BT01 - 8D7N Birding & Wildlife in Mystical Borneo

8D7N Birding & Wildlife
in Mystical Borneo

Borneo’s best wildlife sightings package

Introduction

A haven for birdwatchers, venture in Borneo's premier birding destination, Kinabalu National Park! Lower montane forest grounds will reveal up to 326 bird species, 58 of which are montane birds, and 17 are endemic to Borneo. Travel to Sabah's South East to the quaint town of Sandakan to discover more of our feathered beauties over at the bird sanctuary at the Rainforest Discovery centre. Give your eyes more to feast on with wildlife sightings at the Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre and Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre. Take an exciting journey out of Sandakan town and into the cultured wild of Borneo Rainforest Lodge at Danum Valley where it is home to 340 bird species for another round of birdwatching!

  • 8-Day Itinerary
  • Starts in Kota Kinabalu City & ends in Lahad Datu Town.
  • Standard Service Level
  • Affordable Tourist-Class accommodation & comfortable transport.
  • Grade : Leisure - Suitable for any fitness level.
  • Tour Type : Couples or small group.
  • Average Group : Maximum of 6 Pax per group.

What's Included

All transport between activities to activities & destinations, Professional Guide with birdwatching skills throughout the tour, meals according to tour booked & comfortable accomodation, sessions of birdwatching activities, access to Gomantong caves, morning & evening rivercruise with optional jungle trekking activity& go on a canopy treetop walkway.


Tour Highlights

  • Spot the endemic birds of Borneo
  • Sightings of primates, reptiles, amphibians & nocturnal animals
  • Visit to UNESCO World Heritage Site (Kinabalu Park)
  • Sepilok Orangutan
  • Gomantong Caves
  • Kinabatangan River Cruise
  • Jungle Trekking
  • Night Walk & Cruise
  • Canopy Walkway (Danum Valley)
  • Stay at Bilit Rainforest Lodge & Borneo Rainforest Lodge
8D7N Birding & Wildlife in Mystical Borneo
Day 01 L / D

Arrival in Kota Kinabalu + Kinabalu Park

On Day 1, you will be whooshed straight into the countryside. After a couple of pitstops for handmade folk souvenirs and a perhaps a taste of some exotic fruits, you will arrive at Malaysia’s first ever UNESCO World Heritage Site, Kinabalu National Park. Set at 1,500m above sea level, this 754sq kilometer park features one the Tallest Mountains in all of South East Asia as its center piece, Mount Kinabalu-- rising at 4.095.2m with cloud-hugging peaks that catches breaths, enchants eyes and shades valleys below…. Certainly a sight to behold from Kinabalu National Park.

KKIA - Nabalu Town Van 1 hour 55 mins 77.7km

Nabalu Town - Kinabalu Park HQ Van 20 mins 13.1km

3.00 - 6.00PM - Birding session around the park. 3 hours

Overnight in Kinabalu National Park.

Day 02 B / L / D

Kinabalu Park

6.00AM - Rise and Shine, an exciting Bird-watching session awaits at the crack of dawn! Keep an eye out for an array of montane endemics, such as the Bornean Green Magpie, Bornean Treepie, Black-sided Flowerpecker, Pale-faced Bulbul, the Orange Backed Woodpecker.

Collect packed breakfast and proceed with your bird watching session beginning from Timpohon Gate.

12.00PM - Pause for packed Lunch.

3.30PM - Bird watching continues.

Overnight stay at Kinabalu Park.

Day 03 B / L / D

Transfer to Sandakan + Sepilok Nature Resort

After breakfast, hit the road heading to Sandakan - the second largest town in Sabah with the greatest concentration of wildlife in all of Southeast Asia.

Kinabalu Park HQ - Overland Sandakan Van 4 hours 30 mins 246km

Check-in at Sepilok Nature Resort. Free and easy for the rest of the afternoon and optional night-walk after dinner.

Sandakan Town - Sepilok Nature Resort Van 46 mins 25.7km

Overnight stay at Sepilok Nature Resort.

Day 04 B / L / D

Bird watching in Rainforest Discovery Centre / Sepilok Orangutan Centre

Early breakfast at 6.00AM and proceed to Rainforest Discovery Centre for birdwatching. Experience the canopy walk while looking for more birds, and explore some of the trails before lunch.

