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Wild Borneo

From £3,849
Duration 12 Days
Departures from: Sep 2022 - Aug 2023
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From £3,849
Duration 12 Days
Departures from: Sep 2022 - Aug 2023
Tour Overview
Borneo is a paradise for nature-lovers, and this adventure takes you into tropical rainforests to discover incredible flora and fauna, including the endangered orangutan.
  • Classic Touring
  • Walking
  • All Breakfasts
  • Flight Choices
  • Max Group Size 25

Your Holiday Includes

  • Private Chauffeur Service, Free Airport Parking or £100 reduction if you make your own arrangements
  • Just You Tour Manager as your host & Specialist Local Guide
  • Return flights from London
  • Use of an airport lounge in the UK
  • 9 nights in lodges & 3 and 4-star hotels plus 2 nights in flight
  • A guaranteed twin or double room of your own
  • 22 included meals: 9 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 6 dinners including welcome & farewell drink & dinner
  • Overseas transfers, other transportation & porterage
  • Scenic Rail: Steam train ride with tiffin lunch

Included Holiday Highlights

  • Experience Kadaza Dusun cuisine in a local restaurant
  • North Borneo to see a traditional longhouse 
  • Nature trek in Kinabalu National Park
  • Poring Hot Springs & tree canopy walk
  • World War II memorial visit
  • Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre & Sun Bear Conservation Centre
  • Cruise to the Lower Kinabatangan River Sanctuary
  • Night-time cruise to see the fireflies
  • Wildlife cruises & Nature Walks
  • Abai village and tree-planting ceremony
  • Sukau, where naturalist Sir David Attenborough has filmed

AIRPORT TRAVEL Service

On all flight inclusive holidays, you can choose to start your holiday with our Private Chauffeur Service* or we can organise free airport parking*. If you'd prefer to make your own arrangements, we'll give you a £100 price reduction* on the value of your booking.

*Mileage restrictions apply over 100 miles. Please see our Terms & Conditions for information

Itinerary

Day 1 ​UK - Kota Kinabalu

Today, make your own way to the airport or be collected by our Private Chauffeur (if you've pre-booked) for your flight to Kota Kinabalu via Kuala Lumpur, arriving on day 2.

Day 2 Kota Kinabalu

​On arrival this morning we'll transfer to out hotel. Kota Kinabalu is the capital of Sabah, one of two Malaysian states on the exotic island of Borneo and our base for the next three nights.​ Tonight we gather with your fellow travellers to enjoy a sumptuous Malaysian welcome dinner at a local restaurant, where you'll be able to try the iconic Kadaza-Dusun cuisine and try unique Malaysian foods. After dinner enjoy a lively cultural performance of Sabah dancers.​

Meals included: D

Day 3 Kota Kinabalu

​A journey on the North Borneo Railway aboard a vintage British Vulcan steam locomotive takes travellers back to a bygone era when North Borneo was a Crown Colony of Great Britain. We'll take this nostalgic trip to Papar – Sabah's main rice-growing region – on track primarily used for the transportation of tobacco in its heyday. Sit back, relax and enjoy views of traditional villages, grazing buffalo and beautiful countryside interwoven with paddy fields as you are served a tiffin-style lunch on board.

We return this afternoon, where you have the opportunity to join our optional evening Sunset cruise. Get ready to become acquainted with the charms of Kota Kinabalu on a whole new level. Your evening unfolds along the sultry sun-tinged South China Sea, cruising pass the islands and water villages that dot Sabah’s west coast. You are free to wander around the vessel. Panoramic ocean views, warmth of the setting sun and gentle sea breeze grace the upper-deck while a live band serenades the ethnic themed air-conditioned restaurant below with acoustic favorites. As the sun sets and the stars come out, Kota Kinabalu’s coastline now comes alive with dazzling city night lights. The North Borneo Cruise will glide across the Waterfront as you indulge in dessert or your next glass of wine.

