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Tour Highlights

6 nights at the Mecca for nocturnal cat sightings in Borneo

Chances for Pygmy Elephants and Flat Headed cat

Expert private naturalist throughout

Tour can be tailored to your individual requirements

As we write this article in July 2020, we can say that with some confidence Dermakot wildlife reserve in northern Borneo is one of the best locations to see small wild cats in the whole of Asia. This is a combination of ideal habitat, extensive research and the huge amount of time spent on night drives within the reserve - the harder you work, the luckier you get. Genuine chances to see Clouded Leopard - Tarsier - Slow Loris - Leopard Cat and Marbled Cat

    When to go:
  • Jan
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  • Dec

Best time to visit - JUL


Day 1

Best wildlife resorts in Sepilok
Sandakan airport to Sepilok nature resort
Upon arrival at Sandakan airport you will make the 30 minute transfer to Sepilok Nature Resort, situated next to the world famous wildlife centres. There is time in the afternoon to go to the Rainforest Discovery Centre, or possibly enjoy the 3 p.m Orangutan feeding; which are both located a short walk away. After dinner you will enjoy a night walk in the nearby forest. With luck you may spot the Western Tarsier and sleeping birds and frogs and snakes

Accommodation : Sepilok nature resort

Day 2

How to visit Orangutan sanctuary in Sepilok
Visit Orangutan and Sun Bear sanctuaries
After breakfast you’ll visit the nearby Sepilok orangutan rehabilitation center where you have an opportunity to enjoy these iconic primates at close quarters and learn more about the rehabilitation and conservation work that takes place here. Next, you visit the Sun Bear Conservation Center, a relatively new center established in 2008, which provides care and rehabilitation for orphaned and captive Malay Sun Bears

Accommodation : Sepilok nature resort

Day 3

Best place to see leopard cat in Asia
Sepilok to Deramakot
After breakfast you will drive 2 hours to Telupid town, where you will take lunch at a local restaurant (cost included). You will then drive 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.

Days 4 to 8

Where to see clouded leopard in Asia
Five actioned packed days and nights in Deramakot
Four full days in the reserve. Exact itinerary will be discussed with your guide but you will have dawn and night walking 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.

Accommodation : Deramakot wildlife lodge

Day 9

Best place to see Pygmy elephants in Borneo
Deramakot to the Kinabatangan river
Time for morning birding before breakfast and check out by 9am and return to the main highway and travel approximately 2 hours to the river village of Sukau - gateway to the mighty Kinabatangan River and where you will take your boat transfer from. Enroute to Borneo Nature Lodge, you’ll stop by the famous Gomantong caves. This large cave chamber is famous for its swiftlets and bats but the surrounding jungle is home to Maroon Langurs and Orangutan

Accommodation : Borneo nature lodge

Day 10

Full day of boat safaris on the river
Wake up to the calls of birds, insects and animals as the pre-dawn chorus begins at 6.30am take a morning cruise. Enjoy a flexible itinerary to explore the river with your private naturalist and maximize your wildlife viewing opportunities. This will include longer river trips if required to try and view the migratory Borneo Pygmy Elephants.

Day 11

Boat and car transfer to Sandakan
Sadly, you have come to the end of your Borneo safari and depending on flight departure time from Sandakan, we will organise an appropriate departure time.

Pricing Info & Dates

Cost £2810 based on two people sharing and not including flights

Valid for travel from June 2021 until October 2022


  • Services of a private expert Naturalist throughout
  • All meals, except on the first and last days
  • Additional time in the evening at Deramakot for night safaris


  • Cost of international flights
  • Cost of applicable visa entry fees
  • Some meals in first and final days of the tour
  • Gratuities for local staff and your naturalist


Our clients say about us

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