Sepilok Nature Resort - Rainforest Discovery Centre Van 10 mins 1.6km

At 2.00PM, proceed to Sepilok Orangutan Centre to witness the great arboreal ape endemic to Borneo.

Rainforest Discovery Centre - Sepilok Orangutan Centre Van 10 mins 1.9km

Free and easy and overnight stay at Sepilok Nature Resort.

Day 05 B / L / D

Gomantong Caves + Bilit Rainforest Lodge

Day five brings you to Sabah’s most extensive cave systems, The Gomantong Caves. Upon arrival, Gear up! A guided tour along the plank walk will unveil the intricate chamber system of Gomantong Cave, the largest bird’s nest cave in Sabah and home to millions of bats and swiflets.

Sepilok Nature Resort - Gomantong Caves Van 1 hour 43 mins 91.4km

About Gomantong Caves: Concealed within an enormous limestone hill, The Gomantong Cave is Sabah’s most extensive cave systems, well-renowned for bats, swiflets and scattered with prized swiflets’ nest. There are two cave complexes - Simud Hitam (Black Cave) soaring up to 90 meters high and the more accessible of the two, and Simud Putih (White Cave), where the more valuable nests are found. Simud Hitam is a five- minute walk from the registration Centre. A well-maintained boardwalk gives you easy access to do some exploring or watch the skilled harvesters at work.

Continue on an approximately 30 minute drive to one of the world’s richest ecosystems on the Lower Kinabatangan River. Arrive at Kampung Bilit, hop on a boat and cruise down the river heading to Bilit Rainforest Lodge where lunch will be served.

Gomantong Caves - Bilit Ranforest Lodge Jetty Van 40 mins 23.3km

Bilit Rainforest Lodge Jetty - Bilit Rainforest Lodge Boat 15 mins

After settling in, the adventure continues. A wildlife river cruise awaits you for more birding action. Besides the feathered beauties, you may also be able to spot endemic Proboscis Monkeys, wild Orang Utans, leaf monkeys, gibbons and macaque, and sometimes if you are lucky, even the rare Borneo Pygmy Elephant.

Proceed for the night cruise after dinner to spot the night creatures.

Overnight at Bilit Rainforest Lodge.

Day 06 B / L / D

Transfer to Danum Valley (Borneo Rainforest Lodge) + Jungle Trek + Night Walk

After an early breakfast, check out from Bilit Rainforest Lodge and depart on an overland drive to the district of Lahad Datu, home to the World renowned Borneo Rainforest Lodge, Danum Valley. Lunch along the way.

Bilit Rainforest Lodge - Bilit Rainforest Lodge Jetty Boat 15 mins

Bilit Rainforest Lodge Jetty - Borneo Rainforest Lodge Van 5 hours 10 mins 215km

About Borneo Rainforest Lodge: Snuggled within an ecosystem of unparalleled size, beauty, and diversity and wrapped by the sounds of the surrounding nature, Borneo Rainforest Lodge ushers you straight into the wilds of Borneo where you bask in luxurious comfort with an undisturbed primary rainforest literally at your doorstep -- a habitat to more than 340 species of birds, 124 species of mammals and an astonishing 200 species of plants per hectare.

After arrival and checking in to the Lodge, spend the afternoon trekking along the birders path, with chances to spot other kinds of wildlife along the way.

Dinner at the lodge.

8.30PM - Night Walk in search of nocturnal animals (subject to weather conditions)

Overnight at Borneo Rainforest Lodge.

Day 07 B / L / D

Borneo Rainforest Lodge - Treetop Canopy Walkway + Jungle Trek + Night Walk

6.00AM - Today you will be visiting one of the highlights of Borneo Rainforest Lodge, the Treetop Canopy Walkway, where a true sense of the expanse and beauty of the rainforest really unveils itself bare before your eyes.

The Tree Top Canopy Walkway made it to World Geography's list of World's Most Amazing Treetop Walkways, complete with multiple viewing platforms that spans 300m in length and stands at 26m at the highest point, tall enough for an unobstructed up-close view of the 130 million year old virgin jungle’s canopy that will leave you spellbound.

Proceed back to the lodge for breakfast.

9.00AM - Go on a short nature trail leading to the Viewpoint and back to the Lodge for lunch thereafter.

3.00PM - After lunch, continue with afternoon trek in search of more wildlife. Dinner at the lodge.

