sabah) / Kuching (Sarawak)

Hotel/Airport Transfers:

Transfers are inclusive from and to above mentioned airports and hotels of the immediate area.

Services (included):

Private tour
English speaking guide
Air-conditioned car with driver
Accomodation: DBL room hotels (or similar)
Transfers, Entrance fees as per itinerary
Meal Plan as stated:
10x Breakfast 7x Lunch/Lunchbox 2x Dinner

Not included

Own expenses
Additional services (marked 'optional' above)
Programme not mentioned above
Season Surcharges

Best Season(s):

March - October

Important Remarks:

Important information: All programmes and transfers by boat are on seat-in-coach base (group). You may be in a small group with other people.
Min. 2 Persons. Single traveller rates on request.
The accomodation at Bako National Park is provided by Sarawak Forestry. The simple lodges (Type 6 or similar) are not air-condtioned. The facilities include a fan and private lavatory. The park cafeteria sells simple, local dishes and drinks (non-alcoholic).
Please pay attention to the Travel Information provided.
When travelling islamic countries there can be interference during the month of Ramadan, other high holidays and fridays.
Volcanism: The Sunda Islands and the Sunda Archipelago are of volcanic orgin and show high volcanic activity. Accrodingly it may be possible that tours, routings and activities (especially those involving or near volcanoes) need to be altered in case of high activity or order by the government.
During the dry season severe haze caused by wood fires in Borneo and Sumatra can possibly affect this region. Please keep yourself updated using the ASEAN Regional Haze Situation Center.