Borneo

Wildlife filled jungle, beautiful beaches great trekking and those iconic orang-utans

Borneo is an island separated from Malaysia by the China Sea.  The land is shared between  two Malaysian states Sabah and Sarawak, the Indonesian sta of Kalimantan and the tiny sultanate of Brunei.  Most holidays to Borneo focus on the Malaysian states but it is also possible to visit Kalimentan as part of an Indonesian tour.  We love orang-utans and not trip to Borneo would be complete without a trip to one of the Malaysiana rehabilitation centres.  The more intrepid can visit Camp Leakey research centre in Kalimantan.  But there is a huge amount of wildlife on offer in borneo as well as some beautiful walks, dramatic scenery and relaxing beaches.  Highlights include:

  • a visit to either Sepilok or Semenggok orang-utan rehabilitation centre at feeding time for your best chance to see these gorgeous creatures
  • two or three days trips into the pristine Danum Valley rainforest staying in one of the lodges and looking for endemic wildlife such as mouse deer, orang-utans, civets, macaques and pygmy elephants.  If you are very lucky you may get a rare sighting of a clouded leopard or sun bear
  • a stay on the Kinabatangan River wildlife spotting on the peaceful jungle backwaters
  • snorkelling and diving off the white sand beaches of Lankayan island
  • a stay on Gaya Island just off the coast near Kota Kinabulu a great way to relax for a few days at the beginning or end of a trip
  • Trekking the Headhunters Trail in Mulu National Park 
  • Climbing Mount Kinabalu
  • Flying time: 17 hours via Kuala Lumpur
  • Time difference: + 8 hours
  • Currency: Malaysian Ringgit
  • Best time of year to travel: March to October

Ideas for a trip to Sri Lanka

Here are some ideas for trips to Sri Lanka all of which can be adapted for you and we are always happy to create a bespoke trip from scratch

Private Tour of Sri Lanka

from £1,999 per person
A week exploring the wildlife, culture and parks of Sri Lanka followed by a week relaxing on the beach

Train to Kandy

from £36 per person
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Beach Excursion

from £56 per person
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