8.30PM - Night Walk in search of nocturnal animals (subject to weather conditions)

Overnight at Borneo Rainforest Lodge.

Day 08 B / L

Borneo Rainforest Lodge + Transfer Out + End of Tour

As the sun announces itself over the rainforest of Danum Valley, you’ll be on the trails for a morning walk to check out more wildlife that roam the jungle.

Return to lodge for breakfast.

Free & Easy to enjoy your last morning in wild Borneo.

Check-out of Borneo Rainforest Lodge after lunch and proceed to the Lahad Datu airport (2 and a half hours drive).

Dossier Disclaimer

Amazing Borneo Tours has taken great care in compiling this Tour Itineraries document and all information is provided in good faith. The information provided is subject to change and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured at time of print is considered as correct at that time. Our main focus is to provide you with an unforgettable experience yet changes may occur due to unforeseen circumstances like climate changes, political turbulence or improvement due to client input or research by ourselves.

VERY IMPORTANT: Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Tour Itineraries to be reviewed before departure in case of any changes that may affect your plans.

Itinerary Disclaimer

It is our intention to adhere to the route as published on our website and in or Tour Itineraries. There is though a certain amount of flexibility build into our itinerary and on occasion it might be necessary or desirable to make alteration. Our published itinerary is brief, as we don't always know where our journey will take us. Our travel style and the regions we visit can be unpredictable, which might force us to make changes to the route. The Tour Itinerary is a general guide for the tour and regions and any mentioning of specific destinations, wildlife or activities cannot be guaranteed to be visited or encountered. Travel times are approximate and subject to vary due to local circumstances.

Important Notes


Group Leader Description

Throughout your tour with Amazing Borneo tours you are accompanied by professional guide who are a registered & a licensed tour guide in Malaysia. To make your travel more at eased, they are equiped with first aid emergency responce, assist you on your accomodation, transportation, meals & tour arrangements. They are a ready walking encylopedia for you to storm your interest on Sabah's culture, tradition, history, political, sosio-aspect, religion, race, celebration, flora & fauna & etc.

Group Size Notes

Max 6 pax


Meals Included

7 Breakfast, 8 Lunches, 7 Dinner

Meals

It is important to eat regular meals to ensure your body gets the energy it needs to go for day to day activities. During the 10 days trip, be prepared experience variety of local cuisine from desserts, to the wild vege of borneo, to the traditional local meal and if it's your lucky day, u might even get to try some of the exotic cuisine such as "Bbq Wildboar" or the famous pickles ""hinava", "tuhau" or "bambangan" that may be available during your tour.


Transport

Comfortable van & coach. Boat for islands & river cruise. Walk or hike.

Domestic Flights

All local flights will be arranged by Amazing Borneo Tours provided that we have all the necessary information of your passport to process for your flight tickets. Internal flight tickets will be given to you prior to the flight departure.

Solo Travellers

We take pleasure in attending to solo travellers who wish to join with other travellers and share the transportation & accomodation at fair price. Single travellers will be paired with another solo traveller with the same sex throughout the tour. Some may arrange for their own privacy for accomodation which can also be arranged at a single trip price.


Accommodation

Hotels/Guesthouses & jungle lodge.

My Own Room Exceptions

If you have booked for "My Own Room" option throughout your tour, you will received your own single accomodation for all night stops.

About Accommodation

The accomodation used on this tour will vary greatly from place to place. Unlike what you used to back home, some may just be a very simple guesthouse/hotels. Some nights will be spent in twin or triple-share hotels, other nights in cool and quirky hostels in multi-share dorms. The accomodation used will be clean, comfortable and in a good location. There are times way there may only be shared toilet facilities and showers. Staff can occasionally demonstrate less than perfect customer service. As accomodation is in short supply, especially during peak seasons.


Joining Instructions

If you have arranged in advanced for your arrival transfer in Kota Kinabalu International Airport, you will be welcome by our local tourist guide waiting for you at the gate with a paging board. There will be three different arrival gates you may encounter, either International, Domestic (within Malaysia), Domestic (within Sabah Only). Please wait at your arrival gate for our tourist guide to meet & greet you. In case if you are not able to locate our representative, you may directly call our Local Support Line +60128641009.

Please note that Day 1 is an arrival day and no activities will be commencing for that day other then your welcoming meeting. So you may arrive at any time of the day.

