Orangutans in Sabah, Malaysian Borneo
Split into the two states of Sarawak and Sabah, Borneo welcomes nature-lovers with open arms – and once you’ve had just a glimpse of this beautiful island, you’ll never want to leave. From the untouched tropical environments to the remarkable wildlife which occupies it, this truly is an island of natural treasures, making Borneo holidays totally unforgettable.
Home to the oldest known figurative art painting – which is over 40,000 years old – there is so much to discover in this fascinating country. Perhaps the oldest, greatest discoveries to be made in Borneo lie within its vast rainforest, which (at around 140 million years) is one of the world’s oldest rainforests. It’s here where you will find some of Borneo’s rarest, most incredible wildlife in their natural habitat, including leopard, rhino, elephant and of course, the famed native orangutan.
A trek into the jungle isn’t the only way to see Borneo’s remarkable native animal: The Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, located in the Sabah district of Borneo, is home to approximately 80 orangutans. Each orangutan has been rescued from logging sites, plantations or illegal hunting, but now happily roam free in the reserve, where they are entirely protected. So, visiting and donating to this fascinating facility is a great way to see these protected animals for yourself. Or if you’re more of a cat person, visit the cat city of Kuching (literally meaning cat), where you will find cat art, statues and even a museum celebrating these felines!
Visit the famous Sepilok Rehabilitation Centre to see rescued orangutans playing
Experience incredible plant life and rare species in the jungle
Capital city: Kuala Lumpur
Currency: Malaysian Ringitt
Time difference: GMT + 8 hours
Flight time: 15 hours to Kuching via Singapore
Borneo trip ideas
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Places to go in Borneo
Sarawak, Malaysia's largest state, is perfect for adrenaline seekers and adventurers. The rugged rainforests are packed with opportunities for caving, kayaking and climbing, and there's no end of exotic creatures hiding among the trees. There are festivals all year celebrating everything from jazz to food, while the state capital, Kuching, is a bustling, diverse city set on the Sarawak River where you'll find delicious cuisine and street food stalls. Further north, the Sabah province occupies a relatively small section of Malaysian Borneo but it still packs a punch. The humid rainforests are home to some of the most unique wildlife in the world, including the Pygmy Elephant, gibbons and lemurs, and a river safari is an amazing way to get close to these amazing creatures. The waters off the northern coast are teeming with diverse marine species and colourful coral reefs, while back in the jungle, Mount Kinablu stretches high into the clouds, offering an unforgettable trekking experience. Of course, a trip to Sabah wouldn't be complete without a visit to the world-famous Sepilok Rehabilitation Centre, where you can view rescued orangutans in their natural habitat. Got a few ideas about where you’d like to go or need some help? Call our Travel Designers now: 020 3510 5777
Things to do in Borneo
It’s the unique experiences which make a VIVID trip special, and here are just some of the things you can do during your trip to Borneo. Experience the real country beyond the obvious, whether it’s visiting the Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre in Sepilok, cruising down the river in Kinabatangan or hiking Mount Kinabalu. To incorporate your favourite experiences into your dream trip, or learn more about the itineraries that we can create bespoke to you, just give our Travel Designers a call: 020 3510 5777
Map of Borneo
When to go to Borneo
The best time to visit Borneo depends on what you want to do there. High season in Borneo is May to September where the days are generally dry and sunny. November to February are a lot wetter with heavy downpours expected in most parts of the region. For families, the school holidays are the perfect time to go, with plenty of wildlife coming out to play, and baby turtles hatching on the warm beaches. Hardy adventurers may enjoy trekking around the jungle in the wetter months, making the most of the low humidity - as long as you don't mind getting wet! (Make sure you avoid mountain climbing in the rainy seasons, the conditions can get dangerous). If you love diving, then you can either go in March to May to spot whale sharks or wait until July when the water is warmer and clear enough to see down to 4 metres.