Meals included: B,L

Day 4 North Borneo

​​Today our adventure will begin as we head towards the north of Borneo where we will travel past vast oil palm and coconut plantations on our way to the village of Bavanggazo, where we'll step inside a longhouse. Built on stilts, these buildings are home to several families of the indigenous Rungus tribes. The Rungus are mostly artisans who excel in woven basketry and intricate beadwork. En route we will also make a stop at Gombizou and Sumangkap villages to observe gong-making and honey bee farming​. This evening return back to Kota Kinabalu and if you wish visit the local night market.

Meals included: B,L

Day 5 Kinabalu National Park - Ranau

​Kinabalu National Park is home to a huge variety of flora and fauna native to Borneo, including several hundred species that are found only in the park itself. We'll explore on our included guided nature trek along one of the many trails, and also catch a glimpse of Mount Kinabalu, which is South East Asia's highest peak. After a stop at Poring Hot Springs, where we can take a dip in the soothing waters, perhaps take a thrilling walk more than 40 metres up in the canopy of the Menggaris tree – the 'King of the Forest' – for fantastic views.​

Meals included: B,L,D

Day 6 Ranau - Sandakan

​Enjoy scenic views of the Kundasang highlands as we travel by road to Sandakan. We'll stop for lunch in a restaurant before we visit Sandakan Memorial Park. This was built in honour of the Prisoners of War who died in the Sandakan Death Marches during the Second World War.

Meals included: B,L

Day 7 Sandakan - Abai

​Borneo is one of two places in the world where the endangered orangutan still lives in the wild, and we'll visit the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre to observe man's closest relative and enjoy a walk in the tropical lowland forest. We'll also head to the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre to see these endearing animals, also known as honey bears, whose numbers are dwindling due to deforestation and poaching.
After lunch, we'll transfer to the jetty in Sandakan, from where we'll cruise up to the Lower Kinabatangan River Sanctuary. This wonderful journey takes us on the Sulu Sea and through magnificent mangrove forests. On arrival in Abai, we'll check in at the Kinabatangan Abai Jungle Lodge where later this afternoon we'll head off on a river cruise to search for wildlife. Watch the sunset whilst enjoying a cup of coffee and at night fall, continue the cruise to witness beautiful fireflies. A further treat comes tonight after dinner, when we take another cruise to discover the jungle at night with an expert nature guide.

Meals included: B,L,D

Day 8 Abai

Wake up to the wonderful sounds of the rainforest then cruise to the Pitas lake to observe wildlife. We'll head back to the hotel for breakfast before we are invited to join a tree-planting project with the locals. A simple lunch will be arranged by the villagers at Abai village.
Back at the lodge perhaps take time to explore the boardwalk behind the lodge, you may be lucky and spot wild orangutan, silver leaf monkeys and many other types of wildlife. We will round off the day with another cruise to see more wildlife.
Meals included: B,L,D

Day 9 Abai - Sukau

​During a free morning at the lodge, perhaps join some of your travelling companions and head off to explore your surroundings – stilted paths up to 800 metres long stretch into the forest, and animals often venture quite close.
After lunch, our wildlife search continues as we cruise up river to our next destination, Sukau, for an overnight stay. Here we'll look out for primates, in particular orangutans, as well as pygmy elephants and exotic birds – some of the world's most spectacular species are resident in Borneo.
After checking in to our lodge, we'll take to the water again to enjoy wonderful views and search for exotic wildlife.

Meals included: B,L,D

Day 10 Sukau - Sandakan

​Today we depart Sukau by boat and make our way back to Sandakan. This rest of the day is at leisure before meeting with your fellow travellers for a farewell dinner.

Meals included: B,D

Day 11 Sandakan - UK

​Spend the day at leisure before leaving Sandakan, alternatively you may wish to see more of Borneo and one of its most fascinating sights - Gomantong Caves, an intricate limestone cave system, home to colonies of swiftlets and bats, before making our way back to Sandakan to catch our return flight home.

Meals included: B

Day 12 UK

You'll arrive back in the UK today. Upon arrival, either make your own way home or your Just You Private Chauffeur Service will be waiting for the journey home (if you've pre-booked).