Arrival Complications

We don't wish for your to have any problems, or complications for your booked tour but if by any reasons that you are unable to commence your tour as scheduled, do contact your Local Tourist Guide the soonest possible so that they may assist you with the issue. If by any chance that you are not able to reach the Local Tourist Guide, you may also direct with our Support HotLine +60128641009 or your Tour Consultant for assistance.

Emergency Contact

If there is unexpected situation or problems occur that you are in need to contact us, do directly contact our Support Team Hotline. Should they be any complications to reach the hotline number given, you may also contact directly with your Tour Consultant.

AIRPORT TRANSFER
If you have purchased domestic flight through Amazing Borneo Tours, the transfer is included in the cost of your tour.

Should there be any changes of your flight schedule within 48 hours of your scheduled arrival time, you are advised to update with your tour consultant. We will do our best to rearrange your arrival transfer as best as we could. Our Tourist Guide will be meeting you at the arrival hall. Any delays more than 30minutes after you have exited the arrival hall, please contact with our Support Team Hotline.

Support Team Hotline
(+60) 128641009
(+60) 172701099


1. SAFETY & SECURITY

Malaysia is genereally very safe, even more so in a group. Reasonable precaution is advised; do not bring valuable jewellery or watches (even fakes can catch the eye of a thief), do not walk by yourself at night, heed your tour guuide's advice and always keep an eye and a hand on your camera and bags in public places. Amazing Borneo Tours cannot accept responsibility for any valuables left in safe deposits in hotels or in our vehicles.

2. PUBLIC HOLIDAYS

Malaysia's Public Holidays is subject to it's own calender year. These dates may be modified as official changes are announced by the Malaysian Government, so please check back regularly for updates.

3. ACCOMODATION

It is important to note that that accomodation in Borneo tend to be quite different to other areas of the world you may travelled in. It will vary from place to place. There will be some nights where you will have to spent in twin or triple-share hotels, other nights in cool and quirky guesthouse or of a lower standard than normal.

4. RAMADAN

Ramadan, a month-long festival, falls in the ninth month of the month of the islamic calendar and last 29-30 days. Muslims fast every day for its duration and most restaurants will be closed until the fast breaks at dusk. Nothing (including water and cigarettes) is supposed to pass through the lips from dawn to sunset. Non-muslims are exempt from this, but should still refrain from eating or drinking in public as this is considered very impolite. Working hours are decreased as well in corporate world. Exact date of Ramadan depend on local astronomical observations and may vary somewhat from country to country. Ramadan concludes with the Festival of Eid- al-Fitr, which may last several days, usually three in most countries.

What to Bring

Pack only what is necessary for the tour as you will be on the move for each daily tour. We recommend using a backpack for your convenience, or a medium-size suitcase if you prefer. A daypack is also essentials for your convenience during the trekking other than for carrying daily items. It will be at your own responsible to carry your own luggage. You are to be prepared to carry your own luggage up and down stairs, on and off transportation, and to hotels when elevators, bellboy or porters are not available.

Checklist

Essential Items:
  • Headlamp (Compulsory)
  • Poncho
  • Medicinal Items (Diarrhoea remedy, pain killers, travel sickness tablets & etc.)
  • Suitable Footwear (Trekking or running shoes with good grip)
  • Personal Toiletries
  • Double zip-lock plastic for waterproofing
  • Daypack (Used for daily tour excursions)
  • Small Travel Towel
  • Waterproof Backpack with Cover
  • Jacket / Wind breaker
  • Refillable water bottle (0.5litre - 1litre)
  • Comfortable Walking Shoes / Sandals
  • Universal Adapter
  • Sunblock
  • Insect Repellent
  • Extra change of clothes
  • Sleepwear
  • Flashlight/Torch
  • Binoculars
  • Camera (Extra Memory Card)
  • Leech Socks
  • Cash, Credit or Debit Card
Documents:-
  • Flight Info (Required) (Printout of e-tickets may be required)
  • Insurance Info (Required) (With photocopies)
  • Passport (Required) (With photocopies)
Conservative Dress:
* Modest clothing that covers knees and shoulder (long pants, long skirts, shirts that cover shoulder)

Additional Info


Optional Activities

Night Cruise or Jungle Trekking


Laundry

Laundry facilities are offered by some of our hotels for a charge or ask your Tourist Guide where the closest laundromat is. There are some guesthouse do not have laundry facilities. You may do or have to do your own laundry from time to time.


