14 day safari

Prices from

£4790

Excluding international flights

Tour Highlights

Visiit Kinabalu National Park, home to 58 species of montane birds

Chance for the elusive Clouded Leopard and Marbled cat

Chance to see Pygmy Elephants on the Kinabatangan River

Tour can be tailored to your requirements

Borneo is one of the best locations in asia for both specialist birds and mammals and our hand picked naturalists are genuine experts in all wildlife viewing; not just the charismatic larger mammals. Before travel we will provide you with a birding and mammal list and by includig several day in Mount Kinabalu national park, we increase our chances of spotting rare endemics, like the Whitehead’s Trogon, Whitehead’s Broadbill and Borneo Green Magpie. On the mammals side of things, we will be looking for Orangutan, Pygmy Elephant , Clouded Leopard,Tarsier, Slow Loris , Leopard Cat, Marbled Cat, Proboscis Monkey, Bornean Gibbon, Civet Cats, Flying Squirrels, Sunda Skunk, Maroon Langur, Grey Langur and a variety of reptiles.

    When to go:
  • Jan
  • Feb
  • Mar
  • Apr
  • May
  • Nov
  • Dec

Best time to visit - JUL

Safari Style: BESPOKE WILDLIFE

Day 1

Best mid range hotels in Kota Kinabalu
Kota Kinabalu airport to your city hotel
You will be met at the airport and transferred to the Jesselton Hotel. Time and weather permitting, there may be time to do a little birding just outside the city or you may want to just relax after a long flight.

Accommodation : Jesselton Hotel

Day 2 to 4

Best birding location in Sabah Borneo
Exploring Mount Kinabalu national park
Depart at 9am and travel 2 hours to Kinabalu National Park. KNP is home to 58 species of montane birds, 17 of which are endemic to Borneo. Your private expert birding guide will discuss and advise the itinerary for the next 3 days once you’ve settled into your simple homestay accommodation. There are many trails to explore in the park, or depending on fitness levels, you can choose to stay on the paved roads and still see many of the key species.

Accommodation : Mount Kinabalu Homestay

Day 5

Best locations to see clouded leopards Deramakot
Drive from Mount Kinabalu to Deramakot
After breakfast, travel 2.5 hours to the town of Telupid. After lunch proceed a further 2 hours to Deramakot forest reserve through oil palm plantations and forest reserves. The road can be wet and muddy. Deramakot is the jewel in the Sabah Forestry Departments crown and spans an area of over 100,00 hectares with its adjacent Tangkulap reserve. It was the first tropical forest reserve to be recognised by the Forest Stewardship Council for good forest governance and since AA Borneo pioneered nature tourism in the reserve 4 years it has rapidly become justifiably famous for its astonishing mammal and bird diversity. Possibly the best in South East Asia? The exact program at Deramakot will depend on weather and recent animal sightings. Your private naturalist will discuss fully with you after check in.

Accommodation : Deramakot Lodge

Days 6-8

Best place to see nocturnal wildlife in Borneo
Three full days of wildlife activities in Deramakot
Three full days in the reserve. Exact itinerary will be discussed with your guide but you will have dawn and nightwalking and 4*4 safaris each day, 2 hours are included each evening which can be extended for an extra 125 myr per hour, cash payment.

Day 9

Best place to see pygmy elephants in Borneo
Drive and then boat transfer to Kinabatangan river
Transfer to Sukau. Sukau was the first village on the mighty Kinabatangan River to develop nature tourism and is now a busy hub of lodges and homestays. En-route stop for simple lunch then from Sukau it is 45 - 60 minutes downriver towards the estuary and Ramsar recognised wetlands reserve. Here hidden away is the wonderful Wetlands Resort, the best on the whole river. hidden up a small estuary far away from the crowds. Upon arrival some welcome drinks and snacks before the first river cruise @ 16.30 in search of the fantastic wildlife that call the river home

Accommodation : Kinabatangan Wetlands Resort

Day 10

Best wildlife lodges in Kinabatangan
Morning and afternoon boat safaris on the river
Wake up to the calls of birds, insects and animals as the pre-dawn chorus begins at 6.30 am take a morning cruise. The itinerary is pretty flexible to maximise wildlife viewing opportunities. This will include longer river trips if required to try and view the migratory Borneo Pygmy Elephants

Accommodation : Kinabatangan Wetlands Resort

Day 11

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Transfer from Kinabatangan to Tabin wildlife reserve
After breakfast take the boat back to Sukau before travelling 4 hour by road to Tabin Wildlife Reserve. Lunch is served upon arrival. After lunch, depart for birding along the Core Road where you will most likely be able to spot one or more of Borneo’s eight species of hornbill. After dinner, enjoy a CD/Slide presentation on Tabin’s natural wonders, followed by a night safari to lookout for nocturnal wildlife and birds.

Accommodation : Tabin wildlife resort

Day 12

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Full day of wildlife activities in Tabin
After an early breakfast, depart for the active Lipad Mud Volcano. The soccer field-sized Lipad Mud Volcano serves as a mineral salt lick for wildlife. After trekking through the rainforest for 20 minutes, arrive at the elevated bare area of the mud volcano which is frequented by wildlife and birds. A nearby fig-tree is a busy feasting place for hornbills andother birds and primates during the fruiting season.

Day 13

Best place to see lesser cats in Borneo
Full day of wildlife activities in Tabin
After an early breakfast, you will depart for birding along the road leading to the core area stop over and climb up the bird watching tower. The fully regenerated secondary forest with its relatively lower canopy and good natural light provides a delightful birding experience. The incredible rich forests also offer good mammal watching opportunities. In the evening, take a drive to bird along the Tomanggong Road.

Day 14

Depart Tabin for Lahad Datu airport

Pricing Info & Dates

Cost £4790 based on two people sharing and not including flights

Valid for travel from June 2021 to October 2022

Includes:

  • Private services of an expert naturalist
  • All accommodation and transfers as described
  • Nearly all your meals during the 2 week safari
  • All park entrance fees and permits

Excludes

  • Cost of international and domestic flights
  • Any associated fees for travel Visas
  • Some meals on Day 1 and 14 of the tour
  • Gratuities for staff and local naturalist

What

Our clients say about us

Deatils
Wednesday September 11, 2013
Komodo and Sabah adventure 2013

My wife and I travelled on a private safari to see Komodo dragons in Indonesia, and on to Sabah. Komodo and Rinca Island were well worth the effort ,the dragons are well worth seeing, and the time...

By Del and Sheila