Primate Paradise

9 days from $1,695pp

Kick off your family adventure in Sepilok where you’ll stay in a room with jungle views, spot flying squirrels, learn about the rescue of orangutans and sun bears, and head out on a nocturnal wildlife walk through the jungle. Next, it’s time to hit the Kinabatangan River and cruise to scenic spots including Pitas Oxbow Lake as well as experience the water by night. As you adventure, look for wild orangutans and pygmy elephants. Your adventure wraps up in the beachy paradise of Kota Kinabalu where you can go snorkeling, play golf or even schedule a restorative massage.  

Highlights

  • Keep your eyes peeled for Flying Squirrels 

  • Visit the Orangutan Sanctuary to see these friendly, orange giants 

  • See the world’s smallest bears at the Sun Bear Center

  • Take a night cruise on the Kinabatangan River to see the fireflies

  • Cruise on Pitas Oxbow and Oxbow lakes 

  • Go in search of wild Orangutan and Pygmy Elephants 

  • Spend three days of fun on the beach near Kota Kinabalu

Itinerary

This exciting trip to Borneo includes selected excursions, transfers, accommodation and some meals.

From the first conversation until you arrive home from your holiday, you’ll be looked after by one of our Travel Designers who has traveled extensively in the region and will give advice from their personal experience on how to make the most out of your trip.

All of our trips are entirely custom-made and we will continually refine your itinerary until it’s perfect.

Day

Location

Type

1-3

Sepilok

Wildlife

The day for your fun-filled family trip Borneo is here at last! Once you touch down in Sandakan, you'll be met by a guide and taken to your family room with jungle views at My Nature Resort in Sepilok. In the evening, swing by the Flying Squirrel Platform and look out for these crazy critters as they zip through the forest.  

Get a good night’s rest, as the next day it's off to the Orangutan Sanctuary and the Sun Bear Centre where you'll all learn about the rescue and rehabilitation of orangutans and the world's smallest bears. Afterwards, it's on to the Rainforest Discovery Centre for an unforgettable jungle night walk spotting nocturnal creatures and insects. 

4-6

Kinabatangan River

Wildlife

All aboard! Today you'll board a boat and make your way to the Abai Jungle Lodge, nestled on the Kinabatangan River, away from the crowds. Your time here will be dedicated to the amazing wildlife opportunities in the area. Once you've settled in, you and your family will head out on a night cruise up the river just in time for the sunset. Here you'll be able to take in the dusk river views and spot fireflies. Afterwards, head back to the jetty for an al fresco dinner by the river, then take a guided night walk on the nature boardwalk. 

The following morning you'll cruise on the river to Pitas Oxbow Lake, before tucking into a family breakfast on the Abai Jungle Platform. From here, it's on to Abai Village where you will have lunch, arranged by the local villagers. Later on in the day you'll take another cruise, and this time you'll head upstream to Sukau. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for primates including wild orangutans as well as birds, pygmy elephant and other wildlife as you journey. Once you arrive, you'll check into the Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge, before heading out on an evening cruise to Menanggul River. The night finishes with a delicious dinner at the Orang Utan Corner Restaurant. 

The next day, wake up early to the sound of gibbons and hornbills. Today you're off on another cruise, this time to Oxbow Lake where you'll experience the river in the scenic early morning. After taking some time to look for wildlife, you'll return to the lodge for breakfast. Fueled up, it's on to Gomantong Cave, known for its edible birds’ nests. Adventure down the boardwalk and after 15 minutes you’ll arrive at the opening of Simud Hitam cavern from where you can explore the cave system. After lunch at a villager’s house or back at the resort, the afternoon is yours to spend as you'd like. Take some family time or arrange another river cruise, the choice is yours. 

7-10

Kota Kinabalu

Beach

Ready to swap the jungle for some beachside family fun? Today you'll off to Kota Kinabalu. After you touch down, you'll be met by a guide and transferred to Shangri La Rasa Ria. A completely different landscape, here you'll have a few days free to play on the pristine beaches, have fun in the pool and its waterslides and even hire out some kayaks or snorkeling equipment if you'd prefer more adventure. There's also a golf club and spa if you'd like some adult-only time, plus a fun kid’s club so little ones aren't left out.  

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