Additional Information

Please note - Due to the incredible natural surroundings of Borneo, the hotels we have selected are basic and remote. However, the hotels we have picked are optimised for the itinerary. 
  1. Memorable Moment

    Seeing Orangutans swing through the trees at Sepilok Rehabilitation Centre.

Accommodation (as specified or similar)

Horizon Hotel

This hotel is located in the heart of Kota Kinabalu, the capital of the Sabah State and the international gateway to East Malasia.

Kinabalu Pines Resort

All of Kinabalu Pine Resort’s wooden cabins are fully built using the exclusive Selangan Batu hardwood. There are standard or deluxe cabins with blocks S & N at the resort’s crest. All rooms come with Wi-Fi internet access, satellite television channels, intercom facility, en-suite bathroom, hairdryer and coffee & tea-making facilities.

The Sabah Hotel

The deluxe 4-star Sabah Hotel is nestled in one of the worlds beautiful rainforests. Hotel facilities include outdoor swimming pool, restaurant and bar. Bedrooms include private facilities, air-conditioning and a TV.

Abai Jungle Lodge

Situated on Borneo's famous Kinabatangan River, Abai Jungle Lodge is in the perfect position only one hour boat journey from Sandakan and the Sukau village further upriver. It is built entirely on stilts and can only be accessed by boat. The lodge facilities include a restaurant, bar and rooms have private facilities.

Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge

Located on the Kinabatangan River, the Sabah's longest river, the Riverside Lodge was set up in 1994, working with and hiring local people. At the back of the lodge is a jungle trail where birds, red leaf monkey and wild orantugan are often spotted. The lodge has just 33 rooms in total, all with private shower room and ceiling fan.

The Sabah Hotel

The deluxe 4-star Sabah Hotel is nestled in one of the worlds beautiful rainforests. Hotel facilities include outdoor swimming pool, restaurant and bar. Bedrooms include private facilities, air-conditioning and a TV.

What our customers say

  1. Not a large group

    "This was my first time on a solos holiday and I really enjoyed it - everyone was very welcoming, the tour guide was excellent and I wouldn’t hesitate to book with Just You in the future. Well organised and not a large group" - Mary Copare

  2. Monet gardens was fabulous

    "The trip to Monet gardens was fabulous. The Monet house and gardens really beautiful we could have spent longer there and the sun made it more so. We had excellent lunch and would definitely go back there. The hotel where we stayed was also very good well presented and in a quiet, clean, nice area with local parks and shops in vicinity. Very welcoming.The groups are not too large and everyone is friendly and keen to enjoy the places visited" - Pamela Bulmer

  3. Guide was outstanding

    "Very enjoyable, well organised, comfortable hotel, pleasant coaches and courteous drivers. No delays or problem. Guide was outstanding, definitely enhanced the whole experience" - Sally Baron

  4. Beautiful gardens

    "A glorious tour of beautiful gardens with a great group of like-minded travellers and a wonderful guide" - Anna Evripidou.

  5. First time I travelled alone

    "This was the first time I travelled alone. I had a lovely weekend, good company & places to visit. Good way to travel & meet people" - Jennifer Jones

  6. Confidence building

    "As a first time lone traveller I was very apprehensive but found it a great and confidence building experience. I will do it again!" - Victoria Taylor

Optional Excursions

Experience even more of your destination by adding one or more optional excursions to your holiday before you set off. Take a look below at the extra trips you can enjoy on this tour.