Visas and Entry Requirements

According to Malaysia's Immigrations Department, a visitor should fulfill the following requirements to enter Malaysia:

  1. Valid Passport or Travel Document (At least 6 months validity)
  2. Valid Visa
  3. Valid Return Travel Ticket and Suffiecient Funds
  4. Not Classified as a Prohibited Person
  5. Completion of the Arrival/Departure card

VALID VISA
Foreign nationals who require a Visa to enter Malaysia must apply and obtain a Visa in advance at Malaysian Representative Office before entering the country.

A visa is and endorsement in a passport or other recognized travel document of foreigner indicating that the holder has applied for permission to enter Malaysia and that permission has been granted.

Foreign national who require a Visa to enter Malaysia must apply and obtain a VIsa in advance at any Malaysian Representative Office abroad before entering the country.

Visa which has been granted is not absolute guarantee that the holder will be allowed to enter Malaysia. The final decision lies with the Immigration Officer at the entry point.


Spending Money

Malaysia uses the Ringgit Malaysia. There are no 1 and 2 cent coins in Malaysia, so expect your prices is rounded up or down a tiny bit. You will find cash machines in most of the city & town areas, but it is advised to keep some cash with you in case of emergency, optional activities, tipping or unexpected situations. Some remote areas may not have such facilities to obtain or change money.

Emergency Fund

It can be difficult to obtain cash or find money changer at remote areas, so please ensure you obtain enough cash to cover some meal that are not included in the tour as well as for any optional excursions before you travel. Local operators do not accept any notes that are marked or torned and you may have difficulty exchanging these notes elsewhere in Malaysia. So, please check your cash carefully at the point of purchase. While bank cards provide a very good way to access funds overall, it is not recommended to rely on them as your sole source of funds as cash machines do not always work and may not be available in remote locations. We recommend to prepare atleast RM100 daily cash for emergency purpose.

Tipping

In Malaysia, tips are not expected, not even in restaurants as service is always included. If you feel you have received excellent service or someone really has gone out of their way to help you, feel free to tip - the recipient is normally pleased. But if your tip is declined, don't push it.


Health

No pre-existing medical conditions or disability exist which may prevent active participation in the tour. Persons suffering from medical conditions or disabilities will contact us before making a booking to discuss requirements.

The person making the booking confirms that he/she has full authority to enter into a contract on the basis of these conditions on behalf of all persons named on the booking and confirms that all such persons are fully aware of and accept these conditions. The person confirms that he/she is at least 18 years old and has full authority to enter into a contract.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is compulsory if you travel with us. We strongly advise comprehensive insurance that will cover personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and lost of luggage and personal effects. Depending on the reason for the cancellation, you may be able to reclaim the cancellation charges (less any applicable excess) under the terms of your insurance policy. Cancellation charges in excess of the amount already paid to us by the time of cancellation, applies only to the booking at that time and cannot be transferred or added on to as a part paryment for another booking. We reseve the right to waive cancellation fees in case of family emergencies. We should be notified immediately if this is the case by telephone as well as in writing.


A Couple of Rules

Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on any trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking Marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for our travellers. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towrads everyone we encounter, and in particular the local people who make the world the special place it is. the exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our Tourist Guide has the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.

Local Dress

Malaysia is hot and humid, so you need to dress comfortably. It's a modern nation with a mix of ethnic groups and religions. Majority Muslim, with Buddhist, Taoist, Hindu, Christian and Sikh -- all of whom have their own acceptable dress standards for men and women.

There is no specific dress code for visitors in the capital, Kuala Lumpur.

You'll see Malaysian women wearing a scarf or veil over their hair, some wearing loose clothing that covers them entirely, as well as women in skirts, fitted tops and heels.

Wearing T-shirts or short-sleeve shirts with long pants, calf-length dresses that also cover your shoulders or skirts that drop below the knee will help you minimise sunburn, keep cool and feel culturally comfortable. If visiting mosques and temples (Hindu & Sikh), you may be required to wear a scarf over your hair and wear a long skirt instead of pants. Places of worship popular with tourists, such as Kota Kinabalu State Mosque & City Mosque may have "robes" for tourist to rent or lend.

Remember, too, many places of worship require visitors to remove their footwear, so wear shoes that slip on and off easily.