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    Places visited:

  • Kuala Lumpur
  • Sandakan
  • Kinabatangan River
  • Kota Kinabalu
  • Kinabalu National Park
  • Get straight into the wilds of north Borneo, exploring pristine tropical rainforest with a private ranger guide.

  • Jungle trekking and wildlife observation in the rainforest.

  • Climb to the summit of Southeast Asia's highest peak, Mount Kinabalu.

  • Pamper yourself at one of Borneo's finest beach resorts.

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What our specialists say...

This trip is perfect for active travellers who want a rainforest experience and challenging trekking before some well earned rest and relaxation. Having explored Kuala Lumpur you will travel right into the heart of one of Sabah's finest wildlife areas, the Kinabatangan River. This is a superb area for seeing a huge amount of wildlife. Having visited Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary you will head on to Mount Kinabalu to climb to the summit of Southeast Asia's highest peak. After conquering the mountain indulge in some well earned relaxation at a fine resort before returning home.

We recommend this trip for:

  • Kuala Lumpur
  • Sandakan
  • Kinabatangan River
  • Sandakan
  • Kota Kinabalu
  • Kinabalu National Park
  • Kota Kinabalu

Itinerary idea in detail

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Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Day 1 International outbound flight

International outbound flight

Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Kuala Lumpur.

Day 2 Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur

On arrival into Kuala Lumpur you will be met and taken to your hotel, with the rest of the day to relax and start exploring the capital. This evening you might like to visit the Petronas Towers for views right across the city.

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Day 3 Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur

Today is free to explore the city. Take a walk through Chinatown for some delicious street-food or visit the extensive Islamic Art Museum. You might like to head outside the city to visit the Batu Caves, a limestone cave complex dotted with Hindu Shrines.

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Day 4 Kinabatangan River

Kuala Lumpur , Sandakan , Kinabatangan River

An early morning flight this morning to Sandakan, where you're met and taken to the jetty for the start of your exploration of the Kinabatangan River. Here you will have two days on the river, with the chance to see some amazing wildlife. Having arrived at the lodge you will have lunch before heading back out on the water, with the chance to see a huge amount of wildlife. Proboscis monkeys, pygmy elephants and nesting orangutan are all regularly seen, as well as a whole host of magnificent bird life.

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Day 5 Kinabatangan River

Kinabatangan River

Rise early for a second trip on the river and the chance to visit the nearby ox-bow lake. Breakfast is served back at the lodge. You have free time back at the lodge to catch up on some sleep or look for wildlife on the boardwalks and bird towers around the lodge. Lunch will be served at the lodge. Enjoy a final trip on the river this afternoon and try to tick some more animals off your list before a final dinner at your lodge.

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Day 6 Sandakan

Kinabatangan River , Sandakan

After breakfast you will travel back to Sandakan by boat where you will then transferred to the Sepilok Nature Resort. In the afternoon you can stroll over to the world famous sanctuary, and have the chance to explore the Sun bear Sanctuary and Orangutan Nursery as well. Evening at leisure.

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Day 7 Kinabalu National Park

Sandakan , Kota Kinabalu , Kinabalu National Park

Early morning flight to Kota Kinabalu. You will be met at the airport by a representative from Sutera Sanctuary Lodges (who operate the climb packages) and transferred to Kinabalu National Park for an afternoon exploring the park followed by an overnight stay.

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Day 8 Kinabalu National Park

Kinabalu National Park

This morning you start the trek up Southeast Asia's highest peak. The walk starts in lush temperate rainforest which surrounds the park HQ. As you ascend you will see the environment dramatically change due to the altitude. In the afternoon you will reach Laban Rata where you stay for the evening.

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Day 9 Kota Kinabalu

Kinabalu National Park , Kota Kinabalu

You will set off in the early hours while it is still dark for a final push to reach the summit of Mount Kinabalu where you can enjoy a spectacular Borneo sunrise. You will then trek back to the park HQ, a challenge in itself as this part can be tough on the legs! On arrival you will be met and transferred back to Kota Kinabalu for a well earned rest at the Rasa Ria beach resort.

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Day 10 Kota Kinabalu

Kota Kinabalu

Enjoy the day resting your weary legs. The hotel has 3 km (1.9 miles) of private beach and a meandering pool. The spa offers an extensive selection of treatments.

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Day 11 Kota Kinabalu

Kota Kinabalu

You can visit the orangutan sanctuary at the Rasa Ria or book an excursion locally with the resort. Horse ride along the beach or trek into the jungle behind the hotel.

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Day 12 International return flight

Kota Kinabalu , International return flight

Today you'll be driven to Kota Kinabalu airport by private transfer to catch your onwards flight.

Day 13 International return flight

International return flight

Arrive home today to complete your journey.

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The specialist who designs your trip to Borneo will have explored the country many times and, in some cases, lived there. Their first-hand knowledge gives us the belief that no other travel company can match our expertise in helping you plan your trip. Your dedicated specialist will take the time to understand your preferences and build them into an itinerary to match, working to your budget. He or she will keep perfecting it until you’re completely happy and ready to book.

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