Borneo - Kota Kinabalu - Sunset dinner cruise of the South China Sea

Borneo - Kota Kinabalu - Sunset dinner cruise of the South China Sea

Your unforgettable late afternoon on the North Borneo Cruise begins at Sutera Marina Jetty where you will become acquainted with the charms of Kota Kinabalu on a whole new level. Your evening unfolds along the sultry sun-tinged South China Sea. Panoramic ocean views, warmth of the setting sun and gentle sea breeze grace the upper-deck while a live band serenades the ethnic themed air-conditioned restaurant below with acoustic favourites. As the sun sets Kota Kinabalu’s coastline comes alive with dazzling city night lights. The North Borneo Cruise will glide across the Waterfront as you indulge in dessert or your next glass of wine (drinks not included). Shortly after you will disembark from the cruise at the Sutera Marina Jetty and return to your hotel. *PLEASE NOTE THAT DUE TO CAPACITY THIS EXCURSION MUST BE PREBOOKED IN ADVANCE, AND SPACES ARE LIMITED*
Sunset excursion - Minimal walking - unforgettable
Your unforgettable late afternoon on the North Borneo Cruise begins at Sutera Marina Jetty where you will become acquainted with the charms of Kota Kinabalu on a whole new level. Y...

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Personalise your trip

Choose to extend your stay with an organised add-on. 

Wild Borneo with Singapore City Add-on

Wild Borneo with Singapore City Add-on

Extend to 14 days from £1,099 Departures from: Sep 2022 - Aug 2023

You can extend your holiday and spend three nights in Singapore , starting on day 11 of your tour. You will stay in the 4-star Park Regis on a bed and breakfast basis, plus one dinner. During your stay, enjoy a tour of the city by night, where you can sample a Singapore Sling cocktail. Also included is a half-day tour taking in Chinatown, the Malay quarter and Little India. You will also have the option to join an excursion to the spectacular Gardens by the Bay. You will be accompanied by a Tour Manager. Please note : Our Make Your Own Way option does not apply if you book this add-on.

Your extension includes

  • Return flights, overses transfers & other transportation
  • 3 nights in 4-star hotel on a bed-and-breakfast basis
  • Tour Manager
  • Welcome drink & farewell get-together

Itinerary

DAY 11 Singapore
After breakfast we'll say farewell to Sandakan and transfer to the airport for our flight to Singapore via Kuala Lumpur. Modern Singapore was founded in 1819 by Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles. Established as a British trading post, the island went from strength to strength and today old colonial buildings sit alongside soaring modern skyscrapers on a patch of land no bigger than the Isle of Wight. On arrival we'll transfer to our hotel and enjoy a welcome drink, before setting off this evening on an included tour of Singapore after dark. Explore the city's largest and most vibrant market, Bugis Village, before hopping on board a 'trishaw' and relaxing as the driver pedals us to enjoy a sample of the famous Singapore Sling, created in 1915. Our evening comes to an end at the Marina Bay Sands, home to SkyPark which towers some 200 metres above the city and offers stunning night-time views. We'll also enjoy a beautiful water show set against the dazzling Marina Bay harbour.

DAY 12 Singapore
Around 5 million people from an eclectic mix of cultures live in Singapore and today we'll discover more about three of the city's major ethnic neighbourhoods. First we'll head to Chinatown, a fabulous blend of old and new where traditional medicinal halls sit alongside modern shops, bars and restaurants. We'll wander the streets and admire the breathtaking Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum before exploring Sri Mariamman Temple, the oldest Hindu temple in Singapore. Our next stop is Kampong Glam, Singapore's Malay district where we'll visit the must-see Sultan Mosque with its impressive golden dome. There's time to browse the stalls selling handmade perfumes and traditional Malay dresses on Arab Street before we head to Little India, where we'll experience vibrant culture, bustling food courts and unique shopping areas.

DAY 13 Singapore
Today you can choose to explore independently or join our optional excursion to the spectacular Gardens by the Bay where two immense structures house the Cloud Forest and Flower Dome conservatories. Step inside and you'll discover the fragrant multi-coloured Flower Field, the world's tallest indoor waterfall and the incredible Supertree Grove, where a suspended walkway 22 metres above the ground offers spectacular aerial views of the gardens. This evening we gather together and enjoy a farewell dinner.

DAY 14 Singapore to UK
Enjoy a day at leisure before transferring to the airport for an evening flight back to the UK via Kuala Lumpur, arriving on day 15.

You can extend your holiday and spend three nights in Singapore , starting on day 11 of your tour. You will stay in the 4-star Park Regis on a bed and breakfast basis, plus one ...

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